Middle School Weekly Wrap Up

October 12, 2018

Data Team Meeting Requirements:

Tuesday & Thursday: ­ Data Team Meetings

  • All teachers on the team required to attend each meeting.
  • Record sessions in BB Collaborate
  • Discuss student concerns using various data points
  • Assign interventions for students struggling in the classroom
  • MTSS leadership team members will join meetings to offer intervention ideas to work with students who are struggling in the classroom. If he/she cannot join, he/she will view the recording and email suggestions.

Wednesday & Friday: Curriculum Meeting

  • All curriculum teachers are required to attend each meeting.
  • Record each session
  • Teachers who teach common content within grade levels will meet to plan weekly instruction.
  • Throughout each class students will be different but the goal will all be the same, ensure that all students master the common unit assessment. While the pacing may be a bit different, along with the delivery mode, the learning targets should be aligned to meet the common goal of the unit assessment.
  • Together, teachers should be examining results of common unit assessments, formative assessments, and CDT data to determine if students are learning standards, if content may need to be retaught, and sharing effective teaching practices.
  • If one teacher has had great success teaching a concept, and another teacher’s students struggled with the same concept, there should be an examination of how each teacher taught that concept, to identify what worked.
  • Curriculum coordinators and instructional coaches will attend meetings with teams to discuss instruction, curriculum frameworks and outcomes during these meeting times. All teachers are required and expected to attend to give input.

Common Unit Assessment Accommodations:

  • Teachers should be using the accommodations from the Local Assessments information from a student's IEP for the Common Unit Assessment.

  • A sample is provided below of a special education student's local assessments accommodations. As you can see, the only accommodation...frequent breaks. This is very different than viewing the student's SDI's.
  • The SDI's should be followed for all other assessments in class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the principals or special education assistant director or director.

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Daily Walkthroughs by principals:

Each week principals will be visiting teachers' classrooms. It is our hope that the walkthrough will serve as a tool to drive a cycle of continuous improvement by focusing on the effects of instruction. Below are some of the specific benefits that we hope to enhance:

  • Administrators become more familiar with the school’s curriculum and teachers’ instructional practices.
  • Administrators can gauge the climate of a school (Are students engaged? Are cross-curricular concepts a part of everyday teaching?).
  • Promote a team culture where teachers and administrators examine instruction and student motivation and achievement.
  • Administrators establish themselves as leaders and instructional mentors, influencing teaching, learning, and ongoing school renewal.
  • Students see that both administrators and teachers value instruction and learning.

PA Convention Invention: Online Virtual Competition

All Pennsylvania students (public, charter, & private) in grades 5 to 12 are invited to enter this competition.


1. Online Virtual Competition

Students will create a prototype* of their invention and submit an elevator product pitch (up to 3 minutes) video describing their invention. PETE&C judges will view videos and select the competition FINALISTS.

*Prototype: A model of a product that is used for testing before it is manufactured. Prototypes help designers learn about the manufacturing process of a product, how people might use it, and its durability. For this competition, participants will create a physical prototype (versus a virtual prototype). Essentially, the prototype is a real model of your invention--something that enables a user, investor, or developer to imagine or experience how the invention works. The prototype does NOT need to be a fully functioning prototype; however, the quality of your prototype may get you to the next level of the competition. The prototype may be made from any type of (safe) material.

NOTE: Student created apps and programs are also acceptable prototypes.

December 31, 2018 ENTRY DEADLINE

Below is the link for more information, rules, and registration for students.

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