Old Adobe Educator Weekly Round-Up
Monday 3/1/21 - Friday 3/5/21
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT LOWERY
Celebrating Women's History Month
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.
How do you honor Women's History Month?
An event is a fun way to acknowledge Women's History Month and to build solidarity with other women.
- Watch movies directed by women and with female leads.
- Chill to some feminist shows on Netflix.
- Spin tunes by female artists.
- Have an impromptu fashion show.
- Write positive affirmations on notes and hand them out.
Additional opportunities to pay it forward and learn more about Women's History Month:
- Explore the history of women's rights.
- Support a women's non-profit/join a women's volunteer club/opportunity.
- Host an event to celebrate women.
- Support women-owned businesses.
- Support women authors and artists.
read across america week
As we have been in distance learning, school celebrations and traditions may have changed but the importance of keeping our readers motivated has not. Books and stories are amazing tools students need now more than ever to discover and re-discover themselves and understand that the world is far richer and diverse than just their experiences alone.
- Read aloud
- Guest readers
- Mystery readers
- Host an author
- Book talks
Sign up for brief meet and greet, to share and idea or ask a question.
This past week Miss Rebecca had the opportunity to spend some extra time in one of our Miwok Valley Distance Learning cohorts; with two staff-members out she was next in line to cover breaks and provide support! Rebecca enjoyed starting the morning with read-alouds as students waiting for their morning meetings to begin, and playing shadow-tag at recess! A big thank you to the team at MV-- especially Miss Janet!-- for stepping up in various ways while we were short-staffed.
A similar thank you to the team at La Tercera who also worked tirelessly to keep the program running smoothly while short a Site Manager. Go team! We also would like to thank Site Manager Jeremy Moreno for all he has contributed to Kids Care over the years and we wish him all the best as he starts a new chapter; Jeremy’s last day with Kids Care will be March 5th.
Clockwise from bottom left: Getting creative with clay (LT2); Responding through art to Island of the Blue Dophins (LT1); Writing thank-yous to the custodial team (MV1); and Exploring healthy eating, letter recognition, and practicing fine motor skills (BFPS)!
Update Regarding Vaccination Clinics
We have been notified by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services that no additional doses of vaccine will be available for the week of March 1-5. There are no scheduled vaccination appointments this week.
Stay encouraged as we work through this disruption. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.
The Board approved the contract for Crisis Go last week and we will begin the next phase of implementation to ensure all staff and students will undergo an effective COVID-19 daily health screen.
CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DEPARTMENT
ELPAC testing will begin on Monday, at 12:30, in room 1A at Miwok Valley. Staff has been notified of the procedures for testing, and please direct any questions you may have to Gina or Lisa. We plan to conduct all ELPAC summative tests TK-6 in person in a 1:1 setting and have all students’ tests completed by the end of May (if not sooner). Teachers will be notified prior to student testing, so you know not to mark the student(s) absent from your class. We are still awaiting information from the State regarding CAASPP testing and are optimistic that there will be some sort of waiver plan for us. Fingers crossed!!
Equity Leadership with Nicole Anderson and Associates Consulting:
Certificated Staff: We are excited to continue our work with Nicole Anderson. Certificated staff will have two training opportunities - one on March 23, from 2:00-3:30 (optional/voluntary training); and one on April 21 2:00-3:30 (in lieu of the staff meeting). Read more information here.
Classified Staff: This week will be the first of three Equity Leadership trainings - Wednesday, March 3, 1;00-3:00; March 17 1:00-3:00; April 7, 1:00-3:00. These trainings are mandatory, and we are looking forward to beginning this work with our classified team. These required sessions will be offered to all classified employees and each supervisor will work with staff to ensure that all can take advantage of this growth opportunity. Read more information here.
Check out this article from SCOE on how to re-engage students in the classroom for in-person instruction: “Bridging the Gap Between Distance and In-Person Learning”
SCOE Professional Learning Opportunities:
March 3 | 4:00pm | Zoom | $45
In this workshop, teachers pick up percussion instruments and dive deeper into musical storytelling by “playing” books that naturally lend themselves to various instrumental timbres (such as the bright triangle or the deep drum) and multi-part ensemble experiences (such as part of the group playing shakers while others play bells). This dynamic workshop is perfect for teams of teachers—including classroom teachers, reading specialists, and music specialists. No previous musical experience is needed to participate.
March 4 | 3:15pm | Zoom
The Sonoma County Office of Education and CoBUILD-at-home, invite Sonoma County students in grades TK-12th to share a story of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you personally or impacted your community. Students may choose to share an artistic or journalistic story of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through a wide range of expressive avenues.
Want to learn more? Need help getting started? Please join our story sharing project team for the final the Drop-In Information & Support Session, using this link: https://zoom.us/j/97590342543
March 11 | 3:00pm | Zoom
Open to all interested educators, these sessions are designed as a collaborative networking opportunity for EL specialists, teachers, and administrators working in school districts that serve English learners.
You can access all SCOE offerings HERE.
Equity Coalition Update
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 24th at 3PM.
Hope you can join!
On your Radar: The 6th annual Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings The Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is an annual event that helps to promote a more inclusive educational environment for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth. Parents, caregivers, educators, students and community members across the country join together to support and affirm our youth by hosting readings. Participants can read any or all of the three selected books for Jazz & Friends: I am Jazz, My Rainbow and When Aidan Became A Brother.
This past Saturday, February 27th Superintendent Lowery was the Keynote Speaker for the Annual Black History Program by the Petaluma Blacks for Community Development. To check out the program please go here.
If you didn't get a chance to participate, consider using the following links with your class or group at a later date:
1. You Tube reading of I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings (with Spanish subtitles)
A reminder: We have access to Newsela, an amazing resource for nonfiction reading material and lessons. They are centering black voices, poetry, fiction, news and lessons this month for Black History Month. Subscribe to their teacher newsletter for access to amazing resources, lesson plans and content. (Thanks, Tracy!)
Building bridges: We had a long and rich discussion about how we can build community between school sites, create a more cohesive school experience for the students and empower teacher leaders to innovate and spread high-level, standards-aligned teaching units, materials, plans and content to eliminate inconsistencies across school sites, over time, and elevate our teaching practices with more cohesion.
Some ideas we considered:
- Grade-level aligned standard curriculum-based field trips for all sites
- Author visit and outside speakers/events booked for all school sites
- District PTA/PTO foundation and/or pooling of low stakes fundraisers (i.e. dine n' donates) to support a common goal, such as free camp for all students.
- Non competitive community events that bring students together prior to 6th grade.
- Working to connect the library systems to provide resources, content, events, specialties across the district (district librarian?).
- Teacher coaching model and teacher release day/paid time to develop curriculum and collaborate (more of a long term goal contingent on union and admin approval), leveraging existing school models to scale up quickly.
If you need to reach the Equity Coalition to share resources, express concerns or ask questions, you can now email the group at email@example.com.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Reasonable Assurance forms will be sent out March 1st for classified staff members. Please make sure you complete the form and return it to Sonya Wasden in Human Resources by March 12, 2021. This will help in the district’s planning for the upcoming school year.
Also, we are preparing for the return to the classroom with our Hybrid model and looking for people who might be interested in working in temporary positions as campus aides, custodians and other classified positions that might be needed to assist with a smooth transition to face-to-face instruction. If you are interested or you know of someone who might be interested in working in a temporary assignment in any of these positions, please contact Sonya Wasden in Human Resources at 707-765-4327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REOPENING SCHOOL 2.0/HYBRID MODEL
We submitted the OAUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) as scheduled on Friday, February 26th. The CSP consists of two parts: (1) the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and (2) the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist. This next part of process dictates the documents possibly passing through a couple of iterations until final approval as we consult with the state department. Once the plan is approved it will be shared with all stakeholders. In the meantime, we will continue to focus preparing our campuses to welcome students.
The Board edited and passed Resolution 755 reopening criteria and conditions to shift to on-campus hybrid instruction at the Board of Trustees during Open Session on February 25th. The Resolution passing with a vote of 5-0, dictates that students will return to on-campus hybrid learning no later than April 12th. Additionally, the Board decided in this resolution to continue with the staggered approach of reopening and will look to bring back identified students in Special Education first.
We are asking all parents to submit the Return to On-Campus Hybrid Learning Survey by March 3rd.
Over the next few weeks, the Student Services office would like to highlight some of the invaluable members of our Special Education Department Team. The department benefits from two categories of special education assistants. Specialized Assistants work to support the independence and academic access for an individual student or students within the general education setting. Special Education Instructional Assistants support the independence, access and learning of students within the District’s Special Day Classes or SDCs and in the general education setting.
Anna Capra has been with the Old Adobe Union School District for over 25 years! She was a parent first and then as an employee. Anna is passionate about her job and it shows. She cares deeply for her students and she loves helping all students achieve their academic goals. Anna believes in focusing on the whole child. Her innovation and initiative make her an invaluable member of her classroom team. Anna feels like Miwok Valley is a family. She loves the school, our community and our inclusive classes where her children and beloved students continue to thrive.
Youth Truth Survey
As school teams heard about at a recent site staff meeting, the Old Adobe Union School District will be utilizing the YouthTruth survey this spring. Similar to surveys the District has conducted in the past such as the California Healthy Kids Survey and District developed surveys, this survey will provide insight into the current experience of our students, staff and families.
Student and stakeholder voice matters. Student perceptions are linked to academic outcomes, so it’s important to know what our students are experiencing in our schools and classrooms. Through validated survey instruments and tailored advisory services, YouthTruth is partnering with our District to enhance learning for all students.
The YouthTruth Survey is being generously funded through grants including the Rooster Fellowship and the Sonoma County Community Foundation. Several other districts in Sonoma County are utilizing YouthTruth and one of our own schools, Miwok Language Academy, engaged in the survey last year.
On-the-ground insights from the survey will provide the District with the information needed for planning, professional development and improvement processes in the upcoming school year. Survey results will provide the District with the unique perspectives of our students, families and staff as central forces in decision-making and planning to build on our happy and healthy school system to increase academic achievement. It is more important than ever to fully understand our students perceptions and gain information about their wellbeing. The same can be said for our staff and our families.
The Old Adobe Union School District survey will be available for submissions in early April and final results available in early May. The survey will look at several areas related to student, staff and families perceptions including:
Student Survey Areas
Health and Wellbeing
Social and Emotional Health
Staff Survey Areas
Culture and Communication
Engagement and Empowerment
Professional Development and Support
Family Survey Areas
Engagement and Empowerment
Communication and Feedback
Upon completion of the surveys, the District will have access to the collected data in a variety of reporting options and summaries. The data can be sorted in various ways including by schools, rating areas and subgroups. The reports will support our school and District teams in planning to support the needs of students, families and staff as we build on our healthy school system to increase academic achievement.