Vista Weekly

October 12th, 2015

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New Staff Members!

This week we welcome two new staff members to our team: Mr. Oswaldo Perez and Mr. Landon Tucker. Mr. Perez is our new 3-5th Grade Office Clerk and Mr. Tucker is our new Yard Supervisor.

Welcome to Vista - Mr. Perez and Mr. Tucker! We are SO excited to have you!

Oversight Visits are coming up!

The annual LAUSD Charter Oversight Visits are just around the corner!

Tuesday, October 20th - Middle School

Wednesday, October 28th - K-5

What is an oversight visit and why does it matter?

The annual oversight visit relates back to our status as a charter school. In order to open a charter school, a group of teachers, parents, and community members must create a charter petition that outlines the innovative practices that this group intends to follow. The the group of concerned individuals must then appeal to either the local school district, county, or state to request authorization for opening the school. Once "authorized" by either of those educational entities the charter school group is accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charter.

One part of the accountability system is annual "oversight" visits by the authorizing group. ICEF Vista is authorized by LAUSD. The visiting oversight group are therefore members of the LAUSD Charter Schools Division (CSD). During their annual visit, the CSD will review not only our academic practices and data, but will also review the fiscal and operational aspects of our school program. At the close of this review, they will prepare a summary report that will then be used with the annual reports from previous years to recommend (or not) our petition renewal in upcoming years. We have some time before our next charter renewal (it's in 2018) - but we still want to make sure our authorizers are witness to all of the amazing things we do here at Vista :)

What happens during the visit?

The oversight visit activities tentatively include:

  • TBD - FOCUS GROUPS - Teachers and Parents
  • Afternoon - DOCUMENT REVIEW
  • Afternoon - DEBRIEFING

How can I prepare?

I'll be sending a follow up email with specifics - but in short, we need to make sure that our campus and classrooms are in excellent shape and are in compliance with all applicable environmental/health and safety codes!

Fall Festival

This year our annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday, October 30th at 1:00pm.

What is Fall Festival?

It's our biggest fundraiser of the year! Each homeroom hosts a booth with some sort of activity or game (think carnival booths). The Fall Festival kicks off with a Costume Parade - winners are announced and then the games begin!

What should I do to prepare?

If you are a homeroom teacher, be sure to sign up for a booth on the spreadsheet linked here and begin to reach out to families for donations to help prepare!

Fall Festival Booth Sign Up

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Tutoring Logistics

Please spend a few minutes recording the details of your tutoring in the log below. This document will assist our office team in communicating with parents. Shout out to K-2 for filling up the grid :)

Tutoring Schedule 2015-2016

Supervision Schedule

Thank you so much for your active presence on the yard. We have really noticed a difference with regards to both timeliness and vigilance!

We are still REALLY HOPING for a few more middle school teacher volunteers to help us fill in the gaps and to support our wonderful aides Ms. Charrette, Mr. Price, and Ms. Casillas who have been doing double duty the last few weeks. The google doc below includes the existing supervision schedule for the 3-8 campus, if you have a few extra moments on a given day to donate supervision time - we would greatly appreciate it if you signed up for an extra slot!

Supervision Schedule 3 - 8

Links to Important Forms

We have included links to some of the important forms you will use at Vista below - but they are also included in the virtual VIP Folder!

Detention Form

This one is super important for helping us keeping track of which students have detention on which days. Please submit every time you assign detention.

Office Referral Form

May be completed online or by paper (see the pink referral forms in your hardcopy VIP binders) but please be sure to submit either one when a student is referred to the office.

Technology Concerns Form

To request help from our Tech Guru Mr. Jesus Villareal!

Maintenance Request Form

To request help from our Maintenance Guru Mr. Bernard!

SST Referral Form

To request the convening of a Student Success Team to support a student with sustained difficulties in the area of behavior, academics, attendance, and/or physical/mental health despite documented targeted interventions such as tutoring, parent contact, etc.

504 Referral - coming soon! (Speak directly to Mrs. Pope or Mrs. Fennema in the meantime)

Maternity Leave Vista Support

Here is our tentative schedule this week...
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Word of the Week


(verb) continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty

Trait of the Month - Open Mindedness

October's Student of the Month Trait is "open-mindedness"!

Student of the Month Submission

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Instructional Focus

The Lesson Cycle and the 3.3A Communication of Learning Objectives

(TEF Domain 3)

This week we will continue to focus on the effective execution of the lesson cycle, as we know from our dissection of classroom culture that a key component of a positive classroom culture is student engagement due to the planning and execution of effective lessons!

Last year, we participated in several professional developments presented by EDI (Explicit Direct Instruction) focused on the successful execution of the lesson cycle. The prezi below is a review of these components.

Finally, with regards to communication of learning objectives (the first step of the instructional cycle), our CAO, Dr. Morelock reminds us:

  • Just because the objective is posted, doesn't mean the students know it.
  • Just because the teacher states the objective, doesn't mean the students know it.
  • Just because the students choral read it aloud, doesn't mean the students know it.

After communicating the objective, have students turn and talk to share with a partner what they're going to be learning.

Last year we started to build a Vista PD website with resources for the instructional cycle. Check out the link below with your ICEFPS email for access to these resources.

Coming Up This Week...

Monday, 10/12

  • 11:30 - 1:00 - ILT Meeting (Stoner)
  • 2:00 - 3:00 - IEP (Fennema, Garcia, Rosenberg)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Tutoring
  • 5:00 - ELAC Meeting

Tuesday, 10/13

  • 8:45 - 9:45 - IEP (Pope, Clark, Garcia)
  • 3:15 - SST Follow-up (Pope, Fennema, Amador, Rizo, Washington, Dodd)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Detention (Charrette, Casillas, Tucker)
  • 4:00 - 6:00 - Spanish Parenting Classes

Wednesday, 10/14

  • Early Dismissal

  • Middle School Sound of Music Field Trip

  • 9:00 - 10:00 - SPED Check In

  • 1:15 - 4:00 - PD

  • Del Rey Educators Partnership Fair

Thursday, 10/15

  • Pope Out (Director Meeting)

  • 4th Grade Water Field Trip

  • 10:15 - The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill (K-2 Campus it's @ 9:00)

  • 3:15 - 4:15 - IEP (Garcia, Fennema, Bennett)

  • 5:00 - 7:00 Family Education Night - Power My Learning!

Friday, 10/16

  • Classroom Compliance Walkthrough (Just a Practice!)

  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Detention (Tucker, Casillas, Charrette)

Upcoming Dates:

10/12 - ELAC Meeting

10/14 - Del Rey Educators Partnership Fair

10/15 - Sound of Music Field Trip

10/16 - 4th Grade Field Trip

10/19 - Pupil Free Day

10/20 - MS LAUSD Oversight Visit

10/28 - ES LAUSD Oversight Visit

10/30 - Fall Festival