SPARTAN ACADEMY

Week Of September 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (Wk4)

"THE FOUNDATION OF SPARTAN ACADEMY" - "WHERE STUDENTS SUCCEED AND FUNCTION WITH BEHAVIORAL NORMS"

  • Lesson Plans are non-negotiable – Lesson plans must be submitted weekly using the new RPS format – UBD model – Lesson plans are a clear picture of Teaching and Learning opportunities in your class. Lesson plans are due every Friday.
  • Please remember to highlight the JFF Strategies Common Instructional Framework Strategies on your lesson plan and implement them in your classroom: Questioning, Scaffolding, Classroom Talk, Literacy Groups, Collaborative Group Work, and Writing to Learn.
  • Lesson plans will be posted outside your door beginning in October.
  • Reminder to all teachers - please ensure that you are using your Daily Attendance Logs to keep documentation of your back up attendance. More Logs are available at your request.


Attendance

Remember to only use the attendance on the home page of ASPEN. Please, update any tardy students in ASPEN when they arrive late!


Teachers are reminded that Daily Attendance is to be taken in ASPEN within the first 15 minutes of class each period. Usage of the Daily Attendance Logs is not an option, it is mandated per the Code of Virginia - § 22.1-259.


Security Reminders


  • Always lock up all personal items
  • DO NOT give students building keys for any reason.
  • DO NOT open doors for staff. Side entrance will be locked by 8 AM each day. After 8 AM only use the front door entrance.
  • Restricted Movement means Restricted Movement! No one is to move when a Restricted Movement Notice has been given. Students nor staff are permitted to be in the hall way. It is for your safety!
  • DO NOT purchase snacks for students out of the vending machines.
  • DO NOT block a door if a student is trying to leave. Alert your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT encourage students to leave you room. If you need a student removed, ask your team leader, behavior specialist or security.
  • DO NOT deny students entrance into class if they are late.
  • Please place notification on your door if you are relocating your classroom.
  • In order for a student to leave the classroom - 1. you must grant them permission, 2. a pass must be given to the student, 3. time frame expectation must be communicated to the student


Strengthening the Craft of Teaching and Learning


Jobs for the Future focus strategy for September 26th - October 14th: QUESTIONING

Questioning challenges students and teachers to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry. Effective questions (by the teacher and by students) deepens classroom conversations and the level of discourse students apply to their work. Teachers use this strategy to create opportunities for students to investigate and analyze their thinking as well as the thinking of their peers and the authors that they read in each of their classes.


Teach Like a Champion strategy of the week: Technique #2 Targeted Questioning

Targeted Questioning is a quick series of carefully chosen, open-ended questions directed at a strategic sample of the class and executed in a short time period, often a minute or less. Speed Counts! Delivering targeted questions should usually take less than a minute or two. The primary goal of Targeted Questioning is to gauge understanding accurately, of course, but speed is relevant because teachers who can gauge mastery quickly can frequently check for understanding throughout their lessons. Teachers who can ask targeted questions quickly and efficiently are able to incorporate them into lessons on a consistent basis, without breaking the flow of there instruction or dramatically changing their desired lesson plan.


English


VDOE English SOL Resources


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis


Text Dependent Questions: Sample Question Starters


Prompts for Text Dependent Questions


Please use the link and password below to access a tutorial for NoRedInk Premium. Pass this along to your English department for those who did not attend training.


Link to video library: https://vimeo.com/album/4159266

Password (please do not circulate outside of RPS): bDpfVamg6yq!


Please let me know if you need any additional assistance with the program.



Science


VDOE Science Spring 2014 Instructional Guidance based on Student Performance


VDOE Earth Science Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instr. Guidance


VDOE Biology Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance


VDOE Chemistry Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance



Math


VDOE Algebra I Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Geometry Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE Algebra II Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis



History


VDOE North America Geographic Regions


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions with Counties


VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions of Virginia Outline


VDOE CTE Career Clusters

Positive Interventions

click the box above to access the article regarding two different approaches/beliefs to dealing with problem behaviors

"Less Than 100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"

Monday - September 26, 2016


SPED MEETINGS -


Case managers listed below have a meeting at the time indicated. By now if you are part of the meeting (general ed teacher or SPED teacher) you should have been contacted to attend the meeting--


Edgenuity training for select teachers - Lab 211 - 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday September 27, 2016


Leadership Team Resource Meeting 6:45 am


Student Transition Celebration - Morning TownHouse


School Social Worker - Ms. Callender - will be onsite to support our students and Camelot staff members - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


ITRT - Ms. Liggan will be onsite TTD to assist with instructional technology needs


SPED MEETINGS -


Case managers listed below have a meeting at the time indicated. By now if you are part of the meeting (general ed teacher or SPED teacher) you should have been contacted to attend the meeting--


Back To School Night - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Wednesday -September 28, 2016


Leadership Team Resource Meeting 6:45 am


SAST meeting - Conference Room


SPED MEETINGS -


Case managers listed below have a meeting at the time indicated. By now if you are part of the meeting (general ed teacher or SPED teacher) you should have been contacted to attend the meeting--


Middle and High School "Rating Team Meeting" check with team lead for location


Thursday - September 29, 2016


Leadership Team Resource Meeting 6:45 am


Senior Credit/Verified (SOL) Credit verification meetings - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Conference Area with Ms. Henson - school counselor


SPED MEETINGS -


Case managers listed below have a meeting at the time indicated. By now if you are part of the meeting (general ed teacher or SPED teacher) you should have been contacted to attend the meeting--



Friday –September 30, 2016


Leadership Team Resource Meeting 6:45 am


SPED MEETINGS -


Case managers listed below have a meeting at the time indicated. By now if you are part of the meeting (general ed teacher or SPED teacher) you should have been contacted to attend the meeting--

Concerns and Updates

  • In spring 2016, the Standards of Learning (SOL) history tests contained multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assessed the current 2008 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In spring 2017, the SOL history tests will contain multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assess the revised 2015 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In order to support student preparation for technology-enhanced items (TEI) that may appear on history assessments, sets of practice items have been developed and will be delivered via electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT).
  • Please be mindful of the students that rotate out of your class with or without a pass. All students must be given a pass to exit your classroom. Hall walkers should not be given an exit ticket out of your room.
  • It is imperative that the Faculty and Staff adhere to all due dates and meeting times.
  • Common Planning Time will begin the first week of October. Day and time to be announced!
  • Make sure student attendance is taken in every class.
  • All teachers are expected to stand at their door during the change of class.
  • Please encourage students to move along quickly. We all must communicate the same message to these young people.
  • Thank you for all of your hard work!
Superintendent's Memo #294-14

Information regarding SOL History Tests

Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Google Docs, this is the Google Doc to make a copy of and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Microsoft Word Doc Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Microsoft Word, this the the Word Doc to download and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Lesson Plan Guided Notes

A quick reference for the lesson plan format.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY eBOOK

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Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email me at your earliest convenience.


As always, thank you for all of your hard work and for continuing to Inspire Excellence for all of our students!

A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others