Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- 1/13/17

Welcome to another weekend!

Let's start this weekend off with a celebration!!!  I am excited to share with you the district WINNERS of the annual BCC Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest.  We have 9 students this year who have been chosen as winners in the 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Contest. At the BCC breakfast, they will announce which place each poster won. The keynote speaker this year is Cape Verdean American filmmaker/historian Claire Andrade-Watkins, a professor of Africana and Postcolonial Media Studies at the Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College as well as a 2016 Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and a Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. Mrs. Andrade Watkins was a 1995-1996 Fulbright Scholar in Cape Verde and a recipient of an American Philosophical Society grant in l997.  Congrats to the following Fall River Artists!

  • Morton: Eden McCausland   
  • Talbot: Alexia Springer, Nalah Jovan, and Savannah Pimental, and the 4th student remains anonymous
  • Kuss:  Julie Norverca, Alannah Young, Emily Vaillancourt, and Emily Noversa
Check out these young designers at Durfee!
This new course, entitled "Design" asks students to work through the design process via fashion design, interior design, graphic novel design..  It's an amazing group of trail blazers, led by the fabulous Ms. Ana Arsenio!

And check out the Letourneau 3rd grade with Terry Walkowicz and her New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians as they help students connect aspects of space and planetary movement through musical composition..  Common vocabulary was evident in this interdisciplinary learning experience for students, and it was fascinating to see and hear the connections between orchestral pieces and the way the planets move around the sun.  She continued to discuss graphing movement (as she did with us last year) in sound as it moves upward and downward, but made connections to science and the planets.




Planning Ahead:

  • MLK Day- Monday
  • End of term 2: January 27th.
  • PD Day: January 30th. Plans for the district to come together for a half-time chat are in the works! 
  • Monday, Monday...  You will have two more "missing Mondays" in the month of January- plan accordingly!
  • Formative Meetings: I have reached out to all teachers on one year plans and we have our Formative Meetings scheduled! Please reach out to me if you need support around any of this process.  Upload or bring to the meeting any artifacts that you would like to discuss as rationale for the midway point in terms of SLG and PPG, as well as for the 4 Standards.  We will discuss, check in as to where you are in your action steps and then plan for the remainder of the cycle.  Based on this meeting's discussion, I will write the formative report and share it with you.  Included in this document will be commendations and recommendations for growth.
Durfee Stuff:
  • The newly designed Durfee High School needs YOU! Next steps involve a "Visioning Meeting" with the architect team. Maria has emailed the staff with more information because WE (would love and) NEED YOU (of course it's not mandatory, but would be a great way to be a part of the plan) to be part of this process by attending two four-hour planning meetings on January 19th and 31st from 3 to 7PM.
  • Department Meeting- Wednesday, January 18th at 2:45- PD reflection
  • Semester 2 Starts- Tuesday, January 31st
  • Grading window closes on 2/6
  • PT Conferences- 2/8- 5 t 7PM
PD Day "Trailer"

Never Work Harder Than Your Students!
I had discussed this last week as a possibility, but the day will start with the superintendent message, so I will hold on this one..  Can't wait to see you all together on Monday!

Art EXPO!
We are also going to work on the plan for our annual K-12 ARTS EXPO during the PD day.  Mapping out the locations for each school, and attributing a number of bi-folds will help us to be organized and ready for our families!  Save the date- Thursday, April 27th from 5 to 7PM!

Solo Fest Planning!
Itinerant Band and Orchestra directors will continue to flesh out the plan for this huge district wide event.

Orf Methods!
Our own Jay Treloar will be working with music teachers sharing strategies for Orf instruments in the classroom.

Using Tech and Text in the Art Room!
Our own Victoria Arons (with a possible surprise co-presenter) will be walking teachers through the use of engaging text and technology in the art room.  You will also leave with a little surprise at the end of this PD!

Dick Blick comes to Fall River!
A teacher rep from Dick Blick Providence will be with us for two hours to show us some great new art supplies and ways to plan engaging lessons for your students with these.  You will leave with a work sample and supplies!

Common Mapping Time!
We will continue to work on our scope and sequencing for grades K-8.

In closing, keep sharing/sending in those lesson plans weekly with me!  I DO read them and it helps this busy lady keep a pulse on all of the great work that you plan for OUR KIDS.

Thank you and let's go, PATS!!!
Jackie

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- 1/6/17

Welcome to the end of the first week of 2017!  If you are reading this, you survived a 4 day week filled with art and music making.  

I found an article that has some interesting strategies for consideration as we swing back into the work...  Here it is!

How to Use Brain Science to Engage Students After the HolidaysJudy Willis, Neurologist

As the holidays come to an end, thoughts of students and lesson plans replace time spent indulging in puddings and turkey. But teachers know all too well that it’s challenging enough to motivate a class on a Monday morning after a weekend, never mind after a longer break. To reignite energy levels this January here are my tips as a neurologist and former teacher:

What gets the brain’s attention?

All learning starts as information perceived by the five senses: vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. There are also millions of sensory nerve endings throughout the skin, muscles and internal organs. But the brain is only able to process about 1% of this information and it gives priority to certain things.
With the help of brain imaging, we can see that the sensory information that gets priority is that which helps mammals survive. This tends to be information that is unexpected – our attention filter first takes in sensory information about change and novelty.

On the first day back get your class to share stories

After a break, there is a higher than normal amount of new sensory information competing for access to the brain. Students have not seen each other for a while and the novelty of returning to school is enhanced by their interest in what classmates did during the holidays.
So beginning the first day back by returning immediately to routine is unlikely to get your students’ attention and can cause bad behavior and inattention. But if you know that a child’s brain is programmed to be curious about new experiences and what friends have done, you can use it to promote important qualities.
Students are likely to want to tell their class about what they got for Christmas or a trip they’ve been on. Tell them they can do this but only if they also share something that they did for others or generous acts that they saw or heard about.

Get class attention through curiosity

It’s essential that students remember the information you teach them. For this to happen, you can use strategies to make sure the sensory information you provide (through what you say, show, do or have them experience through physical movement) gets through their attention filters.
Once students have had the chance to satisfy their curiosity about classmates, you can redirect their focus to classroom instruction by starting with sensory input that is most likely to get through the attention filter. Through neuroimaging research, we know the types of novelty or change that get attention priority include movement, curious objects, pictures, videos, unexpected class visitors or speakers, changes of color and things you do that are unusual. So why not wear something unusual? Have music playing when children enter class, open with a dynamic video clip, a curious picture, or an optical illusion?
Here are some other suggestions:
What you say (or don’t say). A sudden mid-sentence silence is a curiosity the attention filter wants to know more about. A suspenseful pause in your speech before saying something important increases alertness and memory of what you will say or do next.
Change the furniture arrangement. Or put up photos of last year’s students doing an activity your students will be doing in the unit they are beginning, light a candle, put a new exciting poster relating to the new unit under the one that has been hanging and when you walk by, “inadvertently” bump into the wall so the old one falls down and the new one is suddenly revealed.
Get moving. Since movement gets high priority, you can move in an unexpected way such as doing what you usually do (handing out papers or posting information on the walls) while walking backwards. That could lead to a lesson about negative numbers, negative electric charges, going “back” in history, or the past tense of verbs.
Rotate techniques, lest the unexpected become expected. Greet students at the door with a riddle or a note card with a vocabulary word. They can seek their new seats by looking for the table with the note card that has the riddle answer or the definition of their word.
Good teachers are highly responsive to their students’ moods and needs. Knowing a bit of the neuroscience can help you prepare for times when it’s harder to get your students’ attention. I recall a poster that read: “A Mind Stretched Will Never Revert to its Original Size.” That mind stretching is what teachers do. Using strategies to first captivate their attention will hook into their brains’ intake programing, stimulate their curiosity, and sustain the attentive focus needed to turn information into knowledge.
Blog Worthy This Week:
For semester schools, the end of the term is near.  As the marking period closes, you may have students who have not yet mastered skills to your expectations.  
Consider an idea discussed this week at the Doran Arts CPT:
Look at student work (or performance notes/rubrics).  Group student work into degree of ability so that you have two groups- one who have or are on track toward mastery, and the other of students who need to revisit the skill, possibly in another way.  Here's an example- if a group of students are not able to perform on the recorder using proper fingering techniques, breathing, etc.., have this grouping prepared and allow the group who have mastered or are on their way toward mastery continue to work more independently (by also physically separating them) as they other group works with you on specific skill improvement.  In art, consider looking at the work students finished in the last class. Did they master the skill or concept?  If so, these students can be grouped to either advance the task or start a more in depth or personal rendition of the task, while the group who have not yet mastered the task can work toward the skill through scaffolding- how can they achieve the goal..  Different (and more accessible) materials?  Different approach to the element or principle?  
Planning Ahead:
  • End of term 2: January 27th.
  • PD Day: January 30th. Plans for the district to come together for a half-time chat are in the works! 
  • Monday, Monday...  You will have two more "missing Mondays" in the month of January- plan accordingly!
  • Formative Meetings: I have reached out to all teachers on one year plans and we have our Formative Meetings scheduled! Please reach out to me if you need support around any of this process.  Upload or bring to the meeting any artifacts that you would like to discuss as rationale for the midway point in terms of SLG and PPG, as well as for the 4 Standards.  We will discuss, check in as to where you are in your action steps and then plan for the remainder of the cycle.  Based on this meeting's discussion, I will write the formative report and share it with you.  Included in this document will be commendations and recommendations for growth.
Durfee Stuff:
  • GOT New Building? The newly designed (not yet!) Durfee High School needs YOU! Next steps involve a "Visioning Meeting" with the architect team. Maria will email with more information because WE (would love and) NEED YOU (of course it's not mandatory, but would be a great way to be a part of the plan) to be part of this process by attending two four-hour planning meetings on January 19th and 31st from 3 to 7PM.
  • Band Aids Meeting- Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30PM
  • Monthly Faculty Meeting- Tuesday, January 10th at 2:45
  • Department Meeting- Wednesday, January 18th at 2:45 (with guidance team)
  • Semester 2- Tuesday, January 31st
PD Day "Trailer"

Never Work Harder Than Your Students!
During our time together on the 30th, we will be having a little fun with the Chapter 1- Starting Where Your Students Are.  If you could find the time to read this chapter (p.27 to 53),  that would be great!  Hint: Consider your "Classroom Currency.."

Art EXPO!
We are also going to work on the plan for our annual K-12 ARTS EXPO during the PD day.  Mapping out the locations for each school, and attributing a number of bi-folds will help us to be organized and ready for our families!  Save the date- Thursday, April 27th from 5 to 7PM!

Solo Fest Planning!
Itinerant Band and Orchestra directors will continue to flesh out the plan for this huge district wide event.

Orf Methods!
Our own Jay Treloar will be working with music teachers sharing strategies for Orf instruments in the classroom.

Using Tech and Text in the Art Room!
Our own Victoria Arons (with a possible surprise co-presenter) will be walking teachers through the use of engaging text and technology in the art room.  You will also leave with a little surprise at the end of this PD!

Dick Blick comes to Fall River!
A teacher rep from Dick Blick Providence will be with us for two hours to show us some great new art supplies and ways to plan engaging lessons for your students with these.  You will leave with a work sample and supplies!

Common Mapping Time!
We will continue to work on our scope and sequencing for grades K-8.

In closing, keep sharing/sending in those lesson plans weekly with me!  I DO read them and it helps this busy lady keep a pulse on all of the great work that you plan for OUR KIDS.

Creatively yours,
Jackie


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- HOLIDAY Special

If you are reading this, you survived the week before Winter Break!


 I would like to take this Blog moment to wish you all the merriest, the most artful and musical seasons. You are the teacher who shows our kids how to love art, music, theater and each other, through those six aptitudes that Dan Pink talked about in A Whole New Mind...
  • Design.. the design of lessons and tasks, of the classroom space, and of the thinking that you frame through your teaching!
  • Story..  your class gives students a place to express their story through the arts!
  • Symphony..  that "controlled chaotic noise" in your classroom is the symphony of students bustling, working, talking, singing, drawing, painting, playing!
  • Empathy..  we model empathy as we offer that ear to listen with, a heart to care with, and taking in those unexpected hugs you get when kids say thank you!
  • Play..  the best way to experience learning!  We ask students to not be afraid to play with sounds, instruments, their voices, paint, markers...  Creativity DOES take COURAGE, and kids build courage through play!
  • Meaning..  Finally, your work is meaningful, in more ways than one.  You are the teacher who models the skills within your arts strand, but you instill in our kids that the ARTS ARE ESSENTIAL.  Left brain skills are no longer sufficient for our students as they graduate..  
These six aptitudes that you continue to model for them will help them to be successful long after they leave us, and they have you to thank for that!

Collaboration and Growth:
  • January is a time for new beginnings!  We will be having a PD day on the 30th where I will be planning some great things for K-8 Music and Art teachers.  Please check in with your building principals to ask if you can attend in the morning.  Details will be sent when we return from break with specifics.
  • Also, for Durfee teachers, we will be having part two of our differentiated PD with other Durfee staff, and you will also have an hour to be with me in the afternoon.  
  • I would like to continue with the idea of the K-8 monthly department meeting beign held after the PD day so we don't have to reconvene on another afternoon.
New Year, NEW ME:
  • For Durfee Faculty, we discussed at the leadership meeting that we would like to instill a few key "resolutions for a solid month of learning"..  Here's what I would like us to commit to:
    • Ready to Learn: Cell phones away, hats off, hoods off heads.
    • Solid Attendance: Try taking CLASS attendance during your work period so that you have absolutely accurate data.  (VPs look at report and notice that lots of students who come in late are not marked present afterward, and thus labeled as cutting- taking attendance during the work period will not only eliminate this, but also allow you to give your lesson first, and then take attendance when you release the students into the work period)
    • To Pass or not To Pass: Students who ask to go to the bathroom, office or nurse NEED A school pass.  Use the agendas or passes.  Let me know if you need any.  
Evaluation Nuts and Bolts, Continued: 
  • Teachers on one year plans- set aside student work that might serve as evidence for your Student Learning Goals if you see students scheduled on a semester basis, as before you know it, we will be in semester two, and you may be switching student groups/cohorts/classes!
  • Teachers on one year plans- I have emailed you this week, to remind you that we will be meeting to discuss your formative collection of evidence after the holiday break.  Please make sure you have one to three artifacts per standard and have a status as to your work toward achievement of goals..  Can you invite me on the calendar for your Formative?
  • Two year planners- we will not meet until the spring, so you have more time to collect evidence, data and student work artifacts.  
  • I am continuing to make my way to you in January and commit to giving you feedback that is grounded in your specific content with commendations  and recommendations.  As always, feel free to email me if you would like to meet and discuss ideas!

On the Calendar...
  • Tuesday, 1/3: School Starts- Morton CPT 8:00, HLCS CPT 8:30
  • Thursday, 1/5: Durfee CPT Whole Group 10:45
  • Friday, 1/6: Itinerant CPT 12:30
  • 1/10- Durfee Band Aids Meeting 6:30PM, Durfee Faculty Meeting
  • 1/18- Durfee Department Meeting
  • Full Day PD Day- Monday, January 30th.
Also, teachers, please know that in January, you will have three Mondays with no classes- 1/2, 1/16 and 1/30!  Plan ahead!

Have a wonderful break!

Jackie

Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekly Arts Wrap Up 12 16/16

What a wonderful, whirlwind week in the arts across Fall River's schools!

  This week, I am inspired by our Band, Orchestra and Choral students' ability to perform for an audience at the level that they did this week.  The sheer amount of work, skill, tenacity and dedication it takes to do what they did this week at school concerts humbles me.  Driving home from the Durfee Winter Concert Thursday night, I just uttered the word to myself in the car, "Exceptional."  Our students are exceptional. They are exceptional because they achieve. They achieve regardless of their socioeconomic situations, regardless of labels and potential excuses. They are the exception to the rule.  The rule that tells them "You can't." Through music, they say WATCH ME- I WILL..  For our kids, music is a passion (modeled by our musical faculty), an outlet for hope and perseverance, a vehicle for expression, a celebration of life.  Here are pictures of the three groups from this year's spectacular performance...





The CB Classroom Arts Extravaganza!  Mary Zema and Chelsea Bolton prepared students for their annual art and music extravaganza this week!  The students from the Durfee Community Based Classrooms were simply amazing.  They sang, played bells and percussion instruments and WOWED the crowd with their passion and love for music and art!  Here's a picture or two from this amazing evening...


Learning Walk Information:





  • Last week, I shared the Learning Walk Report for K-5.  I hope you all had a chance to read it and take a look at the great work that is happening across our city!
  • Next week, I will share the 6-12 Learning Walk Report.  
  • These reports should fuel planning during the release time days/PD days with your colleagues when mapping, as this information provides you with the "landscape for learning" across art and music, K-12.
  • Above are some pictures from the 6-12 classrooms across the district.

Evaluation Nuts and Bolts, Continued: 
  • Teachers on one year plans- set aside student work that might serve as evidence for your Student Learning Goals if you see students scheduled on a semester basis, as before you know it, we will be in semester two, and you may be switching student groups/cohorts/classes!
  • Teachers on one year plans- we will be meeting to discuss your formative collection of evidence after the holiday break.  Please make sure you have one to three artifacts per standard and have a status as to your work toward achievement of goals..
  • Two year planners- we will not meet until the spring, so you have more time to collect evidence, data and student work artifacts.  
  • I am continuing to make my way to you this month and next and commit to giving you feedback that is grounded in your specific content with commendations  and recommendations.  As always, feel free to email me if you would like to meet and discuss ideas!

On the Calendar...
  • Monday, 12/19: Kuss CPT 7:30, Durfee Progress Reports Due at 3PM
  • Tuesday, 12/20: Morton CPT 8:00, HLCS CPT 8:30
  • Wednesday, 12/21: Durfee CPT (whole group) per 3, DHS Dept Meeting 2:45, SB Concert 9:15 AM
  • Friday, 12/23: Itinerant CPT- Vacation starts at close of day!
  • Full Day PD Day- Monday, January 30th.
Also, teachers, please know that in January, you will have three Mondays with no classes- 1/2, 1/16 and 1/30!  Plan ahead!

Concerts and other Performances!
    • HLCS- 12/20- 7PM
    • Spencer Borden- 12/21- 9:15 AM
  • Also, Terry Walkowicz has begun to visit 3rd grade classrooms at our Elementary schools.  Great work that ties science to music!

Thanks for all you do and have a wonderful weekend!
Jackie

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekly Arts Wrap Up- 12/9/16



BMC Durfee Band preparing for last week's Annual Christmas Parade

Happy Friday!

In the Arts News This Week:

  • Art Teachers: I have ordered Avery Sticky Labels for your art work that will be hung in the K-12 Arts Expo as well as the Durfee Arts Festival.  I will send over enough for each of your schools in interoffice mail, pre-printed and ready to fill in.  There are 30 on a page, so this should help with tracking classes' work (one page per class, roughly).
  • Music Teachers: Gary Bigelow is planning to have some time to work with middle school music teachers so you can learn more about using technology to compose music in your classrooms during the January PD Day.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • COME TO THE MUSICAL!!!!  It's going to be SPECTACULAR!  Side Show is this Friday and Saturday at 7PM, and then Sunday at 2PM..  Hope to see you all here at Durfee!  Our teachers and students have worked so hard to make this an unforgettable show!  Congrats go out to Lara Beth Terry, Gary Bigelow and Matt MacMullen for working day in and day out..  You model hard work, talent and the creative process for our young performers..  Thank you!


I also want to take a moment to celebrate the energy and creative thought that goes into the work you see in these pictures from RPS.  Resiliency Prep School, our Alternative High School has forged a partnership with Artist Fitzcarmel LaMarre.  He is working with students on painting, portraiture and other art projects, but beyond that, he is teaching them perseverance, a love for art, and modeling courage through the arts.  Henri Matisse said "Creativity takes Courage," and Fitz models this with a smile on his face DAILY for our kids.  Thank you, Fitz- our RPS students ask to go to your class, and the relationship you are building with them is powerful.

K-5 Learning Walk:
Some Pics...








  • I will attach this document in the weekly email.  Please do take a look at the what, how and why of what your colleagues plan for engaging tasks in art, music and performance classes.
  • Next week, I will go through all classes from grades 6-12, and report out by Friday, December 16th.
  • In K-5 classrooms, I am observing some really great tasks that ask students to synthesize art styles from specific artists, mixing colors, cutting and recognizing shapes, singing with range, tone and rhythm, and playing simple instruments.  Learn (and steal ideas) from each other!  
Shout Out:

This week, I want to send a big SHOUT OUT to Victoria Arons at Greene Elementary..  Her Kindergarten class was pretty super duper awesome to watch.  They had read a book about what they called "mouses painting."  These "mice" jumped in paint and mixed up the primary colors, creating new colors.  When Ms. Arons asked students to recall what these mice made with their feet, they gave her the colors (orange, green and purple) and also said that these were secondary colors.  Students then began to paint with liquid watercolor their smiley face shapes they had drawn with black crayon (resist technique) and using their primaries, were able to make secondary colors.  Not only did Ms. Arons use a text to deepen the artistic thinking, she had the students using the vocabulary to talk like artists.  Wooooooot Wooooooot!!!!


Evaluation Nuts and Bolts, Continued: 
  • Teachers, just a gentle reminder to make sure you are taking a minute to set aside student work that might serve as evidence for your Student Learning Goals if you see students scheduled on a semester basis, as before you know it, we will be in semester two, and you may be switching student groups/cohorts/classes!
  • Teachers on one year plans- we will be meeting to discuss your formative collection of evidence after the holiday break.  Please make sure you have one to three artifacts per standard and have a status as to your work toward achievement of goals..
  • I am continuing to make my way to you this month and next and commit to giving you feedback that is grounded in your specific content with commendations  and recommendations.  As always, feel free to email me if you would like to meet and discuss ideas!

On the Calendar...
  • Monday, 12/12: Kuss CPT
  • Tuesday, 12/6: Morton CPT, HLCS CPT, 2:45- Durfee Faculty Meeting (IMC)
  • Wednesday, 12/7: Grades 6-12 Learning Walk 
  • Wednesday, 12/14: Durfee CPT (content specific- continuing the work from last week's) 
  • Friday, 12/16: Itinerant CPT, and Polar Express night at Durfee!  Friday, December 16th!
  • Durfee Faculty Meeting- 12/13
  • Durfee Department Meeting- 12/21
  • Full Day PD Day- Monday, January 30th.
  • And from Becky C: I'm in a Christmas play next weekend! It's free at 7pm Friday and Saturday 12/9 & 12/10 @ 95 Sagamore Rd in Seekonk MA!
  • And from Bob Beauregard: Tansey Concerts and other events: Dec 11 Providence Bruins  3:05 p.m., Dec 216-7p.m. Caroling at Adams House(nursing home).
Also, teachers, please know that in January, you will have three Mondays with no classes- 1/2, 1/16 and 1/30!  Plan ahead!

Concerts and Stuff!
    • Durfee- 12/15- 6:30PM
    • Durfee CB Classrooms- Music/Art Show- 12/14- 6PM
    • Morton- 12/13 6:30PM
    • Kuss- 12/15- 7PM
    • HLCS- 12/20- 7PM
    • Spencer B- 12/21- During the school day
  • The Talbot Band will be playing at St. Bernadette’s Soup Kitchen on Monday, December 12th from 5 to 6PM.
  • The Durfee Musical is held from the 9th to the 11th of December at Durfee in the Auditorium- “Side Show”.

Thanks for all you do and have a wonderful weekend!

Jackie

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekly Arts Wrap Up 12/2/16


Fonseca Grade 1 and Talbot Grade 8 Students in Art and Music Classes

This week's Blog will be short and sweet!
Quick "Woot Woot" Celebration: We have been awarded almost $2,000.00 in grant funding for our 3rd graders to be able to participate in the NBSO's interdisciplinary project involving music, space and sound!  Thank you, Fall River Cultural Council!

Thursday Thoughts:
I would like to thank Mary Zema for presenting what she has learned about ASD students to her music colleagues at Thursday's PD meeting.  She brought a lot of information, strategies and care to this very important subject and we are so grateful to have her.  Thank you Mary, for your dedication and love for our kids. You share with them your gift of music, and help students to push their ability to move, sing, make sounds, play a beat and above all LOVE music.

I would also like to thank Becky Csizmesia for her work as she continues to facilitate with her colleagues as the break down the Link Up program for our elementary school students.  I cannot wait to see them perform on their recorders!  The RI Phil will be so proud!

K-8 Art teachers continued to work through mapping and setting common expectations for learning for students at all schools.  The K-5 art teachers are planning to build a dynamic map that will contain virtual lesson platforms for each concept, element or principle of design.  They are using Blendspace to do this and will be collaborating as some currently use the site regularly, and others are learning!  Middle school teachers are mapping through the grades with a focus on 7th grade.  They also worked on the Art Expo invite.  Great work.

The Band, Orchestra and Choral teachers worked together to build concert programs, discuss needs for their performances and prepared other details for their upcoming events- see concerts and musical dates below!

Evaluation Nuts and Bolts: 
  • Teachers, just a gentle reminder to make sure you are taking a minute to set aside student work that might serve as evidence for your Student Learning Goals if you see students scheduled on a semester basis, as before you know it, we will be in semester two, and you may be switching student groups/cohorts/classes!
  • Teachers on one year plans- we will be meeting to discuss your formative collection of evidence after the holiday break.  Please make sure you have one to three artifacts per standard and have a status as to your work toward achievement of goals..
  • I am continuing to make my way to you this month and next and commit to giving you feedback that is grounded in your specific content with commendations  and recommendations.  As always, feel free to email me if you would like to meet and discuss ideas!

On the Calendar...
  • Monday, 12/5: Kuss CPT
  • Tuesday, 12/6: Morton CPT, HLCS CPT, Band Aids Meeting
  • Wednesday, 12/7: K-12 Learning Walk with Becky Csizmesia
  • Thursday, 12/8: Durfee CPT (content specific) 
  • Friday, 12/9: Itinerant CPT
  • Polar Express night at Durfee!  Friday, December 16th!
  • Durfee Faculty Meeting- 12/13
  • Durfee Department Meeting- 12/21
  • K-8 Arts Department Meeting- 12/1 (after release time day) at Durfee
  • And from Becky C: I'm in a Christmas play next weekend! It's free at 7pm Friday and Saturday 12/9 & 12/10 @ 95 Sagamore Rd in Seekonk MA!
Sticky Notes:
  • Calling out sick?  Please call or text me before 6AM if you cannot make it in, and don't forget to text or call back in before 6AM!
  • From Shayna Morgan: Between now and the January 18 Department Meeting time, you will be working on something to implement into your practice, implementing, and reflecting on how it went. We will use the January 18 meeting to share and reflect. The Instructional Leadership Team will be meeting next week on the plans for the January 30 Professional Development day. Teachers will all chose another major and attend a full day of PD and then follow through with a release day and a “deliverable” for an additional 10 PDPs. The major choices will be very similar and I will keep you all posted.
Thanks Team!
Jackie