Fabulous Friday Facts

March 11th

Upcoming Events

Monday 3/14: MTSS meeting at the primary


Tuesday 3/15: 1st grade EL Planning day 8:30-11:30


Wednesday 3/16: PBL Training & Forced Fun- Intermediate Library (7:45)


Thursday 3/17: 6th Grade Data Meeting (PAARC Training 2-3:30)


Friday 3/18: Spring Break Starts--WOOHOO!!

Committee Updates

Business/Marketing:

Created the schedule for the next few staff meetings:

3/16: PBL Training & Forced Fun

3/28: Morning Expeditionary Training/ Afternoon Team Time

3/30: PTA Hogback Hustle Info & PBL Resource Research

4/6: Prioritizing Future PD with Adaptive Schools Committee


The rest is TBD!


UIP/Writing:

Timeline for end of the year work for writing prompt and scoring:

April 8 - all prompts delivered to staff at both buildings

April 11 - May 3 - To administer the prompt

May 4 - Grade writing samples as teams

May 11 - Staff Meeting show staff how to tally the work


Math:

The math committee is working on a presentation to staff that will include Bradford's math continuum and pathways, teacher recommendation descriptions, data used for placement of math students, and details about core and advanced math classes. This presentation will occur in April.


GT:

GT Committee is using current ideas and those submitted by Liz on her powerpoint to create a plan for specialist in the future. The idea is that whomever we hire can walk in and understand the program and implement it immediately, possibly utilizing parent volunteers.


MTSS:

The MTSS committee met to talk about 3 students on Wednesday, March 9th. One child will be referred for SPED intervention and 2 were giving multiple resources and ideas to attempt. If a difference is not seen, they will return to the MTSS committee in 6 weeks. If you have a student that needs to be brought up to the committee, please speak to your grade level rep as soon as possible. Students on the agenda for April, if referred to SPED, would not be able to complete the testing by the end of the year. This committee is holding an additional meeting on Monday, March 14th to discuss 3 more Primary students.

Celebrations! We want to hear more amazing things you are doing.

Fill out the Celebrations survey so that we can share the great things everyone is doing!

Funds Available for your conferences and trainings!

Professional Growth Funds are intended for licensed employees who desire to attend professional and instructional conferences.

Interested licensed staff should look for information and application forms under the "Professional Growth Funds" link on the Human Resources webpage.

Questions? Please call Jim Baker at 2-6972.

IEG Analysis

Please, take time now to review your IEG to see how you are doing or what you need to change. Mid year data should be gathered if needed.

BE GOOD!

Upcoming events:
  • April 15 – Day of Silence
    Students at your school may be planning to participate in the upcoming national Day of Silence to echo the silence of the victims of bullying. The Day of Silence is held every year to protest anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) bullying in schools. This day was founded in 1996 and has become the largest student-led action toward creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The first-ever Day of Silence was held at the University of Virginia, but as of 2008 has extended to more than 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the country.

    The day is generally observed on a Friday during the month of April. This year the event will be observed on April 15. You may want to determine if and when it will be held at your school.
  • April 28 – Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
    Take our Daughters and Sons to Work day is held in the United States on the fourth Thursday in April every year, and is designed for parents to share with their children their work. The purpose for this day is to expose children to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day, show them the value of education, help them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and provide them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment.

  • April 29 – Day Without Hate
    Day Without Hate is a student led grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, unity, and respect in our schools. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. Since then, students across Colorado and the nation have taken this day to their communities to message no tolerance for violence and hate.
Things to be aware of and/or consider:

1. Remind staff and students of key policies related to the event. Staff members must ensure that any participation, support, or sponsorship of such events is in alignment with district policies.

For example:
  • AC, Unlawful Discrimination/Equal Opportunity provides that the District is committed to complying with all civil rights and labor laws. Additionally, it provides that the District affirms that no individual shall be discriminated against in terms, conditions or privileges of employments, excluded from participation in a program or activity, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against on the grounds of the individual’s race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Finally, the policy provides that avoiding unlawful harassment and discrimination requires the collaborative responsibility of each administrator, supervisor, employee, and student to affirm in actions and deeds the intent and spirit of governing laws and regulations.

  • JI, Student Rights and Responsibilities which provides that students have the right to assemble and express themselves by speaking, writing, distributing, wearing or displaying symbols of ethnic, cultural, or political values such as buttons, badges, emblems, and armbands; or through any mode of dress or grooming style; or through any other medium or form of expression, except that the principal, or designee, may regulate expression, provided the regulation is based on legitimate educational concerns, there is a factual basis for believing a specific form of expression by a specific student is causing or will cause substantial disruption of school activities, or the expression constitutes a health or safety hazard. Students shall also have the right to refrain from expressing themselves in these student originated activities.
2. In addition, please remind staff of the following information.
  • Reasonable accommodations for a student to participate in these events is acceptable if the accommodation would not interfere with the student’s education or effective class participation
  • If staff choose to participate in this event, they must ensure that it does not interfere with their ability to perform the essential functions of their job e.g., provide classroom instruction, answer phone calls, etc.
  • Staff should not solicit, proselytize, advocate for or against a non-school sponsored event. School sponsored events are those approved by the school principal.

Values Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Values Awards Ceremony will be Tuesday, April 26, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Bracket Fun

March Madness

Cara has created a March Madness bracket group at on CBS. If you would like to join this and make your picks for March Madness you can sign up at this link. The group name is Stallions and the password is 2016. Please encourage family members to play also!! Pick will be able to be made soon (I believe March 13th). The games all start on the 15th of March. If you would like to play for money we will create a 5 dollar pool, the 2nd place person will get their money back and 1st place will win the rest. (You do not need to play for money, you can play for fun!!) Please give your money to Cara.


The Voice

I have been trying to figure out how to make a bracket work for The Voice. Here is what I am thinking after the battle rounds we could do the final 12 (I think that is the final number). When we know who those people are I will send out a bracket for that. Let Cara know if you are interested.

Summer PD for EL and PBL

If you would be interested in attending one of two week long conferences please check out the following survey. We have some access to funds to pay for the conferences (Lodging and travel will not be paid).

MEGA MATH UPDATE

Think Central is working to phase out the open access of Mega Math. Schools need to begin accessing Mega Math with a Think Central username and password. Please refer to the attachment for directions for Teacher and Student access.

Feel free to contact your content specialist for further support.

Spring Break Teacher Rap!!

Teachers rap spring break 2015