Principal Weekly Notes

May 16-20, 2016 - Week 35 of school

Proposed Budget

I know there is a lot of speculation and assumptions about budget right now. It doesn't help that there are a lot of conversations and emails about potential cuts. Please hang tight and know that I will let you know if and how these potential budget items impact Sandrock. Although the Admin team had input into the recommendation to the board, we have yet to work through the details as to how these potential cuts may work. We will be meeting to further discuss what this might look like in our schools across the district. As things evolve, I will keep you informed. There are no final decisions as of today which is why I haven't had any specific conversations around this. If you have any questions, please come see me.


First and foremost, a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our staff in helping to support Danielle. You are AMAZING!!! Chris, her husband, is still in the hospital. They pulled the intubation tube this morning, he seems to be doing better, and they anticipate he will be discharged tomorrow.

Baggs and the surrounding communities in Wyoming really rallied and were able to secure a place for them to live and mostly furnish the house by the end of the day on Saturday. Of course, our community rallied as well, donating furniture, clothing, household items, and money. Once again, this is a testament to our wonderful SR community and family, and our wonderful small towns that we live in!

Danielle has been staying at the hospital with Chris. She did make one trip up to Baggs yesterday to retrieve her car (they found the keys in the house, burned, but they still worked) and to take a load of things up. As she begins to take inventory on what has been given to them, she will share out the gaps they have.

I am trying to figure out a way to share this information with her class and our student body. My hope is to have a message for them by the end of the day.

Again, THANK YOU, for all our your wonderful support and caring!

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. MAPS results - I would like every teacher to send home the "Student Progress" report for each child. Rebecca was kind enough to run the entire school's reports and hopefully you have already received the copies. Please send these home this week with students.

2. Class Lists are due by this Friday. I would like each grade level team to complete class lists suggestions for next year. Kristi and I are trying to find the old lists from the past year or two to share with you in case there are notes on there you might want to consider. Things to keep in mind while balancing:

* Boys and Girls

* IEP students

* ELL students

* READ plan students

* Big Behavior issues

* Little Behavior issues

* Students that should not be in the same class together

Create two lists - Class A and Class B

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This Week's Meetings and Events (May 16-20)

Mon. May 16th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Passport to Reading BBQ, 11:30-1:30 (Gerard attending with students)

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

* Kamisha at district mtg, 4:00 p.m.

Tues. May 17th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Kinder/PreK Buddy Day

* Citizen of the Month Lunch - 11:00 a.m.

* No Specials Deep Planning

Wed. May 18th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* 3rd Grade Yampa Valley River State Park Field Trip, 8:00-3:00

Thurs. May 19th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Preschool's Last Day

* Counselor's Collab - 9:00-10:00 a.m.

* CST Mtg, 10:00-11:00 a.m

* Preschool Graduation, 6:00 p.m. - Cafeteria.

Fri. May 20th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Field Day (10:00-11:30), Lunch (11:30-12:15), Talent Show in Afternoon

* No Deep Planning

* Bldg Collab, TBD

Next Week's Meetings and Events (May 23rd-27th)

Mon. May 23rd:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* Retention Meetings

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

* Building Leadership Team Mtg - 3:30 p.m.

Tues. May 24th:

* Duty - 3rd Grade, Turner, Serio (pm)

* Retention Meetings

Wed. May 25th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Kindergarten Graduation, 9:30 a.m., Cafeteria

* 2nd Grade Field Trip to City Park, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

* 4th Grade Field Trip to Pool, 11:00-3:15

* Kindergarten Transition Mtgs, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Thurs. May 26th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Last Day for Students

* 5th Grade Field Trip to North Park, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

* Kindergarten Transition Mtgs, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Fri. May 27th:

* Teachers Last Day - Work Day - Check out

UbD Summer Academies

The New Teacher Induction Program will finish the last three meetings of the year with UbD instruction. The meetings will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm at the admin office in the board room on the following dates:

Monday, February 29th
Monday, March 28
Wednesday, April 27th

We are inviting any teaching staff to join in as a review to prepare for UbD Summer Academy! If you are interested, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, February 24th. The agenda for each session is listed below:

Session 1:
* Survey
* Homework Prior to that Day- What is UbD? Video - Read Module A & B in the book, The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units (Homework is for new teachers, but others may want to review your Stage I, 2, and 3 materials prior to attending)
* Why Concept Based Learning?
* Brief Stages at a Glance- Acquisition-Meaning-Transfer
* Unpacking Standards-BIG Ideas & Concepts (Why behind scope & sequences)
* Transfer Goals

Session 2:
* Homework-Video- Additional Reading on Assessments-
* Take Transfer Goal and write GRASPS
* Understandings-EQ’s

Session 3:
* Homework-
* Know’s & Do’s
* Formative Assessment
* Lesson Design (Connect WHHW to UbD)

Refer back to the email I sent to you for the Google Form to fill out and submit.

MCSD 5 Non-Negotiables

1. Unwrapping the Standards - This is a stand alone in the 7 Best Practices because it is so critical. If you don't unpack the standards correctly and focus in on the nouns and verbs, your learning targets will not be focused on the right stuff!

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process (see below)

3. Non Fiction Writing - At the elementary level, we should always have high expectations for students in writing (including grammar, punctuation, etc). Non Fiction Writing means students should be writing more often, not just during writing time. Students should be writing in other subject areas and teachers should still holding students to the high standards of writing. The provisional writing is really for those teachers who teach outside of the "regular" classroom like PE, Music, Art, etc. These teachers should be having students reflect and write in journals about their learning. In this instance, it is really about getting the students to write at least once a week.

4. Assessment Matrices - In Reading, Writing, and Math. Other subject areas are optional this year.

5. Lesson Design - that includes these 4 components (See chart below):

What do we expect our students to learn? (Standards, Goals, Expectations)

How do we best teach? (7 Best Practices, Marzano's 9, Schlechty's 10 Engagement

Strategies, Non-Fiction Writing)

How do we know they learned it? (Formative assessment, Classroom assessment,

Summative assessment)

What if:

- We teach it and they already know it? (Using pre-assessment to determine)

- We teach it but they don't learn it? (Re-teach)

Don't forget that you must use the District Scope and Sequence! Most updated versions are on the district website.

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Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

1. Post it/Publish it - Daily Learning Target - Remember, this is primarily for the teacher. Get zeroed in on what you are going to teach and what you are going to assess.

2. State it and Unwrap it - Do this with the students. They need to understand why they are learning this.

3. Give it Relevancy - Students need to understand why they need to learn this.

4. Bring it back, Bring it back, Bring it back! - Bring students back to the learning target multiple times during the lesson. "Remember what our learning target is...."

5. Assess it - Each day, in some way, assess student learning connected to the learning target.

Learning targets are to be posted for each content area and correlated to the learning occurring at that time. They should be displayed in the following format:

"I can ________ (verb) ___________(content) by ___________________ (assessment or product)."

7 Best Standards Based Practices

1. Unit/Lesson Design

2. Learning Targets - 5 Step Process

3. Unwrapping the standards (nouns/verbs) for both teacher and students

4. Exemplars

5. Classroom Assessment

6. Assessment Matrix

7. Standards based Feedback, Grading, and Reporting

Weekly Video

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