PLUS Stars

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As we have all school year long, we have been focusing on the PLUS model at Lane.  PLUS stands for Perseverance, Leadership, Uplift and Scholarship.  These four characteristics are important to teach to our students not just to make them better learners but to make them better people.

We will be acknowledging students that did an exceptional job this week on one of the four elements of the PLUS.  The students chosen are pictured above.

This week’s PLUS Stars are:

Perseverance:  Paige D. — Paige always puts 100% effort and thoroughness into all of her tasks.  Whether it is an assignment, an Achieve article or a MAPS test, you know Paige is giving every question and every answer a well thought out response.  She is persevering through every task given to her.

Leadership:  Maddie M. —  Maddie has been a leader in Workshop.  When she completes a task, she is always ready to help her fellow classmates with any questions they have.  She is there to answer questions on an assignment, how to use an app, or where to turn something in.

Uplift:  Ethan B. — Ethan has done a wonderful job uplifting his peers in Workshop this week.  He was seen in a matter of ten minutes helping two different students with questions they had on tasks.  Ethan uplifted them by clarifying what they needed to do and helped them with any other questions.

Uplift:  Kristian Z. — We started using a website called KidBlog.  Both teams are using this, and students are posting their own blogs.  Kristian is constantly uplifting all the writers by his great comments and feedback.  Many students have talked about how they appreciate getting comments and feedback on their writing from their peers.  Kristian is making this possible for many students.

Scholarship:  Patrick K. — Patrick has been a model scholar all week long.  Any time he was randomly chosen for Class Dojo, he was on task, sitting up straight in his desk and working hard.  These are qualities we look for in our Lane scholars.  Additionally, Patrick has been showing his scholarship on his amazing KidBlog posts about the Super Smash Bros.  His blogs are well written and are a great example for his peers to read.

We are very proud of these students, in addition to all of our scholars at Lane!

Make sure to check back to see who our next PLUS Stars will be!

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Thanks to those who have emailed codes already!

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Technology Policies for the West Coast

1.  App Downloads:  We want our students on educational apps only while in school.  If your child downloads a “non-educational” app like Madden Football, we want to make sure that (a) they had your permission to do so and (b) this or other “non-educational” apps are not used in school.

2.  Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy: Because all of our students have iPads, there is no need for them to be using a personal device at school.  However, if a child does not have an iPad or they are experiencing technical difficulties, they are able to use their device for educational purposes only.

This is a great time to have a conservation with your child about what apps are on their iPad.  We have seen many cool educational apps and many “non-educational” apps.  It seems that our students understand what is appropriate at school and home and we thank you for helping them make that distinction.  We want to all be on the same page so that students continue being successful learners in the classroom and at home.

Making time for Genius Hour in the West Coast Workshop

On Wednesday we will launch Genius Hour, also known as 20% Time.  This is an opportunity for students to explore their passions in an academic environment outside of the normal curriculum.  Students will be creating a “mission plan” that will outline their intentions for this first 5 week project.  Each week on Wednesday morning they will fill out a “mission log” detailing what they accomplished and how it is moving them towards their final goal.  Check out the video below for more information.

What the West Coast is Focusing On This Week…

Math:  This week in math we are MAPS testing on Tuesday from 10:15-11:45.  Students will have a break and snack before their test, and will be testing in small groups.  For the rest of the week, they will be working in groups of 3 on rounding numbers; logging into TenMarks.com and doing “Jam Session” problems/assignments (they should have brought a sheet home for you about TenMarks last Friday); working in small groups with Mr. Napoli on place value and rounding numbers.

Science:  In Science this week, we are picking up with what we learned on Friday, recognizing the elements of good experimental design.  This means identifying the different variables, constants, and groups in a well run experiment.  After working on identifying these elements, we will jump into designing our own experiments (this is what their favorite candy is for) using the scientific method.  One component of the scientific method is research so we will be combing through the ingredients of the candy and learning about what chemicals make up our favorite treats.  Since this is our first time working through the scientific method, and designing an experiment with fidelity, this activity will probably take us into next week.

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, this week we are finishing our first unit on how to “Read Like A Historian.”  We’ve already worked on the skill of previewing a text before reading.  Next, we will learn about how to use visuals to help determine meaning.  Finally, we will discover  how to use context clues to understand what they are reading.  The study of these skills will culminate in a unit assessment next week, before we jump into the origins of the universe and creation stories.

Balanced Literacy:  We are continuing to learn about the effectiveness of using the website, KidBlog, to enhance their writing and our instruction.  Students will be posting on their KidBlog twice a week.  They can post any time they want and even at home.  They are able to post on any topic of their choosing.  Please ask your child to see their blogs!  Additionally, Achieve is up and running!  Achieve is our nonfiction reading program where students are able to read at their Lexile (reading) level.  Students should be completing at least two articles a week with a score of 75% or better.  Also, we are starting our personal narratives.  Students wrote baseline timed pieces a few weeks back.  I am pulling small groups to talk about strengths and weaknesses in their writing from their baselines.  Next week, mini lessons will start on specific skills.  Lastly, we have our MAPS Language Usage test on Thursday, September 25 and our MAPS Reading test next Tuesday, September 30.

MAPS Testing Begins this Week

We are beginning MAPS testing this week.

We are taking our Math MAPS test on Tuesday, September 23 starting at 10:30.

We are taking our Language Usage MAPS test on Thursday, September 25 starting at 10:30.

We are taking our Reading MAPS test next Tuesday, September 30 starting at 10:30.

Please talk to your student to reinforce the test taking strategies such as eating a good breakfast, taking their time, eliminating answers they know are incorrect.

If at all possible, please try to make sure your child is here during these dates and times.

Workshop Seminar Model has Begun!

The students have been asking about following their schedules and getting into academics.  Today, we officially began!  The students checked their emails this morning in base group and had seminar invitations.  They added these to their calendars to help them track and plan their day.  If you don’t have an Apple Id setup yet, please do that soon.  This will help with their calendars.  

Seminar is a fancy term for our direct instruction time.  In this model, we are able to pull students in groups we see fit for instruction.  This allows us to better meet each child’s needs.  The direct instruction seminar time ranges from twenty minutes to forty five minutes depending on what’s being taught.  Their seminars will happen during their scheduled class time.

When not in a seminar, students are in a Workshop room.  There are three rooms available:  USC, Stanford and UC-Berkeley.  The USC room is silent and independent.  Students are able to work on Achieve in there or any other tasks they want silence for.  The Stanford and UC-Berkeley room are open for collaboration.  Students are able to use each other as resources and ask each other questions while working.

A few important reminders/updates:

-Please remember to login to Class Dojo to see your child’s daily/weekly behavior.  We will be passing out more negative points this week.  We are using them as a reflection tool for students.  It is much better for us to let these students be aware of their behaviors early on and have them correct them.  If your child has a few negative points, that is nothing to be alarmed over.

-iPads are scheduled to go home on FRIDAY, if all the proper forms are turned in and your child has a protective case that covers the front of their iPads.  The iPad sleeves can be purchased through school for $6.

-Homework will be starting.  While it may not be nightly, please check with your student.  Additionally, continue having those conversations about how school is going, how classes are and how they’re adjusting to middle school.  We really appreciate having you all as partners guiding towards your child’s success.

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Show What You Know to Wrap up Week Two

"Find your place where you line up in A to Z order and take a selfie in that spot.  Write one fun fact about the person in front of you and behind you in line."

“Find your place where you line up in A to Z order and take a selfie in that spot. Write one fun fact about the person in front of you and behind you in line.”

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“Find one other set of partners to make a group of 4 people. Each of you need to choose a group role. Make a video explaining any procedure that we have learned. The Scribe should write a script for this video. Make sure the manager is the person recording the video.”

First team to finish!

We ended our first full week of 6th grade with an amazing partner activity!  There were 30+ activities and tasks for the students to accomplish using all sorts of tools and apps on their iPads.  The students worked together to accomplish the activity, which was a great review of everything discussed the past week and a half.

Class Dojo is up and running!  Please remember to check that out and have conversations with your student about their behaviors.  Additionally, the messaging feature is a great tool to send us a quick message if needed.  We always love hearing positive things and feedback!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Open House Tonight!

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The West Coast team is all set for Open House, which is tonight from 6-8.  This morning all students completed a learner’s profile which included two tests that showed them what type of learners they are (kinesthetic, spatial, auditory, etc).  We also set up Class Dojo accounts for each child.  This is our behavior management tool.  At Open House tonight, you will get a user code to login and view their scores as well.  If you cannot attend open house, we will be sending you a code via email.

 

We look forward to seeing you all tonight!

 

Week 2 Day 1: The Start of iPad Rollout

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Today was the day for most of our students as we began iPad rollout.  We are starting with the basics as students learn about this academic tool.  Beginning with setting up an email and using a calendar, we will progress to learning about many different apps before our two weeks of “How To Do School” academy is over.  Please make sure to discuss proper use of the Apple ID with your student.  We are taking a slow approach to adding apps as the district decides which ones they will be providing.  Stay tuned for information about what apps we will be using in the classroom.  For tomorrow, we will be exploring the Safari and Notes app as we go on a scavenger hunt around the world.  

In addition to the exciting iPad rollout, we continue to teach our students the skills that will help make them successful at Lane Intermediate.  Now that we’ve established a Social Contract, which outlines how we will treat each other, we will be expecting students to follow those guidelines.  You can see this document below.  

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Finally, we continue to encourage students to live the Patriot PLUS, which stands for:

  • Perseverance
  • Leadership
  • Uplift
  • Scholarship