HAPPY Monday!!!! Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning! 19 days down…..161 to go! I am not sure where this week went…it was a complete blur! With that said, I am looking forward to this week as we dive deeper into our units of study. As we visited classrooms last week, we saw your students engaged and open to learning! Thanks to you!
I wish everyone a smooth fifth week of school.
You are truly the best educators in the city of Atlanta!
- Kudos to Ms. Burchfield, Ms. Woods and Ms. Mcrary for giving our scholar’s a first class orientation on what their work will look like this year. Our scholars will focus on two of our big three, which are reading fluency and math fluency. I also want to send a BIG shout out to Ms. King! It is from her vision and passion that we were able to have a successful outcome! We truly appreciate you!
- Kudos to Ms. Jackson on the 4th-grade team…Last week we visited her classroom to interview her students and boy were they ready!! They could tell us what they were doing using the language of the standard and most importantly they understood the connection between what they were doing (IOT) and the objective.
- Kudos to Ms. Hall and Finley for creating our BIG 3 spirit sticks! This will surely get our students excited about making their targets!
- 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. Amey, Ms. Dees, Ms. Echols, Ms. Brown, Ms. Hunter, Ms. McCrary, Dr. Greer, and Dr. Opigo
Quote for the week:
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. Please note, we are noticing that some team members need more assistance with the Lesson at a Glance and therefore they will be asked to turn in their Lessons at a Glance on Thursdays of each week after Labor Day just so we can provide the necessary support needed before the start of the new week. We will contact those teachers individually.
- Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards. This is an opportunity for independent practice.
- Assessment: TBA
- Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc. Teacher’s in grades K, 1, and 2…please begin to convey (with Mr. Doby) the strategies you are using with your students in math so that we can create our math fact fluency drills centered around the strategies you are using in the classroom. We want our drills to be fair!
- 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:
- Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. We will begin to use the units of study for our focus walks. Be sure to follow your Lessons at Glance to ensure your approach is balanced regarding our units of study.
- Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
- 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)
- We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
- Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…
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 who are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not. Please do not send your students out of the room without an official pass (not hand written). Please.
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 and specials! Please note, the kindergarten teachers are not able to use their support due to students who remain in the cafeteria after their time is up. Please pick up your students on time. Also, please make sure you take your students to the restroom before going to specials.
Trojan Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M. (Please make sure your students have gone to the restroom.
Give Peas A Chance— by Kaiser Permanente on Healthy Eating for KDG—2nd grade classes on in the Gym.-8/30/17 at 12 noon
Our scholars will start this week…Please welcome them with open arms!!!
- Faculty (Entire team) Meeting – 8/29/17 @ 3:00 P.M. SEL Refresher
- Professional Development offering: TBA (After Labor Day)
- Data Team Meeting/Leadership Meeting (Members of the team) – 8/31, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room
- A-Team Meeting– 9/1/2017
- Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017
- Leadership Team meeting –TBA (not this week)
- Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:10 – 2:20P.M.
- A.R. parent meeting (1st and 2nd grade) Flyers went out last week.
- 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; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.
When we leave feedback for you via our phone message pads, we use the information to create professional developments, school wide and individually, to support you! If you are not receiving the feedback you would like regarding our past focus observations, please contact the following team members to assist you. In addition, the coaches will also reach out to you individually based on the feedback collected.
Need support using data and flexible grouping?
Contact Ms. Woods
This professional development will cover the following:
- Data notebooks
- Data wall
- Using your data to plan for small groups
- Interpreting data
Need support using writing and using your annotated objective throughout your lesson?
Contact Mr. Doby
Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”
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
Need support leveling your classroom library?
Contact Dr. Blunt
A Message from our Instructional Coaches:
Please adhere to the SEL schedule.
Second Step Unit 1 will start this week
Essential Agreements should be posted
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.
Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC on Wednesday
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