Monday Memo

AAA News You Can Use-February 1

Understanding Standards

Academic Standards define what students should know and be able to do. These are the standards found in our HCS pacing guides. Performance standards define how well and to what level a student should perform. According the Georgia's Department of Education, "The performance standards provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work. They define the level of work that demonstrates achievement of the standards, enabling a teacher to know “how good is good enough.” The performance standards isolate and identify the skills needed to use the knowledge and skills to problem-solve, reason, communicate, and make connections with other information. They also tell the teacher how to assess the extent to which the student knows the material or can manipulate and apply the information.

The performance standard incorporates the content standard, which simply tells the teacher what a student is expected to know (i.e., what concepts he or she is expected to master). Additionally, it adds to these concepts by providing three additional items: suggested tasks, sample student work, and teacher commentary on that work."

As you design your lessons each week, I encourage you to consider performance standards.

Massachusetts is doing with their model curriculum units.

New York's curriculum modules.

Lesson Plans

Please make sure that your lesson plans are completed by the beginning of each week and easily accessible in your room. The following is an excerpt from the AAA Handbook:

Lesson plans are a professional responsibility of the teacher. These plans may be kept in a traditional lesson plan book or generated on the computer. They will be organized in a format so sequential plans may be reviewed, at any time, by an administrator upon request. Plans need to be made at least one week in

advance. Documentation of required standards is important to log in throughout the school year. Lesson plans should follow the curriculum and /or pacing guides established by the HCS district. Technology standards taught or embedded in lessons should be included in lesson plans.

Progress Reports are right around the corner...

Reports will go home on Feb 8. Please make sure you are updating grades in iNow weekly. Parents check the parent portal and are disappointed when grades are not accurate or available.

Common Planning Times

Please plan to meet this week--Either Debbie or Tasheria will touch base on locations.

K: Tuesday @9:55 (Dyslexia)

1: Wednesday @11:50 (Dyslexia)

2: Wednesday @12:20 (Dyslexia)

5: Wednesday @11:20 (RtI/PST)

6: Tuesday @ 9:00 Lesson Design

7/8: Thursday @ 9:00 Lesson Design

Proof of Residency Campaign

Thank you for your help! We are up to 53% and Mrs. Kalachman still has more to add to the list. Second grade is currently at 66%! Way to go! Principal's Recess for your grade.

Giordano Tix on sale now!

Lee/AAA have the distinct privilege to host the world-renowned Giordano Dance Chicago from February 12-14. The founder, Gus Giordano is considered one of the pioneers in American Jazz Dance. His daughter continues to run the company today. The company will be providing a master class for our advanced middle and high school students, setting a piece on some high school students, and giving two performances which are open to the public. Please help us get the word out that tickets to both the Saturday evening performance, and the Sunday matinee lec/dem performance are now available on

Contact Sandy Federico with questions.

Peter Pan Tickets are BOGO for AAA students, families, and faculty!

Huntsville Ballet Company is offering a special buy-one-get-one-free opportunity for all AAA students and faculty to attend their exciting high-flying adventure ballet, Peter Pan. Performances are at the VBC Concert Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 and Sunday, April 10 at 2:30. Please visit Huntsville Ballet or call 256-539-0961 for tickets or further information.

This Week at a Glance

This week is National School Counselors Week-Thank you Debbie Smith!



  • PTA Meeting
  • Equity Team Planning after school


  • Faculty Meeting


  • Talent Show Friday Night
Big image
February 26-Kim Estelle

Dismissal Duty for this Week


Walk Ups

Federico, Graham


Cuff, Plummer, Leslie, Snodgrass

(One things are settled inside-please send one teacher outside to assist in loading cars)



(This teacher should check cafeteria each day for students that need supervision until their after school activity begins. A teacher will arrive to get them by 3:15. We have not had may after school events but they have started up-math team, robotics, rehearsals, etc)

STAR Progress Monitoring this week: Math progress monitoring

Big image


Please publish the follow links for parents to sign up for tutoring:

Signup for Elementary:

Signup for Middle:

Don' Forget and Things To Do!

  • Wellness screening will be February 17 from 8-11 in the Small lab. The sign up sheet is in the bin outside of the nurses office. Please do not take the sign up sheet it needs to stay in the bin.
  • Laptops, chargers and HDMI cords should be locked up when not in use. Teachers and students are responsible for the loss if not placed in a secure location.