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Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 3.21.16


  • Thank you Damion for welcoming Reading Partners AmeriCorps members to participate in two Playworks sessions! They had a blast and were so impressed by your amazing energy and enthusiasm! --Emma T-G
  • Thank you to Ms. Emma from RP for going above and beyond to support students and coordinate with families!
  • Thank you Leanne for doing an impromptu music lesson and one-on-one reading lesson on Tuesday! You rock :)
  • Thank you teachers for opening your doors during the principal walk-through on Thursday. The work you do is truly phenomenal, and TCN is beyond lucky to have you.
  • Thank you Claudia and Mariya for holding it down on Thursday (and everyday!)
  • Second grade team, you exemplify "it takes a village!" Huge thank you to Leanne for visioning everything that needed to get done for report cards, and assessing students. Thank you to Julie for jumping in to assess readers as well. Thank you to Kyle for sharing resources and ensuring both classrooms are normed, and going above and beyond as a partner. Thank you Allison for stepping out of lab sites to guide the report card training process. And finally, an enormous and heartfelt thanks to Jodi for going above and beyond holding conferences, entering grades, planning and more!
  • Thank you Leanne for jumping right back into intervention, teacher support, reading partners coordination, and the myriad of other things you do.
  • Check out the video of Kyle below on CBS talking about technology and the #bestschoolday surprise! Thank you for bringing positive coverage to TCN!

Actions Requested

While reading the TT, please add important dates to your personal calendars or to-do lists and click the links!


  • TCN Reading Goal Tally 15-16: Please enter your students' total minutes weekly here.
  • Home School Folders: Please ensure that folders are sent out every Monday, including extras for students missing folders; and turned into the FRC every Wednesday afternoon (Thursday AM the latest).

This Week:

  • The SBAC Interim assessment window has been extended to March 24. Please make a plan for giving the assessment and debriefing with your class. All information related to the SBAC Interim can be found here.

  • TGDS Peer Observations are underway! All of the materials can be found here. This doc explains the process. Using TeachBoost is optional, and this form is recommended. The debrief protocol is here.

  • Nominate a TCN staff member for "Honoring Our Own", OUSD's employee recognition ceremony: Nominate an employee online by 5pm on March 31st.

  • TCN is staffing! Thanks for sharing our teacher job posting with strong candidates and relevant networks.

This Month:

  • TCN A's Game - Step Up to the Plate: Check out the flier, spread the word and buy your tickets here! Join TCN staff on April 29th in section 230 (or any other game listed). Support TCN and enjoy an A's game at the same time!

As Needed:

  • Have feedback for the Math Department? Please use this link to give feedback directly to the math dept on ANY of the math core curriculum guide units and performance tasks.
  • Field Trips: When using BART tickets please return them to Claudia upon your return to TCN and let her know if any are not working. This is important so we don't inadvertently give unusable tickets to teachers.
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Want to share pictures, appreciations or upcoming events. Please email Jennifer with TT in the subject line by end of day Monday to be included in the next issue of the Teacher Times. Teacher Times will be sent out Fridays at 8am.

Week of 3.21.16

Monday, March 21st

  • 5th Grade Extended Collaboration [8:40am - 10:15am]
  • 1st Grade Extended Collaboration [1:20pm - 2:55pm]
  • Fire Drill [2:20pm]
  • Staff Meeting [3:15pm - 4:15pm]
  • Action: Distribute Home School Folders

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • 4th Grade Extended Collaboration [8:40am - 10:15am]
  • SSC [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • Student Council [3:00pm - 4:00pm]
  • 5th Grade Family Meeting [5:00pm - 6:00pm]

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Mariya Out
  • TCN & ICS Parent Academy [9:00am - 10:30am]
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm, E101]
  • Action: Return Home School Folders to the FRC

Thursday, March 24th

  • Alex Out
  • K-2 Staff Developer Visit
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • Action: Sign Weekly Attendance Reports

Friday, March 25th


Week of 3.28.16

Spring Break! No School

Week of 4.4.16

Monday, April 4th

  • Action: Distribute Home School Folders

Tuesday, April 5th

  • 1st/5th Progress Monitoring
  • 2nd Grade field trip - Cal Performances
  • Student Council [3:00pm - 4:00pm]

Wednesday, April 6th

  • 2nd/4th Progress Monitoring
  • Kinder Target Workshop [8:30am - 9:30am]
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm, B205]

Thursday, April 7th

  • Mariya Out
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • Action: Return Home School Folders to FRC

Friday, April 8th

  • 3rd/Kinder Progress Monitoring
  • Panther Paw Assembly - 5th grade
  • 1st Grade field trip to Ardenwood Farm
  • TCN Parent Rep Leadership Meeting [9:00am - 10:00am]
  • Action: Sign Weekly Attendance Report

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Break - March 28 - April 1
  • Step Up to the Plate A's Game - Date TBD
  • Science Fair - May 10th


  • 2016-2017 Calendar is here! Check it out!
  • CHAMP Clip Chart resource from our new OUSD behavioral specialist, Kasey Clifton. See pics here and here.
  • Meaningful Grading Strategy can be seen in this 7 min. video on supporting kids in learning from their mistakes on tests. Might be interesting to watch with your grade level partner during Weds collaboration, or any time you have 7 spare min.
  • Reading Workshop Units of Study: Remember way back when we did our own course of study in a text band during PD? Remember how you found yourself thinking, "I love this!" Well guess what? Now you can do a video course of study! TC just released online courses of study on the new units of study for each grade level. Check them out here!
  • BookMentors: This is a great resource similar to Donor’s Choose only for requesting books. You can start a book drive or simply request a single book. Check it out!
  • TCN Chromebook Use - Please read this document for TCN Chromebook Procedures and Norms.
  • Wireless Printing: Click here for directions to set up printing from your Chromebook to the new wireless printer in the teacher workroom.
  • The Marshall Memo - A Weekly Round-up of Important Ideas and Research in K-12 Education. Check out the current issue for an interesting article on ELLs.
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