The Friday File

January 23, 2015

Nashua Mission

Students will be provided an appropriate learning environment, which supports them academically, physically, esthetically, socially, and emotionally. This environment will give each child the opportunity to develop to the fullest potential and promote life long learning. The achievement of high educational standards at Nashua Elementary School will involve the entire school community.

Upcoming Event

January

January 26

BLT Out

January 27

BLT out

AM-Bekah to Debbie Miller

PM-Catherine to Debbie Miller

5:00-8:00 Wendy's Night

January 28

Art Club

AM-HS to Debbie Miller

PM-HS our for Principal's Meeting

PST PLT

4:00 p.m. Coming to America Party for Jeff (wear jeans and red/white/blue)

January 29

Double Starbucks

January 30

PST PLT

XLT forms due

2015 XLT

If you are interested in teaching XLT this summer, I still have 3 spots available.

Thank You!

To Carol and Debbie for attending the PTA meeting on January 20th

Technology Update

Do not update to the latest Yosemite until further notice. It will affect your SMARTBoard and you won't be able to use it!

Field Trips

PTA wanted me to remind you that they have budgeted $10 for every student to attend at least one field trip this year. Please check your grade level budget before asking students to bring in money for field trips. I have a copy of the PTA budget if you need to check where you are at.

PTA Updates

1.PTA met to discuss the 2015-16 budget. If you have items that you would like to have them added to the budget, please email Jen Roberts before the Feb. PTA meeting.

2.Math-a-thon will be Feb. 9-Feb. 20th. We are doing a Spring Fundraiser because we fell short on our fall fundraiser.

3. PTA is looking to another company to recycle ink cartridges.

4. The Family Fun Night Flyer (aka Carnival) will be sent home soon. If we do not have 12 classroom parents volunteer to head up the classroom games, it will be canceled.

Instructional Best Practices

When we talk about improving student learning, there are actions we as educators can take have been proven to increase student engagement and learning. According to Bill Dagget, data drives instruction and makes teaching more centered on where students are at on the learning continuum.

1. Begin with a pre-assessment. This helps drive your planning.

2. Using the data project your unit to include strategic formative assessments along the way to check for understanding and learning. Good teachers use this data to inform instruction and modify their planning accordingly.

3. When planning, include these best practices:

*Stating clearly the purpose of the lesson, as well as the expected outcome.

*Building background knowledge by linking concepts, past learning, and key vocabulary.

*The structure of the lesson is clear to all students and allows for different pathways according the student needs.

*A variety of questioning strategies are used to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

*Students have adequate time to response to the teacher's questions.

*Instructional approaches are adapted to meet the needs of diverse learners

* Instruction is adapted to meet the proficiency level of all students

4. Once students arrive to the post assessment, the results should come as no surprise. Teaching and reteaching along the way should result in students achieving mastery of the standards that have been taught.

Red/Yellow/Green Cards

Please turn your cards into the envelope in Gwen's mailbox by the end of the day today!