Waterville Primary School

Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!

Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

Formative Assessment Strategies for: Peer Review

Two Stars and A Wish: Students provide feedback on another student's work with 2 things that he/she thinks was well done (2 stars) and then 1 suggestion for improvement (wish). Write the comments on sticky notes so if the recipient doesn't find them helpful, the comment can be quickly removed.

To improve quality of feedback, collect the sticky notes (make sure they are anonymously) and use a document camera to display comments to class and discuss the usefulness of the comments. Discuss the salient features of the best-rated feedback. (William, 2011)

Preflight Checklist: Use this strategy when there are a number of clear requirements that need to be completed on an assignment before submission. Each student has a classroom peer sign off on an assignment before it can be handed in-such things as title, page numbers, graphs, etc. (William, 2011)

I-You-We Checklist: At the end of a group activity, each student records something about his/her own contributions, something about other individuals' contributions, something about other individuals' contributions, and an evaluation of the quality of the work of the group as a whole. (William, 2011)

If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!

Events for the Week of February 8th-February 12th

Dates to Remember

Monday, February 8th: Mrs. G. OTES Pre-Conf @ 8am

Monday, February 8th: Mrs. Johnson OTES Pre-Conf @ 3:30pm

Tuesday, February 9th: Writing Committee Mtg

Tuesday, February 9th: BOE Mtg @ 6pm

Wednesday, February 10th, 11th: Lori at E-Tech

Wednesday, February 10th: OTES Mrs. G Obs @ 1:30pm

Wednesday, February 10th: OTES Mrs. Johnson Obs @ 2:00pm

Thursday, February 11th: Staff Mtg

Thursday, February 11th: Pizza Hut Restaurant Night Out

Friday, February 12th: Classroom Valentine's Day Parties

Friday, February 12th: OTES Post Conf Mrs. G @ 8am

Friday, February 12th: OTES Post Conf Mrs. Johnson @ 12:30pm

Friday, February 12th: WPA Movie Night

Monday, February 15th: No School

Tuesday, February 16th: 2 Hour Delayed Start

Tuesday, March 15th: Full Day Professional Development Day

Wednesday, March 16th: Kay & Paulus Orthodontics presentations

General Information

* Kay & Paulus Orthodontics office will be here on Wednesday March 16 to present Dental Health to our 1st through 4th graders. I'm not ignoring our Kindergartners healthy teeth, they have their own presenter coming in:)

11:45am- 12:15pm 3rd grade

12:15pm- 12:45pm 4th grade

12:50pm- 1:20pm 2nd grade

1:30pm- 2:00pm 1st grade

* Sumdog's next round of Lucas County contests will start Friday February 5, 2016 and will run until the following Thursday.

The contests are aimed at ages 5 - 14 but if a teacher feels a student is at an appropriate level for other students, they are also welcome to join in.

Students can play online either at school or at home using the website or the app!

In order to join in the fun, teachers can enter their class here: http://www.sumdog.com/enter_contest For any questions, contact info@sumdog.com

*Here are some additional, Ohio specific, standards apps. You should be able to click on the link below (while on your respective device) and download the app.

IPhone App:


IPad App:


*Please remind families that breakfast is not served to the students on a 2-Hour Delayed

Start Day. Thanks!

*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!

Updated Building Goal #1

At our GLC meeting we discussed the updating of Building Goal #1 to ensure that it accurately reflects what we hope to achieve this school year. Below is the updated goal:

Goal 1: During the 2015-2016 school year, 100% of the Waterville teaching staff will effectively implement technology skills, provide exposure to online/digital content, and allow time for student practice to help prepare and demonstrate the necessary skills required for state AIR testing and mastery of grade level curricular expectations, as measured by student progress reports, quiz scores, and AIR student scores.

"Staff Only" Areas

Please remember to be considerate of "Staff Only" areas in our school that students (and own children) need to stay out of. These areas include the staff lounge, staff work room (unless the child is participating in morning announcements), unsupervised children in classrooms/hallways outside of school day hours, and behind the office counter. We all greatly appreciate your help in maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of these spaces.

Updated OTES timeline

Formal OTES timeline:

First observation completed by 1/15/16

Second Observation completed by 3/25/16

SLO Scoring Template due to Jamie by 4/8/16

Final STAR testing for SGM due to Jamie by 4/8/16

Entire process completed by 5/1/16 (written report provided to teacher with results of evaluation)

Informal OTES timeline:

Staff only needing: Professional Growth Plan, Observation, and Meeting:

Observation and meeting completed by 2/26/16

BGSU Student Teacher Matching

We have scheduled a BGSU matching evening on February 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm for teachers interested in mentoring a methods/student teacher next school year. You will have the opportunity to interview teacher candidates and match with one. This event will be hosted at Waterville for all 3 primary buildings. Please let me know if you have any questions.

SLO Schedule


Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...

11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!

11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!

11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!

11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!

11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!

11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!

AIR Testing:

Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.

The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.

The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.

Log In URL:

Test Administrator User Guide:
User Guide

Test Administration Certification Course:
Certification Course