The Challenger Dispatch

Week 1, Sept. 22-26, 2014

Belissa's Best

Teachers here is a great site for your students to use at home with in the classroom and with parents. is a website that provides a variety of subjects on all levels. This site can be used to practice and complete projects as well as offer grade appropriate games and selected videos. For a fun way of learning this is a site for all.

Quote of the week:

The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be ignited.

ACIP meeting

Monday, Sep. 22nd, 2:45pm

Mr. Calloway's room

Bring drafts of what you've been working ton.

ELA Committee

Tuesday, Sep. 23rd, 2:45pm

Mrs. Howard's room

Pearson Math PD for new teachers

Tuesday, Sep. 23rd, 8:15am

your room and Mrs. Howard's

New teachers- you should have received an email from Belissa outlining the lesson study schedule for Tues, Weds, and Thurs. Please check with her on Monday if you have not received it.

CES Department Meetings

Wednesday, Sep. 24th, 3pm

13555 Chaney Thompson Rd SE

Huntsville, AL

Math - Mrs .Howard's room Bring your book, journal and laptop

Writing - Media Center Bring your journal and laptop

Units - Mr. Calloway's room Bring your journal and laptop

Walk throughs

Wednesday, Sep. 24th, 8:15am

13555 Chaney Thompson Rd SE

Huntsville, AL

The walk through form will be put in boxes on Monday, so we can see the checklist.

Student Engagement Walkthrough Checklist

Positive Body Language
Students exhibit body postures that indicate they are paying attention to the teacher and/or other students. Consistent Focus All students are focused on the learning activity with minimum disruptions. Verbal Participation Students express thoughtful ideas, reflective answers, and questions relevant or appropriate to learning. Student Confidence Students exhibit confidence and can initiate and complete a task with limited coaching and can work in a group. Fun and Excitement Students exhibit interest and enthusiasm and use positive humor.


Individual Attention Students feel comfortable seeking help and asking questions. Question to Ask: What do you do in this class if you need extra help? Clarity of Learning Students can describe the purpose of the lesson or unit. This is not the same as being able to describe the activity being done during class. Questions to Ask: What are you working on? What are you learning from this work? Meaningfulness of Work Students find the work interesting, challenging, and connected to learning. Questions to Ask: What are you learning? Is this work interesting to you? Do you know why you are learning this? Rigorous Thinking Students work on complex problems, create original solutions, and reflect on the quality of their work. Questions to Ask: How challenging is this work? In what ways do you have the opportunity to be creative? Performance Orientation Students understand what quality work is and how it will be assessed. They also can describe the criteria by which their work will be evaluated. Questions to Ask: How do you know you have done good work? What are some elements of quality work?

Calloway's Corner

Good morning CES

Technology is an important piece in Huntsville City Schools. The lower grades are equipped with I-pads and the upper grades 3rd – 5th have mobile computing devices that comes with a service agreement form for all users. Please make sure that our students are using the devices properly, and within the guidelines according to Huntsville City School policy. Technology offenses will be handled as set forth by our governing body. Any activity that’s unauthorized or inappropriate that voids the device will result in loss of the mobile device, and other possible consequences.

Rodney Calloway

Assistant Principal

Challenger Elementary

Instructional Rounds

Thursday, Sep. 25th, 8am

13555 Chaney Thompson Rd SE

Huntsville, AL

Thank you for being a Challenger Educator. We will look forward to the feedback this provides us to celebrate our successes and address our problem of practice !

Instructional Rounds - POP - FEEDBACK :> <:

Based on the conversations we had at the staff meeting and the author of the book Instructional Rounds last week, our problem of practice (POP) will be surrounding feedback. Feedback that teacher gives students, that students give teachers and feedback that is also student to student. Please know that this is a baseline, and not a judgement or evaluation. The teams will be coming to 20 of the classrooms. I will make sure they are representative of the school. Please do what you'd naturally do ( except get a sub or give a test).

1/2 day and PLTW

Friday, Sep. 26th, 8am

13555 Chaney Thompson Rd SE

Huntsville, AL

Now that we've made it to Friday!! !/2 day - lunch schedule will be in boxes on Monday.

Please remind parents in email blast about 1/2 day.

We will order lunch for anyone interested from Steak Out and Chicken Salad Chick. Please order with Danna/Stacy ( with check/cash) by Thursday end of day.

Professional Development begins in the Media Center at 12:45 pm - 3:30 pm. We look forward to learning from colleagues Stephanie and Kim!!! Come ready to rock and roll with Project LEAD the Way!!