PKMS Update 1.13.20

A Close Look At How We Did & Will Do Our Work

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Good Day, PKMS Family.

Great start to the new year!

We continue to be appreciative of your engaging learning environments, dedication, planning, collaboration, assessment of students, focus, and hard work.

This week’s quote speaks to our Social Emotional Learning Theme of Collaboration: "Teamwork makes the dream work." - John Maxwell

As has become a part of the PKMS culture, please allow these words to inspire you as you design and redesign lessons, tasks, and questions, and reflect on practice.

Remember, to SMILE (Show My Infectious Lovable Energy) as it is the first thing students, families, and colleagues see.

Let's Keep These Thoughts in Mind:

  • Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
  • Gladden the heart of a child.
  • Always operate from a honest place.
  • Give a soft answer
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Turning Up The Heat!

    • Big thank you to our MBK mentors for their leadership and student outreach - Thank you to Amelia for helping lead the way - Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent MBK Trips and Mentoring Professional Development - Thank you, Ms. Simon for designing this work - Twitter Agrees with our work! Thank you to @EdTrustNY and @NYSEDNews for their support

    • Thank you to Dr. Campolongo and her Data & Tech Teams for their work with our STEAM Fair early design

    • Thank you to the ELA Department (Luongo leadership) for administering the ELA Simulation
    • Thank you to our BERT Team for their work

    • Thank you to Dan & Pat for their collaborative work this week

    • Thank you to Pat & Michelle for their collaborative work this week

    • We thank every department member for your discussions and focus during this week's department meetings- Thank you to those who are training staff in the weekly sessions

    • We thank Ms. Detres, Ms. Fervan, Ms. King, Ms. Mahy, Ms. Settembre, Ms. Tual, Ms. Zupa, Mr. Harrison, Dr. Robinson, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Coster for their work during our After School Program - We are also thankful to Andrew Weisman and Parketha Evans for providing a snack and drink (they will provide this until May 7)

    • Thank you for the RtI Meetings and Discussions this past week

    • Thank you to our security: Chemay, Nigel, Merriweather, Billy, and David for their work

    • Thank you to Tim, Mike, Mark, Kristen, Billy, Keith, and Manny for their work

    • Thank you to Parketha Evans and her Food Services Team

    • Thank you to our Clinical Team for continuing to support students, families, and staff

    • Thank you to staff for parent and family outreach and meetings conducted this week

    FACULTY MEETING - JAN. 13 @3pm in Auditorium - dasa & empire state grant


    On Thursday, January 30th from 6-7:30pm at the Chappaqua Crossing Conference Center, Dr. Stumacher will be speaking to parents about the Vaping Epidemic - Thank you to Katie Geider (Mondays & Wednesdays) and Casandra Lewis (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

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    A Humanities Lens

    Students discussing mummification and the afterlife - examining the major political reforms of the Progressive Era (Primary, Initiative, referendum & recall) & explaining through comparison of the spoils system why reform in government was necessary - discussing corruption in the Gilded Age - identifying the significance of the French and Indian War and learning how taxation worked in the Colonies - citing evidence from the text important when answering a text-dependent question (RACCEE Strategy) - understanding how conflict can guide decisions, that identity is a multifaceted concept with different components, and that people’s sense of identity can change over time - reading and discussing character motive and development - creating and accessing background knowledge of the The Great Depression and To Kill a Mockingbird by completing a Gallery Walk.

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    The Arts Live Here

    Students identifying what a coat of arms is and what it is used for, reading an article and answering questions, designing their own coat of arms shield, and sketching a design using 4 symbols that represent themselves - learning about the traditional hand building technique of coil building - creating a pinch pot that is inspired by Peekskill pride - describing music and interpret intent/meaning of musical themes - comparing and contrasting themes by analyzing musical scores - applying knowledge of previous bow and rhythm patterns to new scales and patterns - singing at least 3 harmonies at once (Soprano, Alto, Baritone) by learning to blend with their section - learning proper enunciation and diction by practicing warm ups that utilize their jaw muscles - learning how to follow their part in a score by annotating sections of their music

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    A Health-Conscious Mind & Body

    Students engaging in identifying and explaining the cues for passing, shooting, and dribbling, - be able to referee their own basketball game - identifying leagues and places they can play basketball within the community and surrounding area

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    We Got STEM!

    Students examining photosynthesis and cellular respiration - measuring matter - exploring atmosphere, relative humidity, and dew point - engineering design process to

    create a vehicle that keeps an egg safe when it crashes - designing straw tower project - using Lego and Sphero robotics to build and code their robot to complete several challenges using different sensors - video processing, using software, cameras, exploring various editing and producing processes

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    Town Hall - Student-Building Work

    • This week’s quote speaks to our Social Emotional Learning Theme of Collaboration: This week’s quote speaks to our Social Emotional Learning Theme of Collaboration: "Teamwork makes the dream work." - John Maxwell
    • January 13 & 27 - Please refer to the counselors' email on the Town Hall's New Format/Structure - See them for any questions for additional details
    • Tuesday - Friday (Work Completion Days – Please structure it so that students can complete homework, work on projects, and get work from other teachers - Fun Days - Students who have met behavioral expectations will enjoy recess or whatever classroom activity designed)
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    Collaborative & Department Work

    "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie

    • Full Department Meetings from 3-3:40PM: 1/27, 2/10, 3/9, 4/20, 5/11, 6/8
    • January 14 - Full Department Meeting - Math & Science will meet for a Professional Development Session on Problem Attic delivered by Dr. Sobrin in Room 215
    • January 14 - Full Department Meeting - Social Studies and ELA will meet for a Professional Development Session - See Department Leader for details


    Please note that announced and unannounced observations will resume the week of January 6. Please refer to original emails sent to you by the person or persons observing you.

    Grade-Level Work

    • RtI Meetings where applicable - Leslie Detres will communicate specifics
    • January 15 - RtI Work with Sadika Clarke during out usual times and locations
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    GOT DATA???

    We thank everyone who continue to create authentic, challenging, and standards-based assessments - We thank you for the analysis and task/lesson design to enhance learning - #datadriveninstruction

    • Must ask: Are Our Students Learning

      • What do my students need to learn? Why?

      • What have my students learned? How do I know?

      • What are my next steps? Why?

    • Task Predicts Performance

    • Questioning - are we posing low-level questions that address the standard or are we challenging students to think critically while addressing the same standard


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    Work Dates

    • January 13th - Faculty Meeting @3PM - DASA
    • January 16th - New Teacher Meeting @7:45AM in Library
    • January 16th - Hillcrest Parent Informational (2020-2021 Program Offerings) Meeting at Hillcrest - 6:30PM
    • January 17th - Department Leader Meeting @7:45AM
    • January 20th - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • January 21st - SLT Meeting @7:45AM in Library
    • January 23rd - Hudson River Museum - Grade 8 Science/STEM Classes
    • January 24th - PKMS Musical @7PM
    • January 25th - PKMS Musical @3PM
    • January 27th - Department Meetings @3PM
    • January 31st - End of Quarter Two
    • February 3rd - Faculty Meeting @3PM - Discipline & Attendance Data
    • February 6th - Data Team Meeting @7:45AM in Room 230
    • February 10th - Full Department Meeting @3PM
    • February 13th - BERT Meeting @7:45AM in Library
    • February 14th - Department Leader Meeting @7:45AM
    • February 14th - Talent Shows
    • February 17th - February 21st - NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
    • March 2nd - Faculty Meeting @3PM - NYS Testing Information
    • March 10th - PKMS' Board Presentation of our School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) @7PM in the Ford Administration Building - We'd love for you all to join us as we present
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    Work Reminders

    • Take attendance for each of your instructional periods
    • Ensure 504 and IEP Plans are being supported
    • Ensure grade content colleague planning - reflecting Rubicon Atlas
    • Ensure Gradebook and Teacher Webpage/Google Classroom reflect current information and assignments
    • Communicate with families and maintain that communication in PLP
    • Data Driven Instruction Model
      • Always Ask: Have They Learned? How Do You Know?
      • Training One Another
      • Discussing Student Performance Information
      • Designing Tiered Instruction
      • Reflecting on Daily Practice
      • Reviewing Assessments from All Content Areas (Formative, Summative, Interim)
      • Discussing Progress Monitoring Efforts
      • Pacing through Rubicon Atlas
    • Lesson Plans Should Be Designed with the following in Mind
      • Questions Posed - What is the level
      • Tiered Instruction
      • Guided Instruction
      • Driven By Data
      • Clear and Articulated Assessment Throughout (assessments must contain spiraling back questions)
      • Groupings (Fluid)
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    We thank you for your work in excellence and collaboration! Have a great day and take some time for YOU.