Sunday, November 1, 2015

The week of Oct. 26-30, 2015

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We had a blast. Great costumes, lots of candy, and a whole lot of fun.I am so glad that we turned back the clocks because I needed that extra hour of sleep. 

We are headed into November and have passed the most difficult time of the year. I a so happy for the progress we have made and as we come upon the end of the first trimester we will have a lot of reflection to do: both on what we have done so well, and what we still need to work on. We have a few assessments coming up that will give us a good picture of where we are and where we need to go. I'm looking forward to it. Hope you are as well.

Here's a couple of links that you might want:

Here's a recap of the week:

Mrs. Robertson's enrichment class decided to memorize their reader's theater scripts for Dave Pilky's story called The Hallo-weiner! Pretty impressive 1st graders!!!

What is Black and What is Orange poetry presentations by third grade were terrific-more students are memorizing poetry and building great fluency skills!
The Geniuses in the Tech Genius Club are creating cool structures in SketchUp after school on Thursdays.
I had a great time at Fillmore’s first Demo Slam. It was a really fun way for teachers to share all the great things they do in class, and a great way for people to steal ideas.

I loved seeing all the school spirit this week to honor Red Ribbon Week. Crazy hair, PJs, team jerseys, and black, orange and red. Thank you students and teachers for showing school pride and for promoting a drug free world.

The Innovator’s Club built bridges this week out of paper and tape. The bridges were supposed to support a rock that weighed about a pound. Some bridges worked, others didn’t, but everyone learned a lesson in design the design process= Ask Imagine Plan Create Improve Repeat
Ms. Lara’s students are creating their own water filtration systems to combat pollution. We are excited to see what they come up with.

Mrs. Wilson’s class invited the school to see their performance of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. Her students did a great job. I love that poem.

Thank you to Mrs. Jacobson for organizing the H2O assembly.  It was a hit, and I heard everyone loved seeing the teachers dance.

I am seeing the design process being used in many classes at Fillmore. What a great way to bring engineering, creativity, critical thinking, and the new science standards into our classes.

Friday during our professional development day teachers got to work with a lot of new features of MyMath. The session I was in in seemed to go really well.
Fillmore 3-6 teachers were also trained on how to administer the SBAC interim tests. Although there was some stress and worry, it should be an easy process and we will all come out just fine. Here's the doc that shows us what to do: SBAC Interim Assessment Procedures

Coming up:

Starting Monday, Nov. 2 the window opens for two weeks to complete the interim assessments. All teachers will be doing some sort of assessment. Grades 3-6 are providing schedules to us to let us know when support is needed because their assessment will be online.

PLC for this week will be collaboration among teams, especially in regards to report card preparation.

I will be in Sacramento on Thursday and Friday for a leadership conference. I hope to learn a lot.

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