HAPPY Monday!!!! We did it…..It has been another great week of teaching and learning. This is because of your incredible teamwork! 14 days down…..166 to go! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers as I dealt with the death in my family, death is never an easy thing but like we talked about before life happens and it causes us to stop, reset and take care of ourselves and most importantly our families. This reset allows us to give the attention needed to our students. Speaking about resetting…I had some fun pranking my husband..the good ole cayenne pepper on the lips while sleeping!!! Take a look…
(Back to regular programming) This week was an awesome week of teaching and learning so I thank you so much for giving your best. I know that we talked before about the demands of what we have to do for the year but I must say all of you are working hard to exceed those expectations. Like I mentioned before, we do have a governing agency that is supporting our school; however, I believe that many of the things that we are doing is no different than what was done last year and are best practices to push our students to higher heights.
I wish everyone a smooth fourth week of school.
You all are the best educators in the city of Atlanta!
- Kudos to Ms. Endicott and Ms. Snowden for volunteering to be a part of the IB Team!!!.
- Kudos to Ms. McCrary for organizing our TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY on Monday
- Kudos to the 4th-grade team for preparing our 4th graders by creating A solar oven to trap some of the Sun’s energy to make the air inside the box hotter than the air outside the box. Students enjoyed creating sun smores using marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and aluminum foil.
- Kudos to the 2nd-grade team for having their objectives posted and annotated!
- Kudos to Ms. Ingram for having the most students to visit the GAME ROOM using their A.R. Pitt Passes (that were created by Ms. Sims!!!)
- Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!! Blue Jean Passes are awarded to…..Ms. Thomas, Ms. Echols, Ms. Snowden, Ms. Brown, Ms. Ingram, Ms. Wheatt, Ms. Woods, Mr. Gray, Dr. Opigo, Ms. Royal, and Ms. Wilson!
Quote for the week:
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Curriculum and Instruction:
Lessons at a glance– Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.
- Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards. This is an opportunity for independent practice.
- Solar Eclipse – will occur on 8/21.Please click on the link created by Ms. McCrary for lesson plans and activities. http://ficketteclipseday2017.weebly.com/
- Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc.
- Classrooms – Should be clutter free
- Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text”
- Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.
Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:
- Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard. (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
- Language of IB ….” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
- Flexible Grouping ( Are students placed in small groups based on deficient areas found on the preassessment and students who exceeded expectations working on tasks (such as the framework task, etc.) to enrich them?
- Clear classroom expectations (Posted, stated, expected, etc.)
- Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards…I found the recreation of this reading strategy poster in Ms. Endicott’s room. (These are 12 strategies out of one million…you do not have to use the following…only an example)
- Following the units of study
Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8
Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…
Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not.
Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents. You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.
Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)
Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to announce that the instructional team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M) to offer students a chance to take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!
90% Attendance Rule
Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating. The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.
Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.
Events, Announcements, and Reminders:
Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch!
Mr. Doby is in need of volunteers to help organize the Science Lab
Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017
Faculty (Entire team) Meeting – Please read the contents of the News Letter in lieu of Faculty Meeting for this week
Professional Development offering: “Using your Data Wisely”
Presenter: Ms. Woods
August 21, 2017 @ 3:00 P.M. Location: Ms. Woods classroom
This professional development will cover the following:
- Data notebooks
- Data wall
- Using your data to plan for small groups
- Interpreting data
Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”
Presenter: Mr. Doby
August 21, 2017 @ 3:00 P.M. Location: Media Center
This professional development will cover the following:
- Using synonyms to define language of the standard
- Getting your students to effectively communicate the standard and relate the standard to the task or activity they are working on
- How to use your objective throughout the lesson
Data Team Meeting (Members of the team) – 8/24, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room
A-Team Meeting– 8/25/17
Scholar’s Breakfast and Orientation– 8/26/17 @ 9:00 A.M.
Trojan Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M.
Leadership Team meeting – 8/30, 3:00 Place: PLC Room
Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:18 – 2:25 P.M.
Sock Hop– 9/1/17
- Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino. He will make sure the room is setup and will show you how to use the gaming systems, and a karaoke machine.
A Message from our Instructional Coaches:
Please adhere to the SEL schedule.
Week of 8/21 (Community Gathering) What is SEL? (K-5)
Next week we will begin Second Step Unit 1
IB Focus of the Month
School-wide implementation of IB Language (Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes)
Looking for IB Team Members!!!
Please see or email Dr. Varnado if you are interested in becoming a member of the IB Team.
Angela Lucear- 25th
Thaia Wheatt- 27th
Kayla Dees- 29th
Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)
Advanced Leave Request Form:
APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:
TKES Georgia TLE site:
Tiers 1-3 interventions:
Discipline Referral Google Link
Total Eclipse Web site (Created by Ms. McCrary)