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Please join me in formally welcoming Michelle Bellin to our PS 7 Family. Mrs. Bellin will lead class 1-114 and is very excited to be here . She has many years of experience with teaching and learning, especially at the primary grade levels. I know that many of you have taken the time to introduce yourself and I encourage everyone to make the time to say hello and offer a PS 7 Welcome! Congratulations Mrs. Bellin and again welcome to our school family! We look forward to your contributions :)
P. S . 7 , E V E R Y O N E I S A S T A R !
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“The greatest discoveries have come from people who have looked at a standard situation and seen it differently.” ~Ira Erwin
WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON AS PROFESSIONALS? As members of a professional learning community, it is expected that we engage in professional conversations about what’s working best for our children and what could be better. Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you about the benefits of the information gained from baseline assessments, in particular E-CLAS & DRA assessments. As you know, the pedagogical coaches are here to support you in becoming more effective facilitators of learning in the classroom. That being said, the coaches have a very focused plan of action for the upcoming week. To support the use of data to drive instructional decisions and to support the process of differentiation, the pedagogical coaches within the instructional cabinet are committed to the following short-term goals: • By close of business on Monday, October 19, 2009 every teacher will have met one-on-one with their pedagogical coach. • During this one-on-one conference, you will collaboratively utilize baseline assessment data in order to create leveled groups for students in the content areas Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
Administrative Foci Week of 10/09/09
As a professional, you are responsible for the following items:
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Clear, Measurable, Standardsbased Learning Objectives for EVERY LESSON Data Driven learning experiences that meet children’s needs across levels; children working on “just right” learning activities
• During these conferences, coaches will also demonstrate and share components of effective lesson planning as well as a tool for planning for differentiated learning experiences. • Following the meeting with pedagogical coaches, children will be working in leveled groups in each classroom during Reading, Writing, and Math Workshops. Coaches will model or co-teach the introductory lesson. • No later than Tuesday, October 20, 2009 children in each leveled group will engage daily in “just right” learning activities in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Learning experiences will vary in planning and implementation based on the level of learners in each group. The purpose of baseline assessments is to have a clear understanding of what children know and are able to do in order to match learning experiences with learners in intentional ways. Once we have an understanding of what children know, the possibilities for learning are endless. This work, although challenging and time consuming, is vital in our growth as a school community. Please do not hesitate to ask if you are unclear about any aspect of this work. Our children are too valuable not to ask!
If you have any questions or are uncertain, see your direct supervisor today! K-2 Ms. Cloutier 3-4 Mr. Schaeffer 5 Ms. Ramos
Kudos Corner: P.S. 7 Super Stars! The PS 7 Kudos Corner is designed to identify and honor best practices and outstanding efforts within our school community. Studies have shown that the # 1 impact on student success and achievement comes from high quality, effective teachers. The staff members highlighted in our PS 7 Kudos Corner deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work, outstanding efforts, and successes with our children. P.S. 7 is a place where everyone is a STAR! Where hard work, dedication, and excellence shine! OCTOBER 2009 DATES TO REMEMBER: Friday, October 09, 2009 Baseline Assessments Due
Monday, October 12, 2009
School’s CLOSED for Columbus Day
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MS. FLAM WORKS TIRELESSLY TO SUPPORT EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY. IN SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES, SHE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE CHILDREN’S SUCCESSES BY INTEGRATING THE ARTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CURRICULUM. THIS WORK IS EVIDENT IN SO MANY WAYS: THE CREATIVE BULLETIN BOARD DISPLAYS APPEARING THROUGHOUT OUR HALLWAYS, INCREASED ABILITY BY STAFF TO SHARE ARTS EXPERIENCES WITH CHILDREN, AND IN THE CLASSES SHE TEACHES. I KNOW WE ALL APPRECIATE BARBARA FLAM AND THIS WEEK LET’S TRY TO MAKE AN EXTRA EFFORT TO SHOW IT!
TEN N IS H I A S T EFAN OVIC THERE IS ALWAYS SUCH A POSITIVE TONE AS ONE WALKS INTO MS. STEFANOVIC’S CLASSROOM. ALL CHILDREN ARE ON TASK, AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY PARTICIPATING DURING WELL DEVELOPED LESSONS. LESSON OBJECTIVES ARE BOTH CLEAR AND CONCISE. EXTENDED KUDOS TO MS. STEFANOVIC FOR HER DEDICATED WORK WITH MR. PETER LEWIS AND THE PS 7 REVIEW TEAM.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Collaborative Lunch Conferences
Bulletin Board Walk Through 3:15 SLT Meeting 5:15 PM
PAT R I CE N OR E LL
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Inquiry Team Meeting 3:15-5:15 PM
DBQ Workshop for 5th Grade Parents/Guardians 6 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
CFN Network Meeting
Friday, October 16, 2009
Meet & Greet Classes 3-216, 1-114
UFT Committee Meeting 3:15 PM
MRS. NORELL EMBRACES STUDENTS’ POSITIVE TRAITS AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO TRY NEW THINGS. THIS IS CLEAR AND EVIDENT THROUGH HER CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS. ENCOURAGING ALL STUDENTS BY SIMPLY PRAISING SOMETHING THEY DO WELL, BECAUSE THEY ALL DO SOMETHING WELL, CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES!