At A Glance

March 9, 2015. 11 items this week

Goals of Collaborative Planning

As you meet on Tuesdays:

1. Collaboratively plan lessons

2. Use data/student work to plan

3. Deconstruct the standards

Life's 10 Essentials

A teacher shared this with me earlier in the week. I thought I would pass it on. I'll send snipits of it along now and then.


It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and weekly routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot.

Some of life’s essential truths need repeating. Keep this list handy and give it a read any time you need a boost.


Look at everyone around you. They all seem so busy—running from meeting to meeting and firing off emails. Yet how many of them are really producing, really succeeding at a high level?

Success doesn’t come from movement and activity. It comes from focus—from ensuring that your time is used efficiently and productively.

You get the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. Use yours wisely. After all, you’re the product of your output, not your effort. Make certain your efforts are dedicated to tasks that get results.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are great for many parts of education. We need to be aware of how look to our students and to other adults. In the hallway or in the classroom, cell phone use (texting or calling) looks as if we are ignoring students. This is even if the hallway is empty. If we need to text or make a call, we need to find an empty room. If it is an emergency, please call the front office so that we can help you. Of course things like Facebook are not appropriate for school.

Cafeteria Help

Kerri Jensen, Shirley Mitchell, and I shot a cafeteria video that will air next week. In it we have asked students to improve on 3 things:

  1. Pick Up Trash On and Below the Table
  2. Line Up Properly
  3. Keep Your Food (Don't share food)

They need your help with #2. Students are running to the door, acting unruly, and making a large amount of noise. For the next two weeks, please arrive at the cafeteria 2 minutes early so that you can watch your class line up and reinforce expectations. Shirley and Kerri thank you for your support.

Gallup Survey

Gallup will send a test email to all GCPS certified staff on March 9th and the link for the survey directly to school employees on March 16th. Certified teachers and staff are invited to participate in the survey during the two week window of March 16th - March 30th. Gallup will continue to send encouraging email reminders to each staff member until they complete this quick, 14 question, 3 minute survey.
At a Glance: 3-9-15

Student Surveys

GTES Student Perception Survey results are available for all 3rd - 5th Grade Teachers and Specials Teachers who had 15 or more students complete a survey. You may view the results in the Implementation Phase of your GTES. You will see the percentage of "Yes, Sometimes, or No" responses. The "Mean" score is yours which can be compared to the "School Mean" and the "Elementary Level Mean" (county-wide). This is valuable feedback for you to use as your reflect on your daily interactions with your students.


A BIG thank you to all teachers who are administering the 3rd Nine Weeks DDAs. The information from these DDAs will be very useful as we prepare for the selected-response questions on the Georgia Milestones.

Please remember all DDA scores need to be converted before being entered into the 1% interim category of the grade book. The GCPS conversion tables for each subject area are located in SchoolNet.

OAS for your Kids


If you have not seen the OAS tests that Tracy has set up, check them out. The questions have a good range of Depth of Knowledge (DoK). These questions mirror Milestones-type questions.

Tracy has saved grade levels a HUGE amount of time putting these together. Thank you Tracy! If she can help you with getting these for your kids, let her know.

Class List Spreadsheets


We will be completing coding to be used to create next year's class lists.

The due date for this is Monday, March 9th.

  • Open appropriate grade level spreadsheet located on Shared Drive. (Shared Drive > Staff > FY15ClassLists>1st Grade Spreadsheet)

  • Find your class and enter necessary data in the highlighted columns.
    • High Achiever – place a Y in the column for any student designated as high achiever
    • Academic Support – place a Y in the column for any student needing academic support
    • Behavior Support – place a Y in the column for any student requiring behavior support
    • RTI – Place a Y in the column for any student in the RTI process, but not SST process
    • Separate From – list names of any students that need to be separated

  • Save spreadsheet.

  • If any information listed on the spreadsheet is incorrect, please notify Christy Grennor so that corrections can be made.

Make Up Days

Friday, March 13th is a make up day for our first missed school day.

Thursday, May 21st is the make up day for last Wednesday.

Tracy's Technology Update

Student Portal Overview: I created a student portal overview flyer for your students and parents in order to give them a brief synopsis of what the student portal has to offer. Please feel free to send this home in your Friday folder or include in your newsletters. There is also a link under the school news section of our website.

OAS Assistance: Sign me up to assist your students logging in and using the OAS website. Please email if you see "office hours" next to a time that best suits you and your students. I will make myself available for you. The office hours is a "just in case" I need time to complete daily tasks and it can always be moved or switched.

eCLASS Usage: You are doing a great job with using eCLASS. While our numbers decreased slightly last week we still had a higher percentage than we have seen all year. According to the data for the week of February 23rd we had 78% of teachers and 60% of students logging into their eCLASS course pages. Keep up the great work. Next week we will have eCLASS staff development on creating shared lessons in the shared grade level pages and how to copy those lessons out to your own courses.

Magic Tickets: We are here for you! Marianne and I would like to put out a friendly reminder to submit those magic tickets with any technology need you have. Since Marianne serves two schools the magic tickets help us plan our day and be more productive for you.