A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of February 4, 2019
Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar
- RtI A-Z Meetings All Week **Click here for schedule** Bring your laptop & classroom's MOY BAS Data!
- Region 12 Science Planning on Tuesday, February 5
- Lions Pride Parent Kickoff on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 pm
- Jumprope for Heart Kickoff in Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 6 (PK-2 at 1:45, 3-5 at 2:15)
- Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, February 6 (TELPAS & Grade-Level Leadership Meeting)
- Region 12 PLC on Thursday, February 7 **BRING YOUR LAPTOP**
- Class Pictures on Friday, February 8
- Make A Match Game on Friday, February 8
Coming Up: District PD on Monday, February 11 (Schedule here); My Book Adventure Giveaway (Gr 1) on February 15
From Your Captain
Remember our ingredients for being Incredible: optimism, engagement (students, staff, parents and community), appreciation (Anchored in Excellence, Kindness challenges), Passion/Grit, Empowerment (staff trainings, student interventions, tutoring), and last but certainly not least, Relationships (staff and students).
Please remember that it is vital that we all maximize instructional/work time and that we are actively monitoring students and on time to our assignments. Be in our places with our bright smiling faces because we may be the only smiling faces they see each day. In addition, remember that we do have a campus policy that we should not be on our cell phones except work related during the work day.
If you interested in learning more about implementing blended learning/technology in your classroom, please email Sarah Pedrotti.
February's Guidance trait is tolerance. Mrs. Maynard looks forward to visiting with your students in your homeroom on the following days.
- Monday, February 4: Frost, Martinez (4th), Long, Templeton, Somers, Bearden, Rawles (Drake homeroom), Barnard and Haskett
- Tuesday, February 5: Palmer, Foreman, Terrell, Villela, Snell, Martinez (K), Spark (Rawles homeroom), Noel and Sharp
- Thursday, February 7: Greer, Breeding, Hofheins, Sierra, Williams, Lopez, Scott, Drake (Spark homeroom), Picazo
Continue to reinforce our school agreements: Be Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn!
We did a Behavior Audit last week and the results were interesting. 85% of students and 90% of staff surveyed knew all 4 school agreements....way to go!
However, only 60% of staff reported writing an Anchored in Excellence note, and only 30% of students reported having received one this year. That is definitely an area for growth for us! Having students write Anchored in Excellence notes to their peers is important, but it means even more when adults recognize students' hard work, effort, and positive choices.
Click HERE for the February Morning Meeting plans.
This week, you will send Mrs. Helton a picture of your class goals (see plans). Goals are very important to having a growth mindset because you need to know what you're working towards.
Don't forget to take pictures all month long of examples of growth mindset and classroom celebrations; they will go in an Animoto video for your class at the end of the month.
Check out the plans HERE.
Staff Members of the Week!
Congratulations Mrs. Edwards for being our Staff Member of the Week for working so hard to keep our school clean and for getting the cafeteria ready for the NED Show.
Integrated Reading & Writing
TELPAS Writing Collections
TELPAS Writing Window will open up on Monday February 11-March 1. We will train ALL teaching staff on Wednesday, February 6. There are no major changes to the writing collection process, so start making plans now for how you will collect these writing samples (it is a team effort)! See Mrs. Alvarado if you have any questions. TELPAS Rater Calibrations will be on Wednesday, February 13 after school; please make child care arrangements now so that you have plenty of time to complete your calibration.
SEAS The Night Plans
You can take a look at the plans HERE.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK
Lead4ward has many great instructional strategies found here.
"Team-Two-One" is a great strategy for scaffolding instruction. It allows students to work as a team, then pair, then independently on an assessment or vocabulary item. By practicing twice with peers, you allow students to build their confidence in the content. Students then get the chance to apply their knowledge independently-a great formative assessment task! Email or text Mrs. Helton a pic if you use this strategy! (There might be a prize in it for you).
QDAC Feedback Needed
Attached is the instructional calendar for 2019-2020 as well as the incentive pay plan for 2018-2019.
The elementary staff at Wiley Opportunity Center are repeating their series of after-school trainings for classroom teachers, this time on Monday afternoons. Everyone is invited to attend! The Wiley staff help problem-solve and provide a listening ear in addition to the training. Registration and details on Eduphoria.
Location: Wiley Opportunity Center
Time: 4-5 PM
- Monday, Feb. 4 How to Lead Great Morning Meetings/Circles
- Monday, Feb. 11 "Own It Fix It" to Change Behavior