The Friday File
December 5, 2014
9:00-11:30 Principal Cohort walk throughs
8:00 a.m. KLC
3:45 p.m. PBS Tier 1
3:45 p.m.Bricks 4 Kidz
Data Training-CC out
7:00 p.m. 4th/5th music program at New Mark
7:45 a.m. SBC
Fire Drill TBA
1:00 p.m. New Mark Band performance for 5th grade
6:00-8:00 p.m. KLC rings Salvation Army bell inside the Marshall's at Zona Rosa
7:30 a.m. Staff Holiday Breakfast
Ugly Sweater Day
2:40-3:25 Winter Parties
NO EARLY RELEASE
End 2nd quarter
11:00-11:45 Winter party make-up
December 22-January 2 Winter Break
Winter Benchmark Windows
*Grade K-all students
*Grade 1-students who scored below G
*Grade 2-students who scored below L
*Grade 3-students who scored below P
*Grade 4-students who scored below S
*Grade 5-students who scored below V
3-5 Math Benchmark December 1-December 12th
3-5 ELA Benchmark December 1-December 19th
1st-Unit 4 December 19th
3rd-Unit 4 December 19th
4th-Unit 4 December 19th
5th-Unit 3 December 17th
Classroom teachers, please complete this quick survey for BLT. This will help in planning our Early Release sessions for 3rd quarter.
Holiday Building Hours
Building closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
Please remember there is one flexible workday built into your contract to be used before the 2nd semester starts. Utilize the building while it is open, or work from home if you prefer.
2nd quarter Grade Card Timeline
Jan. 5th Grades and comments due by noon
Jan. 6th Changes made by 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 9th Grade cards go home
For the next two weeks, I challenge you all to use “reasoning” (asking students to apply their own reasoning or someone else’s reasoning) in your math lessons. Reasoning can sound like this “Do you agree or disagree and why?”
It is important to note that the teacher does not simply ask whether another student agrees or disagrees but then follows up by asking the student to explain why. Asking them to explain their reasoning is a key part of this talk move, and is criticial in general to supporting students’ mathematical learning. The point of this talk move is to cause students to make explicit their reasoning by applying their thinking to someone else’s contribution.
Conferring Notes Reflection
As we have discussed (or will next week) in you PLTs, your conferring notes are a formative assessment tool to help you determine teaching points for individual students, invitational groups, or the whole class. As you reflect on your own conference notes, consider these questions:
· Do your notes make sense?
· What kind of information does your documentation give you?
· What are the strengths of your students?
· What is most useful about your notes?
· What whole group lessons do you notes indicate your students need?
· Which students have similar needs? What are those needs?
· What are the individual needs in your class?
· What information do you wish you had in your notes?
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December 8th Math Schedule
K Number Talks 10:00 (Keep your schedule the same except for Number Talks)
2nd-5th Start with Number Talks at 10:00 and then move into Math Workshop
1st grade will be in specials from 10-11 (your schedule can stay the same)
This group will be looking for evidence of Math Residue during their visit.
Math Residue is:
I can statements posted and aligned to the math IAG
Math manipulatives and tools available and/or being used
Anchor charts up with math strategies
Math discourse is happening (This includes Talk Moves, questioning, and teacher facilitation of the discourse).
Staff Holiday Breakfast
Wednesday, Dec. 17th, 7:30am
Staff Ugly Sweater Contest that day!!