Monday, January 20, 2020

Week of January 20th

UAI Staff News

Volume VII
Issue 22
January 20th,  2020

Announcements

No Staff Birthdays This Week.  


Congratulations to WattPad!!  Jen sent out an email on Friday listing out the winners of our first annual product design derby.   Many congrats to those who were finalists and to our first, second, and third place teams!  Our superintendent, Fred Walsh, was equally impressed.  He was particularly excited to see our young women found creative, technologically based solutions to issues of both big (like animal rights, racism, global warming, and depression), and less global (but equitably significant to them - like issues with Apps students use (like WattPad and SnapChat).  We look forward to continuing to refine the curriculum that Jen and Nadine worked hard to develop so that we can grow this opportunity for our students and others across the Urban Assembly.


To-Do This Week

High School Regents Week.  This week launches January Regents for the High School.  There are no classes for high school this week.  Please check Joanna's schedule to review your own and your advisees' shcedule for the week.  

Tuesday Family Outreach.  Please reach out to advisees on Tuesday to remind them that there is no school for students on Monday 27JAN20 (Chancellor's PD Day).

Monday PD.  The next PD day will be on Monday, 27JAN20 from 8:30-2:50PM.  We are still finalizing the agenda, and I will share that out in next week's blog.   We will be continuing our work around implicit bias and disproportionality.  In November, we analyzed our behavioral data to better understand how our biases unknowingly pop up.  Continuing in that thread, we will be looking at deficit thinking and analyzing academic outcomes to continue to uncover areas of unconscious bias.  In addition, we will be providing time for subject teams to meet to shape PD experiences for the spring.  Finally, part of the day will be dedicated to planning time to prepare for the launch of the Spring term.

New Schedule.   Schedule changes had to be put on hold until grades are submitted.  Please do not be late with grades.  If you miss the deadline, you will have to enter your own grades one at a time by hand.  This is because we have to reload the program, and there will be significant changes across many grades.  So, even if your classes are not changing, because they are a part of a larger program that IS changing, STARS and SKEDULA will see it all as new.  So, Thursday 23JAN at 3pm is a HARD deadline for this round of grading. 

Marking Period 3 Grades.  As a reminder, for the high school, MP3 is credit bearing.  Any student earning a passing grade at the end of MP3, will earn at least half of the credit for your annualized course, even if they end up failing in June.  As a result, you may only use ONE grade to indicate failure and that is the 55 or F.  All passing grades are integers >65 (unless you're a Pass/Fail class, in which case you will use only P or F). 



Social-Emotional Learning Updates




Per Session Opportunities

No new postings this week.



 




Staff Attendance Fall Summary.
Facebook Design Derby







Staff Handbook 2019-2020







UAI Staff Handbook

2019-2020




ALL STAFF, please CLICK HERE to sign off and attest to your review and understanding of school rules & procedures

















Table of Contents


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  • School Table of Organization and Contact Numbers
  • General Code of Conduct & Responsibility



                 - Community Values




                 - Accountability




                 - Individual Choices




                 - Communal Interdependence and Positive Social Interactions




                 - Clear Expectations through Routines and Norms



  • School Rules


                 - Dress Code




                 - Technology




                 - Food




                 - Student Responsibilities



  • School Policies & Expectations



                 - Hallway Presence




                 - Locker Policy




                 - Students Leaving the Classroom




                 - Cutting Class





                 - Discipline and Student Behavior




                 - Principal Referrals and The Citywide Standards of Intervention & Discipline


                 - Outside Lunch Privileges 


                 - Grading Policy







  • Attendance & Lateness


                 - Staff Attendance




                 - Student Attendance


                         * Lateness to School




                         * Lateness to Class




                         * Absence & Eligibility for Participation in School Events




                         * Chronic Absenteeism




                         * Resources to Support Student Attendance 


                  - Attendance Procedures and Expectations

  • Social Emotional Supports & Procedures



                 - Social Emotional Support Staff




                 - Mandated Reporting




                 - Procedures for Reporting Child Abuse or Maltreatment




                 - Suspected suicidal/self-harming actions










Sunday, January 12, 2020

Week of January 13th

UAI Staff News

Volume VII
Issue 21
January 13th,  2020

Announcements

Staff Birthdays This Week.  
Happy Birthday to Nancy on Sunday (12JAN).  Enjoy your day!!


Announcing a New Partnership with Broadway Junior.  Thanks to the hard work of Damon, Alison, and Phillan, we were successfully selected to partner with Broadway Junior.  Through this partnership, Damon, Alison, and Phillan will receive the training required to produce UAI's first musical theater production with our middle school students.  In addition, we also receive some funds to build up the materials and resources required for launching a musical theater program for our middle school!  This year, we are producing Annie, Jr.  Info sessions for Middle School students will be held this Thursday 16JAN20 in the dance room (room 503).   Please spread the word to all of our 6th-8th graders to get information and try out for this amazing opportunity!!



First Facebook Design Derby.  The past fall the 9th graders have been working hard with Ms. Nadine to learn about the Design Process, the process that Facebook professionals use to create, design, and implement new features and programs.  Throughout the fall, students participated in live streaming to learn from Menakshi Menon, a Quantitative User Researcher at Facebook.  Menakshi shared her expertise and perspective from behind the scenes at Facebook to help inspire and support our young women to realizing their design ideas.  This Friday, the Class of 2023 Design Derby finalists will present their ideas to a panel of experts at Facebook NYC.  The winning group wins a free trip to California to tour Facebook's home quarters and join a virtual congress of young people dedicated to define digital citizenship for the future!

To-Do This Week

Monday Professional Development.  This Monday, we're going to wrap up the 3-part series aimed at supporting teachers in planning and executing high quality turn and talks in their classes.   Like last week, we'll meet in 409 and do announcements and then divide into our planning groups.

Teacher Core Subject Teams -Note:  For this round of subject teams, we're going to focus on core subject turn and talks and integrate breadth & elective subjects into the core teams.  This is strictly for planning and preparation logistics in running these consultancies
  • (8) MS ELA - Sarah M (Presenting), Marsha (Facilitating), 
    • Phillan, Kristina, Christina, Cassandra, Laura, Pauline
  • (8) HS ELA - Joey (Presenting) Rebecca C (Facilitating) 
    • Tiffany, Rebecca F, Damon, Elana, Jessica, Juelle
  • (9) MATH - Jamie (Presenting), Kiri (Facilitating) 
    • Alison, Cherry, Matthew, Danielle Ro, Joanna, Nina, Judy
  • (9) SCIENCE - Amanda (Presenting), Rachel (Facilitating)  
    • Sarah R, Amy, Emma, Nick, Tom, Elena, Jelissa
  • (9) SOCIAL STUDIES - Brodie (Presenting); Annie (Facilitating)
    • Jake, Natalie, Kelly, Suzannah, Nadine, Giselle, Brenda
Monday Agenda
  • 3:00-3:05 - Blog Announcements
  • 3:05-3:10 - Setting Our Intention - What is the focus of the Rehearsal? What feedback is needed?
  • 3:10-4:05 - Lesson Rehearsal
    • 4:05-4:10 - Staff Journal & Reflection - What about today's PD will I use in my own practice? 

    Tuesday Family Outreach.  High school advisors must begin reaching out to advisees to advise families of Regents Week programming.  Joanna will share schedule and lists this week.  All advisors, should share that the end of the MP3 ends on Friday, 17JAN20.  The Spring Term and MP4 begins the next class day (21JAN for middle school; 28JAN20 for the high school).  There is no school on Monday, 20JAN20 (MLK, Jr. Day) and no school for students on Monday 27JAN20 (Chancellor's PD Day).


    Are you tired of your phone ringing during class?  Me too.  I have tried to ask, remind, cajole, demand, stridently remind ALL out of classroom staff to NOT call classrooms.  I have failed.  So, like every problem that I fail at, I step back and try to find another approach.

    Phones are primarily in classrooms for the safety of the teacher and students.  No one needs to call into a classroom in an emergency.  We have enough staff with radios.  We can come to your classroom.  Therefore, I am recommending that you all take your phones off the hook.  If we really need something, we'll come to your classroom.

    All deans, counselors, interns, office staff, and admin will no longer be calling classrooms for students or other reasons.  If a student needs to be pulled from class, we will find another method to do so.  If you need to use the phone, you need only to hang up and then call out.  For classroom staff, phones will continue to serve their intended, emergency purpose.

    Social-Emotional Learning Updates




    Per Session Opportunities

    No new postings this week.



     


    Sunday, January 5, 2020

    Week of January 6

    UAI Staff News

    Volume VII
    Issue 20
    January 6th,  2020

    Announcements

    Staff Birthdays This Week.  
    Happy Birthday to Juelle on Saturday (11JAN).  Enjoy your day!!

    Root for the Home Team.  This Monday (06JAN) is the next home game for our undefeated Lady Eagles.  Coach Elana and Asst. Coach Damon have worked hard with the team who has played hard to have a series of strong games this season.  This Monday is the next of only four remaining home games.  With PD ending at 4:10PM, the game start is only 20minutes later.  When our girls see their teachers in the stands, they feel all sorts of pride and excitement.  Come and root (root root) for the home team!!

    Important Dates

    • MP3 ends next Friday (10 more instructional days).  As per UAI grading policy, high school students who have >65 earn credit for the fall.  All grades must be either  >65 or =55.  No grades between 55 and 65 are allowed for this marking period.  Teachers must take into account wholistic traits (performance over the course of the semester, growth, or extenuating circumstances) when making the final judgment for the Fall term grades. 
    • MP4 will start on Tuesday 21JAN for the Middle School and on Tuesday 28JAN for the High School (after Regents Week).  We will be implementing programmatic shifts on these dates.  Specifically, 6th grade sections will be shrunk from 3 to 2, we'll be creating another ICT section in 9th grade, and we will be changing elective & small group formats for the spring term.  Also 3/2 courses (like PE) will flip to 2/3.  
    • Regents Week begins on 21JAN.  Joanna is still finalizing teacher programs, but she got the lists out last week.  Please reach out to your advisees to review their regent assignments and the Regent Schedule.

    To-Do This Week

    <<REMINDER>>  Continue to Prepare for Mid-Year Reflection Meetings.  Using your journal reflections, classroom data (e.g. student work or assessment performance), and your lesson plans, prepare to meet with Annie, Val, or Kiri for your mid-year reflection meeting.  In particular, you will be prepared to discuss your goals (how they have progressed or changed), and how your goals will adapt for the spring to explicitly include the resolutions (listed above) towards achieving the schools' goals.  You will be receiving calendar invites for mid-year reflection meetings starting next week.  Start working on preparing for the meetings now.  To give you an example or model of how to prepare, you can refer to the reflection I prepared for our Deputy Superintendent to report on our progress towards the schools' goals

    Monday Professional Development.  This Monday, we're going to continue the 3-part series aimed at supporting teachers in planning and executing high quality turn and talks in their classes.  Before the break, the first of these three parts used the protocol of teacher consultancies to help the presenting teachers improve lesson plan for the turn and talk.  This upcoming Monday, subject teams will help the presenting teachers rehearse the lesson, paying particular attention to teacher moves and execution.  The final part on January 13th, will be a review and reflection of the lesson.  Teachers will have the opportunity to watch a video recording of the planned turn and talk and then provide feedback for the presenting teacher.

    Teacher Core Subject Teams -Note:  For this round of subject teams, we're going to focus on core subject turn and talks and integrate breadth & elective subjects into the core teams.  This is strictly for planning and preparation logistics in running these consultancies
    • (8) MS ELA - Sarah M (Presenting), Marsha (Facilitating), 
      • Phillan, Kristina, Christina, Cassandra, Laura, Pauline
    • (8) HS ELA - Joey (Presenting) Rebecca C (Facilitating) 
      • Tiffany, Rebecca F, Damon, Elana, Jessica, Juelle
    • (9) MATH - Jamie (Presenting), Kiri (Facilitating) 
      • Alison, Cherry, Matthew, Danielle Ro, Joanna, Nina, Judy
    • (9) SCIENCE - Amanda (Presenting), Rachel (Facilitating)  
      • Sarah R, Amy, Emma, Nick, Tom, Elena, Jelissa
    • (9) SOCIAL STUDIES - Brodie (Presenting); Annie (Facilitating)
      • Jake, Natalie, Kelly, Suzannah, Nadine, Giselle, Brenda
    Monday Agenda
    • 3:00-3:05 - Blog Announcements
    • 3:05-3:10 - Setting Our Intention - What is the focus of the Rehearsal? What feedback is needed?
    • 3:10-4:05 - Lesson Rehearsal
      • 4:05-4:10 - Staff Journal & Reflection - What about today's PD will I use in my own practice? 

      Tuesday Family Outreach.  High school advisors must begin reaching out to advisees to advise families of Regents Week programming.  Joanna will share schedule and lists this week.  All advisors, should share that the end of the MP3 ends on Friday, 17JAN20.  The Spring Term and MP4 begins the next class day (21JAN for middle school; 28JAN20 for the high school).  There is no school on Monday, 20JAN20 (MLK, Jr. Day) and no school for students on Monday 27JAN20 (Chancellor's PD Day).

      <<REMINDER>> Gradebook Audits Continue.  Because MP 3 is credit bearing if students pass, we need to make sure all gradebooks follow school grading policy, which is submitted to the NYCDOE and Superintendency each year.  We will be randomly checking grade books throughout this month and January to ensure all gradebooks are in alignment.  As a reminder,
      • Grades are cumulative - Grades are a reflection of work students have been doing since September.
      • The Lowest grade for anything is a 50.  So, in other words, we do not use zeros or any grade less than 50.  
      • The Only failing grade on report cards is 55.  If a student's overall average is between 55 and 65, teachers must choose to give the student a 55 OR a 65.  


      Social-Emotional Learning Updates



      Per Session Opportunities

      High School Dance on Friday 07FEB.  The seniors are coordinating their first dance for Friday 07JAN20.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please see Jen.  We're hiring for up to 10 chaperones (depending on student attendance) from 5:30-10:30.



       



      Wednesday, January 1, 2020

      Week of 01JAN

      UAI Staff News

      Volume VII
      Issue 19
      January 2nd,  2020

      Announcements

      Staff Birthdays This Week.  
      Happy Birthday to Val on Friday (03JAN).  Enjoy your day!!

      Happy New Year!!  The turn of the calendar year is always a time of personal reflection and forward planning & resolution making.  It is also a great time to reflect and set resolutions towards meeting the school's goals and end this school year even stronger than last.

      ReflectionFor the school, our goals this year fall into three main buckets: Graduation, College Readiness, and Supportive Learning Environment. 

      • Graduation.  Our CEP goal is to reach an 85% graduation rate for all students and 75% for students with disabilities.  Looking at the number of students who have satisfied graduation requirements for Regent Exams and the number of students who are currently passing all their courses, we are currently on pace to exceed our goal for all students and end the year with a 90% graduation rate.  For our students with disabilities (of which there are 8 in the cohort), 2 of the 8 are not actually enrolled at UAI (one was discharged years ago as an LTA (she had major heart health issues which conflicted with school) and one has been at home school since she enrolled at UAI (and still is).  Of the special education students at UAI in the 2020 cohort, 100% of them are on track to graduate in June.  So, if they changed the cohort rules, we'd be exceeding our goal.  As it is, we are currently meeting it.
      • College Readiness in English & Math
        • Our CEP goal was to graduate at least 57% of the Class of 2020 with college ready scores in both Regents Math (>70) and Regents ELA (>75) by June 2020.  Currently, 61% of all student in the Class of 2020 are College Ready in both math & ELA.  Unfortunately, none of our students with disabilities will graduate college ready.  Given these individual students' current capacity, we do not have enough time to push them to college ready by June.  Many will certainly reach college ready levels in ELA or Math by then, but we do not have enough time to push them to both, particularly when each of them have satisfied ELA and Math exam graduation requirements, but are still working on passing 2+ other exams.  Graduation takes priority over college ready. 

          However, we are not too late to address this issues with each of our underlying classes.  In grades 6-11, each teacher in all subjects play a role in elevating our students numeracy, reasoning, and literacy skills.  Middle School ELA and Math performances play a pivotal role in preparing students to excel on high school regent exams, including Regents Math & ELA. 

          For both MS English & Math exams scores, we have had four years of sustained growth in proficiency, however we still lag behind state and city proficiency levels.  We are closing the gap overall, but the gap is widening for our students with learning differences.  We are closing the gap for our English language learners, however, outperforming our city & state peers.  Our goal this year is to raise proficiency in all middle school grades in English to 48% (up from 42%) and in Math to 35% (up from 29%).  When we give the next benchmark in MS, we will be able to report on our progress towards that goal at that time.
      • Supportive Learning Environment
        • Our CEP goal in this bucket is centered on Attendance.  Specifically, we are using a two-pronged approach of elevated instruction and targeted attendance intervention to decrease the percent of all students in grades 6-12 who are chronically absent students to 21%.  At present, we are currently exceeding that goal with an overall chronic absentee rate of 18% for all students, 

      Resolution.  We still have many places to grow and improve, even in the midst of our successes!  Our work around instruction and addressing implicit bias continues to improve learning experiences for our students which has resulted in significant advancements towards our goals in graduation rate, college readiness, and supportive learning environment.  We will continue that work this month and throughout the spring term to grow our practice even more.  To that end, as we move forward into 2020, your new year's resolutions for professional improvement to should include goals around

      • Improving your instruction for all students and making specific goals focusing on specific populations (e.g. SPED & ELL or Asian, African American, or Latinx)
      • Recognizing and addressing your own biases

      To-Do This Week

      Prepare for Mid-Year Reflection Meetings.  Using your journal reflections, classroom data (e.g. student work or assessment performance), and your lesson plans, prepare to meet with Annie, Val, or Kiri for your mid-year reflection meeting.  In particular, you will be prepared to discuss your goals (how they have progressed or changed), and how your goals will adapt for the spring to explicitly include the resolutions (listed above) towards achieving the schools' goals.  You will be receiving calendar invites for mid-year reflection meetings starting next week.  Start working on preparing for the meetings now.  To give you an example or model of how to prepare, you can refer to the reflection I prepared for our Deputy Superintendent to report on our progress towards the schools' goals

      Monday Professional Development.  This Monday, we're going to continue the 3-part series aimed at supporting teachers in planning and executing high quality turn and talks in their classes.  Before the break, the first of these three parts used the protocol of teacher consultancies to help the presenting teachers improve lesson plan for the turn and talk.  This upcoming Monday, subject teams will help the presenting teachers rehearse the lesson, paying particular attention to teacher moves and execution.  The final part on January 13th, will be a review and reflection of the lesson.  Teachers will have the opportunity to watch a video recording of the planned turn and talk and then provide feedback for the presenting teacher.

      Teacher Core Subject Teams -Note:  For this round of subject teams, we're going to focus on core subject turn and talks and integrate breadth & elective subjects into the core teams.  This is strictly for planning and preparation logistics in running these consultancies

      • (8) MS ELA - Sarah M (Presenting), Marsha (Facilitating), 
        • Phillan, Kristina, Christina, Cassandra, Laura, Pauline
      • (8) HS ELA - Joey (Presenting) Rebecca C (Facilitating) 
        • Tiffany, Rebecca F, Damon, Elana, Jessica, Juelle
      • (9) MATH - Jamie (Presenting), Kiri (Facilitating) 
        • Alison, Cherry, Matthew, Danielle Ro, Joanna, Nina, Judy
      • (9) SCIENCE - Amanda (Presenting), Rachel (Facilitating)  
        • Sarah R, Amy, Emma, Nick, Tom, Elena, Jelissa
      • (9) SOCIAL STUDIES - Brodie (Presenting); Annie (Facilitating)
        • Jake, Natalie, Kelly, Suzannah, Nadine, Giselle, Brenda
      Monday Agenda
      • 3:00-3:05 - Blog Announcements
      • 3:05-3:10 - Setting Our Intention - What is the focus of the Rehearsal? What feedback is needed?
      • 3:10-4:05 - Lesson Rehearsal
      • 4:05-4:10 - Staff Journal & Reflection

      Tuesday Family Outreach.  High school advisors must begin reaching out to advisees to advise families of Regents Week programming.  Joanna will share schedule and lists this week.  All advisors, should share that the end of the MP3 ends on Friday, 17JAN20.  The Spring Term and MP4 begins the next class day (21JAN for middle school; 28JAN20 for the high school).  There is no school this month on Monday, 20JAN20 (MLK, Jr. Day) and no school for students on Monday 27JAN20 (Chancellor's PD Day).

      <<REMINDER>> Gradebook Audits Continue.  Because MP 3 is credit bearing if students pass, we need to make sure all gradebooks follow school grading policy, which is submitted to the NYCDOE and Superintendency each year.  We will be randomly checking grade books throughout this month and January to ensure all gradebooks are in alignment.  As a reminder,
      • Grades are cumulative - Grades are a reflection of work students have been doing since September.
      • The Lowest grade for anything is a 50.  So, in other words, we do not use zeros or any grade less than 50.
      • The Only failing grade on report cards is 55.  If a student's overall average is between 55 and 65, teachers must choose to give the student a 55 OR a 65.  


      Social-Emotional Learning Updates

      No Updates This Week



      Per Session Opportunities

      No updates this week

       






      Sunday, December 15, 2019

      Week of December 16th

      UAI Staff News

      Volume VII
      Issue 18
      December 16th, 2019

      Announcements

      Last Blog Post of 2019.  It is hard to believe that another entire year has gone by, but we are at the final blog post of 2019!!  I know this time of year can be hard for both students and staff alike.  We are tired from running at full tilt since September.  Our students have building anxiety as the end of the semester and the holidays approach.  It can be rough - particularly if we only focus on what's hard.       BUT      If we take a minute to look ahead, we make the time to see our horizon.  We are 5 school days away from 12 uninterrupted days of vacation.  These are 12 days in which we can relax, spend time recharging, hang with family and friends, and celebrate the end of the year.  In the midst of this celebration and rest, I know that many of you will also use this time to get a jump on the spring term, which will in turn, become an investment in an easier spring term.

      Let's end this last week strong for our students and our school.  Look ahead to next week's rest and dig deep to plan and deliver the last five lessons of 2019!!  I look forward to seeing your best and brightest work as we visit classrooms this week!!

      Superintendent's Visit.  I wanted to make a point to reiterate that this latest visit from our Superintendent was one of the best ones we've had to date!  Throughout classrooms and subject areas, she saw students engaging in rigorous tasks, asking questions, forming ideas, and discussing them with their peers to construct new understandings and skills.  She also saw a team of committed professionals who are working tirelessly to bring the best quality learning experiences to our students.  A special shout out goes to Annie & Jen who skillfully told the story of their teams' work around social emotional learning, college planning, student activities, parent engagement, discipline, attendance and instruction to provide Debbie with a complete picture of the work we do as a school community each and every day.  I'll be sharing in more explicit detail at our next full day PD in January, but for now, take a look at the statistics on our school I shared with Debbie.  We have had four years of sustained growth in all major metrics.  We are on track to have a 5th year of the same!  On both qualitative and quantitative metrics, we are well on the path to continuing our growth & achievement.

      Staff Holiday Party.  Many thanks for all of you who were able to join in our annual staff winter celebration!  It was yet another fun times had by all!! For those who could not come, you were certainly missed!

      Thursday's Craft & Carol-oke.  This Thursday, our Girls Inc and the UAI PTA is hosting their annual craft fair with karaoke caroling.  Please join us in the celebration.  There will be crafts, snacks, singing and fun!  Come close out 2019 with UAI at this wonderful celebration with staff, family, students, and friends!



      To-Do This Week

      Blog Review.  Congratulations Kelly (since you missed last week's fun)!  You get to review the BLOG today!

      Monday Professional Development.  This Monday, we're going to launch the first of a 3-part series aimed at supporting teachers in planning and executing high quality turn and talks in their classes.  For this series, teachers will be working in subject teams (see groups below).  The first of the three parts will use the protocol of teacher consultancies to help the presenting teacher plan for the turn ad talk.  When we return after the break, the subject team will help the teacher rehearse the lesson, paying particular attention to teacher moves and execution.  The final part on January 13th, will be a review and reflection of the lesson.  Teachers will have the opportunity to either visit or watch a video recording of the planned turn and talk before hand.

      Teacher Core Subject Teams -Note:  For this round of subject teams, we're going to focus on core subject turn and talks and integrate breadth & elective subjects into the core teams.  This is strictly for planning and preparation logistics in running these consultancies

      • (8) MS ELA - Sarah M (Presenting), Marsha (Facilitating), 
        • Phillan, Kristina, Christina, Cassandra, Laura, Pauline
      • (8) HS ELA - Joey (Presenting) Rebecca C (Facilitating) 
        • Tiffany, Rebecca F, Damon, Elana, Jessica, Juelle
      • (9) MATH - Jamie (Presenting), Kiri (Facilitating) 
        • Alison, Cherry, Matthew, Danielle Ro, Joanna, Nina, Judy
      • (9) SCIENCE - Amanda (Presenting), Rachel (Facilitating)  
        • Sarah R, Amy, Emma, Nick, Tom, Elena, Jelissa
      • (9) SOCIAL STUDIES - Brodie (Presenting); Annie (Facilitating)
        • Jake, Natalie, Kelly, Suzannah, Nadine, Giselle, Brenda
      Monday Agenda
      • 3:00-3:05 - Blog Announcements
      • 3:05-3:10 - Setting Out Intention - Why the focus on Turn and Talks?
      • 3:10-3:20 - Taking Stock - How and when do you use Turn and Talks in your Class?
      • 3:20-4:05 - Teacher Consultancies
        • 3:20-3:30 - Presenting Teacher Presents Lesson & Ideas for Turn & Talk
        • 3:30-3:40 - Clarifying & Probing Questions
        • 3:40-4:00 - Team Discussion & Planning
        • 4:00-4:05 - Presenting Teacher Reflection & Commitments to Next Steps
      • 4:05-4:10 - Staff Journal & Reflection


      Tuesday Family Outreach.  Please share with all families that we are hosting our Annual Parent Craft, Snack, & Karaoke night on Thursday, December 19th.


      <<REMINDER>> Gradebook Audits.  Because MP 3 is credit bearing if students pass, we need to make sure all gradebooks follow school grading policy, which is submitted to the NYCDOE and Superintendency each year.  We will be randomly checking grade books throughout this month and January to ensure all gradebooks are in alignment.  As a reminder,
      • Grades are cumulative - Grades are a reflection of work students have been doing since September.
      • The Lowest grade for anything is a 50.  So, in other words, we do not use zeros or any grade less than 50.
      • The Only failing grade on report cards is 55.  If a student's overall average is between 55 and 65, teachers must choose to give the student a 55 OR a 65.  




      Social-Emotional Learning Updates

      No Updates This Week



      Per Session Opportunities

      Holiday Craft Party.  If you are interested in working the Annual PTA Craft and Karaoke party on December 19th, please let Jen know ASAP.  We are looking for folks to run craft tables (whatever you'd like!) or any other artistic/holiday related activity.  Please see Jen for details.

       






      Monday, December 9, 2019

      Week of December 9th

      Gradebook Audits

      UAI Staff News

      Volume VII
      Issue 17
      December 9th, 2019

      Announcements

      Happy Birthdays! Happy Birthday to Nina, 10th/12th Grade Math  (Wed 11DEC) and Amy 8th Grade Liv Env. & AP Bio (Fri 13DEC).  Have a wonderful week, and congratulations on another trip around the Sun!!

      Lesson Observations.  Annie and I are doing classroom walk throughs and Val, Annie and I will be finishing fall observation this month and in January.  As a reminder, ALL classrooms should be structured to have students:
      • Successfully Engage with rigorous texts and concepts.  
        • What are you putting in front of your students for each lesson?  What literacy and/or reasoning skills does the text require?  Are those skills grade appropriate?  Could you find more complex texts (meaning literature, charts, graphs, images, etc.) that get at the same concepts but also challenge students?  How could you support student access to those 
      • Maximize Discourse to deepen understanding and make connections
        • How often do students speak in your class?  Who spends more time speaking - adults or students (time yourself to find out - it should be the kids who talk more ALL the time!).  How do students use discourse in the class?  Are they only telling things or are they working to figure things out (or make connections/new understandings)? [Use discourse to help students figure things out -use your lesson look fors to help you do that!]
      • Perform DAILY Writing Tasks that prompt students to consolidate learning
        • Students need to be writing their ideas down every day. The easiest way to get them to do this is by embedding this expectation in your tasks (or exit tickets).  Higher order questions that demand students explain, justify, predict, etc. are the types of questions you want to pose to students as a summative assessment that allows them to show their thinking and understanding of the lesson.  
      • Effectively utilize discipline-and-grade-level specific vocabulary
        • All disciplines have course-specific vocabulary.  Make sure you are not only asking students to learn the new words, but more importantly, they need to be using the vocab in their Turn and Talks and writing.
      • Finally, Help us ALL make passing periods shorter.  
        • End your classes on time (use timers and keep yourself on pace).  Start your classes on time (make Do Nows that allow you to be at the Door to welcome students and start on time).

      To-Do This Week

      Blog Review.  Congratulations Kelly!  You get to review the BLOG today!

      Staff Holiday Party.  This Friday from 4-6PM will be our annual Staff Holiday party at Commonwealth Bar in Park Slope.  We'll be having an open bar AND Tacos!  So that I can get a good head count for food, please RSVP HERE.  You can pay $25 anytime this week!

      Monday Professional Development.  We are going to have another round of Grade Team Meetings this Monday to give the PD committee one more week to finalize planning around the next series of PD (Planning Effective Turn and Talks).  Please come prepared with your suggestions for student of the month for January, and with the student work/data you need to write your January PLOPs.  Here's Monday's Agenda
      Tuesday Family Outreach.  Please share with all families that we are hosting our Annual Parent Craft, Snack, & Karaoke night on Thursday, December 19th.

      Gradebook Audits.  Because MP 3 is credit bearing if students pass, we need to make sure all gradebooks follow school grading policy, which is submitted to the NYCDOE and Superintendency each year.  We will be randomly checking grade books throughout this month and January to ensure all gradebooks are in alignment.  As a reminder,

      • Grades are cumulative - Grades are a reflection of work students have been doing since September.
      • The Lowest grade for anything is a 50.  So, in other words, we do not use zeros or any grade less than 50.
      • The Only failing grade on report cards is 55.  If a student's overall average is between 55 and 65, teachers must choose to give the student a 55 OR a 65.  



      Social-Emotional Learning Updates


      Per Session Opportunities

      Holiday Craft Party.  If you are interested in working the Annual PTA Craft and Karaoke party on December 19th, please let Jen know ASAP.  We are looking for folks to run craft tables (whatever you'd like!) or any other artistic/holiday related activity.  Please see Jen for details.