Patriot Points 5/23

Staff News


Independence students possess a solid foundation for the next steps in their journey through life.


Independence Elementary believes that nothing is more important than children. We are continually committed to the social, emotional, and academic development of every child. Our school is a safe, challenging, caring, and supportive environment where teachers, parents, students, and community members work together to ensure all Independence students have a solid foundation for life. We strive to make the learning experiences at Independence fun and engaging while holding everyone accountable for reaching his or her highest potential.

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Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI. Anyone that needs something disseminated to the entire faculty should send the information to Ms. King by Thursday at 5:00pm. The publication is for faculty and staff use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly.

Quote of the Week

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover." -Mark Twain

Patriot Honors

Thank you to the Step Team Coaches for putting on a performance for our K-2 students!!

Thank you for all of your help and support during testing! It takes a team effort!!

Physical Activity Survey - K through 5th Grade Teachers

Email King after you complete this before you leave 6/3

So far, the following have completed the survey:

K5 - All

1st - Cash, Scott, Baker

2nd - Hedgepeth, Covington, Stokes

3rd - Bradley, White, Cauthen

4th - All

5th - All


There will be Challenger openings next year to work from 3:30-5:30 and positions for the 2:30-5:30 slots. The application is on the district website. Please contact Holiday if you are interested.

Literacy Update


Math Notes of Importance


Winthrop Partnership News

There's still time to sign-up for the Winthrop conference! See directions below or ask Jennifer Melton.

If you have already registered or planning to attend, please email


The Conference website is ready for continued registration AND building your session schedule. Please visit to login (if you have already registered) or register for the first time. Registering allows you to see the conference schedule, reserve your place in sessions, reserve email updates, and access handouts/presentations (available by June 3


). Remember, when you “sign up,” you will be asked for the following information (we will contact you for the required information if it is not provided):

· Email (required)

· Name (required)

· Password (required)

· Upload photo (appreciated, but not required)

· Company name (required, school or department)

· Company position (optional)

· Website (optional)

· Location (optional)

· Tell us about yourself. What should people talk to you about (open text – optional)

If you want to know more about building your schedule and connecting with others, use this short video guide: Registration ends MAY 27 and is limited by capacity (300 in the general opening and by room capacity in concurrent sessions). PLEASE use the “build your schedule” tool so presenters have an idea of how many handouts, materials, etc. are needed.

NOTE: The schedule includes pre-conference sessions on JUNE 6 including co-teaching foundations, high school/university English vertical alignment, andedTPA evaluation training. Sign up for these early as space is limited to the first 25 participants.

Summer PD Opportunities

Weekly Agenda


EOY Conferences - King

3 - HW Club @ Tequilas on Cherry Road

Jimmy Buffet Day!!


Leadership @ DO

2:45 PLCs

Tacky Tourist Day!!


EOY Conferences - King

Last Lunch Duty Day!

McQuiston is supposed to be at IDES

Summer Olympic Sports Day!!


8:15 - First Grade EOY Awards

EOY Conferences - King

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Day!! (Treats in the lounge!)


Field Day!!

Lunch & Learn! (They will be in the cafeteria from 11:00-12:00 - plan to eat outside or in your rooms during this time. Thank you!)

*You will stop by the cafeteria to pick up your bag lunches.

Superhero Day!!

Staff Birthdays


13 - Churchill

20 - Hathaway

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


26 - 8:15 - 1st Grade Awards / Yearbooks Delivered

27 - Field Day & Lunch & Learn / Yearbook Signing

30 - No School

31 - First Grade to Gardens

31 - 8:15 - 4th Grade Awards, 9:00 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Awards


1 - Half Day

8:30 Kindergarten Awards (In rooms)

2 - Half Day - 5th Grade Celebration

8:30 5th Grade Awards (Cafeteria)

Teachers, please make plans for the students to eat breakfast in your classrooms today.

5th grade students will march through the halls at 8:30am to the cafeteria for our ceremony today. All students and teachers should line the hallways as usual from the ramp to 4th grade, through the library, on to 2nd/3rd grade hall, to 1st grade, at 8:25. The march will begin on the fifth grade hallway at 8:30 so our parents who are a little late can get to their seat.

3 - Last Day for Teachers - Check Out

To do:

  • Email Hathaway & copy King with Date/Time/Location of Summer PLC PD hours
  • Have access to Essentials and Common Formative Assessment(s) for Summer PLC conference - This will be updated with more specifics as we learn what we need from the DO.
  • Email King after you complete the physical activity survey in the memo above. (Kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • Clean out your box in the workroom.

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