Gatekeepers

Freedom Park Faculty and Staff Newsletter - 25 March 2018

TKES and LKES

Think TKES - Standard 6 Assessment Uses

Of the 10 TKES standards Assessment Uses is an area for improvement in our building. We all know the importance of using assessments to guide learning and teaching for the next lesson. This will be an area of focus in our school for the upcoming school year. Do you have any ideas to make assessment uses an effective and efficient process for an already busy teacher? Share them with an administrator. We need your input.


Check out this video:


Standard 6 Assessment Uses: https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/gcpstv/player/internal/2602872122001

Are they ready for Milestones?

This week we had a wonderful time learning about the changes in CCRPI calculations with the amazing Rachel O'Dell. Here are a few things we learned.

Professional Development

Take Charge of Your Professional Development - Upcoming Courses

Please sign up on Business Plus. Pick a course any course. Email Dr. Singh and let her know you plan to attend so that you can receive TKES credit. Remember we all need professional learning hours for TKES/LKES this year. https://eo.rcss-k12.org/ifas7/emponline/

Thinking Map Training for K-2

Reading Endorsement for K-2

We need all K-2 teachers reading endorsed. Please make sure you have applied for your reading endorsement application. The deadline is April 15th.

Mathematics Endorsement

Richmond County Mathematics Department is pleased to announce this exciting endorsement opportunity to teachers seeking to improve teaching and learning in Mathematics for Grades K-8.

The Endorsement is comprised of three courses, along with a field experience, designed to meet the requirements of the Georgia PSC’s program standards. Through face-to-face meetings and use of an online learning platform, participants will deepen their content and pedagogical knowledge to improve student achievement in math.

In order to be officially enrolled in the RCSS

Endorsement Program, please follow the

procedures as outlined below.

• Complete the online registration process for the endorsement program after submitting your application https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCSSMath

• Completed Endorsement Application

• Completed Teacher Disposition Form (within the application)

• 2 Completed Letters of Recommendation (within the application)

• Copy of Teaching Certificate (the actual certificate from GaPSC)

• Application can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/RCSSMath

Hey Middle School

Middle School teachers must now become high school certified to teach high school courses. Do you need more information regarding test information, district level support, reimbursement Information, and GACE testing dates? Check this out: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nwnw38iq0zssgel/Certification%20Requirement%20to%20Teach%20High%20Courses%20in%20Middle%20School%20(1).pdf?dl=0

The Digital Conversion @ Freedom Park

Techsetter News

Check out Buncee! It is a creation and presentation tool with unlimited possibilities. Buncee allows students to participate in blended learning activities, writing activities, and small groups. Students also can create interactive student notebooks. Imagine sharing this in a parent conference. Teachers can also create formative assessments.

Freedom Park Commercial

Did you know we have our own FPS commercial? It will be used next year for promotion and recruitment fairs. I thought you might want to take a look. https://www.rcboe.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=16&ModuleInstanceID=71292&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=71485&PageID=25

Deadlines - Meet the Mark

Pre-K Update - Roster Due Date

Rosters were due in the BFTS office by the end of business Monday, March 19th. Please make sure you have submitted your roster.

You Can't Stop Our Shine!

Opportunities

Your Opinion Matters - Math Tools


To promote and support the implementation of MATH TOOLS into mathematics instruction, please complete the following survey(s).

Teachers OPINION matters!

Elementary - https://tinyurl.com/mathtools2018elem

Middle School- https://tinyurl.com/mathtools2018ms

Social Studies Department Updates - Law Day Poster Contest

May 1, 2018 marks the month long celebration of Law Day, and the theme for this year is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

In conjunction with Law Day, the Augusta Bar Association is sponsoring a poster contest open to all students in grades 3-8. Students can participate by creating a poster exploring how the system of checks and balances through the separation of powers preserve political liberty and provide a framework for freedom. All entries must be received by April 20, 2018 and must be accompanied by the official entry form, contest flyer, and entry forms with specific contest rules and details here. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zndl1dog6cuekso/2018%20Law%20Day%20Poster%20Contest%20Entry%20%20Form.pdf?dl=0

For Your Information

Upcoming Events

March - National Social Workers' Month

We recognize the caring hands of the dedicated individuals.

Fine Arts Updates

All County Jazz, Tuesday, March 27th @ University Maxwell Theater featuring Wycliffe Gordon.

Honors/Awards Day

Middle School - May 21st

Kindergarten - May 25th

Employee Health and Wellness Fair - April 28th

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Four Powerful Questions

So what about Benchmark 3. The following are four powerful questions to ask yourself:


  1. Based on the results, what adjustments need to be made in instruction?
  2. Are you on the curriculum map and scheduled to complete all concepts before May?
  3. Are instructional activities aligned with the depth of the standard?
  4. Are students prepared to write constructed and extended responses?



-FYI: The benchmark shows that many students are not attempting the constructed and extended response items. What is your team's plan to change this?

RCK12 Mathematics Instructional Video Catalog


The videos are organized to support teachers in the implementation of the Georgia Standard of Excellence (GSE) based on teacher requests for independent professional development support for the implementation of the GSE. Each video is a demonstration classroom lesson, professional learning session, or informational resource that focuses on instructional strategies and/or specific standards geared to add additional strategies to your toolbox of instructional strategies!

Where are they locate?

The catalog is located in RUBICON in the TEACHER & STUDENT LESSON PLAN RESOURCES link (in every unit at the bottom of the unit)!

RCK12 “What to Do When” Guide


The RCK12 “What to Do When Guide” is designed to offer teachers a variety of resources to address specific deficiencies or gaps in student grade level understanding.

Items included within may be used directly after a pre-assessment or following instruction and the formative assessment indicates the student needs additional support to master the standard.

Where are the guides located?

The guide is in RUBICON in the TEACHER & STUDENT LESSON PLAN RESOURCES link (in every unit at the bottom)!

Parent Curriculum Resources

An informed parent is a partner in education. Please ensure your parents know about the district resources regarding curriculum and how they can help.


ELA: https://www.rcboe.org/Page/30338

Math: https://www.rcboe.org/Page/8603

Georgia Milestones Schedule

GLRS - First Floor at the District