Rocket Weekly Update

ACRHS Faculty Weekly Update September 18, 2016

Go Rockets!

We need Rocket Man again this week as we host Erwin High School in our first conference game of the season. It is also our Huddle Against Hunger game.

Let's join Rocket Man, the drumlins, cheerleaders, football team, and all Fall sports athletes for a Friday afternoon spirit walk at the stadium. All students will be dismissed to the home side of the stadium by intercom at 2:45pm. Our teams, led by Rocket Man, will walk the track and get our students excited about Friday night's game. Dismissal will be from the stadium! Yes, this is one of your colleagues helping us have a little fun!!

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Information for the Week:

(See our curriculum feature on 8 Digital Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation below the BCS Framework thinking map) These are Great ways to add technology to your classroom!

  • Thank you for your kinds words and encouragement this past week. I am honored to represent our school and each of you for Buncombe County Schools.
  • Rocket Power on Monday, September 19
  • *** 12th grade - Seniors will report directly to the minitorum for a meeting with Josten's regarding Senior Graduation supplies. Senior Rocket Power Advisors: please attend with your seniors.
  • ***9th - 11th - Rocket FUEL PowerPoint sent to you by Ms. King. It is very important you review this PowerPoint with your students this week as we begin our Rocket FUEL schedule. We need to make our expectations clear for our entire school to these students, especially our freshman! They have never had this flexible type of schedule and our freshman are really struggling this year understanding our RPI way! Stress this is a privilege that can be taken away!
  • ***All - Give students the Yearbook reminders Ms. Love sent to you in an email.
  • Rocket FUEL will start on September 20. During Rocket Power on September 19, you will need to show the 2nd Rocket FUEL Powerpoint to all students. Specify to students your expectations on attending your intervention/enrichment opportunities. Let's make our PLCs meaningful as this time is provided for you to look at student data and see "What Do You Want Them To Know", "How Am I Going To Get Them To Know That", "What Do They Know", "What Do I Do if They Do Not Know It".
  • EOC Teachers - Take time from your busy day to attend the Key Kids & EVAAS mini meeting in the Office Conference Room with Gus Gerdee on Tuesday during your planning period. He will be here to help you identify your Key Kids from EVAAS so you can begin a focused intervention and strategies with "key kids" to help them improve our proficiency and growth. He will return for other departments when more EVAAS data is released. However, if you have EVAAS questions or teach in any department, he can still help you find some "Key Kids" from the EOC data to target in your teaching as well. Remember, we ALL get a school performance grade and we ALL contribute to our school's growth! By attending this session or the next session, you will get .1 CEU.
  • Make a point to use the Academic Word of the Week in a Word Wall, your weekly lesson, your bell ringer, or in a general classroom conversation.
  • PowerSchool Period Attendance - REQUIRED in the first 10 minutes of each period!! Not an option! Also, we are now on our 4th week of school, ALL teachers should have grades in PowerSchool GradeBook. Parents are looking! And, that is a good thing because that means they are partnering with us to ensure student success.
  • Administrators are in the process of reviewing PDPs and returning them to you for signatures and obtaining "green checks".
  • This week on Wednesday evening, we honor our Teacher of the Year, Mr. Allen Kromer, at our Buncombe County Teacher of the Year Banquet. Mr. Kromer, we appreciate the work you do for our students and your colleagues. Congratulations!
  • Have a great week! See you Thursday at the Faculty Meeting!
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8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation

On-the-Spot Assessment Tools

by Bryan Drost in AMLE Magazine

In this AMLE Magazine article, Ohio district administrator Bryan Drost recommends eight free digital tools to check for understanding and maximize student involvement:

• Padlet is a virtual wall on which students can express thoughts on a topic. It’s also possible to embed audio and video and have students join a threaded discussion.

• Recap is a video-based assessment tool that allows teachers to pose a question, have students respond with a short video recorded on a cell phone, and then get feedback.

• Today’s Meet allows students to engage in live “backchannelling” while a classroom activity or video is taking place.

• Active Prompt allows teachers to upload any image and ask students a question about it; students move a dot on their device to indicate their answer.

• Flubaroo is a plug-in for Google Sheets that allows teachers to quickly score student quizzes.

• Zaption allows teachers to take already-made videos (like a YouTube clip), publish interactive lessons, and track student understanding.

• Nearpod and Pear Deck and allow teachers to embed interactive assessments into a slide deck and get student responses via their cell phones.

• Quizlet Live allows students to practice teamwork and communication skills while the teacher checks for understanding.

“8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation” by Bryan Drost in AMLE Magazine, September 2016 (Vol. 4, #2, p. 42-43); Drost is at

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