Howard Happenings

September 11, 2017

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Shout Out To:

All Teachers for supplying your WTW numbers.

Carranza, Novak, Crawford, Amanat, Hodnett, Markus, Friedman for completing the Writing Focal Student document.

Cycle 1 Information

August 21-September 29

  • Creating the Conditions for Student Learning
  • Readers and Writers Workshop Set Up and Implementation.

Cycle 1 Theory of Action

If we have consistent PBIS implementation, clear classroom expectations and procedures and strong standards aligned readers and writers workshop then we will create the conditions for student learning that will allow our students to master grade level standards.

Materials needed for this Wednesday's PD/PLC:

  • Laptop
  • Reading Unit of Study-Unit 1

Please ensure you are on pace to complete Readers and Writers Unit 1 by the end of the cycle.

Cycle 1-Classroom Look Fors

Clear Classroom Expectations and Procedures

Readers and Writers Workshop Implementation including anchor charts

Posted Objectives and Standards

WISE Way represented in the classroom

Important Information

  • For student safety, all teachers must report to yard duty on time. It is imperative that you are present for supervision when students are released to the yard.
  • Annual Mandated Reported Training Must Be Completed by Oct. 9. All staff must complete annual training on their duties to report suspected child abuse. Please use this link for information

  • Just a reminder that Library time for teachers will be used for coaching and collaborative planning. This week Julie will be meeting with teachers to:

    • support your planning for supporting your focal writing student's goals.
    • support your next steps in workshop environment or independent reading and/or writing.
    • support reading records during that time as a way of building relationships and getting to know students.
  • We will be having an Earthquake/Fire Drill on Wednesday to practice our emergency procedure. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Staff Roster

Bell Schedule

Teacher Evaluation Handbook

Howard Community Handbook

Howard Staff Handbook

Math Curriculum Document

Prep/Enrichment Schedule

Primary Yard Duty Schedule

Upper Yard Duty Schedule

F & P Support

Hello Teachers, Please note the F&P support schedule for next week.

We were able to secure a substitute to support classes so each teacher will have a block of time to administer F & P tests. Please ensure you have plans for the substitute.

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Great Words Their Way Training Opportunity

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Yard Duty

Primary Yard-Amanat

Upper-Grade Yard-Mathis

PBIS Focus-Scholars are RESPONSIBLE

This week we will focus on RESPONSIBLE. This a great time to collaboratively define what it means to be responsible with your students and to ensure you are positively reinforcing students who show responsibility.

By Friday at Lunch, please submit two students to the office who exemplified responsible this week.

Week at a Glance

  • F&P Assessments
  • Teacher Objectives Due
  • Cost Meeting 11 to 12
11:00: Amanat

11:30: Crawford


  • F&P Assessments
  • SMI 3rd to 5th


  • Minimum Day
  • F&P Assessments
  • SMI 3rd to 5th
  • Earthquake Fire Drill 1pm
  • Howard Professional Learning 2 pm to 4 pm.


  • F&P Assessments
  • Back to School Night 6 to 7:30


  • F&P Assessments
  • Friday Flashback Message 2:35-Students who showed SAFE behavior.

Back to School Night

Back-to-School Night is this coming Thursday from 6-7:30pm. BTSN is not a time for individual parent conferences, rather a general overview of your class and what parents can expect throughout the year. Here are some suggestions for making BTSN a success:
  • Provide your contact info for parents (How/when can you be contacted?)
  • Prepare a presentation (slide show) introducing yourself and including your homework policy, classroom expectations, an overview of grade level standards and your classroom schedule.
  • Provide a sign-up sheet for an optional parent conference
  • Provide a sign-up sheet for volunteers
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Month at a Glance

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