STEM Weekly Announcements 1.21.2019

● 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 Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Aderholdt, Ms. Garcia, & Ms. Ibarra for having a growth mindset and attending the ELPAC training this week, they’ll be presenting to staff on Thursday, as we prepare to start testing in February!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Perezchica for keeping all staff and every student in mind as she stepped in to help out the counseling department so that no students miss a group session in the interim that we hire a new counselor.
  • Shout out to Ms. Liz for keeping all staff and every student in mind as she volunteered to help out during lunch when we were short noon duties last week!

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📸Pictures: (1) Check out our new Marquee! (2) Congratulation and happy retirement Ms. Willis! (3) Congratulations to all the SOM, Perfect Attendance, and Honor Roll recipients for Quarter 2!

Additional Information:

  • Electives: Quarter 3 electives start on Tuesday, January 22nd!
  • Trip to China Survey: We are working with EduAbroad to get our trip to China planned and scheduled this spring with 13 of our middle school students! If you are interested in going on this trip as a chaperone, please fill out the survey below. Please note that the trip will be approximately 10 days and will occur sometime this spring, likely before Spring Break, but exact dates are not yet known. This opportunity is open to all staff, not just middle school teachers. Please let us know of your interest by filling out the following survey, if you have specific questions do not hesitate to ask
  • CVESD Student Page: If your students are having trouble logging into the CVESD website, please have them scan the QR code below. We are still experiencing a lot of issues with SmartyAnts and have been in communication with the company about this. We hope to have it up and glitch free soon.

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  • TV Information: 
    • For those of you using your doc cam stands, you can set them up so that you have more writing space if needed. See below:
    • You can prevent your iPad from going to sleep while you are using it as a doc cam. In order to keep your iPad on:
      • Go to settings
      • Scroll to “display & brightness”
      • Select “Auto-Lock”
      • Change to “Never”
    • Our custodians have been working to get all of the left-over materials (doc cams, speakers, projectors, etc) out of your rooms. If you still have left over materials and would like them out, please bring them to the sheds at the end of the 700 building on campus. We will get them stored for you. Thank you all for your patience and help with this!
  • New on our YouTube Chanel:
  • Blog: Our blog this week is focusing on the Feaster Charter Middle School PLC, collaborative study groups. You can find it on our website at Collaborative Study Groups

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade ** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.29 Guided Visit from 5 cohort schools
  • 2.1 ELPAC testing window opens
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VAPA Weekly Announcements 1.21.2019

● 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 Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Aderholdt, Ms. Garcia, & Ms. Ibarra for having a growth mindset and attending the ELPAC training this week, they’ll be presenting to staff on Thursday, as we prepare to start testing in February!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Perezchica for keeping all staff and every student in mind as she stepped in to help out the counseling department so that no students miss a group session in the interim that we hire a new counselor.
  • Shout out to Ms. Liz for keeping all staff and every student in mind as she volunteered to help out during lunch when we were short noon duties last week!

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📸Pictures: (1) Check out our new Marquee! (2) Congratulation and happy retirement Ms. Willis! (3) Congratulations to all the SOM, Perfect Attendance, and Honor Roll recipients for Quarter 2!

Additional Information:

  • Electives: Quarter 3 electives start on Tuesday, January 22nd!
  • Trip to China Survey: We are working with EduAbroad to get our trip to China planned and scheduled this spring with 13 of our middle school students! If you are interested in going on this trip as a chaperone, please fill out the survey below. Please note that the trip will be approximately 10 days and will occur sometime this spring, likely before Spring Break, but exact dates are not yet known. This opportunity is open to all staff, not just middle school teachers. Please let us know of your interest by filling out the following survey, if you have specific questions do not hesitate to ask
  • CVESD Student Page: If your students are having trouble logging into the CVESD website, please have them scan the QR code below. We are still experiencing a lot of issues with SmartyAnts and have been in communication with the company about this. We hope to have it up and glitch free soon.

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  • TV Information: 
    • For those of you using your doc cam stands, you can set them up so that you have more writing space if needed. See below:
    • You can prevent your iPad from going to sleep while you are using it as a doc cam. In order to keep your iPad on:
      • Go to settings
      • Scroll to “display & brightness”
      • Select “Auto-Lock”
      • Change to “Never”
    • Our custodians have been working to get all of the left-over materials (doc cams, speakers, projectors, etc) out of your rooms. If you still have left over materials and would like them out, please bring them to the sheds at the end of the 700 building on campus. We will get them stored for you. Thank you all for your patience and help with this!
  • New on our YouTube Chanel:
  • Blog: Our blog this week is focusing on the Feaster Charter Middle School PLC, collaborative study groups. You can find it on our website at Collaborative Study Groups

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade ** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.29 Guided Visit from 5 cohort schools
  • 2.1 ELPAC testing window opens

Collaborative Small Groups – Middle School PLC

Seeing lessons where students take on the responsibility of learning is always something that I feel empowers the students and works to help students become true life long learners. I feel this because it gets our students in the habit of learning on their own, both inside and outside of the classroom. The strategy, collaborative study groups, get students working together, asking questions, reflecting on learning and making connections between current learning and previous learning. Collabroative study groups focus on one specific question that is not yet fully understood by the entire group, one student is presenting their thinking and together, all students ask questions and take notes as they work together to arrive at a solution. For a more in-depth explanation of this strategy, visit AVID Collaborative Study Groups.

Quality Indicators

The teachers, lead team, admin team and coaches all work together to construct quality indicators for our professional learning cycles. These indicators work to guide our students to participate in the strategy effectively, help us, as teachers, understand more about what our role is as educators and reflect on what our classroom environment should include to better support the process.

Student Presenter:

  • Articulate the specific question to the group
  • Thinks critically about the question
  • Interacts with the question
  • Interacts with the group members by responding to their questions
  • Records thinking on the board

Students as Group Members:

  • Respect the ideas and thinking of others
  • Use inquiry to gain a deeper understanding of content
  • Actively participating by listening, asking and answering questions and taking notes
  • Contribute to an environment where others feel comfortable and ask questions
  • Communicate to teacher about the group experience (reflection piece)

Teacher:

  • Monitors the collaborative study group to coach the process
  • Rotates to all groups
  • Supports the students in developing critical thinking skills
  • Handles classroom management
  • Takes notes for student presenter
  • Models respect of ideas and thinking of others
  • Models inquiry for deeper understanding of content
  • Encourages active participation
  • Contributes to create an environment where others feel comfortable and ask questions

Room Environment

  • Arrange the group seating to promote collaboration among all group members
  • White board space needs to be available for all groups
  • Group of students (6-7 per group)

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In the Classroom

Two of our teachers’ classes, Ms. Morris and Mr. Hill were filmed to show how collaborative study group can look different in different grades and subjects.

Watch the video clips here:

While I was filming the lessons, I noticed the power of diving in deep to one question and I recognized how powerful it is when students can rely on each other to learn. The community that is built and the ownership of learning is something that goes beyond a basic lecture because it gives the students the opportunity to apply their learning and to get feedback from their peers. It moves the students from a place of compliance to a place of empowerment because the learning is theirs to own and take control over, yet they are supported by their peers as they work to process complex questions. The reflection piece at the end, where students make connections between current learning and previous learning, helps the learners improve upon their skills. When collaborative study groups are applied in classrooms, they can empower students and help them recall prior learning experiences and develop new learning experiences.


A huge shout out to our Feaster Charter Middle School leads for being open to sharing and reflecting on practices! This is something that truly helps us grow as a school and a community because we are working together as a team to reflect and grow.

STEM Weekly Announcements 1.13.2019

● 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 out to the Social Committee for Keeping all Staff in Mind by organizing our staff gift exchange. The themed days was a fun twist to get everyone in the holiday spirit!
  • Shout out to Reggie, Heather, & our Custodians for Committing and Following Through to ensure that all 3rd-6th grade classes had TVs ordered, installed, and ready to use by the time we returned from Winter Break!
  • Shout out to the Parent Involvement Committee for Committing and Following through by organizing a successful Kermes! All of the performances were excellent! #GoFalcons !
  • Shout out to Ms. Brittney Haselton for having a growth mindset for jumping into teach 8th grade ELA!
  • Congratulations to the Trujillo Family on their newborn baby boy!

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Additional Information:

  • TV Installations: Over break, all teachers in grades 3-6 had televisions installed in their classrooms! On Monday, we will be holding a training to go over important information about using these televisions. If you have a new television in your room, please come to room 401 at 12:10 for a 15 minute training.
  • Speech Contest: grades 4th – 8th are invited to participate in the 2019 CVESD Speech Contest! School site speeches will be scheduled for the second week in February:
    • 4th Grade – 2/14
    • 5th Grade – 2/9
    • 6th Grade – 2/11
    • 7th & 8th Grades – 2/12

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 2nd Grade

** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.21 MLK Day – No School
  • 1.22 Coffee with the Principals.
  • Q3 Electives begin
  • 1.23 Board Meeting

VAPA Weekly Announcements 1.13.19

● 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 the Social Committee for Keeping all Staff in Mind by organizing our staff gift exchange. The themed days was a fun twist to get everyone in the holiday spirit!
  • Shout out to Reggie, Heather, & our Custodians for Committing and Following Through to ensure that all 3rd-6th grade classes had TVs ordered, installed, and ready to use by the time we returned from Winter Break!
  • Shout out to the Parent Involvement Committee for Committing and Following through by organizing a successful Kermes! All of the performances were excellent! #GoFalcons !
  • Shout out to Ms. Brittney Haselton for having a growth mindset for jumping into teach 8th grade ELA!
  • Congratulations to the Trujillo Family on their newborn baby boy!

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Additional Information:

  • TV Installations: Over break, all teachers in grades 3-6 had televisions installed in their classrooms! On Monday, we will be holding a training to go over important information about using these televisions. If you have a new television in your room, please come to room 401 at 12:10 for a 15 minute training.
  • Speech Contest: grades 4th – 8th are invited to participate in the 2019 CVESD Speech Contest! School site speeches will be scheduled for the second week in February:
    • 4th Grade – 2/14
    • 5th Grade – 2/9
    • 6th Grade – 2/11
    • 7th & 8th Grades – 2/12

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 2nd Grade

** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.21 MLK Day – No School
  • 1.22 Coffee with the Principals.
  • Q3 Electives begin
  • 1.23 Board Meeting

Emotions as a Way to Connect

As we return from winter break, we hope that everyone feels rested and restored. Last year at this time, we posted a blog with ways to help teachers with Getting Back into Routines After Winter Break (click the link to read if you would like more information about this), so this year, we are going to focus on what our learners sometimes need when they are returning from long breaks. Many emotions are felt by our students when they return, often they are exhausted or feeling like they are out of their routine or just incredibly excited to be back on campus! Whatever our students are feeling when they arrive, connecting with those emotions by recognizing and validating the feelings they have can be a powerful way to connect and build a positive learning community.

Recognizing Emotions

How powerful would it be if we could understand what our students are feeling, communicate with them about it and move forward in a positive and productive direction. When we recognize the emotions that our students are feeling whether they are positive or negative emotions, people feel validated and understood. I am not saying that this has to be an in-depth conversation. Recognizing emotions can be as simple as saying, “I notice that you might be feeling _______, do you want to talk about it?”

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Recognizing things like facial expressions, body language, change in tone of voice and changes in personality can all help us understand how our students are feeling.

Responding to Emotions

Once emotions are recognized, we can then move forward and respond to them by helping make sure that our students feel supported and cared for. When we respond to emotions, we are showing that we care about the mindfulness and wellness of our students. This will, of course, look different for everyone because the way that we respond will vary based on our own personalities.

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Showing zest and optimism can be a powerful way to let our students know that we are excited to be spending the day with them.

Communicating About Emotions

We all have those times when we don’t want to talk or feel a bit reclusive. This is no different for our students. I am sure that we all have students who do not want to share during trust circles or when they are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, it can be effective to change the way that we communicate in these situations. When we offer alternative methods of communication – like drawing a picture, using emojis or writing a letter – we are letting our students know that we respect how they are feeling and we are here to support them in building character strengths so that their emotions do not create unnecessary conflict.

 

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Trust circles are a great time to hear how students feel, students who do not want to share may choose to show an emoji or a picture describing a particular topic.

We hope that everyone has a great first week back with their students! We are excited to see you all back for the start of 2019!

STEM Weekly Announcements 12.16.18

  • 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

  • Welcome back from maternity leave Mrs. Broyles and a shout out to Carreno for committing and following through with starting the school year and getting those 2nd graders off to a great start!
  • Shout out to Gallegos and Ms. Morris for having a growth mindset, their commitment and willingness to learn to run an effective AVID program has had incredibly positive results with our 6th-8th graders who are part of the elective.
  • Shout out to the 5th grade team, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Calimbahin and Mrs. Cortez for committing and following through with the AVID goals for elementary and having all students keep an organized binder to keep all their work and notes organized and easy to access…organization is an essential skill for college and career!
  • Shout out to everyone who came to the holiday party on Friday, it was so great to see all the support for Feaster and enjoy a well deserved night out!

 

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Additional Information

  • The Achieve3000 Level Set test is being taken school wide! Please have a conversation with your students about the importance of taking their time on this assessment.
  • The Winter Book Fair is starting on Monday, December 17th! There is a sign up sheet in the lounge if you would like to take your class.
  • Check out the YouTube video that our Mobile Device Management company created for us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGIa5m2JkY4
  • Achieve3000 is hosting a Make the Break contest where students can win prizes by reading! Please pass this information on to your families.
  • Our Girls on the Run assembly has been rescheduled to 12/19/2018 at 1:00 for 3rd-5th graders and 11:30 for 6th-8th graders. All girls in 3rd-8th grades are invited
  • Feaster Farm will be presented with an award from Toshiba at the CVESD January Board Meeting on 1/23/19 at 6:10 PM. We hope to see you all there!
  • We have had a lot of iPad devices that are not charging. To fix this, please have the students turn them off and then back on. This has typically resolved the issue!

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

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

** WINTER BOOK FAIR 12.17-12.21

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

*Spirit Day: Holiday Attire

Friday

*Spirit Day: College Gear

Collaboration:

AM:        PM:  5TH

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Collaboration

AM: 1st PM: 2nd

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Kinder Holiday Performance:

Tellez/Thomas 8:00-8:30

Break 8:30-8:45

Bernazzani/Banaga 8:45-9:15

Granados/Martinez 9:30-10:00

 

 

Collaboration

AM: 6th PM: 3rd

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Assemblies-Girls in the Run (Girls Only)

6th-8th 11:30

3rd-5th 1:00

 

 

 

Collaboration

AM: MS/TK

PM:ML/SPED

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

8:00  TK Holiday Performance

 

9:30 Santa’s Bike Giveaway (3rd Grade)

PD: KERMES!

 

 

Collaboration

AM: K PM:4th

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Have a WONDERFUL break and Happy Holidays

 

 

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.21-1.13 Winter Break
  • 1.14 Teachers Return
  • 1. 15 Students Return