September 28th, 2015
Data Day is Monday!
Here are the details for all Vista Staff!
ICEF Vista ES/MS
4471 Inglewood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Time: 8:30AM-3:00PM (The trainers are starting promptly at 8:30, so please arrive on time).
Topic: Writers' Workshop
Materials to Bring: Units of Study
Lead: Shannon Reid, Director of K-5 Instruction
MS and HS ELA
Topic: Springboard Lesson Planning and Grading
Materials to Bring: Laptop, Springboard TE
Lead: Nimat Jones, Director of Secondary Literacy
MS and HS MATH
Topic: Springboard Lesson Planning, Math Fluency, and Grading
Materials to Bring: Laptop, Springboard TE
Lead: David Vaezazizi, Director of Math and Science
MS and HS All Other Content Areas (SS, Sci., Span, etc.)
Topic: Lesson Planning, Grading, Writing Across the Curriculum
Materials to Bring: Laptop, Teacher's Guides and/or Unit Guide
Topic: Lesson Planning and ICEF Arts Fest
Materials to Bring: Laptop, Planning Materials (Teacher's Guides or Units), ICEF Arts Materials
Lead: Jamie McAndrews, Arts Instructional Specialist
Special Education: RSP Teachers and Intervention Specialists*
Elementary - 8:30-3:00; Writers' Workshop with Elementary Group
MS/HS - 9:00AM-3:30PM, Springboard (ELA or Math)
*Intervention Specialists - please check in with Mr. Alvarez and Mr. Garcia, but I'm thinking this might be a GREAT opportunity to work on DVR Prep!
Counselors and Psychologists
Topic: Student Services and Support
Lead: Kene Washington, Director of Counseling and Student Services
Please refer to email(s) sent by Jackie Cohen and PEP Team.
Please refer to email sent by Enrique and check in with Ms. Vera.
Please check in with Ms. Vera, as well as the teachers you support to find out how you can support the team while teachers are in curriculum PD.
Safe Schools Trainings are DUE TOMORROW!
As you complete the trainings, please print the certificate for the Child Abuse Training and give it to Ms. Vera. We need a copy for the Oversight Visit Preparation Binders!
We seriously apologize for the super short 6 day timeline - by law we are required to complete these by the 6th week of school! EEK! (I know what I will be doing tonight....)
Teacher Leader Support
To assist with communication, your Teacher Leader will be creating personalized observation feedback templates and dropping them into your teacher plans folder. See below for a snapshot of this template!
Tutoring Begins This Week Officially!
Here are the tutoring expectations...
TK - 2 Teachers
- Total time: 50 - 60 minutes per week.
- Time frame: May be broken into smaller sessions, may be offered before school or after school between 7:30 -8:00 or 3:10 - 4:00.
- Days Offered: Your choice!
- Total Time: 50 - 60 minutes per week
- Time frame: May be broken into smaller sessions, may be offered before school or after school between 7:30-8:00 or 3:10-4:00.
- Days Offered: To avoid conflict with detention - afternoons tutoring sessions may only be held on Mondays and Thursdays. Mornings can be any day you choose!
- Where: ODD numbered classrooms (in the afternoon) - your choice if its the morning!
- Total Time: 100 minutes
- Time Frame: 2 50-minute after school sessions
- Days Offered: Mondays (3:10 - 4:00) and Thursdays (3:10 - 4:00)
- Where: ODD numbered bungalows (or Rms. 1-3)
Please work with your content area and grade level teams to discuss how you will support each other with tutoring! A few questions to consider:
- Will each teacher conduct his or her own tutoring sessions? Or will each grade-level/ content area team work collaboratively to maximize the adults in the room?
- Will tutoring be targeted, invite only sessions vs. all are welcome help sessions? Or a combination of the two (i.e. one day is invite only, the other day is open)?
Once you have discussed the details with your colleagues - please fill in the tutoring schedule linked here: Tutoring Schedule 2015-2016
In light of recent events, we have realized that we need a little bit more help with supervision during middle school lunch and nutrition! We are currently in the process of hiring two new Vista team members to support us with this effort, however, in the meantime we are REALLY HOPING for a few more teacher volunteers. The google doc below includes the existing supervision schedule for the 3-8 campus, but if you have a few extra moments on a given day to donate supervision time - we would greatly appreciate it! Our goal is to have more of an adult presence on the yard to battle the somewhat chaotic feeling we have noted in recent weeks...
Also, just as a reminder, please be sure to show up for scheduled supervision duties on time. During supervision, circulate and be sure to correct any unsafe behavior you notice!
Links to Important Forms
This one is super important for helping us keeping track of which students have detention on which days. Please submit every time you assign detention.
May be completed online or by paper (see the pink referral forms in your hardcopy VIP binders) but please be sure to submit either one when a student is referred to the office.
To request help from our Tech Guru Mr. Jesus Villareal!
To request help from our Maintenance Guru Mr. Bernard!
Our DVR (District Validation Review) is just around the corner!
What is a DVR?
A District Validation Review is a review of a school's special education systems and processes conducted by the Compliance Support and Monitoring Department of LAUSD. The purpose of the visit is to ensure that our school is not only complying with basic special education law, but that we are doing all that we can to support the achievement of our students with special needs.
During the scheduled visit, the DVR team will not only review student records (IEPs etc), they will also conduct targeted interviews with stakeholders - teachers, parents, and administrators.
How can I prepare for the DVR?
As a classroom teacher, the best way to prepare for a DVR visit is to be sure that you know and are supporting the academic achievement of your students with special needs. This Wednesday, Mr. Garcia and Mr. Alvarez will be conducting a staff wide PD regarding Special Education, but in the meantime we highly suggest that you spend some time (if you haven't already done so) reviewing your student passports, familiarizing yourself with the accommodations listed, and collaborating with our SPED team in implementing these accommodations in your classes.
Finally, please be sure to complete the staff survey that Mr. Garcia and Mr. Alvarez shared with you and return it to the SPED team as soon as possible!
Maternity Leave Vista Support
Trait of the Month - Responsibility
Please use the spreadsheet below to submit your names!
A Classroom Culture of Excellence
(TEF Domain 2)
At Vista, our goal is to make our classrooms a place where students work hard, model strong character, are polite and attentive and most importantly – strive to do their best! The 5 Principles of Classroom Culture (from TLAC), if well balanced, ensure a culture that sustains and drives this excellence. Reflecting on each separately helps us understand our classrooms and why its culture is thriving – or how to make it better!
This week we will continue to focus on the building of this classroom "Culture of Excellence". During our Wednesday PD, we will reflect on all 5 Principles of Classroom Culture, but will specifically hone in on what highly effective Response to Behavior (2.2B) "looks" and "sounds" like at each response to intervention tier. We will be having presentations from ICEF Director of Student Services, Mr. Kene Washington, our very own school counselors, Ms. Amador and Ms. Booker, as well as our RSP Specialists, Mr. Garcia and Mr. Alvarez!
To support this school-wide focus, Mrs. Fennema and I will be starting the first round of informal observations this week. These informal observations will only address indicators from your PLP in Domain 2.
Coming Up This Week...
- DATA DAY (see above for your specific start time!)
- MS: ALL CLASSES SCHEDULE
- 9:40 - 10:00 3rd and 4th Grade Nutrition Schedule Change (to accommodate for MS ALL CLASSES)
- 8th Grade Field Trip (McCarthy, Hart, Haddad out).
- 3:00 - 4:00 - Detention (Charrette, Casillas)
- 4:00 - 6:00 - Spanish Parenting Classes
9:00 - 10:00 - SPED Check In
1:00 - 1:55 - Session 1 PD (All teachers and Aides)
2:00 - 2:55 - Session 2 PD (All teachers and Aides)
3:00 - 3:55 - Session 3 PD (All teachers and Aides)
More details will follow about PD!
8:15 - 9:15 - IEP (Garcia, Pope, Amaya)
Instructional Specialist Meeting - Fennema Out
3:00 - 4:00 Tutoring
4:00 - 6:00 - English Parenting Classes
Fun Friday (Lunch) / Student of the Month (Morning Assembly)
11:30 - 12:30 - IEP (Pope, Alvarez, Draeger, Estrada, Jundef, Oken)
3:00 - 4:00 - Detention (Charrette, Casillas)
5:00 - 6:00 - ELAC Meeting
ICEF Arts Fest
Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 11am-2pm
5701 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
9/28 - Pupil Free Day (Data Day)
9/29 - MS All Classes Schedule
10/2 - Fun Friday / Student of the Month (September), ELAC Meeting
10/3 - ICEF Arts Event
10/6 - SPED DVR
10/7 - Vista / Stoner Teacher Meet and Greet @2:45
10/8 - SSC Meeting
10/14 - Del Rey Educators Partnership Fair
10/19 - Pupil Free Day
10/20 - MS LAUSD Oversight Visit
10/28 - ES LAUSD Oversight Visit
10/30 - Fall Festival