February 4, 2013

By Allan  

Hello Staff,

It’s hard to believe we’re now more than halfway through the school year!

Eight items of note for this week:

• PBIS Focus: Cooperation – It’s a new month and the February PBIS focus is Cooperation. Remember the PBIS team created a handy PBIS/CFK cheat sheet that matches our monthly themes with corresponding Caring for Kids class meeting lessons.

• Sense-making and Multiplication – Here’s a link to the video that Raquel mentioned at Friday’s training. The goal of the lesson in the video is for students to see how 1 digit multiplication helps with 2 and 3 digits too. It’s a 13 minute video that’s worth throwing up on your classroom screen one afternoon while you’re doing some after school prep work.

• Safety Week Next Week – A quick reminder that next week (not this week) I’m planning to conduct a “Safety Week” to practice the most common safety drills. I’ve typically held these during a week that overlaps between two month, so we can do the required monthly evacuation drills for both months at the same time, but this year’s calendar did not allow for that until the end of the year. In any case, the schedule for Safety Week will be:

⁃ Monday, Feb. 11 – Earthquake/Fire Drill, 9:30

⁃ Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Room Clear, time decided by teachers

⁃ Thursday, Feb. 14 – Lock Down, 10:30

⁃ Friday, Feb. 15 – Directed Relocation, 12:50 directed to the gym (right before the Roadrunner Assembly)

• Resources to teach students about African American history – This blog post includes several resources to help educators address Black History Month. Included among the six teaching tools recommended are resources that focus on February’s theme of “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” They suggest interactive resources and timelines that focus on African-American heritage, the Civil Rights movement and other topics. There’s also a good link to a Teaching Tolerance page on the “Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Black History Month.”

• Public Works Day, May 17th – The City of Eugene invites classes to attend Public Works Day on Thursday, May 16th. Open house hours are 8:30 − 3:00 at the Public Works Yard, 1820 Roosevelt Boulevard. See the attached flyer and the link for further information. If you visit their website there is an online registration form, or you can fill out the old fashioned paper version here.

• 3 things that keep poor kids out of the sciences – In this Scientific American post, biologist Danielle Lee describes her experience coaching poor kids in St. Louis on science fair projects — an activity that often becomes a stepping stone to a career in the sciences. But, for the kids Lee met, intelligence and a good idea aren’t enough to overcome the institutional barriers working against them. This is how discrimination happens.

• Social Committee Dues – Please remember to turn in your social committee dues to Lori. Participation in this committee helps us support each other in major life events and just overall to have a little fun with each other.

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

Feb. 4 (M)
PBIS Focus: Cooperation
1:30-2:30, Allan to Elementary Principal Planning Meeting
2:30-3:30, Allan and Melissa to Title 1 Principal & Coordinator Meeting

Feb. 5 (T)
8:00-4:00, Allan to All Principal PD with Jon Saphier
11:00-12:00, OBOB Practice (Room 2)

Feb. 6 (W)
9:00-10:00, January Book Drawing
1:15-2:15, OAKS Planning Meeting, 3/4/5 & Title 1 (Room 16)
4:00-6:30 Digital Learning Day (Madison Middle School)
4:30-6:30, Jon Saphier PD Series “Cognitive Strategies Matched to Content and Students” (Sheldon HS)

Feb. 7 (H)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Superintendent Cabinet Meeting. Melissa to cover. (Ed Center)
11:00-12:00, OBOB Practice (Room 2)
2:30-3:30, TLT Training

Feb. 8 (F)
Report Cards Sent Home
9:30-11:30, 4/5 Classes to Swan Lake (Hult Center)

Have a good one!