Waterville Primary School

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Formative Assessment Techniques

At our GLC meeting this week we discussed possible professional development topics and instructional tips that would be helpful to provide to staff. Formative assessment techniques was an idea mentioned on the staff survey I sent out in July as a topic that staff is always interested in learning more about. I will plan to use this section of our weekly staff update to list 2-3 instructional strategies each week. I am sure that you are already familiar with some of these, but hopefully this can serve as refresher or a way to spark new ideas to use with our students. Please share any great tips you have so I can include them! Thanks!

Formative Assessment Strategies for: DAILY WARM UP/REVIEW QUESTIONS

*Double -Entry Journal/Split-Page Notes: The Double-Entry Journal allows students to record the responses to text as they read. On the left-hand page or column, the student copies or summarizes text which is intriguing, puzzling, or moving, or which connects to a previous entry or situation. On the right-hand page or column, the student reacts to the quotation or summary. This entry may include a comment, a question, a connection made, or an analysis. Entries are made whenever a natural pause in the reading occurs, so that the flow is not interrupted constantly.

*Directed Paraphrasing: Students summarize, in well chosen (their own) words, a key idea presented during the class period or the one previous.

*Four Corners: To check for students' understanding of a topic, use the four corners of the room as designated response areas. For example, give the students choices to make regarding your topic. From "I strongly agree" to "I strongly disagree" and "In between." Or, sequence a math problem: "Which step comes first?" Students go to the corners that represent their opinions and discuss. They choose a speaker to tell why they feel their corner is correct.

If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!

Events for the Week of November 16-November 20

Dates to Remember

Monday, November 16th: PJs for Pups week

Monday, November 16th: 11:30am Lunch with Principal

Monday, November 16th: Third Grade Reading Guarantee Meeting with Families @6:15pm

Monday, November 16th: WPA Mtg @ 7pm

Thursday, November 19th: WPA Restaurant Night Out: Chipotle in Perrysburg starting at 4pm

Friday, November 20th: Wear pajamas for PJs for Pups

Saturday, November 21st: Girls on the Run 5K @ Fallen Timbers

Monday, November 23rd: Parent/Teacher Conf

Tuesday, November 24th: Parent/Teacher Conf

Thursday/Friday, December 3rd and 4th: Secret Santa

General Information

*Please turn in your teacher orders for Scholastic to me (or give to Lyndsay or Kristi Borcherdt) by Monday, November 16. They can also be complete online:

1) Go to: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/profile/login.jsp

2) username: kborche@bgsu.edu password: waterville

3) Click the School Resource Catalog on the right side of the page

4) Catalog will open in a new window

*Last week I delivered pigtails to each of the teachers who house a Chromebook cart in their room. This black adaptor will take the place of the white one you currently use for your Teacher MacBook. I ask that these adaptors stay with their respective cart and not with a specific teacher so that whoever signs out the cart can use it!!

This is just a reminder that all students are to take a STAR Early Literacy or Reading test the week of November 9th and all students are to take a STAR Math test the week of November 16th. This will help to ensure that all students have taken at least 3 assessments by winter benchmarking and we will be able to get a trend line for their growth. All IEP accommodations can be used. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.



*Please remember that individual teachers need to complete School Dude tickets for maintenance/custodial requests. It is important that all of the requests are tracked in order to see if there are reoccurring areas of concern. Thanks!

*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.

*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!

Updating our Academic Vocabulary

GLC Members and grade level teams:

Please help coordinate efforts with our staff to update the vocabulary words that are read and defined during morning announcements. We want to ensure that the words we are focused on will in fact help our students advance academically and prepare them for future success.

A google doc was created and email last month asking each grade level/department to:

  1. Look over the lists shared, and/or refer to the earlier workday GRIT vocab words shared

  2. Select 10 words that have not already been chosen by another grade level

  1. Complete the table with the requested info for each vocab word selected

Thanks for your help with this project!

Waterville Grit and Moxie!

Thank you so much to all of the staff and students that made our "Gritty" segment of Building Better Schools with 13 ABC such a success today. I am so incredibly proud to be a part of this here. The students did a wonderful job communicating how our grit theme has made a difference for them as students and people.

SLO Schedule


Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...

11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!

11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!

11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!

11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal

11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees

11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers

This year the process should be the same as last year for ISs, Specialists, and K-3 staff. Fourth grade teachers may use the SGP from STAR Reading/Math, but still must write it in the form of an SLO.

For those writing SLO's, you have the option or writing one SLO, or two. Each staff member can determine if he/she wishes to put all eggs in one basket or not. if you use STAR for both ELA and Math, you will not have a choice. Both will still count toward your student growth.

If you have any questions, need anything, please let me know.

AIR Testing:

Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.

The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.

The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.

Log In URL:

Test Administrator User Guide:
User Guide

Test Administration Certification Course:
Certification Course

Holiday Party

Thank you to Leslie Lee for offering to host our holiday staff party at her home!!! We will be selecting a date over the next week. Please let me know if you have preferences.