January 24, 2016
Thoughts for the week to extend our training from Wednesday's Faculty Meeting
“In a cartoon by the Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson, a bug-eyed school kid asks his teacher, ‘Mr. Osborne, can I be excused? My brain is full!’ If you’re just engaging in mechanical repetition, it’s true, you quickly hit the limit of what you can keep in mind. However, if you practice elaboration, there’s no known limit to how much you can learn. Elaboration is the process of giving new material meaning by expressing it in your own words and connecting it with what you already know. The more you can explain about the way your new learning relates to your prior knowledge, the stronger your grasp of the new learning will be, and the more connections you create that will help you remember it later.”
— Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger and Mark A. McDaniel from Make It Stick
Let's get our students ELABORATING through student to student discourse and in their writing.
This Week at Cypress
Habit 3: Put First Things First: I follow directions and say no to the things I should not do.
Garden Adoption - Goodwin's Class
Monday, January 25, 2016 - C day for Specials
Lynn Langevin's Birthday: Please wish her an extra-special day!
K-2 TPRI due in AWARE
Academic Leadership Meeting @ 3:05 in the library
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - D day for Specials
Kinder PLC 12:00 - 12:40 & 3:10 - 3:40 in Room 408
RtI Improvement Team @ 3:10 in Room 408
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - E day for Specials
Randi Hester's 1/2 Birthday (July 27th) - Let's help her have a 1st rate day!
Faculty Meeting @ 3:10 in the library - Vertical Team Share-Outs for Reading & Writing and Safety Expectations
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - F day for Specials
2nd Grade PLC 7:20 - 8:40 in Room 408 - Students report to MPR in the a.m.
1st Grade PLC 12:50 - 1:40 & 3:10 - 3:40 in Room 408
Friday, January 29, 2016 - A day for Specials
Josh Kane's 1/2 Birthday (July 29th) - Let's celebrate Josh's special day & make it a great one!
Michel Kennis' 1/2 Birthday (July 29th) - Let's show Michel some love to celebrate her and her special day!
Learning Celebrations in MPR - please help advertise pre-registration link below which is open until Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
8:10 - 8:40 3rd Grade
8:45 - 9:15 Kindergarten
9:20 - 9:50 2nd Grade
9:55 - 10:25 5th Grade
10:30 - 11:00 1st Grade
11:15 - 11:45 4th Grade
2015 - 2016 Observations
For those of you in 3rd, 4th and 5th that teach Math, we will be looking for the same things but related to Math with overall connections to reading for meaning and learning. For those of you in Special Education and support positions, we will be using and focusing on your literacy instruction as well. Specials teachers our focus will be on the Learning Model, the Student Learning Behaviors that we've been working on, professional development we've had on student collaboration and discourse and best practices within your content area.
Around the Corner
February: Habit 4 - Think Win-Win: I respect the rights and properties of others
Garden Adoption - Mrs. Haley's class
Monday & Tuesday, February 1st & 2nd - February Conference
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - B Day for Specials
Faculty Meeting - PLC time for all teams
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - C Day for Specials
Cypress Night at PDQ
Vertical Team Meetings - Team Leads will let you know the location
Friday, February 5, 2016 - D Day for Specials
Shannon Haley's Birthday - Let's help her have a 1st place day!
Go red for Women's Heart Health - Wear Red today
State of the District Luncheon - Twenty-three of our 2nd - 5th grade students will be welcoming and seating guests
Sunday, February 7, 2016
1/2 Birthday for Kathy Tristan (August 7th) - Let's help her have a super special birthday!
February 10, 2016
Valentine Celebrations - Please advertise date and pre-registration link to parents.