Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9/30 ERS

Started the day welcoming kids into school.

Walked around to say good morning to classes.

Met with 2nd grade teachers

Met with 4th grade teachers about the Missouri Google Summit.

Met with PE teacher.

Ran Tardy and attendance report to work on letters home.

Ordered lunch

Organized 2nd year teacher meeting on friday.

Made parking passes

Finalized iObservation of Art teacher

Finished 2nd grade iObservation

Did writing with 1st grade.

Printed and address attendance letters.

Monday, September 29, 2014

9/29 ERS, CO, WGHS

Started the day at Edgar Road.  I went there to get an overview of the calendar and start the week off with a plan of what will happen throughout this week.

I then headed over to Central Office.  I met with the HR director to go over iObservation and discuss reports used to improve the teacher observation process.

After that headed over to WGHS to:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

9/25 6-8 Science Collaboration

Agenda: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1MIRjmwsuFF32gkEZbMQ7JasgS5mjhX54VQ1CQ7RLu_Q/edit#

Started the day with a check in, What's up, What's new?

Reviewed Work from 8/29 Grade Level Meeting

Reviewed timeline to implementation

Review Learning Goals and Clarified content in the unit

Added to/edited this:

Discussed common assessments

Reviewed future meetings....

After Lunch:

6th Grade
  • Prepping for Camp Wyman

7th Grade
  • Working on lab activities and projects for the Space Systems unit
    • Gravity Learning Target
      • All 7th grade pumpkin competition
        • calculate mass, density, diameter, circumference
        • estimate drop time
        • inter-team competition format
      • Placed new standards, not yet placed, into the appropriate unit and Learning Goal.
      • Researched “red-shift” and where it fits into instructional sequence.

8th grade:
  • Working on project ideas specifically audience and community partners

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

9/24 Clark, ERS, Kit, Flipping

Started the day at Clark Elementary to discuss Social Studies comments.

Headed over to Edgar Road

Welcomed kids in

Walked around.

Checked out Art class and stitching

Watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv7KpLSt77s

Met with 4th grade teacher re: Google Classroom.  Used this Help document: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020294?hl=en

Had lunch with our Kit facilitator.

finalized Reading Walkthrough of kindergarten.

Worked on "Individualized Instruction" presentation.

Met with 1st grade team to discuss student performance.

Headed over to WGHS.

Facilitated Flip Teaching Meeting 6.  Slides here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9/23 ERS

Started the day with a faculty meeting where we were updated from the Superintendent about committee work and future of the district.

Met with a 3rd grade teacher to finish iObservation.

Met with another 3rd grade teacher to finish iObservation.

Observed a 2nd grade.

Observed Music.

Observed 4th grade.

Met with 1st grade teacher to finish iObservation and the reading walkthrough form.

Met with 2nd grade teacher to finish iObservation and the reading walkthrough form.

Learned who Josh Ochs is: http://joshochs.com/

Read this: http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/wanted-real-curriculum-leaders-not-just-managers/

Started drafting 4th grade 10/1 agenda for Social Studies facilitators.

Observed Art.

Watched this video:

Updated blog.

Watched:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFwhUBYqcDo

Started on my "Individualized Instruction" presentation for Monday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

9/22 ERS, Central Office, Hixson

Welcomed kiddos in the morning at the circle drive.

Followed up on HelpCounter with School Secretary.

Completed 7 "Reading Walkthrough" forms.

Called First student to arrange for buses for Junior Achievement field trip.

Make Oasis Volunteer spreadsheet.

Met with 2 teachers regarding reading walkthrough.

ordered label maker, laptop and labels.

Met with ELA and Math coordinators to plan 10/10 New Teacher workshop

Met with reading specialist about MOCK MAP email 3

Added/Edited 4th grade Social Studies pages on the Teacher Resource Hub.

Met with Assistant Supt. about "Unpacking" curriculum.

Headed over to Hixson to attend department meetings.

Friday, September 19, 2014

9/19 WGHS, Hixson, WGHS, ERS

Started the day at WGHS.

  • Worked on email
  • Worked on Social Studies Unit web page development
  • Made copies for 6-8 science meeting next week

Went to check out the beginning stages of "The Story of Stuff" at Hixson: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1blxG0z_cmy9keGLsHzCIVdA5WUBJ5i88Wf2EixhtuQE/edit

Attended iDEA (PDC) full day retreat (late).

Was surprised by the St. Louis Magazine "Excellence in Education" award.

Headed back over to ERS to wrap up the day, clean up email, etc.

 Finished 3rd grade Social Studies Unit Development.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9/18 DLT, ERS, Hixson

Started the day at the district DLT committee.  We discussed:

  • Update on the collaborative
  • update on "Dream Team"
  • Projected DLT learning dates and activities
  • HR updates
  • SSD Updates
  • update from the Supt office.

Headed over to ERS.

Finalized and communicated the 6,7,8 collaboration in Science on 9/25. Shared the agenda here: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1MIRjmwsuFF32gkEZbMQ7JasgS5mjhX54VQ1CQ7RLu_Q/edit#

Met with teacher and principal about iPad purchase.

Met with HR director about Visitor check in

Finalized iPad order with Director of Technology

Emailed teachers with pending iObservation and Reading Walkthrough documents.

Attended the 8th grade Social Studies department meeting.

Shared created Student Achievement Analysis report for Central Office seen here:

Edgar Road School
Student Achievement Analysis
13-14 School Year

Student Achievement Data
·       Bulleted list of data including but not necessarily limited to MAP data.  The data may come directly off your CSIP.  Include data indicative of progress and regress.
·       56 out of 187 (30%) students scored Advanced in 3, 4, 5th grade Communication Arts.
·       131 out of 187 (70%) students scored Proficient or Advanced in 3, 4, 5th grade Communication Arts.
·       45 out of 187 (24%) students scored Advanced in 3, 4, 5th grade Mathematics.
·       134 out of 187 (72%) students scored Proficient or Advanced in 3, 4, 5th grade Mathematics.
·       19 out of 71 (27%) students scored Advanced in 5th grade Science.
·       40 out of 71 (56%) students scored Proficient or Advanced in 5th grade Science.
·       Earned 100% of points possible on MSIP 5 Standards
·       Evaluated as “Exceeding” as part of the MSIP5 2020 Target metric in growth areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics.
·       Subgroup achievement evaluated as “On Track” as part of the MSIP5 2020 Target metric in growth areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics
·       Attendance percentage of 96.6%

Strategies/Actions You Feel Positively Contributed To Student Learning
·       This may include but is not limited to new strategies/actions from your CSIP.
·       Provided before and after school tutoring in reading for all students reading below grade level.
·       Provided ongoing professional development for the teachers in
·       Implemented CCSS, Units of Study and Being A Writer (K-5)
·       Increased the use of reading nonfiction materials and integrate nonfiction reading strategies through direct, explicit instruction across all content areas.
·       Increased Team collaboration & discussion curing team meetings
·       Held PDD- demonstrate useful math websites (xtra math, dream box)
·       Held PDD Review materials available, how to supplement
·       Students applied new math skills to different situations and justify their answers.
·       Students increased mastery and recall of basic facts, through the use of technology, drill/skills, and practice activities.
·       Teachers introduced CCSS through lessons provided with Investigation
·       Teachers select a technology project from a curriculum unit for students to complete.
·       Teachers worked with grade level/librarian to develop a common experience within the TILS Curriculum.
·       Teachers attended at least one building or district provided technology training. 
·       Implemented school-wide expectations
·       Incorporated Character Education each month
·       Recorded number of students receiving Star Citizen Award
·       Home & School communication forms for parents were used to be aware of what is going on at school.  Include trait of the month, definitions in newsletter and announcements 
·       Implemented universal playground expectation
·       Implemented Cafeteria routines & expectations
·       Continued caring communities – anti-bullying program
·       Administered Aimsweb probes in the fall, winter, and spring to all students.
·       Provided research based interventions based on CBMs and Aimsweb.
·       Progress monitored students that have been identified.
·       Provided research based behavioral interventions (i.e. behavior plans, observations, etc.).
·       RtI team provided a “progress monitoring” training for all teachers by grade level.
·       RtI team provided differentiated training for each grade level – regarding Benchmarking.

Strategies/Actions You Will Continue/Initiate In Support Of Areas Needing Attention
·       This may include but is not limited to new strategies/actions from your CSIP.
  • ·       Create a system for people to come together on a regular basis to discuss and experiment with how to make leaning relevant, challenging, and fun for learners.
  • ·       Provide 21st Century technology and spaces to support a culture of personalized learning. 
  • ·       Cultivate globally-minded pedagogies, curriculum, and practices.
  • ·       Develop and implement improved communication practices, designed to foster two-way communication with specific stakeholders. 
  • ·       Focus areas of:  Math, Technology, English Language Arts, Social Justice, & Respect & Responsibility.
  • ·       As a total school insist on answering questions with a complete thought/sentence (Point of Pride).
  • ·       Promote doing your best on MAP tests and any tests by focusing on “show what you know”.
  • ·       Examine MAP descriptors per achievement level and target skills/strategies that could be taught and reinforced in the classroom and in special areas.
  • ·       Use a variety of assessments to identify students of concern or interest.
  • ·       From the “students of concern” and “students of interest” lists plan for interventions, check progress on a monthly basis. 
  • ·       Focus on high achieving students whose tests results were in the proficient range and not the advanced range – develop plans to strengthen skills for individuals.
  • ·       Practice test taking – 2 mock MAP days.
  • ·       Promote student analysis, self-correcting, and reworking assignments, plus charting own progress.
  • ·       Continue all school book of the month.
  • ·       Continue implementing RtI
  • ·       Book Clubs throughout the year are ongoing and part of faculty/staff meetings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/17 Science Facilitators

The facilitators met at WGHS room 324 from 8:30 - 3:30.  The agenda is located here.

We set goals for the day:

We made edits to the timeline

Then published the timeline here (and below):

We then clarified content at each grade level and updated the Teacher Resource Center.

The team then clarified the MySci Pilot for each grade level and content area.  I emailed the schedule to the MySci team to finalize details.

Teachers then set agendas for future gatherings on 10/23, 3/25 and 4/14, seen here:

10/23 Agenda

3/25 Agenda

4/14 Agenda

Teachers then wrapped up the day working on dreaming up resources we would need and adding them to the Teacher Resource Center.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9/16 ERS

Started the day meeting with Janel from Frienedy.

Headed over to Edgar Road to attend 3rd and 4th grade team meetings.

I then walked around the school saying good morning to classrooms.

Played some Math games with 1st grade.

Attended 1st grade team meeting.

Had lunch with students in the cafeteria.  I learned there that Dr. McGee sounds a lot like "Steve" so kids were calling me "steve."

Conversation with Channel One representative.

Until the end of the month, Channel one has a subscription for 7$ a student/year through the 30th of September.

Ordered Missouri Books for 5th grade teachers.

Tested out "MY MAPS" in google maps as a possible place for students to create projects learning about Missouri.  Here's what I tried out: https://goo.gl/maps/XX2jQ

Shared my calendar for next week.

Office: ERS
ERS: 80
CC: 20

Monday, September 15, 2014

9/15 Social Studies Facilitators

Workshop agenda and resources: https://docs.google.com/a/wgcloud.org/document/d/1RzPDZnSS8k7aS0FW2Pc9IUDkhMYFCNbFocb_Lzw7TNc/edit#

Set a goal that "Today would be successful if..."

Made a plan for the year:

Made Edits to the Timeline to implementation. FOUND HERE

Created Units tied to new learning goals:

1st Term: Communities and Waves: Light and Sound
2nd Term:  Structure and Function and Sustainability
3rd Term:  Space and Famous People

1- Our Country:  Long Ago and Today (comparing Native American tribal regions to current day)
2-World Regions
3- The U.S. on a Global Scale
(see above resource for learning goals that match each unit)


Building an Economy:

Building a Community:
-Creating trimester ideas for units


Set out to plan future gatherings of the teams:

-bring past and present materials/binders/resources to look through and see what is still usable and can fit into new standards
-meet with building teams and gather ideas and input
-resources/websites for teachers- Ideas for ordering?
-resources for students
-review yearlong plan with science team
develop assessments for communities - bring resources and ask others for ideas
develop assessments and activities for sustainability unit
Continue to develop World Regions unit:
*finish planning day to day activities
*finish research assessment
*find trade books for different countries and websites (to be used for research project)
*create a resources list for materials needed for each lesson
Develop Our Country: Long Ago and Today unit (with help from Staci and Tim)
*plan day to day activities
*develop assessment
*find trade books
*create a list of materials needed for each lesson
The U.S. on a Global Scale
*plan day to day activities
*develop assessment
*find trade books
*create a list of materials needed for each lesson
**Plan authentic learning experiences and speakers for units** (Webster and Wash. University Multicultural Centers)
Complete the reorganization of Units 2 and 3.  Continue to organize necessary resources.  Revise unit assessments.
We are going to meet October 1 and complete first Trimester activities and unit.  Work on Trimester 2 unit(s).  Gather more materials for first Trimester units.

*Materials needed to implement unit one:  
M&Ms, Book-Pancakes Pancakes, Book-Monday on the Mississippi, Dixie Cups, Faux Crown
Continue working on lessons within each of our three units: Explorers/Foundations of America, Westward Expansion, Civil War
Create assessments as we go

Friday, September 12, 2014


Started the day with Edgar Road.  Welcoming kids and teachers to their day of learning.

Met with SSD teacher regarding student behavior and the development of a behavior plan.

Headed over to WGHS for coordinator meeting.  Discussed:

  • Schedule coordinator coffees
  • MAP reports
  • Debrief PO/Req Conversation
  • District Wide Door Cards
  • Board/PTO/Admin Dialogue Curriculum Question
  • Coordinator Role
  • Furniture
Attended the Saint Louis Science Leadership Consortium

Headed back over to Edgar Road.

Met with team to discuss a plan for behavior interventions.

Called a parent that was upset about student interactions.

Supervised dismissal.

Answered emails, lots of emails!