ISY Elementary School Faculty Blog
September 17, 2021
Thank you for your hard work and energy this week. The students are settled and upbeat and that is because of you.
We will meet as a faculty on Wednesday before school. It will be a short meeting to catch up and share some information about Quarter 1 report writing and conferences. If you have anything else you would like addressed, please put it in this ES Collaborative Agenda. See the calendar invite for the Zoom link.
Enjoy the weekend!
We all know we are doing our best…. even when we are not at our best!
Check in. How am I? What do I need? How are they? What do they need from me?
Ask for help and be helpful.
Be present and patient. Take time to fully understand others and allow time for others to understand you. Pausing, Paraphrasing and Posing Questions promotes our common understanding.
Share your ideas and be open to the ideas of others. Once shared, they become our ideas and anything could happen!
Student Review Meetings
Goal: To reflect on student progress as a team and seek strategies to support and challenge students. Focus is on Tier 1 and Tier 2 students.
Meetings will take place approximately every 6 weeks according to this SRM Schedule. Homeroom teachers will asked to complete a checklist prior to the meeting to identify students they wish to prioritize. Specialists are encouraged to complete the checklist for concerns they see within their classrooms. All team members should review the notes before and after the meetings to identify areas in which they may have been assigned a task.
Recording Student Reading Levels
Please use this Elementary Reading Levels 2021-2022 to record the reading levels of your students. It is easiest to use the Reading A-Z assessment tool so use that and record that level – no need to convert it into any different scales. We will reorganize our ISY benchmark reading levels to fit this tool to help you with reporting.
If you are using the DRAs that we have used in the past that is ok too – just put (DRA) next to the number so this is clear. We will record a level for every student in September, January and May. If you do assessments between these times, there are also columns for you to record the levels.
From our TIFs
Here are a curated list of helpful links for students and families as we begin the year. These videos can be helpful as you share information with them.
- Overview of Apps used in the ES (Video Link) (Slides Link)
- Sign in to your Chrome Web Browser (Video Link)
- Download Chrome (Website Link)
- Download Chrome on iPad (Video Link)
- Sign in with Google to Seesaw (Video Link)
- Seesaw Parent Login (Video Link)
- How to get into Kids A-Z (Video Link)
- Freckle Login (Video Link)
From the Library
Lindsey and Christian in the library would be very happy to help get books to you that you might want to read to your class or have your students read. These books can be scanned so they can be used online so let them know if you are looking for something.
Friday Emails + Offline Learning
No detailed subject emails next week but we will send out a short email (I will give you a paragraph to use) to send out our Offline Learning Activities PDFs.
In these folders you will find the Offline Learning Activity templates that will be converted to a PDF to be emailed out every Friday. If you need to update these offline learning activities, please do so by 12pm Thursday MMT.
Thank you to Dan, Charlie and our Grade 2 and 3 students who contibuted to this week’s assembly.
These assemblies are an informal and fun way to keep everyone connected this quarter.
Assemblies will follow a Story + Student Share + Game format every week. Thank you for signing you and your students up for these activities on this Assembly Sign Up Schedule. There are still a couple of game slots free if you have any ideas.
Quarter 1 Interdisciplinary Units
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Tuesday was World Teachers Day. I had not realized until a student emailed me an apple!
Thank you for your contribution to our Student Review Meetings this week. They are very important.
In thinking about really big ideas, students practice critical and creative thinking techniques and develop a belief that everyone’s thinking has value – including their own.
Keep checking in on yourselves and those around you.
With next Wednesday firmly in mind, this week’s metaphor for the year that we have had comes via Shrek 2 via Franco.