The GATOR Gazette

Publication 27: 3/2/2020

Gompers journey...#180daysofwhy..#students

THEORY of ACTION - If Gompers teachers engage in standards-based instruction with increasingly higher levels of DOK (Depth of Knowledge) tasks and provide opportunities for collaborative work, then students will think critically and strategically, which will positively impact their conceptual understanding and transferable skills.

Gompers Team Members,

Food for thought to start the week..."Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." ~Simon Sinek

Looking forward to another great week in #GATORNATION. As you know we are in full motion toward student proficiency goals with 6 weeks before Spring Break and 9 weeks before SBAC administration. As we push through, continue to ensure each learning opportunity is working to meet the goals that hold students to high expectations.

On 2/22, I attended a COTSEN Technology Conference and the following online resource was shared: Open Middle: it is a free resource for the teacher.

This online platform supports and can possibly supplement our work for enhancing DOK with math problem-solving. Here is just a brief summary of the specifics for this resource:

The name “Open Middle” might sound like a strange name for a website about math problems. However, it references a very specific type of problem we try to encourage here. Most of the problems on this site have:

  • an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems generally require a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core State Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking.

Respectfully - Dr. Miller - #Gatornaion is #1

March 3 & 4th - Intervention & Support Conferences

March Conference Letters

A master copy of the district created letter that teachers can send home to parents inviting them to a March conference was placed in your boxes last week. Please make as many as you need.

As a reminder, the March 3-4 conferences are a great opportunity for a teacher to meet with the parent of any student for whom there may be concerns, whether academic or otherwise. These conferences ARE NOT ONLY for students who may be retained; however, teachers must meet with the parent of any student who may be recommended for retention in June.

Intervention/Support Conferences Reminders: The following are reminders to help ensure parents are properly notified in the event of possible retention by June.

  • Teachers must complete the Student Academic Summary (SAS) in LROIX for each student on the At-Risk of retention list.
  • Update your LROIX data frequently, especially Math Facts.
  • Provide parents sufficient notice in order to make the scheduled conference. If a student passes the minimum criteria right before the conference, feel free to inform parents that their child is still behind grade-level expectations.
  • Even if you think a student will reach minimum Promotion/Retention criteria in June, parents MUST be met with March. This includes your RSP students, they are not automatically exempt from retention.
  • Ensure parents sign the form indicating that they have been met with for documentation purposes. Keep your forms handy for June Final Retention Conference.
  • MS. Frank and I are available to support you in any way possible.

Lastly, though this is an "Intervention/Support Conference" please be sure to include strengths and growth you have seen in the student when communicating with a parent. Parents are often very nervous/apprehensive about March conferences as they know their child is not at grade level. It's about building a trusting relationship with parents to support the child in progress.

Assessment Calendar Reminders:

Math Units

1st Grade Unit 5-- Testing Window Opens Mar. 2

2nd Grade Unit 6– Opens Mar. 9

3rd Grade Unit 6 – Opens Mar. 26

4th Grade Unit 5 – Opens Feb. 24

5th Grade Unit 5-- Opens Mar. 3

ELA Synergy Assessment--Grades 2-5

Unit 4 Jan. 22-March 5

Window Opens on Feb. 24 and Closes April 1

K-5:Rapid Spring Screener

Opens April 28--Closes June 5

SBAC is in less than 9 your student's success...

SBAC - CAASP Resources: 3rd - 8th

Click the embedded link for access

Collaboration Opportunities working toward consistency of instructional best practices = CTE

March 5, 2020 - Grade & March 19

March 19 - Grade

March 26 - Band

Band - (K-5) Together -All Means All - English Learner every Learner (Led by ILT)

Band -(6-8) Together - Enhancing Rigor for ALL with GATE Strategies

Just a friendly reminder:

As we attend all collaboration meetings the following should be a part of standards items to bring: Standards, LBUSD Continuum, Lesson Plan Book, Digital Device, Preparation Documents

and of course, we respect each other's time by being on time!!!

Getting to know, Building relationships and Connectedness via...Team Members Spotlight!!!!

Lovely Team Member - Norma Goguen Krakoff - Kindergarten Teacher

An interesting thing that happened to you? Asked to pose for a mural

Best childhood memory - Living on a ranch and growing up in Texas, New Mexico, and Grahm California

Favorite talent or hobby? Spending time with my grandchildren

Educational Training - BA and MA from Cal State Long Beach. Teaching Credential from Cal State Dominguez

Charming Team Member - Teresa Smolin - Nurse

Hobbies - Likes to walk a lot, 5-8 miles several times a week, Spin to Peloton app and just like to exercise. In an attempt to compensate for my love of cooking and eating.

Childhood memories -Traveling and camping in the summer, Dad was an umpire so we were always on the baseball field.

An interesting Thing - Traveled to all 50states and 7 countries. I have moved across the country 4 times in a span of 6 years. Chicago is my favorite city in the US and I lived there in the downtown area.

Grew up - Peoria, Illinois

PTA BookFair Information: 3/2-3/6 - Open Daily: 8:30 to 3:30

FIBO ART Schedule (ES) for 3/5/2020

Big picture

School Leadership...........


Safe and Civil:

Playground Expectations

Duty/Playground Schedules (Quarter 4)

4/20 & 4/22 - GFS "Welcome Back" Final GFS Assemblies


Next Meeting - 3/3 @ 8:00, Mr. Knowlton's room


3/9/2020 - Date Changed to MONDAY

Tech News and Monitoring "student" tech use....w/BLOSKI???

A team of teachers and representatives from EdTech-OCIPD and Information Services has been exploring options to replace the discontinued ClassHub program. These in-house experts have identified Blocksi as an effective and efficient replacement.

The annual cost to our school is $2:00 per student per year.

We will be setting up a purchase over the summer.

The subscription for the site would run August 2020 through August 2021.

Blocksi allows teachers to:

  • Monitor and view every student's Chromebook screen in the class
  • Enforce and manage internet content on every Chromebook
  • Block all internet sites by category (e.g. Google Classroom, Khan Academy)
  • See every open tab and close the ones deemed irrelevant.
  • Send alert messages to the student(s) and open specific URLs on student devices
  • View student web browsing history

The application is web-based (no software installation required). Students cannot disable the extension on their accounts.

You can read more about the application here:

At the tech meeting, it was shared that all sites will need to have it. It is easier than Class Hub in use and K-1 teachers would benefit from the push-out option of pushing a web page to students if needed. Upper grades benefit of monitoring students if you are in small group and cannot go over to a student's Chromebook to monitor what they are doing.

Districtwide Information

Public Information.....

Hello, Colleagues.

FYI, we are currently distributing these items via our various channels, including web, email and social media:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

An Ounce of Prevention on School Threats

Best regards - Chris Eftychiou, Public Information

Census 2020

Several departments have been working closely with local officials to ensure that our community gets and accurate count in the upcoming census. You can access a presentation attached to this email, and support in the following ways:

  • We would like ALL Staff to participate in the positive messaging around the Census and encourage the completion of the survey. (An accurate count = proper allocation of funds/support/representation)
  • Schools are encouraged to establish a Census completing station (Questionnaire Action Kiosk) for community members. The Census Survey starts the second week of March.
  • We are also encouraging All Teachers participate in a Nationwide Census Lesson Rollout Campaign during the first week of March by using one of their own census lessons or the ready-made (content and grade level aligned) lesson(s) created by to help inform Students/Parents and Community Members. Link to Resource Materials

Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Office is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Exploring Leadership Program and Future Administrators’ Program. Teacher leaders who are committed to ensuring equity and excellence in education are invited to apply by the April 6th deadline. The Exploring Leadership Program is designed for teacher leadership, while the Future Administrators’ Program is for teacher leaders who are interested in moving into administration. Please see the linked flyers for more information.

LBUSD's 3rd Annual TECH Summit

LBUSD Teachers, Administrators, Intermediate and Senior Office Assistants!

OCIPD will be sponsoring our 3rd Annual Tech Summit on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm at Browning High School. It promises to be a relaxed, casual time with hands-on activities to help you make meaning of the digital tools at your fingertips. Potential session topics include G-Suite Applications, Online Formative Assessment, Screencasting, Digital Annotation, Digital Citizenship and more! This year, we will also have a General Session with a dynamic guest speaker!

Make sure to Save-the-Date, as registration opens, Monday, February 24, 2020, first-served basis.

Thank you and we hope you can carve some free time to join the conversation and ignite some new learning! Please contact x8031 if you have any questions.

LBUSD Tech Summit Planning Team

Interested in working this summer? Opportunities are available!

Certificated Summer School Job Applications - HRS website

Certificated applications for summer positions are now available on the LBUSD Portal (application directions). Summer positions offered are Special Education ESY (Pre-K through Adult), High School SDC credit recovery and General Ed High School. Employees are also able to download a PDF application link on the HRS webpage. Completed PDF applications may be saved and emailed to All applications must be submitted by March 13, 2020. Information regarding dates and times of summer school are listed on the application.

Summer Enrichment And Learning (SEAL) - HRS website

This year, select Elementary, Middle/K-8 and High School sites will offer Summer Enrichment and Learning (SEAL) Programs. All certificated staff are welcome to apply for SEAL. These teaching and learning opportunities are tailored to match the program designs of the individual school sites and applicants will be selected based on the needs of the program.

20-21 Transfer Opportunities Information

School Transfer Information

Transfer requests for the 2020-21 school year will be due March 31, 2020.

Requests for Transfer will be available on February 1, 2020. See the school secretary for a paper copy or you may complete the transfer request online via HRS portal

Help Desk Ticketing Information

Click the video to watch the new process for submission

Gompers Bulletin "parent news"

This parent bulletin is sent via email and text message to parents each week. It will also be available on our school's website.

Be in the know with all the Latest Gompersssssss News!!

March Madnesssssssss begins!!

3/2 - Safe and Civil Meeting - 8:00am

3/3 - Sanford Harmony with K. Komatz/ES Head Counselor - 8:00/Room 9 (VOLUNTARY)

3/3 - Parent-Teacher Conference (Minimum Day @ 2:00)

3/3- Secretary's Meeting - Morales off site

3/3 - CAASP Training - Frank off site

3/4 - Office Meeting @ 10:00

3/4 - Parent-Teacher Conference (Minimum Day @ 2:00)

3/5 - Grade Level Meeting

3/5 - FIBO Assembly #3

3/5 - Kinder, 5th & 8th Promotional Pictures (Schedule and SPECIFIC INFO Coming)

3/5 - Miller off-site - 8:00 to 10:00/Poly

3/6 - Miller off-site - 9:00 - 12:30

3/9 - School Site Council Meeting:

3/10 - 13 - FIBO Workshops

3/11 - ILT Meeting(site) @ 7:45

3/12 - Counselor's meeting - Frank off-site

3/13 - Miller Principal's Meeting

3/16 - Counselor's Meeting - Frank off-site

3/20 - Talent Show

3/25 - Science Fair: 5:30 - 7:00pm

3/25 - Mc Teacher Night

3/30 - ILT @ TRC

3/26 - Spring Pictures


Child Abuse Hotline: 800-540-4000

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School Safety: 562-997-8101

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