Staff Weekly Bulletin
~March 23-27 ~Week 28~
Much to be thankful...
Thank you Simone & the AFE Sub-Committee for great presentation to our ILT!
Thank you to Simone, Marisol, and the many families that organized such focused parent meeting to inform our families of the dual language pathways.
Thank you to Beth, Priscilla, & Anne for representing us at the Data Summit on Monday, March 16th.
Thank you Coach C, Mr. Marcel, Paul, & Simone for your support in the cafeteria.
Thank you to Nancy, Julio, & Todd for running the office & allowing me to hold data chats!
Thank you to Ms. Hom for her leadership & guidance during the community assemblies!
Here is SBAC Interim Recommendations from T&L link (both Elementary & Secondary).
Elementary Interim SBAC Tools
ELA SBAC Interim Administration
Elementary Math SBAC Interim - Lesson Plan
Elementary Math SBAC Interim - Discussion Prompts
Elementary Math SBAC Interim Administration
ELA SBAC Interim Preparation
~SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING~
Congratulations! Last week's ADA decreased to 11%!
Helping Students Solve Conflicts
1. resolve conflicts with a restorative justice lens
2. encourage students to use I messages, 3 put-up for 1 put-down
3. not minimize when students approach us with a concern
4. serve as models for character & empathy
5. use a tone of respect
6. address the issue and not the child's character
7. hold them accountable
8. communicate with parents in a timely manner
Community Assembly & Crew
Ana & Maria
Ford & DeWall
Tapia & Cato
Hudson & Mazy
Zucker & Perrone
Parchia & Udovic
Gudiol & Saleski
Connie & Zucker
Reynoso & Superfine
~CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION~
Students own Their Progress - Using Data with Students Video
15-16 SY Science Lead Application
The Science Department is requesting that we send out the 15-16 SY Science Lead Application to you ASAP; the deadline for submission to this department is March 30th.
Click here for the application & the overview of this duties, responsibilities, and commitments for the 15-16 SY.
I will carefully review the applications & determine which applicant is better suited for this role & how this role will support district vision & site's Science Expeditions, school's vision & leadership.
Spring Reclassification Coming Up!
The following is the timelines for Spring Reclassification:
- March 24th - Deadline for Teacher Input document & any appeals
- April 3rd - Parent Communication delivered
- April 17th - Reclassification window closes
We are looking for a teacher to work with these students during the summer program. More information to come!
Rituals & Routines
In order to maintain incidents at a minimum I ask that:
1. you pick up/drop off your students on time (a few teachers are still coming late)
2. send your students out of class with a pass
3. use your buddy teacher & not the office (unless absolutely necessary)
4. be at your duty post without the need to be reminded by a support staff
We need your help! Our attendance has been at an all time low & we need you to help to encourage your students to come to school. Most importantly, you have more direct contact with the families. We ask that when you have contact with the families of your students with the most severe attendance that you bring up the importance of attendance. Please let them know that we are here to support them & that SEED has resources; refer them to Marisol. See below for the link of the latest report.
Red - severe chronic absences
Orange - moderate chronic absences
yellow - at risk
We have been very busy and with work-to-rule, some things get done (or not), but I ask that you continue sharing your grade level newsletter with the office staff. Families are aware that the newsletter provided important homework information & also understand that their children are currently not receiving homework.
Nevertheless, you can still use this valuable resource to communicate with the families on the many ways they can support their children with literacy, expeditions they are currently working on, the math unit their children are currently on, etc.
I invite you to post the newsletter in the office; we can help you post them as well.
Inventory of Supplies
In preparation for the 2015-2016, Mr. Todd has shared with grade level leads a list of supplies/materials. We have asked the grade levels to provide us a list of supply needs. This year, we encountered supply lists where we could not fulfill the need because we did not have it in the inventory. Your list & the lists collected this year will help us order accordingly.
In collaboration with the FC, we will be reviewing these needs on Tuesday, March 24th. Please have those forms as complete as possible. Also consider the supplies that you need for your expeditions & Expos.
Todd & Beatrice
Our School-Wide Agreement:
TK-1st - a buddy with restroom pass
2nd-5th - ONE student out of class at a time WITH A PASS
Wednesday, March 25th
4th grade Girl's Focus Group
All Day: Duffy @ SEED
OFF WEEK for PD
-grade level collaboration notes are due
Updated PD Calendar, click here!
Thursday, March 26th
- Instructional Rounds
- The team is expected to see Science talks, writing with evidence through Science (C-E-R)
- Please adjust your schedule to fit this need
- Grades 3-5 will be administering the SBAC Interim so they won't participate on instructional rounds
FINAL Instructional Rounds Schedule (K-2nd)
9:00-9:10 - Linda Tapia
9:10-9:20 - Nora Superfine
9:20-9:30 - Natasha Saleski
9:30-9:40 - Teri Hudson
9:40-9:50 - Priscilla Parchia
9:10-9:20 - Linda Tapia
9:20-9:30 - Nora Superfine
9:30-9:40 - Natasha Saleski
9:40-9:50 - Teri Hudson
9:50-10:00 - Priscilla Parchia
Instructional Rounds are coming to SEED!
WHEN: Thursday March 26th 8:15am-12pm.
This link shares come information on the process of the Instructional Rounds: Instructional Rounds Google Site. During our rounds, we will use the resources with the team.
District partners will also be focusing on the 4 T's of Literacy (Text, Talk, Time, & Task).
They will also be asking our students the following questions (we got this!):
1. What is your reading level?
2. What strategy or skill are you working on?
3. What are you learning about today?
We are looking for at least 1 teacher lead that can join the rounds. Please submit your interest to Beatrice at your earliest convenience.
What will be our focus? Our current COI focuses on HQSW through writing with evidence using C-E-R. These instructional rounds need to support what we already doing & they can inform our practice. Their feedback can provide some insight as to our progress towards this target.
As we approach the date, I will share with you to schedule. Stay tuned! Please see below a helpful article that can support you more information on the traits of literacy.
~Professional Development Opportunities~
ATTENTION: 3-5 grade teachers - PBL Institute at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Here's an intriguing opportunity for the elementary crowd. To go, you need a team of 2-4 third-fifth grade teachers. A week in Monterey sounds pretty fun!
- Project-Based Science Teacher Institute at Monterey Bay Aquarium: Project-based science supports the shift to more student-centered teaching. The hands-on, collaborative nature of projects provides a learning experience that models best science-teaching practices and integrates Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Engage students in authentic inquiry-based science as they investigate conservation issues connected to their lives and their environment. $100 per day stipend upon program completion and housing is provided during the summer institute. Apply in teams of 2-4 third-fifth teachers from the same or nearby schools (email Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org to find other SFUSD colleagues to apply with). Opportunity to participate in Level II next summer! Information & application here. Monday, July 20 - Friday, 24.Follow-up sessions are Saturdays: October 17, 2015; January 9, 2016; May 7, 2016.
Teaching & Learning Math Team!
The Teaching and Learning Mathematics Team is looking for teachers to participate on the Mathematics Core Curriculum Production Team (CCPT), which will meet 2 to 3 afternoons in April/May and have a 2-week institute from June 15-19 and 22-26. We will be doing the important work of revising our OUSD Math Core Curriculum Guide which includes revising the Key Learning Experiences (math tasks). Stipends and food will be provided, thanks to our grant funding.
We are looking for:
- Teachers who have expertise in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and connecting that to ongoing and future classroom practices and district initiatives
- Teachers who have used the Core Curriculum math units including the Key Learning Experiences
- Teachers who have experience in producing curriculum
- Teachers who collaborate well with colleagues
- Recommended: Teachers with past experience on the Core Curriculum Production Team (CCPT)
- Recommended: Teachers who have attended Assessment For Learning
- Recommended: Teachers from Mathematics Inquiry Cohort Schools (2012-14) or Mathematics Focus Schools (2014-15)
Please forward this email and application to select teachers at your site who exhibit these qualities, or send us the names and contact information for anyone you recommend. The application is due March 20. Please let me know if you have any questions.
OUSD Professional Development Opportunities
Teacher Professional Development
There are pd offerings provided by Teaching and Learning on 1st and 4th Wednesdays. Please sign-up on On-Track. 1st and 4th PD Offerings
TK and K Professional Development opportunity for Teachers: April 25, Tilden Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. TK PD Flyer
Bay Area Writing Project has released their summer pd offerings. Please see the summer flyer and registration details: Bay Area Writing Project.
Please see the attached documents to get ready for reviewing your upcoming Math data. Math Analysis Tools
LISTAS 2015 Conference - Student Participation
I wanted to share this information about LISTAS - an upcoming conference for Latina girls in the Bay Area held at Canada College in Redwood City on May 2, 2015.
The conference includes a day of STEM 2 (science, technology, engineering, math and management) workshops and inspirational speakers for young women in grades 8 - 11.
- To encourage and motivate young Latina women and their families to pursue careers in historically underrepresented fields
- To connect young Latina women and their families with professional role models in various STEM2 fields and who are active in their community
- To create awareness of local thriving companies and high skilled jobs
See below for more details.
District 5 Director Roseanne Torres was also putting out the word to see if folks know people who might be interested in helping support the event financially, e.g with money to rent a bus for OUSD students to get to the conference in Redwood City.
Xochitl and other event organizers are OUSD graduates who want to give back to the community. The event is all volunteer and they are looking for donations if you have suggestions! They are also looking to see if there are partners in OUSD who might be interested in partnering around the conference long-term.
COI Week 6 - April 1st
- Bring 3 HQSW writing samples, rubric, & student reflections
- Celebration of successes
- Reflection & Next Steps
- HQSW Protocol - TBD