Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6 - 10

Critical Thinking 
NC Severe Weather Awareness Week - Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday March 8th at 9:30.

Promotion/Intervention - Promotion and intervention letters will be going home this Tuesday. According to Wake County School Board policy 3420, parents of students at risk of being retained must be notified by the midpoint of the third quarter. Underwood Elementary teachers have been asked to identify students who are performing below grade level in one or more content areas.  By identifying students who are at-risk early, we have additional time to concentrate on areas of academic concern for each child.

Curriculum Procurement Update: Per Brian Kingsley (Superintendent of Academics) As our team continues moving towards a final recommendation to the Board of Education in April, teachers in the county will complete their piloting of the resources by March 17th. All staff members have access to the Canvas site with information about each resource. 
School Improvement Plan - 2nd Quarter Data Review (mClass, Report Cards, and Case21). We have many things to be proud of our students work! 
Math Problem Statement: The students that are not proficient on Case 21 and Report Card data are not retaining isolated skills over the course of a quarter/semester.

Math Action Steps: Modify current instructional strategies, create assessments that have current and previous (reviewed content), interviewing with previous grade levels about curriculum, re-visiting curriculum

Reading Problem Statement: of 3rd grade students are not meeting benchmarks in literacy on Case21 doesn't match their performances in the classroom.
Action Steps: Go into DEF report and list names of students in red or yellow. 3rd grade grade has restructured their day due to previous reading data, so the 3rd grade team will need to provide further/current data at next meeting to show if the restructuring of the day is working.

Magnet Visit - Thank you for letting Charlotte Magnet Schools and WCPSS into our fine arts electives. They were impressed with the teaching tools and learning objects that were taking place and the student engagement during the lessons.

Elementary Arts Integration opportunity - there is a week-long Arts Integration Institute. Over the course of the week, scheduled for June 19-23 at the Cary Arts Center, professional teaching artists will lead hands-on activities for so classroom and arts teachers will learn ways to integrate arts disciplines across the curriculum. More info to come from United Arts. 

Single Sign on Wake ID Portal - Having trouble managing the multiple login names and passwords you need to access applications such as Google Apps, Canvas and more? We have good news! Starting March 15, you will use the new WakeID Portal to access these and other applications in one place with one username and password. 
  • Students will need to access their Google Apps and Canvas through the WakeID Portal, but they won't need to claim their accounts. Their default password will be their student number. Secondary students must change their passwords on their first login. 
  • More information is coming. Stay tuned!
June Explore Wake Schools is All About Teachers -The June issue of Explore Wake Schools magazine will focus on our outstanding teachers. Please use this form to nominate a colleague or two to be featured in this special issue.

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