Math and Science Updates

December 2014

STAAR Testing Date Change for GRADE 5 MATH

The 5th grade math STAAR date has changed! We are now testing on April 20, 2015. The MOCK date will be changed, as well. Once the MOCK date is confirmed, I will send this information to you.

In the meantime, the 5th math Scope and Sequence should be followed as written. There are to be no changes, at this time, to what we have posted on the Scope and Sequence or the Unit Overviews. A plan will be put into place based on the new testing date, and that information will be available in January.

Professional Development Deadline Extension

The Number Talks Self-Guided PD and the REQUIRED Science Safety Training are due for completion NO LATER than January 16, 2015. This deadline will not be extended a second time. Please make sure that if you are a science teacher, you have completed your safety training by this time!

Math Lesson Plans

Some Secret Santas have been busy at work creating lesson plans for the first two weeks of January. All teachers in grades 1 - 5 will receive these lesson plans next week and will have an opportunity to discuss them with their instructional coach. By having the written plans, it should relieve some of your stress as we go into the holidays! You won't need to worry about lesson plans during your break!

The expectation is that we will use these lessons for instruction. You as the teacher may need to provide some differentiation in order to meet the needs of your students. When we meet in January for our extended day of planning, we will continue the lesson writing process!

Be sure to review and study your plans and ask lots of questions during your planning sessions next week!

Grade Level Planning Dates

All math teachers and instructional coaches will be meeting with me for a day of extended planning. Please make arrangements for a substitute for your class on your day. The planning sessions will run from 7:45 to 3:45 with a 45 minute lunch. Please bring a lunch or plan accordingly so that we can stick to the time schedule!

January 7 - 4th grade - NEY Computer Lab

January 9 - 5th grade - NEY 262

January 14 – 3rd grade - NEY Computer Lab

January 15 – 2nd grade - NOC 151

January 16 – 1st grade - NOC 151

Math Live Binders

I have added some more resources to the Math Live Binder. Take a look and check out some of the articles. Go back periodically for more updates and resources! To access the Live Binder, click on the link below. The password is math.

Happy Holidays!!

I hope you all have a wonderful two-week break! Rest, relax, enjoy family, eat lots of yummy food, play, be adventurous, and just have a lot of fun!! Come back ready for a fast and furious Spring semester!

See you all at our January planning sessions!

Happy New Year!!