Acton Weekly Update: 1/13/2017
Nuts and Bolts
To all staff:
Included is a survey from the Board of School Trustees seeking your input regarding desired characteristics to be sought in the new superintendent search. Your opinions will be received anonymously. The Board is interested in recommendations from the staff and will use these in helping with the selection of a new superintendent. We will also hold a public input forum on January 23 at 7:00pm at CTEC. Staff members are welcome to attend this forum as well.
Thank you for taking the time to provide the Board with your opinions. Click the following link to be directed to the survey. Please complete the survey by January 23.
I've reviewed the Convocation Survey Data and overwhelmingly we want to have a FUN Pep Session style Assembly for our students before ISTEP begins. I'll send out an invite to those who voiced that they would like to assist and we will get started on that ASAP. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT!!!
Feel free to follow the link for the newest
Healthy Flashes Newsletter from our HR dept and Wellness Committee
Jump Rope for Heart Convo on January 20th.
RA Schedule for the day:
9-9:30 5th Grade RA
9:35-10:05 4th grade RA
10:10-10:40 3rd Grade RA
10:45-11:15 2nd Grade RA
12:45-1:15 1st grade RA
1:20-1:50 Kindergarten RA
Assembly at 3:10. We will start calling classes down at 3:00.
Curriculum and Instruction
Thursday: Third Grade will be participating in the statewide ISTEP Readiness Testing session. They will be using both computer labs and the Chromebooks from 10-11 AM.
IT'S DIBELS MOY TESTING TIME!!! PLEASE work hard to get these completed in an efficient amount of time and do so with validity to the testing process. If you have any questions at all contact Ronna. Grades 3-5 Don't forget to do your DAZE tests, too! The sooner the booklets are turned into the office, the sooner we can input your data and get reports to you. We will have a DIBELS Data Dig during your prep times on January 31st, but there will be no PD meeting that morning.
Here is a resource that parents can use to help their child connect to STEM educational opportunities:
ISTEP RELEASED ITEMS TO BE USED FOR ISTEP PREPARATION:
FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%
Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~
1.) How Characters Feel: Describe how the main character might have felt at different points in the story. Student can share pictures or words to support his interpretation.
2.) Because… The pages I read today were interesting because…
Practice the Punctuation~A reader’s voice should change when it “reads” punctuation. Stopping, pausing, and adjusting volume all impact the overall comprehension of the text. Give students multiple opportunities to practice.
Reaching ALL Learners
The brain acts differently when choice is offered. Choice changes the chemistry of the brain. When learners get to choose a task, the resources, or the parameters for accomplishment, their stress is lower. Students feel more positive about the task and look forward to participating and succeeding.
· Use expressions that offer choice, “You might like to…, or “You may find… or, “Others have found…”
· Allow your learners to make appropriate choices in their learning. They may select from a menu of topics or choose their own. The amount of choice offered should vary and be age-appropriate.
· Students may also create or have input in the criteria for assessment.
From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind and Brain Compatible Strategies
Tuesday's PD will be in the LGI room. We will discuss the TWITTER CHALLENGE- bring your phone or ipad. You'll have an opportunity to tweet several items from the challenge board.
January 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.
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!
New to Twitter?? Use this link to help you get ready!
What's Coming Up
Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester
3 Students Return for Second Semester
5 Principals Meeting
9- Feb 24 WIDA
9-27 MOY Dibels
9 School Board Meeting
9 Evacuation Drill
10 3rd gr Field Trip NIFS
12 Music Recruiting Concert MSE 12:30-1:35
13 Yearbook Activity Picture Day
16 MLK Day-closed
17 SpEd Elementary PD
17 SpEd Leader Team Mtg
18 Hot Box Pizza PTO Fundraiser (All Day)
19 Instrument testing for music (PM)
20 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM
20 Nadine here
24 K-5 Related Arts PD
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