3 – Reads at Feaster Charter Middle School

Often times, math is taught by simply answering questions and solving equations. However, when we are actually using math, we need to do so much more work than simply answering the question being posed. When we use math, we have to form our own questions and complete the operations necessary to resolve the task we are working on.

The 3-Reads strategy provides the opportunity to pose a situation and have students figure out what questions would be most relevant to the task being completed. Based on what they know from the situation being described, they form questions that would be relevant.

In the video from Ms. Morris, she follows all three of the steps to complete the 3-Reads protocol:

  1. Retell and take time to understand the vocabulary
  2. Make visual representations from the problem or topic
  3. Create questions that can be solved mathematically

You can watch the sample lesson on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EschxHkZzQw&feature=youtu.be

You can also watch the sample lesson on the CVESD Stream website: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/0ed0758c-e608-4fb5-9b62-8fff6bd85b70 (you will need to login using your CVESD email account)

The purpose of the 3-Reads is to make sense of math intensive problems that are rich in language. The fact that there is not only one question being asked also helps the students develop a better understanding of math. The 3-Reads can also work to dispel the myth that people are born with a math brain by giving strategies to understand and work with math in different ways. (For more research on this, check out the video from Jo Boaler and her Twitter page).

“Open up math questions so that there is space inside them for learning.”

-Jo Boaler

How You Can be Good at Math, and Other Surprising Facts About Learning

3-Reads helps students build their mathematical skills by helping them develop strategies that will better support them as they work to understand the math they are being done. There is a time to learn how to solve specific problems, but within those lessons, there also needs to be time to develop a deeper understanding of math and that can be done by analyzing information and developing different questions that can be answered using what information is given.

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STEM Week 25 Announcements

February 2018

WEEK OF February 20th # 28

● 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 committing and following through by planning and organizing Kindness Week! There were many students showing kindness throughout the week and we are officially a Kindness Certified School! Thank you to our counselors and teachers for giving students the opportunity to explore different ways to show kindness.

Pictures: (1) Feaster is a Certified Kindness School (2) Counselors setting up our Kindness tree (3) Ss writing kindness notes

Information

  • ❗❗This week we will have Federal Program Auditors on campus conducting walkthroughs and interviews throughout the day.   ❗❗
  • iPads: Please take a few minutes and follow up with your grade level tech committee member about safely handling the iPads. Tech committee members discussed tips during our last committee meeting:

    iPads should NOT leave the classroom for students in elementary school unless requested by RSP, this includes students working outside on the ramps with iPads. We have had a significant increase in broken and lost iPads, please help by reminding your students.

  • Mindlabs Supplies: Our Mindlabs teachers have many supplies on hand that are great for projects in your classroom, when requesting supplies please call or email the teacher ahead of time so as not to interrupt their instruction to request supplies.
  • Donors Choose: Last week, we had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project will be put up on the site this week using your requests. If you have other flexible seating supples you would like added, please send Heather a link!
  • 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 Week at a Glance

 Week at a Glance

5th Grade After-School Duty ** Q3 Zest & Gratitude**

 

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Looking Ahead

  • 2.26.18 – 3.2.18 Read Across America Week
  •  2.26.18 Jazz Quartet Assemblies VAPA Classes (K-2nd 8:30 – 9:00, 3rd-5th 9:15 – 10:00, 6th – MS 10:00 – 10:45
  •  2.27.18- 2.28.18 Spring Pictures
  • 3.1.18 Dr. Escobedo Walkthrough

STEM Week 24 Announcements

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

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to Mrs. Silva, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Culbertson, and Ms. San Roman for Committing and Following Through with their pilot of the Benchmark Program and for putting on a very informative PD for staff on Thursday, well done!
  • Shout Out to Ms. Carolina for Committing and Following Through, this week’s dance recitals were fantastic! Teachers, parents and students were all excited to watch!
  • Shout out to Ms. Stewart, Ms. Silberberg, Ms. Morris, Mr. Faster, and Mrs. Medina for Committing and Following Through by hosting our Chinese exchange students in their classrooms this week!
  • Shout out to the 5th Grade team and Coach Johnson, Coach Guglielmo, and Coach Andy for Keeping All Staff and Every Student in mind as they carefully created a schedule which allowed ALL 5th graders to complete the Physical Fitness Test in just 1 week. Their careful planning a preparation allowed for Mindlabs, Middle School, and ELPAC Testing to go on without interruption! Well done!

 

Pictures: (1) Speech Contest Winners (2) Chinese Exchange Students (3) Feb. Highest Lexile Growth

Information

  • iPads: iPads should NOT leave the classroom for students in elementary school unless requested by RSP, this includes students working outside on the ramps with iPads. We have had a significant increase in broken and lost iPads, please help by reminding your students.
  • 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 Week at a Glance
  • Coffee with the Principals: This week our topic will be Social Media Usage, this has been a major concern in many grade levels, please help us promote this meeting by sending a Dojo message to your parents!
  • Mindlabs Supplies: Our Mindlabs teachers have many supplies on hand that are great for projects in your classroom, when requesting supplies please call or email the teacher ahead of time so as not to interrupt their instruction to request supplies.

Week at a Glance

  • 4th Grade After-School Duty ** Q3 Zest & Gratitude**

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-10:30 RSP Art Show Room 203

7:45 Coffee with the Principals: Social Media Usage

❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤

Spirit Day: Wear Pink or Red

3:00-4:00 Valentine’s Day Dance (MPR)

8:00 AM & 5:00 PM PIQE Classes
[last week’s #s]

  • 32 Ps (AM

    Elem/Span)

  • 15 Ps (PM MS/Span)
  • 7Ps (PM Elem/Span)
  • 3Ps (PM Elem Eng)

Mindlabs Trimester 2 Ends

DI Ts Collaboration – Schedule to follow in separate email

PD Committee:

  • Parent Involvement Room 901
  • Student Motivation Room 403
  •  Technology – Media Center
  • Social Committee – Room 1403
  •  Yearbook – Room 1203
  • DI – Room 1003
  • AVID – 1401

No School: Presidents Day Weekend

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 2.19 No School Presidents’ Day
  • 2.20 & 2.22 Jump Rope for Heart Assemblies
  • 2.20-2.22 FMP Site Visits
  • 2.20 Lead Meeting

VAPA Week 24 Announcements

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

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to Mrs. Silva, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Culbertson, and Ms. San Roman for Committing and Following Through with their pilot of the Benchmark Program and for putting on a very informative PD for staff on Thursday, well done!
  • Shout Out to Ms. Carolina for Committing and Following Through, this week’s dance recitals were fantastic! Teachers, parents and students were all excited to watch!
  • Shout out to Ms. Stewart, Ms. Silberberg, Ms. Morris, Mr. Faster, and Mrs. Medina for Committing and Following Through by hosting our Chinese exchange students in their classrooms this week!
  • Shout out to the 5th Grade team and Coach Johnson, Coach Guglielmo, and Coach Andy for Keeping All Staff and Every Student in mind as they carefully created a schedule which allowed ALL 5th graders to complete the Physical Fitness Test in just 1 week. Their careful planning a preparation allowed for Mindlabs, Middle School, and ELPAC Testing to go on without interruption! Well done!

 

Pictures: (1) Speech Contest Winners (2) Chinese Exchange Students (3) Feb. Highest Lexile Growth

Information

  • iPads: iPads should NOT leave the classroom for students in elementary school unless requested by RSP, this includes students working outside on the ramps with iPads. We have had a significant increase in broken and lost iPads, please help by reminding your students.
  • Coffee with the Principals: This week our topic will be Social Media Usage, this has been a major concern in many grade levels, please help us promote this meeting by sending a Dojo message to your parents!
  • Mindlabs Supplies: Our Mindlabs teachers have many supplies on hand that are great for projects in your classroom, when requesting supplies please call or email the teacher ahead of time so as not to interrupt their instruction to request supplies.
  • Donors Choose: Last week, we had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project will be put up on the site this week using your requests. If you have other flexible seating supples you would like added, please send Heather a link!
  • 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 Week at a Glance

 

Week at a Glance

  • 4th Grade After-School Duty ** Q3 Zest & Gratitude**

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30-10:30 RSP Art Show Room 203

7:45 Coffee with the Principals: Social Media Usage

❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤

Spirit Day: Wear Pink or Red

3:00-4:00 Valentine’s Day Dance (MPR)

8:00 AM & 5:00 PM PIQE Classes
[last week’s #s]

  • 32 Ps (AM

    Elem/Span)

  • 15 Ps (PM MS/Span)
  • 7Ps (PM Elem/Span)
  • 3Ps (PM Elem Eng)

Mindlabs Trimester 2 Ends

DI Ts Collaboration – Schedule to follow in separate email

PD Committee:

  • Parent Involvement Room 901
  • Student Motivation Room 403
  •  Technology – Media Center
  • Social Committee – Room 1403
  •  Yearbook – Room 1203
  • DI – Room 1003
  • AVID – 1401

No School: Presidents Day Weekend

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 2.19 No School Presidents’ Day
  • 2.20 & 2.22 Jump Rope for Heart Assemblies
  • 2.20-2.22 FMP Site Visits
  • 2.20 Lead Meeting

Benchmark Education

This past week, we had a professional development session during which our third grade teachers shared their experience with Benchmark Education. They have been piloting this curriculum throughout the year. Before we commit to the curriculum, it is important to be well informed about this decision and ensure that it will benefit all learners on campus. This week’s post will summarize the information shared by our third grade team and the Benchmark Education representative.


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 writers 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.


Prior to choosing a curriculum to purchase, we should all take time to hear from others who are using the curriculum, explore the resources, ask questions, and reflect on whether or not this will benefit all students in our school.

 

 

VAPA Week 23 Announcements

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

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to the Kinder Team for Keeping students in Mind as they celebrated the 100th day of school! Kinder students have learned so much this year!
  • Shout Out to Esther Granados, Cecilia Aguirre, Laura Gates, Michelle Gallegos, Ashley Morris, Kristen Kirkpatrick, and Elizabeth Aderholdt for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind by facilitating the Making Meaning PD – Closed Reading/3 Reads PD this past Thursday. We appreciate you sharing your expertise and knowledge and facilitating great conversations!

 

Pictures: (1) 5th Grade Speech Contest (2) Dr. Zoolittle Visits 4th Grade

Information

  •  ELPAC: This week we begin testing! Keep in mind a few reminders:
    • Walls need to be covered for all subjects, except Math and Spanish
    • Technology isn’t allowed, which includes Apple Watches. Please call the front office if you need assistance and Marta, Melissa, or Marcela will radio someone to assist you.Teachers can pick up testing boxes in Room 201 at 7:00, which will need to be signed in and out each day.
    • THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY THIS WEEK as we try to ensure that Teachers are supported and students are assessed!
  • iPads: IPads should NOT leave the classroom for student sin elementary school unless requested by RSP. We have had a significant increase in broken and lost iPads, please help by reminding your students.
  • Donors Choose: Last week, we had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project will be put up on the site this week using your requests. If you have other flexible seating supples you would like added, please send Heather a link!
  • 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 Week at a Glance3rd Grade After-School Duty ** Q3 Zest & Gratitude** We will have 10 Chinese Exchange Students visiting this week! They will be buddied with our 6th – 8th Grade STEM classes!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

5th Grade PE Testing – DiGiovanna (3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

4th Grade Field Trip – Zoo

 

Dance Recitals:

11:10 & 12:10 6th gr performancePhan & Gallegos

5th Grade PE Testing – Ruppert (3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

Dance Recitals:

8:25 & 9:35 4th Gr performancesCartier, Zinskey

11:45 &1:20 5th gr performancesRuppert, Scott, Hildt & Clookie

 

1:00 7th Grade Speech Contest

2:00 6th Grade Speech Contest

5th Grade PE Testing – Scott (+3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

8th Grade – Bayfront Visit
7th Grade – SDSU

Dance Recitals:

12:15 & 1:15 2nd gr performancesBroyles & S.Lopez

 

8:00 AM & 5:00 PM PIQE
(last week’s #s)
AM 39 Ps (Elem/Span) PM 18 Ps (MS/Span) PM 10 Ps (Elem/Span) PM 3 Ps (Elem/ Eng) TOTAL 70 Parents

5th Grade PE Testing – Clookie + Cortez

 

Dance Recitals:

8:30 & 9:40 MS performancesHill, Morris, Gates & Morris

 

 

PD: Benchmark Overview (facilitated by 3rd grade)

Leads are out on Friday –Bonnie

 

5th Grade PE Testing – Hildt & Cortez

Dance Recitals:

8:25 & 9:35 1ST gr performances11:10 & 12:50

3rd gr performancesDycaico, Greer, Silva Culbertson

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

2.13 Coffee with the Principals

2.14 Valentine’s Day Dance

2/15 PD: Committees

STEM Week 23 Announcements

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

Shout Outs

  • Shout Out to the Kinder Team for Keeping students in Mind as they celebrated the 100th day of school! Kinder students have learned so much this year!
  • Shout Out to Esther Granados, Cecilia Aguirre, Laura Gates, Michelle Gallegos, Ashley Morris, Kristen Kirkpatrick, and Elizabeth Aderholdt for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind by facilitating the Making Meaning PD – Closed Reading/3 Reads PD this past Thursday. We appreciate you sharing your expertise and knowledge and facilitating great conversations!

 

Pictures: (1) 5th Grade Speech Contest (2) Dr. Zoolittle Visits 4th Grade

Information

  •  ELPAC: This week we begin testing! Keep in mind a few reminders:
    • Walls need to be covered for all subjects, except Math and Spanish
    • Technology isn’t allowed, which includes Apple Watches. Please call the front office if you need assistance and Marta, Melissa, or Marcela will radio someone to assist you.Teachers can pick up testing boxes in Room 201 at 7:00, which will need to be signed in and out each day.
    • THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR FLEXIBILITY THIS WEEK as we try to ensure that Teachers are supported and students are assessed!
  • iPads: IPads should NOT leave the classroom for student sin elementary school unless requested by RSP. We have had a significant increase in broken and lost iPads, please help by reminding your students.
  • Donors Choose: Last week, we had several emails with Donors Choose requests! A school wide project will be put up on the site this week using your requests. If you have other flexible seating supples you would like added, please send Heather a link!
  • 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 Week at a Glance3rd Grade After-School Duty ** Q3 Zest & Gratitude** We will have 10 Chinese Exchange Students visiting this week! They will be buddied with our 6th – 8th Grade STEM classes!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

5th Grade PE Testing – DiGiovanna (3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

4th Grade Field Trip – Zoo

 

Dance Recitals:

11:10 & 12:10 6th gr performancePhan & Gallegos

5th Grade PE Testing – Ruppert (3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

Dance Recitals:

 8:25 & 9:35 4th Gr performancesCartier, Zinskey

11:45 &1:20 5th gr performancesRuppert, Scott, Hildt & Clookie

 

1:00 7th Grade Speech Contest

2:00 6th Grade Speech Contest

5th Grade PE Testing – Scott (+3-4 Ss from Cortez)

 

8th Grade – Bayfront Visit
7th Grade – SDSU

Dance Recitals:

12:15 & 1:15 2nd gr performancesBroyles & S.Lopez

 

8:00 AM & 5:00 PM PIQE
(last week’s #s)
AM 39 Ps (Elem/Span) PM 18 Ps (MS/Span) PM 10 Ps (Elem/Span) PM 3 Ps (Elem/ Eng) TOTAL 70 Parents

5th Grade PE Testing – Clookie + Cortez

 

Dance Recitals:

8:30 & 9:40 MS performancesHill, Morris, Gates & Morris

 

 

PD: Benchmark Overview (facilitated by 3rd grade)

Leads are out on Friday –Bonnie

 

5th Grade PE Testing – Hildt & Cortez

Dance Recitals:

8:25 & 9:35 1ST gr performances11:10 & 12:50

3rd gr performancesDycaico, Greer, Silva Culbertson

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

2.13 Coffee with the Principals

2.14 Valentine’s Day Dance

2/15 PD: Committees