The Weekly Comet
Volume 1 Issue 2 9-07-2015
Message from the Principal
Carpool TAs- Ms. Martinez, Ms. Conway, Ms. Guzman, Ms. Leal, Ms. Mancilla, Ms. Paz, Ms. Gomez, Ms. Terrazas and Coach P all work the carpool lane with both a smile and a focus on keeping the system running smoothly. Staying cheerful and professional can be extremely difficult when you are working with parents who may be in a hurry and frustrated. But these folks are clear, concise, corageous and direct.
Gen Ed Task Force- Even though we did not have a PD scheduled for yesterday, Ms.. Allen, Mr. Austin, Ms. Benson, Ms. Briggs, Ms. Chaparro, Mr. MArtinez, Ms. McKamy, Nurse Michael, Ms. Ravenell, and Mr. Quillen stayed late yesterday with Mr. Medaris to begin developing a comprehensive plan of support for our neediest students. The level of commitment shown to children was phenomenal. Through their work, we have no doubt that we will meet our goal of reducing the achievement gap between Gen Ed and Dual Language students.
Improve Purposeful Aligned Instruction - We are beginning face to face spot observations with teacher that had spots last week. We will continue to observe clasrooms this week. Overall, we are seeing good classroom instruction. With just a few tweaks, we will definitely meet or exceed our goal of having 50% of teachers at proficient on their extended observation.
Improve the efficacy of professional development -We are analyzing the results of our last PD survey. While we still have a few compliance issues to be addressed during PD, we are committed to tailoring PD to meet the needs of the teachers. Teacher feedback, spot observations, and student achievement data will all inform our decisions about PD.
9/08 through 9/11 Meet with your evaluator to preview your SLO and PDP
9/18 SLO and PDP submitted to evaluator in School Net
9/21 Evaluators approve and score SLO in School net
Beginning tomorrow afternoon, Henry and I will be meeting with teams to review SLOs. We will meet in the library from 3:30-4:30. We have a google sign up sheet where teams can sign up. We ask that grade level chairs, or grade level content leads sign their team up. Please note that we have reserved one slot for next Tuesday for 5th grade science. Next Wednesday, , 9-16-15 is reserved for for 2nd-5th Math and 2nd-5th RLA. All other team leads (Pre-K, Kinder, 1st, Specials and SPED) should use the following link to sign up: http://tiny.cc/Silberstein_SLO
Please bring a laptop and a hard copy of your SLO. Our goal will be to get SLOs revised so that they are all proficient. We also hope to complete cutting and pasting from the template into the schoolnet SLO form.
If we have have not included you please let us know, and we will update the list.
Teachers will receive their official scorecard via Oracle on the 18th.
Data Driven Instruction
Darkness to Light and Diabetes Overview
This Friday, please complete-1)Legal Issues: FERPA & Copyright Law and Legal Issues: Section 504 Updated
First, you must create a new Region X account. As of May 1st, you must create New R10 Account
Click here to go to the sign on page: http://www.region10.org/account/login/
- Click the Create New Account link below and complete the information requested.
- Validate your new account: You will receive an E-mail confirmation with instructions to validate your account. You will have 5 days to validate your account. After 5 days your account will be deleted.
- Once validated, the system will return you to the Region 10 site where you may access the Online Learning Center again.
Then, you may begin taking your compliance courses by following this link: http://olc.region10.org/catalog/Courses/Certification-Compliance/Compliance-Training-Courses Make sure you are signed-in when taking the courses to ensure that your name prints on your certificate.
Teach Like a Champion-Lesson Planning Workshop
Wednesday, Sep. 2nd 2015 at 3:30pm
Gen Ed Task Force
Tuesday, Sep. 8th 2015 at 3:30pm
Superstar PD- Library resources, System fixes and All in Learning
Monday, Sep. 14th 2015 at 3:30pm
- Ms. Pilkington will take 10 minutes to show teachers how to find books and other resources in the entire DISD media system.
- Mr. Medaris will be surveying teachers about systems that need to be fixed so that teachers can focus more easily on quality instruction.
- Ms. Hawkins will be demonstrating how to effectively use All in Learning for formative assessments (on the fly), DOLs, Weekly tests, and Interim Assessments. This All in Learning is optional for experienced teachers. If you are skilled at using this program, you may skip this presentation.
Teach Like a Champion-Checks for Understanding
Wednesday, Sep. 16th 2015 at 3:30pm
Superstar PD- Activity Fund and Comprehensive Needs Assessment
Monday, Sep. 21st 2015 at 3:30pm
Mr. Heffernan will facilitate a work session where teachers will work in teams to create a Comprehensive Needs Assessment. This is a mandatory Title 1 and NCLB process that will help us focus our attention on our greatest needs. Please bring a laptop.