Cardinal News

December 7th - December 11th


At East Central Junior High we are committed to preparing students academically and socially to be self-sufficient, contributing members of the community with plans for a successful future.

Interdisciplinary Literacy

Literacy in Every Classroom

Literacy is not just for reading anymore.
It includes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking,
and it can be integrated into any content area.

In fact, TLE #7 requires teachers to integrate literacy into other parts of the school day,
to use it as the glue that holds all learning together.

*Access the Curriculum and Instruction website here.

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Interdisciplinary Literacy - Collaborate

Students learn much from reading and from listening, but the more active they are in their learning, the more they remember. One way to involve students more is to build collaborative structures into every lesson. A teacher could utilize a simple turn-and-talk with a partner or a more elaborate grouping system planned well in advance. The class could be split into four groups for smaller discussions or an inner and outer circle for large group discussion.

However, collaboration does not just happen magically. Teachers must set clear procedures for all parts of the collaboration: from students' movement into groups, to eye contact and use of other students' names, to resetting the desks at the end. Students need teachers to coach them in polite and respectful communication. Teachers must be clear about their expectations and be willing to reiterate them. Collaboration has many moving parts, but learning to manage them in a classroom pays off.

Students will talk to each other whether or not we give them class time for it, but we can structure class talk to ensure that it is more productive and related to the learning. One of the best structures to build students' collaborative skills is Individual-Small Group-Large Group. Have students answer a simple question or tackle an introductory task individually. Then they can discuss it with a small group and come to a consensus. Finally, the whole class will talk about all of their different answers with the teacher as moderator. As students learn to explore their thinking through discussion, they become more confident participants in class, and they learn more.

The strategies are all listed and linked on the left side of this page.
Any of those strategies can include a Collaborative element,
and some examples are listed below:

6Cs Complete the work in table groups.
R.A.F.T. Share what you wrote and make improvements to your piece.
F.F.W. Find and share the most important sentence from your writing.
Math Translation Tell us how you solved the problem differently.
C.U.S. After individually, students determine a main idea together.
D.B.Q. Part of D.B.Q. called "thrashout" is a group task, but other parts can be too.
TP-CASTT Do the poem analysis as a class.
Levels of Questions Use student-written questions as the core of the discussion.

Staff Attendance

For this weeks data, we will dive into our staff attendance. I cannot communicate enough just how much staff attendance impacts our school. The impact extends beyond just the obvious which is the negative effect on our student achievement and student growth. Poor staff attendance negatively effects the entire culture of our school, both student culture and staff culture. While I know we have had some extenuating circumstances this year, I fear the impact that this will have on our school may be greater than the impact that our current initiatives such as silent halls, standards based grading, increased RTI time, will have on our students.

Below you will find a breakdown of attendance percentage per staff member as well as 1st and 2nd semester absence data.

Shout out to Lois Ahrend, Rachel Leister, Tyson Luneau, Teresa Potts and Penny Sanders on perfect attendance through December 4th.
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1st Semester Absence Breakdown

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2nd Semester Absence Breakdown

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Morning Duty Assignments

Foyer- Fuller/Summers

Cafeteria - Wandell/Weber

Gym - Sinnott/C. Potts

Snack/Machine - Davis

Janet Leak

  1. What is your favorite movie? Walk the Line
  2. What do you do to relax? Read/Walk
  3. Who inspires you? My family
  4. If I could travel anywhere it would be...Australia
  5. My favorite music/artist is...Whatever Mrs. Rhodes is playing
  6. Who would you like to interview next? Mrs. Rhodes

Week At a Glance

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 7am to Friday, Dec. 11th, 9am

12121 East 21st Street

Tulsa, OK

Saturday December 5th -

  1. Lesson Plans Due

Monday December 7th -
  1. POD Meeting - 3:30-4:30
  2. Band Dress Rehearsals - 2nd hr = Beginning Band; 5th hr = Advance Band
  3. Magnet School Application Night @ 5:30 in Room 129

Tuesday December 8th -

  1. Any Given Child Field Trip - 7th grade only (see Drive for details)
  2. Lang. Arts and Social Studies PLC's in Library
  3. Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30

Wednesday December 9th -

  1. Any Given Child Field Trip - 7th grade only (see Drive for details)
  2. Reading, Science and Math PLC's in Library
  3. Basketball vs. Monroe @ ECHS @ 5:30

Thursday December 10th -

  1. Any Given Child Field Trip - 7th grade only (see Drive for details)
  2. Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30
  3. Dec. 10th - Winter Band Concert

Friday December 11th -

  1. POD Challenge Deadline
  2. Faculty Christmas Party @ Ruth's House @7:00

Upcoming Events

Dec. 18th - Last Day of semester

Jan. 6th - First Semester Grades must be entered into PowerSchool

Jan. 12th - First Semester Report Cards mailed home.