Friday Flash Forward

Focusing on the Future - February 22nd to February 26th

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Reminder: Please make sure your Categories for Q3 and Q4 are set up in your Skyward Gradebook. All assignment dates must be within the Grading Period. If you need help, let Katie know.

TSI Agency - Winter Break WED PD Tech Offerings - DoInk App

Spend a day of Feb vacation in Paris or Mexico...
Do Ink App ~ Green Screen and Animation & Drawing
Offered Tuesday Feb. 16th

Click Here to Sign Up

Want to Read while Relaxing? - Winter Break Book Suggestions

Here are some books you may wish to borrow from your public library or buy to read during the break:

Professional Books

1. Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most by Jeffery Benson

2. Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross W. Green, PhD

3. Causes & Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems by Margaret Searle

4. Activating the Desire to Learn by Bob Sullo

5. Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs by Cathy Vatterott

6. Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards-Based Learning by Cathy Vatterott

7. Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn by Myron Dueck

8. A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades by Ken O'Connor

9. How to Grade for Learning by Ken O'Connor

10. Fair Isn't Always Equal by Rick Wormeli

11. The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Courus

12. The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom by Dan Tricarico

13. Explore Like a PIRATE: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners by Michael Matera

14. Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life by Ron Clark

15. Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement by Eric Jensen

New York Times Bestsellers (Adult Fiction, Non-fiction, YA)

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

5. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

6. Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O'Reilly

7. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

8. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

9. The Martian by Andy Weir

10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

11. 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff

12. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

13. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

14. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

15. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Kali Ciesemier


Monday, February 22nd

  • A Day
  • 1:51 - Individual Faculty Meeting
Tuesday, February 23rd
  • B Day
  • 1:51 pm - SAM - Complete Grading Policy Revision Suggestion Sheet on Google Drive (See below for link for your department)

Wednesday, February 24th

  • A Day
  • 1:51 pm - TDT
Thursday, February 25th
  • B Day
  • 8 am - 12:30 pm SCORE Field Trip - Boys' SEL group Villa Nova and Hamlet - Students will have last lunch
Friday, February 26th
  • A Day




Subject Area Meeting - Grading Policy Revision Suggestions

Click on your department's link below to complete the document. You have the February and March meetings to complete it.





Physical Education



Social Studies

Reading/Math RtI

Team Development Time - Student Handbook Revision Suggestions

Click on your team's link below to complete the document. You have the month of March to complete it. You can access a PDF of the handbook at our school website or the link below:

You will need to be logged on to your school email account to access it.

Team 6-1

Team 6-2

Team 6-3

Team 6-4

Team 7-1

Team 7-2

Team 7-3

Team 7-4

Team 7-7

Team 8-1

Team 8-2

Team 8-3

Team 8-4



Self-Contained Classrooms

Physical Education/Health

Math RtI

He Named Me MalalaGiveaway from Teaching Tolerance

The Students Stand With Malala campaign is giving away free DVDs of the new film about Malala Yousafzai. Educators who want to bring her story into their curricula can sign up now, but act fast—supplies are limited! While you’re on the website, be sure to explore the curriculum, discussion guide and other Malala-related goodies.

Quarter 2 Failure Data - 40.8% of Student Body Failing

Grade 6

Failing 1 class - 88

Failing 2 classes - 43

Failing 3 or more classes - 36

Total number of students failing - 167 out of 412 total students = 40.5%

Grade 7

Failing 1 class - 70

Failing 2 classes - 32

Failing 3 or more classes - 74

Total number of students failing - 176 out of 447 total students = 39.4%

Grade 8

Failing 1 class - 68

Failing 2 classes - 44

Failing 3 or more classes - 66

Total number of students failing - 178 out of 419 total students = 42.5%

Information from RIDE

Online certification renewal now open for educators with certificates expiring August 31

Online certification renewal is available for My eCert users who have Full certificates (Initial or Professional) expiring on August 31 of this year. School Nurse Teacher and School Social Worker certificates must always be renewed by paper, as the renewal application must be accompanied by a copy of a valid license.

Educators should keep in mind that renewing early and online will allow them to pay electronically and receive expedited processing. Educators should also know that online or early renewal does not, in any way, shorten the term of their certificates. For example, if an educator renews a three-year certificate in January, that certificate will maintain the same expiration date of August 31, 2019.

Renewal reminders are being sent this week to all educators who have a current email address on file within the eCert System. Educators are responsible for having a valid email address in the My eCert portal to ensure receipt of critical, time-sensitive certification information. RIDE recommends that you notify all educators in you LEA that it is their responsibility to update their email in My eCert to ensure that they are receiving all correspondence from RIDE. To update contact information or renew certificates on the My eCert portal on RIDEmap, visit:

Educators who are currently employed and do not have any previous ratings or who have one or more Ineffective ratings must wait until August 1 to renew. Educators who hold Full Professional certificates, as well as all support professionals, will renew at their current level of their certificate. All other certificates must be renewed via a paper application.

R.I. prepares to celebrate digital learning

Educators and students are doing some amazing things with technology across Rhode Island, but with so many new types of digital devices, educational software, and mobile apps being developed, it's hard to keep up with the latest advancements in educational technology. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all learners have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities, no matter where they live. On February 17, thousands of schools and local communities will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Digital Learning Day. One day is not enough. Rhode Island will celebrate all month long!

How will you celebrate? Visit the RIDE website to add your Digital Learning Day activity to the interactive map, find inspiration and collaborate with others, access the Digital Learning Day Communications Toolkit, or nominate aDigital Learning Champion! Contact Holly Walsh for more information about digital learning celebrations.

Students invited to enter Woods Hole student-video contest

Teachers, tell your students ages 13 to 18: Amazing contest for students interested in the sea, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Happening now: #SpeakForTheOcean

Students, give the ocean a voice! If the ocean could speak, what would it say? What would you say on the ocean's behalf? Make a 30-second video to show the world your ideas. Be creative, and #SpeakForTheOcean!

The Grand Prize is a trip to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to tour the nation's newest ocean research ship, the R/VNeil Armstrong, and have a behind-the-scenes tour of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to see how ocean scientists and engineers are working to understand Earth's ocean.

The #SpeakForTheOcean Contest runs through. For contest rules and more information, see:

STEM Center @ RIC conducting survey on STEM, STEAM programs, partnerships

The Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics) Now Coalition is a broad alliance of nearly 250 individuals from across the state representing business, education, and government, organized and coordinated by the Rhode Island STEM Center. We are working together to develop a STEAM-literate population in Rhode Island that will possess the skills to become productive citizens in the 21st century and that will have the capacity to contribute and invigorate the Rhode Island economy.

One of our action items is to identify current and potential STEM or STEAM programs and partnerships so that. as a state, we can establish efficient channels for collaboration, increase productive communication, and support the scaling up of quality STEAM learning experiences. Please share your information with us and complete this brief 10-minute survey:

This information probably resides with several people at each school. Therefore it is not necessary to find the "appropriate" person to complete the survey. We will collect data from teachers, STEM or STEAM coordinators, principals, superintendents, and community volunteers, even if several people are from the same school or district.

Please note that this survey is for informational purposes only. The name of your school and other identifying information will allow us to look comprehensively at the education landscape in Rhode Island to help us move forward as a state.

Union News - Mad Money March

It’s time to get your tickets for the MONTH-LONG raffle beginning on March 1st. Tickets are $5.00 each or a book of FIVE for $20.00. There will be a winner every work day in March! There are over 20 chances to win!! CASH PRIZES and MORE. All proceeds go to the Margaret McGill Scholarship Fund. Please make out checks payable to this Fund. A DONATION = A TAX WRITE-OFF Tickets are available from your Building Steward, RA, or Donna at the WTG Office at 30 Cumberland Street 2nd floor - (401)769-5320.

Mystic Seaport - Free PD


The Historian as a Detective with Dr. Elysa Engelman

Wednesday, February 10, 4-6 pm

The world around us is filled with primary source material and clues about the past. It’s also filled with legends and stories that may or may not be “true.” Join Dr. Elysa Engelman to learn how to help your students navigate the art of inquiry and decipher the world around us. She’ll share how researching a historic house with a rumored Underground-Railroad connection led to a different story – a fugitive slave whose experience in New London triggered national coverage in the 1850s. She’ll also look at how you can use artwork, stories, and primary sources to help students unpack the impact of memory and myth on our popular understanding of the past. Pizza and beverages will be provided for participants so please RSVP to John Boudreau to find out the location and more details. / 860-572-0711 ext. 5008.

Melville, Moby-Dick and the Morgan with Melville Scholar Dr. Mary K Bercaw Edwards

Wednesday, March 2, 4 - 6 pm

Join Melville Scholar, Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards and Mystic Seaport staff to learn all about one of the great American classics, Moby-Dick. Bercaw Edwards, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, is an accomplished Melville scholar. Her books include Cannibal Old Me (2009), Herman Melville’s Whaling Years (2004), and Melville’s Sources (1987). This program will include a special Moby-Dick themed tour of the Charles W. Morgan, lecture, and pizza! Pizza and beverages will be provided for participants so please RSVP to John Boudreau to find out the location and more details. / 860-572-0711 ext. 5008.

Educator's Weekend 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

Join us for our annual Educators’ Weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016. All teachers, afterschool professionals, and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport admission! Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the Museum, learn more about our educational programs, and find connections that link your classroom with ours. Education Department staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. Registration forms will be available soon here: .

New and improved website for teachers launched

We are happy to announce that after months of redesign and the thoughtful incorporation of teacher feedback, we have launched the new Mystic Seaport for Educators website. ( If you are not already familiar with our project, MSE is a collaborative website, created by educators and featuring hundreds of primary sources from the Museum’s world-class collection. Maritime-focused artifacts, documents, maps, lectures, scholar interviews, and lesson plans come to life on the website and serve as easy to access tools for any teacher’s classroom. This version of the website features a new design along with new features such as the Search Resources Tool and Lesson Plans, and new informational pages like Behind the Scenes and Upcoming Events! Check it out and let us know what you think! If you like what you see and want to get involved, be sure to read about the fellowship opportunities below.

Mystic Seaport for Educators Summer 2016 Fellowships Available

Mystic Seaport is currently looking for creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers to participate in the Mystic Seaport for Educators (MSE) website research and content creation program. The MSE Summer Fellowship program focuses on the research and development of our online features. Educators selected for the program spend time in training, and working with Museum staff to explore the collections and write content for the website. Completed projects are then transformed into website features by Museum staff, the following school year. Click here to watch a short video about the program.

To learn more and apply, please visit our Professional Development web page and download the PDF application. Applications are due Friday, May 6, 2016. Small stipends are available. Questions about the 2016 fellowship? Contact Laura Nadelberg at


Released Items - Can use with students for them to get used to the format of the questions

Educator Resources

Online Practice Tests - For use with students to practice taking the test on the computer

Tutorial Practice - Begin to have students do this so that they know how all the tools in the online test work.

Test Administrator Manual - All staff need to begin to read. Be sure you download 2016 Grades 6-8 Computer Based

It is important that you revisit this memo throughout the week. It is a living document and can be updated as needed.