Highcroft Herald

February 8, 2016

Quote of the Week

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman

You Matter, You Count!

I shared the following video as a resource to use with your class in learning about Gabby Douglas. However, I wanted to share it with each of you beyond the clip of Gabby showcasing her talent. The video is set to an edited audio clip of one of Dr. King's speeches, "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" I share this because it inspired me and it is my hope that it inspires you! We are all worthy, and Aaron and I are so very grateful to work alongside each of you.

Remember this and the message that Dr. King shares here as you conquer this upcoming week!

"What's in your life's blueprint?"

Bus Driver Appreciation

This week we celebrate the men and women who transport our students to school. We are fortunate to have some pretty awesome bus drivers. They are caring, compassionate, and dedicated to our students. While attending to traffic and road conditions, they manage to be aware of the social interactions that occur between the students and respond to their needs.

By Tuesday afternoon, classroom teachers will find bus cut-outs in their mailboxes. We will use these as thank you notes. Each bus will be labeled with a bus number. Please have your students sign their name on the thank you note of the bus numbered with the route that they ride. Select students to represent your class in delivering the notes to their bus drivers on Wednesday afternoon.

Coaches' Corner

It’s Fraction Season!

by Kim Meininger

“Fractions are one of the most difficult topics for students to learn in elementary school. In fact, children often find the topic of fractions to be nonsensical and mysterious.” (Siebert p.394)

Would you agree with that statement? How can we eliminate the mystery of fractions? How can we ensure that our students leave elementary with the background and conceptual understanding that they both need and deserve? It’s a challenge that I know we are up for.

I will be putting an article in your box (also linked) titled, Creating, Naming, and Justifying Fractions, from NCTM. It is an excellent article that offers both pedagogy and practical ideas.

A critical concept in the article addresses how we teach numerator and denominator. This idea starts in the earliest grades when we talk about halves, thirds, and fourths. It is critical that we teach about iterating and partitioning. The way we say the names for fractions matters. We need to avoid saying 3 out of 4 for ¾. Consider the fraction 6/5, would we say 6 out of 5? Instead, ¾ is three copies of ¼ and six - fifths is 6 copies of 1/5. The section titled, "Why Not “Out Of”?" explains this idea more completely, humor me and take a look.

I hope you enjoy reading this article!

Tech Tips

Thank You….Technology

by Danielle Stilts

Thank you….Marla Mayer for sharing the power of QR codes in the classroom!

QR codes are cool little barcodes you may have seen around our school, (I know Elizabeth and Marla have used them before) museums, and stores. Using a free QR scanner that you can download from the App Store of any device, you can scan these little information-packed barcodes to find more information on the given topic (website, YouTube video, map, etc.).

You can generate your own QR codes! You can use them for scavenger hunts or virtual tours. You can place a QR code next to a student’s writing piece that links directly to a YouTube video of the student explaining his/her goal and how it was met (as long as the parent has allowed photo and video usage). This would be really neat for work hanging in the hallway during conference week. The possibilities are endless and really fun.

Check out http://www.qrstuff.com/ for a super easy way to create your own free QR codes for your classroom! There are many QR sites out there, let me know if you have one you like better!

If this is something you would like to play with, I would love to learn more with you!

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Monday, February 8

  • Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • Lunar (Chinese) New Year
  • 1st Grade Math and ELA Data Walls - TRC - 2:50 pm - 3:45 pm
  • CPR Certification - CRA - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • McPherson Out of the Building - Claymont - PM
  • Adams - Marcia Kampelman - All Day

Tuesday, February 9

  • Staff Meeting - MPR - 7:45 am - 8:45 am
  • Admin/Coaches Meeting - 9:30 am
  • Oleshchuk - Denise Beinke - All Day
  • McPherson Out of the Building - METC Conference - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday, February 10

  • Ash Wednesday - Lent begins
  • Intervention Team Meeting - CRA - 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Admin/Counselors Meeting - 9:30 am
  • Kindergarten ELA Data Meeting - 1:55 pm - 2:50 pm
  • Stilts - Debbie Spitzer - All Day
  • Trokey - Marcia Kampelman - All Day

Thursday, February 11

  • End of Second Trimester

  • Spirit Day - Valentine's Day

  • Choir Rehearsal - Music Room - 8:00 am - 8:45 am

  • Waking Up White Book Club - CRA - 8:00 am - 8:45 am

  • MOSAICS to Equations Tournament - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • 1st Grade Field Trip to Magic House - 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

  • 3rd Grade ELA Focus Student - BJ - 10:20 am - 11:15 am

  • 2nd Grade Math Data Wall - TRC - 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

  • Valentine Parties - 2:35 pm - 3:25 pm

  • Lowry - Sue Clark - All Day

  • Stilts - Debbie Spitzer

  • Woods - Michelle Cheung - All Day

Friday, February 12

  • Records Day - No Students

Upcoming Dates

Presidents Day - No School - February 15

Progress Reports Due - Wednesday, February 17 by 4:00 pm

Project Parkway - February 22

Spirit of Excellence - February 23