Pony Tracks

August 31

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Energy Bus: It’s How We Roll! These are the 7 Principles for Schools

1. You’re the Driver-I’m responsible for my actions and decisions

2. Create a Positive Vision-I set goals

3. Drive with Purpose-I have unique talents and gifts

4. Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy-Reciprocate positivity

5. Transform Negativity-I turn challenges into great opportunities.

6. Love Your Passengers-Find the gift in everyone and serve others

7. EnJOY the Ride-Live a happy and healthy life

Instructional Focus: Every Child, Every Day-Rigorous Tasks, High Yield Strategies, Efficacy

Common Instructional Framework

Data Teams: Strategies vs. Activities, Ensure rigor

ELA and Math: Guided Reading and Math schoolwide

Practices: Marzano’s 9 High Yield Strategies

AVID: 3-5 creating an AVID culture

First Week of School Truth!

First Week of School Truth!


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Staff Meeting, Wednesday, September 4th 3:30-5:30

Have you heard of ACEs? You will this Wednesday! ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences. This Wednesday we will have a guest presenter working with us to better understand the trauma many of our children sustain. Folks, I thought I knew it all until I had a snack-sized portion of this training. It is seminal.

Please plan to attend from 3:30-5:30. The first hour is the documentary, Resilience. The second hour is training. I promise it will be worth every second.

This is for all staff. Snack will be provided. This is not an appropriate training for children. Please make arrangments for your babies.

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Student Activities

Our Science Olympiad Team is REGISTERED!!!!! Toni Jernigan, Harvin Thomas, and Nikki Burgner are heading us up!!

HELP!!!!! We need one more person to help coach the Battle of the Books along with Marianne Feilds. Books are being ordered and we are ready to go! Please let Castle know if you are ready to READ for the LEAD (step in to help coach)

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We are very excited to announce that this year we will be using our "Workshop Wednesdays" to provide EXCELLENT PD right here ate SWE!

We will offer:

Guided Literacy for Subgroup Support Through the Common Instructional Framework Lens

Guided Math for Subgroup Support Through the Common Instructional Framework Lens

Angie Dutton will be heading up the literacy PD and Vickie Brown will be heading up the Math.

A group prior approval form has been submitted to ensure you can get credit.

These are scheduled on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30, days and times you should be on campus anyway. We hope that this new structure helps you enrich your professional practice and aid in license renewal.

Math PD: 9/18, 10/16, 1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/22, 5/6

Literacy PD: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 1/8, 2/26, 3/25, 4/29, 5/13

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Fire drill

We need to have our first monthly fire drill this week. Our desire was to wait until the very end of the week so extra practice may be completed. Dorian has caused a shift in plans. Rain is supposed to come in early in the week so please plan to have it sooner than later.

PTO meeting

We will be having our first PTO meeting of the year this Thursday at 3:30 in the media center. Hope to see all of you there.

Check your calendars often!

It has only been 5 days into the new school year and tons of things are jumping on the calendar at lightening speed! The school-wide calendar is updated as new events are added. Also check out the large calendar in the teaching kitchen. It will updated monthly. If you see an event that is missing or have a question, please do not hesitate to ask.

Stay On Top of Changing Weather Conditions

As soon as information regarding any possible hurricane preparations is sent to us, we will send it to you. We have been put on alert but do not have any further information as of today.