Friday Focus

West Elementary School

Friday, October 9th

Our Mission

Our mission as a school community is to ensure high levels of learning and character development for all students by providing a safe, nurturing, student centered environment.

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Upcoming Dates


Friday, October 16th- Tornado Drill.

Monday, October 19th- End of First Quarter.

Monday, October 20th - Friday, October 24th- Character Counts Week.

Wednesday, October 21st- 2 hour early release for students.

Thursday, October 22nd- Parent Teacher Conferences. Grade Cards go home.

Friday, October 23rd- Safety Kids Assembly, 9:00-9:30 a.m. Grades K-5.

Monday, October 26th- Parent Teacher Conferences. Grade Cards go home.

Monday, October 26th- Friday, October 30th - Red Ribbon Week.

Wednesday, October 28th- West Staff Meeting, 3:50 p.m.

Thursday, October 29th - Fall Parties, 2:45-3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30th - No School- Staff Compensation day.

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Meeting Reminders

10/13- DL TST meeting-8:35 a.m.- Mueller, Fatherley, Chamberlain

10/13-AL TST meeting- 9:30 a.m.-Brooks, Fatherley, Chamberlain, Atkinson

10/13-HD TST meeting- 10:15 a.m..-Karr, Frank, Duncan, Fatherley, Chamberlain

10/13- EG Team meeting- 1:00 p.m.- Horn, Bexten, Fatherley, Frank

10/13- AR TST meeting- 3:45 p.m.- Madondo, Fatherley, Chamberlain, Atkinson

10/14- IF TST meeting- 3:45 p.m.- Brooks, Fatherley, Chamberlain, Atkinson

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Morning Gym

Ashton has set up a Learn 360 account for the Auto B Good and other character clips that we can show briefly in the morning from 8:00-8:15. The username is: westwildcats password is: westisbest.

There should be an iPad in the gym that you will just need to mirror onto the screen. Robin will know how to get to everything else. Thanks Ashton! Another great way we can get our students some additional character ed opportunities.

A Pat on the Back For You! -From a loving colleague

  • A huge THANK YOU to the 4th Grade Team for helping us with the bus students, even when it wasn't their week to be on duty! We really appreciate them and their willingness to help out! Sharla, Meghan, and Elizabeth
  • A big shout out to Susan for the wonderful gift for Rod!
  • A big shout out to Tessa, Jennifer, Lisa, Sharla, and Melissa for offering to present at our upcoming early release day. We will do 20 minute rotations so you can have a chance to see all the great things they are planning to present! Thanks for stepping up and out of your box!

Out of the Building!

Niki and I will both be out of the building on Thursday and Friday next week in Atlanta at the National Character Education Conference to accept the Promising Practices Award for the work Niki and our Kindergarten teachers did with Southwest Early Childhood on early transitions!

Fatima will be helping in the office on Thursday as she works on her internship, but all non-emergency situations will need to be handled by you supporting each other through buddy rooms, etc. Tonya will plan on calling you during your plan times to help assist each other on Friday since no one will be available in the office to assist. Please let me know if you have any questions.

October 9th- Professional Development Day Follow-Up

Please send me your team action plan if you haven't.

Please look over the West Elementary Essentials and make notes for updates, additions, deletions that we need to consider.

Additional Data will be in your box soon.

Thanks for all of your hard work! FOCUS- the name of the game!

Literacy Units of Study Presentations

You are invited!

Grades K-1, Thursday, October 15

Grades 2-3, Monday, October 19

Grades 4-5, Monday, November 2

Location: Dix Education Center, 4:15-5:15

The purpose of this session is to look at the revision work completed over the summer to enhance the reading and writing Units of Study. We will highlight the revisions that were made for each grade level and showcase the available resources for Unit 1. We will also walk you through the digital organization of the documents on Google Drive and explain the plans for posting the remaining Units of Study. This Drive folder is a place to collaborate with your grade level team across the district by providing an easy way to share resources with each other for reading, writing, math, science, social studies, classroom management, and more. Time will be provided for you to talk as a grade level team about how your grade level would like to use your Drive folder for ongoing collaboration. Please join us to learn more about the collaborative grade level Drive folder and all the available resources for supporting literacy instruction in your classroom.

SchoolNet Trainings!

The Offices of Staff Services and Data, Assessment, and Planning are hosting training on how to access district curriculum and generate data reports from SchoolNet. The district's goal is for all curriculum to be accessed through SchoolNet by second semester. Schoolnet will also serve as a place for teachers to access longitudinal data on the students currently on their roster. Teachers will need to know how to access both curriculum and student data in Schoolnet. This training will be different than other Schoolnet training provided up to this point.

Dates available include:

10/12, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 10/28

All trainings will be at Dix Road from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Register on MyLearningPlan to attend.

Happy October Birthdays!

10/13- Rod Nolke

10/23- Lou Anne Cross

Four Essential Questions

  1. What do we want Students to learn?

  2. How will we know they have learned?

  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn?

  4. How will we respond when they already know?

October Character Trait: Responsibility

Conscious Discipline Minute Noticing

Noticing - Conscious Discipline Skills


Please make sure you are marking your calendar for morning and afternoon duties! We have had several people miss duties and your help is needed! Please be there when you are assigned.