VAPA 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

VAPA Week 18 Announcements

VAPA ACADEMY

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

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out to our lead teachers, Shea, Marissa and Mrs. Richardson for their commitment and follow through during 2nd quarter benchmark assessments. Everyone worked together to get reading, writing, and math assessments created and distributed to all students in the school.
  • Shout out to Ms. Granados for committing and following through by taking the lead in organizing the DI field trip. Our DI students are going to have a great time!
  • Shout out to Ms. Aguirre for keeping all staff and every student in mind by taking the lead and supporting grade levels with organizing Kermes fundraising booths. There will be lots of yummy goodies being sold on Thursday.

Information

  • Hour of Code: Than you to everyone who participated in Hour of Code. It was great to see students working through complex problems and communicating about the various strategies they used to solve them.
  • Blog: If you haven’s already, please remember to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.workdpress.com/ and entering your email address!
  • Twitter: It has been great to see all of your tweets coming in! A lot of excellent strategies, routines, resources, and experiences are being shared. Keep it going this week so we can all continue to learn from eache other! #feasterlearns @feastercharter
  • Donors Choose/Feaster Blog: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.

Week at a Glance

6th Grade After-School Duty

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

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3rd Grade DI Classes to Nature Center

Culbertson to Nature Center

Kinder Performances (MPR)

  • –  8:00 – 8:30 Ms. Tellez & Ms.Martinez
  • –  9:30-10:00 Ms.Palacio & Ms. Canet

Achieve 3K Level Set Assessment (2nd – 8th)

AGE Parent Preview 3:00-3:30

CPR Training for some IA’S 1:30-4:30

9:00 – 12:00 DI Field Trip

PD: Kermes 1:30- 3:30

Spirit Day: Holiday Theme

Breakfast in Lounge @ 7:00

9:00 Bikes for Kids Assembly 3rd Grade

Feaster Holiday Party

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

– 12.16.17-1.7.18 Winter Break

STEM Week 17 Announcements

December

2017

WEEK OF December 4th # 18

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

Shout-Outs

  • Shout out to the following teachers for their commitment and follow through as they represented Feaster along with over 40 of their student at the Starlight Parade on Saturday evening! The float looked fantastic and festive!
    • Ms. Ana Mercado, Mr. Thorburn Coach Johnson Coach Guglielmo Mrs. Rivaldi, Mr. Jones, Mr. Reggie, Ms. Young, Mrs. Hernandez Ms. Carolina Ms. Alejandra Ms. Bates, Mr. Alex, Mr. Velasco
  • Shout out to Mr. Phan and Ms. Olocco for having a growth mindset and demonstrating it to their students by scaling the rock wall at Camp Marston and to Mr. Wylie, Ms. Gallegos, & Ms. Stewart for spending all week up at camp with our 6th graders!
  • Shout out to Ms. Martin, Mrs. Carcova, Ms. Morris, Ms. Silberberg, Mr, Fraser, Mr. Hill, Ms. Gates and Mrs. Medina for their commitment and follow through in organizing a highly successful college week. They visited schools in San Diego and Los Angles.
  • Special shout out to Mrs. Carcova and Ms. Morris’ bus who received A COMPLIMENT REPORT from the district bus driver! Thanks for representing Feaster well 🙂

Information

  • Hour of Code: Hour of Code will be taking place from 12/4-12/10. We hope that you take the time to sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1 and give your students the opportunity to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they learn how to code. A blog post has been written detailing information about Hour of Code and Swift Playgrounds: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/hour-of-code/. If you would like the Swift Playgrounds app uploaded on your devices, please email Heather Walker.
  • Blog: Don’t forget to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/ and entering your email address! Thank you to Roel Mislan, Christine Carreno, Victoria Bernazzani, Julie Medina, and Joe Guglielmo for already following our blog.
  • Twitter: It has been great to see everyone’s Tweets using #FeasterLearns and tagging @FeasterCharter! Keep it up and we will be on our way to an effective online learning community! If you have not yet tweeted or emailed something you are doing in your classroom, please do so ASAP. Heather will be following up on this.
  • Donor’s Choose: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.
  • Elective Showcases: Please make sure to invite a VAPA class from your grade level band rotation to come to your class to see your showcase. It is important that the kids get practice speaking and presenting in front of an audience. Please also invite parents, it is listed in our monthly newsletter, but invitations from classrooms individually are much more personal!

Week at a Glance

5th Grade After-School Duty

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

 

Monday 4th

Tuesday 5th

Wednesday 6th

Thursday 7th

Friday 8th

-ILT Meeting @ Liberty 7:30-3:00
LEADS OUT

-PD: Time to work on Report Cards

-STEM Elective Showcase

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

• KERMES December 14th 1:30-3:30

VAPA Week 17 Announcements

December 2017

WEEK OF December 3, 2017 # 18

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

 

Shout-Outs

  • Shoutout to the following teachers for their commitment and follow through as they represented Feaster along with over 40 of their students at the Starlight Parade on Saturday evening! The float looked fantastic and festive! o Ms. Ana Mercado, Mr. Thorburn, Coach Johnson, Coach Guglielmo, Mrs. Rivaldi, Mr. Jones, Mr. Reggie, Ms. Young, Ms. Carolina, Ms. Alejandra, Mrs. Hernandez, Ms. Bates, Mr. Alex, Mr. Velasco
  • Shout-out to Mr. Phan and Ms. Olocco for having a growth mindset and demonstrating it to their students by scaling the rock wall at Camp Marston and to Mr. Wylie, Ms. Gallegos, & Ms. Stewart for spending all week at camp with our 6th graders!
  • Shout-out to Ms. Martin, Mrs. Carcova, Ms. Morris, Ms. Silberberg, Mr. Faser, Mr. Hill, Ms. Gates, and Mrs. Medina for their commitment and follow by organizing a highly successful college week. They visited schools in San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Special shout out to Mrs. Carcova and Ms. Morris’ bus who received A COMPLIMENT REPORT from the district bus driver! Thanks for representing Feaster well!

Information

  • Elective Showcases: Please make sure to invite a STEM class from your grade level band rotation to come to your class to see your showcase. It is important that the kids get practice speaking and presenting in front of an audience. Please also invite parents, it is listed in our monthly newsletter, but invitations from classrooms individually are much more personal!
  • Hour of Code: Hour of Code will be taking place from 12/4-12/10. We hope that you take the time to sign up using the link: http://bit.ly/cvedcode1 and give your students the opportunity to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills as they learn how to code. A blog post has been written detailing information about Hour of Code & Swift Playgrounds. If you would like the Swift Playgrounds app uploaded on your devices, please email Heather Walker.
  • Blog: Don’t forget to follow our Feaster Charter blog by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this website: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/ and entering your email address! Thank you to Roel Mislan, Christine Carreno, Victoria Bernazzani, Julie Medina, and Joe Guglielmo for already following our blog.
  • Twitter: It has been great to see everyone’s Tweets using #FeasterLearns and tagging @FeasterCharter! Keep it up and we will be on our way to an effective online learning community! If you have not yet tweeted or emailed something you are doing in your classroom, please do so ASAP. Heather will be following up on this
  • Donors Choose/Feaster Blog: Thank you to the teachers who have requested help getting this started or who have started their own! The Amazon Business Marketplace will not be available until 12/28 due to the holidays. You can still send Heather your Donor’s Choose needs, but not all items will be available.

Week at a Glance

5th Grade After-School Duty ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

VAPA Elective Showcase

ILT Cohort Session Walkthrough

PD – Report Card

STEM Elective Showcase

Grades Due for Mindlabs Classes

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

– KERMES December 14th 1:30-3:30

Twitter

Twitter is a powerful academic resource because it gives the opportunity to bring together educators in a collaborative manner. When used to ask questions, get new ideas, and push thinking, educators can grow their professional learning network beyond just the teachers on their teams and within their school or district. Of course, these collaborative teams at your school site will always be crucial to the success of your students – the on site people at your school have an in depth understanding of the needs of the students in your community! With the addition of using social media to share and seek out new ideas, teachers can take their learning beyond their in-person connections.

Organizing Your Tweets

Going through your Twitter feed can be a daunting task if you are looking for something in particular. The website (also an app), Tweetdeck is a convenient way to separate hashtags and people you follow into organized columns.

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Twitter Handles to Follow

 

Below is a running list of various Twitter accounts that create content centered around education. Together, we can work to add to this list and keep an ongoing resource that will help us all expand our professional learning network.

Twitter Handle & Link Bio from Twitter Page Other Info
@ChrisWejr K-5 principal, teacher, learner, sports fan, father of 3. Passionate about strengths-based education and leadership, assessment, and motivation.
@katiemartinedu Passionate educator connecting research and practice to ensure schools meet needs of learners in a changing world. Director of District Leadership @biepbl Has been a co-facilitator for the Twitter Chat: #IMMOOC (Innovator’s Mindset IMassive Online Open Course)
@TopDogTeaching Globally Awarded Teacher · CEO: Top Dog Teaching Inc. · TEDx + Keynote Speaker · Cofounder @HappyGoTeach · Author FlexEd Book (6/18) · Coauthor #EdWriteNow Book
@casas_jimmy Senior Fellow at ICLE. CEO: ConnectEDD, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker. #FutureReady Advisor. Passionate about kids & serving others. Co-Founder of http://WGEDD.com
@JCasaTodd I learn. I teach. I write. I am a speaker, a mom, a wife, a T-L & author of #socialLEADia Passionate abt STUDENT Digital Leadership #globaled #digcit#TeachSDGs Author of Social Leadia
@alicekeeler Mom of 5, Teacher, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Google Certified Teacher, NMCk12 Ambassador, MIE, gamification, #coffeeEDU, coder Lots of information about Google Docs in the classroom
@gcouros The best educators change the trajectories of those they serve. Through learning, teaching, writing, & speaking, I continue to aspire to this. I also love dogs. My first go to whenever I blog. Author of The Innovator’s Mindset, KeyNote speaker
Almost any conference I attend, his blog or posts are quoted…very impressive speaker and writer – https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/7893
@JohnHardison1 Father, Husband, Friend, High School Language Arts Interactive Educator, and Forward Thinker (opinions are my own)
@spencerideas I’m a professor who makes stuff. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both. Check out http://spencervideos.com
@ChrisWejr K-5 principal, teacher, learner, sports fan, father of 3. Passionate about strengths-based education and leadership, assessment, and motivation.
@garystager Progressive educator, journalist, speaker, university professor – http://stager.tv/blog -Expertise = edtech, 1:1 computing, online teaching, school reform, jazz Huge on Makers Spaces
@cultofpedagogy I help teachers crush it in the classroom. My big project these days is at http://teachersguidetotech.com . Very powerful blogs and ideas, if you want to push your thinking or be inspired, be prepared to spend hours here!
@joboaler Stanford Professor, Believer in ALL Students, Maths Revolutionary, Author, Online course experimenter, co-founder http://www.youcubed.org My go-to for all things related to math
@EdHidalgoSD innovation & engagement officer @cajonvalleyusd. Preparing Ss for #worldofwork #cvWoW. @SDWorkforceBoard. Founder @Thinkabit_Lab. Thoughts mine. Voice @tedx Works with Cajon Valley Elementary School District – lots of World of Work resources and strengths/interests/values ideas
@Digitaltonto Author, Speaker, Innovation Advisor, @HarvardBiz @Inc Contributor, Check out my book, Mapping Innovation and hire me to speak at your next event Not an educator, but posts things relevent to innovations in businesses that could help push your thinking
@angeladuckw Founder & CEO of @thecharacterlab. Professor at @Penn. Author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” Great resource for info on SEL, specifically grit
@jenmanfredi Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab Instructor-QWOW http://thinkabitlab.com  #worldofwork#experienship opinions represent Jennifer Manfredi Thinkabit Lab
@simonsinek To run & jump & laugh & cry & love & hope & imagine…to experience as much as I can all for one purpose: to inspire. Books: Start With Why & Leaders Eat Last. My go to for anything having to do with leadership
@csanroman86 Third grade teacher, aspiring school leader, and soon to be mommy Feaster Teacher 🙂
@coachbates33 1st grade teacher-basketball coach Feaster Teacher 🙂
@alexa_carcova 7th Grade Teacher at Feaster Charter ELA & History Feaster Teacher 🙂
@eliz_aderholdt Teacher in San Diego County Feaster Teacher 🙂
@FeasterCharter Feaster Charter is an innovative TK-8 school in Chula Vista, CA. Through STEM, VAPA, & STEAM academies, learners think critically, creatively & collaboratively. School Twitter page
Make sure to use #FeasterLearns as well
@ftamayo1 Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education Member, Community Volunteer, Data Center Administrator for @SDCOE, Dad.. CVESD Board member
@marissa_m_h_ Feaster Teacher 🙂
@CV_InnovationSt @Thinkabit_Lab inspired makerspace created by @ChulaVistaLib & @CVESDNews as a place where art and engineering come together to inspire creativity & innovation.
@AntwonL Ed Tech Coordinator, Author, Speaker, Family Guy! CVESD ED Tech Coordinator
@ByMeDesign Feaster Teacher 🙂
@gerrybrooksprin principal, dad, husband, fun maker, American’s Next Top Model Educator’s Season. Hillarious YouTube videos, love him for collab trust cirlces…Cartier used to do this and it was my favorite!
@CVESDShift Believe that AWESOME teaching integrated with INNOVATIVE technology can happen. CVESDShift is a place for you to get inspired and get involved. Stay up-to-date on tech in CVESD
@P21Learning Emphasizing how 21st century learning & the 4Cs empower our learners to gain the skills they need for success. http://SkillsForToday.org  #P21Exemplar Exemplar schools around US, monthly newsletter and webinars on 4 C’s and other ed topics
@MotsingerS Feaster admin 🙂
@kristacartier Feaster teacher 🙂
@tessier311 CVESD Assistant Superintendent, Innovation and Instruction, SDSU Aztec (B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.) Great posts about what is happening in schools around CVESD
@cffsd Classroom of the Future Foundation is dedicated to uniting business, educational, and community leaders in creating innovative learning environments
@AvatarLore Technology Manager and Mind Labs Educator at Feaster Charter School Feaster Teacher 🙂
@sdominguez_3 VAPA Principal – Feaster Charter School – Chula Vista Elementary School District Feaster admin 🙂
@MisterDelaCruz Husband | Father | Reppin’ @Thrively I Worked @Design39Campus | Lifelong Learner | All Things EdTech | Food, Folks, & Fun! Thrively connection – lots of work with strengths/interests/values and AVID
@AngelicaSleiman Associate Principal at Feaster Charter, CVESD. Current PhD Candidate @ USD. UCEA Jackson Scholar. CSULA & USD alumni. Feaster admin 🙂
@loeragranados Feaster teacher 🙂
@hmgwalker Educator, Innovation Specialist in CVESD working to provide students with a challenging and purposeful education Feaster teacher 🙂

Hashtags to Follow

To continue our learning experiences beyond onsite PDs, we can tag each other, use our school hashtags, retweet, share, and look at what others are posting as well.

Building a Personal Learning Network

At Feaster, we are very fortunate to have weekly collaboration times and I truly believe that maintaining this practice is best for our teachers and our students. It gives us time with our teams to reflect, discuss the how, and take an in-depth look at the outcomes of our lessons by analyzing student work. For our students, these weekly collaborations mean that they are able to experience their Mindlab courses and build skills that may not be integrated into classrooms lessons. All of this is crucial to the success of our learners on campus – both teachers and students.

Within the past year, I have started to recognize the benefit of expanding collaborative practices and building a personal learning network (PLN). A PLN is a way to build relationships with other educators globally and locally. We are developing new practices and continuing existing practices that are very effective. There are so many other schools that are doing just this; however, we have yet to understand what they are doing because we are geographically separated. Even at times on our own campus we can be separated. We have teachers on campus doing amazing things everyday, but we do not know about it because we are in our own classrooms doing amazing things as well.

George Couros spoke at a conference another educator and I attended and he asked the question:

“What if every teacher tweeted one thing a day they did in their classroom to a school hashtag and took 5 minutes a day to read each others’ tweets?

What would that do for learning and school culture?”

@gcouros

I appreciate this quote because it is gives a solution to something that has been a concern for me for far too long. Often, I find myself struggling to reach certain students and after a lesson, I spend hours reflecting on it and thinking about what was successful and what I need to change. I will talk to other educators to learn different strategies, but this is often hard to do during school hours. This quote, if we all work together and make it a reality, solves that problem because it gives teachers a platform to share their learning and hear from others. I appreciate that it includes the idea of not only sharing knowledge but also receiving knowledge – it is crucial to be both a producer and a consumer of quality practices. For a more in depth blog post on this, read, “The Education ‘Bat Signal’

This quote has had a huge impact on my professional learning. I truly understood the positive impact that Twitter and my PLN had on my professional learning while I was at a conference, listening to someone go on about Common Core. I realized that my thinking was not being pushed, so I logged onto Twitter and joined Twitter Chat. A Twitter Chat is an online conversation where the facilitator(s) provide questions and the participants write their responses – see image below for an example. While physically sitting in that conference, I did not learn anything that would incredibly impact my learning from the one speaker. I did, however, learn new strategies from the hundreds of educators participating in the Twitter Chat.

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We have been doing so much to develop relationships and we cannot forget our online relationships as well. When we share what we are doing to the hashtag, #FeasterLearns, it helps others learn from our practices, it helps us to guide our conversations during collaboration, and it may even inspire other teachers by giving them different strategies to try. When we are sharing our practices and learning from each other, we are working to develop a deeper appreciation towards others that will benefit all 1,240 of our students instead of just the 20-30 in our classrooms. 

Other Resources Related to this Topic:

PLN

#EDUin30 

What if Every Teacher Tweeted?