Freedom Park Faculty and Staff Newsletter - February 12th


New Teachers and Staff - Join Remind for Freedom Park Faculty and Staff

The following is the link for joining the faculty and staff Remind. This is not for parents. The text inform teachers of important information like Jean Day!

Think TKES - Standard 3 Instructional Strategies

As we think about student learning, we know it is important to use researched based instructional strategies that are relevant to the content. Think TKES - Just like everything else, questions must be planned. Think about what you are asking and why. What information are you gaining? How does this help to assess students and drive instructional practice?

Look what I found! It is called 53 Ways to Check for Understanding:

Are they ready for Milestones?

Are you seeing your students annotate text daily? The following is evidence of close reading. Students need to practice it daily in order to do this kind of reading on the Milestones.
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Professional Development

Take Charge of Your Professional Development - Upcoming Courses

Please sign up on Business Plus. Pick a course any course. Email Dr. Singh and let her know you plan to attend so that you can receive TKES credit. Remember we all need professional learning hours for TKES/LKES this year.

  • 2-2 New Teacher Professional Learning (required for new teachers)
  • 2-5 Teaching is a Team Sport. Get the most out of PLCs.
  • 2-6 Creating Meaningful and Successful Assessments
  • 2-12 Sunsmart and Skinsafe
  • 2-12 Effective Classroom Management Through PBIS for Elementary

Hey Middle School

Middle School teachers must now become high school certified to teach high school courses. Do you need more information regarding test information, district level support, reimbursement Information, and GACE testing dates? Check this out:

The Digital Conversion @ Freedom Park

Techsetter News

Check out Buncee! It is a creation and presentation tool with unlimited possibilities. Buncee allows students to participate in blended learning activities, writing activities, and small groups. Students also can create interactive student notebooks. Imagine sharing this in a parent conference. Teachers can also create formative assessments.

Freedom Park Commercial

Did you know we have our own FPS commercial? It will be used next year for promotion and recruitment fairs. I thought you might want to take a look.

Deadlines - Meet the Mark

Professional Learning February 20th - Business Plus Registration

Please make sure you register for Professional Learning (for the 20th) by Friday, February 16th. You must register in Business Plus.

You Can't Stop Our Shine!

All County Beginner Honor Orchestra

The following beginner orchestra students were selected by audition for the 2018 All-County Beginner Honor Orchestra of Richmond County. Membership in this orchestra is a huge honor and means that these string students are among the best Beginner string students in the county. They will proudly represent Freedom Park throughout this six week event. The names of these talented string students are: Dante Hudson, Levi Henderson, Serenity Ford, Taliyah Cummings. Cye Mock, Caden Allen, Alijah Johnson, Sophia Goode, Damien Campos, Joshua Simon, Evionna Hampton,

and Teriauna Williams.

A late audition will be held Thursday, Feb. 8th at 7:15 at Tubman Learning Center for students who missed the first audition. The All-County Beginner Orchestra Concert is Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm at Richmond Academy High School auditorium. L. Strong


Curriculum Revision

The Curriculum and Instruction Department will soon commence Phase IV GSE of the Curriculum Writing Project. This phase will include curriculum creation and revision. Would you like to help? The application deadline is February 2, 2018.

K-2ND Reading Endorsement

If you are a K-2nd teacher or would like to be you need to have your reading endorsement. The application follows:

ARJ Zumba

ARJ is hosting free Zumba classes. Interested parties should register.

For Your Information

Student Council - Valentines Day Sales

Student Council selling valentines candy grams, scented roses, and raffle tickets for a basket. Order forms went home Friday.


All County Elementary and Middle School Chorus Concert, March 6, Paine College

PreK Registration Update

Registration is through February 28th. This is online only. They must go to the county website to register.

Gifted - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

Applications are available. The deadline is March 21, 2018. Please visit the following for more information:

Upcoming Events

Read Across America - March 2nd

Read Across America will be celebrated March 2nd. Start planning now for this wonderful opportunity to show how important reading is to us all.

Paraprofessional Work Days

Paraprofessionals will work on May 20th. This is to ensure that they have the 183 days. The work calendar shows Feb. 19-20 as a holiday for paraprofessionals.

School Council Meeting - CPact Tuesday 4:30 PM

CPact will meet Tuesday, February 6th @ 4:30 pm.


Black History Lesson Plans

The following is a website for lesson plan ideas during Black History Month.

Elementary Thinking Map Training

Upcoming training dates:

2nd Grade February 16th 8-4pm

1st Grade February 22nd 8-4pm

Kindergarten February 23rd 8-4pm

Please speak with Dr. Singh regarding who will attend. There will be two teachers from each team.