SPARTAN ACADEMY

Week Of February 20, 2017 - February 24, 2017 (Wk22)

"THE FOUNDATION OF SPARTAN ACADEMY" - "WHERE STUDENTS SUCCEED AND FUNCTION WITH BEHAVIORAL NORMS"

  • Lesson Plans are non-negotiable and are due every Friday. Please upload your lesson plans to the shared Google Drive folder.
  • High School Teachers -- be looking in your email for an update to the lesson plan due dates this week to accommodate even/odd weeks.
  • Reminder to all teachers - please ensure that you are using your Daily Attendance Logs to keep documentation of your back up attendance. More Logs are available at your request.
  • Calls home: 5 x 5 x 5 -- 5 positive, 5 academic, and 5 attendance -- that's three phone calls a day. Remember to document all phone calls in student's phone logs.


Attendance

Remember to only use the attendance on the home page of ASPEN. Please, update any tardy students in ASPEN when they arrive late!


Teachers are reminded that Daily Attendance is to be taken in ASPEN within the first 15 minutes of class each period. Usage of the Daily Attendance Logs is not an option, it is mandated per the Code of Virginia - § 22.1-259.



Security Reminders


  • Always lock up all personal items
  • DO NOT give students building keys for any reason.
  • DO NOT open doors for staff. Side entrance will be locked by 8 AM each day. After 8 AM only use the front door entrance.
  • Restricted Movement means Restricted Movement! No one is to move when a Restricted Movement Notice has been given. Students nor staff are permitted to be in the hall way. It is for your safety!
  • DO NOT purchase snacks for students out of the vending machines.
  • DO NOT block a door if a student is trying to leave. Alert your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT encourage students to leave you room. If you need a student removed, ask your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT deny students entrance into class if they are late.
  • Please place notification on your door if you are relocating your classroom.
  • In order for a student to leave the classroom - 1. you must grant them permission, 2. a pass must be given to the student, 3. time frame expectation must be communicated to the student


Strengthening the Craft of Teaching and Learning


Jobs for the Future focus strategy for February 7th - February 24th

QUESTIONING

Questioning challenges students and teachers to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry. Effective Questioning (by the teacher and by students) deepens classroom conversations and the level of discourse students apply to their work. Teachers use this strategy to create opportunities for students to investigate and analyze their thinking, as well as the thinking of their peers and the authors they read in each of their classes. The mark of a highly engaged classroom is when all students are asking thoughtful questions on their own initiative.


Teach Like a Champion strategies for February 7th - February 24th

THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINES

DO NOW

(REVISITING)

Do Now is a short activity you have written on the board or placed on students' desks for them to do as soon as they enter the classroom, as part of an Entry Routine.

Students should be able to enter and begin Do No without any specific instruction to do so and using materials they have at hand.


THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINES

TIGHT TRANSITIONS

To maximize time and energy for learning, champion classrooms have Tight Transitions that students can execute without extensive narration by the teacher.

Teachers need to envision what the transition will look like and sound like, and how long it will take to execute. Once you have routinized a transition, you can add a touch of joy -- for example, a song that ends as the transition draws to a close.



SOL Updates


TestNav 8 Updates to Mathematics Tools Practice Items

TestNav 8 conversions to the Mathematics Tools Practice Items are currently in progress. A completion date will be communicated through a mathematics update when the items become available. TestNav 8 SOL Practice Items are currently available for Grades 3 – 8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.


Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) for Grades 4 and 5 MathematicsThis Superintendent’s Memo provides information regarding the transition between static and computer adaptive testing for Grades 4 and 5 Mathematics beginning Spring 2017. Please note that revised SOL Testing Blueprints for CAT are now posted, as well as additional CAT resources. If you try to view the new blueprints and see the “original” version, please clear your Web browser’s cache and history.

§ MEMO 173-16
Shorter Version of the Grades 4 and 5 Mathematics Standards of Learning Tests Administered in a Computer Adaptive Testing Format beginning in Spring 2017



Superintendent’s Memo #244-16


COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education


September 23, 2016

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework

On September 22, 2016, the Board of Education adopted the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework for public schools in Virginia (see Agenda Item D). The final version of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework will be posted on the Virginia Department of Education's website no later than December 31, 2016.

The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning identify academic content for essential components of the mathematics curriculum at different grade levels for Virginia's public schools. The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework, a companion document to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning, amplifies the standards and further defines the content knowledge, skills, and understandings that are measured by the Standards of Learning assessments.

The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework follows:

The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework


2016-2017 School Year – Crosswalk between 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning

  • VDOE staff provides a crosswalk between the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
  • School divisions incorporate the new standards into local written curricula for inclusion in the taught curricula during the 2017-2018 school year.



2017-2018 School Year – Crosswalk Year

  • 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning are included in the written and taught curricula.
  • Spring 2018 Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and include field test items measuring the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning.



2018-2019 School Year – Full-Implementation Year

  • Written and taught curricula reflect the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
  • Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.



Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:

  • review and align mathematics curricula with the revised standards;
  • review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;
  • develop new materials where needed; and
  • provide staff development for teachers.


If you are in the process of planning professional development in mathematics, please consider using all or parts of the VDOE mathematics professional development resources available. The resources from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 institutes were designed as self-guided professional development for teams of teachers (grade level or course), broken into modules that are rarely longer than 40 or 45 minutes in length. Parts of these professional development modules could be used/modified to create division-level professional development.

Online Technical Assistance Resources

The Virginia Department of Education’s website includes multiple resources to assist focus schools with meeting the needs of identified proficiency gap groups.




English


VDOE English SOL Resources


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis


Text Dependent Questions: Sample Question Starters


Prompts for Text Dependent Questions


Please use the link and password below to access a tutorial for NoRedInk Premium. Pass this along to your English department for those who did not attend training.


Link to video library: https://vimeo.com/album/4159266

Password (please do not circulate outside of RPS): bDpfVamg6yq!


Please let me know if you need any additional assistance with the program.



Science


VDOE Science Spring 2014 Instructional Guidance based on Student Performance


VDOE Earth Science Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instr. Guidance


VDOE Biology Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance


VDOE Chemistry Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance



Math


VDOE Algebra I Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Geometry Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Algebra II Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis



History


VDOE North America Geographic Regions


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions with Counties


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions of Virginia Outline


VDOE CTE Career Clusters

Positive Interventions

click the box above to access the article regarding two different approaches/beliefs to dealing with problem behaviors

"Less Than 100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"

Monday - February 20, 2017


Word of the Day: No Students


Odd classes week--


No School- Holiday



Tuesday February 21, 2017


Word of the Day: Abhor - hate


Common Assessment Day - Odd Classes (makeup if needed) - All students on your roster are required to test --


Edgenuity Staff will be onsite today at 1:15 when your lunch ends to observe teachers facilitating Edgenuity in class. Afterward, we will have an informal session with the teachers to discuss their use and give them some basic ideas on how to better implement and monitor the students.


Girls Group Meeting - 11:00 a.m. - downstairs conference room - see Ms. Grimes for additional information




Wednesday -February 8, 2017


Word of the Day: Bigot - narrow minded


Common Assessment Day - Odd Classes (makeup if needed) - All students on your roster are required to test --


Weekly Attendance Meetings - SAST


Edgenuity Staff member will return the next day, Wednesday, February 22nd, from 2:00 to 5:00pm to do some further coaching with three Edgenuity teachers.


Team Meetings after school



Thursday - February 22, 2017


Word of the Day: Counterfeit - fake; false


Quick Staff meeting regarding VTSS - Virginia Tiered Systems of Support - 3:15 pm. - Media Center



Friday February 23, 2017


Word of the Day: Kindle - to start a fire

Suggested Reading

"Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males" by Alfred Tatum


For those who truly wish to leave no child behind, the racial achievement gap in literacy is one of the most difficult issues in education today, and nowhere does it manifest itself more perniciously than in the case of black adolescent males.


Approaching the problem from the inside, Alfred Tatum bring together his various experiences as a black male student, middle school teacher working with struggling black male readers, reading specialist in an urban elementary school, and staff developer in classrooms across the nation. [Tatum's] book, Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males offers teachers and schools a way to reconceptualize literacy instruction for those who need it most.

Concerns and Updates

  • Common Assessments are scheduled on Monday's twice a month -- p[lease make sure even and odd week classes are given the assessment.

  • History Fair - March 9th @ the Virginia Holocaust Museum - 5:00 pm -- awards ceremony is at 6:00 pm

  • STEM Fair - March 29th - 5:30- 6:45 - at Science Museum

  • Edgenuity staff will conduct full orientation session on Tuesday, February 28th to fill in any gaps in their understanding of our platform.

  • Writing SOL Schedule - 12th Graders ----3-7-17 & 3-8-17 ---11th Graders ---3-28-17 & 3-29-17 ----- 8th Graders ---- 3-21-17 & 3-22-17

  • History Fair - March 9th - 5-6 @ the Virginia Holocaust Museum - 2000 East Cary Street -

  • The Writing testing window is 03/13 thru 03/31 - for Juniors and select seniors.

  • SAT Day is March 1st for all juniors. All juniors sit be registered by February 15th.
  • 2016 Mathematics SOL Crosswalk Documents Now Available

  • Crosswalk documents for the approved 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework are now available for each grade level and course. The Crosswalks provide a summary of revisions including the additions

    , deletions, and edits. It provides educators the opportunity to review the 2009 Mathematics SOL alongside the newly adopted 2016 Mathematics SOL


The next bullets are opportunities for teachers and our students


6-Sessions All About Google


Learn how easy it is to use Google tools for any classroom.

- Find the Google tools every teacher needs in their digital toolkit

- Collaborate anytime and anywhere with Google Drive and Docs

- Overcome group project issues with Presentations and Spreadsheets

- Take the complication out of formative assessment with Google Forms

- Discover the best Chrome Apps for your classroom

- Go beyond the basics with your class using Google Drawings and Slides


click link below ---


https://simplek12.leadpages.co/event-11-5/?cc=email-p4
Superintendent's Memo #294-14

Information regarding SOL History Tests

Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Google Docs, this is the Google Doc to make a copy of and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Microsoft Word Doc Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Microsoft Word, this the the Word Doc to download and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Lesson Plan Guided Notes

A quick reference for the lesson plan format.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY eBOOK

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Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email me at your earliest convenience.


As always, thank you for all of your hard work and for continuing to Inspire Excellence for all of our students!

A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others