The GATOR Gazette

Publication 25: 2/17/2020

Gompers journey...#180daysofwhy..#students

THEORY of ACTION - If Gompers teachers engage in standards-based instruction with increasingly higher levels of DOK (Depth of Knowledge) tasks and provide opportunities for collaborative work, then students will think critically and strategically, which will positively impact their conceptual understanding and transferable skills.



Welcome to TERRIFIC TUESDAY!!!!!!! Hope you enjoyed your 3 days with some RELAXATION!!!!

Are you ready for another Fabulous Friday in February???'s gonna be Couple/Duo Challenge Fun???..OHHH YEAHHHH!!!

Sooooo many exciting things happening in Gator Nation for students academic progress....keep on pushing through with standards as the focal and only point of the daily learning. Continue to focus your efforts on building students' stamina in reading with independent informational/expository text mediums at varying lengths and in math error analysis around students thinking/reasoning for solving problems. We are now at the stage in the year where the GRR instructional model needs to shift to more to student's independent application, making meaning and problem-solving vs. directed.

As we continue to plug on through in the second semester please be reminded that "Daily Learning Intentions are not an OPTION" they are key to the day's learning outcomes.

Let's continue to practice to support "teacher clarity of learning" as an instructional practice that leads to a .75 effect size of the growth.

What - is the standard or skill (not worksheet, not test, not book)

Why - is this relevant, why is this important (transfer)?

How - students demonstration of the standard/learning

It is not about me it is really about providing focused learning and understanding for students every day. How can we move forward in the DOK application if we have nothing to measure?

Please review the Book Fair information from PTSA as there is an added twist of Math Night. We hope you will support through advertising in your own weekly newsletters but also attend the event as well.



Dr. Miller

This is what we know at this time for Promotion and Retention Updates

This is what was emailed to principals:

The March 3-4 conferences are a great opportunity for a teacher to meet with the parent of any student for whom there may be concerns, whether academic or otherwise. These conferences are not only for students who may be retained; however, teachers must meet with the parent of any student who may be recommended for retention. As for promotion/ retention, we will be sharing the draft process/criteria we plan to use this school year with principals next Friday, 2/21, and with Teacher Council representatives on 2/26. Once we receive input, we will plan to provide a final version of the 2019-2020 process to you all at your March 13 meeting.

February Collaboration Opportunities working toward consistency of instructional best practices = CTE

February 20 - Grade/Department Meeting (Dr. Miller provides agenda topic)***Please note, this can be grade level generated topics for planning if everyone, completes the CORE survey by February 18th as a staff***

February 27 - Band Meeting - Equity and Instructional Excellence (Led by ILT)

Just a friendly reminder:

As we attend all collaboration meetings the following should be a part of standards items to bring:

Standards, LBUSD Continuum

Lesson Plan Book

Digital Device

Preparation Documents

and of course, we respect each other's time by being on time!!!

Culture and Climate

FFF: Couples Challenge? Friday morning details given!!

Click the embedded link to view the FFF??!!

Know your neighbor? Know your GATOR TEAM Member? Building relationships and connectedness via...Team Members Spotlight!!!!

Fantastic....Team Member - Ms. Sandra Webb, Special Education Teacher

Grew up in - Gilbert Elementary..Go Grizzlies!!

Favorite activities at Gompers - Nutrition period in my class because it gives my students the opportunity to socialize and see me as more than an instructor

Novel to recommend to other - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Bring me joy - Listening to my daughter sing!!!

An interesting thing that happened - Fell into a "bergschrund"...yikes!!!

Degrees - BA in Anthropology/CSULB and MA in Special Education/CSUDH

Marvelous...Team Member - Mrs. Cindy Estrada, 2nd grade teacher

Go anywhere in the world - Hawaii. I know everyone has been there but I have not, soooo it is my dream. Maybe for my birthday!

Favorite subject in school - Reading

Best childhood memory - Playing outside in the street with everyone till it got dark

Talent or hobby - making people laugh and baking

An interesting thing that happened - Running into Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda at Jimmy Johns. We had a conversation and took pictures..... Go Blue Go Dodgers!

Favorite TV Show - I Love Lucy and 80's sitcoms

GFS: Going GREEN...Be a Neighbor..Be a Friend

Neighborly Brainstorming Video Exercise:

Neighborly activities:

Relationships, Relationships, it's the Relationship that matters and makes the difference =.72 in student achievement increases

Kill'em with Kindness to build those Relationships - 2 x 10 Relationship Challenge

Spending 2 minutes a day for 10 consecutive days talking with your most disruptive student is a way to establish a great rapport and build a positive relationship. Teachers who've used this strategy report that it helps to establish a positive connection with disruptive students, who are sometimes seeking attention due to unfortunate circumstances in their personal lives. This quick conversation could take place before school, on the way out of the door at dismissal, on or on the way to recess/lunch. Engage the student in conversation about anything that interests them. Your questions should extend beyond "How are you today?" to questions like "What are your favorite things to do outside of school?" Please see the link below for a quick video "informercial" with more information on this effective strategy for building relationships:

Sanford Harmony .....SEL support implementation opportunities (K-5)

Community Circles, Buddy Up, Character Books ....inquiring minds???

Continued support for implementation "pilot" opportunities are available:

March 3 and March 17 @ 8:00 - 8:45, library - Led by Kat Komatz Head Counselor for Elementary

Voluntary butttttt ohhhh so worth it!!

PTSA and BookFair & Math Night Information....2/28 - 3/6

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School Leadership...........


Safe and Civil:

Playground Expectations

Duty/Playground Schedules (Quarter 4)


Next Meeting - 2/18 @ 8:00, Mr. Knowlton's room



Interested in working this summer? Opportunities are available!

Certificated Summer School Job Applications - HRS website

Certificated applications for summer positions are now available on the LBUSD Portal (application directions). Summer positions offered are Special Education ESY (Pre-K through Adult), High School SDC credit recovery and General Ed High School. Employees are also able to download a PDF application link on the HRS webpage. Completed PDF applications may be saved and emailed to All applications must be submitted by March 13, 2020. Information regarding dates and times of summer school are listed on the application.

Summer Enrichment And Learning (SEAL) - HRS website

This year, select Elementary, Middle/K-8 and High School sites will offer Summer Enrichment and Learning (SEAL) Programs. All certificated staff are welcome to apply for SEAL. These teaching and learning opportunities are tailored to match the program designs of the individual school sites and applicants will be selected based on the needs of the program.

20-21 Transfer Opportunities Information

School Transfer Information

Transfer requests for the 2020-21 school year will be due March 31, 2020.

Requests for Transfer will be available on February 1, 2020. See the school secretary for a paper copy or you may complete the transfer request online via HRS portal

Help Desk Ticketing Information

Click the video to watch the new process for submission

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Gompers Bulletin "parent news"

This parent bulletin is sent via email and text message to parents each week. It will also be available on our school's website.

2/17 - No School/President's Holiday

2/19- Miller @ TRC @ 3:30

2/19 - Miller @ Coaches Meeting 8 - 12:00

2/19 & 20 - 7th Grade Filed Trip/Assistance League

2/19 & 2/20 - CORE Survey for Students to be done in ES classrooms

2/20 - BB @ Newcomb vs Newcomb

2/22 - FFF??? Couple Picture Challenge...soooooo FUNNNNN!!!!

2/22 - Empowered Learning - Tech Summit opportunity with COTSEN (Saturday)

2/22 - Girl's Track @ Wilson

2/26 - Dept. Head Meetings @ TRC

2/26 - Female Leadership Academy Meets in Library

2/27 - Dr. Lund on-site -2:00 - 3:30

2/28 - Pancakes and Pj's

2/28 - Book Fair Preview Night and Math Night

2/28 - ES only SOM and Achievement Celebration time TBD by Ms. Frank

2/28 - FFF...continues!!!

2/29 - Saturday School

March Madnesssssssss begins!!!!

3/3 - Parent-Teacher Conference (Minimum Day @ 2:00 for ES)

3/4 - Parent-Teacher Conference (Minimum Day @ 2:00 for ES)


Child Abuse Hotline: 800-540-4000

DCFS- 310-972-3111

School Safety: 562-997-8101

EASE (Employee Assistance Service for Education): 800-882-1341

Lakewood Sherriff - 562-623-3500