Staff Weekly

Published November 24th

A note of gratitude:

Thank you to our 39 teachers, our 6 paraeducators, our 5 custodians, our 8 cafeteria staff, our 2 nurses, our 5 staff support, our itinerants, our counselors, and our instructional coach for every second of every minute of every school day. When we reflect back on all you have accomplished this year alone, we are filled with gratitude for you all. We know things are not easy at Ballyshannon, but they are worth it. You are worth it. This Thanksgiving, we are thankful that you each work here with us for our kids.


Please rest, relax, connect, laugh, nap, shop, do whatever fills your heart during Thanksgiving. You deserve it.


Erika & James

Faculty Circle on Monday will be info from our Teacher Ambassadors.

This Week's Tutorials

We're staying in homeroom on Monday and Tuesday. See the Tutorial page on the Bally Staff Site for directions.


Tuesday--staff have a task to do for our Teacher Ambassadors.

Staff Spirit Days

Monday: Black Friday Attire


Tuesday: Dress Like Your Favorite Relative

Full School Writing Weeks

Based on your feedback regarding the Writing Plan, we are going to begin piecing it together bit by bit and using action research to do so.


Each month we will have a 3-day implementation of a piece of the proposed writing plan. The cycle will be:


  • 1 hour PD for staff
  • 1 implementation lesson during tutorial
  • 1 hour data disaggregation and SWOT analysis for full school implementation



Purpose: Calibrated PD, implementation, and data disagg.


Goal: Schoolwide methods implemented immediately

Friday Sped/Gen Ed Lesson Previews

In an effort to boost our gap scores, we will be holding weekly 30-minute sessions with the collab teams/teachers each Friday.


Purpose: Allow sped teachers to see the week in advance and pre-plan for accommodations and modifications


Length: 30 minutes at the end of the 2nd plan for 6th, 7th, 8th in Stacie's room. Each core has 5 minutes to preview lessons and activities for the upcoming week. Sped teacher will update the unit plan with notes indicating ideas for accommodations, need to pull kids for remediation, etc. Final 10 minutes for collaboration.


If you notice below, your weekly meetings are being scaled back to 2 a week with the exception our full-school writing weeks to accommodate for this practice.

Upcoming Planning Meetings

December 3: Decoding the Prompt PD

December 5: Decoding the Prompt PD


December 11: Behavior PLC--Tier 1 Info

December 13: Dissecting Questions Check In Day


December 18: Behavior PLC--Tier 1 Info

December 19: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie


January 7: Advanced Decoding the Prompt PD

January 9: Advanced Decoding the Prompt PD


January 14: ELA and SS ATM Meetings

January 15: Behavior PLC

January 16: Math and Science ATM Meetings


January 21: Advanced Decoding the Prompt Check in Day

January 23: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie


January 28: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

January 30: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie


February 4: Constructed Response Formula PD

February 6: Constructed Response Formula PD


February 12: Behavior PLC


February 18: Constructed Response Formula PD

February 20: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie


February 25: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

February 27: Unit/Proficiency Scale Planning Session with Stacie

Tutorial Plans for December

December 1-5: Normal tutorial


December 9-13 (Implementing Decoding the Prompt)

9: Homeroom

10: Core 1

11: Core 2

12: Core 3

13: Core 4


December 16-20: Normal tutorial

Vertical Team PLCs Goals

ELA

  1. Monthly, bring and analyze student work that shows evidence of writing that matches the unit expectations. Calibrate thinking on what constitutes a 1, 2, and 3.
  2. Create a school writing plan focusing on one component of the plan each month. Begin with the school writing policy.



Math


  1. Complete CUBES word problems 4 times per week and complete 1 written writing prompt per unit explaining how to correctly solve a math problem with appropriate vocabulary.
  2. At least weekly, use CASE question bank to administer checks to maintain rigor of priority standards/calibrate.



Science


  1. Implementation of 3D instruction as evidenced in lesson plans.
  2. Collaboratively write summative assessments that measure mastery of disciplinary core ideas through the practices and cross-cutting concepts.



Social Studies


  1. Monthly, bring and analyze student work that shows evidence of inquiry practices. Calibrate thinking on what constitutes a 1, 2, and 3. (QFT, DBQ, extended response, because, but, so).

PLC Notes

Science


  • Discussion of the CASE data analysis.
  • Eye-opening to look at writing for another grade.
  • Discussion about science collaborating with the math teachers to emphasize the math for the unit that's also used in science.
  • Need to practice timed writing. Kids are not handling timed writings well.
  • Need to practice giving kids a set amount of space to put their answer in.


Team Leader


  • Work skills report--will do like we did last year though Google Form.
  • Behavior adjustments to make: Full school reward, visiting classrooms to unveil new BF, adjusting points
  • Teams need to identify what they would like the PTSO to purchase for them this year
  • ipads and doc cameras are ordered for those who requested them




Math


  • Based on CASE data, going to begin giving kids CASE questions to dissect and answer weekly and score together.
  • Also looking for other ways to up the rigor into the DOK 2 and 3 levels.