Friday Flash

February 6, 2015

ReadWorks - A FREE resource to consider as we prepare for GA MILESTONES

ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.

FREE READING PASSAGES AND QUESTION SETS that are organized by grade, Lexile level, domain (subject), text type, and skill/strategy.

Question sets are research-based and help students improve their comprehension of complex texts.

Each new question set:

  • Models questioning. These are questions that good readers should be asking and answering themselves while they read. Note that the questions focus on the important information of the text, modeling for students to identify and focus on that important information, not on the less important details.
  • Supports students to identify explicit information in the text to enable them to make more complex inferences and conclusions based on that evidence in the text.
  • Explicitly supports understanding of non-fiction and literary text structures. The research is clear. One of the key reasons students struggle with comprehension is that they can’t recognize and understand the way paragraphs and texts are structured.
  • Models how to make inferences and draw conclusions based on evidence in the text.
  • Provides scaffolding to enhance the ability of students to understand the main idea or theme of a text.
  • Highlights the use of context to understand vocabulary words and the author’s use of language to communicate meaning to the reader.
  • Explicitly supports recognition of key signal words at the syntax/sentence-level that can impact the meaning of a sentence, paragraph, and the text as a whole.
  • Provides thoughtful opportunities to write open response answers, based on close reading of evidence in the text.
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RBES MID-YEAR Implementations are to be completed on or before FEBRUARY 20.

The RBES Mid-Year Implementation Update provides an opportunity for you to:

  • reflect on where your students started, where they are now, and where you anticipate for them to be at the conclusion of the school year.
  • reflect on your own instructional practices - what is working, what isn't working, what new strategy are you working to implement, how you are applying strategies learned through staff development to your classroom, etc.


This provides a step by step walk-through of the process with screen shots:

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the ADMIN TEAM.

Share your best uses of eCLASS and become eligible to win a Tablet!!

Let's discuss discussions...

  • In February, tell us how you are using "Discussion" in the eCLASS C&I tool to engage learners and expand lessons.
  • Brag on your successes!
  • Every entry is eligible for a drawing to win a tablet to use in your classroom!
  • Here is a chance to share with one another, get some great ideas, and win!
  • Go into the self directed training course and click on the Share Win Contest link to submit your ideas.
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Georgia School Personnel Survey

  • The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) is modeled after the student survey and includes 31 questions.
  • The GSPS is for all teachers, school administrators, certified staff members and other classified staff members - paraprofessionals, office staff, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. - who work at least 50 percent of the day in the school.
  • At least 75% of your teachers and administrators must participate in the survey to be eligible for the School Climate Star Rating - WE CURRENTLY HAVE 65 COMPLETED PERSONNEL SURVEYS.
  • The original deadline was Friday, February 27, 2015 but it has been extended through Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • Most teachers should be able to participate in the GSPS using their classroom computer.
  • The survey is also accessible using an iPad or smartphone.
  • Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.
  • Data results from the Georgia School Personnel Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.
  • The URL address for the Georgia School Personnel Survey is included below.

Georgia School Personnel Survey:

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While I am happy for the following individuals, I am saddened by the thought of the collective loss for our school - each one of these individuals has given so much of their time and talent in order to build a lasting legacy of success at Camp Creek ES.

Camp Creek ES is truly a better school for having had them here.

It goes without saying that they will be sorely missed as they embark upon this exciting new chapter in their lives.

  • Susan Chappell
  • Patty Cheek
  • Sandra Fancher
  • Chris Gabrielsen
  • Carolyn Johnson
  • Cindy Wawro
  • Lori Weitzel - paperwork pending

Physical Activity and Reading

  • A recent Finnish study confirmed the connection between physical activity and academic achievement in grades 1-3, especially for boys. The Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study found an increase in reading skills among children with higher activity levels at recess, as well as an increase in arithmetic skills among those in organized sports.
  • Reading Today, Did You Hear?, 32(4), 4. (2015, January/February).


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