Week of September 18th

 

 

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Team,

HAPPY Monday!!!!  Thank you so much for 2 whole days of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta! 31 days down…..147 days to go! I was glad to see all of you return to work last Thursday with minimal damage and power restored! I am thankful that you were okay! I am so excited about the week in front of us!  There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 8th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Kudos to Ms. Nixon ‘s Scholar, Christopher, for teaching his students how to be fluent, expressive and socially conscience through spoken work. (All a part of  reading fluency)
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, every morning starting at 7:30 a.m. students are ready and excited about taking their multiplication fact fluency assessment! Please be sure to check out our board outside of the main office, you will see students who are on their way to mastering all of their facts and you will also see students who have mastered all of their facts.

 

  • Kudos to Ms. Gordon and Ms. Smith-Johnson for planning from start to finish the interviews for our Special Education

    download (2)Paraprofessional position. With a little direction, they screened candidates, set up interviews via email, created questions and created a panel to interview their candidates. As a panel member, I was very impressed  (not surprised) with how professional they were with all candidates considered and how seamless their process was regarding making sure that all candidates had a fair chance. I do believe because of their solid system we have a solid candidate.

  • 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. Watkins  97%, Ms. Echols 100%!!!, Ms. Brown 98%, Ms. Burchfield 98%, Ms. Nixon 99%, Ms. Woods 100%!!!, Ms. Evertt 100%!!!, Dr. Opigo 100%!!!, and Ms. Wilson 100%!!!

 

  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class word count. Mr. St. CYR…YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO ONE MILLION!!!!
    (Based on feedback we received from grades 1 and 2, it is feasible for our students in those grades to read 3 books per week and take AR test three times per week. Grades 3, 4, and 5 are still the expected to read one book per night on their Lexile Level or slightly above and take daily tests. However, due to our technical issues, I am lowering that requirement to four books per week; however, students who read five will be rewarded. The requirements for the Pitt passes will remain the same. Remember all books have to be on the students’ readability level or slightly above in order for us to make the greatest impact with Lexile levels. This can no longer be a best practice, this is a requirement for all students in order for us to fill the impact in ELA.  Based on our literacy scores this year, we cannot afford to not do this. Please note, Ms. Leverett has made access to the Chromebook cart assessable.) We will start contacting parents this week for those students who are not reading the required number of books.  Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for pushing AR!!!!!

Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!!

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New

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  • (New) Need some ideas for Number Talks? Click the link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks/

No Change…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. (We will contact those individuals this week 9-4-17) 

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Assessment: All assessments for mid checks have been uploaded to Mastery Connect…Dr. Blunt and Mr. Doby will administer unit 1 mid checks this week. 
  • 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! ( I am waiting on the strategies 9-4)
  • 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” 
  • Please follow the ELA Literacy Block provided by Dr. Blunt.
  • Our instructional coaches are currently working on a catalog for professional development based on the feedback you have been given so that we can further support you. The catalog will be available on Monday. Every team member will have to attend a professional development on the days given and keep track using a professional development passport that will be turned in at the end of the year for the summative review. Our professional development will be differentiated based on the needs of all team members. Not everyone needs a professional development on annotating standards and using the language of the standard throughout the lesson.  Again, we will make sure that there is a professional development that will suit all of our needs. (New 9-4-17)
  • 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.
(Nothing has changed 9/18/17) Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor
  1.  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
  2. (NEW) Please make sure that your lessons at a glance reflect true instructional planning. Your focus lesson cannot be anything other than you explicitly teaching the standard and modeling what the task will look like when students are guided,  collaborating with their peers, working in small groups, and when appropriate independent practice.  Also, please be careful about using Journeys for your literacy block as a whole group. Journeys is designed for on grade level instruction, many of our students are not on grade level and therefore they should be instructed using leveled books/texts on their readability level (using the grade level standard), this is the only way our struggling readers will become better readers, which occurs during Guided Reading. We are continuing to monitor the literacy block and will have an update that will follow that will reflect our observations. If you are not sure how the literacy black should look, please reach out to Dr. Blunt for more support.
  3.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  4. 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)
  5.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  6.  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

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Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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No Change…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 handwritten).  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 c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce 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.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

I am excited to announce our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! 

Morning Protocol (based on your feedback):

Based on your feedback regarding the POD, DOL, and AR. When students walk into the classroom, the first thing they should do is grab their break-FAST and begin working on the POD or DOL… Remember, this is only practice. If a student comes in late, they will miss this opportunity…we can not afford to start ELA late because it throws off everything else. Regarding AR…students can read and take tests when they finish an assignment early, during your small group instruction, and in the morning when they arrive before 7:50. Regarding SEL…it is okay to circle up when you are missing students in the morning. SEL should be completed by 8:10 no later than 8:15.

It is imperative that Instruction starts at 8:15 A.M. every day. 

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

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Coming soon…

  • Quality Student Work Bulletin Boards– Due September 29th (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Regency Park subdivision Neighborhood Meeting
  • 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 set up; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

News…(Not enough days last week to gather news)

  • Congratulations to Ms. Wilson!! She and her husband will be moving to NYC
  • Congratulation to Ms. Rainwater…she is our NEW Pre-K Paraprofessional
  • Congratulations to Ms. Maddox, she is our new 1st Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Cezanne Pope, she will be our new 5th Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Rae Debose, she will be our new 3rd Grade Teacher200

 

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist

  • Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist
  • IB Team Meeting, Wednesday, September 20th from 3:00-3:30
  • Peace Day- Displays are due September 20th

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Coaching Cycle will start for selected team members

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

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Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Teachers, be prepared to use a different PLC protocol template this week. All team members should bring their laptops to all PLC meetings.

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

 

Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

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