Fox Den Newsletter "Expect to Grow"

February 19-March 4

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement:

Our mission at Fletcher Elementary, through partnership with our children, families, and communities, is to educate our students by meeting the individual needs of the whole child, ensuring successful, productive, responsible citizens while providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Congratulations on achieving 5.01 growth last year!

SIP Goal 1: Fletcher Elementary will meet or exceed expected growth and meet all Annual Measurable Objectives.

SIP Objectives:

1. Our K-2 composite Reading scores will increase from 83% to 90% on grade level and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 53.3% to 75%.

2. Our K-2 math proficiency will increase from 88% to 93% on grade level and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 62.3% to 80%.

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Girls Leading Our World!

Lynne Fender brought her inspirational program for 5th grade girls to Fletcher this year with the help of Liz Barbour and Melissa Golden. The first group just completed their sessions and the second group is getting started. Here is Mrs. Fender's explanation of this wonderful program that teachers our girls to be leaders!

The first session of GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) was a huge success! Eleven girls completed the program to build self-esteem and develop growth mindset traits in their daily lives as they look to the future and dream big. The girls learned from world famous role models as well as our own community role models, Amy Keyser and Ruth Birge. They also learned about making their dreams come true through goal setting, perseverance, and resilience. Finally, the girls created their own dream boards as keepsakes. It was a lot of fun and life-changing for the girls who participated.

Good Luck, a Shout Out, Snow Make Up Days, and PTO!

Good luck this weekend to Mrs. Garrett and her spelling bee team. They will compete against other elementary schools in the Kiwanis Spelling Bee at Blue Ridge Community College on Saturday. There's even a rumor that if the Fletcher team wins, Mrs. Garrett gets $10,000 and the students won't have homework for rest of the year.

Second grade has embraced the concept of prime real estate in their classrooms and already rearranged their rooms. Mrs. Patton has also rearranged her room to take advantage of her prime real estate. Ms. Greene and Ms. Strysko have also evaluated their rooms and made some changes to their classroom set up as a result. Way to go everyone!

The days we missed earlier this week will be made up on Tuesday, March 15 (was supposed to be a required workday due to the primary elections) and the other day is yet to be determined. I will let you know as soon as a decision about the other make up day is made.

PTO asked me to remind everyone that the Fletcher Elementary 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run will be Sunday, May 22 at Fletcher Park. They should be getting registration information out soon and will be looking for volunteers as well. Additionally, PTO is doing a chocolate fundraiser in March. There will be a kick off assembly March 1 at 2:00. This is something new they are trying this year.

Info from the State Superintendent, June Atkinson

The State Board of Education will be considering policy changes to teacher licensure and evaluation processes at its March meeting. ES&P 2 - Policy Recommendations for Teacher Licensure and Evaluation Process was on the Board’s discussion agenda in February and will be back on the Board agenda for potential action in March. The policy recommends that Standard 6 for teachers and Standard 8 for principals be eliminated. However, as a part of the formal evaluation, student growth would be used as another artifact in informing needed improvements and successes.

Currently, state law citations for student growth requirements include:

a. The General Assembly’s stated intent to use, in part, student growth as part of a future performance pay plan. SL 2013-360, Section 9.5 "Pay for Excellence;"

b. Student growth measure as requirement for "clinical educator" (i.e., supervising teacher of student teacher). SL 2015-241, Section 8.41(a) [new G.S. 115C-296.11]; and

c. Student growth as 20% of A-F School Performance Grade formula. G.S. 115C-83.15.

According to state law, the State Board of Education can no longer give waivers to its policies. That is the reason why school growth can no longer be used to give an individual teacher a student growth measure.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake 2016

Fletcher Elementary will sponsor a bowling team this year for the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake. The event takes place Saturday, March 5. If you are interested in being on the Fletcher team, please let Andrea Micciche know.

Also, to raise money for this worthwhile cause, all staff members can buy jeans days for the week of February 22-26. You can pay for $5 per day or $20 for the whole week.

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Fletcher Birthdays!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Fletcher Fox Family Members! Happy birthday to you!

No birthdays in the upcoming two weeks!