Dear LS Team,
November is going to be busy, and I want to give you an overview so you clearly understand expectations and opportunities. As you know, we are deep in work on implementing the PYP, launching a new website, and completing Progress reports for the first trimester. Before you start (or continue!) hyperventilating, there is a plan to help you accomplish what’s ahead ideally without losing too much sleep. So here’s the outline for your planning purposes:
Website:Due end of the day 12/2
Times to work on your teacher web page:
Monday, November 4 (unless you have emergency training)
Tuesday, November 5 (Jenn will work with just LS faculty in Sarah’s room –3:30-4:30 – (Optional)
Wednesday November, 20 LS Divisional Meeting (Required, Jenn will work with folks during this meeting time)
In addition, Jenn has office hours Tues. 11-12 (Jenn’s office), Wed. 12-1 and 3:30-4:30 (Lisa’s office), Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (Jenn’s office)
Monday, December 2, which is also a day that can be devoted to your progress reports, if your web page is done.
1. All teachers need a teacher web page, though expectations are different for specialists.
2. The minimum for teacher web pages is:
News – what has happened
Announcements – upcoming activities, investigations
Events – specific dates important to your class or grade level
Links to Angela’s webpage, Math in Focus, Khan Academy (Grades 3-5)
Fifth grade only is posting assignments
A “button” for the titles of your 4 units (Early Childhood) or 6 units (K-5)
Behind which should be:
Central idea, Lines of inquiry, Driving questions for each unit
A PYP “button” which will include: (This will be loaded for you)
3. Grade level pages should be able to share most of this information, so you work together to “populate” your webpages.
4. You are welcome to develop your page even more, but the above is the baseline. Specialists, Jenn will be working with you on the layout of your pages, but expect to have a “stream” for each grade level.
PYP Our current goal for PYP is to complete the reflection portion of the bubble planner for the first unit. Since first units should be completed by November 13, the 2 hours for the delayed start (7:30-9:30) are set aside to finish this task. Ideally memories will be fresh, you will be fresh at the beginning of the day, and this can be accomplished or nearly accomplished in this time frame.
Progress Reports: Due December 4
Times to work on progress reports: Deliberately, there are few LS meetings scheduled in November as a means of giving you a little additional time to work on your reports. Then, December 2 is a work day during which, if your web page is complete, you may devote that day to writing progress reports. Completed reports are due for review on December 4, so you have a little wiggle room. Specialists reports go to Ann, the core classroom teachers’ reports to me.
- Bulk edits- the description of what has happened during the trimester- should be minimal.
- Narratives should be individualized; reference should be made to progress made on the goals set at conferences; and narratives should include comments on language arts (reading, writing, word study), math, social studies, and social skills/ study habits. The skills lists for PYP are a great reference point as are the writing rubric, the guided reading skills at each level, and the results of the SMI in grades 3-5 (Jennifer and Laura can help with interpretation of the SMI). Use specific assessments – a project, paper, skit – to highlight growth and development.
- Comparative data should be available for those students taking the SRI and reference should be made to these results.
- You may load into Whipple Hill and then email Ann or me, or you may send narratives in a Word document.
- Please remember to check ready to review in Whipple Hill, if you want us to preview your reports there.
- Please feel free to liberally consult with Ann or me, if you have questions! Sarah is your best contact for help in loading narratives or filling in checklists.
I hope this helps. I realize this is a demanding schedule, and that we all have a life outside of school, too. I do believe that you will find doing the teacher web page not too onerous and there are lots of people who can help. We work in a very demanding profession and it is challenging to balance all that it demands, but you are doing an amazing job because of your expertise, your dedication to the craft and to the children, and your commitment to be the best you can be. I appreciate each of you for the tremendous job that you do, and I am grateful on a daily basis to work with and support you.
Please let me know if I can help in any way,