Developing Lifelong Learners Who Grow, Lead and Inspire
December 14, 2015
Half Full>Half Empty
As a fourth year focus school, our cup can sometime feel "half empty" as we work to analyze student data, fine-tune our teaching practice to match our student needs, attend to the pieces outside of "academics" for our students. rearrange core instruction to yield 80% effectiveness, etc. It's BIG and MEANINGFUL work, so viewed through a half full perspective it would look like a challenge that is worth figuring out, a place to invest your talent, and an investment in the future.
Another half-full thought is the amazing pieces of our work that FEW but educators get to experience: pajama days, Zumba in the gym before morning meeting with bunches of smiling children, free hugs all day long, total trust from children who know we care, colleagues who "get it" and so much more.
Library CLOSED Monday & Tuesday Morning
an important note from Santina Plottner
The library will be closed on Monday and Tuesday from 8-11am due to MAP. Please do not send students to the library. Mrs. Tamer will be traveling to classes who are scheduled. Mrs. Plottner will let everyone know if the library will need to be closed on Wednesday as well, depending on how many kindergarten and first grade students need to finish.
Staff Meeting Tuesday: Collaborative Scoring
a reminder from Robyn Marcum
Tuesday, December 15th, we will have a writing training focusing on scoring writing using the rubrics from Lucy Calkins. We will begin promptly at 2:45 pm and our training will last until 4:30 pm, so please make arrangements to attend. This will be a great opportunity for us to set norms for scoring writing, practice scoring a piece together, and to support each other as you begin scoring your own students’ work. It will be crucial for you to have student on-demand writing samples with you on Tuesday. If you have not ready done so, please give your students the Lucy Calkins on-demand prompt that goes along with the genre you are currently teaching. If you are ready to give a post-assessment, great! If not, you could go to the next genre that you plan to teach & give the on-demand as a pre-assessment that will help you with your unit planning process. Either way is fine, as long as you have current on-demand samples to bring with you to staff meeting. Pieces do not need to be scored before our meeting. That will be part of our time together.
Building Background Information Before Learning Begins
Thanks to Brandon Clark for sharing these strategies from his SIOP training.
These activities strongly support our English Language Learners as well as students with limited experiences. See Activating Prior Knowledge in the Lesson Plan Format link!
Activities that you can do to build background knowledge:
- -4 corners vocabulary: This is the paper that I showed you that is folded into four sections with an illustration, definition, used in a sentence, and the vocabulary word.
- -Backwards book walk
- -KWHL: Just a modified KWL. The H stands for how we can learn it
- -Personal Dictionaries--Can be illustrated
- -Realia, photos, illustrations:Especially anything real and 3 dimensional that they can hold
- -Giving them a way of coding their work to better understand what they are reading and what they still have questions about. An example would be to put a check on something they already know, a question mark for a confusing concept, an exclamation mark for new or unusual information, a + for an idea for the author, etc.
- Read the entire passage/story to students as they follow along first. Make a list of words that either look or sound unfamiliar. Spend 2-3 minutes naming the words, talking about their meaning, and then Google a picture. Pre read before students see it and identify 4-5 words that they will get confused with prior to reading to prepare ahead of time.
The Little Mermaid--A Wonderful Show @MLCHS
3rd Annual Local Economics Walking Trip Downtown
Shelbyville "Thank Yous" Needed
We need everyone to write/draw thank you notes for the awesome businesses downtown.
You can write to the businesses that you visited or some of the other people who helped out in the process
- Police officers.
- Eileen Collins- Director of downtown- helped in the planning
- Security at the courthouse
Don’t forget our stores:
Shelby Community Theatre
Flowers by Sharon
And lastly the coffee houses: Harvest Café and Coffee and Sixth and Main Coffeehouse.
Third graders meet with their Kindergarten buddies
to help them analyze their growth toward mastering word wall words
and set new goals. Now THAT'S leadership!
Teacher Leader Feature
Holiday Spirit Week Agenda
Thanks to Amanda Atkins for this great idea to make our last week of 2015 full of fun!
Tuesday: Snow Storm White Out
Wear as much white as you can--BLIZZARD!
Wednesday: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Bundle up in your favorite scarf and toboggan!
Thursday: Silent Night
Cozy up in your favorite pajamas!
Friday: Deck the Halls
Show off your most gorgeous--or ugliest--Christmas sweater!
Encourage students participating to bring canned goods for the Backpack Program. Pop top or easy open containers are preferred.
This Week at Southside
Dec 14-18 PTO Holiday Shop for students in Room 119Monday, December 14
Meet at the Tiger 7:10AM
December Staff POT LUCK
Choir Field Trip 8:00
Tuesday, December 15
Beth Cathcart OUT after 10:30 due to Community Christmas
Staff Meeting 2:45-4:30 (Bring student on demand writing pieces)
Wednesday, December 16
ABRI Team Meeting 3-4:00 (Conference Room)
Thursday, December 17
New Teacher Session 2:45-3:45 (Whitney House's room)
Friday, December 18
12:45 Annual Southside Holiday Sing-a-Long (Gym) (Alternate activity in library)
1:20 Classroom Winter Parties
December 19 - January 3: Winter Break
January 5 Staff Micro Clinic Begins (WEEKLY-4:00-following staff meeting)
January 11 FRC Advisory Council Meeting
January 12 Dr. Neihof and Mrs. Smith Visit (8:30-10:00)
January 12 and 13 Charlene Ruble at Southside for embedded math PD
Middle School Chromebook Deployment
January 14 PTO Meeting (2:45 and 7:00PM)
Team Lead Meeting (3:00-Conference Room)
January18 NO SCHOOL in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King
January 19-22 ACCESS Testing (Mrs. Strong will administer grades 1-5)
january 20 ABRI Team Meeting (3:00-Conference)
January 28 New Teacher Session (Meredith's Room)
February 3 Leader in Me On-Site Coaching Visit with Emily Reed
February 4 ABRI Coding Day
February 5 Father/Daughter Dance
February 8-February 18 Engineering Week(s)FLEX PD Feb 12/NO SCHOOL Feb. 15
February 11 Potential Date for Valentine's Day Parties
February 17 ABRI Team Meeting (3:00-Conference Room)
February 18 Engineering Showcase (6-7:00)