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Week of March 30, 2015

Don't forget to post the Words of the Week!

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Lesson Plans Due

Monday, March 30th, 8:30am

Bullock School

3rd Grade Team Meeting

Monday, March 30th, 2:45pm

Media Center

Debbie Diller Text

Grade 1 & 2 Team Meeting

Tuesday, March 31st, 2:45pm

Media Center

Debbie Diller Presentations

School Closed - Spring Break

Friday, April 3rd, 8am to Tuesday, April 7th, 8am

Home Sweet Home

The Curriculum Corner: The Standards for Mathematical Practice

One of the things that is particularly interesting about SMP #4 (Model with Mathematics) is how explicitly it links to SMP #3 & SMP #5 (which we will talk more about after the break). In his article, Dan Meyer explains 5 essential pieces to SMP #4, which are outlined below.


  • Identify Essential Variables: As we plan, it is essential that we provide REAL WORLD situations as a focus for student work (Meyer uses the register line, for example). This will help students to extract the necessary information/facts that will allow them to solve the problem (for the literacy folks, this is "determining importance").
  • Formulate Models: When formulating models, we are talking about "nonlinguistic representations." However, Kanold et al., reminds us that we must avoid focusing solely on manipulatives, as nonlinguistic representation can also consist of diagrams, charts, graphs...and NUMBERS! See below for a nice planning framework that was included with the Kanold text.
  • Performing Operations: Here is where students will apply their math skills by synthesizing the essential variables & models to determine a conclusion, in other words...let's solve the problem!
  • Interpreting Results & Validating Conclusions: Do the conclusions make sense...why/why not?


Most importantly, Meyer reminds us that "modeling goes wrong when we do the most interesting parts for our students." It is essential that we avoid "leaving them to focus on performing operations & interpreting results." Instead, we must provide students the opportunity to "[make predictions], speculate which information matters, and decide what matters most."


After the break we will start back up with SMP #5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically. Click on the link below to read more, and don't forget to share your thoughts via social media, email or in the footer of The Buzz!

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News & Notes

  • Class Trip Updates: Thank you to everyone who has been planning for spring trips. The PTO is very happy to be working with and supporting us with this initiative. Please reach out to the main office to pick up any pertinent forms. If your team still needs to select a destination/date, please reach out to Patti for details (she is our PTO liaison).
  • As you complete the "demographic" portion on future data spreadsheets, simply place an "X" on the areas that apply. No need to spend all that time typing in "yes" or "no."

You're the Best...Quotes from the staff!

  • EVERYONE for your engagement during our winter data review meetings! Student growth has been impressive. Keep this momentum going!
  • Thank you Mari Kay for all of your hard work and support with my BSI students. Your time and dedication is truly appreciated!

  • Congratulations to Bernadette, for running a fantastic book fair! It’s so great to see the kids (and parents) excited about books!
  • The first grade team is awesome.
  • Shout out to Ms. Tursi, Mr. Washington, Second grade and Special Area teachers as well as the second and third grade performers for a job well done!!
  • Big thank you to Jackie for the spring flowers!
  • Thank you Garden Curriculum Writing Team for all of your hard work & dedication!
  • Thank you Bullock for donating $5 to support the children's garden!
  • Thank you Donna for answering the call!!
  • Pud & Fanfy....you both deserve a trip to Walmargreens for your incredible support these past few weeks. I love you girls!
  • A HUGE thank you to all the second grade teachers and special area teachers for helping with the 2nd Grade concert! Your kids did an outstanding job!

  • A HUGE thank you to Anthony and the custodial staff for setting up the gym every day for rehearsals and the performance!

Schoolwide Events

  • 04/03: Spring Break (4/3-4/7)
  • 04/13: Bulldog Buddies Spring Roleplays (4/13-4/16)
  • 04/16: PTO Meeting (6:30 PM)
  • 04/17: Collaboration Day
  • 04/21: Gr1/2 Team Meeting (Debbie Diller)
  • 04/22: Kindergarten Learning Walk
  • 04/23: CAST Meetings & Bring Your Child to Work Day
  • 04/28: Gr3 Team Meeting (Debbie Diller)

Happy Birthday!

  • Sandy Debes - 4/8
  • Patti Paulsen - 4/10
  • Sonya Harris - 4/13
  • Carol Yaksta - 4/18
  • Richard Todd - 4/23
  • Amanda Brice - 4/24
  • Mari Kay Matteo - 4/28
  • Joan Mannino - 4/29
  • Dorothy Nelson - 4/30

The Curriculum Corner PLN

Weekly updates, reminders & bite-sized best practices for the faculty & staff of the Bullock School!