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.