Carnegie Updates

for the week of September 28th

Principal Pollard

Dear Carnegie Professionals,

Fire, Tornado and Lockdown Drills were conducted last week. The feedback is as follows:

  • Fire Drill, we exited the building in 1 minute and 38 seconds. Excellent Job!
  • Tornado Drill, students on the 1st floor did not leave the classroom immediately. Students on the 2nd floor were too loud in the hallways. Students are to line-up in the classroom quietly and then exit into the hallway.
  • Lockdown Drill, there were 6 classroom doors that were not locked. During the Lockdown Drill, you will hear the principal or assistant principal announce "Onassis". Teachers/Staff must immediately lock the classroom door, turn off lights, pull down shades (if any) and ensure you and students are out of sight of the door. The police will knock and pull on your door and say "its the police", you are NOT to open the door. You are not to open your door until you hear over the PA "ALL CLEAR" from the principal or assistant principal.

The Cook County Sheriff's Department will conduct a 45 minute Conflict Resolution workshop for 5th grade classes (Room 218, 206 & 208) on Monday, September 28th, Tuesday, September 29th & Wednesday, September 30th at 9:30 a.m. Mrs. Stem will place a schedule in your mailbox on Monday. Please adjust your day accordingly.

There will be an iReady Mathematics Workshop on Wednesday, September 30th at 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room 201. You are to bring your laptop to the workshop. All teachers, ESP and MSU Student Interns interested in teaching after school should attend. Teachers & ESP will be compensated for attending.

Family Technology Night will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All staff are asked to facilitate a session. Teachers and staff will be compensated. See Mrs. Franci Boateng, Room 222 for information.

All After School Programs will begin on Monday, November 2nd through Thursday, April 7th. After School Staff Organization List and Permission Slips are forthcoming.

Carnegie Social Club is planning a number of social events for this school year. The Social Club members are in the process of planning a activities for October and December. Social Club dues are $30.00 and due to Ms. Butts, Room 127. Please join Carnegie Social Club!

For the 2015-2016, the Sports Programs & Coaches are as follows:

Fall Sports

  • Girls Volleyball (5th/6th & 7th/8th) - Mr. Murphy
  • Boys & Girls Cross Country - Mr. Dean
  • Cheerleader - Mrs. Percy & Ms. Roop
Winter Sports
  • Boys Basketball (5th/6th & 7th/8th) - Mr. Adams
  • Girls Basketball (5th/6th & 7th/8th) - Mr. Bush
  • Cheerleader - Mrs. Percy & Ms. Roop

Spring Sports

  • Girls & Boys Track & Field - Mr. Dean

Domain 1: Planning & Preparation

  • There will be an ILT Meeting on Monday, September 28th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 201. You are to bring your laptop. Focus of the meeting Spring Targets & Learning Walks.
  • Lesson plan feedback will be placed in your mailbox by Friday.
  • Snapshot feedback for last week was placed in your mailbox last week. Snapshot visits will continue next week. The focus of classroom visits will be Mathematics instructional practices.

Domain 2: Classroom Environment
  • All classroom doors are to be closed and locked at all times. Therefore, it is imperative to keep your classroom keys with you at all times. As an added safety measure, your cellular telephone should be easily accessible in case of an emergency.
  • To alleviate congestion in the main entry during lunch/recess; effective, Monday, September 28th, Rooms 228, 224, 224, 218, 212, 214, & 216 will enter through the South Dorchester doors from recess. Teachers must pick-up their class promptly from the South Dorchester entry immediately following recess.

Domain 3: Instruction

  • TRC & NWEA Data Classroom Charts must be completed and data displayed by Friday, October 2nd. You are to email me, if you are in need of TRC/NWEA Data Charts.
  • TRC Assessment: All Kdg-2nd grade students must be assessed by Friday, October 2nd.
  • NWEA Fall Reading & Mathematics Assessment: All Kdg-8th grade students must be assessed by Friday, October 2nd.
  • All magazine subscriptions will be renewed for the 2015-2016 school year. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery.
  • During this week's Snapshot visit, we will focus on Mathematics instruction and practices. High quality mathematics instruction ensure that all students engage in mathematical sense-making leading to deep mathematical understanding, apply mathematics efficiently and flexibly to solve problems and communicate and respond to mathematical thinking in visual, written and/or verbal form. Non-math content-area teachers will receive feedback based on their content-subject.

Domain 4: Personal Responsibilities

  • You are to ensure that the required grades for all subjects are input into Gradebook weekly as indicated in last's week Carnegie Updates.
  • Student Goal Setting conferences must be held by Friday, October 30th. You are to place signed Goal Setting sheets, NWEA Achievement Status and Class Report in your Carnegie Binder.
  • Our attendance rate for last week was 97.2%. That's a -0.8% decrease from the previous week. Our school-wide attendance goal is 97%. You are to input attendance into IMPACT by 9:30 a.m. and send the Blue Attendance Folder to the front desk (Mr. Bush). Mr. Bush will call each classroom daily to cross check that students marked absence in IMPACT are absence. If student is present, Mr. Bush will change the student "absence" to "tardy" in IMPACT. Continue to place all absence letters in your Blue Attendance Folder. Mr. Bush will change "unexcused absence" to "excused absence" in IMPACT. You are to call the home of any student absence for two consecutive days. You are to notify Ms. Adams of any attendance concerns immediately. The top three classrooms with the highest attendance rate for September will receive a FREE school bus. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 2nd.
  • This week's grade-level meeting will be lead by the Team Chairperson. The focus will be to review CPS Food Allergy Policy.
  • There will be an IB MYP meeting on Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m. in Room 216 & 2:45 p.m. in Room 228. You are to bring your laptop to the meeting. The focus of the meeting IB Lesson Plans & Service Learning Outcomes.
  • CHANGED: You are to read "Better Learning Through Structured Teaching Chapter 2: Focused Instruction: Purpose. Modeling, Think-Alouds and Noticing" by Tuesday, October 6th.

ESP/MSU Student Interns:

  • You are to adhere to your duty schedule, especially during entry and exit times. All ESP/MSU student interns must be visual on school grounds. Circulating to groups of students. Any kindergarten through 4th grade student that are still on school grounds must be brought to the main office.
  • All parents/visitors must enter the building through the main entry only. Parents are NOT allowed to enter the building through any other door.

"Spotlight on Instruction" Inquiry-Based Science

Domain 3: Engaging Students in Learning

Ms. Blanchard's 8th graders are investigating optimum conditions for microbial growth.

Teaching & Learning Through Technology "Emaze" - Mr. Murphy's Social Science Class

EMAZE-Gorgeous, Web-Based Alternative to PowerPoint

Difficulty Level: Easy
Prerequisites: It helps to know some PowerPoint.

If students are familiar with PowerPoint then they are ready for Emaze. It’s a web-based presentation tool, which means that, like Powerpoint, students create their presentations online, store them there, and can share them from anywhere with internet access. No more flash drives to carry around!

Emaze offer an array of templates. They’re just gorgeous and cool. The Gallery template is set up like an art museum, and with every click you sort of walk around the gallery in 3-D, looking at the stuff on the walls. The Infographic template is sort of like a living, breathing infographic you can move around on.

Introduce EMAZE to your students and watch their presentations come alive!

Supplemental Resources

Gradual Release of Responsibility Video Clip (13 minutes)

Doug Fisher describes the aspects and components of GRR.

Kindergarten-3rd Grades

Sadlier Rhyme Time Phonics

Kindergarten - 8th Grades

Ready to Teach Comprehension Units


Mathematics - Kindergarten - 6th Grades


Problem of the Day

"Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts"

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