K-2 Wing Newsletter

September 7-11, 2015

Feedback from Walk Throughs with Ms. Gittens

This week, Ms. Gittens and I walked through each classroom in our wing. There are a few things we noticed through the entire wing. Please review the feedback below. We will be making changes to improve our practice and physical environment. These changes will be discussed in our team meetings.


1- As a wing, the culture is much more positive!

2- Daily schedules are posted.

3- Hallway bathroom routines and procedures are in place to maximize instructional time.


1- Before beginning an activity, remember to CHAMP it out. One teacher in the wing was observed using this strategy. Remember to refer to CHAMPS during the lesson and/or activity if needed.

2- Classroom libraries need to be more inviting and labeled. I will be ordering baskets for your leveled libraries. This year, libraries will be leveled using Fontas and Pinnell and Lexile. More information will be forthcoming in your planning meetings.

3- During any down time, scholars need to be reading. Books scholars are able to read should be readily available in the totes on the desk groupings. Early finishers can get a book from their table's basket to read.

4- Overall, I can statements are restatements of the standard and are not kid-friendly. In some classrooms, the I can statement did not match the standard.

5- Student work was not posted in all classrooms.

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Important Dates to Remember

Sept. 7: Labor Day- No School!

Sept. 8: Substitute binders due (refer to the handbook for specific pieces needed)

Sept. 10: Science and S.S. Common Assessments due to Dean Blair for review

Sept. 14-16: 2nd grade NWEA testing

Social Studies and Science Common Assessments administered

Sept. 15-22: Formative Observations; If you haven't scheduled your observation, please

do so. The sign up sheet is located in my mailbox outside of my office door.

Sept. 18: Social Studies and Science Common Assessment Data due to Dean Blair

Sept. 25: Progress reports go home with scholars.

Quarter 2 scope and sequence due

Oct. 1: End of quarter 1

Oct. 5: Report Cards to be finalized

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