Principal Weekly Notes

January 11-15, 2016

Late Notes

Sorry for the late notes. It's been "a week" already. :) But onward and upward! Things are always better when I get to be with you and our students!
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ACCESS PRACTICE FOR STUDENTS


The ACCESS testing schedule is on a Google Doc. Here is the ACCESS Testing Schedule link.

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Jan. 11th:

* Elementary In-Service


Tues. Jan. 12th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Ryan

* ACCESS Testing - Listening

* Moffat County Global Mtg, Admin Bldg, 5:00 p.m.

* MCEA Membership Meeting with State Representative - After school


Wed. Jan. 13th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Admin Team Mtg , 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

* ACCESS Testing - Reading

* District Administrators Meeting - 8:00 a.m.

* Benefit Committee Meeting - 4:00 p.m.


Thurs. Jan. 14th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* ACCESS Testing - Speaking/Writing

* School Board Work Session, 7:00 a.m.

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00 a.m. - Kamisha will be attending

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m


Fri. Jan. 15th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning, Math, All Grades

* PARCC Test Training for Administrators and Coordinators, 1:00 p.m.

* District Collab, 2:30 p.m., Admin Bldg

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Deep Planning - Math - Please be prepared with any pre/post assessment data, formative assessment data, example of non-fiction writing you did with students this week, and Lesson Plans to go over learning targets, etc.


2. Please complete the Google Survey about Deep Planning by Thursday at 3:00 p.m.. If there is a chance, we will implement that starting next week. Deep Planning Survey

Events Happening Next Week (January 18-22)

Monday, Jan 18th

  • Learning Walks w/Ava - Afternoon (Plan to come)
  • Student DigiDog iPad Camp - 3:30 p.m.
  • Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.
  • Problem Solving Committee Mtg - 4:00 p.m.
  • 5th Grade Parent iPad Night - 5:45 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan 19th
  • Staff Meeting, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
  • PAC Mtg, 4:40 p.m.
  • DAC Mtg, 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan 20th


  • Cognitive Coaching - Stmbt - All Day - Kamisha/Jen out of Bldg



Thursday, Jan 21st
  • Cognitive Coaching - Stmbt - All Day - Kamisha/Jen out of Bldg
  • Counselor Collab, 9:00 a.m.
  • CST, 10:00 a.m.


Friday, Jan 22nd
  • Cognitive Coaching - Stmbt - All Day - Kamisha/Jen out of Bldg
  • District Kinder TS Gold Planning (I think)

PARCC Practice Tests for teachers to help familiarize students for upcoming assessments

PARCC | Practice Tests


Portal for all of the resources required by states and districts to administer the PARCC Assessment.

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)


Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.


Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:


"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

Weekly Video

You just never know when something you say, do, teach will inspire and/or touch a student positively!
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