“Let’s Play Common Core” A Photo Story
By: Martha Snider, Christa McAuliffe Middle School PTSA Secretary Cmms3880@gmail.com
Photos By: Lisa Johns, Christa McAuliffe Middle School PTSA Vice-President
The Christa McAuliffe PTSA would like to thank the entire Christa McAuliffe family for making the “Let’s Play Common Core” event on November 14th a huge success. We also appreciate our surrounding community supporting the event. We offer a special thanks to Keith Reid of the STOCKTON RECORD who shared our success in his article, “School Changes Testing Standard,” http://goo.gl/p9LoZj. If you were unable to attend “Let’s Play Common Core,” we hope you will participate in our FREE online event at http://goo.gl/1azjsP. Please enjoy the photo story below.
What is the “Common Core?” To start the evening, attendees, aka. game players, gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room. As Ms. Kathryn Yeager’s Leadership students helped seat participants in three balanced teams, the Christa McAuliffe Step Stars under Ms. DeBrae Bownes’ direction entertained everyone. At 6pm, principal, Randy Malandro, started answering the Common Core question. He explained the evening’s agenda and three “game” 20-minute sessions. Mr. Malandro announced that Mrs. Raquel Perez would meet in a classroom with anyone who wished to participate in the Spanish “game.” Attendees were invited back to the Multi-Purpose Room at the end for a cookie and additional conversation about the Common Core.
How does the State of California determine if a student is successful in the “Common Core?”
Mrs. Andrianna Gervais and Ms. Melinda Davis took attendees on a thrilling ride through the through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Test. Through a 7th grade English Language Arts question, everyone was amazed by the rigor of the new test. Gone are the days of the #2 pencil and a scan sheet. Students will take the test online using a computer. Students cannot pretend they have mastered the Common Core Content Standards; they have to show what they know in an essay.
To experience the Smarter Balanced assessment for yourself and/or have your student preview the test, go to: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.
Click Green Square titled, "Student Interface Practice Test," https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/.
How does your student’s school help all students become successful in the “Common Core?”
Before to the “Let’s Play Common Core” event, parents and guardians had heard about some of the program changes at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. On November 14th, Ms. Theresa Randall, Mr. Charles Taylor, and Ms. Kathryn Yeager showed attendees why the classroom activities had to change as we implement the Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Mr. Taylor and Ms. Yeager reviewed the Minute Paper and explained why it’s important for students to read critically and express themselves through writing in every subject area. Then, Ms. Randall showed what our Common Core Math Program is. She also talked about the importance of teaching students to think critically.
How can families help students become successful in the “Common Core?”
Mrs. Martha Snider and Mrs. Tonya Bonifay provided families and community members with resources from the event. At another location on campus, Mrs. Perez presented similar information in Spanish. Mrs. Snider thanked everyone for getting in the game. She asked that attendees share what they learned at the event with others, noting that the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment impact all Californians. She emphasized that by working together, ALL students have a better chance to be academically successful. To wrap up the session, Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Bonifay shared three things any adult can do to help a student be successful in the Common Core.
1. Continue encouraging your student become a “lifelong learner.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifelong_learning You can learn about what other parents do in this article.http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/c/calkins-learners.html
2. Help your student access the tools the school uses every day: Google Apps http://grapevine.lodiusd.org, Edmodo http://edmodo.com, Discovery Education http://discoveryeducation.com, and Brainpop http://brainpop.com.
3. Challenge your student to think every day. Strategies At Home http://goo.gl/DRI1Uu
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For additional resources about this story, please see: “Let’s Play Common Core Resources” at: http://goo.gl/oiWiL0 or http://goo.gl/v1JXWZ