Meadow Brook Staff Newsletter

Week of January 14

Quote of the Week

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

Tech Tip from Mrs. Pool

Tech tip: Use Google Slides to create a comic strip template

This is a fun way for students to show what they know! It could be used in any subject to show steps in a process or cycle, to summarize content, or to explain a concept.

PLC Focus

We want to really dig into STAR data. Remember our goals for STAR (see below). How our we progressing?

We also want to communicate with parents about how their student is scoring. We have a half sheet of paper where the students will write in their reading and math scores. I have made copies and given them to all the math teachers. ELA and Math teachers you guys will need to coordinate a day so that both classes can write in their scores.

This half sheet is short and sweet for parents. The point behind it is for parents to see if their student's scores are increasing and if their student is meeting benchmark. For the parents who would like to have more information about STAR scores we will post the following pdfs on the website and ask that you send these out through Remind when the half sheets go home.

Grade 6 STAR Goals

Grade 5 STAR Goals

A few tips for getting scores quick and easy:

The "Test Record" report in Star is a great report that will give you all the test scores for each student of your students. Choose the following settings:


-scroll to the bottom, choose "Test Record"

--Select Students: click on "classes" and choose one class at a time

--Reporting Parameter Group: leave alone

--Reporting Period: leave alone

--Show Grade Equivalent: No

--the rest leave the same

This will give you each student's test scores on individual pages.

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PLC Folder

This is a direct link to the shared PLC folder. Once you open it you may want to star it so it won't get lost in the "Shared with Me" folder.

This Week:

  • Monday: (A day)
  • Tuesday: (B day)
  • Wednesday: (A day) Mark out in the afternoon-- NO STAFF MEETING!
  • Thursday: (B day) Mark out all day-- Jessica out in the afternoon
  • Friday: (A day) Mark out all day

Important Updates/Reminders

  • Sloan and Stacy are working on Career Connections day. They will be getting more information to you shortly.

Dates Coming Up:

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Day/ No school

Jan. 25: Career Connections (6th grade, starting at 12:30)

Jan. 29-Jan. 30: Vision Screening *We are currently working on a schedule.

Feb. 4- Feb. 22: STAR progress monitoring window

Feb. 11- Feb. 15: Kindness Week

Grade Cam Camera

We now have a camera to use to score your Grade Cam assignments if you want to save your phone battery. We will keep the camera in the Maker Lab where the software will be loaded on to one of those computers. You will also have the option to check out the camera through Mrs. Pool if you want to load the software on your computer in your classroom.

Robotics Camp--5th grade

There will be an after school robotics exploration camp held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 3:05pm to 4:30pm, and again on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 3:05pm to 5:00pm for 30 students in 5th grade. On Thursday, January 17th from 4:30pm to 5:00pm family members are able to attend our showcase to see what students have accomplished over the 2 day camp.

The first 30 students to return this signed permission slip will be allowed to participate. Permission slips must be returned to Mrs. Edwards NO LATER than Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 3:05pm. Student will only be able to stay after school with this signed permission slip.

Instructional Strategies

Don't underestimate the power of a single dot! Ms. Wright's students BEG for dots. Ask her to tell you more about how she uses this strategy to monitor and motivate her students.

GRIT Ticket

Keep them coming!! It is great to recognize kids for doing what is right!!
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Thank you for all your hard work!

At Meadow Brook we have GRIT.