Blue Haze Bulletin
Weekly Staff Newsletter 5/2-5/6
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
- a campus-wide literacy-rich, reading culture
- upbeat morning music playing outside for arrival
- various after school clubs based on student interest/surveys
- student ambassadors in each classroom
- leveled reading library including leveled readers AND novel sets
- strong culture/expectation for respectful interactions among all students, modeled by staff (shaking hands, smiles, eye contact, greetings in hallways)
- a brighter, more "elementary" aesthetic environment in hallways
- "reading" or "thinking" nooks in hallways to support independent/partner rdg, book clubs
- students facilitating morning announcements
- Battle of the Books
- utilizing Character Crew for more leadership opportunities (library aides, office aides, tutors, mentors)
- DEAR time everyday following announcements...ALL students, ALL staff
- more options for students before school begins each morning (art, lab, explore, recess, library, etc.)
- a modified library schedule allowing for more open circulation time each day
- LiiNK Project in K-1 providing new character ed program into weekly curriculum and four, 15 minute recess breaks daily
Monday Morning Smiles :)
Netflix Style Library (This is just a cool idea on a district level!)
Dear Teacher on the Tired Days
Monday 5/2-5/6: Teacher Appreciation Week, RTI Meetings
Wednesday 5/4: Volunteer Breakfast, STAAR Administrators Training (Attendees TBA), MPR 3:05
Thursday 5/5: Grade Level PLCs, Like Skills Mtg Conference Room 3:05
Friday 5/6: Nurse's Day, Assemblies
Monday 5/9: 4th Reading STAAR
Tuesday 5/10: 3rd Reading STAAR
Wednesday: 5/11: 4th Math STAAR (Staff Meeting TBD)
Thursday 5/12: 3rd Math STAAR
*Please be aware that due to a hectic end of year schedule and much to discuss, we may have back to back weekly staff meetings in the month of May instead of the usual every other Wednesday. Please keep Wednesday afternoons free from appointments.
Third grade students discuss precepts, supporting inferencing--Figure 19! This is an easy but very effective idea to incorporate daily or weekly!
Creating a "modeling" station makes it easy to facilitate workshop mini-lessons, modeling a task expectation or using a mentor text using the iPad for mirroring. Students also use this setup to share out their exemplar work during closings, which is a critical part of the workshop.
We are seeing a huge increase in co-created anchor charts across campus! Students will use them as resources and are more likely to retain the information if they had a part in creating the charts.