Week at a Glance

11/17-21- American Education Week

11/17- Club Picture Day/Make-ups (Check Schedule)

11/17- Science/SS Mtg (B208)

11/17- Math Meeting

11/18- Parent Visitation Day

11/18- Report Cards Issued

11/19- D & F Report for CST/AP's

11/20- Evening Conferences

11/21- Early Dismissal Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences

As parent conference season begins, it's important to remember that conferences can play a very important role in a student's development and academic success. Parents and teachers see different aspects of a student's personality. Only by maintaining an open dialogue and comparing notes on the students achievements or behavior can these perspectives be useful for both. Below is a parent teacher conference tip sheet from the NYC Dept. of Education that discusses tips for preparation and setting the goals for the conference, conference flow, facilitating the conversation, and conference follow-up.

Just a reminder…

All certified teaching staff members must attend both evening conferences in their entirety from 6-8 p.m. on 11/20 and 11/25. Any one who misses any session will be charged with a half day absence.

NOTE: The term "Teachers" refers to all certified employees represented by the Mount Laurel Education Association as listed below:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Librarians
  • Reading Teachers
  • Special Subject Teachers
  • Learning Disability Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Therapists
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Psychologists

American Education Week

Nov. 18 is parent visitation day. Visitation is open to parents all day. If you need additional chairs for your room please email Frank or Denny so they can have them ready for you.

TV Issues ?

During a recent Site Base meeting it was brought to our attention that there are a number of televisions that are not working. I've started a Google Doc called Classroom TV Status Report that will be shared with all staff. Please put an "X" in the appropriate column to update us on the status of your TV.

Active Expression Volunteer Trainers

I am in the process of purchasing additional Active Expression sets. We are working on having a representative from the company come in and train staff. All the arrangements have not been made but I am looking for volunteer trainers to turn key the training back to other teachers that are interested in using the transponders. Please email me if you are interested in becoming a volunteer trainer.

For all new staff, Active Expression is a student response system that allows teachers to see real-time data on their students. Each student is given a responder that they can use to text the teacher an answer to a question. The teacher then receives real-time data that they can use to assess understanding. Teachers can also use Active Expression to give paperless tests and quizzes.

Related Arts Rotation

5th & 6th Grade Specials will be rotating on Monday, November 17.

LA Teachers- Benchmark Testing

Please email Kelly with any problems you encounter during testing. (ie application quits, difficulty logging in, verifying student answers are saved)

Permission Slips for Special Education Students

This message is for the advisors of clubs that have not yet begun. Please send one copy of your permission slip to the CST office. We are making an effort to make sure that special education students are included.

Special Education Students w/ D's & F's

In your mailbox is one copy of the CST form called Report of Student Performance. This form needs to be filled out for any special education student that is receiving a D or F in your class. Please make copies as needed and return one completed form to CST and one to your grade level AP by 11/19.

Club and Activity Picture Schedule

Please check the picture schedule provided to you by email. We will not interrupt instruction to make announcements.

Student headphones/earbuds for PARCC testing

Some of you may already be getting headphones/earbuds from students for PARCC testing. Parents have been asked to provide them. So they stay in good shape and can be found when testing approaches, please collect them and hold them for the time being. I would think each homeroom teacher could hold the set for his/her class. As testing gets closer, we will discuss the particulars of how to circulate them as needed. Also, if you have a need for students to use them during instruction now, please do so, but do distribute/recollect as needed.

Below is a classic video you may have seen before, but I still find funny. I pray that no one get's this parent next week.
Parent Teacher Conference

Have a Great Weekend!

Marques, Tracy, Mary Anne, Kelly