News At The Creek

January 15


Stronger Together

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Data Talks

Please meet in the Data Room on Tuesday during planning for our quarterly data talks. Bring your laptops. We will meet with Special Ed during your Grade Level meeting Tuesday morning.

Class List Timeline

o Teacher Request for Staff Children – Jan. 22

o Pink/Blue Cards (Use MOY data) – Jan. 22

o Parent Form for Student Placement Information – Feb. 12

eClass Focus

Dana Harper is our eClass focus this week!

Dana has done an amazing job on her eClass page!

Parents can easily find information and it is appealing to view! Love the way she displays her calendars/schedules! Very creative!

She has differentiated links/activities by grade level in the Content Area. She has even implemented the Padlet idea with her students successfully. She showed her students how to post to her Padlet and they were so excited that 7 out of the 10 completed a post at home! Several added pictures (one even a video)! Way to differentiate and bring exciting online activities to your students Dana! Be looking for a jeans pass in your box this week!

RBES Goals

Reminder: Mid Year RBES goals are due January 29th. Let us know if you have any questions.

Georgia School Personnel Survey

The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) is modeled after the student survey and includes 31 questions. The GSPS is for all staff (certified and classified) who work at least 50 percent of the day in the school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Data results from the Georgia School Personnel Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

The results of this survey are a part of our School Climate Star rating included in our CCRPI score.

Georgia School Personnel Survey:

The employee will use the drop-down menu to select their school district and school.

The window is now open and surveys must be completed no late than February 26th.

NATC Treats 15-16

Trivia Time: The first ten people to answer this week's trivia question will get a treat. Email your answer to Carrie.

Who founded the first public library in the United States?

A. George Washington

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Thomas Edison

D. Abraham Lincoln


From Patty:

Testing Updates


The testing window for ACCESS opens this week. Thank you all in advance for your flexiblity with Laura and her possible schedule changes in the upcoming days. She is super efficient at completing these test for our students but there are multiple components for each student (and lots of one-on-one testing).


Kindergarten thank you for your efforts to get updated information into the website for each GKIDS pull. The next one will be March 22.


The county is beginning it's roll-out of training and information for this springs Milestone EOG. As I learn more I will be giving you updates. Our current testing plan is students with read aloud accommodations and our fifth graders to complete the on line test. If anything changes at the county level to effect this I will let you know right away.


Just a quick reminder that SchoolNet can be used as a platform for your common assessments. Let Paula know if you would like to try it out and she can assist with set up as well as data you can get from the program.

IOWA and CogAT

We have still not received the parent reports for the 2nd grade IOWA or 5th grade CogAT and IOWA. As soon as we get them I will be distributing them to you with a letter to go home to students.

From Erline:


Tutoring will begin Tuesday after MLK Day. Please note if you have a student in tutoring or you are a tutor, you were notified earlier this week. As in the past, please send the students to the cafeteria for the first day only. In this case it will be Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

IEP Meetings

Please note, this is "IEP Season." There are going to be many meetings over the next couple of months. Special education teachers, please make sure you are communicating with general education teachers well in advance to allow time to prepare for the meetings. Now would be a good time to send your email reminders. General education teachers, please know that your input to writing present levels of performance and determining appropriate goals and objectives is imperative. Finally, a reminder, parents are the only ones who can excuse anyone from a meeting. If something comes up, you need to check with the parent before the meeting begins to make sure he or she wants to continue without your presence. This is a legal compliance issue. Thank you all for your help in ensuring all of our students' needs are met.

Early Release

I am working from the Spring list for Interpreters. If there have been additions or you don't need an interpreter now that you've had time to get to know your families, please let me know immediately.

Please make sure if you have a student you are thinking of retaining, you have that conversation with parents during Early Release. Final retention decisions will be made the first week of May. Important to note, that May meeting should NOT be the first SST meeting a student being considered for retention is having.

SST/RTI Update

There are currently 147 students in RTI at either the tier two, three, or four level. Thirty students have been referred for a special education evaluation so far this year, seven have qualified for services, four families have denied consent, two students did not qualify for services, and the remaining 18 are awaiting testing and eligibility meetings. A very special thank you to Juli Donat, Pat Vandegrift and Patrick Murphy for the amount of time and energy that goes into the eligibility process and to all those chipping in and helping with the observation component of the process. These individuals help me make sure we are making appropriate decisions for students, AND they keep my records in compliance at 100%! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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Amy Cook - 1/19

Angela Hayes - 1/22

Patrick Murphy - 1/23