Principal Weekly Notes

Sept. 5-9, 2015

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Sept. 5th:

* No School - Labor Day

Tues. Sept. 6th:

* Duty - AM - T. Kuberry, Pelenis, Siminoe, Forbes/Amy. PM - Irvin, McDannold, Romero

* DIBELs testing begins this week.

* DPPEC Mtg - Postponed

Wed. Sept. 7th:

* Duty - AM - Pelenis, Sperl, Kuberries, 4th Grade. PM - Romero/Shannon, Sperl, ________

* 2nd Grade Sheep Dog Trials

* DIBELs Testing

* New Hires - American Fidelity Mtgs (Mandatory) 8:00-10:00 a.m. for Sandrock. These meetings are individual lasting about 15 minutes. We will have someone come into your classroom to relieve you for those 15 minutes.

* Elementary Principal Meeting @ Admin (8:30-11:15 a.m.)

Thurs. Sept. 8th:

* Duty - AM - R. Kuberry, Steele, Forbes, McD/Pelenis. PM - _________, Reimann, McD

* DIBELs Testing

* SR Fire Drill, Time TBD

Fri. Sept. 9th:

* Duty - Shannon, R. Kuberry, Forbes, Steele/Sperl. PM - Romero, Shannon, Steele

* Co-Planning during plan

* Elem District Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m. - SLOs. Meeting in SR cafeteria

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Please remember to promote our Fundraiser each day. Ask for coupons each morning, collect them, hand out lanyards & animals (each child only gets one lanyard but can have multiple animals), send collected coupons to office as soon as you collect them. We have daily drawings for these.

2. Your daily schedule due last Friday to me. There are a few people who haven't completed this. Please do this asap. Thank you!

3. I am going to begin to schedule each of you a time slot to have initial evaluation dialogues with me. Please be sure your self assessment is done before the end of the month and prior to our meeting.

4. SR School Teams - Our team meetings need to be formed for this year. I will be sharing the roles and responsibilities of each team (Leadership Team and School Culture and Climate Team) with you via email. Please take some time to read these over so that you can decide which team you would like to be a part of and how you can best help us do our work! There will be a sign up sheet on my office door by Wednesday.

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MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still be holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

A little something to brighten your day....

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