Monday Morning Motivation

September 28, 2015

Is Your Classroom Purposeful?

I have talked extensively about the importance of being intentional with our walk, our talk, our planning and our assessments. As we enter the 7th week of school, I challenge you to think about where you are in regard to establishing a purposeful classroom.

Do you....

  • understand the developmental needs of your students and appreciate the importance of planning authentic, engaging lessons that support student learning at the appropriate level
  • engage in the timely use of student data to identify students at risk of not achieving OR at risk of being under challenged?
  • provide structured, explicit and sequenced lessons in one-to-one and/or small group settings so that students have planned, regular opportunities to work on identified, specific goals over time?
  • engage students in developing appropriate, authentic and purposeful assessment procedures including ongoing opportunities for student reflection and self/peer assessment?
  • use a range of assessment tools that identify students' learning needs with specific implications for practical, pedagogical interventions and locate students' achievement progress over time on developmental measurement scales?
  • vary summative assessments based on when students are at a point in their learning where an assessment is needed as opposed to a specific day of the week?

Being purposeful in all that we do is key to turning around low achieving students. If you assign a worksheet, there should be a solid purpose for the work..... is it to practice or assess a skill (only when needed, not to fill time), push thinking forward or cause students to grapple with content. Think about the following worksheets....would these be an effective use of valuable time?

Watch D.O.G.s Pizza Kick-off

Our Watch D.O.G. kick-off will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 in the cafeteria. If you can help with this event, please let Ms. Page know. This is a great artifact for TESS!
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Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Quickly Approaching

As we prepare to meet with parents in a few days, I encourage you to look around your classroom and make sure what you see reflects what is going on in your room on a daily basis. If repairs are needed, please fill out a School Dude request early this week to ensure that issues are addressed. We want our "old girl" looking as good as possible!

An email will be sent regarding when to cut off grades.

CES Vision Proclamation

The new CES vision proclamation has been adopted. The Leadership Team will begin working on the mission statement very soon. Thank you for your hard work in this process!

Carlisle Elementary School is committed to building strong relationships with our students, parents, and other stakeholders, as well as providing a safe learning environment where all students can reach their highest potential and become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

The CES rtI Process

The core rtI Team met on Friday and worked to clarify the process of rtI referrals. A short video tutorial will be sent out this week to outline the process. This video will need to be watched before team meetings next week (October 5-9). As you watch the video, please note any questions you may have. We will discuss all questions during the team meetings. This process will take the place of our face to face staff gathering for the month of October.
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Susan Barton on a Friday Night!

Shout out to Mrs. Scroggins, Mrs. Roberson, Ms. Shepherd and Mrs. Fricker for spending a recent Friday night in Conway listening to the one and only Susan Barton talk about Dyslexia. This is a "hot" topic in our state right now and we need all the information we can get regarding this topic. Thanks for your dedication ladies!
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Congratulations to McKenzie - She was crowned Little Miss Rodeo Queen over the weekend!

Dates to Remember

Monday 9/28

  • #celebratemonday

Tuesday 9/29

  • Author visit for 5th and 6th grade @ 1:30 pm
  • WATCH Dog Kick-off

Wednesday 9/30

  • K, 1, 2 Teams meet during planning times

Thursday 10/1

  • 3, 4, ,5 ,6 Teams meet during planning times
  • #connectedteachers chat 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday 10/2

  • Student Council speeches in the cafeteria 8:30 am (Students in grades 3-6 are invited)

Looking Ahead...

Tuesday 10/6

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 2:30-7:30

Thursday 10/8

  • Reception for Grandparents 1:30-2:30 in the cafeteria

Friday 10/9

  • Good Behavior Incentive - Pep Assembly at High School 1:45 pm

Tech Task of the Week

I encourage you to post to #celebratemonday on Twitter today! Share the amazing things that are happening in your classrooms and in our school. If we don't tell our story someone else will. Those taking this challenge will be entered into a drawing for a $15 TPT gift certificate! Let's Do This!
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