Spirit Week

Spirit Week next week, June 3-7

Monday: Moustache Day (wear a moustache or maybe even moustache glasses)

Tuesday: Time Travel Day (Dress from a different time, past or future!)

Wednesday: Super Hero Day    (Dress as a superhero that we’re all familiar with, or create one of your own)

Thursday: Idiom Day (Wear something to represent an idiom–you’re feeling blue, green with envy, raining cats and dogs, piece of cake, little bird told me, apple of my eye, out on a limb, go the extra mile, etc.)

Friday: Mountain Lion Day (Wear our school spirit wear or school colors–blue and grey)


Staff School Climate Survey- Survey opens 3/15/13 (30 days to complete)

Dear Staff,

There is an important survey that they are asking all parents, staff and 5th grade students to complete. I am including the directions for your online survey. We have 30 days from Friday/ 3/15/13 to complete it. Our students will take the survey the first week that they are back. I put the directions also on our shared dropbox. Thank you for your time!

Robyn Haber

Staff School Climate Survey, 2012-13

Salt Creek Elementary

Your school needs you to complete this online survey to be in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).It is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about fundamental learning supports and barriers at this school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact        Robyn Haber x6052             .

You will have access to this online survey for 30 days beginning __3_/_15__/_2013_.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain staff perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning.  It deals with such issues as truancy, safety, harassment, substance use, school connectedness, and learning supports.  The survey is a companion to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), a comprehensive student health risk and resilience assessment tool (grades 5, 7, 9 & 11) that CDE requires all districts to administer every two years (see www.wested.org/chks for more information).  Minimally, it should be completed by all certificated staff working with grades five through twelve, including teachers and all other personnel working in the areas of prevention, student health, and safety.

1.                  Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning.

2.                  This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that participating staff cannot be identified from the data.  You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you.  Simply skip any such questions.

3.                  All questions apply to this school only.

4.                  The results are for the use of your district. CDE/CHKS will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.

5.                  On-line results. Demographic information is not reported at all if fewer than five staff take the survey at any reportable level.



Access the login page for the survey using the following URL:

URL: surveys.wested.org/cscs/ND426PK?lang=en

Use the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

School Code:  RX47VJ


If you are having trouble taking the survey, please check the following:

=    Make sure you are entering the web site address correctly

=    Does the survey welcome page show the correct name of your school?

=    Make sure you have entered the URL and School Code correctly

=    Make sure that your survey window is open. You should be able to find the start date on this form. The window is open for 30 days from this date.

=    Still having trouble? Contact your survey coordinator (Robyn Haber)

Thank you for taking this important survey!

Close Reading, 4th Grade, Clear View Elementary, Melissa Noble

I wanted to share this close reading lesson with you that was done by Melissa Noble, 4th teacher at Clear View Elementary School. This lesson was crafted out of a unit her class did on “What Are the Characteristics That Make An Effective Innovator?” One of my favorite parts is how she models her metacognitive thinking when she is trying to figure out the word “stabilizing.” Enjoy!



South Bay Union School District

South Bay Union School District has done extensive work with Common Core Writing K-6. Their website has lots of useful resources for all of the text types including:

  • CC Writing Rubrics
  • CC Writing Prompts
  • CC Writing Anchor Papers

I have uploaded everything from their website to:

Dropbox>Salt Creek Staff>Writing>Your Grade Level 



Imagine Learning Strategy

Imagine Learning has a blog about Writing with English Learners.

Imagine Learning Writing with English Learners

This is just one strategy I found on their blog. This is very similar to the GLAD Sentence Patterning Chart! I hope you find this useful!

You’re familiar with the word wall—take it one step further to teach sentence structure. Place basic headings at the top of the wall: article, noun, verb. When your class learns a new word, write it on a blank card, and put it under the appropriate heading. You’ll start to form funny sentences as time goes on. Once students are familiar with the most basic sentences (like, The mouse laughed), add new headings: adjective, adverb, direct object, and prepositional phrase. Students will love creating new sentences, and pretty soon they won’t have to use the wall as their sentence reference.