Week of September 28 - October 2, 2015
This Week's Happenings -
8:00 Pro Grow - All Team Learning Session in MPR- Bring Playbooks
Positive Support Team Meeting - 2:20 - 3:00 Conference Room
10/1/15 #Innovation Ready! (RSVP by clicking)
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
Wanted: Three Teachers to Serve on School Site Council
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
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....
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.
Superhero Friday Phone Calls Are BACK!
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
Innovate. Design. Create.
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!
September 14 to October 16, 2015
Culturally Responsive Resources
ELA TEACHER RESOURCES
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