January 21, 2013

By Allan  

Hello Howard Staff,

I hope you all enjoyed your three day weekend and are ready for your short three day week with students.

Ten items of note for this week:

• Math Report Card Guidelines – Remember to look on the District Math Server for report card guidelines on how to grade student math skills (since the report card was written for the old standards and we are teaching to the new standards). This year’s report card is unchanged, but next year’s report card, on the new eSIS (Synergy), will reflect the CCSS math clusters. Be aware that you cannot access this website at home unless you’re running VPN.

Grading Day – It is the school district’s expectation that teachers will report to school on grading days. Working from home on report cards is not allowed. Sorry. : (

• School Board Invites Public Input on Long-Range Facilities Plan, Wednesday at 7:00 PM – The School Board is seeking public input on their long range facilities plan, which includes building a new Howard in the first phase. Input will take place at 7:00 PM this Wednesday at the Ed Center during the regular School Board Meeting. Here’s a link to the email that was send out to everyone and here is a link to the facilities proposal on the 4J website. I will be there, but it would be great to have staff, parents, students or community member there to speak in support of building us a brand new Howard!

• UO Track & Field Team – Reading to students – Coach Johnson and the UO Track and Field team are looking for opportunities to read to students over the next few months. If you or you are interested, please email Kimberly McManus (Kimberly.K.McManus@ci.eugene.or.us) with the following info:

Contact phone:
Contact email:
Date Requested:
Time of Day Requested:
Age Group of kids:
Number of kids:

• Elementary Culinary Competition – Information will be going home with students soon about the Elementary Culinary Competition. It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at SEHS. This year’s theme is HEALTHY Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads. Food Services will try to get the school board members and various other “celebrities” to participate as judges. Flyers and recipe entry forms should be arriving soon. All entries will receive a free 4J meal voucher to be used at any time.

• Asian Celebration Haiku Contest – Each year the Asian Celebration has a haiku contest. I don’t know if anyone at Howard has done this before, but I thought you might enjoy this activity with your students.

• Doodle for Google Contest – Once a year, Google gives K-12 students across the U.S. the chance to display their own Google doodle on www.google.com through the Doodle 4 Google contest. The 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest launches with the theme “My Best Day Ever…” This contest gives students a blank canvas to exercise their creative imagination and doodle about their best day ever — be that in the past, present or future. Google is excited to see moments or thoughts that range from small and personal to broad and far reaching — maybe even out of this universe. Details can be found on their website for submission rules and also prizes. Every state will have one winner!

• How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards – When you hear CCSS, you don’t typically think of the arts. This short article from ASCD explores four direct connections between the arts and the Common Core State Standards, and consider how Next Generation Arts Standards focused on media arts can strengthen content-area learning.

• John Wooden, Teacher Extraordinaire – Here’s a good article on how John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, used four key insights on teacher inquiry. He always insisted that everything he did with his highly successful teams from 1946 to 1975 he learned from teaching high-school English in the 1930s.

• Schedule of Events for the Week – See the Google Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for this week:

Jan. 14 (M)
No School — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 15 (T)
8:00-2:15, Allan to Learning About Learning Network Meeting (Chavez)
2:30-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting

Jan. 16 (W)
7:15-7:45 Allan to Teacher Goals Mid-Year Meeting
7:45-11:15 Data Team Meetings (Staff Room)
1:30-2:30, Allan to Teacher Formal Observation Pre-Conference
2:30-3:30, Allan to Student Follow-Up Meeting
7:00-8:00, Allan and any interested staff to Public Hearing on Long-Range Facilities Plan (Ed Center)

Jan. 17 (H)
8:10-8:40, Allan to teach Title 1 Group
9:00-9:30, Music Assembly (Gym)
10:55-11:05, Allan to Teacher Formal Observation
12:30-1:30, Allan to Formal Observation Post Conference
2:30-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Room 10)

Jan. 18 (F)
Grading Day – No Students
EA Workshops

Have an excellent week!