Intermediate Staff Newsletter

For the Week of March 19, 2018

Dear Staff,

We've almost made it! Spring Break is just one week away. It's hard to believe that we've reached this point in the year. As we wrap up MAP testing, we look forward to the month of April and OST's. Thank you for attending this past Tuesday Security and Ethics presentation. As promised here is a direct link to reset your password. Simply click the bottom red line of text in the sign in box and reset your password. We highly suggest you do this prior to April so that if there are any issues Jess Mamais can get it taken care of.

Please make sure Kate has your student group lists for ERO week prior to leaving for Spring Break on Friday. Thank you for helping our R Factor team get ready for an awesome ERO week. As a reminder, each day you will be emailed a link to a short video and a few discussion questions. As a team, you can decide when you within the day it is best to show this video. Our district goals are to introduce E+R=O to students and Press Pause prior to the end of the school year. We believe these could be great tools that will assist us with a positive end to the school year.

With Spring Break looming, we wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to recharge over the upcoming break. You have worked so hard! You have given time away from your own families to meet the needs of our students. We hope you'll find time to connect with your loved ones and enjoy some relaxation!

Let's make it a great week!

Katie, Kate and Barry

Arts Inspired!

Thank you so much to our music and art teachers for hosting the first ever Arts Inspired event! It was a HUGE success! For those of you that were not able to attend, there was a beautiful art show sharing artwork (many of which were framed) created by our 4th and 5th graders in Mr. Kolp and Mrs. Harrington's art rooms. 4th grade classrooms put on an "Informance" with Mrs. Lichtman and Mrs. Montes demonstrating what they have been working on in class including clapping musical patterns, solfege hand signs and beautiful songs pulling it all together and even included a round! In addition, families were able to paint pottery for Empty Bowls are work on a building legacy project using tiles. Thank you to Leslie Shea, Donna Mercurio, Cass Caudill, and Deb Farley for assisting one evening as well as a thank you to Coach Joseph and Coach Hicks who were flexible with their classroom/gym space to allow this event to take place. Finally, we also want to thank our 6th grade instrumental music faculty that were present conducting instrument fittings for our 5th graders.

News to Share

1. MAP make-ups will begin on Monday morning after announcements. Additionally, we will do make-ups on Wednesday and Friday morning as well. Please send any student to the office who needs to make up a MAP test from last week. You can add names here. As a reminder, you can MAP test your student at any time in a small collab room or other appropriate testing location if that is easier than sending them for Make Ups.

2. As a follow up to our RISE assemblies last week, we thought we would provide you a copy of the Code of Conduct. You can post this in your classroom, have students review it during Eagle Period, have them highlight a section during a RISE reflection opportunity or use as you see fit. Here is the link to the Code of Conduct found at the beginning of our PK-6 student handbook.

3. There have been lots of questions regarding section numbers, teaming structure, building movement and other items. As we've shared previously, staffing is a PK-12 process, once this is finalized in the near future, we can begin discussions about structure for next school year. Look for an email from Mr. Emery late this week as final staff details are put together. We will be meeting with each grade level to have discussions about many of these topics after spring break.

4. As a follow up from our OST staff meeting, here are the links to the Test Security and Ethics presentation, the draft testing schedule, OST script for testing, and Recommended Test Administrator Certification Course (Recommended for all new teachers and anyone who needs a refresher). As promised here is a direct link to reset your TIDE password. Simply click the bottom red line of text in the sign in box and reset your password.

5. If you are a staff member utilizing an SLO for this school year, a reminder that SLOs need to be completed and turned in to your evaluator by April 15. Also, if you are a full OTES and have not signed up for your second observation, please see Donna to schedule.

Thank you Culture Committee for a fun morning of Minute to Win It games!

Week at a Glance

Announcements: R Wing- 5th Graders- See Pledge Schedule

Monday, March 19th- Team Leader Meeting 8:30; MAP Make Ups

Tuesday, March 20th- Specialist Team Meeting; MTSS Meetings

Wednesday, March 21st- 5th and 6th Grade ELA Meetings; 4th Grade Team Meeting; Pre Alg. A Meeting 8:30; MAP Make Ups

Thursday, March 22nd- Science, Math 6, Math 5, Social Studies 6 Meetings 8:30; OELPA Testing

Friday, March 23rd- R Factor Team Meeting; PAC Meeting; MAP Make Ups

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OST Testing Schedule

Be sure to check the schedule each day regardless if your grade level is testing that day or not.