STEM Weekly Announcements 1.21.2020

● 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. Rhoads, Mrs. Silverstein, Mrs. Perezchica, Ms. Aderholdt, and Ms. Garcia for committing and following through by creating and implementing a comprehensive behavior plan for a student that needs some additional support. Your time and efforts are making a difference in this student’s decisions.
  • Shout out to Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Aderholdt, Ms. Palacio, Ms. Zinskey, Mrs. Gallegos, and Mr. Hill for committing and following through. Recently they attended an ELPAC training and will be sharing their knowledge with us this Thursday!

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📸Pictures: 1 & 2 SOM Awards Assembly; (2) Rescue animals, Cinnamon & Clover, cared for by Ms. Morris

Additional Information:

  • Aladdin Jr: Aladdin Jr. will be showing 1/28 – 1/30 here on campus! Curtains open at 6:00 PM. You can purchase tickets before and after school near the front office.
  • Subs and Tech: Please remember that when you have subs, your sub plans should be tech-free. This is to prevent any technology from going missing and to make sure that the sub you have covering your classroom is able to get started with your lesson plans right away, without having to wait for someone to provide tech support.
  • Class Dojo Events: Class Dojo has some exciting features on their web-version! One of these are Class Dojo Events where you can schedule events for your classroom and parents will get an email 1, 2, or 5 days before the event. This will be helpful during conferences, awards assemblies, field trips, etc.

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.28 – 1.30 Aladdin 6:00 – 7:30
  • 1.29 – Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

VAPA Weekly Announcements 1.20.2020

● 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. Rhoads, Mrs. Silverstein, Mrs. Perezchica, Ms. Aderholdt, and Ms. Garcia for committing and following through by creating and implementing a comprehensive behavior plan for a student that needs some additional support. Your time and efforts are making a difference in this student’s decisions.
  • Shout out to Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Aderholdt, Ms. Palacio, Ms. Zinskey, Mrs. Gallegos, and Mr. Hill for committing and following through. Recently they attended an ELPAC training and will be sharing their knowledge with us this Thursday!

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📸Pictures: 1 & 2 SOM Awards Assembly; (2) Rescue animals, Cinnamon & Clover, cared for by Ms. Morris

Additional Information:

  • Aladdin Jr: Aladdin Jr. will be showing 1/28 – 1/30 here on campus! Curtains open at 6:00 PM. You can purchase tickets before and after school near the front office.
  • Subs and Tech: Please remember that when you have subs, your sub plans should be tech-free. This is to prevent any technology from going missing and to make sure that the sub you have covering your classroom is able to get started with your lesson plans right away, without having to wait for someone to provide tech support.
  • Class Dojo Events: Class Dojo has some exciting features on their web-version! One of these are Class Dojo Events where you can schedule events for your classroom and parents will get an email 1, 2, or 5 days before the event. This will be helpful during conferences, awards assemblies, field trips, etc.

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.28 – 1.30 Aladdin 6:00 – 7:30
  • 1.29 – Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

Benchmark Universe – Training Reflection

This past week, many of our teachers attended a training for Benchmark Universe! This week’s blog post summarizes the learning from our Benchmark trainings, reposts blogs from past trainings, and works to ask questions about how to get the most benefits out of this program!


What is Benchmark?

The Benchmark program has six components:

  • Whole Group Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • ELD
  • Writing
  • Assessments
  • Intervention

The program includes 10 units that are all CCSS aligned by grade level.  Units 1-7 work to introduce and spiral the standards, 8-10 are review lessons. Daily, teachers have access to two reading lessons, guided reading resources, ELD lessons, and one writing lesson.

Third grade shared that they have started incorporating GLAD strategies during their shared reading time. They use input charts to support reading comprehension strategies and to make connections to vocabulary words.

The program is organized by weeks:

  • Week 1: concepts and standards are introduced
  • Week 2: practice with differentiated texts and resources
  • Week 3; apply the skill

Whole Group Reading

The reading section includes ten units that are 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The nonfiction expository section alternates between science and social studies. Both digital and consumable resources are provided with the program. All themes are consistent across grade levels which will lend itself to cross-grade level collaborative opportunities.

Guided Reading

All guided reading resources are leveled, include audio and digital components, DOK questions, and have a readers theater component.

ELD

This section is differentiated for all EL levels. It includes a rubric for formative assessments. Scaffolds are included to support students in achieving success in reaching grade level CCSS.

Writing

The curriculum includes weekly writing tasks. There is a task for the teacher and for the student. The writing section of Benchmark Education integrates with our current writer’s workshop model. Examples are included for each grade level, which could be used as mentor texts. Lessons on revising and editing and included as well.

Assessments

All assessments are pre-made and aligned to CCSS. Weekly quizzes are also included to help teachers provide intervention to students who need additional support.

Intervention

Mini lessons are included to support students with scaffolded instruction. The extra practice can also be connected to Achieve3000 by assigning readings about similar topics.

Dual Immersion

The DI section is not a direct translation of the English component. Instead, it works to maintain the meaning of the text while providing students with a grade level appropriate text.


There are so many components to this program and I know our teachers are using them in such innovative ways. As I was reflecting on this, I realized how much we can learn when we take time to communicate, reflect and share the strategies that we are using in our classes. This is true for the components of any curriculum and any online program! I am incredibly curious to hear more about how everyone uses the different programs we have. Some questions that I have that I would love to get information about are:

  • What are your go-to small group resources?
  • What are some challenges that you have students working on when they are not part of your small group?
  • How do you hold students accountable for their work?
  • What are some of your favorite features of _____?
  • Have you found any features of Benchmark that you feel make your teaching better or more effective?
  • Is this program innovative in the sense that it makes learning different for the better?

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One of the things about Benchmark that I have found most useful is the fact that students can run a remote peer conference by sharing and commenting on each other’s writing! I also love the feature where students can message the teacher and get a response back (see the image below for an example of this). I was still curious about what parts of the program I have not yet seen. So, to learn more, I took my curiosity to Google and found the following:

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While we can learn so much from Google, I also wonder how we can share our practices with each other. I know that we are lucky enough to have time to do this during our collaboration, but how powerful would it be if we also shared our thoughts across multiple grade levels?! I know that I am constantly pushing these conversations and I hope that you will all take the time to share a few thoughts and strategies about how you are using Benchmark!

 

 

 

STEM Weekly Updates 12.13.2020

● 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 All Falcons for committing and following through! Collectively, we met with over 400 Families the week before Christmas! Go Flacons!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Acuña, Mrs. Hermosillo, Mrs. Noguez for Committing and Following Through with planning, organizing and holding a wonderful annual adopt a family event.
  • Shout out to Mr. Pandis for Committing and Following Through by helping to plan and organize a great Jazz event for all of our students.

 

📸Pictures: (1 & 3)Winter Performances; (2) Breakfast!

Additional Information:

  • CVESD Talk (formerly the CVESD Speech Contest) this PDF  for more information: The objective of the theme, Looking Forward, is to have students think about what ideas could spring from a discussion about the future. We encourage teachers and parents to discuss the theme with students to help them think about what it means to “look forward.” More information will be coming in a separate email, for now, please know that we are looking for more conversational style speeches instead of the traditional essay format. There are videos available on the CVESD website for you to share with your students…here is one to view for now!
    • Questions one could ask to help students generate ideas related to the theme:
      • What does your future look like?
      • What volunteer work are you involved in that makes a difference in your community, or the world?
      • If you could change the world, how would you do it?
      • What cool technology would you like to invent?
      • What cool technology do you think is just getting started?
      • What could be different in the world?
    • TYPES OF TALKS:
      • Persuade
      • Inform
      • Entertain
      • Storytelling
    • Speech Contest Dates at Feaster:
      • 4th Grade FCS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 8:00
      • 5th Grade FCS speeches: 2/3/2020 @ 1:15 (bc fitness testing & school uniform program in MPR)
      • 6th Grade FCS speeches: 2/4/2020 @ 8:00
      • 7th Grade FCMS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 1:15
      • 8th Grade FCMS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 1:15
  • Yearbook: don’t forget to share your pictures to the OneNote (Yearbook Pictures 2019 2020) or by emailing them to Heather Galyen
  • Feaster Social Media: Social Media is a great way to get information out there and to share the fantastic programs we have going here at Feaster Charter School! Give Feaster a follow by clicking the following links:

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.20.20 – Martin Luther King Holiday
  • 1.21.20 – Coffee with the Principal
  • 1.22.20 – Feaster Board Meeting

VAPA Weekly Announcements 12.16.2019

● 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 Reggie, Cassandra and Ruben for Committing and Following Through with planning, organizing and throwing an outstanding Holiday Staff Party, a great time was had by all who attended!
  • Shout out to Ms. Calimbahin, Mrs. Gallegos & Mr. Phan for having a Growth Mindset and Committing and Following Through with AVID by presenting the AVID Elementary instructional goals to our ILT.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Arizmendi for Committing and Following Through with Achieve 3000, their classes won the Read to Succeed Award!

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📸Pictures: (1)High School Presentations to 8th grade; (2) 6th Grade Wax Museum; (3 & 4) Yearbook Cover Winners!

Additional Information:

  • Parent Conferences: Early release days this week are intended for you to meet with families of students who are not making adequate progress toward grade level standards, have behavior concerns or are in the SST process. We have copies of all schedules, but if you schedule additional conferences please send an updated schedule to the office!
  • Media Center: The Media Center will be open at 7:05 AM every day this week except Tuesday! If you have students who are outside and need a more supervised routine, please send them over to room 903 to use the computers!
  • App and Programs for at Home Use (see attachment): As a reminder, we have attached the sign on instructions for students to use over winter break
  • Classroom App: The Classroom App is one that we have shared before and would like to remind you that is a great way to see your student’s iPad screens right from your own teacher iPad. If you are interested in using this app, please email Heather.
  • Read Naturally: The newest QR codes for Read Naturally levels 2.0 and Español were placed in your boxes last week!

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20-1.12 Winter Break
  • 1.13 Student Free Day: Benchmark ELD PD & Prep time
  • 1.14 Students return
  • 1.14-1.17 SOM & Honor Roll Assemblies

STEM Weekly Announcement 12.16.2019

● 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 Reggie, Cassandra and Ruben for Committing and Following Through with planning, organizing and throwing an outstanding Holiday Staff Party, a great time was had by all who attended!
  • Shout out to Ms. Calimbahin, Mrs. Gallegos & Mr. Phan for having a Growth Mindset and Committing and Following Through with AVID by presenting the AVID Elementary instructional goals to our ILT.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Arizmendi for Committing and Following Through with Achieve 3000, their classes won the Read to Succeed Award!

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📸Pictures: (1)High School Presentations to 8th grade; (2) 6th Grade Wax Museum; (3 & 4) Yearbook Cover Winners!

Additional Information:

  • Parent Conferences: Early release days this week are intended for you to meet with families of students who are not making adequate progress toward grade level standards, have behavior concerns or are in the SST process. We have copies of all schedules, but if you schedule additional conferences please send an updated schedule to the office!
  • Media Center: The Media Center will be open at 7:05 AM every day this week except Tuesday! If you have students who are outside and need a more supervised routine, please send them over to room 903 to use the computers!
  • App and Programs for at Home Use (see attachment): As a reminder, we have attached the sign on instructions for students to use over winter break
  • Classroom App: The Classroom App is one that we have shared before and would like to remind you that is a great way to see your student’s iPad screens right from your own teacher iPad. If you are interested in using this app, please email Heather.
  • Read Naturally: The newest QR codes for Read Naturally levels 2.0 and Español were placed in your boxes last week!

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20-1.12 Winter Break
  • 1.13 Student Free Day: Benchmark ELD PD & Prep time
  • 1.14 Students return
  • 1.14-1.17 SOM & Honor Roll Assemblies