Monday Memo


From the Principal...

Good evening!

I apologize for the "late" arrival of you Monday Memo. We've just returned from the ConnectED Leadership and Learning Academy in Dallas. It was an incredible honor to be among 47 of the other 114 ConnectED schools. Learning about the journey, both successes and challenges, was great experience. The Academy had a teacher's track and a principal's track. Teachers focused on instructional strategies and teacher leadership. Principals focused on 5 best practices and next steps in planning for next year. In this Monday Memo, I'm including some information about a few of the topics addressed this weekend, In particular, the Classroom APP and the introduction to Challenge-Based Learning. I have also included a few take-ways from Natalie Kimbrell and Kinsey Tupper.

An Opportunity for Science Learning and Leadership

What Will We Do?

Collaborate and make vertical connections with other OKCPS science teachers

Explore the new OK Science Standards in depth

Experience lesson activities that integrate physical science content with scientific practices and crosscutting concepts

]Use and create assessments for learning (AfL) that guide learning and target student misconceptions

Receive and create lessons aligned to the Standards that can be used in your classroom

When: July 18 through July 22 (summer days)

November 1 or November 3 (fall follow-up day)

Time: 8:30 AM—4:30 PM (Lunch on your own)

Where: K20 Center — University of Oklahoma Research Campus

And the icing on the cake….there is a 750.00 stipend for attending and publishing the products.

Need to know more? Email me….

Ready to sign up?

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Apple Classroom APP


Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.

Assign Shared iPads to students
- Once configured, Classroom connects to nearby student devices
- Classroom intelligently assigns students to the Shared iPad they most recently used
- Log students out of Shared iPad at the end of a session to prepare for the next class

Start, focus, or pause student work
- Launch any app, website, or book on student devices with a tap
- Lock devices into a single app to help students focus
- Lock screens to pause work or refocus your class

See what your students see with Screen View
- See an overview of all student screens at once
- Focus on a single student screen
- Students are informed when their screens are being viewed

Share student work on the classroom Apple TV
- Showcase the great work your students are doing to the class
- Use AirPlay to wirelessly present a student’s screen
- Students are informed when their screens are being presented

Reset forgotten passwords right in the classroom
- Reset a Managed Apple ID password without calling IT

Organize student devices using groups
- Classroom automatically creates groups of students based on the apps they are using
- Teachers can create groups to break students into project teams
- Perform actions on entire groups or on individual students within groups

Great for use with both 1:1 and Shared iPad student devices
All actions take place over the local network only.

ConnectED Academy Teacher Take-Aways

The biggest thing that I took away from the ConnectED conference this past weekend is the incredible amount of support that is behind our use of this technology. The number of professional, extremely knowledgeable people that are behind us is astounding. They are a wealth of knowledge. I was also very relieved to discover that other schools have experienced the same challenges that we have experienced. I guess the overlying theme of what I took away is that we are not alone. I am SO excited to share everything that I have learned with all of you. I hope that I am able to help you with achieving things within your classroom that you never thought were possible!

Kinsey Tupper-4th Grade Teacher

I think the most important thing for me, that I took away from this academy was the strategy of using Challenge-Based Learning. This will help me reach not only the next level in LOTI but all levels.

Natalie Kimbrell-5th Grade Teacher

Important Dates

May 19, Arthur Elementary Community Advisory Board Meeting at 4:00pm

May 20-25 3rd, 4th, 5th EOY RSA Conferences.

May 26 OSDE SIG Schools Meeting at Arthur at 9:30 -11:30 (Media Center)

May 26 EOY Awards 3rd & 4th at 1:00pm 5th & 6th at 2:00pm

May 27 EOY Awards Pre-K & KDG at 9:00 am 1st & 2nd at 10:00am

May 26, EOY School-Wide Picnic (Sack Lunches) 11:00-1:00pm

May 23-25 iPads will be collected for reconfiguration for the next year (further details to be determined)

May 27th Last Day of School for Students

May 27 5th & 6th Final Walk 1:30pm

May 30 No School/Offices Closed

May 31 Last Day for Teachers- Records Day (Optional eBackpack Webinar 12:00-1:30)