Principal Weekly Notes

February 1-5, 2016

PARCC Practice Tests for teachers to help familiarize students for upcoming assessments - Grades 3-5

PARCC | Practice Tests

Portal for all of the resources required by states and districts to administer the PARCC Assessment.

Use both iPads and Computers to practice.

Security Drill at SR

On February 11th, we are scheduled to conduct a security drill at Sandrock. We will be prepping ourselves and our students for this drill prior to implementation. We will also be notifying parents about our drill. We will need to meet at a whole staff to prepare for this. Details to follow as I meet with SROs and Mike Taylor to plan.


I wanted to let you know that I visited with Misha's brother. He gave me a quick update and permission for us to tell our students that she is ill. Misha was actually diagnosed with a very aggressive form of melanoma, not lung cancer. However, it has spread to her lungs and other areas. The following is the statement that we will share with students. Her brother is okay if we share that she has cancer but I would only do this IF students ask more questions. Some of our students have already heard this information through the grapevine.

This is the official statement that I would like classroom teachers to share with their students. This statement has been approved by her brother.

"It is with regret that Ms Ryan will not be returning to teach Art this year. She is sick and has moved to Denver to be near her family. If you would like to send her a card, you may turn it into the office and we will make sure she receives it."

If you feel so compelled, please have your students make cards this week and we will send them in a large package.

Thank you for thought kind thoughts and prayers for her. Thank you for making the time to let your students know.

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Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Be prepared for READING Deep Planning on Friday. Please bring your data, lesson plans, materials, and an example of provisional writing your students have done this week.

2. Best Practices Focus this week: Learning Targets. Be sure to UNWRAP the targets when presenting to students and give the targets RELEVANCY. If you focus on these two things this week, it will start to become second nature and part of your routine.

3. Put a sticky note on my door and let me know how you are like Batman when you teacher or interact with students. This is for both certified and classified!

4. Grades 3-5 - Sticky note on my door - Please let me know how many times you have had students take the practice test for PARCC up to this point. Thank you!

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Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Feb. 1st:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Kindergarten Connection Day

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* Problem Solving Team (IBS) Mtg, 4-8 p.m., Admin

Tues. Feb. 2nd:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* 5th Grade DARE, 9-10 a.m.

* Specials Deep Planning, 2:15 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 3rd:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Elementary Principals Meeting, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Admin

* UbD Meeting, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Admin Bldg

Thurs. Feb. 4th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00 a.m. - Sarah attending

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* 2nd Grade Biography Presentations , 2:30 p.m.

* All SCCT (School Culture and Climate Team) Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 5th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* ALL SCHOOL SPORTS Teams DAY! Wear your favorite Sports Team Shirt/Jersey!

* Jeans for Misha - Jeans and Sports or SR Shirts!! GO BRONCOS!

* Citizen of the Month Nominations Due!

* Deep Planning, Reading

* TS Gold Winter Checkpoint

* Bldg Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.

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Events Happening Next Week (Feb. 8-12)

Mon. Feb. 8th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* DPECC Mtg, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Admin

* CPP Advisory Committee, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Tues. Feb. 9th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* 5th Grade DARE, 9-10 a.m.

* PBiS Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 10th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Admin Team Meeting, 8:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Admin Bldg

* GE PAC Mtg, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Admin Bldg

Thurs. Feb. 11th:

* School Board Work Session, 7:00 a.m., Admin Bldg

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00 a.m. - Kamisha attending

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* PARCC SAC Meeting, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 12th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Jeans for Misha - Jeans and Professional Tops or SR T-shirts

* Deep Planning, Reading

* SPED DLM/CoAlt Training, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

* Bldg Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.

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"All Call" on CISCO Phone System

Placing an "All Call" from your classroom.

The phones in from Kristy and Kamisha's offices can place an "All Call" for Sandrock and out to the district. All other SR phones can place an "All Call" that goes out to all SR phones.

To place an "All Call" to Sandrock:

* Handset must be off the hook or the speaker button must be pushed

* Dial 1056

* WAIT for the phone lady to stop talking and then:

* Dial the pin number: 775#

* Speak into the phone to deliver the school-wide message to every phone.

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 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

Weekly Video

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