Weekly Memo: 01/04/16-01/08/16

"Overcoming Mediocrity & Redefining Excellence"

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Message From: Ms. Stewart, Principal

Watch Your Thoughts; They Become Words.

Watch Your Words; They Become Actions.

Watch Your Actions; They Become Habits.

Watch Your Habits; They Become Your Character.

Watch Your Character; It Becomes Your Destiny. - Frank Outlaw

Curriculum + Common Core Standards = Core Knowledge...

It is important to note that the terms "standards" and "curriculum" are often—and erroneously—used as synonyms for one another. Standards define what children should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. A Curriculum, like the Core Knowledge Sequence, describes what children need to learn to meet those standards.The Common Core State Standards leave curriculum decisions to the states, but the message is clear: Successful implementation of the new standards depends on a coherent, specific, and content-rich curriculum.

During this week's Professional Development Sessions, be prepared to discuss the Core Knowledge Sequence as it pertains to your respective grades. Click the link and discover What Your K/1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th Grader Needs to Knows: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5hvcxjxlctnQmdKS21XNi1NdFE.

Be in the Know... Updates & Reminders...

Professional Development for K-5 Teachers : Planning for Success/Lesson Structure

Monday, Jan. 4th, 1:30-3:30pm

NHACS Conference Room

All Teachers should come prepared with the following:
  1. Core Knowledge Sequence for your respective grade: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5hvcxjxlctnQmdKS21XNi1NdFE.
  2. Reading, Math, and Write Steps lessons for the week of January 4th-January 8th
  3. Laptop

Monday, January 4, 2016

Walkthrough Focus: Rigorous Instruction - (Steps to Success)
  • Modeling with Anchor Chart (Show students Don't Just Tell)
  • Think-Aloud (Use clear steps in your thinking so students can make connections when it's their turn)
  • Checks for Understanding (feedback will be provided using Teach Like A Champion 2.0 Techniques 1, 2, 4, & 5)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

iReady Testing Window 2

  • Grades 3-5 Only: 8:30-9:30

Using Data to Drive Instruction Training with SchoolDataCorp (Conference Room)

  • Bring your laptop
  • 9:30-11:30 (K-2)
  • 12:30-2:30 (3-5)
K-2 Common Planning is cancelled

Walkthrough Focus: Evidence of Co-Teaching

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 1/2 Day

iReady Testing Window 2 Continues...

  • Grades 3-5 Only: 8:30-9:30
Professional Development for K-5 Teachers
  • 7:30-9:30 (Conference Room)
  • Focus: Student Growth Challenge using IReady & Ready Instruction
  • Mandatory School-wide Training: 12:00-6:00 (Further Details to Follow from Ms. Albert)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

iReady Testing Window 2 Continues
  • Grades 3-5 Only: 8:30-9:30

Professional Development for K-5 Teachers

  • 7:30-9:30 (Conference Room)
  • Focus: Student Growth Challenge: Planning Differentiated Small Group Instruction

Common Planning - Grades 3-5

  • Math Coaching with Jeanette & Lyndsey: All math instruction must take place according to schedule. No administering assessments and teachers providing instruction.

Friday, January 8, 2016

iReady Testing Window 2 Closes
  • Grades 3-5 Only: 8:30-9:30

Professional Development for K-5 Teachers - 7:30-9:30 (Conference Room)

  • Bring It All Together & Setting the Stage for Learning in 2016: The following will be our focuses for the remainder of the year....
  1. Collaborative Discussions & Questioning
  2. Citing Evidence
  3. Close Reading with Complex Texts
  4. Evidence Based Writing