STEM Announcements 12.9.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to our 3rd Grade Team, Mr. Phan, Ms. Aguirre, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Zinskey, and Mr. Kelling for Committing & Following Through with the Animal Wax Museum. Students did an excellent job presenting their research and creating their costumes!
  • Shout out to our K-3rd Grade DI Teachers for Keeping Students in Mind during our PD this Saturday. It was a great day filled with lots of learning! Way to go #FeasterDI teachers!

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📸Pictures: Bobcat from 3rd Grade Wax Museum; (2) Tomatoes from Feaster Farm; (3) #FeasterDI Ts Additional Information:

Additional Information

  • December 14th is the last day to turn in counseling referrals for Quarter 3. You can submit forms in Cynthia & Chris’ box.
  • PTO will sponsor three families this holiday season! If you know of a family in need, please connect with Mrs. Acuna!
  • Imagine Learning is doing its Quarter 2 assessment this week. I would encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of trying their best and letting them know that some parts may be more challenging than others. This assessment will give you more information about how the students are progressing.
  • SmartyAnts logins have been a bit more complicated in the past few months. To help with logging in, we have created the attached PDF with a QR code which will bring students directly to the student portal on the CVESD website. We hope this helps make the login process more efficient!
  • Please share any pictures that you would like included in this year’s yearbook by emailing them to heather.walker@cvesd.org or add them to the shared committees OneNote folder: OneNote Yearbook Committee. Please add a caption including what the picture is showing and your name.
  • The 2018/2019 Yearbook cover competition has been extended! Students have until 12/21/2018 to turn in their cover designs. Please share this information with your class.
  • The Classroom App is being used in several classrooms across Feaster Charter! This is an app that helps you see the student’s iPad screens and monitor their work from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in getting this set up, please email heather.walker@cvesd.org

 

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)
  • SIGN UP FOR: Formal Observations + PLC Observations

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences
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VAPA Announcements 12.9.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to our 3rd Grade Team, Mr. Phan, Ms. Aguirre, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Zinskey, and Mr. Kelling for Committing & Following Through with the Animal Wax Museum. Students did an excellent job presenting their research and creating their costumes!
  • Shout out to our K-3rd Grade DI Teachers for Keeping Students in Mind during our PD this Saturday. It was a great day filled with lots of learning! Way to go #FeasterDI teachers!

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📸Pictures: Bobcat from 3rd Grade Wax Museum; (2) Tomatoes from Feaster Farm; (3) #FeasterDI Ts Additional Information:

Additional Information

  • December 14th is the last day to turn in counseling referrals for Quarter 3. You can submit forms in Cynthia & Chris’ box.
  • PTO will sponsor three families this holiday season! If you know of a family in need, please connect with Mrs. Acuna!
  • Imagine Learning is doing its Quarter 2 assessment this week. I would encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of trying their best and letting them know that some parts may be more challenging than others. This assessment will give you more information about how the students are progressing.
  • SmartyAnts logins have been a bit more complicated in the past few months. To help with logging in, we have created the attached PDF with a QR code which will bring students directly to the student portal on the CVESD website. We hope this helps make the login process more efficient!
  • Please share any pictures that you would like included in this year’s yearbook by emailing them to heather.walker@cvesd.org or add them to the shared committees OneNote folder: OneNote Yearbook Committee. Please add a caption including what the picture is showing and your name.
  • The 2018/2019 Yearbook cover competition has been extended! Students have until 12/21/2018 to turn in their cover designs. Please share this information with your class.
  • The Classroom App is being used in several classrooms across Feaster Charter! This is an app that helps you see the student’s iPad screens and monitor their work from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in getting this set up, please email heather.walker@cvesd.org

 

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)
  • SIGN UP FOR: Formal Observations + PLC Observations

 

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

Student Agency & The Wax Museum

Getting students involved and participating can be both empowering but also challenging. When students have a voice in the classroom, they feel that they are part of the community and they are more likely to share their thoughts, communicate about needing additional support and be available to help others. The question remains though, how do we get students to feel comfortable with sharing their thoughts?

I was reminded of the power of student voice this past week when I saw the energy and enthusiasm exhibited by our third graders during the wax museum. I was amazed seeing what they created and prepared! What could have been a basic essay done on paper in one week was turned into a meaningful community event that brought about connections between students across the entire school, connected teachers and parents and resulted in an impressive project focused on learning.

Seeing the students make their own choice not only on topic but on method as well was impressive. Some students had written out their report, others chose to create a KeyNote, some included a poster and even still other students chose to do a slideshow video showing their work. The choice component was crucial because it gave students a sentiment of trust and allowed them to show their learning in a way that was most effective for them.

 

It is, of course, not feasible to expect that every single writing assignment results in a product like this – that would be unrealistic and I am in no way suggesting that! I am wondering how we are providing opportunities for voice and choice to be recognized throughout every school day. I do feel that is something more reasonable to wonder – do students have input on how they are demonstrating their learning and do their personal strengths develop because of the learning objectives? I see so many great examples of just this – voice and choice being recognized across the entire school – like when students get to choose an app to show their learning, or when the “W” section of a KWL (what we know, what we want to know and what we learned) chart is revisited, or when students are asked how they would be most successful in showing that they have mastered the day’s lesson! Simply asking students how they would be most successful showing their learning may bring up ideas that we have not even considered before, it may even bring up ideas we have not even seen on Pinterest…yet! I definitely encourage you all to share out your ideas on your social media accounts, during collaboration, while eating lunch in the lounge, while waiting for the copy machine – anytime you are with another person – celebrate what you have done and try to be open about what others are doing as well.

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STEM Weekly Announcements 12.2.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Mrs. Boolen, Ms. Hale, Mr. Peterson and Ms. Morris committing and following through with their annual college week field trips, they chaperoned close to 100 students to 5 colleges and career opportunities in San Diego County, thank you for giving our students an opportunity they may not have otherwise had!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ana Mercado committing and following through and decorating a beautiful float for the Starlight Parade!
  • Shout out to Mr. Saminego, Coach Guglielmo, Coach Johnson, Coach Chris, Mrs. Schenelle, Mr. Reggie, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Ana McGaffey, and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through by escorting our students along the parade route and helping to make the event a success!!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through as they organized canned food and toy drives for the community, thank you!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Gallegos, Mr. Wylie, Ms. Rhoads, Mrs. Gurrero, Mrs. Perechica, Ms. Arizmendi, & Mrs. Gentile for having a growth mindset as they braved the cold and rainy weather last week and chaperoned 120 6th graders in the mountains of Julian at 6th grade camp! They hiked, canoed, and climbed the rock wall modeling for the students to be open to try new things!

 

 

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Additional Information:

  • How great would it be if your computer did not turn off in the middle of a lesson? There is an app that you can download on your device called Anti
    Sleep: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anti-sleep/id946798523?mt=12. If you do download this app, please have your iTunes password and username recorded so that we can easily sign you out when you return your device.
  • Please take some time to make sure that your location services are turned ON for all of your classroom iPads. This allows us to find the device if it goes missing.
  • On the Blog: this week, our blog post is about Hour of Code, it gives resources, links and reasons to participate in Computer Science
    Week https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/hour-of-code-2018/
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Upcoming Events:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

VAPA Weekly Announcements 12.2.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Mrs. Boolen, Ms. Hale, Mr. Peterson and Ms. Morris committing and following through with their annual college week field trips, they chaperoned close to 100 students to 5 colleges and career opportunities in San Diego County, thank you for giving our students an opportunity they may not have otherwise had!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ana Mercado committing and following through and decorating a beautiful float for the Starlight Parade!
  • Shout out to Mr. Saminego, Coach Guglielmo, Coach Johnson, Coach Chris, Mrs. Schenelle, Mr. Reggie, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Ana McGaffey, and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through by escorting our students along the parade route and helping to make the event a success!!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through as they organized canned food and toy drives for the community, thank you!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Gallegos, Mr. Wylie, Ms. Rhoads, Mrs. Gurrero, Mrs. Perechica, Ms. Arizmendi, & Mrs. Gentile for having a growth mindset as they braved the cold and rainy weather last week and chaperoned 120 6th graders in the mountains of Julian at 6th grade camp! They hiked, canoed, and climbed the rock wall modeling for the students to be open to try new things!

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 6.23.08 AMScreen Shot 2018-12-03 at 6.23.01 AM📸Pictures: We love to see your tweets! Below are some of the tweets about Feaster this week #feasterlearns!

Additional Information:

  • How great would it be if your computer did not turn off in the middle of a lesson? There is an app that you can download on your device called Anti
    Sleep: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anti-sleep/id946798523?mt=12. If you do download this app, please have your iTunes password and username recorded so that we can easily sign you out when you return your device.
  • Please take some time to make sure that your location services are turned ON for all of your classroom iPads. This allows us to find the device if it goes missing.
  • On the Blog: this week, our blog post is about Hour of Code, it gives resources, links and reasons to participate in Computer Science
    Week https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/hour-of-code-2018/
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Upcoming Events:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

Hour of Code 2018

Computer Science Education Week will be held nationwide December 3-9!  This is a week where additional coding challenges are posted on Hour of Code and students around the world are encouraged to learn more about computer science. This does not mean that teachers suddenly become web developers, instead, it is an opportunity for our learners to understand more about how websites and games are made. Coding can create situations where learners are dealing with complex problems and have to use multiple strategies to complete a task or challenge. Through the years, Hour of Code has developed and expanded to include activities for all ages and academic levels. I encourage you to explore this yourselves and have fun with it by trying out some of the resources and tips in this post.

Watch a video reflection of one of our second graders talking about Hour of Code “helps her brain grow” 

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Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/lHRDzUDbClk

Why Code?

Coding is not just limited to computer science week! I see and hear Roel Mislan talking about coding all the time with our Mindlabs students. He discusses how pair programming (when two coders work to complete a challenge) can help web developers work through complex problems and help develop important teamwork skills.

  • Social emotional learning connections
  • Helping students problem solve
  • World of Work connections
  • Learning to productively struggle
  • Inspire students to understand how the websites they use and the games they play are built
  • Set up routines for brain breaks and rewards that help develop grit and self control

Need more reasons to participate in Computer Science Week? Check out this video and show it to your class for some great examples on how coding has helped others:

 

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Watch the full video here: https://csedweek.org/

 

Sign Up Link:

CVESD has a set a goal of completing Hour of Code in 800 classrooms! If you will be participating in Hour of Code this week, take a minute and sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvesdcode18

Swift Playgrounds:

**This is an app on the iPad, if you do not already have it, please email Heather Galyen**

Swift Playgrounds is an iPad app as opposed to a website. It was developed by Apple and is free to download and use! This is just one resource that we have for students to practice coding. Students choose one of three animated characters, they can create their own “playgrounds.” Student see the actual coding language while working on Swift Playgrounds. The lessons within Swift Playgrounds start off basic and then get more advanced as the students complete challenges. There is some more rigorous vocabulary that comes up in the advanced levels.  See this article or see this YouTube Video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syX5cFfV3RQ

Hour of Code How to Video:

Explanation of Activities:

Suggested activities by Grade Level and Device Ability:

The Hour of Code website has created a great online course catalog: https://studio.code.org/courses?view=teacher

This will give you specific links and lessons for your grade level and your students’ coding knowledge.

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There are a ton of new coding challenges this year! A lot more have been added that have academic connections – students can explore challenges in coding while learning about famous people in the English Biographies coding challenge, they can complete multiplication math challenges and learn about how pollution is impacting the ocean.

All Ages:

**These do play music, so make sure your students have headphones or their volume is turned down.

Primary Grades:

Upper Grades/Middle School:

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VAPA Weekly Announcements 11.25.2018

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo, Mrs. Medina, Mr. Fraser, Mr. Peterson & Coach Chris for committing and following through with their annual college week field trips, they chaperoned close to 100 students to 8 college in Los Angeles and Orange County last week, they were gone from 6:30am- 6:30pm each day, thank you for giving our students an opportunity they may not have otherwise had!
  • Shout out to Coach Johnson & Coach Guglielmo for committing and following through by putting on our annual Turkey Bowl! It was great to see so many teachers and staff out playing alongside our football team!

 

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📸Pictures:(1) ELAC parents work on ILE; (2) Ss supporting Turkey Bowl; (3) Feaster Cheerleaders; (4) Turkey Bowl 2018!

Additional Information:

  • Additional Parent Conference Days: December 17th-21st will all become minimum days for students so that you can have an additional opportunity to meet with some of your parents and hold SST’s. Additional information will be coming out this week so you can start scheduling parent meetings!
  • On the Blog: this week, our blog post is about productively struggling in
    education: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/the-productive-struggle/
  • Thank you notes: The new iPad covers have been arriving! As many of you know, PTO donated $2,500 towards the total of over $7,000 to purchase these covers. It would be a great welcome back activity to have students write thank you notes or to show their gratitude in some other way to our PTO and Feaster’s admin team for providing these new covers. You can send completed thank you notes to the Media Center or straight to the PTO office.
  • iPad Carts: a friendly reminder to keep iPad carts locked and secured whenever you are out of the classroom.
  • Video App for iPad: Clips from Apple is a speech to text video app that will transcribe your words into writing; this is a strategy for helping blocked writers get their thoughts out and for getting students to create videos about their learning: Clips Review on Common Sense Media . Email Heather Galyen if you do not have this app on your devices and would like it downloaded to your student iPads.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 2nd Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

** 6th Grade Camp & 7th Grade College Week

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences