News At The Creek

March 20

ADMIN NEWS

Professionalism

We have now had time to adjust to starting Daylight Savings Time. Please be on time to work. We have too many staff members arriving late to work to address this one on one.


eClass

After Spring Break, we will begin posting NATC on the Duncan Creek ES Training Page. Our district reports are showing increased usage for Duncan Creek Elementary. Please continue to encourage students, parents, and teachers to use eClass. I am proud of our growth this year! The first ten people who email Carrie with their prediction on which basketball teams will make the NCAA Final Four will get a treat in their mailboxes.


Cluster Language Arts Staff Development


To get to Harmony ES from Hamilton Mill:. Turn onto S. Bogan towards Hwy 20/Buford Dr. Just after the Goddard School turn right onto East Maddox. Turn first left into drive behind school, turn first left into parking lot.

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AP NEWS

From Patty:


Milestones Update


Milestones testing security training is required for all staff members and will be held during collaborative planning sessions on April 15th. There will be a session offered at 7:30 am on April 15 in the cafeteria for those staff members that are not able to attend during a grade level planning time during the day.


Please know that it will be "all hands on deck" for the two weeks of the Milestone testing. We will need support as proctors, make up testing administration, small group examiners, etc. With that said, I ask that you please try to be here at school. Please know that I understand that people get sick (please don't come sick), and life events happen...but if you are looking to schedule a dentist appointment, please consider a different week. A bulk of the testing will be done in the morning, and should you really need to schedule something, afternoons will cause me to have less heart palpitations :-). Thank you in advance for your consideration.


GKIDS


Kindergarten teachers please remember that your next GCPS data pull is on Monday, March 23.


Spring Behavior Incentives


Spring is such a tough time for all of us (students and adults alike) to remain focused and engaged in the important lessons in the classroom. If you are noticing and increase in negative behaviors in your classroom, consider adding different or new incentive plan for your class. There are lots of great ideas out there in cyber space (Pinterest has a plethora), and know that I am more than happy to help anyone come up with ideas or to be part an your incentive plans.


http://www.interventioncentral.org/behavioral-interventions/rewards/jackpot-ideas-classroom-rewards


From Erline:


Summer School/Retention Considerations


Teacher applications have been shared. Please return to me no later than March 27th. Student recommendations will require an academic contract. I am reviewing the data you've submitted and will be emailing you for potential recommendations. Thank you to those that have already sent information based on SST meetings and kid talks.


If you have a student you want considered retained, I should have heard from you by now.

Website of the Week

TinyTap


http://www.tinytap.it/


TinyTap is free for Apple and Android devices and is available on a desktop as well. This site takes advantage of touch-screen technology to make/play games. Although the desktop version does not allow you to create games, you can play games others have made. You also have to have an account to create.


In its simplest form, students and teachers create a quiz-like game from photos on their device along with a question they have recorded. TinyTap can be used by teachers to help students reinforce skills in areas such as Math and Grammar. There are several games out there already made. A great feature is there is an 'embed' code available, so you could embed a certain activity within an eCLASS content page.

Here are examples a teacher made:

If you Take a Mouse to School (Narrative Elements) http://www.tinytap.it/games/gacb/play/

Idioms Review

http://www.tinytap.it/games/g29u/play/

Sight Words 1-25

http://www.tinytap.it/games/ggex/play/

SPEECH TEACHERS: I think the teacher that made these is a speech teacher..she has many created for skills you teach!


However, the real power of the app is when the students become the game-makers. In my opinion, the primary purpose for using this in the classroom is to engage students in the higher order thinking skills of creating, evaluating, analyzing and applying. By recording questions about their learning, students are reflecting on what they know and what they need to learn. The task is open-ended enough to cater for students with different levels of knowledge yet motivates students to extend their knowledge so that they can make their game more challenging.

Here is an example of a CIVIL WAR activity created by students:

http://www.tinytap.it/games/gllq/play/

Very simple, but showing their learning!

Want more info...Check out their blog...http://blog.tinytap.it/


If you are finishing up a unit of study and want to introduce this as a project choice, let me know and I will be happy to come help!

CALENDAR

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Climate Committee Needs YOU!!! We are having a GUESS WHO baby picture contest at the April Staff Meeting. Please email a photo (baby pic, big bangs etc.) to Tiffany Harriman by Wednesday, April 1. We are accepting electronic copies only. Can't wait to see your adorable picture!

Family Portrait Day

~ A $30.00 non-refundable donation secures an appointment time.

~ The complimentary photo is the family pose. Tanner reserves the right to select the pose.

~ Neighbors and friends are welcome to participate.

~ A parent or guardian must accompany children. An adult is required to view portraits.

~ For your convenience, additional portraits will be available to order or purchase at your viewing appointment.


Choose your appointment time & pay on line using the following link:

http://tiny.cc/yougeladoption

Please direct questions to:

Pegge Savage

NURSE ADVICE

7 Best Superfoods for Rapid Weight Loss


Grapefruit

Like a marathoner stretching before the big run, eating half a grapefruit before a meal can enhance your body’s fat-burning performance. A study published in the journal Metabolism found that this “warm-up” tactic can help whittle your middle—by up to an inch—in just six weeks! The scientists attribute the powerful effects to the grapefruits’ fat-zapping phytochemicals. The fruit can interact negatively with certain medications, so as long as you get the green-light from your M.D, plan to have half of a grapefruit before your morning meal and add a few segments your starter salads to reap the benefits.


Pistachios

Stephen Colbert may be on to something. UCLA Center for Human Nutrition divided study participants into two groups, each of which were fed a nearly identical low-cal diet for 12-weeks. The only difference between the groups was what they were given to eat as an afternoon snack. One group ate 220-calories of pretzels while the other group munched on 240-calories worth of pistachios. Just four weeks into the study, the pistachio group had reduced their BMI by a point, while the pretzel-eating group stayed the same, and their cholesterol and triglyceride levels showed improvements as well.


Avocado Oil

What if we told you that you could make 20 percent of your belly disappear this year—poof, just gone? Penn State University compared those who consumed avocado oil with those who consumed a flax-safflower oil blend. Those on the avocado oil diet—just three tablespoons daily did the trick—lost nearly 2 percent of their belly fat in just one month!


Legumes

It’s time to focus on your lentil health. In one four-week Spanish study, researchers found that eating a calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of legumes aids weight loss more effectively than an equivalent diet that doesn’t include beans. Those who consumed the legume-rich diet also saw improvements in their “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and systolic blood-pressure. To reap the benefits at home, work lentils, chickpeas, peas and beans into your diet throughout the week.


Vitamin D-Fortified Yogurt

How would you like to take all the great weight-loss results you’ve just read about—and double them? That’s what happens when you supplement your diet with a combination of vitamin D and calcium, according to a Nutrition Journal study. Just four weeks into the 12-week experiment, subjects who had taken these two nutrients—found in abundance in some yogurts—lost two times more fat than the other group!


Green Tea

If you’re not drinking green tea with your workouts, you might be wasting your time at that barre class. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that after just two weeks, exercisers who sipped four to five cups of green tea each day and logged 25-minutes at the gym lost more belly fat than their non-tea-drinking counterparts. What makes the drink so powerful? It contains catechins, an antioxidant that hinders the storage of belly fat and aids rapid weight loss.


Almonds

Think of each almond as a natural weight-loss pill. A study of overweight and obese adults found that, combined with a calorie-restricted diet, consuming a little more than a quarter cup of the nuts can decrease weight more effectively than a snack comprised of complex carbohydrates and safflower oil—after just two weeks! (And after 24 weeks, those who ate the nuts experienced a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI!) For optimal results, eat your daily serving before you hit the gym. A study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that almonds, rich in the amino acid L-arginine, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts.

CLIMATE COMMITTEE

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BIRTHDAYS

Joy Fuller - 3/22