Principal Weekly Notes

February 8-12, 2016

PARCC Practice Tests for teachers to help familiarize students for upcoming assessments - Grades 3-5

PARCC | Practice Tests


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


Use both iPads and Computers to practice.

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Be prepared for WRITING Deep Planning on Friday. Please bring your data, lesson plans, materials, and an example of provisional writing your students have done this week.


2. Best Practices Focus AGAIN this week: Learning Targets. Be sure to UNWRAP the targets when presenting to students and give the targets RELEVANCY. If you focus on these two things this week, it will start to become second nature and part of your routine. I will be looking for this when I do walk throughs!


3. Complete January Safety Training. Please sign the Staff Roster indicating that you have completed this. There will be an email or link by Tuesday explaining how to complete this training. This is for both certified and classified!


4. Please let Kristy know by Monday afternoon when you are planning to have your Valentine's Day parties! Thank you!

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. Feb. 8th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Valentine's Day Candy Grams Sale Begins!

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* DPECC Mtg, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Admin

* CPP Advisory Committee, 4:15-5:15 p.m.


Tues. Feb. 9th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* 5th Grade DARE, 9-10 a.m.

* Specials Deep Planning, 2:15 p.m.

* PBiS Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Wed. Feb. 10th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Admin Team Meeting, 8:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Admin Bldg

* GE PAC Mtg, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Admin Bldg


Thurs. Feb. 11th:

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

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

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

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

* Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night!

* PARCC SAC Meeting, 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Fri. Feb. 12th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Jeans for Misha - Jeans and Professional Tops

* Deep Planning, Reading

* Valentine's Day Parties, Afternoon

* SPED DLM/CoAlt Training, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

* Bldg Collab, 2:20-3:45 p.m.

Events Happening Next Week (Feb. 8-12)

Mon. Feb. 15th:

* No School - President's Day


Tues. Feb. 16th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* 5th Grade DARE, 9-10 a.m.

* Specials Deep Planning, 2:15 p.m.

* SR Staff Meeting, 3:40-4:30 p.m.

* SR PAC Meeting, 4:40-5:40 p.m.

* DAC Meeting, 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Wed. Feb. 17th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Elem Principal's Meeting, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Admin Bldg

* Benefit Committee Mtg, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Admin Bldg

* Budget Stakeholder's Meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Thurs. Feb. 18th:

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

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00 a.m. - Amber attending

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


Fri. Feb. 19th:

* Elementary Work Day!

* DLM/ CoAlt training- secondary

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

Kids React to Valentine's Day!

Kids React to Valentine's Day