Professional Development Day
On April 1st, we held a professional development day for staff, "Common Core Extravangza." The morning session focused on an overview of the Common Core State Standards for ELA and the gradual release of responsibility instructional model. The afternoon breakout sessions provided staff with an opportunity to learn more about 21st Century Learning tools (Edmodo and Google Apps), meeting the needs of EL students within the Common Core and Lexia. You can access the presentation slides, handouts and helpful links by clicking here. You can find more information about how to sign-up for and access Edmodo here.
The Heart of Excellent Award has been given to teachers who have gone above and beyond to make their schools better places for students and their colleagues. This year the following teachers have been recognized for their outstanding commitment and service: Deborah Berry (POCS), Gary Jordan (POCS), Geri Brown (Olivet), Pamell Gallagher (Olivet), Tawnya Martin (Schaefer) and Liana Zavala (Jack London).
The Helping Hand of Excellence Award has been given to classified staff who have demonstrated commitment to serving their school communities. At our March board meeting, the following classified staff members were recognized: Tom Gerbremicael (Jack London/POCS), Shelley Mederios (Jack London/POCS), Azura Leon (Olivet), Crystal Herrell (Olivet), Nancy Wood (Schaefer), and Cathy Manno (District Office).
POCS Mural Project
This year POCS students have been working on another amazing mural project, coordinated by Deborah Berry and with the guidance of local artist, Mary Linnea Vaughn. Here are just a few of samples of the students' work in progress. They hope to complete the project and unveil the murals in May. Stay tuned.
Public Schools Week -- May 3rd - May 8th
Public Schools Week will be happening at Coddingtown Mall on May 3rd through May 8th. Each school site will have a section to display student work. We will make arrangements for set-up of the tables, display board and banners. Scott Gifford will be facilitating student musical performances. You can get updates on PSW at https://www.facebook.com/PublicSchoolsWeek.
ieSonoma -- June 10th
ieSonoma is an emerging partnership between public and private educational institutions and the larger community devoted to exploring the research, theory, and practice of 21st Century teaching and learning for the purpose of transforming the way we prepare our youth for success in a rapidly changing world.
On June 10th, ieSonoma will be hosting a half day session that will bring Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation as well as representatives from Sonoma State University and the local business community to discuss 21st Century Learning. If you would like to attend this event, please fill in the sign-up form here.