Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of January 13th

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

Mrs. Worthey in 2nd Grade Modeling Science of Reading Strategies

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Celebrate and Expectations of Your Students

I know we all enjoyed getting back in the groove last week! We are on our way to a great semester.

I wanted to share that grades 3-5 saw tremendous growth on ACT ASPIRE. We don't have all scores in due to make up testing this week. Currently based on the data that we have,

the science team saw 54% points of growth,

the math team had 50% points of growth,

and the literacy team had 34% points of growth.

I was curious how that compared to last years growth at this point in the year,

the science team had 33% points of growth,

the math team grew 23% points,

and the literacy team had 25% points of growth on the reading test.

So technically we outgrew last year's growth by 68% points when you combine 3-5 together!!! You guys this is awesome! Even better news than this, we had some of the individual kids that teachers selected to be purposeful with that made benchmark. Some of these are Jasper Murphree, Sam Wakefield, Logan McEntire, Levi Estorga, Zach Johnson, and Matti Dublin!!!! If you have worked with any of these students in the past, know that it took every single one of you using your time and talents to make an impact on these students! We are so proud of them!

With the first semester finished, I need each of you to begin treating your students as the next grade level. For example, kinder students need to be treated as first graders. Our expectations has to be high! All of you are doing great things, but some of you are still doing too much of the work for them. Being in classrooms last week, I heard some of you answer your own questions. It may be awkward, but you have to let them think and grapple with the content. If everything is easy for them, they will not grow. Make sure you are calling on kids at random with random name generators. Some classes I visited last week called on the same kid three times in the 10 minutes I was in the room. Remember the person speaking is the one that is learning. Make sure you are sharing the stage with your students. It should be more student led than last semester.

Be aware of the importance of each day!

  • 55 important practices until K-2 Summative MAP (THE BIG GAME)
  • 60 important practices until 3rd-4th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME)
  • 65 important practices until 5th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME)

Hattie's Corner: Success Criteria and Learning Intentions and a Semester of Strategies in Review!

Feel free to continue to use strategies from first semester!

For the month of January, we will focus on Learning Intentions and Success Criteria which is found under teacher clarity with Hattie. Teacher clarity gives almost two years growth in one year. This will sound a lot like goal setting and learning targets. It all goes hand in hand. I will leave these videos on this week's newsletter also. Everyone will use them this week. They will be listed in your lesson plan for this week as Success Criteria... Please remember this is not the content we are teaching. This is a strategy to deliver of content.

The first video explains success criteria by Hattie himself.

The other two videos are examples of this in the classroom. According to the survey in November, you all would like videos of it in action. (The video that is titled word study is not what we see as word study. The video is about students using strong vocabulary in their writing.) The second video is about inferences.

NEW VIDEO THIS WEEK about success criteria is from Global PD. It is less than 2 minutes long. https://globalpd.com/search/content/MTgwOA==

Follow this link for a math video example for success criteria. https://thelearningexchange.ca/videos/put-success-criteria-learning-goals/

John Hattie Learning Intentions & Success Criteria
Word Study in Action: Success Criteria
Precision Teaching: Success Criteria and Exemplars

Details for the Week


  • Growing English Language Learners of Greenbrier: December 2019 See this link for ideas to assist your English Language Learners.

  • Please make sure to have lesson plans out on your desk and reading lesson plans on your reading table each day. Your reading plans need to be a week's worth of complete plans that are ready on your first day of instruction. We understand that you may adjust things, but the plans must be thoroughly thought out for the week prior to the week starting.

  • Bring It On - The Bring it on peer observation system will be explained in team meetings this week. We will have the first classrooms to go see during the week of Jan 20th. Our Guiding Coalition is volunteering themselves for the first couple of weeks. This will help us to work out any kinks we have with our new system! This will be so exciting!

  • Goal setting - 3-5 review ACT Aspire goals and update data binders. K-2 review MAP goals and update data binders. Make sure to practice cutting down the nets 3-5. K-2 should have done that last week. This needs to be done in the afternoon one day this week so as not to interrupt ACT Aspire makeup testing with the noise.

  • Read as One Book - This week we are reading chapters 7-8. Make sure to place this on your newsletter each week. Encourage parents to send pictures of their kids reading so we can post on social media.

  • We need PICTURES to post on social media! Please make sure you send pictures to Mrs. Krogman and myself of all the great things happening in your rooms with a small description of what is happening in the photo. Feel free to have a kid take a few so you will be in some of the photos. We want to brag on all the great things that kids are learning.


DIBELS and MAP PM Assessments

  • We will wait one more week on progress monitoring since we have ACT Aspire makeups taking place.


  • PROWL starts back as normal. Some groups have changed up. We will change enrichment groups next week. Order of your PROWL group should always be: PROWL HOWL and then get to intervening or enriching! PROWL starts our day! We are PROWLing on Purpose. Remember this is what a Panther does to Thrive and Survive. I will be sending out the PROWL HOWL on a Google Slide. Have this on your Smartboard when kids enter the room.
  • Report Cards go home. Let me know early Monday morning if you have any questions about that. Mrs. Hogg has already placed them in your box.
  • Hillman with Guiding Coalition


  • Hillman with Guiding Coalition
  • ACT Aspire Make ups are this week and start on Tuesday
  • Board Meeting at 6:oo PM


  • Content Team meetings for 3-5 and K-2 as normal
  • Guiding Coalition will explain about the Bring It On Board during the first five minutes of team meetings this week.


  • SIT meets
  • Lil' Dribblers perform at 7:00 PM


  • Club day

  • Recess meetings

Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

Jan 20 - No School for Martin Luther King Jr Day

Week of Jan 21st - Bring it on Board Goes LIVE

Jan 22 - Content team meeting day

Jan 22 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

Jan 24 - Staff meeting (no clubs)

Jan 24 - Mrs. Worthey will be with us in Kinder.

Jan 24 - Lil' Dribblers perform at 6 PM

Jan 29 - Class Picture Day

Jan 29 - Content Team Meeting Day

Jan 29 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

Jan 30 - Mrs. Worthey observes 1st grade

Jan 30 - Lil' Dribblers perform at Central Baptist College at 6:00 PM

Feb 3rd - Team Meeting Day

Feb 4th and 5th - Dennis King and Mrs. Bailey here for Project Planning

Feb 5th - Guiding Coalition meets with King and Bailey half day AM

Feb 6th - Lil Dribblers at 6 PM

Feb 7th - Staff Meeting (no clubs)

Feb 10 - 11 Hillman here to address assessment with teams

Feb 11 - Board Meeting

Feb 11 - 1:30 dismissal

Feb 13 - 1:30 dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 14 - Spirit Day at 8:30 and Valentine Parties at 2:00 PM

Feb 17 - No School President Day

Feb 18 - Lil' Dribblers at 7 PM

Feb 19 - Team Meeting Day

Feb 19 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

Feb 25 - Spring Picture Day

Feb 25 - Lil' Dribblers perform

Feb 26 - Team Meeting Day

Feb 26 - 27 Dr Howse with Math teachers

Feb 27 - Digital Learning Day


March 4 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

March 6 - Staff Meeting (no clubs)

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Dependable