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March Collaboration Day


LCE Collaboration Day Summary

March 18, 2016


TK/Kindergarten teachers were on regular schedule this day.

1st Grade

LCE's 1st and 2nd grade teams met with the 1st grade teams from PCR and PCY to develop and draft a proposal for a late-start schedule at the beginning of the 16-17 school year in order to accommodate beginning of the year diagnostic testing. They also revised their homework policy, discussed homework practices, and discussed the upcoming math adoption process.

2nd Grade

Second Grade at LCE met and reviewed the 3rd Quarter Report Card. They discussed the topics that have already been covered. They also reviewed the 3rd Math Assessment and selected the fraction problems that would be good to add to the assessment. They went over the Science and Social Studies curriculum for 4th Quarter. Second Grade also listened in on the 1st Grade's proposal for a late-start alternative schedule for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. They believe that it would be very beneficial to test the students during that early bird time and using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment program as well as other assessments.

3rd Grade

The third grade teams from all  three schools met to look at Everyday Math. 3rd grade teacher Deborah Pruden showed the team many of the components, led them through a sample lesson, and showed them the technology piece that is part of the program. They also discussed with the first and second grade teams how to best to utilize the Early Bird/ Late Bird times at the beginning of the year when administering diagnostic assessments.

4th Grade

The 4th grade teachers from LCE, PCR, and PCY met to discuss several topics.

The Instructional Planning Group leaders shared information, and they gave feedback about next year's proposed report card schedule and conference week, homework policy, Math/ELA adoption, GATE alternative criteria, and common formative assessments.

5th Grade

Mrs. Drange and Mrs. Franz met with Mrs. Stassel to discuss SBAC testing for RSP students. They filled in surveys on current student progress. Additionally, they discussed potential science rotations for the new NGSS. Mrs. Fuelling and Miss Meikle were at the Computer Users in Education (CUE) conference in Palm Springs.

6th Grade

The sixth grade at LCE discussed 4th quarter curriculum projects and 6th grade end-of-the-year activities. We also worked with Marie Morin's long term sub, Chris Edsey, to pass along information about 4th quarter.


The Physical Education teachers discussed the Physical Fitness Test for 5th graders.They are all currently working on the testing, and students have been cooperative. The district nurse is working on the height and weight of the students in the 5th grade, which is a requirement of the test. The PE teachers also discussed the Jump Rope for Heart program.

Special Education:

Mrs. Stassel met with Mrs. Franz and Mrs. Drange to discuss the students they have in common. They also discussed SBAC testing and special education coverage. Additionally, she met with Chris Edsey, long-term substitute for Marie Morin, to discuss all the accommodations for LCE’s special education students.


The librarians from all three schools talked about books that were purchased in February, how they will be used, and the vocabulary that they would focus on that would reflect higher levels of depth of knowledge. They also planned for the last week of school by discussing Spring books, Summer activities, and Earth Day.

English Language Development

ELD Teachers met to continue the discussion of the expansion of the ELD program for next year. Teachers explored resources that could aid in providing better support to students during the instructional time. Teachers collaboratively discussed ways that funds could be spent for this year, as well as next year.