Betsy's Bits

May 8, 2016

In Case You Missed It:

I hope you all realize how much you are appreciated for the hard work and dedication to our school, students, families, and each other. Teacher Appreciation was a week celebration of our entire staff because every person at SanLee teaches by touching the lives of our Stallions. Thank you to our PTSO for making us all feel special last week!

Welcome Josh Wheeler to 8th grade! He has been put on contract to pull small groups of 8th graders throughout the day to help the in science. He majored in biology and just finished a long-term sub position at Lee Early College.

Thank you to Haley Smith, Patrice McNeill, Pam Morris, and Bonnie Marshall for volunteering to help with our rescheduled game duty for Monday!

Our children have been representing us well in recent days. We had two sixth graders, Joseph Soto and Carl Chavarria talk to Sanford Kiwanis Club about their great experiences being in Lee County Schools. Carl was sponsored by them last year to go to a week long summer science camp. Joseph is seeking sponsorship to go to a math camp this summer. Denise Green and Missi Mann reported that the boys spoke so highly of their experiences at SanLee.

We also had two young ladies, 7th grader Allison Podlogar and 8th grader Mikayla Comer present their speeches on Friday at the state level for the Soil and Water Conservation competition. Allison walked away with a second place medal. This is the first time we have won at this level in this competition.

Our Young Authors were recognized last week in our district. We had one state winner; Olivia DiCiancia , three county winners; Anna Boone, Olivia DiCiancia, and Maggie Watts, and three school level winners; Amora Vargas, Juan Castillo, Timiya Adams. We have some very talented Stallions that keep reaching and rising!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the ladies on our staff. Each of you is a woman of influence and direction in the lives of our students as well as to those in your family that call you mom, grandma, aunt, and sister. Thank you!

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Couple of things:

Attendance: Now that the end of the school year is a month a way, please try to make non emergency appointments after school hours or after school is out in June, July, and August. I pulled Drea out of the media center every day last week to sub in classrooms and keep teachers from being pulled from planning. I will not be able to do this after this week, because she will be working on library and textbook inventory.

If you have been approved for a personal day or leave without pay between now and June 13, you MUST turn in your form to Gaye by Tuesday, May 10th! She has to turn this information into finance this week to ensure the deduction is made appropriately in your June paycheck. Remember, both of these types of leave must be discussed with me and approved ahead of time.

Summer School Update: Dates~ Tuesday, June 14 - Friday, June 24 from 7:40-3:00 pm. Testing will be Monday, June 27-June 29.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students daily for no charge. If you are a staff member working summer school and want to eat lunch, you must put money on your account in the cafeteria before June 9. They will not be collecting money during summer school. We will not be taking grades or "official" attendance in PS. We plan to use a spreadsheet like in after school to keep up with who is in our building. Gaye will be getting signatures for contracts this week. Summer school employees will receive a check on the last day. Summer school checks will not be direct deposited. Kisha will be meeting with summer school staff soon to discuss, plan, and answer specific questions.

End of year and cume folders: I am meeting with 6th, 7th, and 8th grades this week to discuss roster verification. This is in lieu of PLC's this week. I will also be giving each group our end of year directions for teacher responsibilities before checking out on June 10th or 13th. Cumulative folders will have a different process because of new guidelines from our district. Our counselors will be providing training to teachers the week of May 16th-20th. This will also be in lieu of our normal grade level dept. PLC's for that week. Elective teachers, admin, and counselors will be checking folders this year and will also be trained that same week. When I meet with your group this week, please let me know the best date for the following week for cume folder training. This should be a day that all teachers are available.

Field Day: Staff may wear jeans or "school appropriate" shorts for field days. You also may bring a camp chair from home. Don't forget to wear your t-shirts. Thanks PTSO for purchasing these for us!!!!! Kona Ice truck will be at SLMS tomorrow and Tuesday during field days. Teachers may allow students to come and purchase when they are not involved in events. Water bottles will be given to all participants on their way out to field day. PLEASE make sure ALL trash is picked up before leaving the field! I will be at 8th grade field day, Kisha will be at 7th grade's, and Natalie will be at 6th grade's. All grade level and elective staff is expected to be on the field monitoring and/or helping unless you are in a meeting (couple of IEP meetings were already scheduled). Bathrooms at the concession stands will be open and monitored. No students should be allowed back in the building during the two hour event unless they are sick.

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Coming Up:

Mark Your Calendars

Monday: Field Day 8th AM and 7th PM (no letter day), Home soccer vs. East Lee & Away Baseball/Volleball @ Southern MS

Tuesday: Field Day 6th AM and 1hr electives in PM, Away soccer @ Crains Creek MS, Math Power Hour

Wednesday: National School Nurses Day, AVID field trip to zoo, Sweet 16 field trip to Meredith College, Science Power Hour

Thursday: 7th grade field trip to zoo, home soccer vs. Southern MS

Friday: 8th grade field trip to Frankies, Last day media center is open to students

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