Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - April 20, 2017

Kindergarten: the kinder team met district wide at the DO to write up Everyday Math End of the Year Assessments into ESGI. PCR kinder teachers then met to place textbook orders for next year and gather materials needed to begin one one one EDM assessments next week. 

1st Grade: The First Grade Team reviewed the Everyday Math assessments to determine which common assessments can be used next year, and identified how to pair Common Core State Standards with each test question to analyze data in Illuminate. They updated the Everyday Math ConnectEd Planner and adjusted the pacing calendar for the remainder of the school year. 

2nd Grade: The Second grade team ordered textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year.  We went over upcoming projects and activities for Open House.  We also discussed our upcoming Celebrate America performance.

3rd Grade: The third grade team ordered textbooks for the 2017-18 school year. We reviewed and discussed the minutes from last week’s IPG meeting. We updated the EM planner  for the remainder of the school year. Lastly we finalized the remaining projects that will be shared at Open House. 

4th Grade: The fourth grade team ordered textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year.  We went over upcoming projects and activities for Open House.  We discussed next year’s field trips and dates and possible new ones.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team organized and placed text book orders for the next school year. We planned projects being displayed for each subject for open house. We paced the remainder of Social Studies and Science units. Lastly, the team discussed the state testing progress.

6th Grade: The 6th grade math teachers created an end of the year math test using MIF resources. The ELA teachers organized ELA projects and assignments from the current textbook, in preparation for the newly adopted series. The team also finalized end of the year activities.
The 6th grade language arts/social sciences teachers met to order supplies for next year and to work toward the coming ELA textbook adoption.  We also ordered additional copies of Charlotte Doyle.

Special Education: Resource discussed next year/caseload/numbers. In looking ahead it seems that Mariana would have 7 or 8 kids with 4 or 5 aides. Her room would run as a more modified program from 8-12pm . Lauren would have 23 students k-6 and be more available to collaborate and co teach (perhaps) with gen ed teachers. Lauren will also take the incoming Kinder Pm-er. Mariana will most likely stick to her 9:15/11:30 recess and lunches and Lauren will stick to the 9:55/12:05. Lauren is also looking at services being 4 days a week and having a day for testing and IEPS only so that IEP’s are not random throughout the week… still in consideration at this point.  #28 more days
OT performed a preschool assessment with the PS team, discussed upcoming treatment plans, and worked on upcoming reports. We also collaborated with Odessa.

ELD: ELD teachers and paraprofessionals from all three sites met to discuss the ELD iPad Program and ways to increase efficiency of iPad check out/check in and troubleshooting.  The team also discussed curriculum purchases for 2017-2018, Fountas and Pinnell testing, and strategies to gauge and increase parent satisfaction with the ELD program - such as a wider LCAP Parent Survey, a final trimester newsletter, and attendance at Open House and Back to School Night. Finally, the team discussed ELD testing in 2017-2018.  

Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - March 24, 2017

Kindergarten: The kinder team met to discuss the potential language arts programs up for adoption. We also discussed EDM mid and end of the year math assessments and aligned them to our report card standards. We later met with Ms. Wenn to discuss Fountas & Pinnell reading inventory and planned for 2017-2018 reading assessment calendar. 

1st Grade: The first grade team debriefed the ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee meeting and discussed next steps. They met with the district K/1 team with Ms. Wenn to discuss Fountas & Pinnell reading inventory and planned for 2017-2018 reading assessment calendar. 

2nd Grade: The second grade team planned and paced for the remainder of the school year and the Celebrate America Plays. We finalized field trip the schedule and planned for the Family Tree Project that are going home when we return from Spring Break.. 

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned EM assessments for Unit 7. We  discussed which kit to order for the new NGSS units for next year. Plans were made for math and language arts activities to review for the CAASPP test. 

4th Grade: The fourth grade team met to plan and pace for the rest of the year.  We went over test prep materials for CAASPP testing.  We also went over NGSS plans for next year and discussed possible experiments/activities. (AIMS and FOSS Kits)

5th Grade: The fifth grade discussed several upcoming class projects that will encompass social studies and science standards. We reviewed our progress on administering the IAB practice tests to better prepare students for caaspp. A common core study guide has been created and we paced the next two weeks to accommodate the study guide. 


6th Grade: The 6th grade team made adjustments to the pacing guide and lessons for Greece and Tom Sawyer.  The teachers also discussed science kits to help implement NGSS standards and how to best introduce new topics and activities.  The teachers also discussed end-of-the-year activities and a discipline plan to ensure all students stay motivated to continually make proper choices at school. 

Special Education: RSP worked on caseload and IEPs. Worked together to create schedules for the upcoming transition meetings for 6th graders.

ELD: The elementary ELD teaching team, including the paraprofessionals, met to discuss end-of-the-year planning regarding iPad returns, filling the position of an upcoming retirement and summer CELDT testing. Monica Ratliff returns to LCE after spring break so we thanked Susie Sandrew for her work and gave her a warm send off with the hopes she can continue in some capacity at LCUSD next school year.
 

Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - March 24, 2017

 

Kindergarten: The kinder team met to discuss the potential language arts programs up for adoption. We also discussed EDM mid and end of the year math assessments and aligned them to our report card standards. We later met with Ms. Wenn to discuss Fountas & Pinnell reading inventory and planned for 2017-2018 reading assessment calendar. 

1st Grade: The first grade team debriefed the ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee meeting and discussed next steps. They met with the district K/1 team with Ms. Wenn to discuss Fountas & Pinnell reading inventory and planned for 2017-2018 reading assessment calendar. 

2nd Grade: The second grade team planned and paced for the remainder of the school year and the Celebrate America Plays. We finalized field trip the schedule and planned for the Family Tree Project that are going home when we return from Spring Break.. 

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned EM assessments for Unit 7. We  discussed which kit to order for the new NGSS units for next year. Plans were made for math and language arts activities to review for the CAASPP test. 

4th Grade: The fourth grade team met to plan and pace for the rest of the year.  We went over test prep materials for CAASPP testing.  We also went over NGSS plans for next year and discussed possible experiments/activities. (AIMS and FOSS Kits)

5th Grade: The fifth grade discussed several upcoming class projects that will encompass social studies and science standards. We reviewed our progress on administering the IAB practice tests to better prepare students for caaspp. A common core study guide has been created and we paced the next two weeks to accommodate the study guide. 


6th Grade: The 6th grade team made adjustments to the pacing guide and lessons for Greece and Tom Sawyer.  The teachers also discussed science kits to help implement NGSS standards and how to best introduce new topics and activities.  The teachers also discussed end-of-the-year activities and a discipline plan to ensure all students stay motivated to continually make proper choices at school. 

Special Education: RSP worked on caseload and IEPs. Worked together to create schedules for the upcoming transition meetings for 6th graders.

ELD: The elementary ELD teaching team, including the paraprofessionals, met to discuss end-of-the-year planning regarding iPad returns, filling the position of an upcoming retirement and summer CELDT testing. Monica Ratliff returns to LCE after spring break so we thanked Susie Sandrew for her work and gave her a warm send off with the hopes she can continue in some capacity at LCUSD next school year.
 

Challenge Success: Building Your Path Coming to LCHS on April 8th. Sign Up Today

Challenge Success: Building Your Path Coming to LCHS on April 8th. Sign Up Today

On Saturday, April 8th at LCHS, students grades 7-12 and alumni are gathering for the Challenge Success: Building Your Path event.  The goal of the day is for current and former LCHS students to see various professionals showcase their career and/or education paths with the overarching idea to challenge our traditionally narrow definitions of success. 

The day will begin with two short keynotes featuring Dr. Mark Urata of Children's’ Hospital and Chris Buck, animator and director. Then students will be able to choose three speaker sessions before having lunch. The speaker sessions will feature a variety of topics such as career pathway stories; life, education or career lessons learned; current career showcases, and potential how-to talks, all within the big idea of expanding our definition of success.

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Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - January 27, 2017

Kindergarten did not have a Collaboration Day

1st Grade: The first grade team met at LCE to discuss the kindergarten/first grade district plan for reading expectations and assessment, including ESGI assessments and Fountas & Pinnell assessments. The district kindergarten/first grade team will meet at the district on the March Collaboration Day to finalize reading expectations and assessment plans. 

2nd Grade: The first part of the afternoon, the second grade team met and discussed the “Facilities Master Plan” with Mrs. Hurley and the 5th grade team.  For the second part of the afternoon, the  2nd grade team planned a “Famous American” lesson together and finalized arrangements for our field trip to the Natural History Museum and IMAX Science Center.

3rd Grade: The third grade team worked on NGSS notebooks for our upcomimg science unit. We also reformatted practice tests for our Unit 5 EM assessment. 

4th Grade:  The fourth grade team met and discussed our NGSS plan for the rest of the year.  We visited the Science Supply room to plan future science activities.  We discussed the progress of our Mission reports and went over our Math pacing guide to ensure we cover everything before Spring Testing.  We also discussed our CASSPP login and practice tests.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met with David Paszkiewicz to review the components of the administering practice tests on Caaspp.org. The team then met along with second grade with Karen Hurley to review the Facilities Master Plan. Fifth grade then discussed the logistics for administering the student panorama survey next week. 

6th Grade: The 6th grade discussed the Panorama survey and the logistics of administering it to the students.  We discussed how to best prepare our students for the upcoming SBAC test and using the CAASPP IAB practice exams. The team also started planning 6th grade end of the year festivities: memories assembly, Mountasia and other activities. 

RSP/Special Education: RSP worked on reports with SLP and psych for upcoming IEPs this month. We also worked on schedules for growing caseloads. Next collaboration day, we will meet with other sites to look into technology. OT collaborated and presented foundational skills for visual motor and handwriting to the Preschool and TK team at PCY.

ELD: Due to mid-year staff changes, the three ELD teachers met to ensure program quality and parity among the three schools. They reviewed the currently available support resources, including the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program for identifying specific reading challenges. They also looked in depth at the Wordly Wise vocabulary enrichment program, and the Words Their Way for English Learners phonics program. Discussion included how to effectively use these resources and other supplementary materials to increase English proficiency.  

Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - December 22, 2016

1st Grade: The First Grade PCR Team met to discuss their ongoing piloting of the two ELA programs: Journeys and Wonders, noting the pros and cons for each, as they continue to plan instruction, and prepare to present their experiences with each curriculum to the adoption committee.  They planned EDM Unit 4 activities and completed the online pacing guide for the remainder of the unit. For Science, they shared activities for the Weather unit and planned the first grade Weather Rap. 

2nd Grade:  The Second Grade Team at PCR joined the 2nd grade teams of PCY and LCE at Paradise Canyon to discuss and compare our thoughts from piloting the two new ELA programs.  No decision has been made yet as to our selection.

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned Unit 5 EM activities for the month of January. We also reviewed the two ELA programs being considered for adoption.

4th Grade:  The fourth grade team met and finalized plans for our Pilgrim Overnight field trip.  We discussed the ELA adoption/pilot and how we would implement it into our schedule.  We talked about EDM assessments and our pacing for the rest of the trimester.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met and discussed the schedule for piloting the Language Arts programs. We made a prospective agenda for when we will incorporate Wonders and when we will incorporate Journeys. We also reviewed the recent Colonial Day. We discussed what went well and what possible changes need to be made for the years to come. 

6th Grade: The math teachers reviewed the second benchmark scores and looked at areas of success and areas that need improvement.  The teachers strategized ways to improve for next year and next steps to review and re-teach some material this year.. The ELA teachers met and discussed the upcoming pilot,  The teachers created a plan to integrate parts of the current ELA program and the pilot. 

ELD: The ELD paraprofessionals and teachers met together to discuss program delivery pending an upcoming leave of absence and retirement. We strategized next steps, identified training roles and administrative support needed for the new staff. We also took the opportunity to celebrate our first semester successes and give a temporary farewell to one of our colleagues. 

LCUSD Welcomes Stanford's Dr. Denise Pope

Dear LCUSD Community,

On January 17th I am excited to welcome Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success program, to LCUSD to present research and information on the Challenge Success Program.

As you likely know, both LCHS 7/8 and LCHS 9-12 had applications approved to partner in 2016-17 with Stanford University's Challenge Success program. Challenge Success has for the past 12 years worked with over 130 high performing middle and high schools on how to implement policies and practices which increase academic engagement and wellbeing for their students.

Challenge Success is a research based program whose data compellingly demonstrates that, especially in high performing schools, a narrow definition of success often leaves young people lacking the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  The work Challenge Success engages in with partner schools encourages educators and communities to create school programs which value and foster in their students the interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resiliency, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems.

The January 17th Challenge Success presentation by Dr. Pope is one not to be missed.  We are anticipating a full-house and are asking that attendees RSVP.

Parents 7-12, Elementary Parents, all LCUSD staff and interested students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend.  The program will begin promptly at 6:30 P.M. in the LCHS Auditorium.

I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Wendy Sinnette
LCUSD Superintendent

Event Details
Date: January 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: La Canada High School Auditorium
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Palm Crest Elementary Collaboration Day Summaries - November 18, 2016

1st Grade: The First Grade Team completed instructional planning for the remainder of the calendar year. They planned instruction for EDM Units 3 and 4, including the shared common math assessment, and planned instruction for the implementation of the new ELA materials for piloting. 

2nd Grade: The Second Grade team at PCR planned for a field trip to Caltech for the Junie B. Jones play.  We explored the new Everyday Math Skills Book and planned how to incorporate it into our instruction.

3rd Grade: The third grade team met and planned Unit 4 EM activities for the rest of the calendar year. We used the EM online tool to search for lessons that will help us to differentiate instruction.  We planned Big Woods Day for December 20th and set a timeline for completion of Social Studies projects and assessments prior to the winter break.

4th Grade: The fourth grade team met and went over the upcoming Overnight Field trip (prep work, activities, etc.).  We talked about the Mission Research Report and aligned Social Studies and Science.  We planned our EDM units and discussed activities/lesson plans for upcoming units.

5th Grade: The fifth grade team met and discussed the upcoming schedule for Colonial Day on December 16th. The fifth grade team explored the CAASPP digital library. We reviewed the ELA and Math CAASPP interim assessments and created a schedule of assessments to administer by the end of the second trimester. We discussed where we were in terms of pacing guides. The team also reviewed the Journeys ELA Pilot program and decided which unit would be best to pilot during the second trimester.   

6th Grade: The 6th grade team met and discussed trimester activities. We collaborated on the play and schedule. We discussed Pali and finalized groups and activities. The science teachers read over the FOSS kit teacher’s guide.  The ELA teachers talked about how to incorporate the piloting into the current pacing guide.

RSP/Special Education: Met at the District Office with David Lamb for Google trainings.  Session focused on special education and using google to aide in our everyday communication with parents and teachers for IEP meetings and collaboration. 

ELD:  The elementary ELD teachers met with director Lindi Dreibelbis to finalize the revised reclassification criteria. They invited Carrie Hetzel to provide more in-depth information regarding appropriate grade level cutpoints especially related to the District Writing Assessment and the new Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. The finalized recommendations will be presented to the elementary principals and submitted to the Governing Board for approval. We also discussed some successful iPad apps for newcomers at the higher elementary grades.  

 

 

PCR Collaboration Day Summaries October 28th, 2016

Kindergarten - Fifth Grade:  Teachers at Palm Crest joined with the teachers from PCY and LCE at the District Office to listen to presentations from the new ELA publishers we are considering for the 2017-18 school year.

Sixth Grade:  The 6th grade team met and discussed the upcoming 6th grade play and end of trimester activities.  Language Arts teachers met at the District Office to hear presentations from ELA publishers. Science teachers met and reviewed FOSS science kits that will be used to teach the next two science units.

Special Ed/RSP teachers researched and created a google document on resources for students and teachers to use in the classroom to support students struggling in the areas of reading, writing, and math.

ELD:  The three elementary ELD teachers met with the director.  They discussed the updating of the reclassification criteria. More information is needed to determine inclusion of DWA scores and Fountas and Pinnell data.  A meeting will be arranged to gain more expertise with Fountas and Pinnell.  A variety of successful supplemental materials were reviewed and considered for re-purchase this year.  Pass/fail grading policies for students at CELDT level 1 or 2 in grade levels 3-6 should be decided as a team with parents involved on an individual basis.

La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

La Canada Kiwanis Club Honors Terrific Kids

Throughout the year, Kiwanis Clubs all over the world honor students who have been chosen by teachers and classmates to be Terrific Kids. Many students are surprised to discover that they have been chosen, because it is not the kind of award that a person sets out to earn, rather it is an award that celebrates genuine kindness  and helpfulness, especially when they are selfless. 

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