What's Happening

Week of October 29, 2018


Monday, October 29

8:00 ALT school meeting

8:45 Literacy Block

10:45 Help cover office

11:00 Eligibility meeting ALT school

12:00-1:30 Walkthroughs

2:50 PLCs and PD

7:00 Volleyball game

Tuesday, October 30

8:00 IEP meeting

8:00 Preschool Team Meeting

9:00 Cover Alicia's room PORT

11:00 CT Meeting

12:00-2:00 Walk Throughs

3:10 Meeting

3:40 10 minute Stand Up meeting-BLT

Wednesday, October 31

8:00 CARE Team

10:00 IEP Meeting

2:30 Halloween Parade and parties immediately after

Thursday, Nov 1

8:00 Sped team meeting--all K-5

9:00 IEP meeting

10:00 Literacy Block

3:45 Kindness Club

5:30 Massage and Chiropractor

Friday, Nov 2

8:10 PBIS Tier 1 meeting

8:45 Literacy Block

11:00 Literacy Block

12:00 Present to Morningside's BLT

Partners Observe, Reflect, and Teach (PORT)


Remember that your PORT observations will occur between Oct. 29th and Nov. 9th. Right now we have K/1 and our Foundations classrooms scheduled. Please let Niki and I know when you would like to do your visit so we can cover the classrooms. Each grade level partner will observe in the other partner's classroom during 1 hour of their Literacy Block.

This is an opportunity for you to observe. This is not evaluative. You will not need to turn anything in to me at all. Below are some things the BLT looked at for additional support if needed. We are excited to provide this opportunity to you and it aligns with our Trilateral work under the heading of Intellectual Stimulation.

You may have already determined specific things you are watching for during this observation. If you are not sure, here are some things to consider:

1. Student Engagement

2. Teacher Language

3. Conferring with students

4. Structure of the routines

5. How behavior concerns were addressed

6. Pacing of the lesson

7. Teacher communication (movement, gestures, facial expressions, vocal inflection, eye contact, and other non-verbal communication)

8. Types of materials teachers are using

Some reflective questions might be:

1. What questions do you have about anything you saw?

2. What can you take back to your toolbox from this observation?

Conditions for Learning

Last spring our 5th grade students participated in a Conditions for Learning survey as part of Iowa's ESSA Accountability Plan. This year the survey expands to grades 3rd-5th. Our students will be part of the pilot survey which opens November 5th-November 30th. The survey, which is made up of 26 questions, covers areas of safety, positive relationships, engagement and school rules. This is 1 of 7 accountability measures required under ESSA that will be given annually. There are very specific guidelines for administering this survey. I will be sharing more information with those teachers very soon. If you are a 3rd-5th grade teacher please click on the link to answer a 1 question survey so we can determine when our students will participate in this survey.



October 29th-End of the 1st quarter-please work with your grade level partners in regard to end of quarter assessments.

October 31st-Halloween Parade and Parties-Parade starts at 2:30. Please send home information regarding classroom parties.

November 5th--Report cards due to Dr. Holcomb so she can check them before they go home

November 7th--3:00 Lock Down drill

November 8th--Report Cards go home

November 12th- 4/5 grade music program; starts at 6:30