Weekly Message

Volume 1 Issue 14~ 1.21.15


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From the Heart: Apology/ Encouragement

I want to apologize for being out of the building so much. I assure you it was due to reasons out of my control. I try to put down each day I'll be out on the calendar I send out to you, so I was out due to school visits, Principal's Study Council, and my own evaluation post conference. Also, on Saturday, January 9, my aunt (my mother's sister died) so I was out with Family on Thursday and Friday. Yesterday I was at the Beginning Principal's Academy. The good thing about that is those will end in February! So, needless to say, I try not to be out of the building unless I have to.


Now let's refect.....

So far, we have had a year full of highs and progress, but I feel we have hit a low point. There is a negative current seeping into our building trying to destroy the AWESOME culture that Stigall is known for! Stigall really is the place to be. We do not have anywhere near the amount of stress the other schools have. Please be thankful! Yes we are a family here, but every family has room for growth and improvement.

I'll start with a few issues I have with myself:

- I have a problem with following through. I hate that! It's not just with school tasks but it's also with things in my personal life. I've got so many things going on. I need to do a better job with prioritizing and get things done! I will be better...

- I hate criticism. Not because I think I'm right all the time but because I'm so critical of myself. This is a form of pride. I will be better...

- I do like confrontations. I reviewed the results of your surveys and that statement couldn't have been more true about me. Whoever made this statement, thank you! I hear you! In order to make progress and move on, issues must be tackled, head on! I will be better...

I want to leave you with some points to ponder...

  1. Take note of the amount of days you are are absent. I know that your days are your days and I respect that but NO ONE can teach YOUR students like YOU CAN!
  2. Respect not only goes for student to teacher relationships but also among the adults in this building as well. Let's be mindful of our interactions with each other. We all earned our right to be here. Remember, "Do unto others...."
  3. No man is an island... We are all in this together. That means Stigall is and will always be a collaborative environment. Working together extends outside your classroom. It means that you have to be a team player. It you are not then you are selfish.
  4. Pull your weight. Don't be a slacker. Do your job. Our jobs are about sharing, giving, and taking.
  5. If you are a team leader, committee leader, etc., let's lead...
  6. I am always watching for potential leaders and I am evaluating the performance (attitude, personality, work ethic) of each one of you. I will not consider you for a leadership position if you are unworthy.
  7. Let's be open with one another.
  8. I have not created a tense, restless environment in this school, so just simply.... relax and do your job.
  9. Have more patience with your students. If you are sending 3 students to the office a week then maybe your classroom management needs to be amped up. Don't get me wrong, I welcome referrals to the office, but a lot of it deals with your tolerance level and what justifies an office visit. If you just need a break from a child, establish a partner teacher that you can send that child to. Sometimes as a classroom teacher, all I needed was a "timeout" from that child.
  10. Arrival/ Dismissal: If you don't like it, I'm sorry. When the time comes, submit your ideas for next years plans.

I'm not calling out specific people. I'm not about that, so if I've left you trying to figure out who it is then that is a little immature. We all need to reflect on the things I've mentioned. Even I will. I want to be better and do better! If you have concerns about what I've wrote come to me. Do not spread poison with your comments. From here out, if I see an issue I will address you one on one. If things do not change, you will be dealt with.

Let's move forward. Let's grow and offer our students the best educational experience that we can.

Thank you for your time.

LifeLines for Educators

LifeLines for Educators is an all-day FREE workshop for West TN teachers and other school personnel, sponsored by Bethel University, Freed Hardeman University, Phi Delta Kappa, Union University, University of Memphis at Lambuth, and University of TN at Martin. Presentations by P-12 practitioners and professional education faculty relate to current issues in education and apply to preschool, elementary grades, middle grades, high school, and all grades. Attendees will receive a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-hour certificate of attendance as verification to count toward required in-service hours. Attendance cards from school systems can also be signed by a member of the planning committee.

Lifelines for Educators 2015 will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8:00-3:15 on Union University's main campus. This year's theme isEffective Instruction: Successful Students and Teachers.

Pre-registration: Preview the schedule of presentations and presenters. After you have chosen your preferred sessions, begin the pre-registration process. Though pre-registration is not required, attendees are encouraged to pre-register to reserve a seat in their preferred presentations. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Handouts: Some presenters submitted handouts to be available for attendees to print and bring to LifeLines on January 24.

Click here to view the schedule http://www.uu.edu/programs/epp/events/lifelines-for-educators-2015.cfm to see if there are handouts for the sessions you will be attending. If so, print them and bring them with you on January 24. If not, handouts will be available at LifeLines.

Buildinf Level Teacher of the Year Nominations (PLEASE RESPOND)

The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding teachers in Tennessee. We applaud teachers who care about children, who devote their professional lives to enriching the lives of Tennessee children and who demonstrate exceptional gains in student achievement. Goals of the program are:

  • Promote effective teaching practices by recognizing and rewarding outstanding teachers.
  • Encourage participation by every school in the state so that all Tennessee teachers may be recognized and rewarded.
  • Build a network of local and state corporate sponsors.
  • Provide a network for teachers to share effective practices.
  • Encourage a sense of professionalism in teaching.
  • Encourage greater participation in building a strong community-school partnership.

Here's what you do:

Click on the Survey Monkey link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8KSFJBJ. You can select any classroom, certified teacher (prek, kindergarten, 1st, or exploratory.) The top five candidates will be chosen from all nominations submitted by Thursday afternoon. I will send out another ballot via Survey Monkey that needs to be done by Friday afternoon. This winner will be our Building Level Teacher of the Year. It is important that you complete this survey as soon as possible. This high honor will be a great tool to use as you advance your career.

For more information visit, http://www.tn.gov/education/teaching/teacher_of_the_year.shtml .

Please complete the following per Michelle Lewis

Good Afternoon,

Below you will find is a brief survey from Renee’ West, a Union University student. Ms. West is conducting a study in partial completion of her Ed.D. concerning How Professional Development has Influenced Educators’ Perceptions on Teaching the Common Core State Standards. Below is information regarding this study:

• Five school districts from each of the three grand divisions from the state of Tennessee were randomly selected for the study.

• HCS was one of the 15 Tennessee districts randomly selected for the study.

• As a part of this study, teachers and school administrators who work with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are asked

to complete a short online survey.

• This survey will take no longer than five to ten minutes for each participant to complete.

• All district, school, and participant information will be strictly confidential.

Dr. Hamlett has approved this survey for teachers to complete. Please share this link (attached) with your teachers to complete by January 30, 2015. Let me know if you have any questions.



Michelle Lewis

Academic Coordinator

Humboldt City Schools





Dear Educator,

I want your opinion on the professional development that you received during the 2013-14 school year and the summer of 2014 and the way(s) in which it (they) may have impacted the way you teach or implement the Common Core State Standards in your classroom or school. If you work with the Common Core State Standards in your daily instruction or in your school, your opinion is very important! You cannot be identified or traced by name, school, school district, or email address.

Please take this brief 5-10 minute survey by simply hitting the CTRL button and clicking on the link below. https://uu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d0fWndgzqlGf7vv

Thank you very much for your help!


Renee’ West

Leadership Team

There will be a meeting next Thursday morning at 7:00. Please be prepared to have feedback from the things we discussed at our last meeting. Also, bring any grade level information or concerns. I need a representative from preschool to be present in Mrs. Jenny's place. Expect another email before we actually meet.

Student Data Tracking Sheets

Teachers (K and 1st), you received these at one of our previous PLCs. I want a copy of these turned in to me by Friday, January 30, 2015.

Grade Level Meetings

These should take place weekly or every other week no matter what we have going on in the building and they do not have to be during your planning time. There is always a reason to meet! If anything, you can plan for the next week. I need agendas and sign ins for EVERY meeting that you have, in a timely manner, not weeks later. Grade level chairs, be sure to pass along any information you receive from other meetings.

BAL (License)

If by chance you have an administrator license with the acronyms BAL, you need to see me. There is some important information about converting your license from BAL to ILL. This has to be done before August or your license will be obsolete. This is only for people with an administrator's endorsement of BAL.


Please take note of the tickets and information you were given. If you have a question, please contact a PBIS team member. Coach Bunch is also on this team.

Retention Letters

I need copies of signed Retention warning letters turned into me by Friday, January 30, 2015. These should've been signed during parent teacher conferences.


It is your responsibility to make sure your breakfast count is accurate before you submit it to the cafeteria. Please make sure you do this.