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1 VV Parent & Teacher Association
Venetia Valley PTA Venetia Valley PTA VV Parent & Teacher Association May 7, 2014 General Meeting

2 AGENDA Topic Presenter Time Allocated Call to Order Renee O’Hare 5 min
2nd Grade! 2nd Grade Teachers 25 min CTO for SRCS Shawn Rozell 20 min PTA Business 15 min Principal’s Update Juan Rodriguez Close of Meeting

3 Kim Press, Diana Mendoza, Megan Sulsberger, Alexa Sakellariou
2nd Grade Team Kim Press, Diana Mendoza, Megan Sulsberger, Alexa Sakellariou & Michelle Rosecrans

4 Introductions and Agenda
2nd Grade Developmental Milestones – Alexa Sakellariou Thematic Units & Field Trips – Diana Mendoza English Language Arts & the Common Core Shifts – Megan Sulsberger Math & The Common Core Shifts – Kim Press Questions

5 2nd Grader Attributes Intellectual Developments
In second grade, your child: Has a longer attention span. Is serious and reflective in his or her thinking. Can use logic to solve more complex problems. Lives more in reality and less in a fantasy world. Enjoys being challenged, working hard, and completing a task well. Listens for longer periods of time, absorbing new information. Expands his or her vocabulary by listening to others. Learns by listening and taking part in class discussions. 

6 2nd Grader Attributes Intellectual Developments (continued)
Still uses decoding skills to sound out new words. Is becoming a more fluent, efficient reader. Still enjoys (and learns from) someone else reading aloud. Becomes more comfortable with writing.   By writing about what he or she reads, the child connects concepts to his or her own experiences. Understands that writing involves many steps. Can tell and understand jokes, puns, and sarcasm.

7 2nd Grader Attributes Social and Emotional Development
By ages 7 and 8, your child is ready for more responsibility and independence. You may also find that he or she: Enjoys unstructured group play. Is more sensitive to how kids and adults treat him or her. Is concerned with how other people react. May try to solve problems by being aggressive. Prefers to play with peers of the same sex (girls with girls, boys with boys).

8 Parent Support Parents can support their developing 2nd grader by encouraging their child to: Develop a concept of him or herself. Begin to understand others. Gain respect for others. Build relationships with others. Develop a sense of responsibility. Third graders can comprehend multiple aspects of a problem while solving it. That means they can have a math problem with both addition and subtraction and they won't get confused. Third graders can understand and manipulate symbols related to concrete objects. They know, for example, that the minus sign means subtraction and can use it when appropriate. Third graders are logical, even though they may still jump to crazy conclusions. You will be able to understand even their most imaginative ideas. Third graders should be able to reverse their thinking. They can trace the mental steps that drew them to a conclusion, and analyze those steps for flaws. This is a crucial development for math. Third graders are in the process of moving out of the egocentric stage, so they should understand that not everyone sees the world as they see it. But if there’s still a hint of "the world revolves around me,” don’t worry. The more you expose them to other people, especially children, the faster they’ll leave this stage. A third grader should be able to tell if there is a difference in number, length, volume and substance when comparing two objects. If they watch someone break clay into little pieces and then put the pieces back together, they will realize it's still the same amount of clay.

9 2nd Grade Thematic Units
2nd grade teachers create and refine thematic units collaboratively Units connect to the world around us Engagement and motivation happen when units of study are thematic Aligned with the Common Core State Standards

10 Themes in 2nd Grade: #1 - Government
How countries make laws. Similarities between rules and laws How a bill becomes a Law Professional Students Behavior expectations Character Development


12 #2 - Economics / Health Understanding economic concepts that consumers and producers buy and sell goods. Producers and Consumers Food Production Food Pyramid / Food Groups Farmers Market Field Trip


14 Field Trip to Farmer’s Market

15 #3 - Heroes / Biographies
American Heroes accomplished something that has made life better for others. Biographies on: Civil Rights Heroes Heroes helping others gain their freedom Inventors Explorers 1-M.L.King Rosa Parks Ruby Bridges 2- Theodore Roosevelt G. Washington A. Lincoln 3 Ben Franklin, Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell 4- Lewis and Clark Neil Armstrong


17 #4 - Rock Cycle / Earth Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activity Earth’s Layers Rock Cycle Metamorphic, Igneous and Sedimentary Rocks Breakage and Weathering Fossils


19 Field Trip to Exploratorium

20 #5 - Life Cycles Plants and animals have predictable life cycles.
Animal classification Animal Life cycles Rain Forest Habitat Animal classification- Living things share similarities that allow them to be classified. Rain forest -different layers of plant and animal habitat


22 Field Trip to Academy of Sciences

23 2nd Grade English / Language Arts
Whole Class Instruction Direct Phonics Instruction and Spelling – Houghton Mifflin Daily 5 and Reading Groups Thematic Reading - GLAD

24 Writing Instruction Journal Writing / Daily 5
Project Based Writing Linked to Thematic Units Writer’s Workshop ELD

25 Common Core State Standards 6 Shifts in ELA
Increase Reading of Informational Text Text Complexity Academic Vocabulary Text-based Answers Writing from Sources Literacy Instruction in All Content Areas

26 ELA Common Core Shift #1 Increase Reading of Informational Text
Students can… Parents can… Learn more Science and Social Studies through reading Use “primary source” documents Learn more by using texts Provide series of texts on topics of interest Find books that explain Discuss informational and non-fiction texts and the ideas within the text Primary source documents are original documents, written by the person who did the research… such as diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, news footage, autobiographies, official records. Can be creative works such as poetry, drama, novels, music, art. Examples: MLK, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Diary of Anne Frank, Declaration of Independence, The Constitution

27 ELA Common Core Shift #2 Text Complexity
Students can… Parents can… Re-read Read material at comfort level and work with more challenging text Break down text to understand Handle frustration with text and keep reading Provide more challenging texts, and text they want to read and can read comfortably Read challenging text with them Model: Show that challenging text is worth reading and discussing Close reading: a central focus of CCSS. Requires students to get truly involved with the text they are reading. Purpose is to teach them to notice features and language used by the author. Goal: use what they learn from one text and apply to another. Use imagery, comparisons, word choice, tone and voice, sentence structure, questions

28 ELA Common Core Shift #3 Academic Vocabulary
Students can… Parents can… Learn the words they need to understand to access and engage with content Learn the words that they can use in college and career Read more to develop a larger vocabulary Read often and constantly Read multiple books about the same topic Let your children see you reading Talk to your children; Read to your children; Listen to your children; Sing with your children

29 ELA Common Core Shift #4 Text-Based Answers
Students can… Parents can… Find evidence to support their arguments Form judgments Become experts through reading Discuss what the author is trying to do with the text Talk about the text Ask for evidence in every day discussions/disagreements Read aloud or read the same book and discuss with evidence to support conversation

30 ELA Common Core Shift #5 Writing from Sources
Students can… Parents can… Make arguments in writing using evidence Compare multiple texts in writing Practice writing well Encourage writing at home Write “books” together and use evidence/details

31 ELA Common Core Shift #6 Literacy Instruction in All Content Areas
Students can… Parents can… Learn more Science and Social Studies through reading Use “primary source” documents Learn more by using texts Provide series of texts on topics of interest Find books that explain Discuss informational and non-fiction texts and the ideas within the text Primary source documents are original documents, written by the person who did the research… such as diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, news footage, autobiographies, official records. Can be creative works such as poetry, drama, novels, music, art. Examples: MLK, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Diary of Anne Frank, Declaration of Independence, The Constitution

32 How can I help my child in Language Arts?
*Read to and with my child for minutes nightly. *Practice high frequency word lists together; make flashcards for words they do not know how to say, spell, or use in a sentence. *Provide a variety of reading materials, including fiction and nonfiction books. Support their use of online reading programs such as Starfall, Raz-Kids or Storyline Online. *Engage your child with what they are reading. Ask them comprehension questions to ensure that they are understanding what they are reading. *Help you child edit their work for correct grammar and punctuation. *Do practice spelling tests together each week.

33 2nd Grade Mathematics Whole class instruction – EM incorporates whole class instruction of a focus concept, spiral daily practice of several concepts introduced in earlier lessons (Math Boxes), and games that reinforce concepts from current and previous lessons Fact Fluency – knowing basic math facts with “automaticity” is KEY 2nd grade goal – practiced through classroom games, online games, and the practice problems at the bottom of most math HomeLinks Teachers give mini-quizes/Exit slips several time per week to determine students needing extra support/review, and students who may be ready for an extra challenge. Often Friday is used for review games and intervention with small groups with similar needs Math-related literature – thanks to a generous grant from Rotary Club, we own about 50 literature selections chosen by EM that relate to each math unit. Books can be used as teacher read-alouds to make math concepts fun and interesting, or by students for challenge and exploration. Books are shared by the grade level Whole Class Instruction – Everyday Mathematics, U of Chicago Fact fluency practice Math games / Intervention cycles Math literature

34 Math Games and Exploration

35 Common Core State Standards 6 Shifts in Mathematics
6 Key Shifts: Focus Coherence Fluency Deep Understanding Application Dual Intensity CCSS concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems. stressing conceptual understanding of key ideas, but also by continually returning to organizing principles such as place value and the laws of arithmetic to structure those ideas.

36 Mathematics Common Core Shift #1 Focus
Fewer topics covered in each grade (narrow focus) Increased time spent on each priority topic (deeper focus) Priority topics create core of knowledge that is foundation of more advanced math 4 priority areas for 2nd grade (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction (3) using standard units of measure (4) describing and analyzing shapes (2D and 3D)

37 Mathematics Common Core Shift #2 Coherence
Topics connect and build from one grade to the next Basics learned in younger grade Build on that foundation in later grades Example: K – add / subtract “within 5” 1st – add / subtract “within 10” 2nd – add / subtract “within 20”

38 Mathematics Common Core Shift #3 Fluency
Students develop speed and accuracy with simple calculations Basic math facts and relationships Teachers structure class time and/or homework time for students to memorize, through repetition, core functions Students develop speed and accuracy with simple calculations Basic math facts and relationships – if = 10, know 6 +4=10, and 10 – 4=6, etc. Teachers structure class time and/or homework time for students to memorize, through repetition, core functions

39 Mathematics Common Core Shift #4 Deep Understanding
Goal is deep understanding and confidence operating within a math concept before moving on learn more than the “trick” to get the answer right – be able to explain how Deeper understanding enables students to apply concepts to new situations

40 Mathematics Common Core Shift #5 Application
Students are expected to use math Choose the appropriate concept for application Recognize common elements in different types of problems Understand that there are multiple ways to solve a problem Show/explain how to solve

41 Mathematics Common Core Shift #6 Dual Intensity
Combines both “technical” and “practical”, both with intensity Students are practicing and understanding Simple drills and calculations with fluency but ALSO Apply concepts at a deeper level

42 How can I help my child with math?
Pose “real-life” math problems Touch and count real money Play games involving money, such as Monopoly Have analog clocks in your home Practice using math vocabulary – more than/less than, units of measurement Compare scores, prices – ask which is more and how much more Fact fluency – computer games, flash cards, etc. Cook – follow recipes, measure ingredients Pose “real-life” math problems – shopping…If apples are 2 for $1, how many can I buy with $5, If it cost $3 and I pay with $10, how much change? Touch and count real money – compare coins, learn values and names, practice trading for equivalent value Play games involving money, such as Monopoly – count, make change Have analog clocks in your home – practice telling time, elapsed time, time in future or past Practice using math vocabulary – more than/less than, units of measurement Play games with math facts to build fluency Compare scores, prices – ask which is more and how much more Fact fluency – computer games, flash cards, etc. Cook – follow recipes, measure ingredients

43 Sean Rozell Chief Technology Officer San Rafael City Schools

44 Student Information System Upgrade Status
What Is It, What Are We Doing, and Where Do We Stand?

45 SIS Explained Anything related to student data ties back to the SIS
Attendance Grades Discipline Address and Emergency Contacts Schedules Health Info Demographics State Reporting And anything else we decide to track or report

46 Why Are We Changing Systems?
Getting and Using Data at All Levels of the District Aeries Limitations Data System Overload Multiple Data Platforms Employed to Fill Gaps Communication Everyone Pointing to Different Data Professional Development Who has the time to become an expert in all those data systems?!

47 How Did We Decide To Go With Infinite Campus?
Technology Advisory Committee 2011/2012 Priorities Process Similar to LCAP Process SIS Selection Committee 2012/2013 Key Stakeholders from throughout both Districts Teachers, administrators, counselors, Parents, Attendance/Business Office, Curriculum, IT RFP 2013 Looked At Many Different Systems With Vastly Different Capabilities SIS vs. LMS Infinite Campus Selected By Committee 2013

48 SIS & LMS Explanation Student Info System (SIS)
Learning Mgmt System (LMS) Basic Student Info Attendance Grade Book ** Health Info Discipline Parent Portal ** Student Schedules Master Schedules State & Federal Reporting Data Analytics ** “At Risk” Student Identification Library Services (sometimes) Student Nutrition (sometimes) Auto-Dialer (sometimes) Parent Portals ** Student Portals Grade Book ** Learning Content Delivery Assessments Data Analytics ** Lesson Plan Building Teacher Collaboration Tools Student Collaboration Tools Professional Development Management Tools

49 SIS Implementation Basics
Data Conversion “Cleaning” Data in Aeries Data Health Checks After Conversion Communication to All Stakeholders Support Help Desk Support On-Site Coaching Professional Development

50 Professional Development Basics
Professional Development Support Provided by Infinite Campus, IT, Curriculum Office and School Site Content Experts/Coaches Phased Approach to Program Roll-Out Phase 1—Opening the School Year Attendance, Gradebooks, Portals, Behavior, etc. Phase 2—Additional Tools and Features Report Cards & Transcripts, Data Analytics, Dynamic Reporting, etc. Phase 3—Master Scheduling Phase 4—Closing Out the School Year

51 Professional Development Schedule April – May 2014
Establish Roles and Responsibilities for School Site Coaches Introduce Coaches to Infinite Campus Through Training Websites

52 Professional Development Schedule June 2014
On-Site Training From Infinite Campus During the Week of June 16th Teacher Coach Training ½ Day Per District Site Coach Training 1.5 Days Per District One Day of Training Dedicated to District Content Specialists Enrollment Office, Nurses, Special Ed Management, Afterschool Coordinators, Librarians, School Messenger Users, others? Ongoing Training Websites for School Site Coaches

53 Professional Development Schedule July 2014
IT Sys Admin and DBA Training WebEx Training Provided by Infinite Campus on July 2nd. Data Health Check and Live Data Sandbox Creation Ongoing Training Websites for School Site Coaches Training Websites Now Using Live SRCS Data in Sandbox Environment

54 Professional Development Schedule August 2014
Training For Classified Staff Provided By Infinite Campus and IT During 1st Week In August Training for Certificated Staff Provided by School Site Coaches on a Site-By-Site Basis Infinite Campus On-Site for Training and Support During 1st Week of School Student Training Goal is Mastering Classroom Housekeeping Functions for Day 1 Attendance, Gradebooks, Portals, Seating Charts, Behavior

55 Professional Development Schedule Sept - Dec 2014
Ongoing Transition Support Regular “Tips and Tricks” Training by School Site Coaches Parent Evangelizing and Training Additional Features and Services Training Report Cards, Transcripts, Data Analytics, Dynamic Reporting

56 Professional Development Schedule Jan – June 2015
Ongoing Transition Support Regular “Tips and Tricks” Training by School Site Coaches Parent Evangelizing and Training Infinite Campus Providing On-Site Master Scheduling Training in January and February End-Of-Year Function Support Provided By IT

57 Infinite Campus that shows the basics of the parent portal

58 PTA UPDATE Renee O’Hare, President Monica Stafford, Vice President
Amy Cosby-Frost, Treasurer

59 Venetia Valley Teachers
PTA SHOUT OUT! Venetia Valley Teachers Thank you for: Working with PTA to increase participation in Falcon Fund 100% participation in Falcon Fund Tirelessly supporting our children Helping after hours, attending our events and always being there when we need you

FALCON FUND! FONDO HALCON! GOAL: 100% participation from FAMILIES & TEACHERS/STAFF Donations accepted YEAR ROUND!

61 Falcon Fund Status Through 5/6/2014
267 Families have contributed which= 47% participation 9 additional families making ANY donation would bring us to 50% participation!!!! 100% of teachers have contributed Amount raised: $40,705

62 2013-2014 Approved Budget Revenue Generated this year
Description of Revenue Revenue Amount Falcon Fund Donations up to 5/5/2014 $40,705 Spirit Wear Revenue $6,035 Carnival $15,801 Library + Book Fair $9,064 Middle School Music $1,945 Misc Events: Daddy/Daughter Dance, Movie Night, Taco Night $1,722 Misc donations (Gaspares, Target, United, Escrip, HeadsUp, Dine for $$, Amazon, Rotary Clubs) $13,084 TOTAL REVENUE $88,356

63 2013-2014 Approved Budget Expenses Paid Through 5/6/2014
Description of Expense Expense Amount School Beautification - mural $613 Teachers Supply Accounts $11,896 Academic competitions – Spelling Bee, Mathletes $450 Library: Refunds of lost book fees, supplies, book purchases $2,567 Book Fair $5,792 Teacher Lunch: Staff mtg 1st week of school $138 Middle School Music $1,854 Kindy Welcome & 1st Day coffee $90 Bank Supplies, service fee’s $185 Spirit Wear $4,647 Carnival $2,835 Total Expenses Paid $60,067

64 2013-2014 Approved Budget Total Approved Budgeted Amount $104,265
-$85,506 WE STILL NEED TO RAISE $15,909

65 Upcoming Fund Raising Opportunities
Yard Sale Dine-4-Dollars Raffle

66 RAFFLE! Check your folders on Thursday
Winner announced at Open House: 5/21 How many: 10 Tickets per child How much: $5 ea or 5 for $20 Due Date for Return : May 20, 2014       1st prize $ Cash 2nd prize Northbridge Pool Membership ($500 value) 3rd prize Jambox (bluetooth speaker) + $25 itunes card 4th prize In-n-out burger gift pack

67 Neighborhood Yard Sale – 5/24 How Can You Help?
Host a Yard Sale at your home: Collect & sell goods from families at VV, Friends, neighbors and sell them with proceeds going directly to Venetia Valley HELP at a Yard Sale: Can’t host? You can help! 1-2 hour shifts available at multiple locations Donate to Yard Sale: Donate sellable goods to one of the posted homes that is hosting

68 Dine-4-Dollars – 5/28 Tomatina San Rafael
DATE: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Tomatina will generously donate 15% of food and beverage sales from lunch, dinner and takeout Must have flyer to get the donation!

69 How Can You Help with PTA?
Get Involved! 1 hour makes a HUGE difference, consider volunteering Sign up to help for at least 1 event per year Talk to your friends, help them get involved Join a committee (carnival, book fair, fund raising, etc) EASY Money: Amazon: Escrip: Target Red Card, Box Tops, Gespares, United Market, matching donations(work)

70 Nominating Committee Nominations committee NEEDED to elect the new PTA Board for The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. Open and frank discussion must be held among members of the committee. Discussions are strictly confidential and no information should leave the committee meeting, even after the officers have been elected. Members of the committee are not excluded from becoming nominees for elected office. During nominating committee meetings, if a committee member is being considered, the member should be excused from the meeting during the discussion regarding that office, but may return for the vote which shall be by ballot. The nominating committee continues to serve until the annual election meeting.

71 Recruiting for Next year! PTA Board & Committee positions…more to come
Vice President of Communications Find & schedule helpers for: Mail Blasts, Connect Ed, bulletin boards, road sign Vice President of Fund Raising Find & schedule helpers for: Falcon Fund, Special Events Hospitality chair: Find & schedule helpers for: Teacher appreciations, Kindy/Middle School welcome Carnival Co-Chair: Project manage and gather a committee to work on school carnival On Call Support: Help out when needed here and there – copies, stuffing envelopes, writing thank you notes, etc…..could be as little as 1 hour per month if enough sign up to help. Nomination Committee: Need individuals to be on the look out for our next set of leaders…2015/2016 school year will need a new PTA executive board

72 Reflecting on 2013-2014 Events Sponsored by PTA: Teacher Support:
Ice Cream Social, Carnival, Book Fair, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Movie Night, Family Game Nights Teacher Support: Nearly 12k given to teachers based on Falcon Fund Incentive & Supply grants Committees: Parent Advisory Task Force, Heads Up, LCAP Advisory Garden & Music: Sponsored 360 hours of K-3 Music Sponsored 480 hours of K-5 Garden Falcon Fund: HIGHEST Parent Participation level in the past 6 years 100% Teacher Participation

Thanks to all of the parents, teachers & administration for all of the support this year! VV FALCONS SOAR!

74 Upcoming Dates to Know! May 13: International Story Night & Dinner
Civil War Day (grades 7 & 8) May 21: Open House/Grades 4&5, Cadet & Concert Bands May 24: Community Yard Sales May 28: Dine-4-Dollars – Tomatina (15% of food and beverage sales from lunch, dinner and takeout) May 30: Middle School Science Fair June 11: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony June 12: K-8 Talent Show Last Day of School

75 Juan Rodriguez, Principal Mari Kernan, Assistant Principal
Principal’s Update Juan Rodriguez, Principal Mari Kernan, Assistant Principal

76 2013-14 Achievements/Deliverables
The school mission was newly clarified/defined to include specific community priorities 2.5 murals Front landscape Successful year one implementation of biliteracy program district approval for continuation Successful completion of terms of PESSA grant including PreK partnership/alignment Initial implementation of 4th and 5th grade balanced literacy program that incorporates Common Core instruction and assessment to enable the school to track student progress within and across grade levels

77 SCIENCE! Science emerged as a priority through
the newly defined school mission science in the garden life science in first grade ecology - green team year 2 of San Jose Discovery Museum Science Night year one of Biolblitz science career speakers at Career Day middle school STEM professional development and expansion of year 2 course offering

78 College & the Arts College emerged as a goal through
in the school mission schoolwide teachers shared their pathway to college with each classroom college tours staff schoolwide raising the topic Art emerged as a priority through the ballet (Nutcracker tickets - Marin Ballet) opera (Hansel and Gretel, the Magic Flute and Das Rheingold - SF Opera) play (James and the Giant Peach - The Masque Unit) dance (Happiness is NOW, Playworks Run for Recess, new Marin Ballet partnership) improved music instruction under Mr. Dillaway afterschool enrichment fiesta dance class theater

79 Community Community Building emerged as a priority Playworks GirlSmart
iCan club 7th grade mitzvah kitchen family nights international potluck night movie nights father/daughter dance science night family literacy night

80 Stay in Touch! Venetia Valley Home Page: up to date info!
Venetia Valley PTA Home Page: VVPTA.ORG


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