Waterville Primary School
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Formative Assessment Techniques
Formative Assessment Strategies for:
Windshield Check: How many bugs to you have on your windshield? What is making it hard to see clearly?
Question Shells: General structures that can help frame questions in ways most likely to reveal students' thinking. For example: Why is___________ an example of ____________?
Original Question Reframed
Is a square a trapezoid? Why is a square a trapezoid?
Is carbon a metal? Why is carbon not a metal?
Is this a sentence or a clause? Why is this a sentence rather than a clause?
Is 23 prime? Why is 23 prime?
Questions Reframed in Terms of Contrasts: Present students with a contrast and then ask them to explain the contrast.
Original Question Reframed
What is a prime number? Why is 17 prime and 15 is not?
Is a bat a mammal? Why is a bat a mammal and a penguin is not?
If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!
Events for the Week of February 1st-February 5th
Dates to Remember
Monday, February 1st @ 9:15am: Pedro informal obs
Monday, February 1st @ 3pm-8pm: American Red Cross Pint Sized Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 2nd @ 9am: Internet Safety for new students
Tuesday, February 2nd: Jamie at eTPES training in the AM
Wednesday, February 3rd: GLC mtg @ 8am
Wednesday, February 3rd: Jamie at RTI mtg @ CAO 9am-12pm
Thursday, February 4th: Horak informal obs
Tuesday, February 16th: 2 Hour Delayed Start
Tuesday, March 15th: Full Day Professional Development Day
* Kay & Paulus Orthodontics office will be here on Wednesday March 16 to present Dental Health to our 1st to 4th graders. I'm not ignoring our Kindergartners healthy teeth, they have their own presenter coming in:)
11:45am- 12:15pm 3rd grade
12:15pm- 12:45pm 4th grade
12:50pm- 1:20pm 2nd grade
1:30pm- 2:00pm 1st grade
* Sumdog's next round of Lucas County contests will start Friday February 5, 2016 and will run until the following Thursday.
The contests are aimed at ages 5 - 14 but if a teacher feels a student is at an appropriate level for other students, they are also welcome to join in.
Students can play online either at school or at home using the website or the app!
*Here are some additional, Ohio specific, standards apps. You should be able to click on the link below (while on your respective device) and download the app.
*Please remind families that breakfast is not served to the students on a 2-Hour Delayed
Start Day. Thanks!
*Please remember to wear your school ID badges while at work.
*Formal OTES timeline:
First observation completed by 1/15/16
Second Observation completed by 3/25/16
Entire process completed by 4/15/16
Informal OTES timeline:
Staff only needing: Professional Growth Plan, Observation, and Meeting:
Observation and meeting completed by 2/26/16
*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.
*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!
"Staff Only" Areas
Internet Safety Training for New Students
Dean Williams will be holding internet safety for our new students on Tuesday, February 2, at 9:00am in the Computer Lab. Please send the following students to the lab:
Student name and Teacher
Wiczynski, Avery 1-Ansted
Butler, Zamarien 1-Gottschalk
Osborn, Victoria 1-Gottschalk
Hicks, Brooklyn 1-Johnson
Wiczynski, Andrew 1-Zielinski
Cousino, Kaiden 2-Ernsthausen
Faisal, Arsalan 2-Ernsthausen
Gendaszek, Madison 2-Siravo
Perez, Isabella 2-Snyder
Sandal, Shreya 2-Snyder
Wiczynski, Olivia 3-Buffy
Osborn, Faith 3-Prayter
Hicks, Treyton 3-Snyder
Parkhurst, Zachary 4-Foore
Perez, Anthony 4-Rosebrook
Wiczynski, Alexis 4-Rosebrook
Bretzloff, Isabel KAM-Buehrer
Winter RTI Benchmark Screening
Grade K STAR Early Literacy is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below
Grade 1 STAR Early Literacy or STAR Reading is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below
Grade 2-4 STAR Reading is the week of Jan 19th-follow up with DIBELS for 25th percentile and below
Grade 1-4 STAR Math is the week of Jan 25th.
Grade K-4 Writing is the week of Jan 19th or Jan 25.
Make up screening is week of Feb 1st.
BGSU Student Teacher Matching
Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...
11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!
11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!
11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!
11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!
11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!
11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!
Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.
The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.
The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.
Test Administrator User Guide:
Log In URL:
Test Administration Certification Course: