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Duncan Creek Elementary

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March 2015

Principal's Message

Dear Duncan Creek Parents,

Welcome spring! We are excited to be moving into warmer weather. The school year is passing quickly. We are working diligently to maintain our focus on teaching and learning.

Please mark your calendars for these important dates:

GA Milestone Testing (Grades 3-5)

  • Monday, April 20 English/Language Arts Section 1 and 2

  • Tuesday, April 21 English/Language Arts Section 3

  • Thursday, April 23 Mathematics

  • Monday, April 27 Science

  • Wednesday, April 29 Social Studies

  • Rolling make up testing will take place through the entire testing window which ends on May 1.

Important Information Regarding GA Milestones Testing

  • The GaDOE has waived the promotion/retention requirements for Grades 3, 5, and 8 for the 2014-15 school year.

  • There will not be any Georgia Milestone retests for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Reports will be produced in the fall of 2015 at the student, class, district, and state levels.

  • Reports will provide students’ criterion-referenced achievement designations for each content area test.

  • The designations will indicate the degree to which students have mastered the standards within each content area using four achievement levels.

Field Days

Kdg - Friday, May 1 (half day morning)

1st - Monday, May 4 (half day morning)

2nd - Tuesday, May 5 (half day morning)

3rd - Wednesday, May 6

4th - Friday, May 8

5th - Monday, May 11

Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, May 7 10:00am-5:00pm

Kindergarten Shadow Day

Thursday, May 14 9:00am – 11:00am

End-of-Year Class Parties

Kdg. - Wednesday, May 20 10:00am - 11:00am

1st - Tuesday, May 19 10:00am - 11:00am

2nd - Friday, May 15 1:00pm - 2:00pm

3rd - Wednesday, May 20 1:00pm - 2:00pm

4th - Tuesday, May 19 1:00pm - 2:00pm

5th - Monday, May 18 (before or after awards ceremony)

Thank you for your continuing support of our Duncan Creek students, faculty & staff.


Carrie Yougel



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Musical DVD Sales

It's not too late to get your copy of the Musicals listed below that were performed this year!

You may purchase yours through OR send a check for $10 per DVD along with your child's name and teacher's name.

5th- At the Bandstand

3rd- Go Fish

1st- Dr. Seuss

Summer Literacy Institute

Don't forget to sign-up for this year's Summer Literacy Institute held at Ivy Creek Elementary! Registration is online through My Payments Plus (click on the Summer Camp tab!) Space is limited, so reserve your child's spot now! Once classes are filled, the link will be removed from

PTA News

Checkout the NEW PTA cabinet showcasing all of our upcoming events and current year spirit wear, located in the DCES lobby! Remember to checkout the PTA webpage for the most up to date information and forms for all upcoming PTA events and meetings.

* Yearbook – Don’t forget to order your copy of the DCES 2014-2015 yearbook! See the PTA webpage for ordering instructions and form.

*Interested in being a PTA Chairperson? PTA Committee Chairperson forms, for the 2015-2016 school year, will be available in the front office soon. Forms will be due by May 1st, 2015.

*Spirit Wear is still available for purchase from the remaining inventory. If the item that you request is not available, your money will be returned to you in your child’s folder. Need a form?? Print one from the PTA webpage on the link labeled Spirit Wear.

*Upcoming events:

CFA spirit night – March 31, all day! Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Zaxby’s spirit night - April 14, from 4p – 9p

Board of Directors Meeting - April 17th, at 10a.m. /Location: Staff Development Room

Buffalos spirit night - April 28, from 4p – 9p

From our PE Teachers

I cannot believe this is the third 9 weeks. This year has flown by! We are in the process of practicing for Field Day, my favorite time of year!!! Volunteer forms were sent home this week. Please consider volunteering. I really need the most help during center time, which does not last very long. We can’t run centers without our awesome volunteers. If you are afraid of missing something, then please consider volunteering on a different day than when your child participates.

We raised just under $3000 for the American Heart Association with Jump Rope for Heart. Thank you so much for all those that raised money! We also had over 100 students jump for 5 minutes which earned them a trophy. We are very proud of all of these students. The prizes arrived yesterday so I will be sending those home this week with the students who raised money.

The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition is beginning this week. This is a baseball & softball competition. If you are interested in having your child participate please send me an e-mail.

All students will have a muscle quiz coming up in the next few weeks; we have been practicing since January so they should do fine.

Stay Healthy,

Dayna Alkire & Cheryl Winter

Media Memo

The Spring Book Fair was a huge success, thanks to everyone in the school community’s support. We had a very busy night during the Spring Carnival, and students enjoyed shopping during their scheduled times the following week as well. We hope this provided an opportunity for you to continue to develop a home library for your child. Thanks so much to all the PTA volunteers who worked in our book fair, and especially to Audra Brand and Carol Brattain, our PTA book fair chairpersons.

Also a reminder that students reaching their end of the year grade level goal for Accelerated Reader will be invited to attend a magic show in the media center in May. Accelerated Reader points must be earned by 3:00 PM on Friday, May 8th. We have scheduled a professional magician for the afternoon of May 13th for all students who make their annual AR goals.

Grade Level Goals

1st Grade: 20 points

2nd Grade: 30 points

3rd Grade: 50 points

4th Grade: 70 points

5th Grade: 90 points

Spring has Sprung in the art room!

With spring break almost here we have completed the art show and wonderful self portraits should have gone home last week. Kindergarten students have been learning about the artists Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet creating both collaged and watercolor creations of their own.

1st graders are currently working on literature connections with Three Blind Mice and are creating poems based on their "Bugs in a Jar".

2nd graders are working on color theory and have created Tinted Turtles and will next explore moods in art.

3rd graders are currently working on simple machines and inventing a “Homework Machine” which was inspired by Shel Silversstien’s poem. Clay “Taco Fish” are next to come!

4th and 5th graders just completed clay projects which they have been patiently awaiting, still-life paintings and drawings and city scapes will be their next projects as we come towards the end of the school year.

A variety of mediums and materials are utilized at all grade levels, and as always, the AKS were followed to guide the art curriculum. Last week a number of our students participated in the Gwinnett County Tapestry Art Exhibit held at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. This yearly county-wide art exhibit showcases the art of students around the county in grades K-12. Our Duncan Creek artists had many different masterpieces on display. Below is a list of the students who participated in Tapestry:
Kayla Ashinhurst, Honey Avila, Anna Ayala, Lilly Ayala, Jonae Babineaux ,Sarah Barry, Nathanael Best, Bradley Bohn, Brielle Bristow , Ben Bumpers, Patria Cabrera , Camila Candamil, Katie Clark, Bailey Clements, JD Cook, Kendra Cornett, McCarter Critz, Sara Curtin, Katelynn Frisbee, Alaina Gaston, Joshua Ghidiceanu, Briggs Glouton , Katie Ann Glaser, Max Gordon-Smith, Savannah Gower, Sarah Grant, Ellie Gray, Akayla Grimes, Kennedy Habeeb, Jordan Hildebrand, Ellie Hurd, Max Hurd, Bailee Iorg, Lana Ivester, Taylor Jones, Ava Jordan, Katie Lambright, Kennedi Lake, Reagan Larson, Ellie Lund, Shelby Maples, Madeline Matos, Jalenix Morales, Caleb Mullinax, Chelsea Nguyen, Danielle Nigro, Caitlin Noga, Matthew Pirkle, Brooks Proctor, Gabe Psomiadis, Kate Rich, Ethan Rogers, Nicholas Schunk, Samantha Seanor, Olivia Shaw, Will Skidmore, Holly Smith, Reagin Soucy, Alexandra Surowiec, Ava Syed, Madalyn Thompson, Don Tran, Mackenzie Vasquez, Lydia Williamson, Elle Willis, Lucas Zangari, and Emily Zavala-Villanueva

Super Heroes of the Month


Corrigan -

Findley -

Harriman - Addison H

Jackson - Conner O

Lawrence - Darby

Rogers - Caitlyn B

Wilbanks - Jonathan L

Ona -


Argo - Boone

Baker - Dylan M

Britt - Genevieve E

Milton - Kaitlyn E

Newman - Finley A

Russell -

Logan - Reese E


Athon - Luke D

Duncan - Erick

Gomez - Ashlyn K

Newsom - Haley B

Soucy - Tre B

Young -


Harris - Ella H

Law - Ivey

Jarrard -

Myers - Avery V

Parlier -

Sawyer -

Wilderspin - Leo T

Phucas - Daniel B

Harper - Jason G


Bailey - Micah H

Garner - Erik K

Hamrick -

Hayes - Brielle B

Hendry - Alyssa T

Reed -

Voss - Alex H

Wyatt - David B


Abreu -

Covey -

Dietz - Faisa O

Ashe -

Maschas -

Mayfield -

O'Neill - Sye M

Sever - Aaron F

Padgett -