The Blake Buzz

Week of May 9-13, 2016


THANK YOU SO MUCH to our PTA for providing the breakfast, flowers, pizza luncheon and door prizes to the staff last week! It was greatly appreciated, and several staff members told me that they loved all that they got last week!

K-PREP testing week is here! It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again. All of the hard work that you have put into preparing the students will pay off and they will shine on the test! THANK YOU for teaching, nurturing, practicing, reteaching, and believing in our students, so they can believe in themselves. It really does take a village to educate students, and we have an EXCELLENT village in our staff members. Thank you to all of our accommodators who are helping this week, and to every one of you for your flexibility and patience. Please remember to ask students to stay on Level 0 in the hallways, even by the office and cafeteria, as we have students testing in the conference room, Susan's office, FRC, and Paula's office. Remind the students to stay as quiet as possible in the cafeteria, as well.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 9

  • K-PREP testing begins. The Okolona Fire Department is sending firefighters here to greet the students and wish them good luck in the morning!
  • Send copies of teacher/class newsletters or other correspondence to the office.

Tuesday, May 10

  • No meetings!

Friday, May 13

  • Playground Phase I installation is scheduled to begin, depending on rain!

Monday, May 16

  • Send copies of teacher/class newsletters or other correspondence to the office.
  • 4-5pm PBIS Committee meeting We will plan next steps for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Tuesday, May 17

  • SCHOOL CLOSED for Election Day!

Wednesday, May 18

  • 8:40-9am Okolona Public Library will be here to discuss Summer Reading Program in Gym/Cafeteria
  • 9:30am Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony practice in cafeteria
  • 4:30-6pm LG&E Engineering Club participants' Recognition & Family Night

Thursday, May 19

  • 9:15am/1:15pm Pre-K Closing Ceremonies in cafeteria
  • 4:15pm SBDM Meeting

Friday, May 20

  • 2pm Head Start Closing Ceremony in cafeteria

Monday, May 23

  • Field Day

Tuesday, May 24

  • 9:30am Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony practice in cafeteria
  • Faculty Meeting

Wednesday, May 25

  • 10am Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony in cafeteria
  • 5-8pm Marion Johnson's Retirement Dinner at Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe

Thursday, May 26

  • Last Day for Students
  • 9:45am 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, May 27

  • Last day for most staff!
  • 1pm Retirement Celebration in the library for Susan Elliott, Karen Lawhorn, and Debbie Pratt! Cake and punch will be provided by the Social Committee.


Our Staff Superhero of the Week is:

LAUREN MORRIS! (Week of April 18-22)

Lauren was nominated by Cyndi O'Banion for doing an exceptional job on the students' art bulletin boards in the building. The board in the lobby and the ones on the second floor always look awesome! Ms. Morris comes in early and stays after school to get the boards decorated and keeps them current with kids' art work. She puts a lot of time, effort, and love into making our school look great.

ARIA BAILEY (Week of April 25-29)

Aria was nominated by Olivia Hust for helping her multiple times with her current Masters class, providing books, resources, and her own expertise to help her complete papers and projects. This has helped Olivia with her overall growth as a teacher. Thank you very much, Aria, for being so great!

Other nominees:

Venita Burnett for taking care of Mrs. Amburgey's students on short notice!

Jeanna Briggs for helping Mrs. Calloway with her "Great Mail Race" student project.

You can nominate a Super Hero of the Week by placing their name in the jar in the office. One winner is drawn each week for recognition and a prize!