LCHS 7/8 Collaboration Day Summary, November

LCHS 7/8 Collaboration Day Summary, November

Social Science  

7th -  The 7th grade teachers have spent the month of November planning the mini-unit for Africa, and the unit on Japan. They discussed new informational videos to use to supplement the lesson on Africa from Crash Course History, and we also discussed the best ways in which to present the Performance Task that discusses Africa’s economic status in the medieval world and its status today. They also began planning the activities for the unit on Japan including explaining the cultural influences of China, India, and Korea on Japan, and the reforms under Prince Shotoku’s Constitution. Finally, they discussed scheduling due to the Digital Citizenship lesson taking place on 11/15 & 11/16.

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PCY Collaboration Day Summary November 18th, 2016

Kindergarten:  The Kindergarten team participates in full day collaboration five times during the school year.  Nov. 18th was not a collaboration day for Kinder teachers.

First Grade:  The first grade team went over our December themes and projects, discussed how Everyday Math is going. We also discussed our Common Assessment #2.

Second Grade:  The second grade team discussed language arts materials that are being considered for adoption next year by the district.  They also discussed math instructional pacing.

Third Grade:  The third grade spent the afternoon determining the components of our next EDM common assessment. We aligned our assessment to mirror those of our district counterparts. We also discussed review questions that we will be administering to the students. In addition to math, we also discussed plans for certain grade level functions over the course of the next month before the winter holidays. These plans included details for: 1) the Cabrillo Beach Museum field trip;  2) The Christmas Carol field trip; 3) and our Holiday Feast Party.

Fourth/Fifth Grade:  The fourth and fifth grade teams met to discuss the transition for students in relation to assignments, homework, tests, grading and classroom expectations.  The discussion was informative for both teams as they adjust their programs moving forward to help students become more independent as they progress in upper grades.

Sixth Grade:  The sixth grade team met to discuss our math program and updating our technique on teaching. We created math stations and put together math activities and games that we feel will greatly impact learning. 

ELD:  The elementary ELD teachers met with the director, Lindi Dreibelbis to finalize the reclassification criteria.  We invited Carrie Hetzel to provide more in-depth information regarding appropriate grade level cutpoints.  The finalized criteria will be presented to the elementary principals and the Board for approval.  They also discussed some successful iPad apps for newcomers.

LCE Collaboration Day Summary November 18th, 2016

First Grade:  The 1st grade met to begin planning their Grinch Day Holiday activities and began looking at upcoming Everyday Math Units in order to develop exit tickets.  They created shared folders in Google Drive and began drafting a series of exit tickets for their measurement unit. They will continue this work during upcoming collaboration days with the goal of completing Exit Tickets for each lesson in 2 units of EDM.

Second Grade:  Second Grade met and worked on developing an iPad Task Card for the students’ country reports. The students have been assigned a heritage doll project. All of the second grades will be using Explain Everything or Book Creator to do a country report in class. The teachers also discussed logistics, props, and costumes for their December 20th Music Performance. They confirmed their schedules for the Natural History Museum field trip on December 7th as well as the day they make gingerbread houses.

Third Grade:  Third Grade spent the afternoon reviewing English Language Arts Curricula. The team has planned to pilot a unit for each series. This will begin after winter break.

Fourth Grade:  The 4th grade teachers met to revamp their second trimester historical fiction book report.  They decided to change the end product so as to obtain further reading depth from our students. In addition, all teachers felt a need to change the 4th grade mission report and are in the beginning stages of formulating a California History Project that will give a snapshot of California through its eras of change with collaborative and individual components. In addition, each teacher put together their ime Capsule cabins and day groups an organized notebooks and journals for the trip.

Fifth Grade:  The Fifth Grade team discussed the MobyMax program and how to utilize it with their students. They discussed the Science curriculum and their use of a Science notebook. They also planned out the remaining field trips for Adventure Week, which occurs in February as an alternate experience to Valley Forge.

Sixth Grade:  The sixth grade team plus Mrs. Burns met to plan out Pali Mountain cabin groups, activity groups, and coordinate the details of the upcoming trip.

PE:  The PE teachers reviewed how they grade students as well as shared about feedback they received from parents about how they grade in PE. They discussed the need for PE staff to have a safe place to store personal belongings. They also discussed the challenges of best utilizing the PE aides, and how they can train them more efficiently. With winter coming, they also brainstormed ideas for rainy day PE.

Special Education:  Mrs. Stassel attended a Google training with many other special education staff from the district’s other schools.

ELD:  The elementary ELD teachers met with the director, Lindi Dreibelbis, to finalize the revised reclassification criteria. They invited Carrie Hetzel to provide more in-depth information regarding appropriate grade level cutpoints especially related to the District Writing Assessment and the new Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. The finalized recommendations will be presented to the elementary principals and submitted to the Governing Board for approval. They also discussed some successful iPad apps for newcomers at the upper elementary grades.

Library Specialists:  The library specialists discussed strategies for recommending books to students. Mrs. Bahrami explained LCE’s 6th Grade “Reading to Classes” program. They shared new books about Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month as well as books about the winter holidays.

Computer Specialists:  The computer specialists met at PCY with the representative from MakerBot. He explained the history of 3D printing and helped PCY set up their printer. He had several samples of things that were printed on the MakerBot printer.

LCE Collaboration Day Summary October 28th, 2016

First Grade:  The 1st grade team met to review report and finalize plans for their upcoming Wild Things parade. They then headed to the District Office to hear presentations on potential ELA pilot curriculum and discuss the implementation of the upcoming ELA pilot.

Second Grade:  K -6th went to the District Office to listen to presentations for the ELA Adoptions. They heard from McGraw Hill Education’s Journeys Program as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
All Grade Level leaders will be picking up kits to have at their site as well as technology codes to use.

Third Grade:  K -6th went to the District Office to listen to presentations for the ELA Adoptions. They heard from McGraw Hill Education’s Journeys Program as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
All Grade Level leaders will be picking up kits to have at their site as well as technology codes to use.

Fourth Grade:  K -6th went to the District Office to listen to presentations for the ELA Adoptions. They heard from McGraw Hill Education’s Journeys Program as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
All Grade Level leaders will be picking up kits to have at their site as well as technology codes to use.

Fifth Grade:  K -6th went to the District Office to listen to presentations for the ELA Adoptions. They heard from McGraw Hill Education’s Journeys Program as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
All Grade Level leaders will be picking up kits to have at their site as well as technology codes to use.

Sixth Grade:  Sixth grade science and math teachers met to research materials for the implementation of the NGSS, review students’ progress using the Math in Focus program and collaborated on ways to support students struggling in mathematics.  The team also discussed the progress of the implementation of the science notebooks.

Sixth grade ELA teachers attended the publisher presentations at the district office.

PE:  Physical Education focused on activities and methodologies for the various grade levels. Time was spent on assessments.

Special Education:  The RSP teacher met with her RSP partner to discuss various special education issues. The most important topic discussed with how to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies with students who have not, or possibly will not qualify for special education.

ELD:  The three elementary ELD teachers met with the director.  They discussed the updating of the reclassification criteria. More information is needed to determine inclusion of DWA scores and Fountas and Pinnell data.  A meeting will be arranged to gain more expertise with Fountas and Pinnell.  A variety of successful supplemental materials were reviewed and considered for re-purchase this year.  Pass/fail grading policies for students at CELDT level 1 or 2 in grade levels 3-6 should be decided as a team with parents involved on an individual basis.

Library Specialists:  The library specialists met to read and report on new books. They discussed new holiday books, what they are planning for the election, and they discussed some of the character actions in children’s books.

Computer Specialists:  The computer specialists met at PCY and organized the lab. They discussed the 3D printer lessons that they are going to cover and the Google CS First lessons.  It was decided to have the rep from MakerBot printers meet with them on the next Collaboration day in November.

PCR Collaboration Day Summaries October 28th, 2016

Kindergarten - Fifth Grade:  Teachers at Palm Crest joined with the teachers from PCY and LCE at the District Office to listen to presentations from the new ELA publishers we are considering for the 2017-18 school year.

Sixth Grade:  The 6th grade team met and discussed the upcoming 6th grade play and end of trimester activities.  Language Arts teachers met at the District Office to hear presentations from ELA publishers. Science teachers met and reviewed FOSS science kits that will be used to teach the next two science units.

Special Ed/RSP teachers researched and created a google document on resources for students and teachers to use in the classroom to support students struggling in the areas of reading, writing, and math.

ELD:  The three elementary ELD teachers met with the director.  They discussed the updating of the reclassification criteria. More information is needed to determine inclusion of DWA scores and Fountas and Pinnell data.  A meeting will be arranged to gain more expertise with Fountas and Pinnell.  A variety of successful supplemental materials were reviewed and considered for re-purchase this year.  Pass/fail grading policies for students at CELDT level 1 or 2 in grade levels 3-6 should be decided as a team with parents involved on an individual basis.

The Red Ribbon Pledge

The Red Ribbon Pledge

All week, LCHS has been promoting Red Ribbon Week to raise awareness about the importance of staying drug-free. To further boost this life-saving message, Head of Security Tanya Wilson and Sheriff Deputy Matejka organized a special event during Thursday's lunch period to educate students about the negative consequences of drugs and alcohol and to encourage them to take the Red Ribbon Pledge.

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La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

Throughout the year, Kiwanis Clubs all over the world honor students who have been chosen by teachers and classmates to be Terrific Kids. Many students are surprised to discover that they have been chosen, because it is not the kind of award that a person sets out to earn, rather it is an award that celebrates genuine kindness  and helpfulness, especially when they are selfless. 

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Governing Board Supports Propositions 51 and 55

The La Canada Unified Governing Board has adopted resolutions supporting Proposition 51, the Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act, and Proposition 55, the California Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act.

View PDF of Resolution Supporting Proposition 51

View PDF of Resolution Supporting Proposition 55