Meat & Potatoes

February 22 - February 26

Up & Coming Events

Monday - Report Card Grades Due

Tuesday - AVID Site Team Meeting

Wednesday - Open House & Book Fair

Thursday - Spanish Placement Test

Saturday - Empty Bowls

New Instructional Coaches

Khrys Carter and Lauren Williams will be our new ICs at Oakwood!

Social Committee

In a landslide, it has been voted to reinstate the social committee at Oakwood. We will begin working our the details in the coming weeks so we can implement this next year.

Rocco's Corner

As we continue to work behavioral incidents and referrals through the eSchool system we have found more areas that either require greater explanation or could be improved within that database. Maintain faith in Ms. McDermott and myself as we work to get these things done. Please continue to bring the issues you face to our attention so we can. Next year starting in the eSchool system exclusively for behavioral documentation will help tremendously. We do not need to continue to document behavioral incidents in AWARE/Eduphoria at all anymore. Let me know if you need anything.

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.

Counselor's Corner

OW Family,

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!

Fine Arts Students March 2 Presentation

Enrollment Numbers

Oakwood - 936

Cypress Grove - 990

AMCMS - 877

CSMS - 948


AVID Recruiting:

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.

Thank you,


Duty Assignments

All duty assignments have been updated and posted in the Admin Folder within the OWTIF. Be sure to know your duty station and to be on time at 7:45! Click here for the AM/PM Duty Roster and here for the Lunch Duty Roster.