Weekly Memo: March 21st-March 25th

"Overcoming Mediocrity & Redefining Excellence"

Message From: Ms. Stewart, Principal

"The Price of Excellence is Discipline. The Cost of Mediocrity is Disappointment."

Theme of the Week: MINDFULNESS


This is Water by David Foster Wallace (Speech On Mindfulness)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lu2e-q8ntM


F.A.T. City (Frustration, Anxiety AND Tension) facilitated by Richard Lavoie (Workshop On Children's Learning Disabilities)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hUIXoV2rZc

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Teacher Clinics SPOTLIGHT...

  • Tuesday, March 22nd, ELA Teacher Clinic with Ms. Watts in Stanford University promptly at 7:35am.
  • Tuesday, March 22nd, Math Teacher Clinic with Ms. Giarrizzo in Stanford University promptly at 4:10 pm.
  • Wednesday, March 23rd, ELA Teacher Clinic with Ms. Romero in Brown University promptly at 7:35am.
  • Wednesday, March 23rd, Math Teacher Clinic with Mr. Watson in New York University promptly at 4:10 pm.

School-Wide Instructional Expectations:

Please use the following checklist as a daily guide to ensure you are meeting expectations for a successful professional learning week for yourself but most importantly our scholars!


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F20_ufHTT0_IkIjJK48OY5cyDE2tuITHOzucBgVegeA

Monday, March 21, 2016

Team Planning Focus Grades K-5:

  • Unfortunately, the majority of the March 2016 bulletin boards representing our scholars "best" work is below grade level standards according to the Common Core Learning Standards.
  • Please use the following document during Team Planning to begin studying and understanding the correlation across grades:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5hvcxjxlctnbC1xNmQtb1ZoeTA

  • A grade team walkthrough using the standards and the standards based bulletin board rubric must be used as the basis for providing feedback.
Here's the rubric: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1d_sjSoyz7SOfs0-3C3yac7TbHoQ1nB_vnL1AvxhEphE


Staff Meeting 4:15pm-6:00pm

  • K-5 Teachers & Teacher Associates: Examining Student Writing Using the Common Core Learning Standards & WriteSteps Curriculum Student Exemplars (4:15-5:15) & Grade Team Bulletin Board Feedback (5:15-6:00)
  • S.T.E.A.M. Team: Gearing up for Carnegie Hall, End of Year S.T.E.A.M. Fair & Art Auction
  • Code Blue Team: Streamlining Systems & Procedures for At-Risk & Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, March 22, 2016:

K-2 Common Planning

  • Period 1: Writing Highly Effective Lesson Plan using Danielson Domain 1
  • Period 2: Differentiated based on feedback from Ms. Stewart or Ms. Barrow

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • New Dismissal Procedure Drill #1 (Document will be shared)

Thursday, March 24, 2016:

3-5 Common Planning: Match Coaches Jeannette & Lyndsey... Schedule TBD
  • Period 1: Assigning iReady Extra Lessons aligned to ELA & Math Common Core Standards
  • Period 2: Creating individualized homework assignments based on Checks for Understanding & Independent Work Tasks.


Board & Parent Organization Meeting

  • Please identify a grade representative who must attend the Board Meeting for all grade levels, specials, and code blue team.



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IMPERATIVE REMINDERS/UPDATES:

  1. Effective Immediately, all teachers who do not submit their lesson plans for ALL content areas will have mandatory lesson planning times from 4:30-5:30 on Tuesdays and Thursday.
  2. Effective Monday, March 14, 2016, you must clock in and clock out in order to be paid. Failure to do so will result in non-payment. Also, effective immediately, you will be docked for each minute you report late to work.
  3. Teachers bulletin boards who have been identified by Ms. Stewart as below grade level are required to have updated bulletin boards completed by Monday, March 28, 2016.
  4. All students should use a common core aligned rubric to assess their work especially in writing.
  5. Interactive notebooks with tiered vocabulary is vital to comprehension. Checkout this article: http://achievethecore.org/content/upload/Liben_Vocabulary_Article.pdf
  6. For scholars demonstrating academic & social behaviors that gets in the way of their learning the following Child Study Referral Form https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y6rvzA-q8HOb_ALUARn7nlxZHs5EbVuPNnLMxHcAMiw. In addition, the Classroom Intervention Referral Sheet must be completed: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1maeu39w2RlSw0qtrWNk2GwvcYNSA1xCTNj3shvPPQrw

Special Announcements

WELCOME MS. BRADY: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER IN TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

CONGRATULATE MS. FRANKIE ON BEING PROMOTED TO NEW HOPE'S FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM

GIVE THANKS MR. WATSON WHO WILL JOIN MS. HOLGUIN AS CO-TEACHERS IN NYU

March 2016 Bulletin Board Winners: Ms. Cheng/Chin (kindergarten), Ms. O'Lewis/Saunders (1st Grade), Ms.Vasquez/Hacker & Ms. Romero/Lujan (5th Grade)