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Acton Weekly Update 2/15/19

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.

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Coach's Corner

Our next step in our Guided Reading Journey is to perform a reading running record on our struggling students so that we can form one Guided Reading group. I am scheduled to come into some of your rooms to help with running records the next few weeks. Once you have given your running records, you need to form only one group. If you need help forming groups, please let me know. Make sure your students are grouped according to their INSTRUCTIONAL levels. K-2 you can have two levels in one group (D,E group). 3-5 you can have 3 levels in one group (J,K,L).

Once you have your groups, you will need to read the chapter in the yellow book that corresponds to your group. There is a chart on page 11 of the yellow book that tells you what reading stage your students are in based on what level they are. If your students are in the EARLY stage, then you will need to read this chapter. It gives you the lesson template and step by step instructions on what and how to teach for each lesson.

We will have upcoming PD time to use the yellow book to start planning lessons.

Great resources:



Forming Groups ~ Guided Reading

  • Use info from Running Records.

  • Similar reading level - one up or down

  • Limit number to 4-6 students

  • Use observations & anecdotal notes

  • Similar Instructional Needs to Pinpoint Focus

    • Use Pre-A Assessments

    • Use Sight Word Lists

    • Use Word Knowledge Inventory Summary Chart

      • Word Study Focus

    • Use Whole Group Comprehension Summary Chart

      • Comprehension Focus

Make decisions for Guided Reading lesson based on:

Student needs and State Standards

Please let me know how I can help, what you need, and any questions you may have. If I do not have the answers, I will find someone who does. I am always available to help you complete running records, form groups, and/or navigate the yellow book.

Have a relaxing weekend!

Curricular Updates:

HEre's the link to the Next Steps Forward Guided Reading Online videos, downloads and many other resources: Next Steps Forward Password is Results. I suggest bookmarking this on your computer and using it regularly to plan and find support.

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DOE Resources

The DOE has released items to practice with your students. Take a look at the way the questions are worded, the new formatting, new tools, and the rigor of the ILEARN test. Click on the link below to get started.

ILEARN Released Item Repository Grades 3 -5

Answer Keys: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

Planning Lessons by Standard ~ The DOE has provided many valuable resources

to help plan your mini-lessons and even questions your quick checks. Click on links.

Literacy Framework ~ (All Grades & all subjects) ~ Provides Learning outcomes, I Can

Statements, Question stems, vocabulary, & EL/SPED learning considerations

Item Specifications Database ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects tested on ILEARN) ~ Provides clarity to how each standard could be accessed on ILEARN, a breakdown of the standard that gives insight into the DOK and specific skills needed, reading passage excerpts, sample questions and expected student responses to those questions.

Performance Level Descriptors ~ (3rd - 5th Grade all subjects test on ILEARN)

~Provide learning progressions for each standard from below, approaching, at & above proficiency.

Vertically Aligned Specifications: ELA & Math (All Grades) ~ This document allows the teacher to see the learning progression across grade levels for the same standard.

Writing Scoring Rubrics for ILEARN

~New Rubrics & Guidelines

  • Organization/Purpose (4 points) & Evidence/Elaboration (4 points) ~ These 2 scores are averaged.

  • Conventions Rubric (2 points)

  • Students read 2 sources in 3rd & 3 sources in 4th-5th to plan their writing.

Link to all Writing Rubrics

Link to Scoring Explanation

ILEARN ONline Practice Test Teacher Scripts

Counselor's Corner

Conscious Discipline - Rituals


Thank you Brandon for an excellent presentation on the power of the Wish Well board.

You can access those resources in the Conscious Discipline Google Folder.


1. Connections on the outside with other people build neuro-connections on the inside.

2. These neuro-connections wire the brain for IMPULSE CONTROL.

3. They MOTIVATE us with a willingness to behave.

4. They help us stay ATTENTIVE.


1. Eye contact

2. Touch

3. Presence

4. Playful situation

I love this video on the power of Rituals in the classroom.


Camp Care A Lot Update

Camp Care A Lot is underway. Thanks for sending your students to the front of the line for lunch on their designated day.

We have almost 100 kids in Camp this year. Thank you for supporting this school counseling group.


Weekly PBIS Focus Expectations:

Feb 11 Week 6 Show Respect across ALL areas

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

Weekly Collaboration Schedule

Choose the tabs at the bottom to view each quarter

Ohana Calendar

WIDA Testing Window

Airways Testing Window

DIBELS Progress Monitoring- RED DIBELS Students

Monday 2/18/19

  • eLearning Day
Tuesday 2/19/19
  • NO AM Collaboration- Meet with Nadine on prep time

Wednesday 2/20/19
  • AM Collaboration- Bring your Yellow Next Steps to Guided Reading Book.

Thursday 2/21/19

  • 21 Kdg field trip
  • 21 4th grade field trip
  • PBIS Team Meeting

Friday 2/22/19

  • PBIS Convo
  • Father/Daughter Dance

Coming Soon:


25 Book Fair Week

25 Read Across America week

26 Children’s Museum outreach night

27 Hot Box Pizza fundraiser

27 Robotics

Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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