Week of January 11, 2016
In preparation for next week's small learning community, I would like to clarify the expectation so that you can come well prepared. Identify a problem a practice that has been revealed through your ACP data and bring with you ready to share with your team. This type of problem of practice will ensure that we stay data driven when we make decisions about what our students needs and how we help them. I am looking forward to grade levels working together to make decisions in the best interest of the students that you share.
Lorena G. Hernandez
There will be no Monday professional development this week. Utilize this time to prepare for parent conferences. Report cards will be distributed during parent conferences. Any student that does not show up for parent conferences will receive their report card during first period on Wednesday.
We will host Parent Teacher Conferences this Tuesday from 4:00-7:30. A Subway dinner will be provided by PTA. This is the perfect time to let parents know if their child will be required to stay for tutoring and to get their permission. See your instructional coach for a copy of the tutoring letter.
Breakfast in the classroom
We are all set to begin breakfast in the classroom beginning on January 19th. Breakfast will be delivered to your door by 8:00 AM. All you have to do is check off the number of students that grab a breakfast. Please be reminded that the bell will ring for students to report to class at 8:15. All students should be in their classrooms and beginning breakfast by 8:20. Someone will come around to pick up your trash. Studies show that when students eat breakfast in the classroom there is an improvement in health, academics and behavior. Please encourage all of your students to participate.
Breakfast in the classroom
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
Important Dates to Remember
Happy Birthday Mr. Griffin!
No PD in lieu of preparation for parent conferences
Applications for 2016-2017 accepted
Parent Conferences 4:00-7:30 PM
Coffee with the Principal
Happy Birthday Ms. Jimenez!
No School MLK Jr DAY
Breakfast in the Classroom begins
PD @ 3:45
Valentine's Dance and In and Out Burger