Westwood Updates

Week of September 28 - October 2, 2015

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This Week's Happenings -

Monday- 9/28/15

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 Pro Grow - All Team Learning Session in MPR- Bring Playbooks

Tuesday- 9/29/15


Positive Support Team Meeting - 2:20 - 3:00 Conference Room


10/1/15 #Innovation Ready! (RSVP by clicking)

Friday- 10/2/15

8:00 Friday Flag - Good Citizens Assembly

Upcoming Dates to Know

10/3 & 10/4 /15 Maker Faire @Balboa Park

10/5 & 10/6 Picture Days! Come before school for your staff ID

10/8/15 Bucket Filling Assembly and Workshops (schedule here)

10/13/15 TECH Tuesday - Compass Learing

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This Week's Westwood Way

Monday Lesson- Interrupting Conversations Appropriately

Westwood Way Weekly Lessons with Lindsay & Juhi- Listening with Attention

Wanted: Three Teachers to Serve on School Site Council

We need three teachers to join our School Site Council (SSC). Our SSC will have a voice in approving our budget, our single plan for student achievement, and our safety plan. We will meet three to four times this year. Send Shaylene an email by October 7th if you would like to join our committee.

Understand. Create. Deliver. Connect.

Design Camp, San Diego 2016 is a FREE, participant driven deep dive into all things related to design thinking: school culture, leadership, curriculum integration, engineering, humanities, collaborative problem solving, project based learning and more! We will host this event and educators (novice to expert, educators to engineers) will be here at Westwood!. It’s a great way to learn, right here in our back yard! Alt eval: Check! Flex time: Check! This event was created by Design39Campus, Vista Innovation Design Academy, and Westwood. Click here for more details!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49afa82ba5fa7-design

Last Call -- Professional Learning Flex Time Template

We have a e-copy right here for you! Let us know if you have questions.This template is due September 30th. Remember to find time to meet with Kaleb so you can submit your approved plans on time.

Here are some options to consider for your Flex time planning:

1- Book Study

~ Recommendations include: Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner; Creative Schools by Ken Robinson; World Class Learners by Yong Zhao; Learning Personalized by Allison Zmuda; and Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez

2- Online Training: DEEP Design Thinking

~ This entails training sessions with the facilitators of DEEP design thinking from Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (Atlanta, GA). Scheduling is flexible and adaptable to meet your needs.

3- Design Camp San Diego 2016!

~ Westwood will host San Diego's 1st design thinking "conference" of sorts. It is a FREE participant driven deep dive into all things related to design thinking, school culture, leadership, and curriculum integration, engineering, humanities, collaborative problem solving,project based learning, and more! Some guests include: Grant Lichtman (San Diego); Mary Cantwell & Ellen Deutscher (Atlanta); Qualcomm (San Diego); Henry Ford Learning Institute (Detroit).

~ Created by Design 39 Campus, Vista Innovation Design Academy, and Westwood Elementary. Sessions will run from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Interested? Curious? RSVP here.

Good Citizens- Certificates....

Because our GC Certificates include a picture of each child, we will place orders after picture day.... Your winners Friday will receive an IOU ~ Thank you for sharing this info with your parents.

Chrome Books-

With MAPS over, our Chrome Books are ready for checkout. The Leadership team will work out the protocol, but for now, please sign up using this google form. Remember, all Chrome Books need to be individually plugged into the cart and upon return, the cart needs to be plugged into the wall daily. There are some nuances with the Chrome Books. You use Guest Browser and must "activate" Light Speed in order to access web sites. There is a "cheat sheet" on the cart.

October Game of the Month is Basketball Shootout!

Share with your students that Ms. I hosts will host Basketball Shootout each Wednesday at the courts. Here is the Voki commercial for you to share-

Superhero Friday Phone Calls Are BACK!

Calling all Super heros!

Check your box Monday to see if you are the next teacher who has been tapped to find a super hero. Use your x-ray vision to identify one student that has used their superpowers to grow. At recess on Friday, after you have bragged about them in front of their peers, send that student up so we can make a shout out phone call and take their picture!

** If you have a Superhero that just can't wait, let us know so we can recognize those growing powers!

College & Inspiration T-Shirts on Wednesdays

Show your spirit by sporting your favorite college or inspiration T-shirt each Wednesday. Encourage your students to join in.
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Innovate. Design. Create.


What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
Changing Education Paradigms
Play, Passion, & Purpose: Caine’s Arcade
Caine's Arcade

Jump into worldwide learning with the Oreo - Our Really Exciting Online project

Classrooms around the world are invited to participate.
Classrooms will need to have each student stack oreo® cookies as high
as he or she can and then average all their individual results to achieve a final Class result.

Click here to learn more!

Project Dates:
September 14 to October 16, 2015

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From LSS

Culturally Responsive Resources

As we celebrate Native American Day and head into the season of holidays, please be aware of our culturally responsive guidelines posted on the MyConnect- Thanksgiving page.



LSS invites you to check out the new resources on ELA CENTRAL.

One is a bank of text dependent questions for our HM stories for grades 3-5 from Achieve the Core. http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/300/search/1/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/page/796/search-for-lessons-to-use-with-popular-stories-upper-elementary-list-pg

The other is a collection of close reading lessons for grades 2-5 for both informational and literary text from Learn Zillion. Both resources provide a wealth of lessons to support our implementation of the standards. https://learnzillion.com/resources/73944-close-reading-lesson-library

ELA/ELD Resources Framework On Line

Just released - click http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/cf/ to access the framework of standards, instructional strategies, and suggestions for professional development.