Week of September 25th

 

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HAPPY Monday!!!!  We did it….we made it through a FULL work week with no days off!!!   Monday marks the 36th  day of school!!!  36 days down…..142 days to go! We have a busy week ahead of us.

Please continue to keep the focus on teaching and learning. IF anyone tries to talk to you about things that will negatively steer us in the wrong direction and take our attention away from the main thing and that is…#IncreasingLIFEchances  …PLEASE look at them like this…

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Why…Because our babies ,like this little fella, need all hands, hearts, and minds on deck at all times…

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 9th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Kudos to ALL of our Professional Development Facilitators who lead dynamic PDs on last Tuesday! Dr. Varnado, Dr. Blunt,  Ms. Woods, Ms. Scott, Ms. Leverette,  and our Guest Facilitators: Mr. Larry Wallace and Ms. Elizabeth Woods!20170919_15522720170919_15511620170919_154339
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, for helping to stir the excitement around math fact fluency!!  Meet our newest Multiplication Queen, Ryanna Baltimore!20170922_073756
  • Kudos to Ms. King,  Ms. Garlington, and Ms. Burchfield for representing Fickett well at Morehouse College this past week! Thank you for helping to develop our scholars so they can have the biggest impact on our students! #IncreasingLIFEchances
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week! HOLD TIGHT…due to the class changes…we had a difficult time calculating for this week.
  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class’ word count.

Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!! (Mr. St. Cyr., you are so close to having One Million words read!!!) Welcome, Ms. Amey!!!

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  • Kudos to Grades K-5: PERFECT PLANNING for all grade levels who have participated in Grade Level Planning Days!  You are to be commended for your collaboration!

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Curriculum and Instruction:

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

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

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Post Assessments-
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc.
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs
  • Data Binders: Students should be creating goals and documenting assessments in their binders. The Team will come around this week to interview your students.  The interview will include completing the student goal sheet for every student. This will not be a quick process; therefore, we will pull students out of enrichment to complete this task.

 Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance.
  2. Depth of  Knowledge: Tasks must align to DOK 2…then gradually release to 3 and then  4…in order for students to truly master the standards…Also,  Please be sure to ask questions using DOK 3 and 4. In order for students to practice rigor.
    Level 2: Skills and Concepts
    At this level, a student must make some decisions about his or her approach. Tasks with more than one mental step such as comparing, organizing, summarizing, predicting, and estimating are usually Level 2.
    Level 3: Strategic Thinking
    At this level of complexity, students must use planning and evidence, and thinking is more abstract. A task with multiple valid responses where students must justify their choices would be Level 3. Examples include solving non-routine problems, designing an experiment, or analyzing characteristics of a genre.
    Level 4: Extended Thinking
    Level 4 tasks require the most complex cognitive effort. Students synthesize information from multiple sources, often over an extended period of time, or transfer knowledge from one domain to solve problems in another. Designing a survey and interpreting the results, analyzing multiple texts by to extract themes, or writing an original myth in an ancient style would all be examples of Level 4
  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.
  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

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Hurricane Irma Make Up Days

  • All Charter School Systems have waivers from O.C.G.A. 20-2-168 and State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.02 School Day and School Year for Students and Employees regarding the number of days and hours of instruction required in a school year.
  • Therefore, for Charter Systems …., the decision to make-up school days missed for any reason is at the discretion of the superintendent and local boards of education understanding that the student performance accountability terms for each contract remain in place.
  • Given the guidance, NO makeup DAYS for September 11-13th

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

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.

Game Room–  The Game Room operation hours are ONLY during lunch and recess. If your students are not returning on time, please contact Mr. Perrino.

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

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday.  Click below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NdQgm170BJNJby0POb3-gZCNA24Qute8n8d5-yJOigY/edit

 

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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

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)
  • 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.

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support. 

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- Thank you for your PEACE DAY Displays!!!! I really appreciate your efforts.

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby- Math PLC-

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

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No more birthdays for the month of September!

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, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

 

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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curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

  • (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

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

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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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!!!!!

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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

Week of September 11th (Remembering those who lost their lives 16 years ago)

Question to ponder… What can we do to start instruction EVERY day by 8:10 A.M.????  https://todaysmeet.com/startontime

Here is the feedback received.

  • “The late comers are car-riders and their parents can be notified of the condensed breakfast policy and morning activities”
  • “Stick to the time line of POD/DOL/Breakfast 7:30-7:50 and make sure SEL is 7:55-8:10, not starting SEL at 8:10, it can be done.”
  • “Allow students to go to the restroom anytime before 8:10 and emergencies before 10:15.”
  • “Stick to the schedule:  AR from 7:30-7:50, then DOL from 7:50-8:05, and SEL from 8:05-8:15”

Action Plan: Based on your feedback, we reached out to parents and notified them of the NEW breakfast changes in the morning. We communicated that if your student is late (after 8:01) we will gladly serve them breakfast; however, it will be condensed. Fruit and or pastry with a juice or milk. Students will be expected to eat their condensed breakfast and work at the same time. 

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. 

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Team,

HAPPY Tuesday!!!!  Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta! 28 days down…..152 days to go! We had a lot of wonderful things to happen this week, we started off the week with a Trojan Talk, we had several parents to attend to hear the good news about Fickett Elementary school. We shared with parents our Big 3 and how they can support us at home. We also toured the building and stopped by several classrooms to look at their child’s data notebook. Many of our parents were impressed and some were startled with the presented data. It is always exciting to have parents in her building so that we can take the opportunity to share the good work we are doing!

I wish everyone a smooth and short 7th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • 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 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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curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

  • (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 9/12//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

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

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 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 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

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Click here to sign up for support…

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! 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. 

This week…

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Correction: Afterschool tutorial starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:00. If for some reason, 24 hours ahead of time, you are not able to stay for  tutorial , you must communicate to me only. Otherwise, it is expected that all teachers have tutorial  on Thursdays. Also, be sure to complete your tutorial sheet weekly and turn them into me before leaving. Our students need this extra practice.  Thank you. I really appreciate your sincere efforts.

Coming soon…

  • A.R. parent meeting (We will have another meeting next week for 4th grade…Ms. Reid will send out the flyers)
  • Quality Student Work Bulletin BoardsDue September 29 th (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Peace Day Projects are due next week. Please see Dr. Varanado 
  • 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.

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

Team,

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

Need support in the lower grades with A.R.?

Contact Ms. Echols

  • Using Lexile Level bookmarks to make your students independent.
  • How to log your students on to A.R.
  • How to track and  monitor

 

 

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!!!!!

giphy

 

Alicia Njie- 12th

Jamaal Beazer- 15th

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…Coaching Cycle will start for selected team members

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

 

 

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

Week of September 5th

Question to ponder… What can we do to start instruction EVERY day by 8:10 A.M.????  7:30-7:50 Breakfast and POD/ DOL?    7:55-8:10 SEL?  (Students who come in late…have a student to leave a fruit or pastry on their table..they can eat and work at the same time???  Morning restroom break???? What can we do?  Think about it…. Enter your thoughts on the link below or simply email me.

https://todaysmeet.com/startontime

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Team,

 

HAPPY Tuesday!!!!   Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning! 24 days down…..156 to go!

I thank you for another week of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta. Thank you for those of you who received visits from our outside supporters and most importantly I thank you for giving your students your very very best! During one of our visits, students were able to explain what they were doing through the language of the standard; One class, in particular, the students were so thorough they continued to expound and expound… eventually, we had to direct them back to the task! lol!

 Again, thank you for your well-planned lessons, your positive interactions with your students, and (because of you) their positive interactions with their peers.

I wish everyone a smooth and short 6th week of school!

You are absolutely terrific!

George R.R. Martin“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Dr. Greer’s class for circling up to conduct SEL! I was able to join the group and I had a fantastic time getting to know the students.

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  • Kudos to Ms. Krystle Scott for planning and organizing the fifth grade Woodruff Art’s exposure field trips for the year. Fifth-grade teachers were trained and will be given the opportunity to expose their students to the ARTS, free of charge!
  • Kudos to all of our classes in grades kindergarten through fifth grade for taking time out to put together their data notebooks. It was so interesting to see students discussing their data and really strategizing how and what they can do this year to make it better. I heard one student say he was going to talk to his mom about making sure that he did not miss any more days in school. I heard another student say they could not wait until they took their next assessment to get a better score.

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  • Kudos to Dr. Blount for successfully organizing our first Go Team meeting of the year.
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded  to…..(I will have to verify the names, I left the sheet at school)
  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class wordcount.

    (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 technology 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 has to be 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 card 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!!!!!

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Quote for the week:

Malala

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum 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. (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 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. (New 9-4-17)
  • 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.

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

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

reading-strategies-graphicc

School Culture:

School culture.gif

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 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

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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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. 

  • Progress Reports go home-9/6/17
  • Trojan talk -9/5/17 @ 8:30 A.M.
  • Sock Hop K-2- 9/8/17 @ noon
  • Sock Hop 3-5- 9/8/17 @ 1:20
  • Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017
  • Leadership Team meeting –9/8/17 PLC Room…
  • A-Team Meeting– 9/9/17 @ 9:00 A.M.
  • Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – 9/13/17
  • Professional Development offering: TBA
  • Data Team Meeting/Leadership Meeting  (Members of the team) – 9/15/17
  • Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:10 – 2:20P.M.
  • A.R. parent meeting (We will have another meeting next week…Ms. Reid will send out the flyers)
  • Quality Student Work Bulletin Boards– Due September 22 (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • 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.

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Team,

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:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

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 Tuesday

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

 

Lockett Amey- 7th

Alicia Njie- 12th

Jamaal Beazer- 15th

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 Me: http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

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

Preferred Substitute List:

Ms. Middlebrooks Grades K-2 ONLY   # 404-696-0317

Ms. Gloria Hodges (She is AWESOME with 5th grade)

Week of August 28th

 

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Team,

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

  • 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:

Malala

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum 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: 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. Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  3. 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)
  4.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  5.  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…

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School Culture:

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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 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

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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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!!!20170826_112145

 

  • 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.

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Team,

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:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

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

Mr. Doby-

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

 

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

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

 

Week of August 21st

 

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Team,

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

  • 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!20170818_16585920170818_165826
  • 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!!!)

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  • 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.

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum 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/
  • Assessment: 
  • 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: tenor

  1. 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)
  2. Language of IB ….” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  3. 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?
  4.  Clear classroom expectations (Posted, stated, expected, etc.)
  5.  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) 20170818_171641
  6.  Following the units of study

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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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 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

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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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:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

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.

 

 

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

 

Angela Lucear- 25th

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

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

Total Eclipse Web site (Created by Ms. McCrary) 

Week of August 14, 2017

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Team,

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!  We did it…..It has been another great week of teaching and learning.  This is because of your incredible teamwork!  9 days down…..171 to go!   Monday is the 10th day of the school year.  Please continue to teach, model and enforce the school rules.  By now, everyone should be settled into a routine.  Please make sure your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google drive.  I look forward to seeing you in the classrooms this week.

I wish everyone a smooth third week of school.

You all are the best educators in the city of Atlanta!

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Ms. Burchfield for holding the first Blue Crew meeting of the year. We know that with the support of the mentors our teachers will climb to higher heights! Thank you for your leadership!
  • The compassion award goes to team first grade! Thank you for your support and kindness that you show your teammates!
  • Kudos to Ms. Finley and Ms. Hall for agreeing to create our school spirit sticks!
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team for encouraging their students to study and take their multiplication fact fluency test. We have given out so many game room passes! Let’s keep this momentum going!
  • Kudos to Mr. Perrino for holding down the Game Room by making sure that students have an opportunity to be rewarded daily!! Thank you for all that you do!
  • Kudos to Mr. Hardman for ALL of your hard work with putting our game room together!
  • Kudos to Mrs. Taylor for making sure our children are safe in the afternoons by walking them half way home! Thank you!!!!!

 

Quote for the week:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

-Nelson Mandela

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum 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.
  • Assessment: Core Assessments should be complete or near completion.  STAR begins on 8/14 Ms. Stroud will provide a schedule
  • 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
  • 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: tenor

  1. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)
  2.  Clear classroom expectations (Posted, stated, expected, etc.)
  3.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards
  4.  Following the units of study

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

reading-strategies-graphicc

School Culture:

School culture.gif

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 to the rest with a monitor.

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.

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

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Star Reading and math assessment– August 14th (You will receive a schedule with day and times)

Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – Tuesday 8/15 Data Workshop (Make and Take)

Leadership Team meeting – 8/16, 3:00  Place:  PLC Room (The administration team will meet with the coaches afterward ( Varnado, Blunt, and Doby)

Data Team Meeting (Members of the team) – 8/17, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room

Trojan  Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M.

Friday Atten-Dance party– 2:18-2:25 P.M.

  • 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 and will show you how to use the gaming systems,  and a karaoke machine.

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

Reminder: IB Displays should be completed by COB on August 15th. Dr. Varnado will be conducting walk-throughs on the 16th and 17th. Please advise Dr. Varnado if additional assistance is needed with displays prior to the 16th.

SEL Community Gatherings should take place daily. If you did not receive Lesson Plans for weeks 1-4, please notify Dr. Varnado.

Focus of the Month
School-wide Implementation of IB Language (Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes)

 

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

 

Gigi Hines- 12th

Angela Lucear- 25th

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

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

 

Week of August 7th, 2017

 

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Team,

Thank you so much for another wonderful week of hard work. I do believe the students were excited to be back at school, they were so happy to see you and I think this is definitely going to be a precursor to what our year will be. 4 days down…..176 to go!

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Ms. Woods and her dynamic data team for holding their first meeting of the year and really flushing out what our data will look like on the adults end  and what are data will look like on our students end.
  • Kudos to Ms. Sims for jump starting A.R. on STEROIDS!!!! Thank you for supporting teachers and  creating the teacher data binders!!
  • Kudos to the kindergartner Paraprofessional team. We could not have registered the number of students that were registered without their knowledge, support, and expertise of the registration process.
  • Kudos to the hardest working front office team , I call them the dynamic three (Turner, Reid, and Gigi) for holding down the front office by making sure the school ran smoothly and efficiently.
  • Kudos to Ms. Allen, our awesome Social Worker. This week Ms. Allen made sure that our students were in school by going to homes knocking on doors, waiting for children to put their clothes on and bringing them to school. The countless number of calls and follow-up she did this week is definitely an indication that we are headed in the right direction as a relates to monitoring and tracking our student attendance.
  • Kudos to the hardest-working, and  smartest  Assistant Principal in the city of Atlanta, Mrs. Nikki Stroud,  for making sure that our students were scheduled appropriately, making sure that we were in compliance for all things registration and making sure are name stayed  off the district’s “in the doghouse” list!
  • Kudos to our Instructional Coaches (Varnado, Blunt, and Doby) for holding it down with testing by uploading all assessments to mastery connect so you could access your data in a timely manner.

I wish everyone a smooth second week of school.

You all are the best educators in the city of Atlanta!

Quote for the week:

It’s tough to learn from mistakes you never made!  

Again, thank you for your diligence.

Ms. Grant

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Thursdays of each week.  (If Thursday is not the correct day, I stand corrected and I will get clarification From Ms. Stroud)

Units of Study– Last week was designated for pre-assessments and making sure that we start the unit 1 off having a sense of where our students are with the standards. I do realize that you were not able to test on all areas. However, I do feel that we have enough information to start the units. With that said, we will start our units on Monday. Lesson 1 progression should begin on Monday. (Just know that I am flexible…I know we had a few things  to iron out with testing last week. So, when you are not testing, we should be instructing.) 

Grade books– At least two grades per week should be keyed into Infinite campus. Parents check our portal often.

Physical Space Rubric-  Last week the leadership team and I came around to classrooms to look at your physical space. Please look at the following attributes as it relates to best practices and what we will look for in your classrooms. During your PLC time with the administration and the Instructional  Coaches, we will give you examples of model classrooms to reference, if you like. If then, you are not sure of what it looks like , we will make sure you are supported.

Physical Space Attributes: Your classrooms should resemble this list as close as possible as the first unit processes. (Some of the items will not be evident until a couple weeks into the units)

  • Student work and other items on display are current
  • Few of the materials and display items are commercially done
  • Exemplary and proficient student work is prominently displayed
  • Goal boards reflect expectations for student work
  • There is a connection between student work and learning goals
  • Student work and other items on display are current
  • Goal boards reflect expectations for student work
  • Resources are available for students that help them drive and support their own learning
  • The class is set up for student collaboration
  • Classroom behavior agreements are on display
  • Evidence of student editing
  • Data wall is displayed to show class progress (Reading and Math is a must if we are going to move the needle with our data…) 
  • Vocabulary boards are up with how to  models, or pictures
  • Anchor charts are current and relevant to the current unit of study…(Anchor charts should be created with your students)
  • Enrichment centers  and small group opportunities with the teacher for target students (students who are close to being proficient , who are proficient and those who are close to being distinguished  …Keep a list of your target students …you should know who they are…:-)
  • Utilize Framework tasks within the units
  • MINIMAL worksheets for grades k-5  and for grades 3-5 minimal cutout and paste activities  
  • Centers are created to assist students further with the unit standards
  • Guided reading is routine
  • Leveled Libraries are evident and labeled
  • Students know their Lexile levels or they know where to retrieve them
  • A.R. test are taken daily
  • Manipulatives are accessible and used …
  • C.P.A. in math is evident daily during math instruction.
  • Students use their  data notebooks weekly (Still in progress, we will role out shortly)
  • Clutter Free Rooms
  • Center/Station Directions and clear Signs so that students know where to go for the week based on data.
  • Assessment Portfolio Box/Crate that is labeled

 Questions the lead team will ask and look for:

  • Posted Objectives (SWBAT) – Be sure they are annotated so our students will know what they are explicitly expected to do
  • What should students know and be able to do at the end of this lesson? How does it make them better?
  • Are the students able to communicate the target/ objective?
  • Is the target/ objective appropriate for the grade/course level?
  • Is the lesson on pace with a standards-based learning plan? Or do you need more time?
  • Are higher order questions asked and answered by teacher and students?
  • Do teachers use a variety of resources and methods for teaching?  Instructional Strategies are used for all content areas ( Graphic Organizers, Thinking maps, math strategies, close reading and other reading strategies, manipulatives, writing strategies (R.A.C.E.S) , Modeling, Acting out..etc.)
  • Do teachers move beyond the text books?
  • Expectations are clear for behavior and class procedures are defined.

Classroom Walk Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1. Annotated objectives for all subjects
  2.  Clear classroom expectations (Posted , stated, expected, etc.)
  3.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards

Examples of math strategies (These are only examples) :

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Behavioral expectations should be taught at the appropriate periods during the instructional day.  Allow students to practice opportunities to ensure they are clear on how the expectation of kindness, cooperation and respect should look in various areas of the building. School wide behavior expectations  are currently being vetted by Dr. Varnado. 

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.  Many students have asked when can they take their multiplication assessment  and I am excited. However, I do not want to interrupt your class time. I am working with Mr. Beaser and Mr. Perrino to create time during lunch to test on multiplication facts.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – Tuesday 8/8 (TKES training) Bring a charged laptop

Leadership Team meeting – 8/9, 3:00  Place:  PLC Room

Data Team Meeting (Members of the team) – 8/10, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room

PBIS Day– 8/10

Throwback Tuesday (Update grade book, make positive phone calls) – 8/11

Star Reading an math assessments– August 14th (You will receive a schedule with day and times)

Trojan  Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M.

Friday Atten-Dance party– 2:18-2:25 P.M.

  • Please continue to keep Ms. King in your prayers.
  • 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 and will show you how to use the gaming systems, tables, and karaoke machine.

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- IB mini conferences will be begin this Tuesday during your PLC time. Teachers, please sign up with Dr. Varnado. Conferences will only last 20 minutes.

Dr. Blunt-  We appreciate your  patience with administering the pre-assessments. OUr team  will continue to come around and support you this week.  In addition, we will continue to distribute textbooks after 12:00

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

Dr. Kenya Greer- 9th

Gigi Hines- 12th

Angela Lucear- 25th

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

Important weblinks 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/067WV8YfYxI1dOoK2

 

Week of July 31st, 2017

 

Week of July 31st, 2017

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Team,

Thank you for your hard work last week. I appreciate your willingness to prepare your rooms for your students and parents for Open House!  Although, there was very little time for room preparation, you were diligent and purposeful.  It was awesome to see how excited our families were to return to Fickett Elementary!

I am thrilled with the high energy levels among our staff.  Supporting each other and building each other up will give us the swag ( Success, Willpower, Attitude, Goals) needed to conduct the work to MOVE students to the top.  We will model what it looks like to be kind, cooperative and respectful in all areas of the building.

I wish everyone a smooth first week of school.  Remember we can only make a great first impression one time!  You all are best educators in the city of Atlanta!

Again, thank you for your diligence.

Ms. Grant

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

Lessons at a glance– Should be completed and uploaded to Google Docs

Units of Study– Important to begin unit implementation on day two.

Grade books– At least two grades per week should be keyed into Infinite campus.

Physical Space Rubric-  The instructional leadership team and I will be walking around starting at 10:30 A.M. Monday morning to create a list of what your physical space should look like based on a combination of all  classrooms in our building. Meaning we will define and create our physical space rubric based on what all of you collectively have in your classrooms as a starting point for the beginning of the school year. We are looking for best practices from you, the expert,  as a relates to the classroom physical space.

School Culture:

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Behavioral expectations should be taught at the appropriate periods during the instructional day.  Allow students to practice opportunities to ensure they are clear on how the expectation of kindness, cooperation and respect should look in various areas of the building.

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. I will talk more about this awesome program in our staff meeting.

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.

Game Room– Our game room will be open for business at the end of the week. I will talk more about the requirements for entering during our meeting on Monday afternoon.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Team Meeting – 7/31, 12:30 Place:  Media Center

Throwback Tuesday (Update grade book, make positive phone calls) – 8/11

Team (Entire team)  Meeting/PLC – 8/7

Leadership Team meeting – 8/9, 3:00  Place:  PLC Room (Dr. Greer’s old room)

Trojan  Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M.