Bethesda Caper

Friday, May 13, 2016

Big image


We hope everyone plan to attend the big Relay for Life event at the Gwinnett Fairgrounds tonight. What a night to celebrate all the work we’ve done to fight cancer!! Please come and join the team at our campsite number 136 -it is close to the stage and the Davis Road entrance.

Bring your family and spend a few hours supporting our loved ones at Bethesda who have previously fought or currently battling hard in the fight against this disease! Opening ceremony begins at 6:30 PM with the Survivor’s Walk and Victory Lap immediately following at 7:00 PM.

If you enjoy dancing, plan to participate in the famous Purple Glove Dance. This is one event you wouldn't want to miss.

All celebrations and activities will end with the closing ceremony at 6:30 AM Saturday. So, grab your friends, and family and come out to spend an evening cheering and clapping for our Cardinal Survivors during the parade! Big thanks to our Relay for Life Team, for all of your hard work on this project!


Monday, May 16

  • 9:00 AM-ATEAM
  • Field Day-K & 1st Grade
  • 2:30 PM-BUILT
Tuesday, May 17
  • Field Day-Rain Date
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-Data Conversations-SchoolNet & Access
  • 5:30 PM-PTA General Mtg.-Cafeteria
Wednesday, May 18
  • Awards Due to Tasha
  • CLT Planning: G.O.T
  • Final Grades Due
  • 9:00 AM- Parent Volunteer Breakfast-Media Center
  • 2:45 PM-Mentee Mtg.
Thursday, May 19
  • CLT Planning-RBES Staff Perception
  • Club advisor Breakfast
  • Fire Drill
  • Grades Printed
  • 4:30 PM-Girls Scouts-Cafeteria
Friday, May 20
  • Spirit Day
  • Grits and GAB
  • 5th Grade Picnic-Sweetwater Park
  • Class Parties
  • 7:30-7:45 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-Cafe
  • Writing Assessments Due
  • Update Benchmark Database
  • Grades Due to Admin
  • Chase the Buses!


Monday, May 23

  • 8:30-9:30 AM-4th grade Awards
  • 9:30-10:30 AM-3rd grade Awards
  • 10:30-11:30 AM-Kindergarten Awards
  • Admin. Send Grading Changes to Teachers
  • Last Day to Change Grades
Tuesday, May 24
  • Report Cards Printed
  • 8:30-9:30 AM-1st grade Awards
  • 9:30-10:30 AM-2nd grade Awards
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-Data Conversations-Local School F&P/Writing
Wednesday, May 25
  • GKIDS=Data Pull (GCPS)
  • 5th Grade Awards Ceremony
  • Report Cards go Home with Cardinal Newsletter
Thursday, May 26
Friday, May 27

***Reminder - Lunch on Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday is Field Day for K and 1st grade and we want our paras to participate with their classes. We are asking all teachers to please eat lunch with your class on Monday so our paras can enjoy this special day with their students. Thank you so much for your support and flexibility.

Save the Date:

  • Tue 5/31 & Wed. 6/1-BUILT 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Thu 6/2 & Fri 6/3-Teacher Planning 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Calendar Update

Due to preparing for our final data conversations for RBES, we moved the Pep Rally GOT from May 17 to May 3 and kept the May 10 GOT the same.

We will be engaging in data conversations on May 17. Thank you for your flexibility!

Master Calendar SY 16-17

Using the feedback from BUILT, we have created our first draft of our master calendar for 16-17.

The big items are on the calendar in the front conference room, however we still have a lot of details to add.

We need your help to finalize our calendar.

Please look it over and provide feedback using the yellow sticky notes on the table with the wooden school bus. Stick your comments under the appropriate month. Please DO NOT write on the calendar or place stickies on any writing.

We would like all events going on the calendar before May 26. If you are planning any events, meetings, performances, etc. we would like them on the calendar now so everyone can plan their year. You will need Pam's approval to move any events to another date or on the calendar after May 26. This is based on feedback to administration for communication and timing of events.

There are dates missing until we get them from the county office.

We will be adding PTA events soon.

This is just the beginning and we want YOU to be a part of the process,

We considered your feedback…

PLEASE consider combining Math Night and Literacy Night next year leaving students the opportunity to enjoy Fine Arts Night separately. There can still be 2 required nights rather than three this way.

The BUILT team discussed this comment and do not want three nights. Combining Curriculum/Math & Literacy/Art creates two events. They do not want to change what has already been highly voted on (71% of the staff).

I would love to fill out an end of the year feedback form on the Admin team. I know we did this is the beginning of the year, but I feel this feedback would be powerful as we prepare to move in to next year. Can these forms be made available to those of us who would like to fill them out?

You will have two opportunities to give feedback:

  • May 19: Review perception survey (face to face feedback to Pam and administrator)
  • Anonymous survey to go directly to the administrator for growth or acknowledgement of strength

The school is open over the summer! Yes, I said it, “THE SCHOOL IS OPEN OVER THE SUMMER!”

Keith, our head custodian has approved to have the building open most of the summer for any of you that like to get ahead and organized in a stress free environment. Thanks Keith!

Here are the hours beginning June 13:

Monday and Tuesday: 8-12

Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30-3:30

We just ask that the building is closed to certified staff: June 6-10, so the custodians can do their magic. (Unless you are invited for summer school/PBL training)

**If your room is being used for summer school (3rd grade this year), you will have access to your room after June 30th and you can still work on other things around the building.

Moving Out and Moving In:

We will be keeping empty boxes on Debbie Myers hallway, help yourself OR ask Chris for boxes (limited number per person).

We are very excited about our changes for next year and we want our moving to be as easy as possible. Also we have our transfer teachers that will be moving in. In order to prevent all of you to have to stay longer than May 27 to move, we will begin our moving process the week of 23rd after-school of course. Additionally, we want to allow our transfer teachers to move in their things from their schools without having to store it at home for the summer.

With that said…if you have someone moving into your room, please have a corner ready beginning after-school on May 23rd for the person moving into your room. We want all movers to have the opportunity to get their things moved in by May 27. Please have all of your items in boxes and consolidated the best of your ability if you are moving into another classroom.

We will still have teaching and learning going on until May 25, so please be mindful and considerate to the current teacher of the room. Please contact and collaborate with the teacher moving into your room to make it a smooth transition. Thanks for your cooperation and let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Teachers should remove all energy users: space heaters, plug in air freshners-major fire hazard, lamps, etc

Listen up!!! A message from HR:


A certificated employee who has accepted a contract of employment for 2015-16 may not resign after June 1, 2015unless there is mutual agreement between the employee and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Requests for release received after June 1, 2015, will only be considered in circumstances beyond the employee’s control or in an emergency situation. A written request, including any supporting documentation, must be MAILED to:

Dr. Frances E. Davis Associate Superintendent Division of Human Resources and Talent Management Gwinnett County Public Schools 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW Suwanee, GA 30024

Can we get rid of furniture in our room we don't use?

See the attached grade level lists of furniture. If you have something in room not on the required list, please let your grade chair know and send one compiled list to Pam.


2015 Grades Checklist.

You can also find this information on the link below.

Big image

Heads up: Data Conversations is coming to an end!

  • Our first data conversation will be May 17
  • Benchmark Database should be finalized by May 20th
  • Our second data conversation will be May 24
  • Our final RBES close out will be May 26 at 8:00 am in café

Promotion Guidelines

Please click on the link below for the letter regarding GCPS ES Promotion Criteria & Summer School that will go home today with students from the county.

Amazing Reading Resource for now and your students through August 31. Summer Reading!

Click: Log in now

School Name: Get Georgia Reading

Username: read

Password: read

Includes Lexile and F&P levels on all books. Enjoy!

Tentative Grade Level Planning for SY 2017: Anything can change this plan This is based on “Student Projections”

  • Kindergarten: 8 Teachers- 4 DLI classes 25 students/3 Non-DLI classes 22 students & 1 class 17 students with minimal support
  • 1st Grade: 4 DLI classes 28 students (This number may decrease-Dinorah support)/4 Non-DLI 19 students
  • 2nd Grade: 4 DLI classes 23 students/6 classes 21 students or less (Focus cluster higher numbers)
  • 3rd Grade: 9 teachers 23 students or less (Focus cluster higher numbers)
  • 4th Grade: 9 teachers 23 students or less (Focus cluster higher numbers)
  • 5th Grade: 8 teachers 25 students or less (Focus cluster higher numbers)

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 BUILT

*Shani Walker

Michelle Ferguson

Denise Haynes

Rosa Serrano

Jessica Wilson

Lyndsey Klempay

Adrienne Webb

Emily Young

*Kendall Bennett

*Julie Warner

*Danielle Worth

Whitney Lulic

*Danielle Dickey

Guadalupe Ramirez

*Kate Hawley

*Kelli Garcia

*Sherley Harris

*Jazmyne Henry

Sharon Burnside

*Sandy Williams

Shayla Jarrard

Lisa Bevens

*Hannah Fidero

*Rebekah Beaty

Timmie Fields

*Heather Thorpe

*Alison Wilkins

Taylor Nuñez

Lauren Gurley

*Leigh Fitten

*Mary Tharp

Ashrafah Anderson

Angelica Brown

Amanda Owen

*Lies Toribio

State Board of Education waives promotion/retention requirements for 2016 Georgia Milestones End of Grade tests

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,

- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

May 5, 2016 -- The State Board of Education today granted a waiver of promotion, placement, and retention requirements tied to the 2016 administration of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) tests.

During this year's administration of the Georgia Milestones EOG tests, some local school districts reported technology-related interruptions of online testing. While some of these events were short-term and quickly resolved, with minimal impact on student experiences, others required more extensive technical support. The GaDOE believes that further analysis of the possible impacts of these interruptions is warranted prior to the release of student scores, given the stakes involved for students.

"I am committed to a responsible approach to accountability that ensures public trust in the process. Given the technology issues experienced by some students during the online administration of the Georgia Milestones EOGs, we believe it is best to proceed with caution when it comes to basing promotion, placement and retention on the outcome of the tests," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "While many districts tested online without a major incident, in the interests of our students, we asked the State Board of Education for a waiver of the promotion, placement and retention portion of the rule."

State law requires that students in grade three earn an At/Above Grade Level designation in reading to be promoted to fourth grade. In grades five and eight, state law requires that students earn an At/Above Grade Level designation in reading, as well as score in the Developing Learner achievement level or above in mathematics to be promoted to the next grade. These are the promotion, placement, and retention requirements being waived for the 2016 EOG administration. Some local school systems have additional promotion criteria, and this waiver will not preclude school districts from applying local policies and protocols for promotion and retention decisions for individual students.

Pending the approval of the Educator Effectiveness Committee, student growth will be held harmless for the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES)/Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES) this year, and will not count next year with the revised evaluation system. The Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS) component of the TKES and the Leader Assessment on Performance Standards (LAPS) component of the LKES will continue to be the sole measure used to determine the performance rating of teachers of record and leaders reported by employing school systems and charter schools to the GaPSC for certification purposes.

Promotion and Retention Board Item:

Staff Transfers and Leaving Bethesda:

Ali Hembree

Jazlyn Wright

Kelli Fitch

Emily Marabotto

Markelia McBride

Jean Leach

Stephanie Twitty

LaToya Boyd

Kim Finke

Amy Hunt

Yolanda Harris

Welcome New Staff Members

  • Jennifer K. Martin-AP
  • Betty Williams-Kindergarten
  • Yasmine Martinez: From Rockbridge Kindergarten
  • Gina Garcia-1st Grade
  • Aimee Gonzalez-1st Grade
  • Ryan Aaron-3rd Grade
  • Brynee Lee-3rd Grade
  • Aileen Espinol-4th Grade
  • Alex Miclea-4th Grade
  • Amy Belcher: From Chesney 4th Grade
  • Caroline Merchan-Part Time SLP
  • Nyree McQuenn-IRR
  • Idna Melendez-Instructional Clerk

Staff Changes:

Carmen Carrera moves to Kindergarten DLI

Taylor Nunez: 5th Grade

Lauren Gurley: 5th Grade

Derrica Sherrer: 4th Grade

Ruby Figueroa: Reading Recovery

Shannon Melton: Staying in 5th

Sherley Harris: 2nd Grade DLI English

Kelley Bolin: 2nd

Shani Walker: Science Specials

Janice Heizler: Technology Specials

Rosa Serrano: DLI Instructional Coach

SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference

Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference

When: June 15, 2016

Where: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Conference

When: June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center

We are listening!

Please continue to share your perception of our school. Is it really anonymous? YES IT IS! Since it is anonymous, we really can’t follow up when we don’t know specific situations (who, what, when, where, etc.). If you post something and want results, please be as specific as you can, otherwise the situation will continue. Remember, you can come and talk to any of us in confidence. We are here for you and genuinely want the best work environment.

Just like relationships, positive school climate takes work…hard work…we all want the same thing, so let’s work together to get there. Share your thoughts here Click Here to Open or face to face (always best way to communicate).

Taqueria Los Hermanos-Last Bus Call-Last Day of School-5/25

It’s the last day of school! Let’s celebrate! Please do not have on “Bethesda” clothes.

Staff Birthdays!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • Debbie Myers
Monday, May 16, 2016
  • Ashley Pilgrim
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Emily Marabotto
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Laraine Lepingwell