Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21

Celebrations

  • Almost all proctors (3 left) have been trained for EOG's and TA's will only be utilized as alternates this year (if needed) to assist with testing to preserve classroom support.  Kudos to Alexandria and Tanya for making this happen!
  • Another shoutout to Karen, Rachel and Star for hosting a team of teachers from Powell Elementary to learn more about Conscious Discipline!  It's so helpful for them to "see" CD in action!
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon was a huge success!  Andrea did a great job of organizing all of us to celebrate our parents in a new way!  Lauren Mann's student created work and the rest of you that set up the media center pulled it together nicely!
  • Underwood had a strong showing of staff supporting the Teacher Rally on May 16th!  The dedication and passion of our staff to support our students and education is evident each and everyday!
  • Google Expedition-  Tanya and the Goolge "dude" worked with the following teachers to lead their students through the "Google Expedition"-  Megan, Ceil, Heather, Dawn, Star, Maryellen, Jenny, Amanda and Mary English!
  • Teachers that supported the Broughton Interns this year!!!  Extra hands and the classroom and working with students trying to identify their passion!  
  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work and we are doing it!!!!  :) 

Wish Well

  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work!

Communication: 

Standards next year- The Math and ELA standards are changing slightly next year. Many of you have heard us discuss this over the past 2 years when the state agreed to these changes. At this point, we have reviewed/shared both the ELA and Math standards. Some grade levels will be touching on the ELA standards as a team in the upcoming weeks. Links to the resources shared: ELA and Math The math department has created some live webinars as well. Click here for information. Please let Alexandria know if you would like any support understanding/digging into these new standards!

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1. This would include concerns and idea for next school year. Responses can be found here.

Clean School -In an effort to provide a clean and safe school, the custodial team has had on-going meetings to increase their support to make sure that our learning spaces are clean and supporting the students. Click on the link Customer service updates to see the custodial expectations. If you have a maintenance concern or need please email Mr. Marrow.  If you have a cleaning concern please email Ms. Mbalia. Mr. Marrow and Ms. Mbalia will be conducting weekly walkthroughs.

Scheduling Committee
It is that time of year to start planning for the next! Our next Scheduling meeting will be Friday
May 25th at 7:45am and Friday June 1st at 7:45am.

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness - Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work!  Artpleasure tweets 


Collaboration

Room Parent 2018-2019-  We have been working closely with the new PTA board, and they are trying to streamline all the work done within the school.  One of the discussions has been the consistency within classrooms as a room parent.  They asked for the following survey to be filled out so they can share this with Corie Jackson, our new room parent leader.  

MClass-  The window for EOY MClass window opens May 14th and closes June 4th.  It is imperative that you organize a plan with your team that allows you to assess each other's students.  Additionally, we are asking that you assess your students that you feel will be in the red or yellow on the TRC prior to May 17th so we can get summer school letters distributed (by May 21).  Using the TRC as an indicator is new this year, and the county will need to establish a plan to allow for number of students that will be invited. 

Case 21-  2nd grade teachers will be administering Case 21 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Please make sure your in the hallways during transitions to respect this testing time.  The Schedule is linked here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1moNbv5fgAid2eahEHgIIiyfMUA--EfcxzStspV7lpTY/edit?usp=sharing

Critical Thinking 

Math Resource  Are you looking for a fun, math-friendly activities to send home with your students over break or for your students to use next year?  Linked here you’ll find a Math Game Recommendation List from the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning.

EOG Links- Here is the updated link for all things EOG (Lunch times, recess schedules, testing plan). 
At this point, all administrators and proctors have been placed.  Teacher assistants in classrooms have not been pulled.  Please note, that we put them alternate supports if we have someone back out.  Hopefully this will help you plan your next few weeks.  Additionally, everyone will receive 30 min planning.  Please let us know if you have any questions or notice anything that needs to be fixed/changed:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s3SeqB7TID2PIdt48-g1GftFovgpNJHjiqiYjmLV-6s/edit?usp=sharing


Testing Windows-  It's that time of year!!!  We know you have a lot on your plate and want to ensure we are providing proper supports.  We are working hard to find proctors for the EOG's outside of our school and are ensuring if we do have to pull them, they are pulled evenly!  Listed below are the windows for each test.  If you need help organizing your schedule, please reach out to Alexandria.  


NKT-  May 16- May 31

MClass- May 14- June 4
EOY Math Assessments- Now until June 8th
Case 21 (2nd grade)- May 22 and May 23
EOG's-  May 29-June 5

Mclass - Teachers prior to assessing students on the iPads in Mclass, you will need to follow the directions that Christine sent to you.   You will now need to access your mClass assessments on your Ipad and laptop through the NCDPI Single Sign On (SSO) System on your iPad and computer.  Here are the two resources she highlighted in her email:  

MTSS Plans-  All Tier II and III plans have to be reviewed and exited by May 31st, 2018 to allow time for conversion from EASi to ECATS/ECATS-MTSS.  Work with your case manager to ensure these plans have been exited properly.  

Teacher Survey -The survey window will remain open until June 30.  Until your school reaches 100%, please continue encouraging your teachers to complete the survey using the following link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TH5B8S2, we have 17% of our teachers that have completed the survey. 

2018-19 The Elementary Programs at a Glance - this link provides information from the Academics department on instructional time for the school day. 

Calendar/Important Links:

May 22-SIP/Leadership meeting; 7:45am
May 24-Q4 electives end
           -K-1 Theater Production; 7pm
May 25-Scheduling Committee Meeting; 7:45am (one rep per grade level needed)
June 6th - Field Day 
June 8th - Last day of school for students 
June 11th - Make up day for all staff members 

**EOG Update-  The EOG's are on the following dates.  We will doing all EOG's in the traditional format except for Science.  Science will be done on the computer.  
May 29-  3rd and 4th ELA
May 30-  3rd and 4th Math
May 31-  Vinson/Nightingale Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 1-   FV/Goto Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 4-  5th Math/Make-ups
June 5-  5th ELA/Make-ups
June 6-  Make-ups
June 7-  Make-ups

**The comprehensive list of after school rosters for all clubs can be found here

**EOY checklist can be found here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14

Celebrations

  • Kindergarten Orientation Event was a success!  Shout out to Ashley for leading this event...to the Kindergarten Team for their support talking with new families and welcoming the new students....and to Melissa, JR, Jill, Tanya for bring their students to perform/showcase their work!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week was a success!  We have a wonderful group of parents that support our work!
  • K-1 and 1-2 Vertical Planning meetings were organized and thoughtful!  Teams looked at specific programs and standards! 
  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work and we are doing it!!!!  :) 

Wish Well

  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work!

Communication: 

Proctor Training-  
Teacher assistants, please mark your calendars for one of the following trainings: 
May 15th @ 9:20
May 15th @ 12:00
May 16th @ 1:00

Proctors, please review the following documents (as well as watch the video) prior to your proctor time to allow our face to face time to be significantly shorter: 

Proctor Guide Link: bit.ly/UGTMproctorguide
Testing Code of Ethics link: bit.ly/testingcodeofethics

Standards next year- The Math and ELA standards are changing slightly next year. Many of you have heard us discuss this over the past 2 years when the state agreed to these changes. At this point, we have reviewed/shared both the ELA and Math standards. Some grade levels will be touching on the ELA standards as a team in the upcoming weeks. Links to the resources shared: ELA and Math The math department has created some live webinars as well. Click here for information. Please let Alexandria know if you would like any support understanding/digging into these new standards!

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1. This would include concerns and idea for next school year. Responses can be found here.

Clean School -In an effort to provide a clean and safe school, the custodial team has had on-going meetings to increase their support to make sure that our learning spaces are clean and supporting the students. Click on the link Customer service updates to see the custodial expectations. If you have a maintenance concern or need please email Mr. Marrow.  If you have a cleaning concern please email Ms. Mbalia. Mr. Marrow and Ms. Mbalia will be conducting weekly walkthroughs.

Scheduling Committee
It is that time of year to start planning for the next!
There will be an initial scheduling committee meeting on Friday May 18th at 7:45am.  
Please send one representative from each grade level or area.

At this initial meeting please have prepared:
  1. Primary request/s for your team
  2. Suggestions for improvement
  3. Reflections on what has worked well

We will focus our work (primary needs) based off of the feedback from each area or grade level.  
Realizing that this work is very important and will likely need more than one meeting time,
please be aware of the following dates and times for additional meetings:
Friday May 25th at 7:45am and Friday June 1st at 7:45am.

Please know that all opinions will be considered and that the ultimate scheduling decisions for next
year will be based on what is best for the school. Thank you so much for your time and insight!

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness - Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work!  Artpleasure tweets 


Collaboration

Room Parent 2018-2019-  We have been working closely with the new PTA board, and they are trying to streamline all the work done within the school.  One of the discussions has been the consistency within classrooms as a room parent.  They asked for the following survey to be filled out so they can share this with Corie Jackson, our new room parent leader.  

MClass-  The window for EOY MClass window opens May 14th and closes June 4th.  It is imperative that you organize a plan with your team that allows you to assess each other's students.  Additionally, we are asking that you assess your students that you feel will be in the red or yellow on the TRC prior to May 17th so we can get summer school letters distributed (by May 21).  Using the TRC as an indicator is new this year, and the county will need to establish a plan to allow for number of students that will be invited. 

Critical Thinking 

EOG Links- Here is the updated link for all things EOG (Lunch times, recess schedules, testing plan). 

Proctors have not been inserted and administrators are roughly put into the schedule (this is subject to change).  Please let us know if you have any questions or notice anything that needs to be fixed/changed:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s3SeqB7TID2PIdt48-g1GftFovgpNJHjiqiYjmLV-6s/edit?usp=sharing

EVAAS - These rosters and to be completed by May 18th. Be sure to have students at 100% (your instruction + additional instructor) prior to sending them to Travis. 

Testing Windows-  It's that time of year!!!  We know you have a lot on your plate and want to ensure we are providing proper supports.  We are working hard to find proctors for the EOG's outside of our school and are ensuring if we do have to pull them, they are pulled evenly!  Listed below are the windows for each test.  If you need help organizing your schedule, please reach out to Alexandria.  

NKT-  May 16- May 31
MClass- May 14- June 4
EOY Math Assessments- Now until June 8th
Case 21 (2nd grade)- May 22 and May 23
EOG's-  May 29-June 5

Mclass - Teachers prior to assessing students on the iPads in Mclass, you will need to follow the directions that Christine sent to you.   You will now need to access your mClass assessments on your Ipad and laptop through the NCDPI Single Sign On (SSO) System on your iPad and computer.  Here are the two resources she highlighted in her email:  

MTSS Plans-  All Tier II and III plans have to be reviewed and exited by May 31st, 2018 to allow time for conversion from EASi to ECATS/ECATS-MTSS.  Work with your case manager to ensure these plans have been exited properly.  



2018-19 The Elementary Programs at a Glance - this link provides information from the Academics department on instructional time for the school day. 

Calendar/Important Links:

May 15-  Proctor Training (EOG's); 9:20 in the media center
           -  Proctor Training (EOG's); 12:00 in the media center
May 16-  Proctor Training (EOG's); 1:00 in the media center
May 17-CD Cohort meeting; 7:45am
May 18-Volunteer Luncheon
            -Scheduling Committee Meeting; 7:45am (one rep per grade level needed)
May 22-SIP/Leadership meeting; 7:45am
May 24-Q4 electives end
           -K-1 Theater Production; 7pm
May 25-Scheduling Committee Meeting; 7:45am (one rep per grade level needed)
June 6th - Field Day 
June 8th - Last day of school for students 
June 11th - Make up day for all staff members 

**EOG Update-  The EOG's are on the following dates.  We will doing all EOG's in the traditional format except for Science.  Science will be done on the computer.  
May 29-  3rd and 4th ELA
May 30-  3rd and 4th Math
May 31-  Vinson/Nightingale Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 1-   FV/Goto Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 4-  5th Math/Make-ups
June 5-  5th ELA/Make-ups
June 6-  Make-ups
June 7-  Make-ups

**The comprehensive list of after school rosters for all clubs can be found here

**EOY checklist can be found here.

Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7

Celebrations

  • Highlighting high quality hall displays:  4th and 5th Grade!  These displays include student created work and a sign that includes:  summary of task and standards.
  • Testing season is upon us!  Shout out to Alexandria and Tanya for all their efforts as testing coordinators.
  • Kim Hughes' last CD classroom coaching session was last Wednesday!  Celebrating the willingness of Jenny, Mary Ellen, Rhonda, Megan and Kellie to dive deeper into their CD implementation...and to Ashley for coordinating the coaching and coverage times for debrief.
  • Amanda, Donna, Jen W, and Mary English finished their last grad school class to receive their Master's in Literacy (K-12)!!  Way to go!!!
  • PTA and the Foundation have been working hard to collaborate to create a balanced approach to funding our needs for the 2018-2019 school year!  Their endless efforts create an environment at Underwood we are all fortunate to work at daily! 
  • Jamika Robinson- Jump Rope for Heart exceeded the expected goal!
  • Mrs. O'Loughlin, Mrs. Davis and Ms. Miller creatively accomplished their conferences (or most!) all in one afternoon!  They implemented student led conferences!
  • Ashley and Travis have been meeting with different people to update the school (painters, landscapers and graphic designers)!  
  • Cindy works hard to secure subs (especially on Friday's)!
  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work and we are doing it!!!!  :) 

Wish Well

  • Everyone... it's the end of the year!  This is hard work!

Communication: 

EOG Training-  Mark your calendars for one of the following training's:
May 9th @ 4:00-  Administrator Training
May 11th @ 7:45-  Administrator Training

Proctor Training-  
Teacher assistants, please mark your calendars for one of the following trainings: 
May 15th @ 9:20
May 15th @ 12:00
May 16th @ 1:00

Proctors, please review the following documents (as well as watch the video) prior to your proctor time to allow our face to face time to be significantly shorter: 
Proctor Guide Link: bit.ly/UGTMproctorguide
Testing Code of Ethics link: bit.ly/testingcodeofethics

Lego Club- Due to low interest and enrollment, there will not be a Grades 2-5 Afterschool Lego Club this Spring at Underwood.  

4 C's SurveyIf you have not already, please take a few minutes to reflect on our work as a staff with the 4 C's.  Our consistent message to students to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, critically think and be creative is something we need to ensure we are modeling.  All staff members are encouraged to take this survey


Classroom accommodations sign up:  If you notice there are several other testing situations occurring, please be mindful that we don't have a ton of extra staff to support separate setting.  It might be helpful to test on a different day. 

Standards next year- The Math and ELA standards are changing slightly next year. Many of you have heard us discuss this over the past 2 years when the state agreed to these changes. At this point, we have reviewed/shared both the ELA and Math standards. Some grade levels will be touching on the ELA standards as a team in the upcoming weeks. Links to the resources shared: ELA and Math The math department has created some live webinars as well. Click here for information.

Please let Alexandria know if you would like any support understanding/digging into these new standards!

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1. This would include concerns and idea for next school year. Responses can be found here.

Clean School -In an effort to provide a clean and safe school, the custodial team has had on-going meetings to increase their support to make sure that our learning spaces are clean and supporting the students. Click on the link Customer service updates to see the custodial expectations. If you have a maintenance concern or need please email Mr. Marrow.  If you have a cleaning concern please email Ms. Mbalia. Mr. Marrow and Ms. Mbalia will be conducting weekly walkthroughs.

Scheduling Committee
It is that time of year to start planning for the next!
There will be an initial scheduling committee meeting on Friday May 18th at 7:45am.  
Please send one representative from each grade level or area.

At this initial meeting please have prepared:
  1. Primary request/s for your team
  2. Suggestions for improvement
  3. Reflections on what has worked well

We will focus our work (primary needs) based off of the feedback from each area or grade level.  
Realizing that this work is very important and will likely need more than one meeting time,
please be aware of the following dates and times for additional meetings:
Friday May 25th at 7:45am and Friday June 1st at 7:45am.


Please know that all opinions will be considered and that the ultimate scheduling decisions for next
year will be based on what is best for the school. Thank you so much for your time and insight!

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness - Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work!  Artpleasure tweets 


Collaboration

Room Parent 2018-2019-  We have been working closely with the new PTA board, and they are trying to streamline all the work done within the school.  One of the discussions has been the consistency within classrooms as a room parent.  They asked for the following survey to be filled out so they can share this with Corie Jackson, our new room parent leader.  

MClass-  The window for EOY MClass window opens May 14th and closes June 4th.  It is imperative that you organize a plan with your team that allows you to assess each other's students.  Additionally, we are asking that you assess your students that you feel will be in the red or yellow on the TRC prior to May 17th so we can get summer school letters distributed (by May 21).  Using the TRC as an indicator is new this year, and the county will need to establish a plan to allow for number of students that will be invited. 

Critical Thinking 

Testing Windows-  It's that time of year!!!  We know you have a lot on your plate and want to ensure we are providing proper supports.  We are working hard to find proctors for the EOG's outside of our school and are ensuring if we do have to pull them, they are pulled evenly!  Listed below are the windows for each test.  If you need help organizing your schedule, please reach out to Alexandria.  

NKT-  May 16- May 31
MClass- May 14- June 4
EOY Math Assessments- Now until June 8th
Case 21 (2nd grade)- May 22 and May 23
EOG's-  May 29-June 5

Mclass - Teachers prior to assessing students on the iPads in Mclass, you will need to follow the directions that Christine sent to you.   You will now need to access your mClass assessments on your Ipad and laptop through the NCDPI Single Sign On (SSO) System on your iPad and computer.  Here are the two resources she highlighted in her email:  

MTSS Plans-  All Tier II and III plans have to be reviewed and exited by May 31st, 2018 to allow time for conversion from EASi to ECATS/ECATS-MTSS.  Work with your case manager to ensure these plans have been exited properly.  


Chromebooks
We are preparing for our roll-out of Chromebooks Monday!  In order to begin, we wanted to update you now as you plan your lessons for next week!  

The new laptops will have the room number on them and are expected to be in your cart charging each night.  These laptops will remain with the classroom for their existence at Underwood.  So, if you move classrooms or grade levels, the cart/Chromebooks will not move.  

After distribution to support staff, we are making an effort to ensure we all have access to enough technology. We are going to re-distribute the laptops from classrooms and put them on the carts (one upstairs and one downstairs).  Check-out will be similar to how we currently do check-out.  If you need help with this, please do not hesitate to ask.  

Printing-  We are working on a system to help with printing from the Chromebooks.  Please be patient and creative (this is new to all of us!).  The first step solution is to have the student login to a laptop/desktop or send it to you. 

Remember that completing the 3:1 canvas course is a staff  requirement. Below are the links to help you get started if you have not already done so.  Remember to turn in completion paper work to Alexandria when you finish the course.

Here is what Alex shared: an outline of the modules and suggestions of where to spend most of your time


Here are the summary slides Tanya created with instructions for getting enrolled in the canvas course.


Calendar/Important Links:

May 8-Interims home
          -SIP/Leadership meeting; 7:45am
         - Kindergarten Open House
May 9-  Admin Training (EOG's); 4:00 in the media center
May 10-Behavior Support Team meeting; 7:45am
           -Kindergarten Open House
May 11-  Admin Training (EOG's): 7:45 in the media center
May 15-  Proctor Training (EOG's); 9:20 in the media center
           -  Proctor Training (EOG's); 12:00 in the media center
May 16-  Proctor Training (EOG's); 1:00 in the media center
May 17-CD Cohort meeting; 7:45am
May 18-Volunteer Luncheon
May 22-SIP/Leadership meeting; 7:45am
May 24-Q4 electives end
           -K-1 Theater Production; 7pm
June 6th - Field Day 
June 8th - Last day of school for students 
June 11th - Make up day for all staff members 

**EOG Update-  The EOG's are on the following dates.  We will doing all EOG's in the traditional format except for Science.  Science will be done on the computer.  
May 29-  3rd and 4th ELA
May 30-  3rd and 4th Math
May 31-  Vinson/Nightingale Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 1-   FV/Goto Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 4-  5th Math/Make-ups
June 5-  5th ELA/Make-ups
June 6-  Make-ups
June 7-  Make-ups

**The comprehensive list of after school rosters for all clubs can be found here

**EOY checklist can be found here.