Principal Weekly Notes

March 21-25, 2016 - Week 28 of school

As many of you know, our community lost a father and a son this weekend in an accident. The boys involved in the accident are students at RV. Tucker attended SR when he was in Kindergarten (2011-12). It is likely that we have students and staff who will be impacted by this. If you see students who need some support, please let Lisa or the front office know. If you need support, please let us know also. The Colorado Crisis Services is always available for guidance and resources. The number is 1-844-493-8255 or

Friendship Bench Presentation - Monday

Monday, March 21st, our PAWS assembly will start early. It will be very important that you have your students to the cafeteria and seated by 2:55 p.m.

Our school will be presented with a "Friendship Bench" at the beginning of our assembly. We are very excited about this and are grateful to Miller Family Appliance and Grand Futures for making this happen.

Staff Meeting - Wed, March 23rd @ 3:40 p.m.

All Certified and Classified staff meeting on Wednesday, 3:40 p.m. in the Library. We need to give our input on budget with an activity. Please make plans to attend.

Thank you!


It seems that people have swapped duty responsibilities and the front office doesn't know who is supposed to be where and when. We would like to clear this up. If you will reference the original duty assignments from the beginning of the year (posted on the bulletin bd outside my office), this might help.

Just a reminder on the expectations of duty:

1) Duty starts at 7:40 a.m. in the morning.

2) Duty starts at 3:24 p.m. in the afternoon. This is especially important as Deb needs help getting students settled and onto the bus.

3) The day that you are assigned duty, you are expected to do duty both in the morning and the afternoon.

4) If there is a 4th person assigned to duty, that person should be on the playground helping with duty there.

5) Once duty is done out back, one person should be coming in to watch the CMS siblings until 3:40 (Mon-Thurs) or 2:25 (Fri).

I need each certified staff member to touch base with myself or Kristy to let us know the following information:

1. Who is doing duty on what day?

2. Where each team member is doing duty (playground, front, cafeteria) ?

Thank you for helping to clear this up for us!

Security Drill

We have tentatively scheduled the security drill for Thursday, March 31st. I will email you when this is confirmed or if we will wait until after Spring Break.

Principal Weekly Notes

For all certified and classified staff, after this set of Weekly Notes, all future notes will be found in the Google Classroom, not in a direct email.

In the meantime, you will get multiple notifications about updates on the Google classroom and I move Weekly Notes from Nov to present into classroom.

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Work with your students each day to walk quietly in the hallway since we are testing.

2. Let the front office know about your duty assignments.

3. ONLY 7 PEOPLE ACCOMPLISHED THIS LAST WEEK. Find time to write a nice note to someone else on staff. Put a sticky note on my door that says, "Did it!" with your name on it once you have accomplished this. (It's that time of the year where we all need a little boost!) Did you do this last week? If not, please take care of this by Wednesday.

4. If you wear a "Sandrock the Test" shirt on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, you can wear jeans on those days. :)

Weekly Meetings and Events

Mon. March 21st:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PARCC Testing - a.m. and p.m.

* PAWS Assembly - 2:50 p.m.

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

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tues. March 22nd:

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

* PARCC Testing - a.m. and p.m.

* IBS Mtg, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Wed. March 23rd:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* PARCC Testing - a.m. and p.m.

* All Certified & Classified Staff Meeting, 3:40 p.m. (Budget input)

* Budget Stakeholder's Mtg, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Thurs. March 24th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* SR Biometric Screenings - Sign up in the Teacher Workroom

* PARCC Testing - a.m.

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

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

* School Bd Mtg, Admin, 3:00 p.m. start time

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Fri. March 25th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* PARCC Testing Make-Ups

* Deep Planning

* Elementary Scope and Sequence for grade K, 1, 5 @ Admin & Bldg Collab

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.

Events Happening Next Week (March 28 - April 1)

Mon. March 28th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* International Week Begins

* PARCC Testing Make ups

* Admin mtg w/Ava, 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Admin Bldg

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

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

* New Teacher Induction, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Tues. March 29th:

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

* 5th Grade DARE

* PARCC Testing Make ups

* Specials Deep Planning

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Wed. March 30th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* PARCC Testing Make ups

* Elementary Principals Mtg, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

* Benefits Meeting, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Thurs. March 31st:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* PARCC Testing Make-Ups

* SR Security Drill

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

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

* AAU Basketball in Gym, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Fri. April 1st:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* PARCC Testing Make-Ups

* International Week Olympics

* Deep Planning

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.

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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

A Girl and her Duck

Duck pals: A girl and her duck