Posted by Jerry Slawson on 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Paseo Hills PLC Highlights for March 2020


    Pre – School:

    Kinder: Kindergarten is excited to be learning all about animals and their habitats! We are also getting ready for our Annual Zoo Fair, where parents and families will be invited to see our Kindergarten Zoo Projects. The fair is open for one day only, March 26th! Families are welcome to visit the Kindergarten classrooms from 9:45-10:45 and from 2:00-3:00 to see our projects and ask us questions so that we can demonstrate our learning! 

    1st Grade: First grade has been learning about weather, so we’ve been extra excited for the rain! We are also focusing on our reading fluency. We’ve been using our scooping and slide and glide strategies when reading our passages. We can even practice these strategies at home when we are reading!

    2nd Grade: Second grade is continuing to focus on comprehension of a non-fiction/fiction grade level text, with whole group and small group application of strategies. Some strategies we are focusing on as a grade level are questioning, clarifying and predicting. When taking a test we have implemented strategies such as highlighting and circling evidence to support their answer and looking back at the text for clarification.

    3rd Grade:   Third grade teachers continue to implement small group word sorts in isolation and within a text. Strategies to help students decode and read words are: scooping, getting eyes ahead of the words, and slashing. Whole group will move onto homophones with long e. Students will sort, write, find, and do sentence practice with the words.Implementation of new strategies that will allow students to clarify, predict and question when reading a text to better comprehend it.   

    4th Grade: The 4th grade team is working enhancing the learning of our state’s historical native peoples by involving the students in a more hands-on approach.  Students are getting a bit of background knowledge of native tribes through text materials and appropriate video clips prior to being assigned a tribe for research. After the break, students will dive into research for their assigned tribe with guidance and support from their teachers.

    5th Grade: The 5th grade team has worked on developing a variety of choices for students to show their understanding of reading through book projects, literature circles and challenging informational text. We use the strategies of a 5 point summary for literature and the 5 Ws for summarizing informational text. 

    6th Grade: 6th grade teachers worked to plan and assess literary elements of theme and tone. Students were taught lessons through different literature and informational texts and then given opportunities to re-learn or extend on their knowledge by splitting into new ELA groups and creating different projects or getting extra practice with the elements. 

    7th& 8th Grade ELA: Middle school ELA teachers worked on sharing strategies and activities to increase student proficiency and citation of evidence in CFA writing samples. We chose this focus in order to improve student scores on assessments and the upcoming AZ2M. Students are given multiple opportunities to work on mastery of standards through a variety of CFA samples, small group instruction, Academic Recovery, tutoring, and retake opportunities.

    7th & 8th Grade Math: Middle school math teachers worked on sharing strategies and activities to increase student engagement in order to improve student scores on assessments.  Students are given multiple opportunities to work on mastery of standards through small group instruction, Academic Recovery, tutoring, and retakes.

    Special Education:  

    Physical Education:  We are working on assessments for our state standards.  It is a very long process and we are doing an excellent job of pushing through!

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  • PLC Highlights--Jan 2020

    Posted by Jerry Slawson on 1/13/2020

    Pre – School

    Kinder: The PLC time has provided our Kindergarten teachers with the opportunity to increase our students’ writing abilities. We are learning to sound out words and extend our sentences so that we can express ourselves in writing. What amazing authors we are creating! 

    1st Grade: In PLC our team is focusing on increasing our reading fluency data by reading grade level passages daily. These passages are also being sent home for students to continue practicing.

    2nd Grade: In PLC our team is focusing on comprehension, using our weekly Reading Street test in SchoolCity to analyze student data. With the data, we form strategies and lessons to support growth in this area of reading. 

    3rd Grade: PLC time has allowed our 3rd grade team more time to collaborate & implement reading strategies pertaining to collected weekly data. This month our main focus is Words Their Way weekly sorts and getting students acclimated to different sorting skills that can also be implemented within a text.               

    4th Grade: The 4th Grade team is excited to continue unpacking the new Social Studies standards and sharing the lessons with the students!  4th Graders did an AMAZING job on their Deer Valley Social Studies Assessment (Arizona Statehood and Government) in December and we look forward to more activities to enhance the learning of Arizona History, having the students think like historians :-) With the data collected from common formative assessments throughout the lessons, we can determine whether a time period needs reteaching or teach the next segment a bit differently.

    5th Grade: The 5th grade team is unpacking the standards related to explaining relationships between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a text based on specific information. With data from assessments, we will determine what students need reteaching with different strategies in small group and what students are proficient. 

    6th Grade

    7th& 8th Grade ELA is evaluating writing samples and focusing on both Self and Peer Editing with the support of DVUSD rubrics via Canvas as a learning strategy to improve writing skills and increase writing proficiency. 

    7th & 8th Grade Math are working on making connections between equations, tables, and graphs.  Students will learn to create a table of input and output values in order to graph linear functions.  

    Special Education:  

    The teachers, itinerant staff, and paraprofessionals are focusing on behavior interventions to increase academic instructional time that centers on grade level standards and IEP goals.  Within our team, we are monitoring regression that may have occurred following winter break and identifying specific strategies to promote the recoupment of regressed skills. It is typical for any person to experience regression following a break; even adults may have some difficulty such as recalling a computer password or limited alertness/attention to a task.  However, our team members review the data for each student to consider if there is anyone that takes a longer time than expected to recoup specific critical skills.


    Physical Education:

    Mr Slawson and Mr. Bartlein are working with Arrowhead and Highland Lakes PE teachers.  We are working on Common Assessments connecting to our standards. We are keeping in mind that we are moving toward standards based grading and developing our assessments to be in line with future developments.


    Visual Arts K-8 will be focusing on ceramics. We will be discussing and sharing clay projects, techniques, and resources.
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