Ms. Mac's Memos
Week of July 26th
Mission & Vision
Park Street Mission:
We Learn. We Grow. We Thrive.
Park Street Vision:
Our vision is to provide a collaborative foundation for successful learning and living through:
P- Positive Experiences
S- Supporting all students
E- Engaging with the community and creating
S- Students of excellence
Week at a Glance
- Admin meetings
- Schoology Training from 10 am- 12 pm
8:30-9:30 am iReady PD for new teachers
10-12:30 pm iReady PD for ALL teachers
- Welcome Back Meeting 8:30-1:00*
- Lunch 1:00-1:30
- District PD Day
- Channel 2 News is visiting Park Street and will be taking pictures. You may want to look nicer on Thursday just in case they decide to stop in your classroom. They will arrive at noon.
- Virtual Sneak-A-Peek
*Welcome back training day could change depending on building readiness
Weekly Meeting Schedule
SILT Meetings: Every other Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Staff Meetings: Friday (once a month) from 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Clerical Meetings: Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
PLC Meetings: Fridays from 1:00-2:00 pm (during closure)
PLCs will begin on Friday, August 14th
- Kindergarten- PLC Facilitator: Mr. Johnson
- 1st grade- PLC Facilitator: Ms. McIntire
- 2nd grade- PLC Facilitator: Ms. Welch
- 3rd grade- PLC Facilitator: Ms. Bagwell
- 4th grade- PLC Facilitator: Ms. Worley
- 5th grade- PLC Facilitator: Mr. Soto
- ID teachers- PLC Facilitator: Dr. Caldwell
FYI...Mac's Memos will be sent out on Sundays
Frequently Used Links
Staff Shout out Link
July 27 Virtual PD: Schoology 10am
Meeting ID: 875 4519 0444
July 28 Virtual PD: IReady
Introduction to iReady - New Teachers 8:30-9:30
July 28 Virtual PD: Using iReady resources to support ELL students 10:00-12:30
July 30 District Virtual PD DAY
See PSE Master PD Calendar here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-eZcKGTMi4miG-umQCWS1Zjmwii43AKjFndVv4J08O0/edit
PSE Virtual PD Menu: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-njx11udMkOL4Mr57gEzLYy5vwGkM9EDgcYmhMU6WyU/edit
Assistant Principals' Corner
AP Corner 1:
Mr. Soto will send out the Beginning of Year Checklist and Staff Handbook Tuesday morning. Upon receipt, please email him if you have any questions.
AP Corner 2:
Homeroom rosters are live in Aspen. Please note new students are being added daily as well as students withdrawn based on family movement.
The 10 day count will apply this year as well. Students who are "no shows" will not be removed from your class roster until the 10th consecutive day as a "no show."
Please be patient as it will take a couple of weeks for rosters to be finalized. Adjustments will be made as needed based on classroom models (i.e. EIP reduced class size, EIP augmented, ESOL innovative) school enrollment.
- Click HERE to view the staff handbook
- Please read it in its entirety
- It is listed as an assignment on the staff Schoology page
- Please submit the "assignment" in Schoology once you have finished reading it
Orientation Week August 4th- 7th
- Please share your orientation week schedule with your families.
- Please make sure your families are aware of the materials' pick-up schedule.
- We will be ordering shopping bags for you to put items in you are distributing to students.
- Please have ALL materials ready in your bags and taken to the appropriate tent
- Wear NEW staff t-shirt on materials distribution days (both days)
- Play virtual get to know you games with your class
- Do an "All About Me" activity
- Show students how to navigate Zoom and Schoology
- Review your virtual learning procedures and expectations (practice them frequently)
- Do a "show and tell" for younger students
Welcome Back Training Day
- The SILT team collaborated to develop an Academic Core Commitments document
This document is a representation of what we are committing to do and asking each homeroom teacher and support staff teacher to do in an effort for us to be more consistent and cohesive as a school
Please read the document in its entirety and bring any questions to our PD day and I will answer them in the “Goals” PD session
Each teacher will be asked to sign a copy acknowledging they have received it
Student data cards (from last year)
Please remember to have proper Zoom etiquette during training, PLCs, professional developments, staff meetings, etc.
Going forward, please ensure your cameras are turned ON during every Zoom meeting and training
This includes PLCs, Staff meetings, school-based trainings, district trainings, etc.
It is EXTREMELY important you take attendance for your class in ASPEN daily. If attendance is NOT taken accurately, it could impact future teaching positions and funding.
- Attendance should be entered by 3:30 pm daily
- If a student does NOT attend a live Zoom lesson, but still submits work and assignments in Schoology for the day, mark them PRESENT
- If a student shows up for even one live lesson, mark them as PRESENT
Virtual Learning Considerations
Many of you are eager to begin setting up your classroom space in preparation for virtual learning. As you prepare, please remember to communicate important and relevant information with your families. Below are some tips for communicating with your families:
Think of things from a parent perspective
As a parent, I need to know exactly what my child’s schedule will be for the week, not the entire class
Keep communication short and sweet
Get translations to Ms. Martinez a week in advance (if possible)
Include as many visuals as possible
Send communication each week and try to send on the same day around the same time
Give parents tips for setting up a learning space at home
Give parents tips for helping their child complete work and engage online
Make things as clear as possible
Share video tutorials when possible
Schoology Page Links
Click HERE to submit your information.
Here is the link to view the staff directory: https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/631
Students will take the iReady Reading and Math diagnostics from home
iReady will be one of the main ways we will track student learning and growth throughout the year, especially during the closure
There are several tips and recommendations for administering an at-home diagnostic with students
Ms. Staphylaris has some great tips and suggestions on how to administer the diagnostic with success
Below are links with resources to help you utilize iReady through virtual learning:
There is an iReady folder on our staff Schoology course with teacher tips and resources. The iReady Tips for Educators page is also full of fun and unique ideas.
- iReady Reading
- iReady Math
- Pearson Quick Checks
- Running Records
- Pioneer Valley Reading Assessment
If you need assistance on the best way to administer these assessments, please reach out to the Academic Coaches or Mr. Johnson
Virtual Meet the Teacher Tips
Click the link to learn some great ideas to help connect with your students and families during our Virtual Sneak-A-Peeks. Link to blog
- Please dress professionally for your Virtual Sneak-A-Peek Zoom sessions and your recorded video.
- This is the first time some of your families will see you and we want to make a great first impression.
- Please make sure your video is created in a space with good lighting and minimal background noise.
- When conducting your virtual Sneak-A-Peek, please also try and have good lighting and minimal background noise.
- Send/share any important information and documents with families
- Review your daily schedule and learning expectations
Digital Student Data Cards
- This year we are rolling out digital student data cards.
- You will be trained on how to use the digital data cards during our welcome back PD session.
- The data cards will be our way to monitor and track a student's overall performance and growth.
- Please keep your data cards updated regularly.
New Classroom Spaces
DON’T put up any vinyl lettering (except office spaces & doors)
DON’T use hot glue
DO use Command Strips
DON’T bring a personal fridge
DON’T over stimulate your students (50% of walls open and clear)
DO think of a way to cover your windows (on the door frame) during intruder drills
DON’T use staplers, thumbtacks, and tape on the wall
DON’T bring in rugs/stuffed animals (until COVID is over)
DO use non-fabric flexible seating (that can be sprayed)
DO come and see us after stuff is put away if you need “extra” furniture approval
DON’T put tape on carpets (velcro dots are ok)
DON’T swap or take extra furniture from any other location (let Alex know if something is missing)
DO check your rooms for any damage, construction flaws, leaks, etc.
DO wear safe (closed-toe) shoes when coming in (the road and parking lot will not be completely paved yet)
DO keep your classroom spaces clean and clutter-free