Curriculum Footprints

Volume 8 2015-2016


Moonshot : (N) - a project or proposal that…

1. Addresses a huge problem

2. Proposed a radical solution

3. Uses breakthrough technology

Important Dates

October 12 - Career Prep Fair for High School students

  • MTAC meeting at 3:30
  • BT meeting at 3:30
October 13 - Naglieri for 3rd and 6th grade

October 14 - Curriculum Principal's Meeting at NCHS

October 15 - 3:45 Meeting with Innovative Grant Recipients at C/O

October 19-23 - CASE Assessments

October 19 - Elementary and Conover Presents to BOE the SIP plans

October 21 - ESL meeting at 3:30

  • Media PLC's at 3:30
  • PLAN/ASPIRE testing
  • ESL Monthly Meeting 3:30 At North Newton Welcome Center
October 22 - NCVISIT author visits

October 26 - Optional Teacher Workday

October 27 - Read to Achieve Testing for 3/4 transition students

October 28 - Operational Principal's Meeting

October 28-30 - Title I Conference - I will be attending this conference.

October 29 - Student Advisory Meeting #1 - 10:00 - 1:00 pm

October 30 - Staff Appreciation Tailgating beginning at 6:15 pm

Title One Information


  • Prepare to send home the Title I report cards
  • Hold a PAC (Parent Advisory Council Meeting)
* This team reviews the Title I plan and Parent Involvement Policy
*Ask if the parents have requests for workshops or activities for the year
*Keep a record of your invitation, agenda, sign in sheet
*Take pictures
*Keep minutes of meeting
  • Hold a Parent night – Complete Parent Compacts
*Things to have for that meeting include:


-Sign in sheet
-Copies of materials given out
  • Review the Title I budget with the SIT/Title I team. Review the strands that need evidences collected throughout the school year with your SIT/Title I team.
  • Begin to add evidences to the strands on the dropbox


Title I Amendment Form

Some of our Teachers Learned about Coding this Weekend

Coding is telling a computer what you want it to do which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Coding is an important part of learning that our students need to be involved in because over the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them.

Read the Articles Below to Learn More About Coding...

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

4 Coding Apps For Kindergarten and Elementary School

ESL Monthly Meetings

3:40-4:30 @ the Welcome Center

August 21, 2015

September 16, 2015

October 21, 2015

November 18, 2015

December 16, 2015

January 20, 2016

February 17, 2016

March 16, 2016

April 20, 2016

May 18, 2016

ESL Information

Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills(BIC)

  • Involves using language for social, face-to-face and every day situations
  • Highly contextualized and provides lots of clues for comprehension
  • Takes 0-2 years to acquire

Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

  • Involves language skills and functions of an academic or cognitive nature
  • Language needed to accomplish academic tasks
  • Takes about 7-10 years to acquire

3 Major Instructional Interventions

  1. Teach vocabulary as a prereading step
  2. Provide experiences
  3. Introduce a conceptual framework that will enable students to build appropriate background for themselves

Use Word Webs to Preteach Vocabulary

  • A word web is used to organize d t il b t d details about a word
  • Write the word in the center
  • In each outside circle, write a meaning/characteristic of the word

4 – Corners Vocabulary

Enables students to contextualize word by:

  1. Creating a chart with an illustration
  2. A sentence that includes the word
  3. A definition of the word
  4. The actual vocabulary word

KIM Strategy

  1. Provide students with index cards or use regular writing paper
  2. Students write the key word in the 1st column
  3. Definition in the 2nd column
  4. Memory cue or picture in the 3rd column
  5. Have students use KIM as students develop their vocabulary

Mad Three Minutes

  1. The tutor will write all the words on the board that have been the focus of the lesson
  2. Have the students look at the words and study them for a few minutes
  3. Erase the words
  4. Have the students write as many words as possible in three minutes
  5. They can also provide a picture or definition of the word
  6. The student with the most words gets applause

Mrs. Tammy Brown

Director of Elementary and ESL Services