Weekly Memo: May 9th-May 13th

"Overcoming Mediocrity & Redefining Excellence"

Message From Principal Stewart

Focus of the Week: Spark Magic

This week's message is intended to encourage you all to spark magic! Do something extraordinary this week that ignites a fire in every scholar in your classroom. A fire that will burn a life time because it simply came from you, their teachers, a Champion, who they believe know everything and can do anything!

You all have done the work. You've taught the standards. You've differentiated instruction. Now challenge yourself to embrace learning from the perspective of making connections and by making a mark on not only the minds of your scholars but their hearts and spirits. I challenge you to live and learn out loud!

Do Schools Kill Creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson | TED Talks

K-2 Round II Formal Observation

Classroom Buddies Assignment & Expectations:

Please use the following checklist to provide feedback to your classroom buddy:

  • Visible and organized anchor charts
  • Interactive word walls
  • Current student work
  • Organized and inviting classroom librairies
  • Organization of physical space
  • Classroom Management Corner (voice check, SLANT, HALL etc)
  • Technology Center/Access to Resources


Monday May 9th, 2016

  • NYS Math Exam Scoring: 4th Grade - Ms. Holguin
  • Formal Observations: Carter, Harry/Brady, Watts, & Nelson/Avalon
  • Post Observation Conference: Giarrizzo
  • Intent to Return Form must be emailed to madderly@newhopecharterschool.org by ALL New Hope Staff by 8am.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016:

  • Formal Observations: Gerstung/Green, Cheng/Chin, Leroy/Lacroix, & O'Rourke-Lewis/Saunders
  • K-2 Common Planning (Room 313)
Teacher Clinic Agenda:
  • Ms. Gerstung: 7:35-7:45 (Cal Poly)
  • 7:35am to 7:40am (Showing your differentiation in a Math Lesson)
  • 7:40am to 7:45 (Turn and talk about best practices in the methods used and share out)
Teacher Clinic Agenda:
  • Ms. Harry: 7:45-7:55 (Cal Poly)
  • 7:45am to 7:50am (Showing your differentiation in a Reading Lesson)
  • 7:50am to 7:55am (Turn and talk about best practices in the methods used and share out)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016:

  • NYS Math Exam Scoring: Ms. Vasquez - 5th Grade

Teacher Clinic Agenda:
  • Ms. Vasquez: 7:35-7:45 (Brown University)
  • 7:35am to 7:40am (Showing your conference method during ELA class)
  • 7:40am to 7:45 (Turn and talk about best practices in the methods used and share out)
Teacher Clinic Agenda:
  • Ms. Lujan: 7:45-7:55 (Brown University)
  • 7:45am to 7:50am (Showing your conference method during Math Class)
  • 7:50am to 7:55am (Turn and talk about best practices in the methods used and share out)

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

  • 3-5 Common Planning (Room 313)
  • Lead Structures Meeting 4:30-5:30

Friday, May 13th, 2016

  • Teacher Weekly Reflections are Due on Friday by 8am.
  • Formal Observations: Carter & Canarick/Ford
  • Core Knowledge Leads Meeting 7:30am-9:30am in Principal Stewart's Office.

School-Wide Procedures:

  • All teachers should pick up attendance folders in the main office by 7:45am. Ms. Frankie will pickup completed attendance sheets by 9am. Remember to complete: 1) Teacher Signature, 2) Bubble Attendance Taken, and 3) double check ATTD in case students marked absence show up late.
Breakfast/Morning Arrival:Lunch Plan:



  1. Saturday Academy: May 14, 2016 from 9:00-2:00.
  2. Please adhere to the following Master Schedule: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OUOCf8pl4fkzOpzgqCREoLQq_bzGmqws7vO7yT1YPVA
  3. Saturday Academy's Panel Discussion will take place based on this preparation of understanding the SUNY Renewal Benchmarks (responding to questions & providing supporting artifacts): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EMQo4kodoW63yQToLlRnDByExbY4ft6H6V1p8Zwt6V8
  4. For scholars demonstrating academic & social behaviors that gets in the way of their learning the following Child Study Referral Form https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y6rvzA-q8HOb_ALUARn7nlxZHs5EbVuPNnLMxHcAMiw. In addition, the Classroom Intervention Referral Sheet must be completed: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1maeu39w2RlSw0qtrWNk2GwvcYNSA1xCTNj3shvPPQrw
  5. All families must be notified of the holdover by COB today via telephone. The call must be followed up by an email. Be sure to copy the Principal. 5th Grade scholars SHOULD NOT pay Senior Dues. See PID List: https://docs.google.com/a/newhopecharterschool.org/spreadsheets/d/1kY6MEuzhAjmWhjS2UnN4ziSbMat8TTKqCUMUVC63IYs/edit?usp=sharing
  6. CSI Visit: May 18, 2016 & May 19, 2016