Community Flu Shot Clinic
The Columbia School District is committed to helping keep our students, parents and our community healthy throughout the entire flu season. That’s why we have partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide a “flu shot clinic” for our staff, students and their families (children four years of age and older) and the community on
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Columia Middle School from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, October 5, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - We will end this week with the Jog-a-Thon! This is always a great event, and this year it will pay for a visit from the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the WECare guys, a visit from the Reptile Man and many, many new books for the library! This week during collaboration:
▪Kindergarten: The teachers reviewed the math activities to align them with the Wa State Standards. Additionally, the teachers worked on the TS Gold website to see how many pieces of evidence have to be done for each objective and how to upload the documentation for the assessment. The Harvest Celebration will be on Friday, October 16!
▪Frist Grade: Evaluated the student surveys that were given all the kids at our school and making sure that all first graders have some input. Additionally, the teachers discussed Math Connects chapters 1 and 2; they all gave the pre-diagnostic assessment prior to the teaching and will be able to evaluate student progress.
▪Second Grade: Made sure they could log onto the evaluation system that they will receive further training on this Wednesday. Additionally, they reviewed the Weekly Readers and made sure they aligned the topics with what they are doing throughout the year. Mrs. Febus led the group on the discussion of the Pre-School through Third Grade Compression Planning she did with a group of Teachers, Mr. Yale the staff from ESD 123.
▪Third Grade: Focused on geography skills and discussed that the students will be learning the different continents, then will narrow down to different countries…ending with the US and the capitals.
▪Fourth/Fifth Grade: Mr. Dexter reviewed what he is doing with the new Mileposts program and Moby Max. The group also discussed a fairy tale book called The Other Side of the Story and progress reports will go home this Friday.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Today during collaboration the Middle School Staff met and learned more about TPEP and the focused evaluation process. They spent time looking at how the evaluation changes as you pair some of the instructional and professional practice components with the student growth components.
Staff spent the most of our time discussing questions that have come up in regards to student led conferences. They sat as a group and problem solved, and brainstormed solutions to the questions that were generated at previous meetings.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the October 5, 2015 collaboration session for Columbia High School staff, several Professional Learning Community groups broke out, covering the following topics:
▪Math teachers worked together to make final recommendations to the assessment piece that all Algebra 1 students will take for the first unit. Preliminary assessments, grading and larger assessment were all compared in an effort to provide students cohesion throughout the Algebra 1 curriculum. Also covered was the Unit 1 examination for the upper division courses that are tied to Eastern Washington University.
▪A group of English instructors discussed recommendations for increasing student engagement in literature units throughout the school year. Also covered was mid-term grading and data processing for ensuring consistent grading practices, as well as coverage for the reading and writing automaticities.
▪In special services our staff worked together along with a counselor to review placement for students throughout the day. Also reviewed were the individualized education plans for students who are grouped together throughout the day. The students’ IEP goals were compared to student work for portfolios and the Collection of Evidence to be used later in the school year.
▪In the Career and Technical Education group, a new curriculum unit for Personal Finance was build, along with reinforcing material found to support the students. Staff further collaborated with local schools regarding Washington Association of Agriculture Educators to more effectively organize extra-curricular learning opportunities for students, and reviewed the outcomes of the most recent extra-curricular outing sponsored by WAAE. Finally, staff worked with our Gear Up coordinator to build student interventions for struggling learners.
▪A group of staff completed and reviewed our high school’s chemical hygiene plan, also reviewing feedback from the local Educational Service District regarding the plan. This group also reviewed recent safety documents, recommending the purchase of materials to refurbish a couple of the on-campus first aid kits.
▪The final group of staff completed protocols on lesson plans. The purpose of the lesson plan protocols is to create higher levels of students engagement, and in this particular series, to further build reading automaticity.
Weather Delay & Closure Notifications
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