Cougars' Illustrated

"In it, to win it!"

Week of October 26th thru October 30th, 2015

Core Beliefs

  • Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.
  • There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.
  • With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.
  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Changes

3rd - 5th grade PLCs
In response to the request for consistency in support, 3rd thru 5th grade PLCs will change.
1. Mondays: No PLC (unless teacher choice)
2. Tuesdays, Thursdays: 45 minute PLC
3. Wednesdays: Regular PLC time
4. Fridays: FUNdamentals

Writing Wednesdays

On Wednesday, allow at least 30 minutes during your reading language arts block for students to write. Choose from one of these narrative prompts. The students’ writing should be placed in their writing folders.


Some people enjoy having a special pet. Write a story about a memorable experience you had with a pet of your own or someone else’s pet.

Be sure to –

* write about a personal experience

* organize your writing · develop your ideas in detail

* choose your words carefully

* use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences


Every season of the year is special in some way. Think about a season you really enjoy. Write a story about a special seasonal experience that you’ve had or that you’d like to have.


* write about a personal experience

* organize your writing

* develop your ideas in detail

* choose your words carefully

* use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences


There is a house on your street that no one has lived in for years. Some people say it’s haunted. You go in and explore it. Write a story about what you see and what happens next.

* organize your writing

* develop your ideas in detail

* choose your words carefully

* use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences


You are camping out in the wilderness in a tent and go investigate. Write a story about what you find outside the tent and what happens next.

* organize your writing

* develop your ideas in detail

* choose your words carefully

* use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences


Common Assessment Testing Reminders

  • Actively monitor your students while testing. This includes:

      • Walking around the room, making sure students are reading the test and bubbling correctly.

      • Monitoring students to make sure they keep eyes on their own papers.

      • Ensuring students are using reading and/or math strategies. Now is the time to correct these behaviors.

      • As students turn test in, check the work to make sure they have completed the test and have bubbled in all answers.

  • Wear comfortable, soft soled shoes.

  • Arrange desks in rows or space students apart from one another.

2015 - 2016 Goals

Please keep our goals in mind:

1. 98% attendance rate for both teachers and students.


2. Earning 3 Distinctions in either math, reading, science, student progress or closing the achievement gap.


We are engaged in the exact professional activities geared towards our goals: Watch Teams, Cougar Huddles, 2 week lesson planning, creation of common rigorous assessments, RTI, structured PLCS, Friday FUNdamentals, content support provided by instructional coaches and grade-level leads, and data driven conversations. We must be fully committed to these practices and see them as opportunities to increase our instructional practice and to bring the best to our students every day.


*Teachers, how will you recognize students in the 2nd six weeks meeting the 98% attendance rate? For us to make the gains we need, our students must be here every day. Thank you for supporting perfect attendance in our students.

1. Mr. Amaya (5A): 98.74%
2. Ms. Esparza (3A): 98.72%
3. Ms. O'Leary (2D): 98.45%
4. Ms. Arevalo (4A): 98.40%
5. 1D: 98.05%

Deepening Your Professional Knowledge and Practice Series

The goal of this series is to introduce short snippets from professional articles geared towards growing us as professional intellectual educators. (TEI Domain 1, 2, 3 and 4)

How can we adapt these ideas for our own students?
Choral Reading

Curriculum and Instruction

LO's and DOL's

Aligned Learning Objectives and Demonstrations of Learning should be located in the front of the classroom in legible print. Remember, they are for students to access.


Reasoning Mind

Shout-out to Ms. Humphrie for making changes in showcasing student progress in RM City. Thank you, Team, for really working to understand how RM City can help us deliver stronger focused instruction to our students.


RTI

Mrs. Henry is the administrator for RTI. She will continue to work with teachers regarding upcoming meetings and how to move through the RTI process. This addresses Domain 1, 2, and 3.

Pre K Literacy Academies

Great opportunity for professional growth in an intense focused time period.

10 session program for teachers to better understand the CLASS framework and how to utilize the framework to best prep pre-K students for kindergarten readiness, first session in November. The training will be scheduled after school and each session is a 2 hours with take away homework that will be followed up with Pre-K specialists. There will only be 200 applications accepted, so please, teachers, submit applications ASAP.


Thank you, to those who have already signed-up!


Resources

27 Simple Ways to Check for Understanding


Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share

Upcoming Dates: Red Ribbon Week

From Mr. Puente:


I will have in your box the Red Ribbon Activities for the week and the ribbon/or wristbands for each class by 7;30 am in your boxes. Please pass out the ribbons and wristbands for our students to wear. Remind your students that throughout the week, I will randomly pick winners for those who are caught wearing their wristbands or red ribbons .


Also, please submit one person from your class that exhibited extraordinary character all last week and was not a Character Counts winner last 6 weeks. Please email me that name.


Monday, Oct. 26th
  • No PLCs
  • Attendance Committee, Room 109 @ 4:20 pm


Tuesday, Oct. 27th

  • 45 minutes PLC for 3rd - 5th grade (Balanced Literacy)


Wednesday, Oct. 28th

  • Writing Wednesdays
  • Regular PLC (Pk - 2nd: Istation RTI); (3rd - 5th Instructional Calendars)
  • PBIS Training, Hulcy MS @ 8:00 am


Thursday, Oct. 29th

  • Math CA @ 8:15 - 9:45 am
  • Alliance AFT, 1st Floor Teacher Lounge
  • 45 min PLC (Pre-K - 5th: All in Learning Action Plans)
  • Dual Language PD, Sanger Elementary (Salinas)
  • Watch Teams


Friday, Oct. 30th

  • Reading CA @ 8:15 - 9:45 am
  • Sunshine Committee Members Jean Day (2nd and 4th Fridays)
  • CILT Mtg, @ 8:30 - 9:45 am
  • Student Work Analysis Protocol


Saturday, Nov. 14th

  • GenieCon
    Elementary Principals and Teachers will have the opportunity to hear a key note speaker, participate in panel discussions, and network with all parties with the Reasoning Mind Community, November 14th at Conrad HS. (Make sure you register: 2nd-5th grade math teachers