Principal Weekly Notes

May 2-6, 2016 - Week 33 of school

Staff Appreciation Week!

Good Morning!

I just want you all to know that though this week is designated at Staff Appreciation Week, I appreciate everything you do for students and our school each and every day! Without question, you are the most dedicated, passionate, and caring group of people I have had the privilege of working with. You make our school GREAT!

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2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year…

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher? Nominate

them to apply for the Colorado Teacher of the Year! Nominations Due on May 18, 2016!

Tasks to Accomplish this week:

1. Don't forget your End of the Year meeting with me this week. This conversation will include: Final Rubric, End of Year Goals, SLOs. You will need to bring completed SLO information to share with me.

2. Don't forget your ELL Redesignation Meeting with Jen.

3. Even though CDE didn't come for this, you need to complete the ELD program survey that was sent out by Tara. Please put a sticky note on my door with your name on it indicating you have completed this survey. I only have 8 sticky notes on my door for this!

4. Write any and all activities for the month of May on the Calendar in the front office so we know what is going on these last four weeks. If you have a field trip planned, please make sure you are notifying our kitchen, Karma or Judy at the high school, and Kristy so that we have accurate lunch counts!

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This Week's Meetings and Events

Mon. May 2nd:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

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

Tues. May 3rd:

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

* DARE Graduation - 5th Grade, 9:00 a.m., CMS Auditorium

* Specials Deep Planning

Wed. May 4th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

Thurs. May 5th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Citizen of the Month Nominations Due today!

* 4th Grade Field Trip to Denver

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

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

* GE PAC Mtg, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Fri. May 6th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* 4th Grade Field Trip to Denver

* Deep Planning - All Grades

* Bldg Collab, Not sure where we landed with Scope & Sequence work/mtgs. Will update when I have further.

Events Happening Next Week (May 9-13)

Mon. May 9th:

* 2nd Grade, Peterson

* PAWS Assembly - 3:10 p.m.

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

* CPP Advisory Council - 4:15 p.m.

Tues. May 10th:

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

* Specials Deep Planning

* PBiS Mtg, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* PAC Mtg, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Wed. May 11th:

* Duty - 4th Grade, Hurst

* Restorative Justice Training - Kamisha attending (Dillon)

Thurs. May 12th:

* Duty - 5th Grade, Matheson, Willems

* Restorative Justice Training - Kamisha attending (Dillon)

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

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

* School Bd Work Session and Mtg, 4:00 p.m. (Budget)

* 3rd Grade Music Concert, 6:00 p.m.

Fri. May 13th:

* Duty - 1st Grade, Kuberry, Forbes

* Deep Planning - All Grades

* Bldg Collab, TBD

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

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