RCS Faculty ~ News and Notes

December 16, 2014

Information and Updates from Dr. Ormsby

Thanks for being such a good “Crew”!

I would like to start by thanking each of you for your flexibility and willingness to be spontaneous with me and try something new on a Monday morning. I appreciate it so much, and I know the students did as well. YOU ARE GREAT! What we did today was only one of the many activities that can be implemented during “Crew” time. It was called JORAKA (Junior Otters Random Act of Kindness and Adventure). Expeditionary Learning shared lists with tons of ideas and challenges. I chose challenges that were short and fun, but the list includes many other types of challenges that help students display gratitude, zest, curiosity and many other character strengths. In addition to these teambuilding activities in EL schools, “Crew” is used to learn and discuss character, set goals, and prepare students for student led conferences. Stayed tuned for more information on “Crew” that we will be exploring it in the PBIS Committee! Can’t wait? I will be sharing the Boston EL Google Drive with all of you via email. You won’t believe all of the amazing resources within! Thanks Again!

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PBIS Committee/PLC

After reviewing the PLC submissions I discovered that many of you expressed an interest in developing the character curriculum further. Two problems emerged from my review. Number one, all of the ideas are good… but many of them overlap. How do I ensure we are working on separate, but cohesive projects? Number two, how do I share all of the rich resources I have collected from my research and all of the new resources for character building from my trip to Boston with each group strategically? Due to the diversity of the proposals it occurred to me our best plan would be to meet a few times as a group, decide “what” the work is that needs to be done, sift through all of my resources and then divide and conquer. The last thing I would want is for all of us to be spinning our wheels. The good news is there is plenty of work to go around! Wish you would have signed up but didn’t submit a PLC? Send me an email and let me know. As I said there is lots of work to be done so the more the better. I am proposing to meet for our first session on Tuesday after dismissal at 1:45 in the professional development room.

Professional Development

Professional Development this week will focus on PBIS. Please bring your pink Learning target paper with you each day. On Monday and Tuesday of next week we will be analyzing our Growth Card data. Please note that on Tuesday, December 23rd we will have PD from 1:15 – 1:45 after dismissal.

ELA Data Driven Instruction Reminder

For those of you working on ELA Tier 2 and/or Tier 3 intervention design, don’t forget to stop down and see Michelle if you need help or are looking for some collaboration. She will be available as follows:

11:15 - 12:45 Tuesday

1:15 - 2:15 Tuesday

11:15 - 12:45 – Thursday

11:15 - 12:45 - Friday

Growth Card Reminder

Please complete Growth Card assessments for students and submit to Laurie before Friday. We will photocopy and prepare the data in time for our review in PD next week.

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