Acton Weekly Update 2/7/2020
Things to Know
Midterm Window is open for teachers until Monday at 5:00 PM. Grades go live to families on Wednesday. Please review the email for directions and reminders.
On Friday, please park in the back and side parking spaces so we can fit as many cars as possible in our front visitor spots. Thank You!
Please continue to review the T/W Collaboration Schedule (link in bar below). We've had to rearrange and add some trainings for all staff. We now have Jen scheduled for Feb. 18th. There will be no AM meeting, but teams will meet with her during RA time for mini-lesson PD. We will do the same thing for Feb. 19th, but she is going over notes from the GR training. Also, on Feb. 25th, there is no AM meeting so Nadine can meet with grade level teams.
Then on March 4th we have our REQUIRED review of the Testing and Security protocols in preparation of IREAD and ISTEP. All staff members must participate.
The Franklin Township Education Foundation is excited to share the 2020 Spring Grant application with you! We know that many creative and innovative ideas are ready for funding!
- Visit https://fteducation.org/request-a-grant/ to complete the application
- Remember to send your complete COVER FORM and signed GRANT AGREEMENT to the FTEF office at CTEC.
- PDF attached
- Please note the application deadline is March 20, 2020.
Q3C2 Pre-test given on Feb. 10th
Q3C2 Pre-test data discussed on Feb. 12th
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark given by March 6th
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark data entered by March 9th
Q3C2 Post/Benchmark data discussed on March 11th
Half day grade level CFA planning: Week of February 24th
Pre-test for Unit 6 in EDM grades 3-5: Jan. 29th - Feb. 4th
Unit 5 Post-test grades 3-5: Feb 3rd-7th
Deadline to enter results of Unit 5 Assessment into EDM: end of day Feb. 14th NEW DATE
Begin teaching Unit 6: Feb. 4th-8th
No AM Meeting February 18th - Grade Levels will meet with me during RA time for mini-lesson PD. I will share out our district-wide mini lesson bank at this time, and we will dive into how to use the comprehension modules to help make our whole group mini lessons.
Mini-Lessons really need to contain those gradual release components, I do-We do-You do, to really help prepare students to apply their skills successfully on their own. Read HERE for more information on how this looks in the classroom.
- Reference the videos in the Scholastic website for each module in order to see how Jan uses these modules to teach mini lessons and guided reading lessons. They are very short but extremely helpful when planning your lessons. They contain a lot of great information and ideas for effective instruction. www.scholastic.com/NSFresources Password: results
Many classrooms are still struggling to achieve classroom participation with the reading logs. Please look at the above spreadsheet to see how your class is faring compared to your colleagues. Encourage your class with various incentives. The more excited and passionate you are about this program, the more engaged and excited your students will be. Please let them know that this figures into their citizenship grade and that the school as a whole will not get to the million minute mark and win a school wide party unless we all work together.
Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.
Thank you for your kind words and celebrations for counselor appreciation day! I appreciate all of you and am so grateful to be working with you all.
Library Lessons K-2
This week I finished up my "assertive" or "big" voice lessons with grades K-2. With the younger grades, we learned to say,
"I don't like it when you____________________. Please______________________________"
In each class, we read, "Shubert's Big Voice" discussed and practiced together. Now if a student comes running up to you to say someone did something you can something similar to the narrative below. It will take some practice, but I think if students are continuously encouraged to speak up for themselves in a calm and normal voice we will begin to see some autonomy.
- Student: "George took my pencil!!!"
- Teacher: "Did you like it?"
- Student: "No!!"
- Teacher: "Then tell him, I don't like it when you take my pencil. Please ask if you need to borrow one."
- Student: "I don't like it when you take my pencil. Please ask if you need to borrow one."
Story Hand-The mindfulness exercise I did on the Tiger News this week.
I love the conscious commitment this week. It fits right in with the last video we watched. Instead of judging yourself and the way you are feeling or thinking, simply notice it! We will not be able to get rid of judgment towards our students if we are used to always judging ourselves. Give yourself permission to feel the feelings in order to grow from them!
WIDA Testing at AC
9:00 3rd grade EDM coverage
10:00 5th grade EDM coverage
2:00 4th grade EDM coverage
11:30 Office Leadership Meeting
Tigers Den- Greene
Colalboration: CFA Data/ Discussion
5th grade Field Trip
Tigers Den- Scott
4:00 Basketball Practice
Collaboration: CFA Data/ Discussion
8:00 Cheer squad practice
Midterm grades posted
11:30 Core Team
First Grade Field trip
Tigers Den Story
Kids Heart Challenge
17 President’s Day (make up day if necessary)
20 4th grade field trip
21 All Pro Dads
21 Father Daughter event
24-28 Book Fair Week
27 KDG Field Trip-Clowes
28 Staff Basketball Game
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.