Acton Weekly Update: 2/17/2017
Read Across America Details!
Dress up days:
Mixed up Monday- No school
Twin Tuesday- Dress like a friend
Wacky Wednesday- Wacky Seuss hair
Theodore Thursday- Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character
Fun with Reading Friday- Wear a shirt with a saying or words
Estimation jar with puff balls
Dr. Seuss quote each day
Read, Read, Read all day long
How many different places in the building can you read?
How many different ways can you read?
Pair with your I-step buddy and read
Invite parents and other adults to come read to your class
Dr. Seuss door contest! Which teacher has the best, most creative themed door?
Interactive bulletin board outside the library. All students can vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book
Music: sing Dr. Seuss songs
Art: create Dr. Seuss pictures or crafts
PE: play Dr. Seuss themed games
Library: read, compare, contrast Dr. Seuss stories
App- Dr. Seuss Camera- This is an app that does cost 99 cents. There are several versions of it. Check it out!
Nuts and Bolts
LICE- YUCK! Noone wants to think about them, but they are reality and a few years ago the Marion County Health Department altered the policy for nits and live bugs. This has some parents upset and we've experienced some of that this week. However, we must trust what our health officials guide us to do. Some parents want us to check every student or whole classrooms but research proves that is an ineffective method of prevention or identification. If you think a child may have a case of lice, please send them to Heather Anderson in the clinic and she will evaluate the situation and contact a parent if necessary.
Curriculum and Instruction
FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%
Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~
1.) Meet the Author: If you had the chance to meet the author of the book you are reading, what one question would you like to ask him/her?
2.) I predict _____________________ will happen because___________________.
Have your students reread with encouragement and feedback. An adult or peer reads with the student by modeling fluent reading and then asking the student to read the same passage aloud. The adult or peer offers encouragement and feedback.
3-5 Classroom, SPED, ELL Teachers- Are you using the assessment vocabulary in your regular instruction? Are you reviewing regularly with students? If not yet- DO IT NOW! I've posted Assessment vocabulary posters for ELA and Math in the hallways for you to review with students when lined up or passing by. I sent an email with a quick daily review- use it- it's great!
ISTEP RELEASED ITEMS TO BE USED FOR ISTEP PREPARATION:
ISTEP TEI (Technology Enhanced Items) Practice Items- This is a must do before the multiple choice tests.
Reaching ALL Learners
Focusing activities lead to mind-sets of academic optimism and receptiveness to learning.
Pause and Collect: This activity guides students in transitioning from one activity to the next. When students have completed a task or an energizer that took place away from their seats, ask them to return to their desks but remain standing behind their chairs. Then ask them to raise their arms slowly from their sides as they take in a slow, deep breath through the nose. When they have fully raised their arms above their heads, ask students to gently hold their breath for two to five seconds before slowly exhaling through the mouth and lowering their hands to their sides. Next, tell students to pair up with a neighbor and take turns sharing brief responses to a question such as “What are we doing next?” Once partners have answered the question, they can have a seat. This brief activity will reorient students both physically and cognitively to what is happening next.
From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind
FREE HANDS ON SCIENCE
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will be offering free, hands-on classroom presentations to Indiana elementary schools in April. IDEM employees will present fun, engaging, and informative presentations that provide students in grades K-6 with examples of environmental careers while teaching them about our environment. The deadline for schools to request presentations is March 3, 2017. Visit IDEM Earth Day Celebration website at www.idem.in.gov/iee/2380.htm.
March 7th K-2 Teachers will get their replacement ipads.
These will be full size and not the mini iPad.
Our second Chromebook cart should arrive within the next week.
iPad carts will be arriving later this semester.
What's Coming Up
Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester
20 President’s Day Holiday
21-24 Read Across America Week
21 K-5 Related Arts PD
22 K-5 Related Arts PLC
23 Leadership Team Meeting
23 Nadine here
23rd Sky Zone PTO Fundraiser 4-8 PM
24 ISTEP Assembly
24 YMCA Parent Night Out 6:30-9:30
27 School Board meeting
27-Mar 10 ISTEP Applied Skills (grades 3-5 only)
28 SpEd Elementary PD
28 SpEd Leader Team Mtg
2 Principals Meeting
2 K Reps
2 First Grade Music Program 6:00 PM
3 Cluster teachers Gr 2-5
6 Chow With The Cow
7 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM
7 1st Gr Reps
8 2nd gr Reps
10 End of grading period
10 4th Gr Reps
10 Indy Air Bears
13 School Board Meeting
14 K-5 Related Arts PD
14 5th Gr Reps
14 SpED Leader Team Mtg
14 Nadie here
15 K-5 Related Art PLC
16 Grading window closes
16 Leadership Team Meeting
17 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM
17 Report Cards Distributed
17 3rd Quarter Celebrations
20-31 Spring Break