Shull Shark News Bites

January 30, 2016

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends February 1

The Shull PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser officially ends Monday, February 1. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to supporting PTA!

When will cookie dough be delivered?

Delivery is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 16.

When will students receive prizes?

Students who sell one item receive a Minion key chain the day they return their envelope. Students who sell five items receive a stuffed Minion the day they return their envelope.

All other prizes will be delivered with cookie dough on March 16.

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Have You Joined Our Watch D.O.G.S. Program?

Watch D.O.G.S. is a school-based, one of a kind, father-involvement program that encourages father-figures to take on a visible, active role in our building during the school day. Watch D.O.G.S. promotes education and safety and gets kids excited about positive male role models in school. Dads eat lunch with kiddos, read to students, monitor the playground and give out endless high-fives and hand shakes during the school day.

Want to learn how to become a Watch D.O.G.?

Click on my email link or call school (816) 892-1600 and we will contact you to explain how easy it is to get signed up! Dr. Mattingly:

Bond Issue on April 5 Ballot

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school.

The Board on Dec. 17, 2015, unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District’s Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy.

In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District

The Long Range Facility Plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board on Sept. 24 after a yearlong development process, addresses the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next 8 to 10 years. The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation.

Check Out What's Happening in Art Class on Miss Pfaff's Art Twitter Feed @pfaffart

Turn in Box Top & UPC Labels by February 12

Congratulations to Mrs. Kiger's and Mrs. Welch's class who have both earned popsicle parties for being top Box Top donators! Our PTA receives a 10 cent reimbursement for every properly cut, non-expired UPC Box Top donated.

Please send Box Top and UPC labels from Campbells, Tyson, Prego, V8, Pace and Best Choice in Ziploc baggies to school with your child's name and teacher's name written on the baggie.

Please remember to cut out labels along the dotted lines. This enables PTA to receive your labels and send them immediately for reimbursement without having to spend additional time cutting around the dotted lines of each label.

To Learn How Box Tops Support Education, click HERE

PTA graciously thanks you for your donations!

Kindergartners Research & Present Penguin Facts

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Safet Seat, Buddy Room, Focus Room...What's the Difference?

In the Ray-Pec school district, we utilize a Behavior Intervention Support Team (B.I.S.T.) approach to addressing disruptions in the learning environment. The mission of B.I.S.T. is to affect positive change and create a healthy learning environment.

If a student is disrupting the learning environment, the student will first receive a redirect or warning. If the student continues to struggle, the teacher will direct the student to the safe seat in their classroom. If the disruption continues to occur, the student will be asked to move again to a safe seat in a buddy classroom. The student will be asked to move to a safe seat in the focus room if the student is still struggling. If the student is unable to calm or follow directions in the focus room, the student will be asked to move to the safe seat in the office.

Students are asked to complete a, "Think Sheet," while in a safe seat to think about the problem that was occurring and how to fix the problem. Typically, disruptions stop in the classroom safe seat and the student is able to get back on track quickly. At all points on the continuum, the teacher processes with the student, asks the student to practice missing skills and discusses strategies to help the student succeed.

Once the student has processed with an adult, is calm, and has practiced using a safe body and kind words, the student will work their way back to their classroom seat in reverse order through the B.I.S.T. safe seat continuum.

The safe seat continuum is followed unless a student receives an office referral. With an office referral, the student bypasses the continuum and is directed to the principal's office.

To learn more about B.I.S.T., click on this hyperlink.

Video Announcements at Shull

You may have heard your child excitedly talking about our new video announcements each morning. Mrs. Kelch, our Digital Learning Teacher, and with the help of Shull students, has created morning video announcements that include our Shull school song, lunch choices, birthdays, special events & reminders, the Pledge of Allegiance and our Shull Shark Pledge.

Click on the link below to view a video announcement example from January 29.

January 29

Join My Text Message Remind Group!

I regularly send text messages to remind you of important events, cancellations, or school changes. Signing up is easy!

To sign up to receive important school text reminders:

  1. open text messaging on your phone
  2. enter the phone number 81010
  3. type this in the body of the text: @sharksrock
  4. send the text!