Waterville Primary School
Sharing Great News with our AWesome Staff!
Formative Assessment Techniques
Formative Assessment Strategies for:
*Misconception Check: Present students with common or predictable misconceptions about a designated concept, principle, or process. Ask them whether they agree or disagree and explain why. The misconception check can also be presented in the form of a multiple choice or true-false quiz.
*Muddiest Point: Students write one or two ideas that were least clear to them from the current or preceding class period.
*One Sentence Summary: Students summarize knowledge of a topic by constructing a single sentence that answers the questions: "Who does what to whom, when, where, how, and why?" Sort of like a brief game of Clue.
If you use any of these strategies, please share with me how it went! Student work samples are also welcomed! Thank you for your commitment to professional growth!
Events for the Week of December 7-December 11
Dates to Remember
Monday, December 7th: OTES Pre-Conference (Buehrer)
Tuesday, December 8th: PBIS Committee meeting @ 7:30am
Tuesday, December 8th: OTES Obs (Buehrer)
Wednesday, December 9th: Jamie @ Principals meeting @ 9am-11am
Thursday, December 10th: Jamie @ Admin meeting @9am-11am
Thursday, December 10th: Staff Meeting @ 3:40pm
Friday, December 11th: OTES Post-Conf (Buehrer)
Monday, December 14th: OTES Pre-Conf (Buffy)Tuesday, December 15th: Fire Drill in PM (TBA)
Tuesday, December 15th: Grade 2 Holiday Concert @ 2:30pm
Tuesday, December 15th: Grade 2 Holiday Concert @ 7pm
Wednesday, December 16th: OTES Obs (Buffy)
Friday, December 18th: Staff Holiday Party
Monday, December 21st: OTES Post Conf (Buffy)
Tuesday, December 22nd: Holiday Classroom Parties (beginning @ 2:30pm)
*Waterville had 97% of our students represented at Parent/Teacher Conferences this school year! You all did such a great job preparing and communication academic and affective information with families that will allow them to assist and support their children.
*Please remember that individual teachers need to complete School Dude tickets for maintenance/custodial requests. It is important that all of the requests are tracked in order to see if there are reoccurring areas of concern. Thanks!
*Please make sure to check your mailboxes for updates (especially possible student transportation plans) each day at 2:00pm or after.
*Please remember to sign up to observe one of your colleagues. Everyone has received their golden pirate booty and tickets! Let the fun begin!!!
Waterville staff will continue to show our love and support to the Vandiver Family this holiday season. If you would like to be involved, please make a gift card or cash donation and place it in the envelope located in the workroom, by Friday, December 11th.
Missy and the kids are in Bismarck, North Dakota until after the holiday season is over. We will be mailing our gifts to Missy and the children on Saturday, December 12th, so they are sure to arrive in time to help. If you make a contribution, please plan to wear jeans on December 21st and 22nd. Please contribute at least $5 per day, or $10 for both days to wear jeans with AW or holiday gear (let's show off our "ugly Christmas sweaters!).
If you would like to individually send something to the Vandiver family the address they are at is:
8015 Kittie Lane
Bismarck, ND 58504
Collaborating with the Junior High
Updating our Academic Vocabulary
GLC Members and grade level teams:
Please help coordinate efforts with our staff to update the vocabulary words that are read and defined during morning announcements. We want to ensure that the words we are focused on will in fact help our students advance academically and prepare them for future success.
A google doc was created and email last month asking each grade level/department to:
Look over the lists shared, and/or refer to the earlier workday GRIT vocab words shared
Select 10 words that have not already been chosen by another grade level
Complete the table with the requested info for each vocab word selected
Thanks for your help with this project!
Here is the timeline for SLOs this year...
11/9: SLOs Due to Building Principal: COMPLETED!
11/10: Elementary Committee Meets to Review SLOs: COMPLETED!
11/13: SLOs returned to teachers:COMPLETED!
11/18: SLO's needing revisions returned to Building Principal-COMPLETED!
11/20: Revised SLOs reviewed by committees-COMPLETED!
11/21: Revised SLOs returned to teachers-COMPLETED!
Below are three links related to testing. The first is simply the log in for AIR. You may want to bookmark that as we will be using that frequently in the months to come.
The second is a link to the PDF of the test administrator user guide.
The third is an actual test administrator certification course. It is pretty good. AIR works basically the same as it did last year with some minor modifications.
Test Administrator User Guide:
Log In URL:
Test Administration Certification Course: