Pharr Elementary


Week of November 17

I encourage everyone to stop and reflect on the things you are thankful for each day. I'm thankful to come to a school each day where children are laughing and greatly loved by the staff.

One more week until Thanksgiving break!!! Who's got their Black Friday (or perhaps Black Wednesday...YEESH) shopping list ready?? haha



Gradebooks/Grading Policy

Please review the grading policy for your grade level and content areas. This is located on the shared drive/grading/2014-15.


Formal Observations have begun. Once your formal evaluation is complete, please send your preconference administrator an email with 2 times you are available to meet for your midyear conference. This conference cannot be scheduled until your observation is complete.


Please make sure your goals are completed in the PD&E. We will begin signing off on them next week.

SLDS (State Longitudinal Data System)

Please log on to the SLDS through the portal and browse some of the instructional resources available in the Resources tab. THESE ARE GREAT RESOURCES!

How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

Article about children and exercise.


Language Arts Planning days are underway and going great! The dates are as follows:
  • 11/17 Second Grade
  • 11/18 First Grade
  • 11/19 Kindergarten
Please reference Dionne's email for the agendas.


Georgia Milestone

Test Demonstration!!!!

The Experience Online Testing Georgia website has been updated to include a demonstration test for each content area of the Georgia Milestones– English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The primary purpose of this website is to provide exposure to the online platform that students will utilize when taking the Georgia Milestones tests.

DDA (District Developed Assessments)

DDAs are HERE and it's preview time! Please plan to stop by, as early as Monday, to preview the midyear assessment. They will be available all week. Here are a couple guidelines for the preview:

  • you may not copy questions to take back for instruction
  • you should not base instruction solely off the test. Continue to follow instructional calendars and study the blueprints.

REMINDER: Blueprints for the midyear DDAs are located on the Pharr ES training page.

The schedule for Midyear DDA's will be adjusted to reflect the requested schedule change for grades 1 and 2 to administer Math prior to the break.


Congratulations to our November Instructional Heroes:

Carolyn Pomeroy

Jan Lewis

Kerri Carolus

Celebrating Tech Innovators:

Way to go Terri and Shanna for trying out Kahoot immediately after learning about the program!

Monica Jones has done a wonderful job as a tech leader, introducing KK and 1st teachers to Kahoot! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!