Panther Note

September 4, 2015

Monday - Labor Day

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MAP Schedule and Accommodation List / Rooms

On the Google Drive. Please know it. Consider:


Do not place Testing Session Name / Password on board until you confirm your roster for MAP assessments. This will allow a double check of any students testing elsewhere to be re directed prior to logging into the testing session (delaying their completion).


See Sigg / Sperry for further guidance.

Supervision Week Six - Bobcat

Nixon: Courtesy Phone / Carpool

Berman: Stage / Carpool

Stangl: Center / Carpool

Fear: Floater / Front Door

McFarland: Gym Lobby / Bus Line Front

Strait: Library / Bus Line Middle

Stoltenberg: Stuff Board / Busline End

Graff: Explo Mural / Gym Lobby

Tuesday PD PLC Requests

Please send Stacey and Heath your Executive Functioning Discussion notes from the September 1 Early Release pd. As a reminder, specific feedback about PSM interventions is needed as we enhance our practice.


Please share:

1. Two interventions that should not be changed because they are so effective (and what makes them effective?)

2. Two interventions that are solid to strong, but would improve if...

3. Two ideas to support further growth, efficiency and effectiveness at PSM would be...


Note that the powerpoint from Tish Taylor is posted in Google Drive in the School Learning Plan folder for easy access, review and reflection.


Once this brief task is completed, use the time to log into Infinitec and complete the ESI required training. If you have challenges with this, please do not hesitate to reach out to leadership for support.


As of September 8, ensure that AOLs (and any AFLs you wish to publicize) on the Google Assessment Calendar. See your leadership team for guidance.

Friday Nuts and Bolts PLC Focus

  • Guided Studies Communication
  • Problem Solving Students
  • Eighth Grade: PSAT the week of October 6
  • Fall Play Schedule is on Google Drive. Print it and know it as you prepare for assessments, activities et cetera.
  • Lunch Schedules....be kind to your colleagues. With the strongly requested four minute passing period between class dismissal and the actual lunch start time your supervisors are often arriving AFTER the students. Be aware of this as you send kids and realize the return (particularly on testing days) may be a few minutes altered. Thank you.

Whew! Progress Reports are here already...

The Middle School Progress and Grade Report calendar is located in the back appendix of your Staff Planner this year.


In it you will note the reminder that following this Tuesday's grading time, our progress report dates are in the weekly pages of the Staff Planner.


The Grading Window opens on Wednesday, September 9.

Progress Reports are due / submitted no later than 3:00 on Friday, September 11.


Nancy will be leaving the building just after she finishes her upload starting at 3:00 on the 11th.


Please plan accordingly, and if unable to meet this deadline see Stacey and Heath no later than 9/9.


Thank you for all the work you do to support parent involvement in student learning.

This Week

Tuesday

MAP Math Testing. "A" Day / Odd Hours

TCB starts. Thank you to Shannon Cloud, Charlie Stoltenberg and Jennifer Bartsch

VB v OMS and PRMS


Wednesday

STUCO in Room 42

VB v Harmony


Thursday

FB v AB

XC at BVH


Friday

Spirit Day / Patriot Day - Sport your Red, White and/or Blue

6th Grade: September 8 Weekly Focus

Weekly overviews more specifically outlining the upcoming classroom activities will be posted by Sunday and are located here: https://bvpo.bluevalleyk12.org/

(atta way sixth grade!)


Important Dates and Reminders

  • No school on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day)

  • Math MAP test on Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th (both A Days)

Course Briefings/AOLs for the upcoming week:

Math

  • Least Common Multiple/Greatest Common Factor

ELA/Reading

  • Theme

  • Drawing Conclusions

  • Writing Personal Narratives

  • Inferences, Characterization, Plot, and Conflict AFL

  • AOL: Roots and Stems Quiz #2 on Friday, September 11th

Science

  • Review: Tools of astronomers, stars, and galaxies

  • Receive study guide over Chapters 17 and 19

  • AFL: Astronomy

Social Studies

  • Ancient Sumer

  • AFL: Computer Challenge and written Ancient Sumer

  • AOL: Friday: Ancient Sumer Test (Study Guide was handed out Thurs/Fri of this week, and it is also online.)

Spanish

  • Greetings, farewells, introductions

  • Dates, weeks, months, and numbers

  • AOL: Countries and Regions (A Day students only)

French

  • Introductions

  • French culture


6th Grade Guided Study:

  • During individual work or reading time, Guided Study teachers will conference with each student individually to go over grades and missing work and students fill in grades and missing work on the Panther Page (in the back of the planner).

  • If any students are missing work, they may use this time to locate, complete and/or turn in work. They will also do a routine locker clean-out and organization, and taking a trip to the library to check out books.

  • Teachers will administer a Reading lesson over currently taught concepts in the ELA/Reading classroom.

  • Students will complete, discuss, and reflect on a learning inventory questionnaire for better self-awareness related to their own learning.

  • Teachers will give some type of an active listening activity to increase listening skills.

  • Video clips will be shown to support topics covered in Science and Social Studies

7th Grade: September 8 Weekly Focus

Social Studies:

Topic: Continuing Physical Geography (land and water) and

AOL: Thursday, 9/10: Chapter 1 & 2 Unit Test

ELA/Reading:

Topic: Signposts in Reading: Aha Moments & Words of the Wiser, Plagiarism

AOL: Roots and Stems Quiz #3

Math:

Advanced Integrated Algebra 7th Grade

MAP testing Tuesday and Wednesday

Topic: Continue work in Shapes and Design

Integrated Algebra 7th Grade

MAP testing Tuesday and Wednesday

AOL: Thursday

Topic: Continue work in Shapes and Design


Science:

Topic: Students continue using microscopes to look at pond water organisms, but start an engineering project building a filter for making the pond water drinkable

AFL: given about Cell Theory (the history and three parts of Cell Theory)


7th Grade Guided Study:

  • During individual work or reading time, Guided Study teachers will conference with each student individually to go over grades and missing work and students fill in grades and missing work on the Panther Page (in the back of the planner).
  • If any students are missing work, they may use this time to locate, complete and/or turn in work. They will also do a routine locker clean-out and organization, and taking a trip to the library to check out books.
  • Students will complete, discuss, and reflect on a learning inventory questionnaire for better self-awareness related to their own learning.
  • An active listening activity will follow to increase listening skills.
  • They will also spend 10 min watching CNN Student News and will discuss current events.

8th Grade: September 8 Weekly Focus

Social Studies:

Topic: Start Unit 2- Expansion Westward; Don’t forget to bring your images or words to help celebrate Freedom Week- Due Thursday.

ELA/Reading:

Topic: Buy an Outsiders book by Sept. 14. Continue work on short story unit.

Math:

Integrated Algebra 8th Grade -

MAP testing Tuesday and Wednesday

Topic: Continue work in Looking for Pythagoras

Algebra I -

Topic- Target Zero on Math XL due Monday

MAP testing Tuesday and Wednesday

Continue work in Looking for Pythagoras.

Science:

AFL: on Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy (PE and KE) and continue applying transfers of energy. With each AFL, students always need to review/study any missed items until mastered

Topic: Continuing in-class labs using roller coasters and car ramps to show the transfer from potential energy to kinetic energy. We will soon transition into thermal energy labs (conduction, convection, radiation).


Guided Study 8th Grade:

  • During individual work or reading time, Guided Study teachers will conference with each student individually to go over grades and missing work and students fill in grades and missing work on the Panther Page (in the back of the planner).
  • If any students are missing work, they may use this time to locate, complete and/or turn in work. They will also do a routine locker clean-out and organization, and taking a trip to the library to check out books.
  • Students will complete, discuss, and reflect on a learning inventory questionnaire for better self-awareness related to their own learning.
  • A Cornell Notes and Mind Maps activity will follow to increase skill in note taking and study skills.
  • They will also spend 10 min watching CNN Student News and will discuss current events.

Bill Cordes - Schedule - Tuesday, September 15th

See the class schedule, times, presentations and locations were emailed out Tuesday, September 1.


This schedule is also located on the Google Drive in the PSM folder.


Please review, print and know this schedule prior to the 15th.

September 15 Early Release: CASL / Q2 Work for PSM SLP

Vote on Conference Schedules for 2015 - 16


Seated as a PLC upon arrival at 1:40

  1. PSM Assessment Baseline Expectations - School Learning Plan 15.16 (Sigg/Sperry)
  2. Q2 Article Review - Fill the Wheel Activity / Guiding Questions (Stangl/Sigg/Spery)
  3. CASL Five Keys Reflection - (Stangl/Sigg/Sperry)


Seated as a Content Area

4. AFL/AOL Definition


Remember this is an extended flex day. We will depart at 4:00. Share with me if this is an issue prior to the close of this week.