Friday "ROAR"

Killian STEAM Leader's Academy- Friday, January 8, 2016

Our Vision and Mission


To prepare students to become responsible 21st Century leaders and citizens in a global society.


Killian Elementary School, with the support of its parents and community, dedicates itself to providing an innovative curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment that will prepare students to be productive citizens in a global society.

"Be so good, they can't ignore you." - Steve Martin


Mrs. Immie Powell- 1/9

Happy Birthday!

Leader in Me- Think Win-Win

The habit for this month is “Think Win-Win”. At the end of this month all students should be able to demonstrate an understanding that by thinking Win-Win, everyone has a say in the decision making process.

Share this cute clip (all grades will enjoy) and then have a class chat about how it relates to this month’s habit.

Third Quarter Conferences

We are not requiring all teachers to have conferences with all parents at this time. We continue to expect all teachers to send home weekly progress reports, update grades in the gradebook weekly, and make routine positive or informative phone calls home. Please continue to schedule conferences with students and parents as needed.

Half Day on Thursday- Information

On Thursday, January 14, we will have a half day. Lunch will be provided. Please be sure to respond to Mrs. Coward's email to place your order by Monday. Grade level teams will be able to use this time as a "planning plus", meaning that you will be able to plan together as a team. Below are a list of parameters that will guide your time.

  • All team members must be a part of the planning.
  • At the end of your time together, a product should be shared with your grade level administrator. Some examples of products could be common assessments, team unit plans, data reviews, or other planning documents. Our goal for you is to provide you time to collaborate together in preparation for the third nine weeks.
  • Your time will be uninterrupted!

Friendly Reminders!

-The end of the Second Nine Weeks is January 14th. All grades must be finalized and in PowerSchool no later than 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 19. Report Cards go home on Friday, January 22.

- Lesson plans are due by 7:30 AM each Monday morning. They should be uploaded onto the shared Google file.

- Whole class punishments for one or two students' behavior is not acceptable. This has always been our expectation at Killian. Please refer back to the employee handbook if you have questions.

- Weekly newsletters should be sent home. This can be done electronically through class blogs or website but it is important that we communicate with parents on a regular basis.

- Parent contact logs are due by Friday, January 15. If you will not be at work on that day, please submit them on Thursday, February 14.

Textbook Checks

Thank you for conducting your 2nd quarter textbook checks. Thank you also for sending all extra books to my office. This will all help to have a smooth check-out at the end of the year. Last year, we only owed, $350 in missing book fees. Let’s try to beat that number this year. Remember any student that is planning on moving needs to come check their books in with me. This will help us to avoid losing books to students who move mid-year.

Safety Update- Fire Marshal Requirements

In an effort to ensure that all of our students, faculty, and staff are safe at all times, we will need to do some "house cleaning." The state Fire Marshal conducts a fire conducts fire inspections of schools on a routine basis and although we have not received our visit yet we will need to make a few changes around the building and in classrooms. Please adhere to the following requirements.

  • In- classroom restrooms cannot have anything stored in them. This is a health hazard as well as a fire system violation. If there is a toilet or a sink in the restroom, it is considered a bathroom and not a storage room whether it is used as a restroom or not. Not negotiable as far as the Fire Marshal is concerned.
  • Every classroom should have an emergency window in the case you cannot exit through your door. The fire window is marked "Emergency Exit." This window cannot be blocked. Please remove any items that would prohibit an escape if necessary.
  • If you have curtains on the windows, they must have a fire tag of some sort that proves that the curtain is fire proof. If it is treated by an individual with a flame retardant spray, there must be documentation of the product used to fire proof it available for the Fire Marshal. If your curtains were not pre-treated, please email Ms. Gore and we will get it treated and tagged for you.
  • Nothing can be stored within 18 inches of the ceiling. Please remove any items from the tops of cabinets that violate this code.
  • Student displays cannot take up 20% of any given wall. The way to tell is to measure the surface area of the wall and measure the surface area of the student work. If the student work is 20% or more of the wall, it has to be moved to another wall that will not violate this code. Your grade level administrator will notify you if you are in violation after a safety walk is completed.

We know this seems like a great deal of requests, but we must follow them in order to ensure we have a safe school. Please work to meet these requests by Thursday, January 14. The admin team will conduct safety checks on that day and alert anyone who may need to make additional changes.

Thanks in advance for your support in this matter.

A Closer Look

Media Rotation Week

Monday, January 11

2nd Grade MAP Testing

Student Showcases Updated

After-School PD- Writing Focus 3:30-4:30 (location TBA)

PTO Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 12

New to Killian 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, January 13

2nd Grade MAP Testing

Lighthouse Team Meeting 3:30-4:30

Thursday, January 14

End of Second 9 Weeks


1/2 Day Dismissal for Students

Friday, January 15

Parent Contact Logs Due

Teacher Workday/ SWAP Day

Looking Ahead

PE Rotation Week

Monday, January 18

No School- MLK Holiday

Tuesday, January 19

Report Grades due by 8:00 AM

KIT Meeting

Wednesday, January 20

STEAM Advisory Board Meeting- 3:30-4:30

Thursday, January 21

Dr. Doug

Friday, January 22

2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home