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Weekly Update for September 9th-13th

Good Morning!

We hope everyone had a great (extended) weekend :)!  Thank you for your input in team growth meetings last week.  It really helped us to see and understand where each grade level is currently.  There are some AMAZING things happening at Gordon Parks Elementary!  This week we will both be out on Tuesday to attend our monthly KC PLUS PD.  Please let us know if you need anything.  

April and Caylie 

Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought . ~Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

Support Sites and Articles for ELL

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2018/06/25/5-things-ells-need https://www.colorincolorado.org/ell-strategies-best-practiceshttps://www.colorincolorado.org/article/supporting-ells-mainstream-classroom-making-students-comfortable

Assessments

Sept 9-18th—Evaluate (2nd-4thgrades)

Sept3rd-27th—Dyslexia Screener

Sept 23rd-Oct 11th—ELL WIDA/WAPT

Sept 30th-Oct 14th—Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark

April’s Schedule

Sept 9th–Class (leave at 3:30)

Sept 10th—Offsite for KC PLUS PD

Sept 12th—Offsite for SpEd meeting (Kaufmann Foundation-11:30)

Sept 13th—TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

***Daily STEAM Time Klippel/Mills***

Caylie’s Schedule

Mon 9/9: Leave at 3:30 for class.

Tue 9/10: Offsite for KC PLUS PD

Wed 9/11: PD

Weekly Update March 30th-April 3rd

Happy Monday!!!

We just wanted to take time and say a huge thank you to everyone for the hard work you put in last week to get our remote learning going. We are seeing great things going on. Several of our classrooms have virtual classrooms set up and are doing google hangouts with their students. We think this matters, so that students still feel a sense of connection. We also love the Flipgrid that 4th grade sent out; it was amazing to watch students articulate the things they have been learning remotely. We know this all feels so new and overwhelming at times, but we know you all are doing a fantastic job! If there is any way that we can help you, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We truly appreciate all that you are doing for our students and families.

April and Caylie

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Weekly Update March 9th-13th

Happy Monday!!!

We hope everyone enjoyed the warmer weather this weekend and remembered to set your clock ahead an hour.  We have almost made it to spring break…just a few more days to go.  We know the last couple of weeks have been busy with F&P benchmarks, CFAs and Evaluate.  Thank you for pushing through and getting them complete.  If you haven’t already done so, please stop by the C&I room this week to update the data boards.  

We have 28 days until MAP testing and 48 days left until the last day of school (this includes ERDs).  We know this time will go by quickly.  So, with a little less than two months left in the school year what content still needs to be taught so our students can be successful next year?  We are happy to come to your grade level planning and help you adjust your plans, as needed.  

April and Caylie

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Weekly Update March 2nd-6th

Happy Monday!!!

First, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to the Family Engagement Committee for all of their hard work on the Black History Program.  It was by far the best one I have ever watched at school.  I had parents stopping me to tell me how great it was.  Also, thank you to Kate Cross for going the extra mile with Dezzy—she did a great job because of your investment.  

We have a little less than 2 weeks until SPRING BREAK, not that we are counting or anything.  We know it is the end of the quarter and we have several things that have to get completed, but just take a deep breath, there is plenty of time.  If you are needing help, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you.  

As we are entering our fourth quarter what can we do to finish this year strong?  I’m a football girl (ROLL TIDE) and I believe that games are won and lost in the fourth quarter.  So, with that in mind, what needs to be adjusted so our students end the year achieving the highest academic level possible, for them?  Do we need to look at submitting a child study?  Are there conversations that we need to have with parents during conferences about attendance and being on time for school?  Is each student in the best small group for them? Remember small groups are meant to be flexible, change them if you need.  We watch all of you work so hard every day, where can you put more of that academic ownership back on the students?

Have a great week and please let us know if there is anything, we can do to help support you.

April and Caylie

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

Articles and Support Sites for Increasing Rigor

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/a-new-definition-of-rigor-brian-sztabnik

Click to access NSA-USI%20Increasing%20Rigor%20Throughout%20the%20Lesson-Data-Driven%20Classroom%20Best%20Pratices%20TSLT_0311.pdf

https://www.naesp.org/communicator-may-2013/realizing-rigor-your-school

Assessments

March 2nd-6th: Evaluate Testing (K-4th Grade)

March 2nd-4th: CFAs (TK-4th Grade)

February 18th-March 2nd: F&P Benchmark Assessment

April’s Schedule

March 6th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

March 6th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update February 24th-28th

Happy Monday!!!

February has seemed to fly by compared to the long stretch of January.  We have 38 days until the MAP testing window opens (that includes ERD) and 58 days until the last day of school.  This year is going by quickly, but we still have plenty of time to get our kids where they need to be, as long as we are maximizing each day :).  

As we are looking ahead, take a moment to reflect on what is working well for your classroom, and what could you share with your teammates that would be beneficial to their classroom too?  We have amazing teachers at Gordon Parks doing amazing things, but we don’t always have the chance to see it in action.  If there is a strategy or procedure that one of your teammates is using and you would like to see it action let us know so we can help coordinate that.

We are excited to see the growth your students are making on their F&P reading levels and their CFAs.  If you have a kid who isn’t making progress let us know and we are happy to help you find strategies or materials. We hope everyone has a great week!

April and Caylie

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
–William Arthur Ward

Articles and Support Sites for Increasing Rigor

https://www.teachhub.com/22-ways-add-rigor-your-classroom

Upcoming Assessments

February 18th-March 2nd: F&P Quarterly Benchmark

March 2nd-4th: Quarterly CFAs

March 2nd-6th: Evaluate (K-4th)

April’s Schedule

February 28th: TK Lunch (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

February 28th: TK Lunch (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update February 17th-21st

Happy Tuesday!

We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and was able to get out and enjoy the nice weather.  We know that January felt like it lasted forever, but February feels like it is flying by so quickly and before we know it conferences and spring break will be here.  With that in mind, what do we need to be focusing on to ensure that our students will be successful next year?  We can look at our class as a whole and determine what needs to be our focus the whole group.  We also should look at individual students who are not making the same progress as their peers and determine the best next steps for them.  The year isn’t over, and we still have time, but we want to make sure we are making each day count.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your students.

April and Caylie

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth. ~Helen Caldicott

Articles and Support Sites for Improving Instructional Pacing

Click to access Pacing-LeaderNotes-final.pdf

Assessments

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

February 18th-March 2nd: 3rd Quarter F&P Testing

April’s Schedule

February 21st: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

February 21st: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update February 10th-14th

Happy Monday!

Hopefully, everyone had a restful weekend and was able to enjoy the warmer temperatures on Sunday.  The next two weeks are short weeks for our students and before we know it conferences and spring break will be here.  We are at the beginning of February, but it already feels like the spring semester is flying by quickly. With that being said, what teaching strategies do we need to focus on ensuring our students are mastering the content we teach them?  Over the weekend I spent some time reading about the impact of building vocabulary and background.  As we know, most of our students come in with limited vocabulary and background knowledge so it is imperative that we help them build that knowledge.  We know that vocabulary lessons are not just for reading.  We should spend time in all of our content areas building their vocabulary.  I have attached some articles below that give some great ways to teach vocabulary.  

We hope everyone has a great week and if you need anything, please let us know.

April and Caylie

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. ~B.B. King

Articles and Support Sites for Building Vocabulary and Background Knowledge

https://www.readnaturally.com/research/5-components-of-reading/vocabulary

Assessments

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

February 18th-March 2nd: F&P Assessments

April’s Schedule

February 11th: UCM Math Meeting (12:30-1:30 offsite)

Caylie’s Schedule

February 11th: KC Plus PD (offsite)

Weekly Update February 3rd-7th

Happy Monday!

We hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the Big Game!  Last week got in our Educational Leadership magazine and it some great articles about reading instruction in it.  The article “For Reading Comprehension, Knowledge is Power” provided some great insights into why it is important to build background knowledge for our students because of how it will impact their comprehension.  A lot of our students are coming in with limited background knowledge and vocabulary so for them to be able to engage in the text we need to provide that knowledge for them.  Most of you do this naturally as you come to places in the curriculum that need it.  If you are interested in this article or want to read any of the other articles, please feel free to stop by and borrow it.

We know it feels like we just finished Evaluate testing and here we are testing again this week…sorry.  Just know this is just one tool to use to better understand what your students are learning and where they are at in mastering grade-level standards.  We appreciate the hard work you put in with your students every day to get them where they need to be.  Please let us know if you need anything.

April and Caylie

Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. -Rita Pierson

Artlices and Support Sites for Vocabulary

https://www.teachervision.com/teaching-strategies/building-vocabulary

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/genia-connell/games-and-activities-build-student-vocabulary/

Assessments

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

February 3rd-7th: Evaluate Assessment (2nd-4th Grade)

April’s Schedule

February 4th: UCM Math Meeting (12:30-1:30 offsite)

February 7th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

February 4th: UCM Math Meeting (12:30-1:30 offsite)

February 7th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update January 27th-31st

Happy Super Bowl Week!!!

Fingers crossed we will actually get to be with our students all 5 days this week .  As we are getting ready to begin February, we would love to know what you are planning for your classes for Black History Month.  One of the things that was brought up during our strategic planning meeting on Saturday is that there are lots of great things going on in individual classrooms around the building but that is not being communicated schoolwide.  So please let us know what you have planned and any other great things you have going on in your classrooms so we can bridge that gap and work together to have great things going on schoolwide!!!  We really do appreciate all of the hard work each of you do to meet children where they are at and move them to where they need to be in order to be successful.  

We are starting to get in Child Study forms.  If you are needing any help in filling them out, please just email us or stop by the C & I room, and we will be more than happy to help you.  We review them on Thursdays, and we will send a follow up email letting you know what the next steps are for your student.  Please let us know if you need anything.

April and Caylie

Artlices and Support Sites for Reading Strategies

https://www.readandspell.com/us/fluency-strategies-for-struggling-readers

http://www.adlit.org/article/19844/

Assessments

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

April’s Schedule

January 31st: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

January 31st: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update January 20th-24th

Happy Tuesday

We hope that everyone is rested and feeling better after our extended weekend.  While we are just at the beginning of the spring semester, we all know how quickly it will fly by us.  As we are dealing with weather and sickness we can easily fall behind in our pacing and before we know it, we are significantly behind and overwhelmed with catching up.  With that being said please make sure that you are checking your pacing guide often (at a minimum bi-weekly) to ensure you are staying on track and making adjustments as needed.  The pacing guide is your tool to ensure that your students leave your classroom covering all the standards that the state of Missouri believes they need to know in order to be successful for the next year.  You are all GREAT teachers and know what needs to be taught and checking your pacing guides helps to ensure that you don’t accidently omit something.  If you need help adjusting or getting back on track, we are more than happy to help you with that.  Have a wonderful week!!!

April and Caylie 

“ANYONE WHO DOES ANYTHING TO HELP A CHILD IN HIS LIFE IS A HERO TO ME.”—FRED ROGERS

Articles and Support Sites for Pacing

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/instructional-pacing-tips-rebecca-alber

Click to access During%20-%20Instructional%20Pace.pdf

Assessments

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

April’s Schedule

January 24th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

January 24th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Weekly Update January 13th-17th

Happy Monday!!!

We hope everyone enjoyed this cold, snowy weekend!  We are sure most of you were glued to a television yesterday, cheering the Chiefs on to a win!!!  As we were out and about last week it felt like everyone came back ready to go and quickly got back into the routine of things.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you because that does not happen everywhere.  That is a direct result of your hard work and planning.

As we are entering our second week back from winter break this is a great time to reset any goals or class expectations that will help our students be successful.  This past week in TGM we set smart goals, please make sure you are looking over those weekly and asking yourself what did you do this week to move closer to helping your students meet that goal?  As always, if there is anything you need please just let us know.

April and Caylie

Inspirational Quotation Poster: Nelson Mandela

Articles and Support Sites

EdShelf Socially-curated directory of education websites, mobile apps, and desktop programs.edshelf.com – Grade: K-12

Edutopia Parenting tips and advice as well as educational activities and ideas.edutopia.org – Grade: K-12

HippoCampus Multimedia lessons and course materials to assist students in self-study.hippocampus.org

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Professional and classroom resources for math teachers.nctm.org – Also see: Illuminations

Assessments

January 13th-17th: Evaluate (2nd-4th Grade)

January 6th-February 28th: WIDA Testing

April’s Schedule

January 14th: Out

January 17th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

Caylie’s Schedule

January 14th: KC Plus (offsite)

January 17th: TK Lunch Duty (11:00-11:25)

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