4 Our 2013-2014 Accomplishments! We promoted our 10th 6th grade class! Held our annual Arlene Hein Science Fair in MarchExpanded our gardenHeld our annual Jog-a-thons and Read-a-thons137/516 intermediate students earned Principal’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA ! 61 students earned this every trimester!284/516 intermediate students earned District Honor Roll with GPA ! 174 students earned this every trimester!Over 212 (up from 74 last year) students earned their 25-point lanyards and 272 (up 59 from last year) other medals were earned! We added 9 names to our 1,000 point plaque and added a third name to our 2000 point AR plaque! We even started a 5,000 point plaque!
5 HAWK Be the ANDS FREE LWAYS COME TO SCHOOL PREPARED ORK TO YOUR POTENTIALINDNESS AND RESPECT ARE EXPECTED
6 Important Reminders for2014-2015! EGUSD Board Policy 5030: Wellness and NutritionNon-edible/low sugar items for celebrationsCupcakes/treats for birthdays at school are discouragedLunch is for lunch onlyFood items shared at end of the dayPAPERLESS COMMUNICATIONHandbook, newsletters and site communication delivered through and phone callsPlease ensure that your address and phone numbers are updated
8 New Staff Serving You!Mrs. Cooper partnering in our office as our new School Office Assistant IIMrs. Christenson serving as our secretary
9 Traffic/Arrival/Dismissal Info. Please drive slowly and carefully to and from school – our priority is keeping our children safe!Please be kind neighbors to those who live by our school, and do not block or park in their driveways, park on their lawns, or make U-turns in front of their homes. Thanks!Please see our website for more information on traffic and ways you can ensure student safety!We are also asking for parent volunteers to help with traffic from 7:45 – 8:00 AM. We appreciate your help!
14 Your PTO at Work Your PTO $$$ at work: Activities for 2014-15: Jog-A-ThonRead-A-ThonBook FairMuffins with Moms & Donuts with DadsTeacher AppreciationMulticultural FairBingo NightExplore It! Science NightLibrary Technician funding – critical!Funding of after school Hawk AcademyWIN time fundingClass Supplies: agenda planners, Hawk folders, classroom suppliesVAPA ProgramAccelerated ReadingTeacher AllocationsTechnology Upgrades
15 What Are the Common Core State Standards? These K-12 standards…Are aligned with college and career expectationsAre the new standards for academic performance.Are the concepts and skillsthat all students will learn.Once on this slide, click 3 x for all bullets to appear.
16 How Do Common Core State Standards Improve Learning? Prepare our students to be competitive with students from top-performing countriesCommunicate clearly what is expected at each grade levelCreate cohesion across statesOnce on this slide, click 3 x for all bullets to appear.
17 How Will This Affect My Child in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade? Most important goals:Learning to readLearning to writeBecoming competent and confident in working with numbers.Once on this slide, click 4 times for all bullets to come in.The most important work of the early years is helping students to build skills and success in early reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. To a large extent, our work with students has not changed in this area.They will still learn the sounds and letters of the alphabet;They’ll learn to put letters and sounds together to make words;They’ll learn to use their knowledge of sounds and the alphabet to write;They’ll learn to derive meaning from what they read;They’ll learn to count;They’ll add and subtract;They’ll learn to recognize, name, and manipulate shapes.The DIFFERENCES that you may see include an encouragement to learn and use more varied vocabulary. They will speak in full sentences and will listen and talk to each other about what they’re learning. While they’ll still hear and read stories, they will also read about subjects of science, of places in our world, events of history, etc. Not only will they be asked to express their opinions, but they’ll be asked to give the reasoning that led to their formulation of opinion.
18 How Will This Affect My Child in Grades 3-6? Greater percentage of reading of informational text as opposed to narrative or “stories”Once on this slide, click 2 x for all bullets to appear.Greater emphasis on writing: narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion/argument
19 How Will This Affect My Child in Grades K-6? Students will use theGo Math textbooks.Once on this slide, click 3 x for all bullets to appear.Students will be asked to explain their mathematical reasoning.Students will learn to solve problems using multiple methods.
20 Application & Modeling Math instruction must be “balanced” with equal attention given to all three componentsConceptualUnderstandingProcedural FluencyApplication & ModelingTalking Points:The former standards mainly called for math instruction to include Procedural Fluency – basically, learn the formula, process, and/or rule to solve a problem.The Common Core State Standards continues to emphasize Procedural Fluency, but also includes emphasis on Conceptual Understanding (or the ability to comprehend mathematical concepts, operations, and relations) and Application and Modeling (or the ability to apply mathematics given different situations).The inclusion of these three components is what we now use to define “rigor” in mathematics instruction.
21 Implementation of Common Core State Standards EGUSDGrades K - 6CCSS MathCCSS English/Language Arts with History/Social Studies & Science Literacy StandardsCCSS State Testing with Student ResultsReview of State- approved CCSS English /Language Arts materials and potential pilot of materialsPotential EGUSD adoption of State- approved CCSS English/Language Arts materialsTalking Points:EGUSD’s implementation plan of the Common Core State Standards includes the potential adoption of standards-aligned curriculum. Curriculum has already been adopted for mathematics.State testing this school year will include student results, which the State will use as base data for schools and districts in measuring accountability and performance benchmarks.
22 How Can I Help My Child at Home? Praise children for making an effort and encourage perseverance.Help them develop the mindset that they should be proud of working hard and learning something new.Use conversation starters that encourage students to explain why or how they know something.Talking Points:EGUSD believes that we are a partner with families in the education of children.Helping develop the mindset of positive learning and hard work is important to overall student success.As students are being encouraged in the classroom to explain why and how they know something, the same can be helpful if reinforced at home.
23 How Can I Help My Child to Do Well in School? ALL Students: Read, read, read! Encourage – and model – reading of all sorts of materials: books of fiction; books that provide information; informative internet sites;magazines; sets of directions.Read for sustained periods of time daily.Once on this slide, click 2 x for all bullets to appear.
24 How Can I Help My Child to Do Well in School? ALL Students:Speak positively about math! If your own experiences in mathematics were not positive, do not share that with your child. Instead, tell your child,“Math is the basis of technology and a lotof science. Math is pretty cool.”
25 How Can I Learn More About Common Core? Find more information about Common Core(including parent Q & A) on the EGUSD website:Talk to your child’s teacher.Find resources for math by logging into “Think Central,” the website associated with our Go Math textbooks. (Login provided by your child’s teacher.)Refer to the information sheets on the National PTA website:Talking Points:For more information about the Common Core and how EGUSD is preparing and supporting implementation, the following resources are a sampling of what is available.(Read each bulleted item)Find more information about Common Core (including parent Q & A) on the EGUSD website:Talk to your child’s teacher.Find resources for math by logging into “Think Central,” the website associated with our Go Math textbooks. (Login provided by your child’s teacher.)Refer to the information sheets on the National PTA website:
26 Site CCSS Parent Nights District CCSS Parent Nights Site Newsletters CCSS CommunicationSite CCSS Parent NightsDistrict CCSS Parent NightsSite NewslettersDistrict NewslettersParent Committee MeetingsWebsitePhone MessagesTalking Points:EGUSD provides a variety of opportunities to inform and involve parents in learning more about the Common Core State Standards.A survey to parents will be coming out soon to gain feedback on what information has been helpful, and what we can continue to do as a district to support parents in understanding and supporting students with the Common Core.Stay tuned for more information about upcoming opportunities.
27 Our Vision in Action!https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByihR6M4Hh-aTmFETVBzSURETDg/edit?usp=sharing
28 Arlene Hein Elementary school Soaring Above and Beyond Expectations!It is going to be a great year!