Intermediate Staff Newsletter

For the Week of April 9, 2018

Dear Staff,

Wow! What a way to end our first week back after Spring Break. There is a definite feeling of positive and perseverance as we look forward to the coming weeks. The next step in using E+R=O with our students is to be deliberate in using that language. Consider sharing an example of E+R=O at the end of each day, posing a question on your whiteboard for students to answer throughout the day or using the discipline of Press Pause to help students think through their responses. A HUGE thank you to our building R Factor team, Jenny Taylor, Jenny Shoaf, Sandy Reed, Adam Kolp, Kelley Schubert, Barry Ward and Kate Thoma for making an incredible event that ran smoothly and kept students excited and engaged in learning about E+R=O. The team would love any and all feedback as they begin to start thinking about how the R Factor work will continue next year. If you're interested in joining this group, please let Kate know.

With our heads in the right place and a feeling of positivity in the air, we turn our attention for the remainder of the month to Ohio State Testing. Please read this update in its entirety as it will hopefully answer many questions.

Thanks for all you do!

Katie, Kate, and Barry

Supporting our Students...with OST

Many of our students receive testing accommodations for OST. If you have a student in Reading or Math Intervention with Angie, Michelle, or Amanda, those students will take their test in a small group. Angie and Amanda will be helping administer the test for Michelle while she is out on Maternity Leave. If you have students that are receiving an extra dose of test prep, they will take their test with the class. If you have a question about students that work with our T and L team, please see Kate.

Students that are on a 504 may have testing accommodations as well. It is the classroom teachers job to make sure that students receive the correct accommodation. While we've double checked our work, we could use your help by making sure your students on a 504 receive the correct accommodations for testing.

Students who are on an IEP may have testing accommodations as well. Their case manager's along with Jodie Faller and Amy Smith have determined how these students will be grouped.

Please also check the accommodations spreadsheet under the tab called Quillin ELL to look for ELL students who will be receiving small group testing and/or translator services.

It is very important that we ALL review documents regarding testing accommodations (including all 504's and IEP's ) just to make sure we have an appropriate plan prior to the first day of testing.


Testing Information

1. Be sure to check this schedule daily. You'll want to match the date to the tab on the bottom. Double check that your special or lunch is not adjusted due to testing.

2. Please make sure that things are covered or taken off of the walls in your classroom if students can use something to help them on the test. When in doubt, take it down. Let us know if you have any questions.

3. Student teachers and extra adults in the room other than necessary staff need to leave the room during testing time. They could certainly help monitor hallways/common space areas and restrooms for noise level during testing.

4. All identified ELL students have extended time to complete their test

5. Testing tickets will be printed by homeroom classroom. Testing ticket's along with mints will be available the first day of testing in room 137. You will find an envelope with your name on it. Inside the envelope will be your testing tickets (by homeroom) and a bag of mints. This will be ready to go by 7:30 am on your first day of testing. It will be YOUR responsibility to keep your testing tickets until the final day of testing is completed. Teachers that are pulling students from a homeroom should plan to pick up their testing tickets from the students' homeroom teacher. If you lose a testing ticket or need them reprinted, please email Donna.

6. Review the Script and Test Administration Manual. The paper copy of the script will be delivered to your mailbox on Monday. If you are not a homeroom teacher, you can find additional copies by the copier in the office.

7. If you are giving the assessment, these two documents must be on file:

New Albany Testing Administrative Guidelines

New Albany Annual Notice

*You likely turned them in prior to our first round of MAP testing.

8. An email will be sent to you the morning of your test. This will contain any last minute information as well as links to everything you will need.

9. Make sure you have our phone numbers in your phone. Text or call with any issues that arise. Katie 614-746-3888, Kate 419-308-8364 or the office 3000 (they will radio us).

10. If you need a refresher or haven't reset your password see below: Recommended Test Administrator Certification Course (Recommended for all new teachers and anyone who needs a refresher). As promised here is a direct link to reset your TIDE password. Simply click the bottom red line of text in the sign in box and reset your password. **** You must reset your password each year, and must do this prior to administering testing.

News to Share

1. OST PREPARATION- As part of technology classes, Jim and Leslie have been showing fourth and fifth graders how to use the online tools that are available when taking the OSTs. They also have been giving students opportunities to use the tools by administering practice tests on the OST website. Knowing the sixth graders all don’t have a tech class, Jim is working on a video that sixth grade teachers can show to their students prior to their first day of ELA testing on April 23. Thank you Jim and Leslie!

2. It was amazing working with Sogbety Diomande in our music classes thanks to a grant! Students really enjoy this opportunity and they made some beautiful music!

3. At this Tuesday's Staff Meeting we will be sharing some exciting technology news. Over the past few months with the passage of the Permanent Improvement Levy, Mike Voss in conjunction with Katie have been exploring possible technology options moving forward for our building. We are excited to share some important updates regarding a technology plan moving forward into next school year!

4. As a reminder, SLOs are due by April 15. See Katie or Kate with any questions. Round Two of OTES must be completed this month! If you haven't scheduled your observation, see Donna ASAP.

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Week at a Glance

Announcements: E Wing- 5th Graders- See Pledge Schedule

Monday, April 9th- Team Leader Meeting 8:30

Tuesday, April 10th- Staff Meeting in S Wing 8:30

Wednesday, April 11th 5th and 6th Grade ELA Meetings; 4th Grade Team Meeting; Pre Alg. A Meeting 8:30; 6th Grade Team meeting at 3pm

Thursday, April 12th- Science, Math 6, Math 5, Social Studies 6 Meetings 8:30; 5th Grade OST-ELA Part 1-See schedule

Friday, April 13th- PAC Meeting 8:30; 5th Grade OST-ELA Part 2-See schedule

Check out this video from our Friday Assemblies!

NAIS - Own Your R Assembly Day