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Acton Weekly Update: 1/20/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

Acton Facebook Page

Acton Website


Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Nuts and Bolts

Midterm window is now open and will CLOSE on Thursday, 2/2/17. Midterms will be posted online on Friday 2/3/17. Please be sure all grades are correctly posted before 3:00 on Thursday.

DIBELS parent reports will also go home on Friday, 2/3/17. We will print those off and put in your mailboxes.

FLU SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: Please teach your students and model sneezing and coughing into your elbow. Use hand sanitizer and review hand washing with warm water for 30 seconds.

Field Trips: Please do not schedule field trips on Wednesdays. If you've already scheduled a Wednesday trip, it is fine. However, from this point forward the transportation department will not be able to honor those requests.

I'll begin classified staff evaluations in the next couple of weeks. These will be need to be completed by April 28th.

Shari Switzer, Curriculum Director, will be coming in to classrooms across the township to observe the entire 90 minute reading block. Don't be surprised if you see her.

Please be sure you are releasing your Car rider, YMCA, Walkers and Day care students at 3:48. We are having students trickle down late and cars are held up while we wait.

Please have your class lined up and ready to walk out the door at 3:50 when the bell rings for buses. We are working hard to get buses out of the lot as quickly as possible. The longer students have to sit on the bus waiting, the more chance of inappropriate interactions on the bus.

Curriculum and Instruction

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST DIBELS PD DURING GRADE LEVEL PREP TIME (NO STAFF MEETING) Please come straight to the conference room during your grade level prep time with your DIBELS data and analysis. We will review all data and create new reading lab groups. We will also want to talk about all three tiers of support to get our students to benchmark. Please have your data complete and ready to discuss.

We've put reports and booklets back in your mailboxes yesterday or as soon as we received your completed test booklets.

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) This book made me wish that…

2.) Character Differences: Talk about a character that is very different from you. Describe the differences between you and that character.

Two Voices: Bring it all together with books written for two voices. Find text that lends itself to partners taking turns reading. This allows students to practice reading with appropriate phrasing, punctuation, expression, and pace.



ISTEP TEI (Technology Enhanced Items) Practice Items- This is a must do before the multiple choice tests.

Multiple Choice Practice Test

Reaching ALL Learners

Energizers and focusing activities foster positive mind-body states, leading to mind-sets of academic optimism and receptiveness to learning.

Combine Math with Movement: Pair students up and have them sit in their chairs facing their partners. If students are skip counting, they must touch the floor with their right hand and say, “Two!”, then touch the floor with their left hand and say, “Four!” and so on.

Older students can name prime numbers or even complete calculations while making physical movements. Students could do a cross lateral shoulder touch, name a number, then do a cross lateral knee touch and multiply the first number by a new number.

From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind

Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.


March 7th K-2 Teachers will get their replacement ipads.

These will be full size and not the mini ipads.

The TWITTER challenge is ON! As of now we are in the lead, however that means we have a target on our back. The other schools are planning how to catch up with us. THIS MEANS WE NEED TO KICK IT UP A NOTCH!!! BE SURE TO TWEET YOUR HEART OUT THIS WEEK.

Don't forget to add the hashtag #flashforward

Twitter Challenge!!!! Let's do this!!!!

If you haven't set up your Twitter account yet please do so NOW. Helpful tips in the link below.

How to Grow Your PLN

Our District Twitter Challenge has now started and you are eligible for PRIZES if you participate! Below is a video clip of me explaining how it works. You have from now til the end of February to participate.. and the building with the highest participation will receive a prize as well! Feel free to email Mark or myself if you have any questions!

Good Luck and Happy Tweeting!


Link to Bingo Board

New to Twitter?? Use this link to help you get ready!

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What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester


24 K-5 Related Arts PD/ Anna Cook will be presenting to staff about High Ability Instruction.

24 counselors Meeting

25 K-5 Related Arts PLC

26 Leadership Team Mtg

26 2nd Gr Field Trip NIFS

30 5th gr Field Trip IRT

31 SpEd Leader Team Mtg

31 Grade level Data Digs- NO TUESDAY PD, but we will meet during your Prep times.

Read Across America Details!

Dress up days:

  • Mixed up Monday- No school

  • Twin Tuesday- Dress like a friend

  • Wacky Wednesday- Wacky Seuss hair

  • Theodore Thursday- Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

  • Fun with Reading Friday- Wear a shirt with a saying or words


  • Estimation jar with puff balls

  • Dr. Seuss quote each day

Read-a-thon Wednesday:

  • Read, Read, Read all day long

  • How many different places in the building can you read?

  • How many different ways can you read?

  • Pair with your I-step buddy and read

  • Invite parents and other adults to come read to your class


  • Dr. Seuss door contest! Which teacher has the best, most creative themed door?

Bulletin board

  • Interactive bulletin board outside the library. All students can vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book

Related Arts

  • Music: sing Dr. Seuss songs

  • Art: create Dr. Seuss pictures or crafts

  • PE: play Dr. Seuss themed games

  • Library: read, compare, contrast Dr. Seuss stories

App- Dr. Seuss Camera- This is an app that does cost 99 cents. There are several versions of it. Check it out!