Wallace Weekly

February 15th - February 19th

Weekly Recap

Happy Friday!

I hope you felt the love the past 10 days with the Wallace 10 Days of Love and Joy calendar. Please know we recognize and appreciate all you do for your students!!

Thanks for being on time and representing Wallace well on Monday at District Wide Day. Morning sessions start promptly at 8:00 with afternoon sessions starting at 12:30. Breakfast and lunch on your own (giving you 1.5 hours for lunch!) If you have any questions about where to go, please let me know.

The first session of Saturday School will be held next Saturday, February 20.

15 days until Spring Break-we’ve got this!!

Spotlight On...

  • Several classes studied the Chinese New Year this week. Mariana's husband has a foreign exchange student at his school from Beijing, China. The 6th graders Skyped with him, and he taught them about the Chinese New Year and the lunar calendar. He even taught them numbers 1-10 in Chinese and gave them a "pop quiz" as he called it! He gave the guys that answered his pop quiz questions correctly a virtual high five or fist bump! It was a great experience for all. Check out the pictures below, and be sure to click on the mediacast link to see a video of the Sype!

  • We have writing wizards at Wallace Elementary! Mrs. Whitaker’s kindergarteners are doing ratiocination in their writing! Ratiocination is a method and strategy used to revise and edit written compositions. It provides a visual, concrete, authentic, student-directed, self-differentiated, FUN way for writers to become detectives looking for codes and clues. The class first examined a mentor text, and with green and red colors in their hand, went on a hunt, circling all capital letters with a green circle and ending punctuation with a red circle. This experience of noticing and engagement in a mentor text served as an excellent springboard into using those same clues and codes in their own writing! With the help of their “clue decoder,” and red and green colors, students returned to their writing journal to review and revise one of their “stories inside me.” The kids had full command of the task, understood their specific goals to address in their writing and made corrections on their own. The room buzzed with the kind of writing conversations heard in upper-grade classrooms during writing. Every teacher, K-6, no matter the content, has a responsibility to encourage and foster a love of writing. How refreshing to see our youngest Wolverines well on their way to becoming competent writers for life!

    -Karen Arthur

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  • Chelsey has been rockin' and rollin' during station time in her class! She has worked very hard to get math stations started in her classroom. She also has a neat way of displaying the assigned stations for each pair of students. Refer to the station chart below. Her students were engaged and very excited about working in the stations. This is an example of how putting in the effort on the front end reduces the emount of effort required to maintain student engagement and attention to tasks.

Duty Reminders

Week of February 15th - February 19th

Cafeteria- DeCosta, Balmer, Dunham

Gym- C.Smith, M.Price

AM Circle Drive- Raine

5th & 6th Grade Hall- Stafford, Williams

Safety Patrol Morning Duty-Knox

On the Horizon

Monday, February 15th

  • Staff Development Day
  • Morning TELPAS Calibration at 8:15
  • Afternoon TELPAS Calibration at 12:45

Tuesday, February 16th

  • Book Fair all week
  • Begin Collecting TELPAS Writing Samples
  • Additional Callibration at 3:30 pm

Wednesday, February 17th

  • After School Tutoring
  • Report Cards go home

Thursday, February 18th

  • PTA Meeting/ Multicultural Night at 6:30
  • Donuts & Dads
  • Faculty Meeting-STAAR Training

Friday, February 19th

Saturday, February 20th

  • Saturday School Session 1

Happy Birthday to...

February Birthdays

  • Jessica Haas 2/1
  • Maggie Lamberth 2/2
  • Debbie Yarger 2/9
  • Emily Slatkovsky 2/10
  • Kori Markusson 2/21