Friday, September 29, 2017

9/29/17- Bye Bye September!

Here we go- well into into the work with our students as we enter October!  Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!

Here are some pictures I would like to share from the Grade 6-12 Learning Walk this week!

 









 

And look at these happy K-5 Music Teachers at their Monthly Department Meeting, learning with Amelia Nixon from the Rhode Island Phil!  Go LINK UP Recorder Program!


 And if you could only feel the excitement in the air when this Doran Scholar got his band instrument!  So EXCITED!


In the News This Week...

WHASSUP, continued:

  • The Yellow School Bus Grant requests are in and WE GOT THE GRANTS for all five schools who will be attending the NBSO's Orchestra as Ecosystem performance at the Zeiterion in March 2018.  This means each school will get $200 towards student transportation to the event!
  • I have requested from principals that you be allowed to come to a PD opportunity with your art and music colleagues that is aligned to this year's SIP strategies (blended learning).  I will be asking teachers in art and music to model their simple and super effective strategies for blending learning in the classroom using technology and/or station work- we have some awesome stuff happening!  Please reach out to building leaders in the next week to confirm that you are able to attend!  
  • Durfee Band will be traveling to Dartmouth High School Saturday (tomorrow) to participate in the US Bands Dartmouth Home Show.  This is going to be awesome for our kids!  GO DHS!!!
  • District Orchestra and Band students received instruments for the most part this past Thursday evening, or at their school.  Lessons will begin with instruments next week.


EVALUATION STUFF, continued:


  • Last week in middle school and high school CPTs, we shared common Student Learning Goal sentence frames for teachers to draft their goals from.  In addition, I have some sample Professional Practice Goals for you to use.  I will include those in a document in this email for you.
  • These Goal Samples are aligned to both the Literacy Goal for the district as well asstrategies that we are focusing on.  Please reach out to me if you need support as you develop your goal!  It's the first step in plotting your "learning" road map for the year!
  • The first step in the evaluation process is a Self Assessment. This is simply a reflection of where you are in relationship to the Rubric.  I have included this document in your folders as well as the goals doc.
  • Each school has created a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that will drive the work for improving student learning. These plans adhere to goals around Literacy, Numeracy and SEL/Attendance. High Schools have additional goals around graduation. As you draft your goals, please consider using the shared team goal for you to adopt if your building leadership allows- this goal will tie directly to theLiteracy District Goal, but will be relevant to students' visual and music literacy and using content specific language to defend, critique and explain their reasoning. (See doc shared in email)
  • It will be our goal to support our schools and students in this focused growth as we excel our students' abilities to communicate with and about the arts.  As we create art and music student learning goals, these will support the school literacy goal as we ask students to improve their ability to communicate using specific content language as they defend their choice making, support their claims, and critique student work (their own and others).

DATES:

  • 10/6 Self Assessment and Goals submitted
  • 10/13 Review and Approve Goals
  • 10/27 Ed Plan due 
  • 11/3 Review of plan complete
  • Unannounced observation by 11/7

Have a great weekend!
Jackie







Friday, September 22, 2017

9/22/17 Happy Birthday, Nick Cave!





              








This week, I traveled through 18 K-5 art and music classrooms across the district and was so impressed by the relationships you are building with your students.  This bond you are creating with kids has impact far beyond what you would ever imagine.  Consider this short exert from Morning Meeting:
In the spring of my first year as a secondary school teacher, I got a letter from a student for whom I had a particular fondness, letting me know that she was dropping out of school. School wasn’t making much sense to her and little that she was being asked to learn held much interest for her.  She wrote, almost apologetically, that school just wasn’t a place she felt she belonged. More than twenty years later, her words still seem profoundly sad to me: I will always remember how you said “Hi, Sue” as I walked into eighth period. It made me feel like it really mattered that I came. 
It touched and pained me that something which seemed so small to me, an act I hadn’t even been aware of, had meant so much to her. I vowed to learn something from it and became more intentional about greeting my students. I stationed myself by the door and tried to say a little something to each one as they entered, or at least to make eye contact and smile at every student, not just the ones like Sue for whom I had an instinctive affinity. Gradually I realized how much I was learning at my post by the door. I observed who bounced in with head up and smile wide, whose eyes were red-rimmed from tears shed in the girls’ room at lunch, who mumbled a response into his collar and averted his eyes every day for an entire semester. I didn’t know what to do about much of it, but at least I was learning how to notice.
Let's continue to "notice" and be mindful of each and every student, letting them know that it MATTERS that they come to school, it MATTERS that they sing with us, draw with us, play with us, and learn with us.  Also, let ME say that it MATTERS TO ME AND TO YOUR KIDS that YOU COME to school, too!  Our attendance has been awesome, so let's keep it up!

Whassup:

  • I have completed the Yellow School Bus Grant requests for all five schools who will be attending the NBSO's Orchestra as Ecosystem performance at the Zeiterion in March 2018.  Fingers crossed!
  • I would like to request from principals that you be allowed to come to a PD opportunity with your art and music colleagues that is aligned to this year's SIP strategies (blended learning).  I will be asking teachers in art and music to model their simple and super effective strategies for blending learning in the classroom using technology and/or station work- we have some awesome stuff happening!  Please reach out to building leaders in the next week to ask if you are able to attend!  More details and locations to follow in next week's blog.
  • Durfee Band will be traveling to Dartmouth High School next weekend to participate in the US Bands Dartmouth Home Show.  This is going to be awesome for our kids!  
  • District Orchestra students will be coming to Durfee on Thursday the 28th after school for String Rental Night.  This is a "CRAZY FUN" night, just ask the Orchestra Directors!  It's where students come with parents to be fitted and assigned to a string instrument, and this Herculean task is completed for the entire district in one night!  WHEW!!

Department Pow Wows:

  • Thursday, September 28th will also be the first monthly department meeting.  Here is what I have planned...
    • K-5 Music @ Silvia 3:45- Amelia Nixon RI Phil PD
    • K-5 Art @ Silvia 3:45- Steph hosts us as we work on maps/Kindle Books
    • 6-8 Art @ Kuss 3:45- Sondra and Karen host as we work on maps
    • 6-8 Music @Kuss 3:45- Bill hosts MS Music teachers- goal is to plan for an All City Chorus Festival in the Spring of 2018
  • Durfee Department Meeting is Wednesday, September 27th- we will be working on end of course expectations/assessments.

Evaluation Stuff:


  • This week in middle school and high school CPTs, we have shared common Student Learning Goal sentence frames for teachers to draft their goals from.  In addition, I have some sample Professional Practice Goals for you to use.  I will include those in a document in this email for you.
  • These Goal Samples are aligned to both the Literacy Goal for the district as well as strategies that we are focusing on.  Please reach out to me if you need support as you develop your goal!  It's the first step in plotting your "learning" road map for the year!
  • The first step in the evaluation process is a Self Assessment. This is simply a reflection of where you are in relationship to the Rubric.  I have included this document in your folders as well as the goals doc.
  • Each school has created a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that will drive the work for improving student learning. These plans adhere to goals around Literacy, Numeracy and SEL/Attendance. High Schools have additional goals around graduation. As you draft your goals, please consider using the shared team goal for you to adopt if your building leadership allows- this goal will tie directly to the Literacy District Goal, but will be relevant to students' visual and music literacy and using content specific language to defend, critique and explain their reasoning. (See doc shared in email)
  • It will be our goal to support our schools and students in this focused growth as we excel our students' abilities to communicate with and about the arts.  As we create art and music student learning goals, these will support the school literacy goal as we ask students to improve their ability to communicate using specific content language as they defend their choice making, support their claims, and critique student work (their own and others).

Dates:

  • 9/23 Training on SMART Goals/Goal Setting/Plan Development/Evidence Collection
  • 10/6 Self Assessment and Goals submitted
  • 10/13 Review and Approve Goals
  • 10/27 Ed Plan due 
  • 11/3 Review of plan complete
  • Unannounced observation by 11/7

Have a great weekend!
Jackie


    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Bloggin' Into Fall

    Art Work from Doran- Mini-Self Portraits

    Artistic Thinking Board from Durfee Sculpture Classroom

    This Week in the ARTS...

    • Teachers continued to reinforce their routines across the district, as classrooms were bustling with work, talk and song.  The Durfee Musical and Talent Show are amping up- stay tuned for more details- this year's musical is Legally Blonde, and it's going to be TOTALLY COOL.
    • K-5 Music teachers were given their recorders and Link Up program books for EVERY 5th GRADER in the district.  876 sets to be exact- all paid for by the Carnegie Hall Link Up Program.  Teachers will be attending a PD with Amelia Nixon on 9/28 at 3:45 at the Silvia School to learn more about how to use this program.
    • Our own Alex Ollivierre, percussion itinerant, has been super busy building his program!  He has students at almost all middle schools with the largest group at MORTON!  He is also working with a group at Stone, and I am so excited about this...  Alex, you are doing amazing things!  We are so happy to have you.
    • The Durfee Marching Band will be performing tonight at the game- check them out!  This year's music is from The Nightmare Before Christmas..  Love it!

    Next Week...

    • Next week, I will be visiting all schools to check in with teachers.  I want to make sure you have what you need, and take a look at your classrooms!  
    • The first Learning Walk will be on Wednesday 9/20 (K-5), and 9/27 (6-12).  I will visit every music and art room in the district during this time, and will report out a baseline as to where we are and what we are doing with our kids.  That report will be in the 9/29 Blog..
    • I am painting for the Durfee Portuguese Club on Monday night as they are having a painting fundraiser at Our Lady of Light Banquet Hall at 6PM.  We will be painting a traditional Portuguese Galo de Barcelos- they have over 70 people painting with me!  Wish me luck! :)

    Evaluation Info:

    • The first step in the evaluation process is a Self Assessment.  We will discuss this in CPT at middle and high school levels, but I am hoping that K-5 teachers will also be able to discuss this work with building colleagues and leaders.  Please reach out to me if you need support.
    • For the teachers I am responsible for evaluating, I will share a folder with you to put this year's eval docs in on the GDrive.  In this folder, you will have a Self Assessment Doc and a Goals Doc.  
    • Each school has created a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that will drive the work for improving student learning. These plans adhere to goals around Literacy, Numeracy and SEL/Attendance. High Schools have additional goals around graduation. As you draft your goals later on in the month, I will also be sharing a team goal for you to adopt if your building leadership allows- this goal will tie directly to the Literacy District Goal, but will be relevant to students' visual and music literacy and using content specific language to defend, critique and explain their reasoning.
    • It will be our goal to support our schools and students in this focused growth as we excel our students' abilities to communicate with and about the arts.  As we create art and music student learning goals, these will support the school literacy goal as we ask students to improve their ability to communicate using specific content language as they defend their choice making, support their claims, and critique student work (their own and others).
    • Here is the link to the Tes Teach (Blendspace) that I used with teachers at CPT this week...  it talks about art/music literacy and how that ties into our SIP goal, as well as how this ties into our eval process.  https://www.tes.com/lessons/EuDYVYRdDzZtaw/2017-18-start-of-year
      • Dates:
      • 9/23 Training on SMART Goals/Goal Setting/Plan Development/Evidence Collection
      • 10/7 Self Assessment and Goals submitted
      • 10/14 Review and Approve Goals

    Calendar Items:

    • 9/20- Durfee Open House, 6-8 PM
    • 9/28- K-5 and 6-8 Dept Meetings
      • K-5 Music @ Silvia 3:45- Amelia Nixon RI Phil PD
      • K-5 Art @ Silvia 3:45- Steph hosts us as we work on maps/Kindle Books
      • 6-8 Art @ Kuss 3:45- Sondra and Karen host as we work on maps
      • 6-8 Music @Kuss 3:45- Bill hosts MS Music teachers- goal is to plan for an All City Chorus Festival in the Spring of 2018
    • 9/28- String Rental Night
    • 9/30- US Bands Comp at Dartmouth (Durfee Band will attend)
    • 10/5- Release Time Day- I will request my F/PA team- TBD
    • 10/6- Proposed Goals Due
    • 10/9- Columbus Day- No School

    ARTS Nuts and Bolts:

    • Lesson Plans- Thanks for sharing!  Please continue to send/share by Monday morning!
    • Out Sick?  Please text me before 6:30AM so I can arrange for coverage (Durfee).  
    • Durfee staff- if you are out, prep as if you would have a sub..  with the new sub structure, we may have a sub for you in your room, but we may also have to send students to the caf/IMC..  

    Arts Around Us:


    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Jackie