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Acton Weekly Update: 3/10/2017

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Nuts and Bolts

Friday, March 10th is the last day of the grading period. Grades must be posted by Thursday 3/16/17 morning at 8:00 AM so we can print and have them in your hands by noon for review. The window closes at 3:00 on Thursday 3/16. Report cards will be sent home on Friday 3/17/17.

March 10th Air Bears convocation @ 9:15. We will start calling classrooms down at 9:00. The assembly will be about 30 min. long. Fifth grade teachers may go on prep at 9:35 and then 5th grade students will stay with their RA teacher after the assembly. There will be no AM intervention groups this morning.

Last call for field trip forms. These are all due immediately so we can submit to transportation and receive approval before Spring Break.

Tuesday's PD time (7:45-8:30) will be The Contest. ALL staff are invited (encouraged) to attend and enjoy the fun!

Curriculum and Instruction

Reminder: Wednesday DIBELS Data Dig- Progress Monitoring/regrouping with Ronna during Prep- Conference Room

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) Lost Punctuation: Make a copy of a page of your book but leave out all of the capitalization and punctuation. Exchange papers with a class member and fill in what’s missing.

2.) Fan Letter: Write a letter to the author of your book explaining what you like about it. In your letter, show off how well you know the book.

Beam Reading: Use a flashlight or penlight to track words as the student reads.

Reaching ALL Learners

Building a deep understanding of knowledge connects students’ learning to authentic contexts and empowers them to build meaning independently, increasing their sense of control and decreasing stress.

Engage OPB (other people’s brains). Teach students to use “OPB” or outside sources, to check for accuracy and correct errors. Students can practice this process by conducting online fact searches, getting classmates to review and provide feedback on their work, and consulting relevant texts. Encourage students to make these accuracy checks a habit and ingrain them as an integral step of their work process.

From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind



Our Chromebook Cart has arrived! We will now have two carts in the building. We will call one blue and one gold. Please check the outlook calendar for availability and then email Krissy for the times you want. I will be blocking out labs and carts for April 17-May 5th due to ISTEP testing.

March 7th K-2 Teachers will get their replacement ipads.

These will be full size and not the mini iPad.

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Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.

What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester


10 End of grading period

10 4th Gr Reps

10 Indy Air Bears

13 School Board Meeting

13-17 I-READ

14 K-5 Related Arts PD

14 5th Gr Reps

14 SpED Leader Team Mtg

14 Nadie here

15 K-5 Related Art PLC

16 Grading window closes

16 Leadership Team Meeting

17 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

17 Report Cards Distributed

17 3rd Quarter Celebrations

20-31 Spring Break


4 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

6 Bus Evacuation Drills

7 Spring Picture Day

11 Chicago’s Pizza/Redline PTO Fundraiser Night 5:00-8:00 PM

12-14 Kindergarten Registration-online

13 Reach and Cluster Committee Meeting

17- May 5 ISTEP Multiple Choice (grades 3-5 only)

21 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

26 Midterm ends

27 Grading window closes

28 Midterms posted

28 KG Field Trip Indy Zoo

28 Family Game Night 6:00-7:30 PM

29 Music Folk Dance Festival Time TBA


2 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00

3-19 EOY Dibels

4th Fifth Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

8 Drills

9 5th gr field trip Symphony

10 Kindergarten Assessments

12 Kindergarten Assessments

17 Grading window opens

22 Kindergarten (AM) and First Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

23 Second (AM) and Third Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

24 Fourth (AM) and Fifth Grade (PM) Awards Celebrations

25 Grading period ends

25 Last Student Day (pending no snow days)

26 All Grades posted & Verified


2 Report cards mailed