Chancellor News and Notes
November 30, 2015
Happy Almost December!
Upcoming Dates to Remember!
There is a lot going on in December! This list does not include every event and meeting for December, or times- please refer to your calendars for more details!
12/1 Math DCA 2nd - 5th grade
12/2 Reading DCA 1st/2nd grade
12/2 Market Product form due
12/2 Craft Corner
12/3 Reading DCA 3rd/4th/5th grade
12/3-12/16 Holiday Toy Drive
12/4-12/11 5th Grade Girls Holiday Tea Parties
12/7 Progress Reports due 8 am, Market sample due in display case
12/8 Winter Musical
12/8 70th day of school
12/9 Ugly Sweater Day!
12/9 Science DCA 2nd-5th grade (CCA for K and 1st)
12/9 Staff Christmas Party
12/10 Social Studies DCA 3rd grade
12/10 4th Grade Field Trip
12/10 Progress Reports go home
12/10 Wonderland at Westchase
12/11 Santa Pictures
12/14 Winter Concert
12/14 Holiday Workshop
12/15 Coffee Bar for Staff
12/17 Multicultural Market (tickets for sale 12/10-12/15)
12/18 Christmas Sing-a-long, Holiday Parties
12/18 Early Dismissal at 2:05 pm
1/5 Back to School!
Winter DCA testing starts tomorrow!
A few reminders:
- Hallways are a level 0 for students and staff. Please remind anyone who may forget during the day.
- Computer labs may be in use for testing- please do not enter.
- Cover your content areas for your DCA testing, as advised by your specialists, the day before the test
- Separate desks in preparation (have your students do it before leaving!)
- Have a large number of sharpened pencils ready for use (with erasers)
- Talk to your students about expectations
- Computers and electronic devices are off and put away (unless you are in a primary grade where you may have to read the test still via computer)
- Tissues, snacks, peppermints, water bottles? Make sure your students are prepared, or have items available to help your students stay focused on the test!
- Active monitoring- you are walking around the room the majority of the time, circulating between desks, encouraging off-task students to continue to work, and being a motivational force! It's okay to sit for a minute or two and take breaks, but you can't be an effective monitor without proximity.
- Follow all testing guidelines in your testing booklets and that have been discussed by specialists. This is the time to practice, and help your students practice, on what to do in testing situations.
- Do not leave your testing area- students cannot be left unsupervised. If there is an emergency situation, alert a monitor walking through (there are many!) or alert your partner teacher if no one is walking through at that moment. A monitor will be in the vicinity and can be alerted to come to you.
- Keep your students relaxed and calm. Motivate always. Testing is not the only determination of success, and is definitely not a determination of intelligence!