Coaches Corner

Oakland Elementary School

Science News

Please promote Science Night to your students.....

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dinner served 5:30 - 6:00

Activities Begin at 6:00 pm

For Teachers.... 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. ---- Post Tests for Science Units that your students are completing and Pre Test for the next Units are OPEN. This data ties directly to the OKE Continuous School Improvement Plan for Science Goals. Please have students take the tests in the computer lab, in small groups, or whenever computers are available. Let me know if you have any questions.

Math in the News

Challenge 24!

Grades 2-5

Have you seen the new posters hanging near the restrooms?

Help get your students excited about the game Challenge 24.

The district competition will come around in March and OKE will need 4th and 5th graders to participate in the school level competition.

The past two years we have had DISTRICT WINNERS. I cannot wait to see the talent that we have out there this school year J

Also, I NEED volunteers…to judge at the school level and at the district level. I WILL TRAIN you J It is FUN!!!!

Tech Tips

One of the new buzz words going around in education circles is Blended Learning. Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. At OKE we have two excellent resources for accomplishing blended learning: Scootpad and USA Testprep.

Scootpad can be used by students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students can work on their own(differientiated) self-paced and fully automated learning path which aligns to Common Core Standards. Teachers can design individual or group learning paths OR teachers can make assignments on specific standards. Scootpad can be used independently during small group instruction and/or for homework.

USA Testprep is designed for students in 3rd through 5th grade and is aligned to Common Core State Standards. USATestprep empowers teachers to tailor a Learning Pathway to the needs of their students - a unique strategy that integrates diagnostic assessments, individualized learning, and classroom support.

Both of these resources have been purchased through Title 1 funds. The expectation is that teachers use these tools to help meet the needs of our diverse learners. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. I will be happy to assist you in any way possible.

Technology Usage and Small Group Instruction

Blended Learning at its Best

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Grade Level Planning Technology Assistance

Thursday, November 19th 5th Grade

Thursday, December 3rd 4th Grade

Thursday, December 10th 3rd Grade

Thursday, December 17th 2nd Grade

Spelling Bee Information

You must use Scripps National Spelling Bee words

The spelling bee is conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells one word in each round.

The pronouncer may offer word information- without the speller having requested the information, if the pronouncer senses that the information is helpful and the information presented in the entry for the word in the 2016 word list.

· The speller makes and effort to face the judges

· Pronounce the word before and after spelling it

· The speller may ask the judge to say the word again, use it in a sentence or provide the part of speech.

Speller activities that do not merit disqualification:

· Failing to pronounce the word either before or after spelling it

· Asking a question

· For noting or failing to note the capitalization of a word

End- of- bee procedure:

· If all spellers in a round misspell the words incorrectly

· If only one speller in a round spells correctly or answers a vocabulary question correctly, a new round begins


· You may opt to conduct tiebreakers (of your own design)


Names due by 5:00 P.M. on December 5, 2015

School spelling bee (4th and 5th only) January 7, 2016