STEM Week 36 Announcements

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to our leads for their hard work and dedication throughout the year and for organizing and presenting last week’s PD! It was organized, clear, and nicely summarized our year! Well done!
  • Shout Out to Mr. Fraser and his students for participating in a beach clean-up this past weekend!

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Information

  • iPads: The Media Center has been checking our Mobile Device Management system and they have noticed that some profiles are still being removed. Roel and Heather will be emailing you if a student in your class has deleted this profile. Please have a conversation with your students letting them know. If the profile is removed, Heather or Roel will be emailing you.
  • Instagram: You can now follow Feaster Charter on Instagram at @FeasterCharter  and @Feasterathletics
  • Twitter: On Tuesdays, Apple will host an educator twitter chat at 6:00 PM using #AppleEDUchat
  • Twitter Chats: Twitter is a great resource for connecting with other educators. You can find a list of Twitter Chats online at: https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat- calendar/chat-calendar-pst. There are Twitter chats for grade levels, TOSAs, and general education concepts.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 2nd Grade

** Q4 Grit & Optimism**

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Field Trips

Bates Living Coast

HR/SOM
8:00 8th Grade (Auditorium)

09:00 5th Grade: STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

Field Trips:
8th Grade (select students to Senior Center)

Field Trips

Dycaico Living Coast Swim 4th Grade 9-12

HR/SOM
8:00am 7th Grade (Auditorium)

Promotion Practice 8th Grade: 11:30-1:00

HR/SOM
8:00am 1st Grade STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

9:00am 3rd Grade STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

Field Trips

Granados Living Coast Swim 4th Grade 9-12

Promotion Practice 8th Grade: 11:00-2:00

HR/SOM
8:00am 2nd Grade STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

9:00am Kinder STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

PD

– Report Cards

HR/SOM
7:45 4th Grade STEM Outside Quad VAPA Auditorium

Field Trips
4th Grade Old Town 9:00-1:00

Promotion Practice 8th Grade: 11:30-2:30

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • VAPA Spectacular 5/29
  • Volunteer Luncheon 5/29
  • STEM Expo 5/30
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VAPA Week 35 Announcements

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout Outs

• Shout out to all of our Feaster  Graduate, Crystal SanRoman, Stephan Phan, Claudia Palacio, Jenna Martin, Lisa Clookie, Melissa Tellez, Anthony Quintanar, Adriana Cerda, and Dr. Angelica Sleiman! Congratulations on completing your programs, we are very proud of you! 🎓 🎊

 

Photos: (1) 1st Grade Dance Performances (2) Ms. Aderholdt’s class was Maxed Out! For more information on this recognition see: https://www.1057max.com/mission-federal-max-my-class/

Information

  • ThoughtExchange: Please take a few minutes to share your input regarding our LCAP! This is a 3-step process in which individuals share their thoughts by answering a few open-ended questions. Once ideas are shared, then participants can review and star the thoughts of others. We will use the input as we discuss next year’s LCAP goals. This process is confidential and the names and emails of participants will not be disclosed.
  • FieldTrips: Before leaving for field trips, remember to stop by the nurses office to pickup students’ medication.
  • iPads: The Media Center has been checking our Mobile Device Management system and they have noticed that some profiles are still being removed. Roel and Heather will be emailing you if a student in your class has deleted this profile. Please have a conversation with your students letting them know:
    • They must use only their device, students should not be sharing devices
  • Donors Choose: We have had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project has been put up on the site: https://bit.ly/2qABY2A
  • Instagram: You can now follow Feaster Charter on Instagram at @FeasterCharter and @Feasterathletics.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: MindLabs

Q4 Character Strengths: Grit & Optimism

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Dance Recitals

BTSA Colloquium

Testing

2ND Grade LM Dance Recitals

Field Trips

  • –  3rd Grade Legoland
  • –  4 Grade Swim

Testing

  • –  CAST Testing 5th
  • –  CAST Testing 8th
  • –  2nd Grade LM

    Field Trips

– 4 Grade Swim

3:10 SSC Meeting 4:30 Board Meeting

Testing

  • –  2nd Grade LM
  • –  3rd Grade SLA Test Grp A

    Dance Recitals

    Field Trips

  • –  4 Grade Swim

    PD

  • –  PD: PLC Wrap-Up

Testing

– 3rd Grade SLA Test Grp B

Bonnie’s Leadership Academy
– Leads Off

Campus

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.22.18 DAC/DELAC Mtg
  • 5.22.18 DI Family Picnic

STEM Week 35 Announcements

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout Outs

• Shout out to all of our Feaster  Graduate, Crystal SanRoman, Stephan Phan, Claudia Palacio, Jenna Martin, Lisa Clookie, Melissa Tellez, Anthony Quintanar, Adriana Cerda, and Dr. Angelica Sleiman! Congratulations on completing your programs, we are very proud of you! 🎓 🎊

 

Photos: (1) 1st Grade Dance Performances (2) Thank you Alex for helping with receiving all the new technology coming to Feaster!

Information

  • ThoughtExchange: Please take a few minutes to share your input regarding our LCAP! This is a 3-step process in which individuals share their thoughts by answering a few open-ended questions. Once ideas are shared, then participants can review and star the thoughts of others. We will use the input as we discuss next year’s LCAP goals. This process is confidential and the names and emails of participants will not be disclosed.
  • FieldTrips: Before leaving for field trips, remember to stop by the nurses office to pickup students’ medication.
  • iPads: The Media Center has been checking our Mobile Device Management system and they have noticed that some profiles are still being removed. Roel and Heather will be emailing you if a student in your class has deleted this profile. Please have a conversation with your students letting them know:
    • They must use only their device, students should not be sharing devices
  • Donors Choose: We have had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project has been put up on the site: https://bit.ly/2qABY2A
  • Instagram: You can now follow Feaster Charter on Instagram at @FeasterCharter and @Feasterathletics.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: MindLabs

Q4 Character Strengths: Grit & Optimism

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Dance Recitals

BTSA Colloquium

Testing

2ND Grade LM Dance Recitals

Field Trips

  • –  3rd Grade Legoland
  • –  4 Grade Swim

Testing

  • –  CAST Testing 5th
  • –  CAST Testing 8th
  • –  2nd Grade LM

    Field Trips

– 4 Grade Swim

3:10 SSC Meeting 4:30 Board Meeting

Testing

  • –  2nd Grade LM
  • –  3rd Grade SLA Test Grp A

    Dance Recitals

    Field Trips

  • –  4 Grade Swim

    PD

  • –  PD: PLC Wrap-Up

Testing

– 3rd Grade SLA Test Grp B

Bonnie’s Leadership Academy
– Leads Off

Campus

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.22.18 DAC/DELAC Mtg
  • 5.22.18 DI Family Picnic

Self Care Professional Development

During a recent PDs, we discussed the topic of self care. Cythina, one of our school social workers, shared some excellent resources with us that can be found at the end of this blog post! As we come to the end of the year, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything going on in life and to maintain that work life balance.

Take Time to Reflect

I recognize there are time constraints and I understand that sometimes, taking time to reflect can cause added stress, especially when you are already pressured for time. However, this can easily be done while you are doing something else – waiting at the copy machine, walking across campus, connecting with another teacher. One of my favorite ways to reflect is with an after school run with another teacher. This way, we can talk together, my thoughts get put out there and I am getting added advice from someone I trust and respect.

This blog post from George Couros also really helped me put things into perspective:

“Negatives last as long as you don’t learn from them. From every situation, good and bad, there are things that we can learn from, but if we let the negative linger, it will loom over you.”

George Couros

https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8248

The quote above helps me remember that even when things are getting stressful and seemingly negative, they can become positives when we learn from them. When we take the time to reflect on the events of our day, whether it is with a parent, a student, or something more personal, we can make a well informed plan to move forward and hopefully find that we are a stronger at the end of the journey.

Identifying Happiness 

In the Science of Happiness Podcast, each episode has a “Happiness Guinea Pig.” They challenge their Happiness Guinea Pig to list three things a day that made them happy. This could be written, blogged, or just thought about. How powerful would it be have an ongoing list of what made you happy each day? This could just be something to look back at and reflect on.

Another strategy that the podcast shared was about thinking ahead to the future with an activity called “the best possible self” (the quote below is taken straight from the podcast transcript):

“So the best possible self—the activity is you’re supposed to for two weeks you’re supposed to take 15 minutes out of your day and write about your future. Think about things that are really important to you. So your—your relationships, your work your health. And you know the more specific the better and you know, just go for it, just write whatever you can. And then one of the things that I think it was like the first point was like ‘you might find yourself—I’m paraphrasing here but—you might find yourself like bogged down in the details of what’s happening with your life now which certainly happened to me but you know it was like basically like but just keep writing. Just do it.

And the idea is to write out all of the things that you want and to do it without casting judgment on yourself and so just to really, really stretch yourself to think about what are the things that I want if there are no obstacles and if there are you know there are no barriers, and if I could just have this. And then hopefully the idea is that you can be on your way to achieving that just by writing it down and knowing that the possibility is out there.”

Adizah Eghan

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/best_possible_self

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the present, take the suggested 15 minutes and think ahead to the future. This just might help keep the present in perspective!

Identify Your Triggers

Is there a particular part of your day when you feel anxious or especially stressed? For me, it was the end of the day when I was trying to get a ton of things done before going to workout or before getting to the grocery store or before just going home to be home! When I was really, struggling, I brought this up with my team. They shared some strategies that they use – staying later only one day a week to catch up on everything, getting to work 15 minutes early a few days to complete the burdensome tasks that keep us all late, or connecting with parents and relying on them for help. Talking it out and getting advice really helped me grow professionally and manage my tasks.

Whatever is making you feel uneasy, anxious, or negative, try to identify the cause. If you are not able to identify a cause that can lead to a solution, bring others in to see if they can help you out!


I have learned a lot of great information by listening to the podcast called The Science of Happiness (referred to in this blog post under “Identifying Happiness”). This podcast gives stories and strategies that may help you find happiness and a better life balance – if that is what you are searching for.

Below are a few resources that were shared by our counseling department:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/31-tips-boost-your-mental-health

https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Taking-Care-of-Yourself

http://up2sd.org/mental-health-month/

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Week 34 STEM Academy

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to our Counseling Department for keeping all staff & every student in mind by planning and organizing our Self-Care PD last Thursday. During this time of the year, it is important to take some time to take care of oneself, so that we can fully meet the needs of our students.
  • Shout-Out to our proctors for being so flexible during the week of testing. We appreciate your understanding that testing is a priority and that schedules change based on how many students need to complete their assessments.

Photos: (1) Fresh produce is growing in the greenhouse! Another donation of 250 lettuce heads as well as some Bok Choy was donated to Father Joe’s Village! (2) Our counseling department said “see you later” to our two SDSU interns.

Information

  • Testing: This week we will begin with ELA CAT and end with ELA PT. Our original plan was to complete the ELA PT first, however, we recently found out that the PT score is not as heavily weighted as the CAT score. So our thinking is that students tackle the toughest part of the test while they are well rested and have stamina.
  • Thursday PD Time: If you need support from our VAPA Mindlabs Teachers to prepare for the VAPA Spectacular, please coordinate with Mrs. Treter, Mr. Jones, or Ms. Carolina. Suggested times are listed on the Feaster PD Notebook
  • iPads: The Media Center has been checking our Mobile Device Management system and they have noticed that some profiles are still being removed. Roel and Heather will be emailing you if a student in your class has deleted this profile. Please have a conversation with your students letting them know:
    • They must use only their device, students should not be sharing devices

    • If the profile is removed ,it will result in the iPad being taken away until testing
  • Donors Choose: We have had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project has been put up on the Donors Choose Website! If you have other flexible seating supplies you would like added, please send Heather a link! Please also help us by sharing the link to our school project on your social media accounts!
  • Instagram: You can now follow Feaster Charter on Instagram at @FeasterCharter and @Feasterathletics.

Week at a Glance

RSP – After school duty
Quarter 4 Character Strengths: grit and optimism
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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.14.18 BTSA Colloquium
  • 5.15.18 3RD Grade Legoland
  • 5.18.18 Leadership Academy (Leads Off-Campus)

Week 34 VAPA Announcements

 

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to our Counseling Department for keeping all staff & every student in mind by planning and organizing our Self-Care PD last Thursday. During this time of the year, it is important to take some time to take care of oneself, so that we can fully meet the needs of our students.
  • Shout-Out to our proctors for being so flexible during the week of testing. We appreciate your understanding that testing is a priority and that schedules change based on how many students need to complete their assessments.

Photos: (1) Fresh produce is growing in the greenhouse! Another donation of 250 lettuce heads as well as some Bok Choy was donated to Father Joe’s Village! (2) Our counseling department said “see you later” to our two SDSU interns.

Information

  • Testing: This week we will begin with ELA CAT and end with ELA PT. Our original plan was to complete the ELA PT first, however, we recently found out that the PT score is not as heavily weighted as the CAT score. So our thinking is that students tackle the toughest part of the test while they are well rested and have stamina.
  • Thursday PD Time: If you need support from our VAPA Mindlabs Teachers to prepare for the VAPA Spectacular, please coordinate with Mrs. Treter, Mr. Jones, or Ms. Carolina. Suggested times are listed on the Feaster PD Notebook
  • iPads: The Media Center has been checking our Mobile Device Management system and they have noticed that some profiles are still being removed. Roel and Heather will be emailing you if a student in your class has deleted this profile. Please have a conversation with your students letting them know:
    • They must use only their device, students should not be sharing devices

    • If the profile is removed ,it will result in the iPad being taken away until testing
  • Donors Choose: We have had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project has been put up on the Donors Choose Website! If you have other flexible seating supplies you would like added, please send Heather a link! Please also help us by sharing the link to our school project on your social media accounts!
  • Instagram: You can now follow Feaster Charter on Instagram at @FeasterCharter and @Feasterathletics.

Week at a Glance

RSP – After school duty
Quarter 4 Character Strengths: grit and optimism
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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.14.18 BTSA Colloquium
  • 5.15.18 3RD Grade Legoland
  • 5.18.18 Leadership Academy (Leads Off-Campus)

Global Innovation Summit – Reflection

This week, I had the opportunity to attend The Global Innovation Summit as part of our Apple Distinguished School recognition. During this time, we had the opportunity to connect with some of the other innovative schools from around the world. Throughout my time here, I recognized just how much we are doing to provide our students with a quality innovative education. I also came to recognize where else we can go with our integration of STEM and VAPA, how else we can provide opportunities to our learners, who else we can partner with and learn with and what else we can do to offer opportunities to our learners.

Learn, Lead, Innovate

Learn, lead, innovate was the theme of the #AppleDistinguishedSchools conference. Each session and event was strategically planned to demonstrate these themes.

  • Learn: develop a learning community with educators who Apple has deemed as the most innovative schools around the world
  • Lead: find opportunities to be innovative, lead your personal and professional learning to use technology as the tool
  • Innovate: with the support of technology, create opportunities that are not only new but an improvement on existing practices (for more about this definition, see @gcouros blog post on Are You More Focused on the ‘New’ or the ‘Better’?)

We can give a voice to everyone within the right context. Especially whnever we have stakeholders who are struggling with ideas and new practices, we can hear from them and better understand their perspective. When we listen to why people are unhappy, how powerful would that be to use their comments to reflect on our practices and purpose? Would this be beneficial to hear their voice and build a cohesive learning community?

Learning Environments that Evoke a Feeling

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“The technology is not the story, you are the story.”

Randy Nelson

Global Innovation Summit Apple Distinguished Schools 2018

What kind of an impression do our learning environments evoke? Have we become blinded by the appearance of our learning environments? What environmental constraints can we positively impact?

So many of our teachers do an amazing job of offering flexible seating, spaces for brain breaks, aromatherapy, temperature control. All of these things are within our control and when we reflect upon the environment we are creating, we have an impact on the culture and feelings that arise as soon as our learners walk into the classroom. The room environment is the first thing that impacts our learners. How powerful would it be if the first emotion felt is positive?

Innovation and Leadership

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Learning can be transformed when we start to create shifts in our thinking for the better. This cannot happen without a reflection on existing practices.

The modern learner’s newfound capacity to take full control of their learning is the most profound educational shift…ever!

Will Richardson

To help us shift this thinking, we can use a few questions to guide our planning.

  • What opportunities are we giving students to be innovative and collaborative?
  • What opportunities are we providing that allows students to create something that demonstrates their learning?
  • How are they sharing this?

Integrating STEM and VAPA

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We have some amazing specialty programs that are already established! How powerful would it be if we started relying on our students to lead some of the end of the year culminating activities?

During the conference, we met with a team from The Young Women’s Leadership Network (TYWLS)  who coordinated a Digital Dance Project.  This Digital Dance project is an event that incorporates STEM and VAPA concepts while remaining student led and organized with support from teachers who specialize in each area.

  • STEM:
    • Science: connect dance to a scientific concept to create an interpretive dance
    • Technology: choreograph around coded Arduinos or Ozobots
    • Engineering: design and construct moving pieces to be part of the set design
    • Mathematics: I have not figured this one out yet, but I would love to collaborate with others to brainstorm
  • VAPA:
    • Art: set design planned and created by students – collaboration with the engineering department will be crucial, costume design with LED lights and coordinated lighting
    • Dance: students compose a choreographed dance
    • Music: use of GarageBand to compose music for the Digital Dance Project
    • Theater: dance is incorporated into the theatrical play

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What do we want our stakeholders to feel? How do we achieve that, how do we make sure that we are giving opportunities that will help all learners feel those emotions? If we are being purposeful about considering emotions and feelings while designing lessons and planning our units, how will that impact our schools and the learning going on?

This fundamental question, and the power that can be seen if we “Change One Thing.” This will help us craft around our intention. I encourage you to ask yourselves what kind of experience fo you want everyone around you to have?

How do we signal that there is something magical here?

Randy Nelson

Global Innovation Summit Apple Distinguished Schools 2018

Continued Learning

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There are many opportunities to expand on our existing learning. This can go beyond what is done during professional development sessions and with our teams. For more opportunities to develop skills in using technology in class, check out Teacher Tuesdays at Apple and the

 

How would it impact our students if we all continued pushing ourselves as learners and helped our own brains grow in areas we are already passionate about or in areas where we may have shallow depths of knowledge?


Providing opportunities that allow learners to create, lead, and innovate will help empower them and give the time and space to be innovative while integrating the academic requirements of education. How would this shift impact the community within your classroom and within our school?