Jag News

Words for this Week from Ms. Keag

Week of December 14, 2015

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"Each action you take is a reflection of you."

Wishing you a merry break!

Thank you for the gift of being such a special team! This holiday season, please remember that we don't make and deliver lessons, we make and deliver love for our students and the gift of curiosity, collaboration, and learning for all of our children, and we couldn't do that without each and every person on our team!

Happy holidays to you and yours!



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Working on the Work this Week at Suwanee


3-5 WOW Day-Please plan to meet in the Mind Meld room at 7:30. We will begin promptly at 7:45. Look for an email with the agenda for our work. Please bring your laptop and analyzing the standards documents.

Tuesday-Holiday Gathering; no CLT or ILT.

Thank you very much to Sunshine for hosting this special event for us!

Thursday Staff Development:

Our focus will be on copying the Winter Break Challenge course pages for your students to complete over Winter Break.

January 5 Professional Learning Day

The agenda for our professional learning day will be sent out by the end of the week. You can plan to be in your CLT meetings all afternoon. This is collaborative Learning Team time, so look back at our staff development..."Make a list and check it twice..." to determine which areas of our new learning you all need to be more purposeful in integrating into your lesson plans second semester. The coaches will be available to support you all on this day.

Holiday Festivities-Guidance to keep the focus on teaching and learning this week.

Below are guidelines we receive from the district regarding holiday festivities. Please make sure you read them and follow them as we keep the focus on teaching and learning this week.

  1. General Rule: When a school does choose to acknowledge the December holidays, it is essential that the school must never appear to endorse religion over non-religion or one particular religious faith over another.
  2. Public schools must remain free from activities that could involve religious coercion.Schools must take care to avoid endorsing the beliefs, practices or traditions of the majority religion.
  3. Schools must be careful not to cross the line between teaching about religious holidays (which is permitted) and celebrating religious holidays (which is not).Teaching about a holiday will be constitutional if it furthers a genuine secular program of education, is presented objectively, and does not have the effect of endorsing, advancing or inhibiting religion.
  4. Special school events must be designed to further a secular and objective program of education and must not focus on any one religion or religious observance .
  5. Religious symbols are not appropriate seasonal decorations in public schools.
  6. In an effort to be ecumenical, it is not advisable to rely on information provided by a representative child of a minority religion. Students should not be put on the spot to explain their religious (or cultural) traditions.
  7. Remember: diversity includes religious diversity.

Local School Plan for Improvement Survey Results

Thank you to those of you who completed the staff development survey where the coaches, Sandi, and I asked, "Professional Growth-How are we doing?" Seventeen of you responded and your input will help us make adjustments to our professional learning schedule for second semester. Below are pictures of a few of the graphs, summarizing your feedback.
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Winter Energy Savings-From the Director of Building Maintenance

With the addition of over a million square feet of building space and no increase to the utility budget, we are asking for your help to reduce utility costs over winter break. Please ask your staff to do the following prior to leaving for the break:

switch off all lights

shut down or switch computers off (not all computers are part of auto shut down)

switch off monitors and printers

ensure no equipment is left on standby and unplug all non-essential items

With cooler weather approaching, please also remind staff that space heaters are prohibited in all areas of an educational facility by Fire Code.

Thank you for taking the time to share this information and for supporting the District's energy initiatives.

Do you have a green check?

If you have attended your midyear conference, please make sure that you signed off in the Portal and have a green check. If not, please do so or reach out to Emily or Sandi.

If you have not had your mid year conference, please email Emily or Sandi immediately.

Mid Year RBES Data Update

Please make sure your F&P levels are updated and all other areas of your RBES data spreadsheets by January 5, 2016. All Midyear RBES Implementation Plan Updates must be updated in the GTES Tool by January 15, 2016.

If you received a comment about your implementation plan during the evaluator sign-off phase of RBES, please make sure you include this data or evidence in your midyear implementation update.

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Make e-CLASS your New Year's Resolution...Let's get 100% of our Students Using e-CLASS!

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Week At-A-Glance

Monday, December 14

District Assessment Interim 2

Holiday Shop set up

Tuesday, December 15

District Assessment Interim 2

Holiday Shop

Spirit Day at fabrik

Wednesday, December 16

End of 2nd Quarter

District Assessment Interim 2

Holiday Shop

7:30 - Chess Club

7:30 - Chorus Practice

NO Tech Club

3:00 - Yearbook team Meeting

Thursday, December 17

District Assessment Interim 2

Holiday Shop

7:30 - Gifted meeting

2:45 - Orchestra Club

3:00 - 5th Grade Spirit Night @ Ski-zone

Friday, December 18

Personal Leave Not Allowed

No Readers Rally

December 21 - January 4th

Winter Break