Wolcott’s Wednesday "What's Up"
Office of Teaching & Learning Update 10.9.2013
IMPORTANT OUTDOOR EDUCATION FEE INFORMATION
Since outdoor education is a curricular activity, we will begin adding the cost of outdoor education to 5th grade student registration fees each year. Students who have "waiver of fees" status are exempt from paying for such activities. Knowing you have already collected money from your students for this year's trip, we have developed the following plan: . Students with "waiver of fees" status should be refunded their camp payment. The district will be picking up the camp expense for these students. This will require a little coordination with the business office and the refunding of some money, but is the best course of action so we are completely compliant with Board policy. This also means the families with "waiver of fess" status will not suffer from the financial burden this aspect of our curriculum may cause during this time of year. Additionally, this means you will not need to pay the expense of those who cannot afford the trip out of your activity funds. We will talk about this in more depth at next week's admin meeting.
Gifted & Math Grades 3 and 4
In grades three and four, we identify students as "gifted in math" and also students who are capable of doing math at a higher level. Both need extra support to be successful.
Third and fourth grade students identified as "gifted in math" should receive support (via push-in services and lesson planning strategies) from the Gifted Specialist. Think of this similarly as the LBS provide support for our special education students. As it is not appropriate for LBS teachers to design specific lessons for our special education students, it is not the gifted specialist's responsibility to create different lesson plans for teachers to use with the students identified as "gifted in math". Lesson planning and creation for these students as well as the students identified as capable of doing higher levels of math occurs through differentiation. Knowing this is different from years past because we are not ability grouping, Rachel Manjarres will be offering some suggestions for differentiating math instruction to mixed ability grouped students during her half day training scheduled for next Thursday.
October 31st School Improvement Day Changes
Responding to feedback from staff and administrators, as well as to meet the need of converting to the new Edline Web Page, we have changed the School Improvement Day schedule slightly for the majority of certified staff. The typical schedule will be as follows for classroom teachers :
8:00 -11:00 Stay at home schools focusing on the math implementation. Assignment: Bring resources or ideas to the afternoon grade level session that they used for Math Unit 1 and resources and ideas that they have for Math Unit 2.
11:00-12:15 Lunch & Travel
12:15- 2:00 Grade Level Math Sharing (Principals will need to facilitate this session)
2:00-2:15 Afternoon Break
2:15-3:30 Edline Webpage Profile Design
I will send out a new School improvement Day Schedule to all staff on Friday morning with complete times and instructions for each staff group.
Kindergarten Math Curriculum Writing
As you are aware, we will be pulling kindergarten teachers for curriculum writing all day on October 18th. As the year continues we will pull them approximately one day a month in order to finalize the curriculum and embed the mathematical practices and shifts into their instructional routines. They will not meet in November but will meet in early December on the 4th.
Math Curriculum Writing Grades 1-8
As we continue to write the new math curriculum, Rachel and I will be working with grade level representatives over the next couple of months to polish things up. Please feel free to attend any of the scheduled October meetings below.
October 15th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PDC
October 17th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PDC
October 19th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the PDC
October 22nd 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PDC
October 24th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PDC
October 26th 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the PDC
October 29th 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PDC
HEADS UP: Art, Music and PE Curriculum Writing
On October 31st, I will meet briefly with the Art, Music and PE teachers to touch base and to discuss the rewriting of their curriculum. We will be pulling those teachers from the classroom all day December 2nd and 3rd to get a large portion of their curriculum written. Please begin planning accordingly for your recess coverage on those days.
We will be meeting with Gina and hopefully the ECRA data queen, Corinne, on Thursday, October 17th from 12:30 to 2:00 in the DAC Conference Room. Please be in attendance at this meeting so your ECRA questions can be answered and we can start utilizing the ECRA data at the classroom level.
Rising Star Information from ROE
On Friday, I spoke to Marjorie Cave of the DuPage ROE. I explained to her our frustration of trying to get our Rising Star School Improvement Teams up and running on such a short timeline. Further, I told her that if we are going to do this, we need to do it right. After much discussion, she said it would be permissible for us to start the process slowly and develop a good working relationship between team members before rushing in and looking at indicators. If you need to spend a meeting or two, setting the purpose, laying out ground rules and building team relationships- DO IT!
We will be talking more about Rising Star at our next Admin Meeting. If you have questions before that meeting, please contact me.
Principal To Do List
* Afterschool Program Information: Title and number of students in attendance to Colleen for Cathy to update the Board by October 15th
* Principal PLC "B-Week" Schedule by October 15th
* Elementary Specials Schedule by October 15th
* Monday Meeting Agendas (Elementary Principals) - placed into your online staff share folder by the next day at noon.
* Wednesday Meeting Agenda (Bill and Justin)- placed into your online staff share folder by the next day at noon.
October Professional Development
October 10 & 11 RCD
October 15 & 16 Pyramid of Behavior Interventions/7 Keys
October 17 AM Fourth Grade Math Meeting
October 17 PM Third Grade Math Meeting
October 18 Kindergarten Curriculum Writing
October 28 & 29 ELL Power Strategies
October 30 Thoughtful Classroom Follow Up
November 1 Thoughtful Classroom Follow Up
Benedictine University Partnership- Help Needed (U Will Get $)
We have signed a partnership agreement with Benedictine University. For us it means we will be able to offer our staff some free graduate classes, they will adopt a couple classes and pay for them to go to the University for a tour of the campus and lunch, etc. From us they would like one or two administrators to review their graduate program curriculum and determine if coursework is "real world". They want to make sure they are preparing their graduate students with assignments that they may face in the "real" world. They would pay any administrators who are willing to help. Further, in the future (not this school year) they are looking to possibly have us host a methods class. Cool concept but too complicated to type out in a reasonable length. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact me.