Week Of February 6, 2017 - February 10, 2017 (Wk20)
"THE FOUNDATION OF SPARTAN ACADEMY" - "WHERE STUDENTS SUCCEED AND FUNCTION WITH BEHAVIORAL NORMS"
- Lesson Plans are non-negotiable and are due every Friday. Please upload your lesson plans to the shared Google Drive folder.
- High School Teachers -- be looking in your email for an update to the lesson plan due dates this week to accommodate even/odd weeks.
- Reminder to all teachers - please ensure that you are using your Daily Attendance Logs to keep documentation of your back up attendance. More Logs are available at your request.
- Calls home: 5 x 5 x 5 -- 5 positive, 5 academic, and 5 attendance -- that's three phone calls a day. Remember to document all phone calls in student's phone logs.
Remember to only use the attendance on the home page of ASPEN. Please, update any tardy students in ASPEN when they arrive late!
Teachers are reminded that Daily Attendance is to be taken in ASPEN within the first 15 minutes of class each period. Usage of the Daily Attendance Logs is not an option, it is mandated per the Code of Virginia - § 22.1-259.
- Always lock up all personal items
- DO NOT give students building keys for any reason.
- DO NOT open doors for staff. Side entrance will be locked by 8 AM each day. After 8 AM only use the front door entrance.
- Restricted Movement means Restricted Movement! No one is to move when a Restricted Movement Notice has been given. Students nor staff are permitted to be in the hall way. It is for your safety!
- DO NOT purchase snacks for students out of the vending machines.
- DO NOT block a door if a student is trying to leave. Alert your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
- DO NOT encourage students to leave you room. If you need a student removed, ask your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
- DO NOT deny students entrance into class if they are late.
- Please place notification on your door if you are relocating your classroom.
- In order for a student to leave the classroom - 1. you must grant them permission, 2. a pass must be given to the student, 3. time frame expectation must be communicated to the student
Strengthening the Craft of Teaching and Learning
Jobs for the Future focus strategy for February 7th - February 17th
Questioning challenges students and teachers to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry. Effective Questioning (by the teacher and by students) deepens classroom conversations and the level of discourse students apply to their work. Teachers use this strategy to create opportunities for students to investigate and analyze their thinking, as well as the thinking of their peers and the authors they read in each of their classes. The mark of a highly engaged classroom is when all students are asking thoughtful questions on their own initiative.
Teach Like a Champion strategies for February 7th - February 17th
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINES
Do Now is a short activity you have written on the board or placed on students' desks for them to do as soon as they enter the classroom, as part of an Entry Routine.
Students should be able to enter and begin Do No without any specific instruction to do so and using materials they have at hand.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINES
To maximize time and energy for learning, champion classrooms have Tight Transitions that students can execute without extensive narration by the teacher.
Teachers need to envision what the transition will look like and sound like, and how long it will take to execute. Once you have routinized a transition, you can add a touch of joy -- for example, a song that ends as the transition draws to a close.
TestNav 8 Updates to Mathematics Tools Practice Items
TestNav 8 conversions to the Mathematics Tools Practice Items are currently in progress. A completion date will be communicated through a mathematics update when the items become available. TestNav 8 SOL Practice Items are currently available for Grades 3 – 8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) for Grades 4 and 5 MathematicsThis Superintendent’s Memo provides information regarding the transition between static and computer adaptive testing for Grades 4 and 5 Mathematics beginning Spring 2017. Please note that revised SOL Testing Blueprints for CAT are now posted, as well as additional CAT resources. If you try to view the new blueprints and see the “original” version, please clear your Web browser’s cache and history.
Superintendent’s Memo #244-16
COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 23, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework
On September 22, 2016, the Board of Education adopted the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the Proposed Revised 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework for public schools in Virginia (see Agenda Item D). The final version of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework will be posted on the Virginia Department of Education's website no later than December 31, 2016.
The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning identify academic content for essential components of the mathematics curriculum at different grade levels for Virginia's public schools. The 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework, a companion document to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning, amplifies the standards and further defines the content knowledge, skills, and understandings that are measured by the Standards of Learning assessments.
The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework follows:The implementation timeline for the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework
2016-2017 School Year – Crosswalk between 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning
- VDOE staff provides a crosswalk between the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
- School divisions incorporate the new standards into local written curricula for inclusion in the taught curricula during the 2017-2018 school year.
2017-2018 School Year – Crosswalk Year
- 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning are included in the written and taught curricula.
- Spring 2018 Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and include field test items measuring the 2016Mathematics Standards of Learning.
2018-2019 School Year – Full-Implementation Year
- Written and taught curricula reflect the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
- Standards of Learning assessments measure the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:
- review and align mathematics curricula with the revised standards;
- review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;
- develop new materials where needed; and
- provide staff development for teachers.
If you are in the process of planning professional development in mathematics, please consider using all or parts of the VDOE mathematics professional development resources available. The resources from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 institutes were designed as self-guided professional development for teams of teachers (grade level or course), broken into modules that are rarely longer than 40 or 45 minutes in length. Parts of these professional development modules could be used/modified to create division-level professional development.
Online Technical Assistance Resources
The Virginia Department of Education’s website includes multiple resources to assist focus schools with meeting the needs of identified proficiency gap groups.
- English Language Learners (ELL) Instructional resources: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/esl/index.shtml
- Special Education Instructional resources: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/tech_asst_prof_dev/index.shtml
- Differentiated Technical Assistance resources: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/school_improvement/training/index.shtml
Please use the link and password below to access a tutorial for NoRedInk Premium. Pass this along to your English department for those who did not attend training.
Link to video library: https://vimeo.com/album/4159266
Password (please do not circulate outside of RPS): bDpfVamg6yq!
Please let me know if you need any additional assistance with the program.
click the box above to access the article regarding two different approaches/beliefs to dealing with problem behaviors
"Less Than 100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"
Monday - February 6, 2017
Word of the Day: No Students
Odd classes week--
No School For Students - Teacher Professional Development
Core Content Teachers are off-site - John Marshall or Armstrong High School - Ms. Jewett has schedules
Tuesday – February 7, 2017
Word of the Day: Descriptive - having the quality of describing
Girls Group Meeting - 11:00 a.m. - downstairs conference room - see Ms. Grimes for additional information
Wednesday -February 8, 2017
Word of the Day: Diversity - variety; a point of difference
Weekly Attendance Meetings - SAST
Team Meetings after school
Thursday - February 9, 2017
Word of the Day: Embedded - to fix into a surrounding mass
Select 9th grade students will attend the movie Hidden Figures at the Bowtie Theater - see Ms. Grimes for details - departure at 9:00 am return by 2:00 pm
Common Assessment Day - Odd Classes
Transformation Leadership Meeting - 3:30 @ RAS
Friday –February 10, 2017
Word of the Day: Environment - the aggregate of surrounding things
Common Assessment Day - Odd Classes (makeup if needed) - All students on your roster are required to test
"Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males" by Alfred Tatum
For those who truly wish to leave no child behind, the racial achievement gap in literacy is one of the most difficult issues in education today, and nowhere does it manifest itself more perniciously than in the case of black adolescent males.
Approaching the problem from the inside, Alfred Tatum bring together his various experiences as a black male student, middle school teacher working with struggling black male readers, reading specialist in an urban elementary school, and staff developer in classrooms across the nation. [Tatum's] book, Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males offers teachers and schools a way to reconceptualize literacy instruction for those who need it most.
Concerns and Updates
Common Assessments are scheduled on Monday's twice a month - Next assessmeent will be on Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th for odd classes -- and February 12th and 13th for even classes.
History Fair - March 9th - 5-6 @ the Virginia Holocaust Museum - 2000 East Cary Street -
The Writing testing window is 03/13 thru 03/31 - for Juniors and select seniors.
- SAT Day is March 1st for all juniors. All juniors sit be registered by February 15th.
2016 Mathematics SOL Crosswalk Documents Now Available
Crosswalk documents for the approved 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework are now available for each grade level and course. The Crosswalks provide a summary of revisions including the additions
, deletions, and edits. It provides educators the opportunity to review the 2009 Mathematics SOL alongside the newly adopted 2016 Mathematics SOL
The next bullets are opportunities for teachers and our students
Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference
Register now for the 2017 VCTM Conference "A Community of Heroes: Educate, Encourage, Inspire" to be held at James Madison University March 10-11.
Virginia Lottery Super Teachers Nominations -due by February 13!
In partnership with the Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies, eight educators from across the state will be selected this spring as a Super Teacher and receive $2,000 in cash and $2,000 in classroom supplies. Spread the word and who knows...a passionate, creative and innovative educator you know could be the next Super Teacher! See Virginia Lottery Super Teacher for details
Did You Know?
VDOE would like to recognize professional school counselors during the week of February 6-10, as we celebrate National School Counseling Week. This year's theme, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is entitled "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential," and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
World War I Memorials in Virginia
SOL-Based Lesson plan for 2016 Civics Summit Registration http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/civicsSummit/CS2016registrationform.html
The VDOE website has invaluable lesson plans along with practice problems for students to improve math skills. Click on the following link for lesson plans for all Algebra Readiness grade levels: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/middle/algebra_readiness/curriculum_companion/index.shtml
- In spring 2016, the Standards of Learning (SOL) history tests contained multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assessed the current 2008 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In spring 2017, the SOL history tests will contain multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assess the revised 2015 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In order to support student preparation for technology-enhanced items (TEI) that may appear on history assessments, sets of practice items have been developed and will be delivered via electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT).
- Please be mindful of the students that rotate out of your class with or without a pass. All students must be given a pass to exit your classroom. Hall walkers should not be given an exit ticket out of your room.
- It is imperative that the Faculty and Staff adhere to all due dates and meeting times.
- All teachers are expected to stand at their door during the change of class.
- Thank you for all of your hard work!
6-Sessions All About Google
Learn how easy it is to use Google tools for any classroom.
- Find the Google tools every teacher needs in their digital toolkit
- Collaborate anytime and anywhere with Google Drive and Docs
- Overcome group project issues with Presentations and Spreadsheets
- Take the complication out of formative assessment with Google Forms
- Discover the best Chrome Apps for your classroom
- Go beyond the basics with your class using Google Drawings and Slides
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If you are completing your lesson plans in Google Docs, this is the Google Doc to make a copy of and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!
If you are completing your lesson plans in Microsoft Word, this the the Word Doc to download and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!