GSA spotlight of the week

GSAs have also been grading quizzes, reporting scores, & also noting the patterns of learning so teachers can review particular concepts & skills that the class overall appear to have missed.

GSA Spotlight: Kelley

Hi Kelley,I am SO thankful you made the Unit 4 math test A into a Forms! I normally use ThinkCentral, but now ThinkCentral is blocked from Adobe and kids can’t use it without Adobe running it. I panicked since I didn’t have another option, but was relieved to find the Forms as a plan B, so thank you! I will plan on having my students use the Forms for all future tests given that Adobe doesn’t work.

GSA Spotlight: Mrs. Durga

Each week we highlight feedback from our teachers and families about the support they receive from our General School Assistants (GSAs). This week, 3rd grade teacher Ms. Therriault tells us about the impact Mrs. Durga has had in her classroom:

Mrs. Durga is amazing! She has been a wonderful help to me and my students. Currently she is monitoring my afternoon class on Monday to support students, the chat, and attendance. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons she meets with one of my small groups while I meet with the other group. She conducts lesson connected practice or games that I have designed to give students supported practice time. Finally, on Fridays, she runs recess groups for students to have a non-academic opportunity to connect with each other. I cannot say enough about how much Mrs. Durga helps me and the students. Thank you to PTSA for helping to fund all of our GSA support.

Ms. Therriault, Grade 3 Teacher

GSA Spotlight: Mr. Joe

Mr. Joe has been meeting with my daughter every day to support her in reading fluency. She looks forward to their meetings. It has been very successful.

Sheli Hadari, 2nd Grade Parent

Did you know that our biggest investment as a PTSA is funding more General School Assistants to help our teachers and students? Funding comes from parents and community members, through direct donations, corporate matching, and opportunities like Amazon Smile and “Give with Bing”. Read more about GSAs on the PTSA website!

GSA Spotlight: Social-Emotional Needs

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Our GSAs are essential in helping our students with their social-emotional needs. They help new students become familiar with our school community and help them make new friends by providing much needed small group virtual recesses.

Ms. June Lee, 3rd Grade​

Meet GSA Ms.Gayle

Ms.Gayle knows American Sign Language and has a background in dance and theater. This week, she electrified the assembly by sharing a chant about identity

Meet GSA Ms. Kelly

Ms. Kelley is a GSA who spends a portion of her week in Ms. Maya Stevens’ 4th Grade classroom. Read what Ms. Sevens has to say about Ms. Kelly:

Ms. Kelley has a computer science background and as such consistently helps students and teachers troubleshoot with tech. As an example, she will make small groups or individual calls to students to work through technical hiccups or persistent barriers. She is consistently calling a group of students and has formed a tech team of sorts (students who learned a tech tip and now share that tip with others!) that shares the knowledge and increases out shared capacity on Teams. Yay for Ms.Kelley.

Ms. Maya Stevens

All in a day’s work for GSA Sarah L.!

Each week we highlight one of the General School Assistants (GSAs) who have been working hard both in front of cameras and behind the scenes to support our teachers and students during distance learning. Here are some words from GSA Sarah L. . . .

Meet GSA Ms.Johnson

The week of Halloween, Ms. Johnson juggled a small group of lively g4 and g5 students as they navigated learning

GSA Testimonial

This week we hear from 3rd Grade teacher Ms. Therriault about the value of GSAs in her classroom this year:

On Wednesdays especially, our GSA is able to meet with students individually in order to finish up assignments, help with technology issues, and give general support. This week, she even scribed for a student on a Nearpod assignment that was mal-functioning for the student, leaving her completely stressed out and discouraged. Having the GSA spend time with her 1:1 was invaluable for this student’s self-confidence!

Ms. Therriault