Team Penn

January 11 - 15

Dear Faculty ,

Teachers & Staff, I hope that you are staying warm & safe this weekend.

Please bring an ipad or laptop to our faculty meeting Monday. Also, take the opportunity to sign up for your courses on My Learning Plan as soon as you can. Many of the classes have size limits and you wouldn't want to miss out on your top choices! I hope that this is a time for you to connect with each other and network with other teachers across the district who teach the same discipline. Have a great week!

This week's activities:

Monday, January 11

Faculty meeting 3:20p.m. library

Tuesday, January 12

PLCs Conference room

Girl Scouts 3:00 - 4:30p.m.

PTA 3:30 - 4:30p.m.

Safe & Healthy Schools Committee 3:30-4:30p.m. Room 7

Wednesday, January 13

No activities

Thursday, January 14

Mentoring: "100 Black Men" Please remind students to bring assignment.

Cub Scouts: 3:00-4:00p.m. in the gym with Ms. Gilliland

Choir : 3:30-4:30p.m. 1st Choir practice with Ms. Ellington

Happy Schools Committee: 3:15-4:15p.m. Mr. Thomas' room

Friday, January 15 - No School for students. Professional day for teachers. Please sign up through My Learning Plan.

Inclement Weather

Eureka Math Trainers in Tulsa

On January 15, the district-wide professional development day, and Saturday the 16th, Eureka Math trainers will be in Tulsa! While it is not mandatory for teachers to attend both days, it is strongly encouraged. These sessions will be led by some of the actual writers of the Eureka Math curriculum so they can share their expertise in the whys and hows behind the unit progressions and lessons.

Friday's session is entitled Eureka Math: Customization and Preparation of Eureka Lessons. This session empowers educators to customize and deliver the lessons of Eureka Math, fine tuning them to meet the needs of their students through a simple step-by-step process. Educators are first guided through the process as they work with a pre-selected lesson; they then work to apply the preparation process to collaboratively and independently prepare "just in time" lessons to be taught in the coming days or weeks.

Saturday's session is Eureka Math: Focus on Fluency. In A Story of Units, fluency practice is a daily, substantial, and sustained activity that is carefully designed to help students develop the speed and accuracy that allow them to solve complex problems efficiently. Many fluency routines build from grade to grade, developing further coherence within the curriculum and leveraging the time spent introducing each routine. In this workshop, participants will examine and practice three types of fluency work that appear frequently in the curriculum-counting exercises, white board exchanges, and Sprints-and will take home strategies that they can use immediately to invigorate their mathematics instruction. Both sessions are capped at 100 participants, so be sure to sign up today on My Learning Plan.


OU Climate Survey

Teachers, you will be receiving the annual OU School Health/Climate Surveys this week. Please take time to complete it. We are aiming for 100% completion to accurately capture your perception of the our school's Culture & Climate.

Ms. Winford's Class makes snow!

Future Chef's event!

Child Nutrition has begun preparation for the annual Sodexo Future Chefs' event. This year's event encourages 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to submit their favorite healthy breakfast recipe. Ten finalists will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Kid friendly
  • Ease of preparation
  • Healthy attributes

Those finalists will participate in the cooking competition which is planned for March 9th, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Robertson Elementary.

Please tell your students about this opportunity. If your students are interested, please ask Susan, the cafeteria manager for a form. Information is also posted on the TPS website. Entries should be received by Friday, Jan. 22nd and should be turned in to cafeteria manager.

Congratulations to Mrs. Tipton! It's a girl! Welcome little Kayla Michelle Tipton!

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January Dates to Remember

Jan. 4 - Jan. 14 Think Through Math Benchmark Testing
January 4 - February 5 - Early Childhood Inventory Assessment Window
January 15 - Teacher Professional Development (No School)
January 18 - Martin Luther King Holiday ( No School)
January 19 - 28 - 2nd Grade Cogat Testing ( Gifted & Talented)
January 25 - Feb. 4 - SRI Window (Grades 3rd - 6th)
January 25 - Feb. 4 - SMI Window (Grades 4th - 6th)
January 25 - Feb. 4 - All students in System 44 take SPI

Safe & Healthy Schools - 2nd Tuesday of each month 3:20p.m.
Parent Advisory Committee- 1st Tuesday of each month 7:00-7:30a.m.
Happy Schools Committee - January 28th 3:15p.m.