Farmington View Weekly Focus
April 4 - 8
7:50-8:20 Attendance Meeting (Lisa & Roger)
1:00-1:30 STEM Meeting (Janet & Roger)
2:30 Cadre Follow Up (Heather, Lisa, & Roger)
4:00-5:00 Roger @ AC for Admin Listening Session
Tuesday, April 5
7:00-5:00 Roger @ Oregon Educator Fair in Portland
4:00 & 4:30 Kinder Open House
Wednesday, April 6
7:15-7:45 Safety Committee (Reuter, Susan, Janet, & Roger)
8:00-9:00 OMSI Traveling Field Trip for 1st Grade
9:30-10:30 OMSI Traveling Field Trip for 1/2
12:00-1:00 OMSI Traveling Field Trip for 4th Grade
9:00-10:00 Jill's Formal Observation
10:00-11:00 Janet's Formal Observation
1:45-3:30 Junior Naturalist @ JBWP
1:50-3:15 Teacher Directed Academic Seminar (Collaboration)
4:00-5:00 Roger @ Admin Leadership Meeting
Thursday, April 7- End of 3rd Quarter
1:20-2:00 PBIS Assembly
2:15-3:45 Running Club (Christy & Erin)
2:05-4:00 Academic Club (Sara & Danielle)
Friday, April 8
No School - Teacher Work Day
10:00-4:00 Roger @ Brown for Math Interviews
Nuts and Bolts
- State Testing: Our first week of testing went very well. We only have one student left to test and then the first round of science will be completed. So far, 77% of our 5th graders have passed their science assessment. The eight who didn't pass will retake in late May. ELA testing will begin the week of April 11.
- FV Principal Selection Process: If you weren't able to attend the stand up meeting on Friday, I announced that my position will be posted from April 4-13. Someone from HR will come out to FV to talk with staff and parents about what characteristics you are looking for in your new principal. There will be licensed, classified, and at least one parent on the hiring committee.
- Teacher Work Day: Friday is a teacher work day. Per the contract, teachers must work from their school site. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
- Jog-A-Thon: Our Jog-A-Thon is scheduled for May 17. This years theme is Star Wars. We will move our PBIS assembly from May 5 to May 4 so our parents can kick off the Jog-A-Thon at the "May the 4th Be With You" assembly. In the near future I will give Cindy Vuylsteke 10 minutes with classroom teachers so she can inform you of the plan. Like all fundraisers, I tell our parents to put very little on the teachers so they can focus on their students. I expect this to be no different.
- SCRIP: SCRIP is one of the fundraisers at FV. Our PTO has decided to hand this over to FVPAE. At our assembly this week, our parents and hopefully a couple of classroom teachers will do a quick skit regarding SCRIP. They will be holding a classroom contest with the winning classroom earning something for the room and I believe a dodgeball game with me.
- Shay has been pulling classrooms out 5 minutes before recess to teach them new games for the playground. These are games she learned during her Playworks training. Sometimes it's challenging to take information/ideas from a training and implement them. Shay has shown initiative and perseverance to get this done. Our students will now have more fun options at recess.
- Each school is audited (financial records) every year. Farmington View was one of only two schools that didn't have any errors. Susan's attention to detail is the reason why. Congratulations to Susan and thank you for keeping us straight.
- Heather asked one of her ELL students a question. When the student couldn't come up with the answer, Heather asked the class to turn and talk about the possible answer. She then went back to the first student and asked her what she thought the answer was. The student now had more information and was able to provide the answer. This might seem like a little thing, but if Heather moves quickly and doesn't come back to the student, how would she know if she understood the concept? Keeping track of our ELL & SPED students is essential.
- Before spring break, a student came to the office to get a band aid for a sore. When Karey asked the student how she got the sore, the girl told her a story that made her suspicious. Karey then tracked me down to see if I could talk to the girl. Sure enough, the little girl told me a different story. I took a picture of the injury and sent it to DHS. Karey showed excellent judgement and went with her gut feeling that this didn't seem right. At the end of the day, one of our primary responsibilities besides teaching our students is keeping them safe.
- As we all know, some students really struggle with writing. Shelly used a really simple and effective graphic organizer to support her students as they wrote their biographies. I know it was effective because her students told me how it kept them focused and now they knew exactly what to do. Providing graphic organizers like this allows students to feel successful.
- Dan really gets all of our students up and moving during PE. He uses a variety of quick and fun activities to keep students moving and having fun. It's a blast to watch!
- I was walking by Robin's classroom and I was drawn in by a space video that was playing. As the video played, the word unmanned spacecraft came up. She stopped the video and asked if anyone knew what unmanned means. A few students (growth mindsets) gave it shot and then she broke down the word by saying manned and then asking what un means. Now, several students responded that it meant not having anyone on it. Stopping to explain a tough vocabulary word is very important for all students. By the way, the video was very cool!