Pville Elementary Newsletter

November 2017 Edition - We're Growing Learners & Leaders

Fall FAST Testing Results

One of the important assessments that elementary students take is the FAST test, a screener for reading performance. State law requires students to take the FAST test three times a year. Each grade level has benchmarks that students are expected to reach to demonstrate reading fluency. Pleasantville students had the 34th best literacy scores in the state in 2016-2017. These results help determine for our teaching staff what kids need - enrichment for those who score high or interventions for those who score low. Either way, it helps drive our staff to get kids the work they need to keep getting better at reading fluency. The fall assessments this year were the best at Pleasantville since the FAST test was first used (2014-2015). 83% of Pleasantville Elementary students (PK-5) reached their grade level benchmarks, which is typically about 17% better than the state average in the fall. Our "End in Mind" goal for the year is to have all 100% of our students reading fluently at grade level by Spring or at least close the gap by growing at or higher than the expected fall-to-spring rate. The chart below is prominently displayed in our hallway for everyone to see our progress to reaching our goal.
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Important Dates for Parents

Late Starts on Mondays (10:10 AM): November 6, 13, 20 & 27

NO SCHOOL: Monday, October 30th, Friday, November 17th, and Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Break)

Cookie Dough Sales: Items arrive for pick up on Nov. 8 (3:00-6:00 PM)

Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 14 & 16 (4-8 PM) during your scheduled time slot

End of 1st Trimester: November 17

PTO Meeting: November 1 @ 5:30 PM

Veteran's Day Assembly: 10:00 in the HS Gym on November 10th

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Habit of the Month for October: Begin with the End in Mind

Students spent some time this month working on our 2nd of 7 habits in our Leader In Me initiative, "Begin with the End in Mind." This habit helps students think about their goals, make plans to achieve them, and track their progress. Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as Trojan Trompers for the month of October because they consistently demonstrated excellence at this habit: Zoey Robinson, Cora Johnson, Maya Jolly, Tenley Furnal, Emerson Carr, Tate Rowson, Tristan Hoffman, Serenity Curtis, Blake Bingham, Hayden Mull, Chase Kegel, Marcella Lewis, Tucker Lewis, Max Vestal, Levi Willoughby, Gabby Claver, Ellie Heywood, Thadeus Mesecher, Paeton Robuck, Dane Krichau, Erin Sawhill, Kylie Jolly, Alyssa Park, Brody Adreon, Hayden Brent, Sophie Morgan, Caelun Hibma, JJ Phillips, Addie Koenig, Hayden Lawson, Stanton Major, Makaela Roan, Ali Archer, Addison Wall, Jacob Risinger, Abby Wilson, Ava Greene & the man, they myth, the legend ... Dawson Schrader. Way to go everyone!

We also celebrated our State Qualifying Cross Country Runner and Football Team Members in the Tromp - congratulations on reaching your goals as well!

Goals, goals, goals!

If you take a walk through the elementary school, you'll see goals everywhere! A building goal (see above), grade-level goals, teacher goals, and of course, student goals! This month's habit - Begin with the End in Mind - stresses the importance of setting goals, creating plans to achieve those goals, and tracking them. We do a great job of this and it is a big factor in many of our building's successes. Take a look at these pictures below to see some of the many you'll see in our school!
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Congratulations to our Orange Pride Classroom of the Month, Mrs. Dammann's Class!

It is an honor to announce that Mrs. Damman's 2nd Grade class has been chosen our "Orange Pride Classroom of the Month" for October. To earn this honor, a classroom needs to consistently exhibit and exemplify our three main rules of our Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) program, "Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe," which are commonly referred to as our "Orange Pride Expectations." For receiving this distinction, Mrs. Dammann's students have earned an additional five minutes of bonus recess per day for the entire month of November! Way to go!
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