February 5, 2016
Mrs. Dettmer's Notes
This has been a great week of professional development for myself and several other administrators in our district. The PLC Summit ran 8-4 each day. My time was well spent learning about the next steps for Professional Learning Communities at our district and school level.
The weather in Phoenix was unusually cold, but we were able to get out a little on the last afternoon to enjoy some hiking.
Thank you to Mr. Darnell and everyone at Rockcreek for making sure things continued as normal. I am excited to return and see everyone. I am happy to be home!
February 11th - Little Hoosiers
February 25th - Math Bowl
February 29 - ISTEP window opens for grades 3-8
March 7 - Kindergarten registration begins
March 14 - 18 - SPRING BREAK
March 24 - IN SCHOOL - Snow Make-up Day #2
March 25 - IN SCHOOL - Snow Make-up Day #1
Assistance for lunch can mean other other assistance as well!
If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family. Textbook Assistance, High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees & Dual Credit/AP Courses,Discounted Internet service, Discounted Computer,Discounts for Sports Program Fees, and iCare afterschool program discounts are some possibilities. See more information by clicking the links below.
Links to GREAT Information - More than Lunch 2016
Spanish version Spanish, More than Lunch
Questions? Please contact: Suzi Bruin, BCSC Nutrition Assistance Coordinator, at 812-314-3851 or email@example.com
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What is REMIND?
Principals everywhere are forgetting their complex phone trees and are using Remind as a simple way to keep their colleagues in the loop and build community at their schools.
Please join the Rockcreek REMIND group to receive information quickly.
Student Spotlight - Fifth Grade
The fifth grade has been busy this week learning about scientific notation and exponents. In math each day we have a mixture of a whole group lesson and three work stations. These pictures show students at the three work stations that followed our whole group lesson. Students were playing a game called Exponent Toss with dice and white boards, using their Chromebooks to play an online game using exponents, and working at their seats in their math journals on skill pages that corresponded to our whole group lesson. Students complete all three stations each day.
Universal Design for Learning - Representation
Last week, we looked at different ways to represent text.This week we continue with the “what” by looking at options for representing language, mathematical expressions, and symbols.
What does all this mean?
Check out the back of a cake mix box in the picture on the right. ------>
- Ingredients are represented with words AND pictures.
- Oven temperature appears ON the dial.
- 1-2-3 sequence is highlighted with numbers and text.
- Bold, red font highlights the verbs.
Duncan Hines has it figured out. By representing directions in this way, the information becomes accessible to a larger audience. Try baking with a four-year-old. Kids LOVE to be able to “read” the directions themselves.
In BCSC, we strive to represent information in ways that help ALL students acquire language and math skills. We recognize no two students learn the same way so options are important. While one student may respond to picture prompts, another may respond to text. Either way, both students have an equal chance to learn the material.
It's like having cake...and eating it, too.
PreK and Kindergarten Enrollment
Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. We will have one evening opportunity to sign up students turning 5 before August 1st and then office hours from 8:00 - 3:30 for enrollment.
If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st.
Want to know more about the application process for PreK? Click the link above.
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Middle School Open House Information
Northside Middle School
Activity Fair (sports, clubs, etc. will have info booths in Gym 2) 6:00 p.m.
Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.
Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and Global Studies Pathway programs available.