Meat & Potatoes
February 22 - February 26
New Instructional Coaches
Behavior Tip of the Week: Substitutes
PRIM STRATEGY 216: Demonstrates inappropriate behavior in the presence of a substitute
Watch as Rita Pierson explains the value and importance of human connection. She reminds the audience about Dr. Comer's theory of "no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship". While Rita's TED talk can remind all of us how important a relationship with a student is, it is important to remember this piece as we plan for being out of our classrooms for substitutes. Substitutes have the unique job of getting to know a large group of students in a short amount of time. Consider some of these strategies included in the PRIM when planning for their presence in your class. How much more learning would take place in your absence if a few minutes were set aside for the substitute to get to know your students?
John Hattie Follow Up
Follow the link below to the complete list of effect sizes that we discussed Monday during professional development. Hattie suggests that strategies with effect sizes of .4 or greater are ones we should concentrate more on in our schools. Are you surprised by any of these results?
Open House - February 24th
On Wednesday, February 24, we will be hosting an open house and book fair for incoming 5th and 6th grade students. Our counselors have been advertising this since we returned from the break and we expect a great turn out. All teachers need to make plans now to attend this event.
In addition, each department and elective will need to have representation at a table in the gym on this day. It is scheduled to last from 4:30 - 6:00. Each group can work out a schedule to provide coverage so that teachers can also be with their teams. I want at least 2 people at every table. We do not need to provide handouts or make any copies. We can direct people to our websites or link them through QR Codes.
This is scheduled as College Day, but we will move this to another date. All teachers should wear their green OW Polo with dark pants, slacks or skirts.
Thank you all for turning your progress reports in on time for the 4th 6 weeks.
Reminder: Please respond to ARD invites as you receive them for your team so we can plan coverage for your classroom to attend.
Google Forms: Progress Report and ARD report forms look ALIKE. Please pay special attention to the TITLE and DUE DATES
Content Mastery: All tests should be given to Content Mastery one FULL SCHOOL day before a test is given. Remember to utilize the Content Mastery Calendar. Content Mastery passes are found on the drive as well as in the mail room.
Our elective teachers (Band, Choir and Orchestra), will have an elective assembly for current 5th grade students on March 2, 2016 during 5th grade PE classes. Our current Band, Choir and Orchestra students (6th graders) will present to the 5th graders so they can become familiar with the elective opportunities available to them next year. The wheel (Music, Art and Drama) will still be an elective option next year, but they will not attend this assembly.
Since there will be several 6th graders (around 200) involved in the presentation we need your help! 6th graders will need to eat between B and C lunch that day. This means they will leave 4th period early (around 11:35 to eat lunch and warm up for their performance) and be gone for the remainder of the day. They will perform 5th period, 6th period and 7th period.
We will be reminding those students presenting to make plans to make-up work or get work they will miss from their teachers so they do not fall behind in their classes. It is the student's responsibility to get with their teacher regarding make-up work.
The link below shows students will be excused from your class on this day. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.Thanks for letting your students set an example for our incoming 6th graders!
Cypress Grove - 990
AMCMS - 877
CSMS - 948
Current 6th grade AVID students will present an AVID awareness presentation to recommended 5th graders on Monday, Feb 22 in the AVID classroom. Students will get an invitation.
6th period: Owls and Bulldogs
7th period: Tigers and Falcons
Parent information meeting is in the AVID classroom on Feb 29 from 5:30-6:30. Recruiting is an on-going process and students or parents can self-nominate any time this semester.
AVID Center will return on March 10th for the Final Validation Visit.