Trantwood Times

"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"

Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)

So grateful to our AP and office staff for taking care of everything while the Cat was away. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by these ladies. Thank you for keeping the school running smoothly so that teachers can teach and students can learn.

January 18 - 22, 2016

Mon., Jan. 18:

Martin Luther King Day, Schools Closed

Tues., Jan. 19:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

TOY Celebration & JGB training/refresher, 3:00 pm

Wed., Jan 20:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

Mrs. Metzger OTB pm

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 pm

STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 pm

Thurs., Jan 21:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

Gifted Parent Workshop, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Room 22

Fri., Jan 22:

SCA Pizza Party, 2:40 – 3:30 pm

Due Dates and Reminders

  • Jan. 4 - 22: Winter RI (formerly SRI) window for gr. 3, 4, 5
  • Jan. 4 - 22 Winter MI (formerly SMI) window for gr. 5
  • SchoolNet Q2 assessment window: Jan. 22 - Feb. 19
  • Jan. 25 – Feb 5: ESL Testing
  • Middle School Program Options: Applications for KL/ODC, Art, Dance, Plaza MYP due Jan. 29
  • Talent Ed Professional Goals due by Jan. 29
  • Talent Ed Formative Option #1 due by Feb. 5
  • Mandatory Site-based PLP due by March 31, 2016
  • Mark your calendar – Tuesday, April 26 @ 9:00 a.m., Kindergarten Registration

January 25 - 29, 2016

SCA Soup er Bowl, Local Food Bank

Great Kindness Challenge

Mon., Jan 25:

Tues., Jan 26:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

ILT Meeting (if needed), 3:00 pm, Media Center

Fine Arts PLP, 4:00 pm, Art Room

Wed., Jan 27:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 pm

STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 pm

Recognition Award Dinner and Ceremony, 5:30 pm, VB Convention Center

Thurs., Jan 28:

Kurz, OTB AM

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 am

Peer Tutoring Training (Peer Tutors Only), 2:40 - 3:30 pm

Fri., Jan 29:

End of Second Grading Period

Happy Birthday

Jan. 27 - Nicole Stevenson

I Make A Difference & SCA Teacher of the Month

I Make a Difference:

Pam Jacobs/Gina Howes

Bernette Owens

Lisa Lee

Stephanie Piron

Becky McCallum

Karen Francis

Nancy Lambert

Tim Cassidy

SCA Teacher of the Month

Becky McCallum

Talent Ed Deadlines

Mid-Year Professional Goals: Jan. 29

Formative Option #1: Feb. 5

Please see Mrs. Z or Mrs. M if you have any questions. We highly recommend starting your assessments early so you have time to reflect on the data and to make plans to ensure every child is learning at high levels every day.

Tasks done already? Hit the "submit" button now! :)

TOY Celebration & Teacher Learning Opportunity @ our faculty meeting

Here's a gentle reminder that we have a faculty meeting scheduled on Tuesday afternoon right after the bus dismissal…. Directly following the faculty meeting there will be an introduction/refresher to Junior Great Books training that Terri Hawley will be hosting. All levels of classroom teachers are invited to participate. It is worth 1 PLP hour and full implementation of JGB is expected in our PCI plan.

Mrs. Hawley will have examples of materials available, sharing a few video tutorials and then be giving you some hands on practice to grow yourself as a user of the materials. I hope you will consider joining us for the celebration and the JGB training/refresher.

Powerful Instructional Strategy - Economy of Words

From time to time, we come across strategies that are so powerful, I'm certain it will better help us fulfill Compass to 2020 if used wisely. Economy of Words is just one of those strategies.

Taken from Teach Like a Champion, Economy of Words means that the teacher uses the fewest yet most powerful amount of words to deliver the instruction and/or directions. To do this, the teacher intentionally plans the words she will say prior to the delivery of instruction/directions. After she teaches or gives directions, the teacher reflects upon her words to see if they need to be tweaked further.

Delivering instructions and directions using the fewest yet most powerful words is easier when one is knowledgeable about the curriculum. If the curriculum is new to you, then reviewing it and talking with your peers will help increase your ability to apply this strategy.

As a teacher, your job is not to say smart things but to get the kids to say the smart things. Economy of Words will help you speak only what's most important so that your students can use the maximum amount of time to practice using the language with a partner, within a small group, and/or on their own.


Great news! Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the division will purchase Brainpop for use at the elementary level. This will include:


BrainPOP Jr.

BrainPOP Español

Home Access

This will be a gigantic help as we continue to move towards a digital learning environment.

Student Cafeteria Debt Update

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, the following changes will be made regarding overdrawn meal accounts:

  1. A debt limit of $20.75 will be set for all students
  2. A bag breakfast/lunch will be provided to all students with an unpaid balance at or exceeding $20.75.
  3. Breakfast bag will include cheese stick, graham cracker, fruit juice, and milk.
  4. Lunch will include turkey/cheese sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and milk.
  5. Cafeteria staff will help elementary and middle school students in selecting bag breakfast/lunch.
  6. Bag meals will be placed on the serving line.


Please join us in welcoming James Fox who will be serving as a sub TST each Thursday and Friday beginning Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Got technology issues Mon - Wed? Call Carolyne. For technology issues Thurs- Fri, call James...same number...same time..same place...same bat channel.

Technology Tips

CONTINUE TO SUBMIT SERVICE DESK TICKETS, PLEASE. If you have an ornery printer, a disruptive desktop, an uncooperative laptop, an expired password, or any number of other technical issues, please make sure to submit a Service Desk ticket. This allows us to keep accurate documentation of equipment problems and other issues. An email is great to let Ms. McCoy know there’s an issue, but always follow up with a ticket!

IT’S A NEW YEAR – IS YOUR IMPORTANT INFO BACKED UP? - There is no time like the present to begin making sure your important school files are backed up to OneDrive for Business, Dropbox, Google Drive, external storage or any of the other myriad of back-up options available to you. This goes for irreplaceable files on your personal computers, as well. Never store ANYTHING YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE on a school desktop or laptop alone, or in just one location.

PROJECTOR AND BLOWN BULB TROUBLE CALLS. Thanks to everyone for submitting tickets when your projector bulbs blow (it won’t come on, and both the off and lamp light are on.) Tickets for blown bulbs are transferred to School Plant for resolution, so it make take a day or more for the new bulb to be installed. Thank you for your patience!