Bulldog News

Week of February 8, 2016

Thomas D. Gregg 2015-2016 Goals

ISTEP ELA: 60.00%

ISTEP Math: 60.00%

IREAD 3: 61.00%

Attendance: 96%

OSS: - 20%

BE THERE! Dates and Times to put in the Calendar

Workday- 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Supervision Spots by 8:35(am) and 3:40 (pm)

Feb. 15 - President's Day - No school

Feb. 19- Due Date for TDG's Black History Art and Essay Contest (full participation required)

Feb. 5-20 - Grades 1-6 WIDA

Feb. 29 - March 11 - ISTEP+ Testing Part 1

March 14 - 18 - IREAD 3

Apr. 18 - May 6 - ISTEP+ Testing Part 2

If you have any dates or events that you would like to include on the Bulldog News please send them to Mr. Pippin.

IN THE KNOW! Information to Plan By....

One powerful way to improve classroom culture is to connect with a student that struggles in your class. Making a connection with a struggling student will strengthen the relationship and build rapport that can and will lead to great things. Try having lunch with the student or taking a few minutes to just chat and get to know them.

Students are not to be placed in the hallway as a means of discipline. Students in the hallway are without supervision and this is not allowed. As outlined in the staff book, please follow the House Behavior Plan and utilize buddy rooms. If a student needs to be sent to Ms. Jenkins, the teacher must complete a transmittal form.

ISTEP+ Practice: Have students practice with the ISTEP+ practice test during the school day. Download the practice assessment at http://download.testnav.com

DOK: Follow this link to questions stems and other great resources about DOK questioning. http://www.windham-schools.org/docs/DOK%20Wheel%20Slide%20for%20Teachers-0.pdf

ISTEP+ Support Plans should be in full swing again this week. There are 14 instructional days left before ISTEP+ Part 1.
Please make sure we are covering the material outlines by the district. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Scores from last week should be submitted to either Ms. Jackson or Mrs. Carlisle no later than EOD on Tuesday.

PIVOT Groups continue this week. The focus this week will be Checks For Understanding. Copies of the PIVOT form will be placed in your classroom . I hope you are seeing some great things happening at your school. Remember to turn in your completed PIVOT forms to Ms. McCutcheon.

PLC focus this week: Math Interventions and Data Review: Please bring any and all data for student math scores. Plan to create interventions for students who are not progressing.

RTI: When submitting students for RTI, be sure that you have collected a variety of data that represents the student. Using one data point will not give enough information to correlate the student's present level of functioning.

Grades: If a student in your classroom is failing in all grades, then his/her independent work should reflect that. Participation should not weigh so heavily that a student can still fail with passing work. One student this week received F's in areas but scored A's on his quizzes and tests. This is difficult to explain to parents when questioned.

Hallway Expectations: Teachers need to make sure students are following expectations. If your class is not meeting expectations prior to leaving the classroom, they will not change their behavior in the hallway. As testing season approaches, we need to revisit these expectations and enforce these rules.

Dress Code: Please do your best to make sure you are encouraging students to wear dress code clothing.

Dismissal: Students should not be in the hallway during dismissal unattended. This afternoon, I saw students pushing and shoving and hitting each other. There were no adults to be seen. Please make sure you're attending to students.

SLO's and TLO's are due to be reviewed by 2.15.2016. Once again I will email a sign-up sheet with available time this week. The form is on google docs you must edit the form in the app. Do not open it in word or excel.

WIDA Testing: Kindergarten is complete. Remaining grades will test from February 8th-19th. Schedule will be shared via email this week.

Continue to focus on the components of gradual release in your lessons, particularly on the focus of your lesson. What do you want them to learn? How do you model this for students? How do you allow them to practice what you are teaching? How do you know they are getting it??

Teacher Feature

Great things are happening at Thomas D. Gregg! I would like to share the awesome with everyone. Please send me the great things you see and would like to share with everyone. I will share celebrations and achievements right here weekly.

Big UPS! to the following teachers for doing a great and consistent job of entering attendance into "the system" Ms. Riggen, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Kunkle, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Goud, Mrs. Miles, Ms. Mckeirnan-Allen, Mrs. Bate, Ms. Wagner, Ms. Boaz, Mrs. Chism, Mrs. Pearson, Ms. Denton, Mrs. Bonsia, Mrs. Mueller.

Kudos to Ms. McKiernan-Allen and Mrs. Bate for rearranging their classrooms to provide a conducive environment for blended learning.

Mrs. Miles jumped in with both feet and lead the charge for second grade to pilot Blended Learning using Zearn.

Ms. Villarreal is doing a fantastic job keeping up all with the students families during a very busy winter.

Ms. Johnson has begun using the AirSlate during classroom instruction. She took to the AirSlate like a fish to water.

Mrs. Miller for writing a Donorschoose.com project to support the Bulldog Store.

Mrs. Bonisa has her class working on super duper science projects.

Teacher feature is always looking for your stories of great things happening around the school. Please submit stories to Mr. Pippin either through email, note, or text.

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