Points of Pride

September 16, 2018

Instructional Focus:

Your reading routine getting stale?

This is one of my favorite sites for reading support! Reading Rockets gives multiple strategies, how to use them, when to use them, and even gives a video to help visual learners. Also included are downloadable templates, and recommended children's books to use to teach the strategy. I did a PD a couple of years ago and got all my vocabulary activities from this site.

This site is also free, and all strategies are research-based and proven to work. Check it out and see how you can "mix up" your routines with new strategies that work.

Reading Rockets Strategies


  • Week of 9/17: Focus on the Multi-Flow Map; Art will be this week; Constitution Week
  • 9/17: Multi-Flow Map Review with Heather @ 7:45; Bus Evacuation Drills @ 9:00
  • 9/19: 2:15 Release-Site PD from 2:30-4:00-Standards Based Mindset
  • 9/20: MTSS Day #2 (Diagnostic Data Due-will help make an intervention plan) all day during specials; STEM Club Parent Meeting @ 6:00
  • 9/21: ALL Staff meeting @7:45-8:00
  • Week of 9/24: No Art; Focus on the Bridge Map; Book Fair in the Library
  • 9/24: Bridge Map Review with Heather @ 7:45
  • 9/25: PBIS Committee Meeting @ 7:45
  • 9/26: 2:15 Release-PLC; SMART Goal #2 due
  • 9/27: 12:15 Release-Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 9/28: 12:15 Release-Parent/Teacher Conferences

Operation Welcome Home!

As a reminder, we will be doing a "Welcome Home" for a soldier on October 18. I know this seems like a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! This is a HUGE opportunity to show off Settler's Point and how important citizenship is to us. "Operation Welcome Home" is preparing for over 300 community members to attend this event, as well as, many GPS district office employees.

After meeting with a committee to plan for this event, we are asking for each homeroom class to do the following:

  • Create a banner (using butcher paper) that we will line the main hallway with. This could be in the form of a "Thank you" or a patriotic saying. We want you and your class to be creative with this. Have some fun and get some input from the students. More information on this will be in your boxes at the beginning of the week.
  • Additionally, we are asking for every student to write a letter to Holly and/or Leah Katke. For my primary students, this could be a sentence or two with a picture, while our intermediate grades could write a paragraph. We are asking that final copies be submitted to Heather Benedetti by 9/27 so that she can get them professionally bound. We will have some students reading their letters and presenting the book to the family as part of the ceremony. If you have any questions, or want help with planning, please reach out to Heather.

I know that this is something "extra" to add, but it's a great opportunity to pay our respects to a family that gave so much to us. If I were in the classroom, I think these would be great to do on the 12:15 release days for conferences, as they can be difficult to plan for.