Board of Education
March 17, 2014
March is Reading Month
Thank you to Mrs. Grace to obtaining the guest speaker, Alaskan Author Pam Flowers. The author is noted for her positive and inspiring stories where animals and people work together with courage and loyalty.
Halls are looking good.
The halls in Orchard Primary are filled with creative displays.
Read your way to Nome.
Fourth grade students earned AR points to work their way to Nome.
The Northern Lights are shining bright!
Orchard Primary staff members (teachers, para-professionals, para-educators, and support staff) have been given the opportunity to complete two perception surveys. One is directly from NCA, and the other survey was created by District Improvement Team members to obtain information to help plan for improvement.
Every teacher in Orchard Primary will have two mini-observations completed by the end of this week. Each mini-observation consists of a twenty minute classroom observation followed by a written document that records formative feedback. Feedback is value-neutral. It describes what was observed or not observed.
Many teachers are embracing the practice of posting Learning Targets. The purpose of using learning targets as part of formative assessment is to help students understand what they are learning, how to reach the "target", and what success looks like once the target is reached.
One area that will require additional professional development - Formative Assessment.
Teachers will need to spend time on determining how formative assessment improves their teaching and helps their students succeed in a standards-based environment?
Formative assessment is purposefully directed toward the student. It does not emphasize how teachers deliver information but, rather, how students receive that information, how well they understand it, and how they can apply it.
Tshirts were funded by PTA Market day proceeds from pie sales.
The rules on the bus...
Thank you Ms. Meissner!
Responsiblity has its Rewards!
Thank you Mrs. Bartlett!
Thank you Mrs. Ruhala and Mrs. Jones!
Family Literacy Center returns to OP
Last week we offered a parent workshop on ADD. Approximately twenty five staff and parents attended. One of the best workshops I have participated in.
Parents and Children Together (PACT) - For school age children and their parents or caregiver. Free event that focuses on teaching children and their parents fun learning games they can play together. Volunteers rotate through groups teaching games to parents and children. Includes story time and students receive a free book. A snack will also be provided.
PACT 2 is for 3rd -4th grade on Monday, March 24 from 6:00-7:30 pm
PACT 1 was held for 1st - 2nd grade students with forty participants.
Michigan Interim Assessment Spring 2014 Pilot
Grades K-2 will have the opportunity to participate in the Language Arts and Mathematics pilot assessments.
Testing window is March 24 - May 23
Each subject has two test parts:
15 questions each for K-1 Language Arts and Kdg Math
19 questions each for Language Arts grade 2 and 1st grade Math
20 questions each form Math grade 2
Each testing time per part is 25-45 minutes.
Kdg Parent Info night
Kindergarten Parent Information night will take place on April 3. Information will be shared in our monthly newsletter, on website and in the local newspapers.
Just a reminder for the 2014-2015 school year, children must be FIVE years old by October 1st.
Is BK being offered?
Full day or half day?