Upcoming Important Dates
Tuesday, October 14 – Staff Flu Clinic at GMS 2:30 pm
Wednesday thru Friday, October 15 – 17 – Tooth Fairies, Nurse’s Office
Wednesday, October 15 – Faculty meeting in the GMS Library 2:30 pm
Friday, October 17 – School Dance in the GMS Gym 6:00 – 8:00 pm Sponsored by the 6th grade
Monday, October 20 – Support Services Team Meeting 8:30, Guidance
Tuesday, October 21 – Leadership Team Meeting, 2:30 Melanie’s room
Wednesday, October 22 – Early Release Day, student dismissed at 11:10
Wednesday, October 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 -8:00 pm
Friday, October 24 – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
We have a faculty meeting on Wednesday, October 15 beginning at 2:30 in the Library. Food is provided by the 8th grade (thank you!). We do have quite a bit to go over and we really want to wrap up the work of the social studies teachers on their work with proficiency based education.
- Celebrations and Social Time
- Breakout into groups
- All Teachers with social studies responsibility
- Remaining math, ELA, science and AA teachers group
- These groups will be working on summative assessments
Summative vs. Formative Assessments
As we begin our work to get Jumprope up and running, we have a considerable amount of work to do in creating the assessments that will be used in the Jumprope system. There has been volumes written about assessment inn the past twenty years (longer really, but that’s as far back as I want to go!) and each piece that I have come across offers a different slant on the idea.
One person I have seen quite a bit from in recent months is Garnet Hillman. Garnet is an educator from Illinois and has been deeply involved and using Standards Based Learning in her classroom for more than 15 years. I came upon her one evening during a Twitter Chat (#sblchat) and have followed her since. She offers quite a bit of her expertise and experience using Standards in her grading practices.
Here is one post about assessment and grading I found interesting: http://garnethillman.com/why-should-i-change-how-i-grade/
Perhaps we can use this post as a basis for discussion at an upcoming faculty meeting. Let me know your thoughts.
Staff Flu Shot Clinic
Today is the day to roll up your sleeves, grit your teeth and take on in the arm to avoid what could be a devastating flu season. You needed to complete a form that you would have gotten from Teresa along with having your Anthem Blue Cross card with you. The line begins to form at 2:30 in the GMS library.
We have set aside Wednesday, October 22 and Friday, October 24 as days when we plan to meet with parents to discuss their children’s progress so far this year. Wednesday, we will meet in advisory clusters from noon until 2:00 and them be available for parents from 2:00 until 8:00 pm.
Friday, there is no school for students and we have set aside 8:00 until 2:00 to meet with parents.
This does not mean that you can’t meet with students’ parents when it is more convenient for them. It is, however, most important that you meet with each of your parents during this week!
School Dance Sponsored by the 6th Grade
This month’s dance is sponsored by the 6th grade. As always, we can use additional chaperones. Please remind your students that we would appreciate it greatly if they could make sure their parents pick them up at 8:00 pm.
It would also be appreciated if you could remind the students that we do not allow any cell phone usage at the dances. If they need to call home, we have phones in the office. Most importantly, we do not want any photos or videos taken at the dance.
Special Education Resources
As I tend to do quite frequently, I was lurking on a Twitter chat called #ldchat on a Wednesday between 1:00 and 2:00 pm (yes, I have better things to do!) and I came across this chat. It is everything LD and the folks on there have lots of ideas and resources to share. No, you don’t need to be there during that time because someone actually saves all of the tweets and the links so you can go back later to find the info,
I also came across this interesting link from old friend Jerry Blumengarden http://cybraryman.com/ld.html. Jerry is a retired librarian and educator who has a ton of stuff for teachers of all flavors. Check oiut his cybraryman.com sit for more stuff.