VAPA Week 11 Announcements 10.14.18

● 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

Shoutouts

  • Shout out to our daytime custodian Mr. Christian for keeping all staff and every student in mind as he has taken over for Mr. Alex as the head day custodian. We appreciate all your hardwork!!
  • Shout out to Coach Guglielmo and Coach Johnson for having a growth mindset and introducing a new set of awards to Student of the Month assemblies in middle school for Fitness Achievement!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Diaz for committing and following through with our 8th grade students who wanted to develop a science fair project that included hatching and raising chickens! We all look forward to observing this process!
  • Shout out to Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Amavet, Ms. Leslie, Mrs. Perezchica and Ms. Karla for committing and following through by helping out at the Parent Academy on Saturday!

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📸Pictures:(1) Ms. Cortez: keeping track of Ss. bdays (2) Ms. SanRoman creating behavior goals with her class (3) Ms. Palacio sent a postcard to her Ss from her Fall break travels.

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute. They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • Incubator in room 301: We currently have 7 eggs in an incubator in room 301, she would love for you to come bring your students to observe them if you would like. She’ll be sending out a sign up soon so you can bring your students during times when there are not Mindlabs classes going on!
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: Spanish Class Registration
  • iPad Inventory: Ms. Ana Macgaffey is doing iPad Inventory while you are in Mindlabs! In order to make this efficient, you must have your iPad devices renamed as the student name and your room number (ie Ana Macgaffey 903). If you are unable to do this, please email Heather Galyen for support.
  • On the Blog: This week, our blog post is a reflection of our RIASEC themed Welcome Back PD! You can see pictures and a summary of the breakout activities online at: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/riasec/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity and Self Control (school work) **

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 4th        PM: 5th

Gallup Research Study School Site Visit

Dance Performances

Electives Resume 2:00 Ballet Folklorico MPR for 2nd & 3rd Grade

INDUCTION MTG 3:00-3:35

Sports: Middle school Football vs. Darnell @ Feaster 3:45pm

Collaboration AM: 1ST       PM: 2ND
1st grade “Grade Level Planning Day”

Gallup Research Study School Site Visit

Coffee with the Principals 7:45-8:45 MPR

Dance Performances

Sports:Elementary Football vs. Olympic View @ Feaster 4:00

Collaboration AM: 6TH       PM: 3RD

8:00-10:00 Superintendent Walkthrough

2:45-4:00 Feaster Family Fun Night & Western BBQ

4:30 Feaster Charter Board Meeting

#3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles) #

Collaboration AM: MS/TK  PM: K DI: 1ST Grade

8:00 – PIQE

  • 401 – Class #1
  • 1402 – Middle School

PD: PLC Input

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Collaboration AM: Mindlabs

Wear College T-Shirts Collaboration

Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

Dance Performances

——————— Saturday

8:00 -8TH Sat. School

8:30 MS Cross Country @ Otay Ranch HS

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/23 ILT Cohort #2 (Leads off Campus)
  • 10/24-10/26 Height and Weight Measurements for students (Coach G will send schedule)
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STEM Week 11 Announcements 10.14.18

● 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

Shoutouts

  • Shout out to our daytime custodian Mr. Christian for keeping all staff and every student in mind as he has taken over for Mr. Alex as the head day custodian. We appreciate all your hardwork!!
  • Shout out to Coach Guglielmo and Coach Johnson for having a growth mindset and introducing a new set of awards to Student of the Month assemblies in middle school for Fitness Achievement!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Diaz for committing and following through with our 8th grade students who wanted to develop a science fair project that included hatching and raising chickens! We all look forward to observing this process!
  • Shout out to Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Amavet, Ms. Leslie, Mrs. Perezchica and Ms. Karla for committing and following through by helping out at the Parent Academy on Saturday!

📸Pictures:(1) Students working in Music Mindlabs Class 2) Students program dash and dot robots

Additional Information:

  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute. They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • Incubator in room 301: We currently have 7 eggs in an incubator in room 301, she would love for you to come bring your students to observe them if you would like. She’ll be sending out a sign up soon so you can bring your students during times when there are not Mindlabs classes going on!
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: Spanish Class Registration
  • iPad Inventory: Ms. Ana Macgaffey is doing iPad Inventory while you are in Mindlabs! In order to make this efficient, you must have your iPad devices renamed as the student name and your room number (ie Ana Macgaffey 903). If you are unable to do this, please email Heather Galyen for support.
  • On the Blog: This week, our blog post is a reflection of our RIASEC themed Welcome Back PD! You can see pictures and a summary of the breakout activities online at: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/riasec/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity and Self Control (school work) **

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration: AM: 4th        PM: 5th

Induction Meeting: Room 401 3:00-4:00

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Sports: Middle school Football vs. Darnell @ Feaster 3:45pm

Collaboration AM: 1st         PM: 2nd

Coffee with the Principals: 7:45-8:45 MPR

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Sports: Elementary Football vs. Olympic View @ FSeaster 4:00

 

Collaboration AM: 6th        PM: 3rd

Superintendent Walkthorugh: 8:00-10:00

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming

Family Western BBQ: 2:45-4:00 Blacktop

Charter Board Meeting:
4:30 Room 401

*3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles)*

Collaboration AM: Middle/TK PM: Kinder

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming 1st Grade: Zoo

Bus Evacuation Drill: 9:00-10:00 *Specific schedule coming

Great Shakeout: Earthquake Drill 10:18am

PIQE: MPR 8:00-9:30

Collaboration: PM: Mindlabs

Field Trips: 4th Grade Swimming Gurrero: Innovation Station

Lead Training: Leads out all day

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/24-10/26 Height and Weight Measurements for students (Coach G will send schedule)

RIASEC

To begin the quarter, we started off with our professional development meeting focusing on the #worldofwork. During this session, we met at the Sweetwater Treatment Facility and learned about alternative professions that our students could gain skills for starting today that relate to blue energy. During our time there, we heard from the Innovation Station’s Michael Bruder as well as several other notable speakers who explained more about the percentage of job growth in this area that they foresee in the near future. This PD connected to what we are doing in our Mindlabs classes with the RIASEC themes and also gave some great ideas for creative and collaborative projects that will help connect your STEM, STEAM and VAPA lessons to the RIASEC themes of – realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional.

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RIASEC

Similar to when we visited the San Diego Electrical Training Center, we had learned about ways to connect our classroom lessons to skills that are required for careers that do not necessarily require a four-year college degree. These skills and curricular connections can help students adjust their mindset so that they seek out careers that build on their existing interests and strengths. By giving our learners time to explore additional opportunities, we are also enabling them to recognize qualities within themselves that they may not necessarily have noticed without our support or guided lessons.

Applying these themes is something that can be done whenever you give group assignments and challenges. You may have various tasks that require your students to apply characteristics that help them successfully demonstrate their ability to be realistic, artistic, social, enterprising and/or conventional. By providing these opportunities and pointing out times throughout the day when these themes can be applied, we are helping our students be more aware of developing these skills.

Getting our students to start thinking about how they are demonstrating these skills can be done by first conversing with them about each different theme and helping them recognize the characteristics they have within themselves that may demonstrate these themes.

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Misconceptions

Often times, learners have misconceptions about various professions. This was addressed and elaborated on when the speakers shared some conversations with their students about gender stereotypes in various career paths. We can clear these misconceptions up starting right away in kindergarten. By getting students to discuss different careers, having them draw pictures of people who may hold those careers and by having guest speakers come in or participate in FaceTime video conferences, we can help our learners see that their career choices are limitless as long as they make a goal and stay focused on achieving that goal.

Sample Lessons

During our time at the Sweetwater Treatment Facility, each grade level participated in lessons that reflected the RIASEC themes.

Realistic (click the link for the video)

  • Objective: Build a circuit that can be used to adjust the sound level of a device
  • Skills Gained: Students are using the problem-solving skills they have learned to follow multiple step instructions from a technical manual that will eventually help them accomplish the task
  • RIASEC Connection: This activity is an example of the “realistic” theme because it gives the learners an opportunity to accomplish a task that is relevant to their science and informational reading as well as their use of technology outside of the classroom. It also requires to learner to use real life skills and applicable pre-existing knowledge.

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Investigative

  • Objective: Engineer a wind farm that will minimize the use of fossil fuels in your community
  • Skills Gained: Students analyze the factors impacting their surrounding area to construct a wind farm, they must understand the basics of the wind patterns in their area and strategize to make sure that they use the correct size blades and design their windmills so they face the correct direction
  • RIASEC Connection: This activity is an example of the “investigative” theme because it requires students to try several different designs and models before committing to one final product. The students need to research and apply thier knowledge in science in order to complete this challenge successfully.

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Artistic

  • Objective: Design an energy efficient school that uses sustainable energy
  • Skills Gained: Students being to research and consider alternative energy solutions that they may not have considered before. As they research, they are learning how to apply their knowledge in a new way by designing a school or structure that relies upon green and/or blue energy
  • RIASEC Connection: This activity is an example of the “artistic” theme because it requires learners to use their knowledge to design a prototype or product that will help reach their objective. The students can use photographs, movies, paintings and drawings to successfully apply their art skills to complete this challenge.

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Social

  • Objective: Plan a community event to promote your school’s robotics team
  • Skills Gained: Students must understand what logistics go into planning an event and they must consider potential problems like space, numbers of attendees, strategies for promoting the event, etc.
  • RIASEC Connection: This activity is an example of the “social” theme because it requires learners to organize and plan an event that could potentially be held at their school. These students needs to connect experts in different areas in order to plan a successful event.

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Enterprising

  • Objective: Write a sales ad for solar energy
  • Skills Gained: Students learn about how to market their product and develop entrepreneurial skills by considering who their target audience is and by recognizing their interests and marketing towards each person as an individual by considering their particular needs
  • RIASEC Connection. This activity is an example of the “enterprising” theme because it requires learners to take a product and market it to a target audience. These students need to be energetic and ambitious in order to create a successful advertisement.

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Conventional 

  • Objective: Complete an “I Have Who Has” round to learn technical definitions and respond to specific scenarios.
  • Skills Gained: Students learn about the basics of a planned topic by reviewing technical terms and answering each other’s questions
  • RIASEC Connection: This activity is an example of the “conventional” theme because it requires each learner to both speak and listen to their fellow team members in order to complete the objective while maintaining order and organization of the activity. These students need to show their organization skills and extreme focus in order to make the activity work.

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I encourage you to check out these lessons and to reflect on how you are already applying these themes in your classroom!

Importance of Time to Reflect

Reflection time is probably the most omitted part of our lessons due to time constraints and the desire to fit in as much as possible to our academic day. However, time to reflect can pose as a great way to better understand what your students are taking away from the day’s lessons. I am not saying that we should throw everything else out and just have students reflect, but I am saying that this can be used as a way to better understand what misconceptions still exist and help you form your small groups for the next time you meet or bring up the topics discussed. This can be done in the form of a closing circle, an exit ticket, or even a small group collaborative conversation.

“Reflection is a crucial part of the work that we do, and without looking back, it is almost impossible to move forward.”

George Couros

The Principal of Change


 

Addressing the RIASEC themes is not simply one more thing, instead, it is a way to get our learners to converse about the skills they are developing that could help them grow and learn about potential future careers. The lessons provided (as seen above) can be used to enhance your science, math and reading curriculum while helping students explore their strengths and better understanding the World of Work. Please share your thoughts on applying the RIASEC themes to you class!

VAPA Week 10 Announcements 10.7.18

● 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

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had time to unwind, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy San Diego’s Fall weather 🍂. Now it’s time for us to transition back into our work routines. We have 43 instructional days between now and the end of Q3. Before you know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving and Winter Break. To prepare for the upcoming quarter, we will dedicate half of tomorrow to PD at Sweetwater Authority Water Treatment, and the remainder of the day to planning with your teams or planning independently. As you plan, keep in mind the goals you established at the beginning of the year. Next week I will have my calendar available in room 201 so that teachers can sign up for a Q2 observation. Have a great week!

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📸Pictures:(1) Celebrating Ss Achieve 3K accomplishments (2) Ss sharing what peace means (3) Mr. Trujillo has been working hard on our Girls’ bathroom, take a look at the sneak-peek

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute.They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • 🌟Classroom: There is a new app called Classroom that will allow you to see all of yoru student iPads and view their screens, lock their devices, and mute their devices. See this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drc_88sKELQ. If you are interested in this app, please email Heather Galyen at heather.walker@cvesd.org
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM- 0kQemgAFCmgV5bIbDBI5UMlZQWkpIMk9DWFZaVzExMjFFRENURThCSy4
  • EduBlogs Competition: The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. You can register online by going to https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
  • Headspace: we still have the Headspace guided mediation subscription available until 07/2019! Your redemption code is GSEDFEASTER1Y and it can be redeemed at headspace.com/code.
  • Accelerated Reader: the link for the AR website is: https://hosted72.renlearn.com/268848/SIS/Student/olm/ViewStudentController.rli
  • Imagine Learning: please help hold your students accountable for achieving their 20 minutes each day by checking your Imagine Learning reports! You can login and see how your students are spending their time by going to: https://my.imaginelearning.com/. ImagineLearning does have a new app that we will be pushing out to all iPad devices this week. Please remember that the site code is 0608610
  • GoFundMe: We have started a GoFundMe campaign for our upcoming China trip. This will help fund the necessary costs connected with the trip including applying for a visa as well as airfare. If you would like to donate or share with your families, the link is: https://www.gofundme.com/building-global-citizenship
  • Candy Bars: 6th grade is selling candy bars to raise money for 6th grade camp

Technology Tips:

  • iPad location services: have been turned on for most devices! This was done during the set up in order to help us locate lost devices. Please make sure that you leave these location services on so that we can track the device in case it goes missing.
  •  If you notice that your students safari or web browser has a black bar at the top, this means that they are in privacy mode. This will stop their browsing history from being tracked. Please have a conversation with your students if you saw this happening.
  • MacBooks: please note that the new MacBooks are very fragile! The screens are easily cracked, so we highly recommend purchasing a cover or a case to keep your MacBook from being damaged. Please make sure that you are cautious to not close anything inside of the MacBook and to keep liquids away from the computer. According to the staff Acceptable Use Policy, teachers are responsible for any damage caused to the device. We highly recommend purchasing the $50 insurance; please see the attached Staff AUP for more information!

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 4th Grade

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

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration:

AM: Prep PM: Day

Welcome back! WoW PD @ SW Authority Water Treatment Plant

7:30 – 8:00 breakfast 8:00 – 11:00 PD

Ss return 10.9

New Teacher PD

  • –  2:00-3:00 All New Ts to Feaster
  • –  3:00-3:35 Induction Ts

Collaboration

AM: 1ST PM: 2ND

4th Grade Swim

MS Elective Resume ML Clubs Resume

3:00 Lead Meeting

N e w T S A

Collaboration

AM: 6TH PM: 3RD

4th Grade Swim

Dance Rehersals %3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles) %

Collaboration

AM: TK&MS / PM: 5th DI:
4th Grade Swim

8:00 – PIQE

–  1401 – Planning

Session

–  1402 – Child Care

SOM Assemblies

K – 7:45 – SOM
VAPA- MPR STEM- QUAD 1 – 8:30
2 – 10:00
4 – 9:15

PD Committees

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Collaboration

AM: K PM: 4th
K- all day planning 4th Grade Swim

Wear College T-Shirts Collaboration

SOM Assemblies

VAPA- MPR STEM- QUAD 3 – 7:45
5 – 8:30
6 – 9:15

7 – 1:30 – mpr 8 – 2:15 – mpr

Saturday
8:00 -8TH Sat. School

8:00-12:00 Parent Academy @ Vista Square

8:30 MS Cross Country @ Otay Ranch HS

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/15 Dance Performances (all week) – 10/15 AVID Site Team Meeting
  • 10/16 Coffee with the Principals
  • 10/17 Superintendent Walkthrough
  • 10/17 Feaster Family Fun Night & Western BBQ
  • 10/17 Feaster Charter Board Meeting
  • 10/19 Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

STEM Week 10 Announcements 10.7.18

● 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

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had time to unwind, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy San Diego’s Fall weather 🍂. Now it’s time for us to transition back into our work routines. We have 43 instructional days between now and the end of Q3. Before you know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving and Winter Break. To prepare for the upcoming quarter, we will dedicate half of tomorrow to PD at Sweetwater Authority Water Treatment, and the remainder of the day to planning with your teams or planning independently. As you plan, keep in mind the goals you established at the beginning of the year. Next week I will have my calendar available in room 201 so that teachers can sign up for a Q2 observation. Have a great week!

Screen Shot 2018-10-07 at 8.30.49 PM

📸Pictures:(1) Celebrating Ss Achieve 3K accomplishments (2) Ss sharing what peace means (3) Mr. Trujillo has been working hard on our Girls’ bathroom, take a look at the sneak-peek

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Gallup Visit: On Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16, we will have some visitors from the Gallup Research Institute.They heard about Feaster because of our social media accounts and want to see our innovative practices!
  • 🌟Classroom: There is a new app called Classroom that will allow you to see all of yoru student iPads and view their screens, lock their devices, and mute their devices. See this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drc_88sKELQ. If you are interested in this app, please email Heather Galyen at heather.walker@cvesd.org
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM- 0kQemgAFCmgV5bIbDBI5UMlZQWkpIMk9DWFZaVzExMjFFRENURThCSy4
  • EduBlogs Competition: The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. You can register online by going to https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
  • Headspace: we still have the Headspace guided mediation subscription available until 07/2019! Your redemption code is GSEDFEASTER1Y and it can be redeemed at headspace.com/code.
  • Accelerated Reader: the link for the AR website is: https://hosted72.renlearn.com/268848/SIS/Student/olm/ViewStudentController.rli
  • Imagine Learning: please help hold your students accountable for achieving their 20 minutes each day by checking your Imagine Learning reports! You can login and see how your students are spending their time by going to: https://my.imaginelearning.com/. ImagineLearning does have a new app that we will be pushing out to all iPad devices this week. Please remember that the site code is 0608610
  • GoFundMe: We have started a GoFundMe campaign for our upcoming China trip. This will help fund the necessary costs connected with the trip including applying for a visa as well as airfare. If you would like to donate or share with your families, the link is: https://www.gofundme.com/building-global-citizenship
  • Candy Bars: 6th grade is selling candy bars to raise money for 6th grade camp

Technology Tips:

  • iPad location services: have been turned on for most devices! This was done during the set up in order to help us locate lost devices. Please make sure that you leave these location services on so that we can track the device in case it goes missing.
  •  If you notice that your students safari or web browser has a black bar at the top, this means that they are in privacy mode. This will stop their browsing history from being tracked. Please have a conversation with your students if you saw this happening.
  • MacBooks: please note that the new MacBooks are very fragile! The screens are easily cracked, so we highly recommend purchasing a cover or a case to keep your MacBook from being damaged. Please make sure that you are cautious to not close anything inside of the MacBook and to keep liquids away from the computer. According to the staff Acceptable Use Policy, teachers are responsible for any damage caused to the device. We highly recommend purchasing the $50 insurance; please see the attached Staff AUP for more information!

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 4th Grade

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

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration:

AM: Prep PM: Day

Welcome back! WoW PD @ SW Authority Water Treatment Plant

7:30 – 8:00 breakfast 8:00 – 11:00 PD

Ss return 10.9

New Teacher PD

  • –  2:00-3:00 All New Ts to Feaster
  • –  3:00-3:35 Induction Ts

Collaboration

AM: 1ST PM: 2ND

4th Grade Swim

MS Elective Resume ML Clubs Resume

3:00 Lead Meeting

N e w T S A

Collaboration

AM: 6TH PM: 3RD

4th Grade Swim

Dance Rehersals %3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles) %

Collaboration

AM: TK&MS / PM: 5th DI:
4th Grade Swim

8:00 – PIQE

–  1401 – Planning

Session

–  1402 – Child Care

SOM Assemblies

K – 7:45 – SOM
VAPA- MPR STEM- QUAD 1 – 8:30
2 – 10:00
4 – 9:15

PD Committees

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Collaboration

AM: K PM: 4th
K- all day planning 4th Grade Swim

Wear College T-Shirts Collaboration

SOM Assemblies

VAPA- MPR STEM- QUAD 3 – 7:45
5 – 8:30
6 – 9:15

7 – 1:30 – mpr 8 – 2:15 – mpr

Saturday
8:00 -8TH Sat. School

8:00-12:00 Parent Academy @ Vista Square

8:30 MS Cross Country @ Otay Ranch HS

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/15 Dance Performances (all week) – 10/15 AVID Site Team Meeting
  • 10/16 Coffee with the Principals
  • 10/17 Superintendent Walkthrough
  • 10/17 Feaster Family Fun Night & Western BBQ
  • 10/17 Feaster Charter Board Meeting
  • 10/19 Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

Teaching Emotions

Ms. Stephanie Dominguez  shared an article with me centered on teaching emotions. This article has inspired a lot of the information in this blog post:

One of the things that we have really been focusing on this year has been building relationships and meeting the needs of each individual by recognizing their strengths, interests and values. When we apply these personal touches to our everyday lessons, we are making sure that we are showing an understanding of what our students enjoy and really making our lessons more personal. When we see our students as people in our lives who are feeling emotions that they may be experiencing for the first time, we can have a huge positive impact. We can support students as they learn how to react to their emotions and feelings. I am not saying that we drop everything and focus only on relationships, but I am saying that as we build relationships with our learners, we can help them be better prepared for the daily challenges that our class and schoolwork demands.

Why Should we Teach Emotions

It is important that we keep in mind, no matter what grade level we are teaching, that there are often times when students are experiencing emotions for the first time. Whether we are in a kindergarten class or an eighth grade class, new emotions can sneak up on us and can cause us to feel a variety of things. When we start to feel this and we do not know how to explain or react, we often panic and make bad decisions. These decisions can be seen as classroom disruptions or defiance and often, unfortunately, are reacted to instead of prevented.

How powerful would it be if we took the initiative to be preventative by holding conversations with our students about how they are feeling and how to appropriately react to those feelings? Naming the feelings and strategizing ways to express those feelings can be a powerful start because things are less intimidating if we know what to expect and how to react. When we are talking about emotions, it is much better to be preventative and prepare students for situations when they arise than to be reactive and try to resolve a problem while it is happening.

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How to Teach Emotions

Like most things in education, our learners are more receptive if we make the lessons relatable to them! Using situations, books, conversations and trust circle prompts, we can bring up potential emotions that may be felt and have an open dialogue about how to react when these emotions are felt.

The article, Teaching Emotions, suggests using books, teaching about ways to respond when different emotions are felt, praising what was done well using specific examples and practicing new strategies for reacting to emotions. All of these strategies are things that can be applied to our daily interactions and conversations. I am not suggesting or requiring this to be “one more thing,” instead, these are ways to teach about emotions in our classroom.

Timing is also crucial when we are talking about emotions. It is much harder to get through to someone who is not prepared to truly hear what we are saying.

“Do not try and practice when your child is in the middle of a ‘meltdown.’ Use quiet, calm times to teach and practice the new strategies. For example, if your child is having a ‘meltdown’ because she does not want to wait for a cookie until after dinner, she will not be in the mood to practice expressing her frustration with words, rather than a tantrum.”

Teaching Your Child to Identify and Express Emotions

-The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Instead of teaching about appropriate ways to react while a learner is angry or worried or annoyed, we can be more preventative and teach about emotions and reactions through literature and everyday observations of interactions between others. This Pinterest Link has some great resources for literature that can be used for dual purpose lessons where both social emotional concepts and literature standards are learned. Several years ago, our Positive Behavior Committee also put together a list of books that by SEL topics: SEL Book List.

Yet another resource that we have access to was provided to us by our counseling department. The Zones of Regulation poster below is often used to help learners identify where they are emotionally. This is especially helpful when the learner is feeling very strong emotions and unable to explain them verbally.

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Full Article from Vanderbilt University

Teaching Emotions – Vanderbilt University

Teaching Emotions Spanish Version – (MC)


Overall, when we take the time to help learners understand how to react when they are feeling strong emotions, we are helping them form appropriate social emotional habits that can have a very powerful positive impact on their lives.

VAPA Week 9 Announcements 9.16.18

● 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 5th & 6th Grade teams for never giving up and having a growth mindset. Teaching in upper grades can be very rewarding but can also present unique challenges. We appreciate how consistent you have been with our students and your creative approach to building relationships.
  • Shout-out to Ms. Melissa Tellez for keeping all staff & every student in mind. She recently opened her classroom to one of our students and reinforced high expectations and our school rules during his visit. Thank you for being patient and consistent with him!

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📸Pictures:(1) Mrs. Cortez building relationships with Ss by playing during recess (2) Preschool hosted a delicious breakfast (3) Celebrating Ss achievement by recognizing their Achieve 3K growth

Additional Information:

We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:

Classroom: There is a new app called Classroom that will allow you to see all of yoru student iPads and view their screens, lock their devices, and mute their devices. See this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drc_88sKELQ.

If you are interested in this app, please email Heather Galyen at heather.walker@cvesd.org

 

Headspace: we still have the Headspace guided mediation subscription available until 07/2019! Your redemption code is GSEDFEASTER1Y and it can be redeemed at headspace.com/code.

 

Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org

Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: Spanish Online Sign In

EduBlogs Competition: The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. You can register online by going to https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

 

Accelerated Reader: the link for the AR website
is: AR Link

Imagine Learning: please help hold your students accountable for achieving their 20 minutes each day by checking your Imagine Learning reports! You can login and see how your students are spending their time by going to: https://my.imaginelearning.com/. ImagineLearning does have a new app that we will be pushing out to all iPad devices this week. Please remember that the site code is 0608610

 

Technology Tips:

iPad: location services have been turned on for most devices! This was done during the set up in order to help us locate lost devices. Please make sure that you leave these location services on so that we can track the device in case it goes missing.

Privacy on Safari: If you notice that your students safari or web browser has a black bar at the top, this means that they are in privacy mode. This will stop their browsing history from being tracked. Please have a conversation with your students if you saw this happening.

MacBooks: please note that the new MacBooks are very fragile! The screens are easily cracked, so we highly recommend purchasing a cover or a case to keep your MacBook from being damaged. Please make sure that you are cautious to not close anything inside of the MacBook and to keep liquids away from the computer. According to the staff Acceptable Use Policy, teachers are responsible for any damage caused to the device. We highly recommend purchasing the $50 insurance; please see the attached Staff AUP for more information!

GoFundMe: We have started a GoFundMe campaign for our upcoming China trip. This will help fund the necessary costs connected with the trip including applying for a visa as well as airfare. If you would like to donate or share with your families, the link is: GoFundMe Feaster Charter

 

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: Mindlabs

** Q1 Character Strengths: Social Intelligence & Emotional Self-Control**

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration:

AM: PM: 5TH

PD: Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Field Trips:

Aguirre Living Coast 9:00-2:00

Collaboration

AM: 1ST PM: 2ND

PD: Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Field Trips:

Kelling Living Coast 9:00-2:00
Cheer Try Outs – PE Room 4th – 8th Grade

Collaboration

AM: 6TH PM: 3RD

PD: Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Fall School Pictures –

Make-Up

3:00 Cross-Country Run (2.1 Miles)

Collaboration

AM: TK&MS / PM: ML

PD: Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Field Trips:

Zinskey Living Coast 9:00-2:00

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

Wear College T-Shirts Collaboration
AM: K PM: 4th

PD: Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

*Report PE Mins Achieve 3K Pizza Party

End of Q1

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 9/22 – 10/7 Fall Break!
  • 10/8 No Students 10/9 Students Return
  • 10/11 SOM Assemblies: K, 1st, 2nd, 4th
  • 10/12 SOM Assemblies: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
  • 10/13 Parent ACADEMY (Vista Square)