Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update: 11/4/16



While school communication is VERY important I don't think Mr. Brook's strategy is the best idea, but I thought you would enjoy it!

Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Nuts and Bolts

On Tuesday we will be voting for the Tiger Mascot name. There will be three choices. Students will check the box for their choice of the name. Please hand out the ballots in the morning after announcements and turn in by 10:00 AM. We will announce the winner on Wednesday morning on the announcements.

Choices: (based on student nominations in May of 2016)




On Friday, November 11th, we will run a 2 hour delay schedule (see below).

Please send out an email to parents asking them to let you know if they or any guests will be attending our Veterans Day program that morning at 9:30. Then email those names to Krissy so she can begin our list. We will need all names by 3:00 on Wednesday, November 9th.

Also, staff PLEASE park at the cemetery and walk in across the playground that morning. This will allow us extra parking in the front and back.

Two Hour Delay Schedule

NO Reading or Math Lab

Related Arts

5th 11:00-11:30

4th 11:35-12:05

3rd 12:10-12:40

RA lunh/prep 12:40-1:40

2nd 1:45-2:15

1st 2:20-2:50

Kinder 2:55-3:25

HIGH ABILITY TESTING in grades 1,2, and 5.

First Grade is paper pencil tests in classrooms.

5th Grade 12:45-2:15 Tuesday, November 15th

2nd Grade: 10:25-11:55 Thursday, November 17th

Both labs and Chromebooks will not be available to the rest of the staff on these dates. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.


Reminder, student privacy is a must. DO NOT talk in the open about students. The staff lounge, an empty classroom or the front office may be places to congregate and talk to your peers. However, the conversations can very easily be overheard by parents, volunteers or even staff members who SHOULD NOT have access to private information about our students. Student behavior and struggles are private conversations. Student IEP needs are private conversations. Student home life is a private conversation. Please be aware and please be responsible for appropriately handling student information.

Curriculum and Instruction

We are making the decision to take ISTEP applied skills tests paper pencil as long as the IDOE will allow it. However, we need to ensure we are still focusing on giving our students exposure and practice with keyboarding and online computer skills.

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) Compare and Contrast: Compare yourself to the main character of the story you are reading. How are you alike and different from this character? Or…Compare the book you are reading now to another book you have read. Have are the books alike? How are the books different?

2.) Character Description: Write or discuss five words to describe your favorite character. Give examples for each word.

Literacy Activities That Engage the Brain~

3.) Phrase Practice: Put phrases from a familiar story on sentence strips. Pass out the sentence strips to students and have them practice reading them silently and aloud. Students can exchange sentence strips with one another and practice reading the new strips aloud.

Climate and Culture

Tag the Text: Text tagging in an engaging process that prompts students to analyze their understanding of content and deepen meaning. Have students review a previously read or learned section of content and mark it with tags such as checkmarks, exclamation points, and question marks to indicate parts they understood, parts that surprised or intrigued them, and parts that confused them or need more explanation or study. Then ask students to form teams and share their notes with their peers. Both teaching and learning from fellow students will reinforce their learning.

Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.


Chromebook Carts will be checked out to Nadine on days when she is in our building for professional development with teachers. These days will trump other reasons for using the Chromebooks. This means that some teachers may need to reschedule with Krissy. Fridays will be affected with assessments.

Google Drive: Help organizing your Google folders Link to Google Drive Organization Tips

Don't forget to fill out the HQDL google form to record your lessons.


ISTE Standard 5 Digital Citizenship:

Digital citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

PLEASE be sure to always remind students about safe exploration online and behaving responsibly when using technology.

From Katie Reynolds (Tech Team Rep):

I wanted to share out these ideas on Digital Etiquette. This is more relevant for the older kids, however the younger kids might benefit from being exposed to the idea of digital etiquette/digital common sense. Below is the page from Nadine's website with tons of helpful ideas, as well as a free Brainpop on the subject.


Upcoming Events



10 Second Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

11 Veterans Day Program 9:30 AM

11 Wheels of Wonder PTO Night 5:30-7:30 PM

14-18th 1st, 2nd and 5th HA Testing 2nd and 5th will be using both computer labs and the all the Chromebooks on the 15th and 17th at the times above (see Nuts and Bolts section)

16 Mid Term Ends

18 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

21 School Board meeting

23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday

28th-Dec 16th Acuity B


1-16th NWEA 4th Grade

1 Choir Concert 6:00-7:00 PM

1 Third Grade Music Program 7:15-8:15 PM

3 Breakfast with Santa 9:00-11:00 AM

6 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

7 Monkey Joe’s PTO Fundraiser Night 6:00-8:00 PM

15 Last Student Day

16 Winter Celebration Parties 3:00-3:45 PM

16- Jan 3 Winter Break