Howard Happenings

November 26, 2018

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Chronic Attendance Update-18.1%

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Goal-19%

Our goal for the year is 19% chronic attendance (37 students) currently we are at 18.1% (36 students). We had only a slight spike in chronic attendance despite the poor air quality due to all our previous hard work with ensuring families understand the importance of students attending school daily.


Please continue to reach out to families of students with at-risk attendance.


Shout out to Carranza (80%) and Plummer (73.9%) for having the highest satisfactory attendance.


Shout out to Mathis (11.1%) and Plummer (13%) for having the lowest chronic attendance and no students with severe chronic attendance.

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Important Information-ALL

Extended time away from school and predictable routines can cause stress and anxiety for some students. Please ensure that you are supporting students' successful return to school this week.


Please remember to distribute Scholar Dollars to students for meeting expectations.


Please ensure you sign in and out daily


All confidential or personal information should be printed in the library and picked up promptly.

Important Information-Teachers


Assessments Due Wednesday 11/28:

  • Math C-EoU (K-2, entered into Illuminate)
  • Math IAB Make-Ups (3-5)


Please ensure that you are on time (immediately following the bell) to pick up from the yard and/or cafeteria.


Just a reminder that the teacher workday begins at 8:00 am. Please contact me if you will be late.

Best Practice of the Week - Review

Vocabulary Instruction:
  • focused on Tier 2 words across the content areas
  • supports readers below grade level, English language learners and students with IEPs


Graphic Organizers:

  • can be a scaffold for students
  • can be used across the content areas
  • help students organize their thoughts and ideas for answering questions,

  • function as a pre-writing tool

  • provide a visual display of information.

  • are an easy way to differentiate instruction for a variety of learning styles.


Participation Protocols for equitable voice:

  • allows all students to participate in sharing their thinking, academic discussion, and checks for understanding.
  • increases engagement and accountability
  • can be the whole group (silent signals, shout out, etc)
  • or can be individual (pulling of sticks, cards or rolling of the dice)
  • allows equitable student voice


Do Nows:

  • can either be a review of previous material or a prep for upcoming material
  • should be able to be done independently by students
  • only should take 10 to 15 minutes of instructional time
  • should be consistent


Bulletin Boards should:

  • align with a current unit of study
  • showcase student work and learning
  • include the teacher name, grade and learning objective
  • be updated often


Bulletin Boards should:

  • align with a current unit of study
  • showcase student work and learning
  • include the teacher name, grade and learning objective
  • be updated often


Classroom Newsletters should:

  • be clear and concise
  • sent out regularly (weekly or monthly)
  • include curriculum information (current and upcoming units, assessments, goals, etc)
  • include important upcoming dates
  • support your classroom procedures and expectations


Agendas should:

  • be updated daily
  • include times and subject/activity
  • be student friendly and appropriate to the grade level
  • support classroom routines and student learning


Objectives should:

  • align with the agenda topics
  • align with common core standards and the task
  • be student friendly and appropriate to the grade level
  • allow students to know what they are working on/learning

Yard Duty

Primary Yard-Ms Friedman

Upper Yard-Mathis

Focus-Restrooms


Monday 11/26
  • Minimum Day
  • Howard Professional Learning 1:45 to 3:30


Tuesday 11/27

  • Minimum Day
  • Howard Professional Learning 1:45 to 2:45


Wednesday 11/28

  • Minimum Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Make-Up Picture Day
  • Hootenanny 1 to 1:30 (depending on weather)


Thursday 11/29

  • Minimum Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Williams Off-Site In Am


Friday 11/30

  • Minimum Day
  • Parent Teacher Conferences

Cycle 2 Overview

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Upcoming December Events

12/3 - Grocery Giveaway

12/10 - Staff Meeting

12/11 - Vision to Learn on Campus