PKMS Update 11.25.19

A Close Look At How We Did & Will Do Our Work

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Good Day, PKMS Family.

We continue to be appreciative of your dedication, planning, collaboration, assessment of students, focus, hard work, and family outreach. Thank you for another great week of instruction and student learning.


We would like to wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. If you are not celebrating, we wish you take this time to be with family and loved ones.


This week’s quote speaks to our Social Emotional Learning Theme of Gratitude & Kindness: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”


As has become a part of the PKMS culture, please allow these words to inspire you as you design and redesign lessons, tasks, and questions, and reflect on practice.


Remember, to SMILE (Show My Infectious Lovable Energy) as it is the first thing students, families, and colleagues see.


Let's Keep These Thoughts in Mind:


  • Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
  • Gladden the heart of a child.
  • Always operate from a honest place.
  • Give a soft answer
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HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, MS. FRANCES BERRY

Turning Up The Heat!

    • Thank you, Dr. Mauricio and the Board of Education for celebrating Ms. Frances Berry and Ariana Okoth's huge accomplishment (First in the nation for her creative writing piece)

    • We thank Ms. Detres, Ms. Fervan, Ms. King, Ms. Mahy, Ms. Settembre, Ms. Tual, Ms. Zupa, Mr. Harrison, Dr. Robinson, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Coster for their work during our After School Program - We are also thankful to Andrew Weisman and Parketha Evans for providing a snack and drink (they will provide this until May 7)

    • Thank you to Coach Basso, Coach Di Cuio, and Coach Iasillo for organizing another successful Hockey Game trip for our students - thank you to the staff who chaperoned - everyone reported they had a great time - let's continue to enrich our students' experiences in and out of school - GREAT JOB!

    • We thank every department member for your discussions and focus during your after school meetings

    • Thank you for the RtI Meetings and Discussions this past week

    • Thank you to our security: Chemay, Nigel, Merriweather, Billy, and David for their work

    • Thank you to Tim, Mike, Mark, Kristen, Billy, Keith, and Manny for their work

    • Thank you to Parketha Evans and her Food Services Team

    • Thank you to our Clinical Team for continuing to support students, families, and staff

    • Thank you to staff for parent and family outreach and meetings conducted this week

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    2019-2020 B.E.D.S. Information

    To access the TAA (Teacher Authorization and Authentication) system visit the following page: http://eservices.nysed.gov/taa/ .

    Please complete and submit ePMF by December 10, 2019. Ms. Janice Reid is recommending that you login and review your information as soon as possible in case there are corrections that need to be made.


    Please see the documents at the bottom of this newsletter!

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    A Humanities Lens

    Students identifying the different parts of the story using a sequencing time line - continuing to learn figurative language and focusing on Hyperbole and Onomatopoeia- answering text-dependent questions - answering this question: Why is citing evidence from the text important when answering a text dependent question? - analyzing two sides of arguments in preparation of their writing piece - discussing Hammurabi's Socratic Seminar (video of a Socratic Seminar and what it is supposed to look like, providing them with sentence starters so they will be able to use during the discussion) - examining the similarities and differences between the three colonial regions - identifying and explaining what occurred in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory - using reading, writing, listening, and speaking about clothing and the use of the past tense - answering questions orally in the target language using the negative form - continuing to use the preterit tense with regular verbs in the past tense

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    The Arts Live Here

    Students coloring by using the color combination chosen with watercolor pencils patterns in each letter - reviewing the rubric and make changes accordingly - identifying and defining musical symbols/terms and demonstrate corresponding performance techniques - reflecting n individual and collective progress in performance of concert repertoire - applying articulation techniques and dynamic contrast to music - keeping a steady beat - identifying the basic elements of film scores - identifying and performing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes by performing rhythm activities - learning/listening to the sounds on Garageband to create a Thanksgiving Soundtrack/Friends and Family Dinner Party Soundtrack - determining how many measures and tracks to use for the soundtrack - examining and reviewing measures, time signature, half rest, final bar line, dynamics, chromatics, diatonic patterns, airflow

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    A Health-Conscious Mind & Body

    Students identifying and explaining proper cues for successfully performing the back crawl, demonstrating ability to perform the back crawl using a flutter kick, alternating arm motion, and body roll, and reciting and showing knowledge of 2-3 water safety rules for pool and open water - completing a self-esteem All About Me project - analyzing an article analysis based on the topic students chose - partnering with Margaret’s Place in regards to healthy relationships and anti-violence/bullying - exploring communicable and non-communicable diseases

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    We Got STEM!

    Students writing inequalities and represent solutions of inequalities on number lines - applying the addition and subtraction properties of inequality to produce equivalent inequalities (real-life applications) - using the Ladder Method, and Rainbow Factor to calculate the greatest common factor of two numbers - graphing equations written in slope intercept form and transforming equations into slope intercept form - examining and exploring heat transfer - creating a Solar System Travel Brochure - examining cell structures - predicting whether objects will sink or float based on Density and Buoyancy - coding robotics to complete different objectives using the NXT graphical programming language and Sphero EDU programming software - understanding why the tools of navigation are so important in a 3D modeling environment

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    Town Hall - Student-Building Work

    • This week’s quote speaks to our Social Emotional Learning Theme of Gratitude & Kindness: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
    • Please refer to the counselors' email on the Town Hall's New Format/Structure - See them for any questions for additional details
    • Tuesday - Friday (Work Completion Days – Please structure it so that students can complete homework, work on projects, and get work from other teachers - Fun Days - Students who have met behavioral expectations will enjoy recess or whatever classroom activity designed)
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    Collaborative & Department Work

    "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie


    • Full Department Meetings from 3-3:40PM: 11/18, 12/9, 1/27, 2/10, 3/9, 4/20, 5/11, 6/8
    • November 26th - Dept Members present latest assessment data analysis or discuss December's Upcoming Work - Unless your department leader has communicated other work
    • Month of December:
    • For the month of December, please take a close (or closer) look at the 2019 ELA, Math (take a look at the Regents to determine what adjustments are necessary), and Grade 8 Science or Earth Science exam - Social studies will review the American History exam
    • The goal is to identify trends, patterns, academic vocabulary, sentence phrasing, and what is the student being asked to do that he/she was not previously asked to do - From there, look at how you can add additional components/tasks/assessments to Rubicon Atlas and what instructional adjustment/supports will be designed

    Grade-Level Work


    • For the months of November & December, - RtI Meetings where applicable - Leslie Detres will communicate specifics
    • We will resume December 4 - Administration and Clinical - How's it Going and RtI Conversation - Closer look at The Struggling Student
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    GOT DATA???

    We thank everyone who has administered and who will administer our assessments - We appreciate the instructional adjustments you will design to further enhance learning - #datadriveninstruction



    • Must ask: Are Our Students Learning

      • What do my students need to learn? Why?

      • What have my students learned? How do I know?

      • What are my next steps? Why?


    • Task Predicts Performance


    • Questioning - are we posing low-level questions that address the standard or are we challenging students to think critically while addressing the same standard

      • LEVEL OF MASTERY THAT WILL BE REACHED IS DETERMINED BY WHAT SORT OF QUESTIONS STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ANSWER

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    Work Dates

    • November 25th - Residency - Year 1 in Room 312 ( 2A and 2B- "Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport" and "Establishing a Culture for Learning) - Year 2 in Room 313 (Domain 3a,3b,3c through an ENL/Special Education Lens)
    • November 26th - SLT Meeting @7:545AM
    • November 28th & 29th - Thanksgiving Recess - SCHOOL CLOSED
    • December 2nd - Faculty Meeting - DASA Law Overview
    • December 5th - Data Team Meeting @7:45AM
    • December 5th - Author Thanhha Lai Workshop - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Grade 8)
    • December 9th - Department Meetings @3PM
    • December 10th - PKMS Winter Concert @7PM
    • December 12th - Technology Team Meeting @7:45AM
    • December 13th - BERT Team Meeting @7:45AM
    • December 23rd - Jan 3rd - Holiday Recess
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    Work Reminders

    • Take attendance for each of your instructional periods
    • Ensure 504 and IEP Plans are being supported
    • Ensure grade content colleague planning - reflecting Rubicon Atlas
    • Ensure Gradebook and Teacher Webpage/Google Classroom reflect current information and assignments
    • Communicate with families and maintain that communication in PLP
    • Data Driven Instruction Model
      • Always Ask: Have They Learned? How Do You Know?
      • Training One Another
      • Discussing Student Performance Information
      • Designing Tiered Instruction
      • Reflecting on Daily Practice
      • Reviewing Assessments from All Content Areas (Formative, Summative, Interim)
      • Discussing Progress Monitoring Efforts
      • Pacing through Rubicon Atlas
    • Lesson Plans Should Be Designed with the following in Mind
      • Questions Posed - What is the level
      • Tiered Instruction
      • Guided Instruction
      • Driven By Data
      • Clear and Articulated Assessment Throughout (assessments must contain spiraling back questions)
      • Groupings (Fluid)
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    We thank you for your work in excellence and collaboration! Have a great day and take some time for YOU.