Weekly Memo: March 14th-March 18th

"Overcoming Mediocrity & Redefining Excellence"

Message From: Ms. Stewart, Principal

In life there are so many things that we allow to bind us down, or that try to bind us down. I’m sure everyone has a habit that they have taken from childhood or a life experience that you have carried on and have tried to break, but you couldn’t or found it hard to break. We all have something in our past or present that we try to shake but find it difficult at times to do so. Sometimes it just seems like it’s tough to break these chains. But there is power within each of us to break every chain. Break every chain that we have that may hinder us or cause us fall below excellence and being our best selves. We all must be in agreement and believe that we can break any chain that echoes mediocrity and binds excellence no matter if it’s from the past or present. Every time we decide to be our best selves, there is an army rising up, to help us break every chain. Are you willing and ready to break these chains? Will you break these chains? If not for yourselves, do it for the children and families we serve...

Teacher Clinics SPOTLIGHT...

  • Tuesday, March 15th, teacher clinic will resume. Ms. Richards will teach a lesson on Comparing and Contrasting at 7:35am in her classroom.
  • Tuesday, March 15 at 4:05pm Ms Hargrove will teach a lesson on Number and Base Ten in her classroom.
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 7:35am Ms. Christian will teach a lesson on Comparing and Contrasting in her classroom.
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 4:05pm, Mr. Sterling will teach a lesson on Numbers and Based Ten in his classroom.
  • Thursday, March 17, you will email a reflection of your lesson on Comparing and Contrasting and Numbers and Base Ten.

K-2 Instructional Expectations...

On Friday, Mrs. Barrow collected Lesson Plans From Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers. This week, Ms. Barrow will give you feedback after analyzing your plans. Please use the feedback and revise your lesson plan.

Expectations Moving Forward....

  • On Tuesday, 15 minutes of common planning will be used to complete teacher surveys.
  • All teachers were asked to complete weekly curriculum maps for Mathematics since February 1st. Please make sure these maps are completed and shared with Mrs. Barrow each week.
  • Make sure ELA and Math Word walls are updated with current unit words.
  • Make sure inside bulletin boards are comprised of current student work in Math and Writing with completed rubric, teacher comments and task.
  • Make sure lesson plans are readily available (Printed in a binder that is visible)
  • Submit a copy of student work in Mathematics and ELA to Mrs. Barrow every Tuesday and Thursday that reflects high, mid and low. (You should submit a Math Task and Writing Task)
  • Please be sure to use and allow students to use academic vocabulary each day in every lesson.
  • Please make sure that Math Tasks and Student Writing is in individual scholars’ folders.
  • The folders should be placed in a bin that can be accessed by Board Members, Principal Stewart and Mrs. Barrow

3-5 Instructional Expectations...

Mrs. Barrow will give you feedback this week in reference to your lesson plan and classroom environment. When feedback is received please modify lesson plan and adjust classroom environment.

  • For ELA this week, the main focus is Comparing and Contrasting (Ideas, People, Multiple Works) In addition, we will continue to reinforce main idea and context clues. (Homework should spiral main idea, context clues and include comparing and contrasting)
  • For Mathematics this week, the main focus is Numbers in Base Ten(with a heavy focus on all word problems) In addition we will continue to reinforce fractions and measurement and data (Homework should spiral fractions, measurement and data and include number and base ten.
  • Expectations Moving Forward...
    • Please be mindful that you are the experts in your individual classroom and you need to analyze data to see which specific standards that your scholars need to heavily revisit.
    • Utilize your test readiness blocks to attack individual student needs
    • Utilize your "In house" ABG periods to attack spiraling topics.
    • Teachers are asked to have lesson plans readily available(printed, placed in binder that is visible)
    • Teacher Associates are to have a supporting lesson plan if they are not leading the lesson. (A template has been provided) Teachers should have a supporting lesson plan if the teacher associate is leading the lesson.
    • On Thursday during common planning, 15 minutes will be devoted to completing your teacher survey (This applies to all teachers who were hired at New Hope before December 25, 2015)
    • All teachers are asked to submit a copy of student work that reflects a high, mid, and low from independent practice at the end of each day.
    • The teacher responsible for the "I Do" for the lesson should share with fellow teacher with ample time for them to complete independent practice, homework packets and their individual lesson plans.
    • All educators must see the importance of student learning. "Check for Understanding" is a crucial part of the lesson and all educators must devise a plan to assist student who did not understand the modeling of the lesson.
    • All educators must work out every mathematical problem, read and annotate every passage prior to teaching any student.(This should be reflected and evident in your lesson plan)
    • There must be a bin with all student folders which includes independent practice in mathematics and English and Language Arts from each day of instruction. These folders must be readily available and will be checked regularly.

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    A Special THANK YOU for being proactive to ensure student writing is displayed K-5.

    A Standard Based Bulletin Board:

    • Shows the connections between a student’s work, the standard the works are to meet, and assessment that is used to decide when the works meet the standard.
    • A Standard Based Bulletin Board can be used as an instructional tool for students, informational tool for parents and visitors, as well as an assessment tool for teachers and administrators on student tasks and activities.
    • The idea is that a Standards Based Bulletin Board provides a transparent view into the classroom instruction.
    • Standards Based Bulletin Boards are used to show the teaching and learning that occurs inside the classroom but are also used for learning as other teachers, classes, students, parents and visitors all stop to read the student work.
    • Standards Based Bulletin Boards are one of the ways that we make our teaching visible, transparent.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016: K-2 Common Planning

    • North Carolina & the Code Blue Team, please welcome Ms. Ellen Brady, a prospective Teacher candidate for the 2016/2017 school year. Ms. Brady will join NC from 7:30-12:30 and join Mrs. Didomizio & Ms. Morton from 12:30-3:00.
    • Wear your favorite Sports Team or University Gear!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    • All K-2 Formal Observations returned with signatures.

    Thursday, March 17, 2016: 3-5 Common Planning

    Achieve 3000 Training Schedule:
    • 8:25-10:02 Achieve Success with 2nd grade teachers (conference room)
    • 11:44-1:22 Brief Achieve Success refresher, Bonus Lessons for test prep and Effective Curriculum Mapping with3rd grade teachers (conference room)
    • 1:24- 3:02 Brief Achieve Success refresher, Bonus Lessons for test prep and Effective Curriculum Mapping with 4th grade teachers

    Friday, March 18, 2016


    1. Effective immediately, you must clock in and clock out in order to be paid. Failure to do so will result in non-payment. Also, effective immediately, you will be docked for each minute you report late to work.
    2. All students should use a common core aligned rubric to assess their work especially in writing.
    3. Interactive notebooks with tiered vocabulary is vital to comprehension. Checkout this article: http://achievethecore.org/content/upload/Liben_Vocabulary_Article.pdf
    4. For scholars demonstrating academic & social behaviors that gets in the way of their learning the following Child Study Referral Form https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y6rvzA-q8HOb_ALUARn7nlxZHs5EbVuPNnLMxHcAMiw. In addition, the Classroom Intervention Referral Sheet must be completed: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1maeu39w2RlSw0qtrWNk2GwvcYNSA1xCTNj3shvPPQrw