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BTSN Presentation


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If you missed First Grade's BTSN on September 16th, here is all the information you need!

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BTSN Presentation

  1. 1. Back to School Night September 16, 2014
  2. 2. Classroom Teachers Valerie Hubbs Lyndsey Alvarez Lisa Goldberg Kelly Hamilton Michelle Kirby Christine Hipp Michele Ritter Special Educator Renee Martinez Instructional Assistant Colleen Smith ELL Jeanette Johnson Reading Recovery Kim Bodin
  3. 3. Our Vision & Mission VISION Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel MISSION We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world
  4. 4. School News and Information Web Social media Email Print Texts Face-to-Face
  5. 5. HCPSS News Elkridge Elementary News: email System-wide Weekly News for Parents: email Emergency notices (school closings/delays): text and/or email Sign up at
  6. 6. School Closing/Delay Notifications Email and text: HCPSS News System website: Facebook: ols Twitter: @hcpss
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  8. 8. Communication & Homework Daily
  9. 9. Communication: Weekly:
  10. 10. Communication: Monthly
  11. 11. Communication: Quarterly:
  12. 12. Student Information System / Parent Portal
  13. 13. Social Media Elkridge Elementary Twitter: @hcpss_ees HCPSS Facebook: HCPSS Twitter: Interact with the Superintendent: Twitter: Blog:
  14. 14. Standardized Assessments
  15. 15. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  16. 16. PARCC
  17. 17. Daily Schedule 9:10 Arrival & Opening Activities 9:25 Announcements 9:40 Math 11:00 Recess 11:30 Lunch 12:00 Language Arts 2:00 Content (Science, Social Studies or Health) 2:30 Specials (PE, Music, Art, Media, or Technology) 3:30 Content 3:45 Stack and Pack 3:55 Dismissal
  18. 18. Math First Grade Common Core Curriculum. Concepts are taught in a mixture of whole group, small group and independent instruction. Your child’s teacher may have changed. Homework is a review of concepts or basic fact log.
  19. 19. Science Content Rocks & Fossils Matter Space Plants & Animals Forces: Toys in Action Social Studies Working Together Changing World Culture Communities At Work Health Social & Emotional Personal Safety Disease Prevention Nutrition & Fitness
  20. 20. Writing In First Grade we write to: • Inform/Explain • Voice and defend an opinion. • Tell a story.  Writing in Response to Reading  Personal Narrative  Friendly Letter  Book Reviews  Realistic Fiction  Poetry  How-To Books
  21. 21. Reading Levels
  22. 22. Reading: The Daily 5 1. Read to Self 2.Read to Someone 3. Listen to Reading 4.Work on Writing 5.Word Work
  23. 23. WORD STUDY A Powerful New Approach Phonics Prefixes Suffixes Greek & Latin Roots Vocabulary Spelling
  24. 24. Did you know?? The English language has approximately 2,000,000 words Technology contributes 20,000 new words per year School texts and reading materials include more than 180,000 different words Over 60% of the words students encounter in their reading have recognizable word parts
  25. 25. Word Study THEN Assigned word lists Little or no connection to curricular areas or each other The weekly assignment: “Find and write a definition for each word,” or “Use each word in a sentence” A test came at the end of the week (rote memorization)
  26. 26. Word Study NOW Word lists are organized through meaningful roots or patterns Expand and deepen word knowledge during content-area study The weekly assignment: “Meet the Root, Combine and Create, Read and Reason, Extend and Explore” Applied spelling and language conventions tests
  27. 27. Why Use This New Approach? Systematic approach to word awareness and vocabulary building 90% of English words of two or more syllables are of Greek or Latin origin Most academic vocabulary is derived from Latin and Greek origins
  28. 28. WORD STUDY IN SCHOOL Grades 1 & 2 Let’s Read: students enjoy shared reading activities through poems that introduce new word families Let’s Play with Words: students participate in Making Words, Word Sorts, Word Scrambles, Riddle Time, Divide & Conquer and Wordo Let’s Grow: students re-read poems and participate in teacher led games to review the concepts for the week.
  29. 29. •Approximately Every 2 Weeks •Dictated Sentences •Scored with a Rubric
  30. 30. Weekly Language Arts Homework Grades 1 through 5 Daily Reading: Students will read for a specified time (according to grade level) with a parent signature. Quick Write: Twice a week students will select a “quick write” topic based on Science, Social Studies, and Health Standards. Word Study Pattern menu: Twice a week students will choose an activity from the “Word Study” menu provided. These word study activities follow the new word pattern introduced in school. Please note: Words that are included on the “Week’s Word Study Pattern” are only suggested words for practice. Students will not be tested on these words, they will be tested on their knowledge of the actual “word study pattern”.
  31. 31. “WORD STUDY” AT HOME Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Word Sorts: students sort for the pattern Word Hunts: students search for the pattern in a variety of text Word Associations: write additional words that connect to the target word or pattern Vocabulary: students find new and interesting words to put in their notebooks
  32. 32. Graded Papers All Subjects: I = Demonstrating skill independently W = demonstrating understanding of skill and performing with some assistance N = Not demonstrating skill at this time/ needs review
  33. 33. Security •You will need to be “buzzed” in by the office. •Please remember to bring your photo ID. •Check in at the office and get a sticker.
  34. 34. EES Parent Volunteer Training Who are Parent Volunteers? o All parents who volunteer in the classroom o All parents who volunteer to chaperone a field trip The purpose of the training To comply with MD State Law & HCPSS Policy 1030 To review how to report suspected child abuse To review the importance of protecting all students’ confidentiality To review general expectations of parent volunteers
  35. 35. MD State Law & HCPSS Policy 1030 Requires employee or parent volunteers of the Howard County Public School System to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Howard County Department of Social Services. Provides immunity from civil liability or criminal penalty for a report made in good faith. Failure to report may result in suspension or termination of services.
  36. 36. Role of Child Abuse Liaison Coordinates support for students suspected of being abused or neglected Acts as resource for information relating to child abuse and neglect reporting procedures Assists with completion of child abuse reporting forms as needed You may contact Kristen Tacka, Child Abuse Liaison if you would like support during the reporting process.
  37. 37. Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect Make oral report immediately to Department of Social Services  (410) 872-4203 Follow up with written report within 48 hours (forms are in the front office). Tell Mrs. Anoff, Principal, and Mrs. Tacka, Liaison, that a report was filed. A copy of the report WILL NOT be kept in student educational record.
  38. 38. Parent Volunteer Code of Ethics Confidentiality: Any information you have access to in the school or classroom is confidential As a volunteer, you are required to protect the confidentiality of all student information that you see or hear while volunteering
  39. 39. Parent Volunteer Expectations Thank you for volunteering! Please make arrangements for siblings to stay home so that you can focus on enjoying your volunteering experience. Please do not take photographs of students. Other students’ parents are depending on us to protect their child’s privacy. Please keep your cell phones on mute and out of sight when volunteering.
  40. 40. Certificate of Completion Elkridge Elementary School This is to certify that I have viewed the HCPSS Child Abuse Reporting Procedures and Parent Volunteer Code of Ethics and understand my responsibilities with regard to these policies. Name_______________________________ Date________________________________ Please print, sign, and return this certificate to the EES front office.
  41. 41. Thank you for coming! At this time you may head down to your child’s classroom for a brief tour.