The Friday File

September 26, 2014

Nashua Mission

Students will be provided an appropriate learning environment, which supports them academically, physically, esthetically, socially, and emotionally. This environment will give each child the opportunity to develop to the fullest potential and promote life long learning. The achievement of high educational standards at Nashua Elementary School will involve the entire school community.

Upcoming Events


Sept. 29

Fall ELA Benchmark Window Open

HS out all day

Oct. 1

7:45 a.m. BLT meets in Learning Lab

TBA Shelter in Place

Oct. 3

Spirit Day/Lee Denim Day

PBS video

Instructional Calendars due to HS

Oct. 6

NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

Oct. 8

Double Starbucks Day

Unity Day-Wear Orange

Double Starbuck Day

Oct. 9

6-8 p.m. Riverroll Skating

Oct. 10

1st quarter ends

SIP due to Central Office

7:45 a.m. SBC

6-8 p.m. Mercury Gym Night

Certification Clarification from CO

You may have received an email regarding a workshop on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in St. Louis for Certification Exam workshops. We contacted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and discovered we should disregard any email from this individual.

Just as a reminder, if an educator is adding an additional endorsement to an existing teaching certificate, Missouri requires completion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments by the individual certification area, test code, and title. The registration for this test can be completed thru This information can be found on the DESE website under Educator Certification – MEGA (Assessments).

Fall ELA Benchmark

The computer lab will be closed next week for 3-5 benchmark testing. Please see the attached schedule. The lab in the library will be open for K-2 to use next week.

Lee Denim Day-Oct. 3

We will participate in Lee Denim Days on Friday October 3rd, 2014. If you would like to donate online we can track our progress as a team.

Also, if you would like to Donate in Memory or in Honor of a friend or family member I will have printouts of Denim Pockets (Memory Patches) that will be kept in my box in an envelope after you donate you can just come up and fill one out to hang on the wall in the teachers lounge.

You have 2 options you can either pay online with a debit card


You can also bring your donation to Cody to participate you can participate with a $5.00 Donation Or larger -

The Link to Donate is below!

Please let Cody know if you have any Questions!

Team Code 253263

Instructions for online Debit donation:

The screen will prompt you to answer the following:

  • What kind of donation would you like to make?

    • Join a Team by Donating
    • Individual donation to the cause
  • How would you like to donate?

    • Online
    • By Mail

You will be brought to the page that you can put in the Team Login ID : 253263

You will click the above and it will then give you these options

First Name:

Last Name:

Donation Amount:






How did you hear about Lee National Denim Day?:

Grade Card Timeline

Grading Period Ends Oct. 10

Grades and Comments due by noon on Oct. 13

All changes need to be made by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 14

Grade Cards go home Oct. 17

*Please see the attached checklist as a guide to help you!

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School Board Meeting Sept. 25th

The above picture is the NKCSD School Board standing to applaud the work done by staff of the NKCSD last year...moving our APR 13.2%! They publicly acknowledged the hard work that each and every adult did last year and their dedication to the kids of this school district. Everyone of you should take a moment to enjoy this public recognition and validation of the hard work you do each and every day!

More News from the Board Meeting!

In a first step to ensure use of technology as an exemplary learning tool districtwide, the Board of Education approved a measure at its meeting last night to pay off the current lease for 6,000 Apple MacBook Airs while also keeping 4,000 student devices for use at the middle and elementary level. The district would then enter into a new lease agreement that would continue the 1-to-1 initiative at the high school level with 6,200 new devices through the 2018-19 school year.

The need for enhanced technology has been apparent at the elementary and middle school level for quite some time, with district staff investigating options to expand access to student devices beyond the high schools. With the first round of benchmark testing this fall, the absolute need for more and newer computers for younger students became an issue of critical importance.

The 4,000 MacBook Airs will be shared at the elementary and middle schools based on student enrollment at each building. All schools will see an increase in the number of mobile computer labs, hopefully before second semester.

Again, this is just the first step in providing student devices to elementary and middle school students. This is not the end of the process and efforts will continue to increase access to technology for all students. If all goes according to plan, high school students will have the new devices by the end of November, and the 4,000 existing MacBook Airs will be in the elementary and middle schools prior to Winter Break.

October Module-Classroom Teachers

Part of our work on October 6th will be going through the October Module (Modeling, Demonstrating, and Thinking Aloud). Each classroom teacher will need to record themselves teaching a FOCUS LESSON, in its entirety, in either reader’s or writer’s workshop by the end of the day on October 3rd.

You will be the ONLY ONE viewing this video during the module on Oct. 6th!! This is a great opportunity for you to be a reflective learner.

A few suggestions to support capturing the video:

  • Record using QuickTime on your Mac
  • Schedule a time with Heather Tate or a colleague to help record the focus lesson

Regardless of how you record the video, you must have video and audio on a device in which you can watch it. In addition, you will need to bring the lesson plan that accompanies the focus lesson you recorded. Don’t forget your earbuds, earphones, or headphones too!! :-)

See me if you have questions!