RISE Review

September 17th

Shouts out to

  • Ms. Kott, Ms. van Rossum, Ms. Kayed, and Ms. Baxter for allowing Emily and me to observe your dot/number talks. Feedback will be mailed directly to each teacher.
  • Mr. Carter and Abraham for scheduling and facilitating SSTs like crazy!
  • Mr. Washington for helping to create a plan for snacks on the blacktop that benefits everyone and assists in prioritizing student learning.

Instructional Focus: Conditions for Student Learning

Over the next three weeks, the following conditions for student learning should be observable in each classroom:


  1. Objectives/teaching points
  2. Anchor charts to support Reader's and Writer's Workshop
  3. Book baskets/bags with leveled texts
  4. Leveled libraries
  5. Meaningful tasks
  6. Reader's and Writer's Workshop structures: small group instruction (guided reading or skills group); independent work
  7. An agenda with these elements: (not every item will show up in agenda every day)
  • Morning Meeting
  • Reader's Workshop with components: read aloud, mini lesson, shared reading, mini lesson, word work, guided/independent reading
  • Writer's Workshop with components: writing mini lesson, shared/interactive writing, independent writing
  • Math
  • PE (twice a week)
  • Science (three times a week)
  • Social Studies (three times a week)


During the week of September 19th, the focus will be on:

  • Objectives/teaching points
  • Agenda


During the week of September 26th, the focus will be on:

  • Book baskets/bags with leveled texts
  • Leveled libraries


During the week of October 3rd, the focus will be on:

  • Anchor charts to support Reader's and Writer's Workshop
  • Reader's and Writer's Workshop structures: small group instruction (guided reading or skills group); independent work
  • Meaningful tasks


Coaches are available for support. You will receive more information at Wednesday's PD.

Week at a Glance

Monday, 9/19:

Morning Supervision: Kate, Pollak

Day 20 Count

COST Meeting, 3-4pm


Tuesday, 9/20:

Morning Supervision: Kate, Ruiz

C&C Meeting, 3-4pm

SSC Establishment Meeting, 4:30-6pm


Wednesday, 9/21:

Morning Supervision: Kate, Goodin

Professional Development, room 203 from 1:30-4:00pm


Thursday, 9/22:

Morning Supervision: Kate, Kayed

Keller off site (Principal PD)


Friday, 9/23:

Morning Supervision: Kate, Tezeno

Lesson Plans due to Ms. Lacy

Important Information

  • All OUSD staff are require to complete a Mandated Reporter training by October 14th. Sign into PDgo! here using your OUSD email account. Then click on the link to "Keenan Safeschools" and begin the training.
  • Be sure Ms. Lacy has a set of lesson plans, including copied packets of work (enough for a full day) for each student, in case of emergency. They should be turned in to her no later than Friday, September 23rd.
  • "B Week" starts this week. Click here for the schedule.


Update on snacks on the blacktop: Teachers may serve snacks on the blacktop! Teachers must be present to monitor snack. Please have students remain seated until they finish eating and bring a trash bag, box, or can to use to dispose of trash. The discarded food must be placed in the dumpster (not the recycling bin on the blacktop) in the front of the school (NHA side). We are looking into getting green bins to facilitate the proper disposal of organics, and covered garbage cans to prevent birds.