Eagle Eye E-News, January 5-9

Ebinport Elementary Faculty and Staff E-News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Please take time this holiday season to be with your family and friends and indulge in some well deserved rest! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Ebinport's Vision Statement

Alongside families and our community, we are cultivating and nurturing lifelong learners to excel in an interdependent global society.


2:30 Rhonda out of building

3:00 Leadership Team Meeting

4:00 Yoga: Please consider making this part of your New Years Resolution


9:00 Immersion Parent Tour


Re-scheduling Our Dr. Pew Visit

Our visit with Dr. Pew has been rescheduled for January 30 from 8:30 to 10:30. A specific schedule will be sent out as this date approaches.

Report Cards

Although report cards do not go home until January 23rd (grades due January 16th by 1:00), teachers may enter information now. All teachers need to take note of the bullet points below.

  • K-2 teachers continue using F1. Teachers DO NOT click the submit button (where you see green check). Enter F and P and Instructional Level.
  • 3-5 teachers MUST change to Q2, enter F&P levels, and Instructional Level. Teachers WILL click the submit button (where you see green check).

ACT Aspire

Fifth grade has a solid plan for preparing students for 30 minutes of writing on ACT Aspire. Tested grades, please begin preparing students for the fact that we have to write under all types of conditions. In this case, students will be asked to write given a 30 minute time frame.

All students in grades 3-5 will be taking the ACT Aspire state assessment test.
  • Students will take writing, English, reading, and math
  • Administered in paper/pencil format only during spring 2015
  • Timed tests (significant change for SC students)
  • Writing - 1 item - 30 minutes
    English - 32 items - 30 minutes Reading - 31 items - 60 minutes Math - 31 items - 55 minutes
  • Testing Dates: April 28-30th, 2015
  • Third grade will be the only grade level taking science on May 1

Technology Meeting Notes from Dec. 9

Technology Meeting:

December 9th, 2014 – 3:00pm

In attendance:

Melinda Reid Eirik Shevy *Chris Odom Ms. Guo Daphney Wells

Kellie VanderMolen Mrs. Garces Sandra Gonzalez Stacy Bailey

Repeated our guidelines

* Start on time

* Stay on task

* Continue goal setting

* We will delegate work that needs to be completed

1. Promethean Board Training: A lot of people signed up but we only had 5 people show up to each session. We will try to do another class on a Tuesday instead. Chris will continue to conduct Promethean board training into the spring if we are interested. (Send out an email to remind teachers regarding Promethean board training on Thursday.)

2. ExamView Training: Thursday, January 22nd, Chris Odom come and talk about ExamView. Send out an email to teachers inviting them to come. 3pm in the media center.

3. SuccessMaker: Stacy Bailey received an update that it will only be used by Title 1 schools only. Kindergarten is using abcya.com and Star Fall.

4. Typing program update: Looking up apps that would work with the ipads to assist 3rd-5th.

Typing programs being looked into for K-2nd.

http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games/typing-factory.html http://www.funtotype.com http://annrymer.com/keyseeker/


5. Keyboards: Kellie will double count the amount of keyboards at Ebinport and see how many we may need to have one for each ipad. Bluetooth keyboards on Amazon range from $20-25 per. Look into writing a foundation grant to purchase keyboards.

ExamView Training

This week we met with Kristen Hahn and Chris Odom to continue our talk about common assessments. We looked at common assessments and discussed the use of ExamView as a resource for developing common assessments.

Please join Chris Odom on January 22 at 3:00 on the media center for ExamView training. He will be teaching us how to navigate this software and how to use it to create common assessments.

Thank you to technology committee for initiating this training!

Classroom Libraries

After grade level meetings this week it became painfully obvious that many teachers are in need of additional books for their classroom libraries. I have been in contact with Dr. Winslow and Cheer for Children. They have a library and have agreed to allow teachers to come and choose as many books as they would like to put in their classroom libraries! I would like to provide you release time to do this. So, Jan. 15 is a half day for students. Cheer for Children library will be open on this day until 1:00. In addition to a 1 hour lunch break on this day, please feel free to visit the Cheer for Children library to select books. He assures me they have plenty of books and would love for us to get these. His only request is that you bring your own box :)

The library is located at 419 East Main Street.

I will continue to explore options we may have to get more books into our classroom libraries where they are needed. If you have additional needs please let me know!