Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 17

Critical Thinking

Ciara Cooke - Congratulations to Ciara on being appointed to the lead Secretary of Brier Creek Elementary. Although, we are sad to see her leave our school, but we know that she will do a fantastic job at Briar Creek. Due to the current open position her last day at Underwood will be this Friday.

Letterland walkthroughs- In support of Wake County's Initiative, Christine will be conducting walkthroughs to help determine ways to support the implementation of Letterland with fidelity in grades K-2 in the coming weeks.

EVAAS Verification - Teacher Verification window is April 22nd - May 19th. Here is additional information and updates

Teacher Working Condition Survey - Teachers be sure to complete the WCPSS survey by this Friday - The Central Areas goal is to have a 100% participation. This information and data will be compiled and I value your responses.

Student letters/hb 13 - Per Cathy Moore: "It has come to our attention that some elementary school classes are having their students write letters to their legislators asking them to support HB 13. Concerns are being raised around Jones Street that such activity may not be an appropriate use of classroom time. We advise you to check with your elementary principals to make sure this is not occurring in your schools".


Math Summit - NCSU Triangle High Five Math Summit 2017 - Wednesday, August 2nd is for elementary math educators. We are excited to welcome Dr. Robert Q. Berry, President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and a former middle school mathematics teacher for almost ten years. His research focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of African-American boys in school mathematics. Additionally, he engages in research on mathematics teaching practices in elementary classrooms. Registration will open up in May. Let Ashley/Alexandria know if you are interested in attending.

Summer Stem This July, we are pleased to host again the SummerSTEM professional development for our elementary teachers in our district.  This involves PD in the areas of PBL and gives our teacher teams the opportunity to spend two days in the field with our local industry partners plus a half day with Wake Tech Community College.  Here is an overview of SummerSTEM, the dates, and a link to the application for the teacher team(s) from your school:

Arts Integration - As you may have heard from one of the hundreds of Wake County teachers who have participated in this professional development program over the years, we bring in THE best teaching artists to lead a week of arts-integrated workshops. The week includes planning time and a session on how the arts can help teachers solve their most troublesome subjects. Teachers finish the week with inspiring new lessons for their students and a renewed passion for teaching.

This is a great opportunity for four (currently have 2 spots available) teachers from your school (classroom and arts teachers) to attend a local and affordable professional development program designed to meet the needs of Wake County teachers. Every workshop is directly tied to non-arts and arts curriculum standards and is FUN!


Weekly Messages It will be important to continue to communicate with families at a minimum one message a week. It has been great seeing many teachers using Twitter and Blogs to showcase your students work. 

Powerschool Grades - Reminder that it is important to continue to record weekly grades through assessments and observations. Be sure to use the excel document that Alexandria and Ashley have shared that indicate the skills for the quarter. PLT discussions should be centered around the essential standards of the quarter. 

Animoto -- A great way to tell a story. Colby and Emily interviewed me with six to seven questions and this is what they created facilitated by Tanya. 

Want to be king Animoto original story and art by Greer

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