STEM Weekly Announcements 5.5.2019

● 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 Ms. Morris, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Hale, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Mislan, Mrs. Gallegos, Mrs. Diaz, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Macleod, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Alexa, Dr. Motsinger, and Dr. Sleiman for #committingandfollowingthrough as running buddies to our elementary and middle school girls in our first Girls on the Run 5k!
  •  Shout out to Mr. Fraser, Mr. Hill, and Mrs. Carreno for #committingandfollowingthrough by hosting a beach and park clean up for middle school students to earn community service hours
  • Shout out to Ms. Arizmendi for #committingandfollowingthrough in attending the CABE scholarship event this weekend and helping to present our 6th grade student Jennifer Lopez with this recognition.
  • Shout out to our DI Teachers for organizing and hosting our 1st annual day of the child event and for organizing our 3rd – 6th Grade Dance! Thank you also to all the teachers who hosted a booth. It was a great way to celebrate our kiddos!

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📸Pictures: 1) Girls on the Run 5k 2) CABE Scholarship Event 3) Middle School students at the Bay Park Clean-Up

Additional Information:

  • Testing: all devices should be ready to go for testing this week! We have attached a PDF of the SBAC Troubleshooting guide for you to print out again if needed. Please remember to call the front office using your classroom phone if you need anything. Also, please remember to lock up your personal cell phone, any smart watches and any other devices that are not in secure testing mode.
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  • On the Blog: This week’s blog post goes over activities that can be helpful during testing, see the whole blog post on our Twitter page or check out this link: Testing is Finished for the Day…What Now?
  • Hanover Surveys: Please help us in taking the following survey to gather feedback about our school climate and culture. The links are active until June 5th, 2019: https://hanoverresearch. qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOW1m9H0qMkpNoV?Group=Staff

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: Mindlabs ** Q4: Grit & Optimism ** Teacher Appreciation Week **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.13.19 SBAC Testing – ELA
  • 5.13.19 – AVID Site Team 3:05pm
  • 5.14.19 – Lead Meeting
  • 5.15.19 – SSC Meeting and Feaster Board Meeting
  • 5.16.19 – AVID Student Interviews 1:45pm

VAPA Weekly Announcements 4.5.2019

● 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 Ms. Morris, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Hale, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Mislan, Mrs. Gallegos, Mrs. Diaz, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Macleod, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Alexa, Dr. Motsinger, and Dr. Sleiman for #committingandfollowingthrough as running buddies to our elementary and middle school girls in our first Girls on the Run 5k!
  •  Shout out to Mr. Fraser, Mr. Hill, and Mrs. Carreno for #committingandfollowingthrough by hosting a beach and park clean up for middle school students to earn community service hours
  • Shout out to Ms. Arizmendi for #committingandfollowingthrough in attending the CABE scholarship event this weekend and helping to present our 6th grade student Jennifer Lopez with this recognition.
  • Shout out to our DI Teachers for organizing and hosting our 1st annual day of the child event and for organizing our 3rd – 6th Grade Dance! Thank you also to all the teachers who hosted a booth. It was a great way to celebrate our kiddos!

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📸Pictures: 1) Girls on the Run 5k 2) CABE Scholarship Event 3) Middle School students at the Bay Park Clean-Up

Additional Information:

  • Testing: all devices should be ready to go for testing this week! We have attached a PDF of the SBAC Troubleshooting guide for you to print out again if needed. Please remember to call the front office using your classroom phone if you need anything. Also, please remember to lock up your personal cell phone, any smart watches and any other devices that are not in secure testing mode.
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  • On the Blog: This week’s blog post goes over activities that can be helpful during testing, see the whole blog post on our Twitter page or check out this link: Testing is Finished for the Day…What Now?
  • Hanover Surveys: Please help us in taking the following survey to gather feedback about our school climate and culture. The links are active until June 5th, 2019: https://hanoverresearch. qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOW1m9H0qMkpNoV?Group=Staff

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: Mindlabs ** Q4: Grit & Optimism ** Teacher Appreciation Week **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 5.13.19 SBAC Testing – ELA
  • 5.13.19 – AVID Site Team 3:05pm
  • 5.14.19 – Lead Meeting
  • 5.15.19 – SSC Meeting and Feaster Board Meeting
  • 5.16.19 – AVID Student Interviews 1:45pm

Testing Strategies

This week’s PD focused solely on testing, including information from the state regarding direction for administering the SBAC assessment and room environment strategies. Instead of summarizing what we just heard, I wanted to share a post that was written on this blog last year in order to help everyone remember to “stay calm and test on.” The following blog will go over resources to share with parents, ideas for students and ways to remind our learners that they are simply showing what they already know by completing this test as well as they possibly can.

One new piece of information that I do want to share is the SBAC Troubleshooting guide that was created last year and updated during interim assessments. If you have any questions or if there are any issues with technology, this is a resource to use:

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Read below to see the ideas and strategies that were shared in last year’s SBAC Testing blog post:

***REPOST FROM 04/2018***

The end of the year SBAC assessment can cause a lot of angst for students, parents, and teachers. We can all work together to make sure that we provide as positive of an experience through this process as possible.

Parents

Familiarize Yourself with the Assessment

The SBAC assessment is taken in grade 3-12. All students are expected to complete this assessment in school. The SBAC website has some great resources and videos that will help parents familiarize themselves with the assessment:  http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/ 

Help Your Child Feel Confident

Have conversations with your child about what to expect during testing. Remind them that their brain is growing and has grown throughout this school year because of the hard work they have put into their schoolwork. Reflect with your child about what they have learned this year. Think back to the previous year and help your child remember that learning is a process that is continuous, it never stops!

Your Words Have Power

Many teachers encourage parents to write a short letter in their home language. This letter is read by students each morning before they begin the assessment. Your letter can include anything that you feel will help your child feel more confident. Reminding them how proud you are of them and explaining what makes you feel you such pride can be a great place to start your letter!

Support on Testing Days

The days of SBAC testing can be incredibly stressful because the normal routines of our school day are not followed. Students arrive in class, do a classroom specific motivation strategy, then begin testing. The testing can last for hours throughout the day. Therefore, at home, before and after  your child arrives at school, you can:

  • Make sure they are well rested
  • Make sure they have breakfast
  • If your child earned an SBAC medal, make sure they wear it to school
  • Make sure they are on time to school
  • Leave them a note or pack their favorite snack
  • When they come home, ask them how they felt during testing
  • Strategize with your child to discover ways they can feel successful during testing

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Students

Show What You Know

Throughout this entire school year, your brain has grown! You have learned new concepts, strategies, and you have developed new academic skills. The purpose of this assessment is simply to what you have learned. While it is important to do your best, it is also important to realize that some of the questions are meant to challenge you and that is okay! Part of this experience is learning how to handle situations that are stressful and daunting. Stay confident in yourself and show what you know!

Believe in Yourself

It is crucial to believe that you, yourself, can achieve great things! Have confidence that you can demonstrate your knowledge successfully! Don’t forget all the hard work you have put into your learning throughout this year. Help yourself remember how far you have come academically by reflecting on where you were before this school year started.

Feel Confident About What you Have Learned

We all have times when we have not put our best effort into something. Now is the time to reflect and feel proud about all the times you did put your best effort into the task at hand. Think of a time when you felt successful on something related to school. Hold that feeling in your heart and mind. Whenever you are feeling stress or pressure because of an assessment, bring that feeling back to yourself. Give yourself a moment to feel that same pride again.

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Teachers

Test Pep

Test pep is very different form test prep because one is about celebrating successes, the other is about closing knowledge gaps. While both are necessary, test pep can help build the confidence in our learners and remind them that while it is okay to feel stressed, we have strategies to work beyond that and put our best effort into our task.

Inspirational Posters and Reminders

Ms. Gates and her ASB student have done an amazing job of creating posters for students to feel supported during testing. Especially when frustrations run high for both students and teachers, this can be a source of calming in the classroom. The reminder that this is what they have prepared for, the messages that make them feel supported, the thought that it is okay to feel frustrated as long as we have strategies that can help us move forward – all of these messages can help support our learners even when they are feeling frustrated.

In Ms. Miller’s class, I  noticed that she had her students create thinking caps with social-emotional learning connections. These thinking caps will help students feel excited about testing and help them stay motivated by serving as a reminder that they have spent the year helping their brains grow.

Letters

Every year, we ask our parents to write an inspirational letter to their children. Giving time to allow our students to read this letter, holding a conversation about what this letter means to them, and reflecting on the words of their loved ones can help students feel the supported and help them feel proud of how hard they have worked.

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We are looking forward to seeing what our students have learned over the course of the year! We will be reflecting on the results and data to provide an even more effective academic education for each individual learner.

VAPA Weekly Announcements 3.11.2019

● 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 Ms. Zurcher, Ms. Quesada, and Ms. Silverstein for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they took time to meet with all teachers to collaborate on students who have IEP’s, communication and team work is vital for the success of our SPED students!
  • Shout out to Social Committee for having a growth mindset and organizing the car wash for staff! There is still time to sign up, the car wash will be on Tuesday, email Cassandra.mateos@cvesd.org.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Silva and Mr. Samaniego for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they are creating a motivational video for our students for testing! Mr. Samaniego was out and about filming on Friday, be ready for your turn!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Morris, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Hernandez, & Mrs. Tellez for committing and following through with the Girls on the Run Program!

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📸Pictures: (1) Yearbook Preview (2) Laya and Amelia eating from one of our students hands (3) Students show off their science notebooks!

Additional Information:

  • ScholarDollars: We have entered the voting competition, Scholar Dollars to help gain additional funding for our Mindlabs programs and electives! Voting opens on 3/11 at 8:00AM and we encourage all teachers to vote every day from 3/11 – 3/22! Please help us out by sharing the information below on your Class Dojo and Jupiter Ed pages:
    • Help us keep our speciality STEM and VAPA programs funded by voting everyday online using the link http://www.myscholardollars.com/vote/?show_school=5009 (this link will be live from 3/11 at 8:00 AM until 3/22 at 8:00 AM). Please vote daily to help support our programs here at Feaster Charter! If we have the largest number of votes, we will be awarded with $25,000!!
  • Sign On Trouble: If you or your students are having any issues logging onto programs like Achieve3000, Illuminate, SmartyAnts, etc. please make sure that you clear your cache. Instructions on how to do this from Safari, Chrome and an iPad are attached.

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  • SBAC Troubleshooting: With the interim SBAC testing coming up, we want to make sure that you have a resource to go to if you or your students are having issues logging on or using the AirSecure app. Please see the attached SBAC Troubleshooting guide.

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  • Printers: a lot of wireless printers have been disconnected due to updates with the IP address. If you have this issue or need a printer installed to your computer, please contact Heather or Roel so they can install it for you. If you have an immediate need to print, we have attached instructions showing you how to install your own printer.

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  • iPad Covers: please take some time to check your iPad covers and make sure that they are in like-new condition. If you see any rips or markings that cannot be removed, you will need to send the device to the media center. The student will be able to purchase a new iPad cover from the ASB store before or after school for $5. The Media Center will not accept the payment, students must pay at the ASB store. Thank you for your help with this, we need to make sure that the covers last for longer than a year!
  • Yearbooks: You can still preorder your yearbooks online! Please share the information below with your parents:
    • You can pre-order your yearbooks online by going to https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and entering the school code: 12722419. Yearbooks start at $20 for a soft cover! Preorder yours today, online sales end 3/17/2019!

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • ** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 3.18.19 – 3.22.19 Parent Conferences
  • 3.25.19 to 4.7.19 SPRING BREAK