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Back to School 14-15

Routines, Rules, Motivation for back to school

adriana garcia-medina

on 29 August 2014

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Transcript of Back to School 14-15

It's going to be a fabulous year!

Staff Handbook
Table of Contents
Numbered Pages
General information items are in alpha order
Please note:
Attendance Procedures GI-5
Williams LACOE Class Recommendation GI-8
Sexual Harassment in the Work Place GI-11

School Supplies:
Most of the supplies your need have been provided. However, our school budget only goes so far. If you can provide the following items, it would be greatly appreciated!
Each scholar needs:
Pack of pencils - at least 12
pencil top erasers
3 x 5 index cards
Composition Notebook
Additional Classroom Donations:
Clorox wipes
hand sanitizer
Ziploc bags (all sizes)
dry erase markers

Dress Code:
Khaki Pants only.. blue or white Polo and Blue Blazer
Bathroom Procedures
Hand sign to
ask to use the
I can tell we are going
to have a
The world that you live in today!
Who are we?
My Teaching Philosophy:
All students can learn.
Students do not have to "like" it to learn it.
Students need to be challenged.
There is a time to work and a time to play; the time in the classroom will be used to grow and learn.
Tentative Calendar
• Back to School Night and Open House
• Tentative testing Window
SBAC 2/23 (12 weeks)
Leadership Team
• Awards Assemblies
Common Core aligned awards
Upper Grade Trimester Awards - 4Cs Award in lieu of Principal's Award (all "Es")
• Informational items:
Emergency Lesson Plans (Jeanette)
No sub Packets (Jeanette)
Class Dispersal List (Jeanette)
Lesson Plan schedule (Adriana)
Textbooks (Jeanette)
Tech Tickets (Darrell)
Signing in and out
Connect Ed Messages (Christina)
Thinking Maps is a language of eight visual pattens, each based on a fundamental thinking process.
These patterns are used individually and in combination across every grade level, curriculum area, and in all aspects of leadership practice as an integrated set of tools for lifelong learning and leading.
Week 1 - Circle Map
Defining in Context
Defining a word or concept
Brainstorming ideas and thoughts about a topic
Guiding Questions:
How are you defining this thing or idea?
What is the context?
What is your frame of reference?
Where we post to the students
Adding the frame of reference to the Circle Map
How do you know this definition?
Where are you getting your information?
Is there a specific point of view?
Why is this information important?
What have you learned from this process?
So what.....so why?

Thinking Maps Calendar
Writing and Representing:
Students will:
Understand and appreciate the way texts are shaped through exploring a range of language forms and features and ideas.
Explore and analyse the effectiveness of informative and persuasive devices in texts.
Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using imagery, sentence variation, metaphor and word choice.
Reading and Viewing
Understand how texts vary in purpose, structure and topic as well as the degree of formality.
Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text.
Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning.
Understand how to use banks of known words, word origins, base words, suffixes and prefixes, morphemes, spelling patterns and generalisations to learn and spell new words, for example technical words and words adopted from other languages.
Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of spell check features in digital communication.
Grammar, punctuation and Vocab.
Understand that language is structured to create meaning according to audience, purpose and context.
Understand how noun groups/phrases and adjective groups/phrases can be expanded in a variety of ways to provide a fuller description of the person, place, thing or idea.
Other Syllabus content includes:
Speaking and listening.
Responding and Composing
Self-expression and reflection
Thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically

Content covered:
Whole Number, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Decimals, Patterns and Algebra, Length, Area, Volume and Capacity, Mass, Time, 2D and 3D Space, Angles, Position, Chance and Data.
Number and Algebra:
Recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of millions.
Create simple financial plans.
Selects and applies appropriate strategies for multiplication and division, and applies the order of operations to calculations involving more than one operation.
Compares, orders and calculates with fractions, decimals and percentage
Analyses and creates geometric and number patterns, constructs and completes number sentences, and locates points on the Cartesian plane
Measurement and Geometry:
Selects and uses the appropriate unit to calculate areas, including areas of squares, rectangles and triangles.
Uses 24-hour time and am and pm notation in real-life situations, and constructs timelines.
Convert between common metric units of length.
Investigate angles on a straight line, angles at a point, and vertically opposite angles; use the results to find unknown angles.
Statistics and Probability
Uses appropriate methods to collect data and constructs, interprets and evaluates data displays, including dot plots, line graphs and two-way tables.
Describe probabilities using fractions, decimals and percentages.
Hard working, dedicated, superheros!
Proud of our school and students!
Proud of their academic accomplishments
Welcome to our new team members!
Adjunct Duties
What's on your plate?
Independently reflect on the Common Core strategies that you used last year. Write these strategies on your plate.
Last year we tried many new strategies.
This year we want to fine tune these strategies.
Find your sole mate
Create your plan!

Tracy Trojans
Jesus Gutierrez
Sixth Grade
Sergio Gomez
Fifth Grade
Edith Ramos
Second Grade
Schedule Tab
Guidelines for Work Hours
Schedule Information
Daily Bell Schedule
Rainy Day, Shortened Day
Flag Assembly Schedule
Leadership Dates
CMT Dated
Dual Language Meeting
Think Together
Computer Lab
Library Schedule
School Map
AR & Study Island
Should be ready by the 3rd week of school
More information on AR to come at a CMT regarding changes
Continue to enforce/promote:
Attendance Campaign
In class, On time, everyday!
Closed Campus
Week one - "Walk your child to class
Week two - Closed campus
Classroom Numbers
Balancing classes at the 3rd week of school
Placement cards
Items Due to Adriana (August 29th)
Daily class schedule
Introduction letter to parents
Discipline plan
Registration Packets
College/university themed bulletin board to continue NEU and school spirit
Monthly Focus on Four Cs and character traits
Language Arts intervention block to begin in October
All grade levels will use math journals to reflect critical thinking and understanding
Each classroom will have a visual to show growth on AR and Study Island
Non-negotiables continued:
CGI strategies incorporated into math instruction
EXPLICIT ELD instruction for EL students on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes
Grade level CMT will be used for analyzing student data, planning, discussing student progress, sharing effective teaching strategies
THINKING MAPS used in every classroom independently by students
Shared Decision Making
Instructional Focus
Uniform Incentive Plan
Closed campus
Attendance Campaign
In class, On time, everyday!
Lorena Carillo
Speech Clinic
Share with your sole mate what is on your common core plate :)
Let's dig deeper!
Independently select a strategy that you want to focus on this year.
Reflect on the following questions:
How can I add rigor to this strategy?
What curriculum materials do you have that support this strategy?
How can I incorporate the 4 Cs with this strategy?
Is there another colleague on staff that could be a resource?
What are the classroom applications of this strategy?
How can I improve the use of this strategy?
What evidence should I look for to demonstrate student understanding?
Set a goal for the year...
Using your Tree Map create a
Goal for the strategy you selected.
elevant (results oriented)

For example...

During the 2014-15 school year, I will incorporate close reading into my daily reading instruction to improve reading comprehension.
Share your action plan with your sole mate!
What are Thinking Maps?
We will highlight student samples of Thinking Maps!
Spotlight on Thinking Maps
Claudia Salcido-Atilano
1st Grade - Substitute for Gerianne Rich
School Site Council Rep. (2 positions, must be elected)
GATE Coordinators (2 teachers at $500)
HEAL Representative
ECC Elementary Curriculum Council Representative
2014-15 Budget
New Guidelines Assembly Bill 626
Saturday School
Times for kids
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