Weekly WOW - January 26, 2019

East Vincent Elementary School

GREETINGS FROM MS. SEELEY

Last week, I shared information about Data Day at EV, which was on Tuesday, and the concept of tiers 1-3. The tier system comes from more alphabet soup in education, MTSS, or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Some of you may have heard the acronym RtII which is Response to Instruction and Intervention, which is the academic component of MTSS. MTSS, however, includes academic and behavioral tiers. Tier one is for all, tier two is for some, and tier three is for few. Realistically, about 80-85% of the school population, grade population, and class population should be meeting behavioral and academic targets with tier one instruction.


On a related note...

Based upon updated calculations with the EV free and reduced lunch percentage when compared to other Title I schools in OJRSD, we have the highest rate. Right now, 25% of our school population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. As a result, we welcome more faculty to EV. Mrs. Carey Little will join us for the full day as a reading and math specialist. Mrs. Jeni Umstead will join us for the afternoons as a reading and math specialist after she teaches kindergarten in the mornings at East Coventry. Both Mrs. Little and Mrs. Umstead start their new schedules on Wednesday, January 30.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN) provides professional development opportunities and resources for MTSS.

EV STUDENTS CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM (SWPBS)

Three times per year, we consider behaviors with a universal screening tool. The tool allows us to determine the level of risk or problem behaviors of students. We use the universal screening tool along with our office discipline and bus conduct referrals to design prevention and intervention instruction for our students.


Students who need additional behavior instruction are considered tier 2 or tier 3 students behaviorally. While they participate in tier 1 behavior instruction, programming, and approaches such as SWPBS, Responsive Classroom, and guidance or health lessons, the students demonstrate that they need more explicit teaching and modeling of expected behaviors.


Why not just punish students for risk or problem behaviors?

Because it doesn't work. We implement consequences for behaviors as part of our procedures and policies, but what studies find is that the teaching and partnership with home, school, and sometimes outside resources is key.


I've shared three resources that relate to the restorative justice approach as a parent and as an educator. While we are moving in a positive direction, we still incorporate some of what the resources say "don't work" because we're rooted in a traditional education system.

SAFETY IN OJRSD

SAFETY AT EV

Mock lock down drills began again this week with sixth and third grade students and staff. Students practiced exterior and interior threat lock down drills as if they were at lunch or recess. Students know the procedures if someone dangerous, unsafe, or unexpected is outside of EV or inside of EV. The main messages that students heard were to remain calm and to follow adult directions. Students and staff for grades 1, 2 and kindergarten ACP students will practice mock lock down drills this week.


We have our January fire drill this week, too.

EV NEWS BROADCAST

EV has a very talented news team comprised of 6th grade students who participate in an independent study. Under the direction of Mrs. Sarkar and with assistance from Miss Mitton, students produce a weekly news broadcast. Enjoy!


https://youtu.be/Pd6GCno6RTk

GRADE 6 CATS AMBASSADORS

The Grade 6 CATS Ambassadors met this week to review subcommittees and form new ones. Two special assignment committees formed. Stay tuned as both committees plan to #Choose Kindness for those in need.


The student and staff spotlights written by our Grade 6 CATS Ambassadors will return soon.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to the EV PTA and OJRSD Technology Department for teaming up to purchase a class set of Chromebooks and a cart. Because of EV PTA's generous $2500 donation, Mrs. Lamison's ELA classes will have easier access to testing applications and will have the ability to type for the Google platform applications. The iPad cart and iPads from Mrs. Lamison will re-home with Mrs. Cunningham and her third grade students.