Success Rooted in a Community of Learners
A Peek at the Week - December 14, 2014-January 4, 2015
December 13-January 5
Specials Week 2
Lunch Week 4
Saturday, December 13
7:00 Mulberry Chorus to sing at Gladiators Game
Sunday, December 14
Monday, December 15
Ken Razcynski @ Dacula Elementary
8-11 3rd/4th grades
12:30-3:30 5th & instructional support
3:00 Chorus dress rehearsal
(No leadership team meeting)
Tuesday, December 16
3:00 faculty meeting & holiday party
Wednesday, December 17
11:30 Cluster Principal Mtg
1:30 Chorus Holiday Hoedown Performance in gym
3:00 Chorus rehearsal at Dacula High School
Thursday, December 18
7:00 Chorus Holiday Hoedown Performance @ DHS
Friday, December 19
12:30-1:30 Holiday parties Grade 2 & 4
1:00-2:00 Holiday parties Grades K, 1, 3 & 5
Saturday, December 20-Sunday, January 4
Happy Birthday Jill Lambes
Happy Birthday Jo Conrad & Cindy Standard
Monday, January 5
Happy Birthday Debbie Brinkley
Professional Learning Day Schedule
8-9 Breakfast compliments of Ty Stephen (Melissa's husband)
9-9:45 SchoolNet (1-5) / Rdg Strat (kdg) / HWT (pk) / STORI (sp ed)
9:50-10:35 Math (k-5)
10:40-11 perception surveys
11 EL mtg
ESOL Endorsement Program
Here are some details about the requirements:
- (a) Comprised of 3 rigorous graduate level courses; standards defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
(b) 100% online, demands that participants be organized, self-motivated and committed
(c) Open only to content teachers who have completed at least one full year of teaching in GCPS with a GTES evaluation of proficient or above. Not available for teachers planning to teach ESOL.
(d) Slots available in district cohorts on a limited basis at no charge
Teachers must be committed to completing the 3 online courses as our office will pay the full tuition up front.
LA December 15 (M) – 9:30
MA December 16 (T) – 8:30
LA December 16 (T) – 8:30
MA December 17 (W) – 9:30
SC December 15 (M) – 12:00
SS December 16 (T) – 12:00
MA December 17 (W) – 8:30
MA December 16 (T) – 12:15
LA December 17 (W) – 9:30
SS December 18 (Th) – 9:30
LA December 15 (M) 9:30
MA December 16 (T) 8:30
SC December 17 (W) 10:45
SS December 18 (Th) 10:00
*Sixth Grade AC Math – Wenger – December 18 (Th) – 7 AM
Kevin Razcynski Presentation Overview
Explore (2 hours)
· New EOG assessments in a nutshell: document-based questions
· What are these questions measuring?
· Explore examples of document-based questions, in all subject areas (GA has finally released some examples -- hooray!)
· Explore an instructional strategy to help students succeed on these kinds of questions
· Explore rubrics to assess student responses
Practice (1 hour)
· Look at your document-based questions
· Discuss how the instructional strategy discussed in part 1
applies to these questions
GA Milestones New Resource
- Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment Guides
The Assessment Guides for the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) measures are posted on the Georgia Milestones web page. You may access the current guides using the following link:
OAS Formative Item Bank for Science and Social Studies
The GaDOE Assessment Office has released science and social studies formative assessment items in the GaDOE OAS Item Bank for use in schools. These items are ready for use by schools. For ease of access for schools, the Office of Accountability and Assessment will also add the items to the GCAAS Handbook under "F" for Formative Items.
Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE)
Gwinnett County Public Schools has been invited to join the Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). The AFAEE is a program that understands how critical teacher and leader quality are in ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. To promote this belief, the AFAEE recognizes outstanding teachers and school leaders each year and has expanded it's reach for the 2015-2016 school year to include the following five Metro Atlanta school districts: Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Gwinnett County Schools. If you would like to nominate a teacher or school leader for this award, or learn more about this program, go to atlantafamilies.org. Nominations are open at this time and will close on Friday, January 9, 2015.
Proposed English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards
A Working Committee representing K-12 Georgia public school teachers, post-secondary staff, parents, and instructional leaders from across the state made revisions to the standards based on public feedback and recommendations from survey results for standards with less than 90% approval. ELA and Mathematics Advisory Committees then reviewed the recommended changes made by the Working Committees and provided additional suggestions for clarity and change based on feedback and survey recommendations. Business and Industry partners that include the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Georgia Power have been involved in the review and evaluation process. An Academic Review Committee consisting of representatives from the writing and advisory committees; the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement; and the Georgia Department of Education leadership staff reviewed and finalized the draft revised standards for presentation to the State Board of Education for permission to post for 60 days of public review and comment.
Note: There were some recommendations made by survey respondents that committee members felt would be more appropriate for inclusion in the Teacher Guidance documents developed by the Georgia Department of Education for each grade/course and subject. Other recommendations to be emphasized in Guidance and Professional Learning include: phonics instruction, cursive writing, literature and informational text, traditional computing methods, and the memorization of addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
The survey will be posted for 60 days of public review and comment from November 12, 2014, through January 10, 2015. The draft revised standards and public feedback will be presented to the Georgia State Board of Education on January 15, 2015, for approval.
Use the following link for access to the revised ELA and Mathematics Standards and surveys for feedback. Please forward this information to your teachers, administrators, and stakeholders.
Thank you in advance for your review and feedback.
Peach State Career Advancement Scholarship Application
- To Melissa Timmerman, thanks for helping my class in the computer lab and in Discover. You are awesome! From Jill Lambes
- Thank you to Kari, Jo and Melissa for helping me dig for needed data! I appreciate you!
- To the office and support staff that made Friday holiday treats. It sure was delicious.
- Congratulations to Camila, Dorina, Debbie, Mirella and Zakejia for another perfect custodial inspection!
- To Kathi: thanks for bringing Healthy Halls to Mulberry
- Thanks to Mandi, Adrian and Hannah: Holiday Hotcakes and fine arts celebrations were a great success!