Piedmont Avenue Staff News

September 19, 2016

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

"The Teacher who truly cares is the Teacher who fearlessly stares any student dead in their eyes wile telling them, "You are better...you can do better... and you will do better. I will believe in you for you. Now, let's achieve your better together!" ". -Ty Howard


Teaching is not an easy job. In fact it is hard. But I know your dedication, hard work and perseverance will pay off. The students will learn because you keep trying. If for some reason you fail, you pick yourself up and try again. Believe you can do it! With so many new teachers on staff, I want you to know, many experienced teachers will tell you, getting to know your students, their families and what makes them show their best is a learning process. Every year, with a new group of students, it takes time. Hang in there and keep trying to you find that strategy that works best.


I appreciate all of you for teaching our students at Piedmont Avenue. Our students need the best, your best, and I see you giving your best daily. As the "honeymoon" has worn off, continue to hold students accountable for their behavior. Notify parents of their actions, reward those who are following the rules, and ask for help! Mr. Burbank and I are willing to call parents, set up behavior plans, model behavior systems for you etc. Let us know what you need. As you plan, use engagement strategies that include: ACADEMIC DISCUSSIONS. Students want to talk so give them the opportunity by posing questions for them to discuss and share. Use EQUITY STICKS randomly call on students. Engage them and have some fun as you teach!

Mandatory Staff Meeting

ALL STAFF MEMBERS MUST ATTEND

Monday, Sep. 19th, 3:15-4:30pm

Staff Workroom

All Staff members must attend for the first 30 minutes. Important information for our staff will be discussed. Support staff will be dismissed after announcements. Teachers must stay to complete Mandated Reporter training. Bring your chrome book or laptop.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Best Teaching Requirements

All teachers must:

  • Summit lesson plans weekly via email or google drive to principal
  • Write/Post Daily Agenda with current schedule each day.
  • Write/Post learning objectives for student learning. example-"I will learn how to recognize the author's purpose and identify supporting details."
  • Use positive behavior systems such as colored cards or clothes pin charts to inform students of behavior progress. Compliment correct behavior quickly and often.
  • Model learning outcomes
  • Check for understanding
  • Differentiate with small groups, leveled libraries, and technology

This Week at a Glance


Monday, 9/19


  • F&P Testing
  • SRI Testing
  • 3:15pm Mandatory Staff Meeting


Tuesday, 9/20


  • F&P Testing
  • SRI Testing
  • Excel Reading Clinic begins library 2/3 Grade Students


Wednesday, 9/21

  • F&P Testing
  • SRI Testing
  • 1:45pm-3:30pm PD Focus COST Process, Cycle of Inquiry, Bring Student Data and Student Tracking Sheets.
  • 4th Grade Potluck ( McGaughey)

Thursday, 9/22


  • Fall Equinox
  • Mrs. Ahmad at Principals' Meeting. Mr. Burbank, Mrs. Terrell in charge.
  • Reading Partners begin in the library
  • F&P Testing
  • SRI Testing
  • 4th Grade Potluck (Delisi)


Friday, 9/23


  • F&P Testing(DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30)
  • SRI Testing (DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30!)
  • 9:15am Grades 3-5 School Culture Assembly

Moving Minds- Instruction and Academics

2016-17 Standards Based Data Driven Instruction

Big Question_

Are we using Blueprints of Common Core Grade Level Instruction and Data as we plan and teach each lesson?

Answer: WE SHOULD BE ALL USING BLUEPRINTS AS WE PLAN OUR LESSONS.

Professional Development This Week


We will....

1) Review hava a presentation about COST and SST Process

2) Meet in grade level teams. Follow the Cycle of Inquiry about teaching and learning from last week. Analyze student formative assessments planned at last week's PD, student data and input information on student trackers.

Have an Awesome Week!

Thank you for helping make the world a better place by being a teacher!