Mashburn Minute

Mashburn Elementary May 1 2015

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Mashburn Spotlight!!!

WOW - thank you for all you did during testing. We rocked the Milestones and can't wait to see how our students did. Your hard work and dedication to ensuring that our students felt comfortable and confident has paid off!


A HUGE hug to Mary Jo and Sara for all their hard work on the Relay for Life Team!!! Way to go ladies!!! And thank you to all who joined the team!


Shout out to Jodi Brock for staying late to make a social story for a student to prepare him for his new school!


What awesome treats during testing - thanks to Suzy for setting them up in the mornings, Jennie and Carol for getting the treats! Thanks to the specials team for serving the entire school snow cones!


Thank you Molly or extending Bear-ly Moving to Thursdays, in addition to Tuesdays. Molly is doing this because she realized so many children were nearly reaching their next goal in running, and by adding the extra day, this will allow many of them to accomplish this and make it to the Wall of Fame. J


Michelle Gormally and Jennifer Frierson for supporting my class this for the past two weeks during testing. They helped keep my students on a regular schedule for sensory room and classroom rotations during this time. They also worked extra hard to make sure that they served all my students along with facilitating testing. They truly are committed to doing what is best for kids and to working together to make that happen! Thanks also to Jennifer Swaim for allowing us to go to sensory room during testing!


We love our special ed paras for always being flexible, and ready to step in with any duties that they are asked to do!!! They are amazing, and we couldn’t do our job without them


Thank you to Michelle Abrams for always being so helpful in making calls and scheduling IEP’s (and following up continuously when she doesn’t get an answer right away)

You are awesome!!!


Jennie Hartzler - you are AMAZING!!! Our STEM day is going to be RIDICULOUSLY amazing!


Colleen Neubert and her crew had to work in the gym off a cart every day of testing, and I’m sure that wasn’t easy with her group!


Shout out to Keri Cook! When a child was upset and screaming in the hallway this week she never once raised her voice or let a tad of frustration or irritation creep it’s way in. She listened and did not try to solve the problem but instead let the child calm down and work through it on his own. And she did this all at the end of a testing week when our patience definitely runs a little thin! You go girl!

What's coming up! (please share relevant dates with your parents)

May 1st - fun lunch from buffalos and snow cones for the kids during specials

May 7th - upcoming Kindergartner Ice cream social 3:30-4:30 (drop in)

May 3rd - Mashburn 5K

May 4th- Teacher appreciation week starts.

May 5th - PTA bringing in lunch

May 8th - Field Day and PTA providing lunch

May 12th - Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse

May 13th - Dr. Bearden visiting 5th grade classes, our STEM day

May 20th - Beach Day

May 21st - Graduation at Central 7:00 pm

May 22nd - last day of school - 5th grade walk 2:45

May 25th - no school

May 26th - 11:30 end of year staff luncheon


Aug 4th - K bus roundup 9:00-10:00 and open house, meet and greet with their teacher

Youth Leadership Forsyth

Do you know a rising high school junior who is a leader and wants to grow? If so - Tracey Smith has applications for a phenomenal program called Youth Leadership Forsyth. They take around 40 high school juniors and meet once a month to learn about the community and cover the 7 Mindsets. Applications are due soon, so don't wait!

Evaluation of Science and Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards

We would like to make you aware that the State Board of Education is asking teachers to evaluate, review, and provide recommendations for the GPS Standards in science and social studies. Teachers will be receiving information about the survey and have until June 15, 2015, to provide input. If teachers are having trouble completing the survey via the links below, the state has provided QR codes for alternate access.

Science Survey

Science Alternate Access QR Code

Social Studies Survey

Social Studies Alternate Access QR Code

Summer Online Google Educator Training


Whether you want to learn a little or a lot about Google, sign up for Google Educator Training! You can take the whole course (7 weeks: June 1 – July 17) or drop in for only the topics that interest you. This online course will prepare you to become a certified “Google Educator” if you participate fully in all of the modules. We will cover Google Drive, Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Hangouts, Classroom, Sites, Gmail, and Calendar. The asynchronous course materials will be presented through itslearning, and there will be one synchronous session each week through SAFARI Montage Live (SML) videoconferencing. Participants will be expected to watch a video prior to the videoconference for each topic, and then complete the project/assessment afterward. To earn 1 PLU, you must participate in at least 4 modules. To earn 2 PLUs, you must participate in all 7 modules. Go to PDExpress for dates/times of videoconferences and to register for the course.