Lakeview MAST Newsletter

Math & Science Team Newsletter - Love LEARNing 2015-16

September 11, 2015

Hello Lakeview FamiLE,

We are off to a GREAT start! I know it has been busy, but I just wanted to take a minute to share some Math & Science News with you all. Please take a minute to look through this newsletter. If you have any needs or questions, please ask. I will try to do my best to help or get you the answers you need.


All bar-coded items will need to be checked out through the library. I will check out any materials that I deliver to you from now on. Please remind Marilyn to check out your Investigation Card Kits & TE sets when she comes around to scan your materials.

Love Learning,


Remember 9/11

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Check out this cool technology tip .... great for Chromebooks!

Google Tone

Science Updates

  1. Be sure to add resources to the science page on the LoboHub.
  2. Give students opportunities to learn through hands on experiments with labs in the classroom.
  3. Click on the DIIGO link to find Science web resources. This is an interactive web link resource site. This means if you find a great resource, please share here.
  4. Try it Technology: Install Google Tone in Chrome to send URLs via sound This is a super fast way to share url links with your class or during a team meeting using a chime. Once you have all added on this app, you can easily share links with one click to your entire class or team.
  5. TWA Trunks - book now!
  6. Curriculum Resources:
7. Reminders: Don’t use the latest released STAAR tests for Science, Math, Reading, or Writing because these will be used as district benchmarks later in the year.

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Can't log in?

Check out the Science Curriculum page in the LOBO HUB. There is a quick link to a google form to give Jason all the info he needs to reset your account.

(Science) Digital Resources Not Working?

New students should be updated automatically shortly after being enrolled in Focus.

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I know how busy you have been, so I left this section in case you needed more time to come back to STEMScopes. This is a fantastic resource for those of you who plan science, but all teachers who teach science will need their own account as well.

  • Make sure to bookmark this site, but it will show up as ALI on your bookmark bar.
  • User Name: email/Password: lobo1234! (You should be able to change this when you log in.)
  • Make sure you check out the HELP button for videos on how to set up your classes, add students, or find resources.
  • Don't forget to check out the Teacher Toolbox! There is a lot of resources for your safety unit.
  • If you need any help with this, just let me know and I will show you.
  • Remember to click on the SCOPE (skill) that you are covering,
  • ENGAGE & EXPLORE are great places to start if you are new to STEMscopes and you want to try it out. It really does make planning science as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  • EXPLAIN Don't forget to check out the EXPLAIN tab to see question prompts for all the different levels of Bloom's. This is an AWESOME help for writing lesson plans and we will statements.
  • What am I going to do if students learn the concept? What am I going to do if they don't? You can find extensions, interventions, re-teach, and so much more with just a few clicks.
Sample STEMScopes Question Prompts

Click on the link to see a sample.

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Math Updates:

  • Investigations & Math Workshop are not optional. Janel used the "tight and loose" analogy to explain. The TIGHT expectation is that Investigations is the district's curriculum, and it is an expectation to use it as the main resource for guiding principles about TEACHING & LEARNING Mathematics in your classroom. This means it is NOT optional. However, it is LOOSE in how you will incorporate Investigations and supplemental materials to reach the specificity of the TEKs in your grade level. This is because you are the expert on the kids in your class. Your observations and formative assessments help you to guide the flow of lessons in your class. Do you need to reteach or have your students mastered the concept? Because every learner is unique, your class might need more or less time. You must incorporate both Investigations and Math Workshop in order to supplement. The purpose of the Math Workshop is to monitor student progress and spiral in material for mastery learning. You must add in additional resources to ensure you hit the specificity of the TEK. There are many additional resources on the Unit Overview Tabs in ForeThought. Click on the different tabs to find additional activities that are aligned with your curriculum.
  • I have delivered any work books that I have. Please let me know if you need any more. Don't forget to save a master copy in case you need to make copies for students as needed.
  • Financial Literacy Workbooks were delivered on 9/9 by Watch DOG dad, Mr. G. to math leads on each team.
  • Currently we do not have a subscription to SumDog. If you would like, you can sign up for a free account to use with your class.
  • Think Through Math - at this time TTM is no longer funded by the state. This would have to be a campus purchase. We discussed other intervention tools being used by campuses in the absence of TTM.
  • (Kelley has ordered Lone Star Daily Rigor and Mentoring Minds Materials for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade).
  • Wowzers is a website that was shared. Currently, there is a free trial until October if you are interested.
  • We discussed the need for an math program or product for math intervention, and Janel is looking into the cost of different options. This would be a resource for students who need TIER 3 interventions in addition to the instruction provided by the classroom teacher.

RenStar Fidelity Check - (Some of this is different from previous years, but all elementary campuses are in alignment The following are just for MATH, not reading.)
Audio Support (available for math only)

1st Grade - all year

2nd Grade - BOY only

Math Helpers - (Per Janel) if students are allowed a resource or MATH HELPER on the STAAR it can be provided it for the RenSTAR. This doesn't necessarily mean small group or individual administration. Most students who have these accommodations are already identified as learners who need and receive additional support. The purpose of a universal screener is to identify additional students who may need monitored or interventions. Urgent & Intervention students will be re-tested shortly to monitor progress, but students who are already identified do not need additional progress monitoring unless requested by Melisa or Teresa.

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Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
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