Waterville Primary School

Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!

Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

Formative Assessment Strategies for:

Misconception Check: Present students with common or predictable misconceptions about a designated concept, principle, or process. Ask the students whether they agree or disagree and explain why. The misconception check can also be presented in the form of a multiple choice or true-false quiz.

Numbered Tables: The students are put at tables of 3 or 4. Each student is given a number from 1-4. The students are then given a discussion topic to discuss in their groups. The teacher then calls a number, for instance "2". All students with the number 2 assigned to them stand up and discuss what their group talked about (or give the answer their group came up with). Basically, all students have the opportunity to be the expert.

Piece It Together: To check for understanding before a quiz or test, the teacher creates questions and answers on separate flash cards. The students must match the questions and answers. When the teacher asks the questions, both partners (question and answer) stand up and present their information.

If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!

Events for the Week of January 11th-January 15th

Dates to Remember

Monday, January 11th: WPA Mtg @ 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 12th: BOE Mtg @ 6:00pm

Wednesday, January 13th: Primary Principal's Mtg @ 9:30am-11:30am

Thursday, January 14th: End of Second Quarter

Thursday, January 14th: Staff Mtg @ 3:40pm

Friday, January 15th: No students, Teacher Workday

Friday, January 15th: RIMP Progress Reports due

Monday, January 18th: No School

Tuesday, January 19th-February 5th: Winter Benchmarking period

Wednesday, January 20th: Informal Obs Ernsthausen @ 10:55am

Thursday, January 21st: Bucket Filling Store

Thursday, January 21st: Box Top Cookie Treats!

Friday, January 22nd: Bucket Filling Store

Friday, January 22nd: Informal Post Conf Ernsthausen @ 2:15pm

Wednesday, January 27th: K-6 Principal's Mtg @ CAO 9am

Thursday, January 28th: Fire Drill AM

Tuesday, February 16th: 2 Hour Delayed Start

Tuesday, March 15th: Full Day Professional Development Day

General Information

*Pint Size Hero Blood Drive: The Pint Size Hero Blood Drive will take place on February 1st. Jennifer Hughes, a representative from the Red Cross, will be presenting information to the students at lunch time on Monday, January 11th. She will stop in kindergarten classrooms as well. This is the schedule she will be following:

11:00-11:10 Persinger and Ryan (AM kindergarten)

11:15-11:25 Buehrer (AM kindergarten)

11:30-11:50 First Grade

11:55-12:15 Second Grade

12:20-12:40 Third Grade

12:45-1:05 Fourth Grade

1:10-1:20 Persinger and Ryan (PM kindergarten)

* Lori and I are planning to hold our PBIS meetings with each grade level during lunch time in the cafeteria. We can then have access to the entire grade level at once without interrupting your academic time (especially since these next 2 weeks are shortened). We will be focusing on the review of appropriate bus and recess behavior. If there are additional topics that you feel should be discussed at your grade level, please let one of us know. We will plan to meet with each grade on Tuesday, January 19th.

*Please remind families that breakfast is not served to the students on a 2-Hour Delayed

Start Day. Thanks!

*Please remember to wear your school ID badges while at work.

*Formal OTES timeline:

First observation completed by 1/15/16

Second Observation completed by 3/25/16

Entire process completed by 4/15/16

Informal OTES timeline:

Staff only needing: Professional Growth Plan, Observation, and Meeting:

Observation and meeting completed by 2/26/16

*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.

*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!

Winter RTI Benchmark Screening

The timeframe for our winter RTI benchmark screening is fast approaching! The window is Jan 19th- Feb 5th, and the schedule is as follows:

Grade K STAR Early Literacy is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below

Grade 1 STAR Early Literacy or STAR Reading is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below

Grade 2-4 STAR Reading is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below

Grade 1-4 STAR Math is the week of Jan 25th.

Grade K-4 Writing is the week of Jan 19th or Jan 25.

Make up screening is week of Feb 1st.

BGSU Student Teacher Matching

We have scheduled a BGSU matching evening on February 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm for teachers interested in mentoring a methods/student teacher next school year. You will have the opportunity to interview teacher candidates and match with one. This event will be hosted at Waterville for all 3 primary buildings. Please let me know if you have any questions.

WPA Box Top Cookie Treats!

Congratulations to the class at each grade level that turned in the highest number of box tops: Kindergarten: Mrs. Buehrer, First Grade: Mrs. Ansted, Second Grade: Mrs. Ernsthausen, Third Grade: Mrs. Snyder, Fourth Grade: Mrs. Foore.

The cookies will be delivered to the office on January 21st by 9:30am for these winning classes to enjoy! Thank you WPA!

Waterville Induction Ceremonies

Thank you again to everyone for making our induction ceremonies yesterday so special and impactful. Our students were absolutely amazing and made us incredibly proud as they politely and respectfully participated in the ceremonies as active listeners. We hope you were able to watch the Toledo 11 clip, as it highlights this special occasion for our students, school, and community leaders. If you were not able to see it and would like to, click this link and it will take you to the online video clip: https://www.facebook.com/wtol11/videos/10153187840811481/

SLO Schedule


Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...

11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!

11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!

11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!

11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!

11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!

11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!

AIR Testing:

Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.

The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.

The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.

Log In URL:

Test Administrator User Guide:
User Guide

Test Administration Certification Course:
Certification Course