Principal Weekly Notes

December 7 - December 11, 2015

Morning Duty

I am asking us to make a shift in our morning duty coverage effectively immediately. We are having tremendous problems in the cafeteria each morning with breakfast. Students are misbehaving, not cleaning up after themselves, and hanging out in the cafeteria long after the first and second tardy bells.

I would like for one grade level team member to be out back with students and one grade level team member to be in the cafeteria. I would prefer that you rotate this responsibility monthly so that you don't get confused. Please make note of this in your sub plans so that if you have a sub, they know they have am/pm duty, know where they are to go, and what time they are to be on duty.

People that are on duty out front - this change does not affect you. Please remember that morning duty STARTS at 7:40 and ends at 7:55 a.m.

Thank you for your help in making sure our students are doing the RIGHT thing in our cafeteria!

PARCC Results

PARCC Results will be released on Friday, Dec. 11th to the public. We will be having an extra staff meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9th to go over our results so that you have them prior to their public release. Please remember, these are still embargoed until Friday at noon.

We anticipate that the newspaper will release an article at 12:01 p.m. Friday as soon as the embargo is lifted. They have been given access to the results prior to the public but are held to the same embargo as we are.

All certified staff, please plan on attending. We have always viewed our testing results as a collective effort and will continue to support each other as we move forward.

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. All Certified Staff - We need to have a Mid-Year Conference prior to Winter Break. I will most likely schedule those for grade level teachers next Monday, Dec. 14th. The rest of you, I will schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 15th. This is not an optional activity. We will review where you are thus far in achieving goals set. Meetings should be relatively speedy. :)

2. Deep Planning - Our data portions of Deep Planning have been pretty consistent and targeted for all grade levels. We will continue, through December, to combine our data conversations with our deep planning sessions. Nice Job! Let's keep up the GREAT work!

3. Please put a sticky note on my door letting me know how many parents you saw on PT conferences - 18 out of 19. Also please let me know how you connected with those parents who didn't show. If you haven't connected with them, please let me know how you plan to prior to Winter break. Thank you!

4. Grades 3-5 - Please be thinking of the accommodations that your students are currently getting and will use during standardized testing. (Students who have an IEP and/or ELL plan mostly likely have those accommodations already identified.) We need to submit our accommodations to Amy Ward prior to Winter break. Start a list so that we can begin to have conversations during this week's Deep Planning.

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Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Dec. 7th:

* Duty - 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly, 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tues. Dec. 8th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* Deadline for Unique Accommodations to Amy Ward

* Elem Principals Mtg w/Ava - 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Admin

* PE & Music - Deep Planning, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Conf. Rm)

* PBiS Mtg - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 9th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Admin Team Mtg, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

* Special Staff Mtg - PARCC Data - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

* Benefit Committee Meeting, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 10th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Fri. Nov. 11th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning, Writing, All Grades

* Young Writer's Field Trip, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

* ELL Vocabulary Training, (Marzano's 6), 2:40-4:00 p.m., CMS (Classroom teachers - If you didn't take the training during In-Service, please attend this training.)

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

Must Watch Message!

SR Mission Impossible - Dec. 2015

Secret Message Equations

The square root of 9 = _____

54,378 - 54,377 = _____

10840 / 542 = _____

89,656 / 44828= _____


The square root of 4= _____

(three squared) + (four- squared) = _______

Now that you have the two words, can you figure out what the secret is?