The GATOR Gazette

Publication 22: 1/27/2020

Gompers journey...#180daysofwhy..#students

THEORY of ACTION - If Gompers teachers engage in standards-based instruction with increasingly higher levels of DOK (Depth of Knowledge) tasks and provide opportunities for collaborative work, then students will think critically and strategically, which will positively impact their conceptual understanding and transferable skills.


This week we join millions of students in schools across the world celebrating the Great Kindness Challenge as we "Sprinkle" Random Acts of KINDNESS (RAK)" throughout Gompers community. Last Friday, you received a Great Kindness Checklist. This checklist can be given to students for them to self-monitor and use for the week. Challenge them complete as many as possible. A similar checklist has been given to parents to use with their students at home different. There are many fun ways for us to participate as as a school community:

1. Daily announcement on intercom @ 9:02 - RAK Quote

2. RAK lessons K-5:

2. RAK lessons 6-8:

3. Reading a book or short video clip on kindness and its impact on self, other and community

4. Participation in the Door Decorating Contest, Winners announced at SOM on 1/31

5. Gompers Broadcast Team will be interviewing students and teachers on their views on the importance of being kind towards others

6. Outside the Office are two Kindness Boards for participation: 1) Students can add their own kindness quotes 2) Teachers can bring their class to take pictures in front of the K _ND, in which they add themselves as "I" to complete kind

7. Instead of Gompers spirt shirt on Friday, students may wear a spirited kindness shirt

Can you believe it is day 91, the second semester??!!! our work continues in our focus area of Depth of Knowledge through increased text and task opportunities for students in all content areas. As a result, we are going to deepen our work on the daily learning intentions, increased reading text mediums and problem-solving in support of student's progression of transferring content understanding and skills/strategies.

Although we are focusing our collective work in DOK, we will also continue to examine student progress on other assessments, like our Synergy Assessments, IABS and FRSA/RAPID to guide our instruction and addressing the needs of our students through differentiation. The goal is for all of us to be on the same page with the process of what we expect from our students and analyzing our students' results in order to create the next steps in support of their academic success. Our upcoming staff/grade Band and Professional Release meeting will be examining our collective data and determine the next steps.


Dr. Miller

Kindness Door Decorating Contest for Elementary

Click the link below to view to details for participation

Kindness Door Decorating Contest for Middle School

Click the link below to view details for participation

Saturday School Opportunity for Gompers Students????

Gompers can use the Low Performing Block grant to support students with additional services/interventions through a highly used program opportunity in our district; Saturday School.

Planning Thoughts:

5 or 6 Saturdays: 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4 & 4/24

Students Serviced:

1. 4th (first) because they do not have any tutoring services this year

2. Middle School Grades 7 & 8

Purpose: SBAC readiness, and increasing text mediums strategies

Subjects: 90 Minutes of ELA and 90 Minutes of Math

Time Frame: 8:45 to 11:45 (with students)

Paid Time: 4 hours

If you are interested in this opportunity as a teacher, please email me. There are resources that the district has developed to support implementation.

Achievement Report K-5 Reminders

Click the embedded link

Culture and Climate

Why Gompers??? Ms. Frank and I shared the Great News of #GATORNATION at the annual Ed Celebration

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Relationships, Relationships, it's the Relationship that matters and makes the difference =.72 in student achievement increases

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LBUSD - U6/SEL - Building Relationships with Students - Elementary Via Sanford Harmony

Step 1: Welcome

  • Gather students in a circle.
  • Begin Meet Up with a fun, interactive welcome routine or greeting.
  • Encourage students to greet one another by name

Step 2: Share and Respond

  • Choose one or two students to share something special, such as a personal experience, achievement, or special belonging story.
  • Allow the student who has shared to call on two to three peers to respond or ask questions.

Step 3: Community Check-In

  • Students discuss topics that impact the classroom community as a whole, and the ways in which specific Harmony Goals are being met (or not met).
  • Review Harmony Goals established by the class.Choose one or two students to share a “high” related to the classroom community, and discuss how the “high” relates to the Harmony Goals.
  • Choose one or two students to share a “low” related to the classroom community, and discuss how the “low” relates to the Harmony Goals.
  • Follow-up on previous “highs” and “lows” to provide consistency to the process and help students connect Meet Up experiences.

Step 4: Quick Connection

  • End the Meet Up with a predictable and fun routine that encourages community building.
  • Use your Quick Connection “Community Builder” Cards for ideas.

LBUSD - U6/SEL - Developing students empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision making for Middle School with students Via Thrively

We will embark on a new "pilot journey" with our middle school students to support LBUSD U6 and SEL foundations.

Our entry point for SEL for MS will be through the Thrively "online learning platform". ES entry point for Sel is Sanford Harmony and using Community Circle and Buddy Up Cards.

Why do we need to engage in SEL:

How/to Access:

When - Calendar of Dates:

I believe you received an introductory welcome email from Thrively(company) on 1/15 last week, welcoming you into the program.

I would like to "Spotlight" a Gompers Staff member in the weekly Gazette, please complete the quick information sheet in your box...Thanks!!

School Leadership...........


Safe and Civil:

GAME Room for 4-8

Playground Expectations

Duty/Playground Schedules (Quarter 4)


Next Meeting - 2/4 @ 8:00


Meeting 2/12 @ 3:30

Help Desk Ticketing Information

Click the video to watch the new process for submission

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Gompers Bulletin "parent news"

This parent bulletin is sent via email and text message to parents each week. It will also be available on our school's website.

Day 100 is coming...Feb. 7th and it's time to CELEBRATE...Students and Staff "Spirit Day" Dress

Dr. Miller welcomes you to Room 18 on Friday, February 7th for a SPECIAL LUNCHEON treat

Nacho Party (with all the fixings)...Yummmm...Yummm


1/27 - Master Schedule "subcommittee" 3:30

1/29 - 1st Female Leadership Academy Meeting @ 2:50 -3:30 Library

1/30 - Emergency Preparedness Staff Meeting

1/31 - Quarterly Visitation - ILT (8-11)

1/31 - SOM @ 2:30

2/3 - Master Schedule "subcommittee"

2/3 - Mathew Brown on Site for Admin Coverage

2/4 - 6 - Professional Release Days

2/5 - Knotts Berry Farm/Algebra students

2/6 - George Tsai on site for Admin Coverage

2/22 - Tech Summit