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November 16, 2015

Upcoming Dates and Events

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Eagles' Odds, Ends, and Reminders

  • Advisement Two Days this Week
  • Monday: Club Advisement
  • Tuesday: Small group advisement to make up for day we missed earlier.
  • Progress Reports: Will go home on Thursday. You can give them out in homeroom or at 3:15. This is a grade level decision. Make sure off-team teachers know if your grade level needs to return to homeroom at 3:15.
  • Thanksgiving Desserts! Stop by the front office conference room Friday during your lunch time to indulge yourself! Hot beverages and desserts, compliments of admin. YUM!
  • Secret Santa: There will be informational sheets about the Secret Santa Program placed in your boxes for those who want to participate in December.
  • Eagle Pride Awards: Have been moved to November 30th during Advisement
  • Grade Level Meetings: (9:00, 12:00, 1:30, 2:30) We'll be looking at data (Milestones, Discipline, Attendance, Survey Data). I'll work with everyone to make sure teachers know how to read the individual student reports and class data. (It looks very different this year.) The press will be releasing Milestones information to the public Monday. They'll report it both ways. Proficiency bands 3 and 4, and bands 2, 3, 4 (which will probably raise questions from parents and the public).
  • School Improvement Team Meeting: Wednesday at 3:45
  • Academic Team Leader Meetings: Friday by grade level (8:30, 11:00, 2:15) Don't forget to add your team's names for positive phone calls (in G drive) for Mrs. J to call parents each week.
  • Affidavits: We'll start sending out affidavit reports by homeroom to teachers after the break. Please start reminding (friendly reminders) to students/parents who haven't submitted theirs that the deadline is December 18th.
  • Tech Tuesdays: Tech training will be held Tuesday afternoons after school on a variety of topics. We're beginning with basic Gmail, GDrive, and apps, and Google Classroom. I want to encourage you to also check out tech training at Werz and RESA if you feel this is a need for you. John Vaughn (from the district) will also be conducting a schoolwide training for us in the next few weeks.
  • TKES Formative Assessments: We'll be wrapping up TKES formative assessments. Remember that you will not sign off on anything else in the future without your primary evaluator's assistance - even if you receive an automated email from the DOE. Please wait to sign off on anything unless you're with your assigned administrator.

Weekly Supervision

Soccer, 11/16

Holland, K Walker


Soccer, 11/17

Farmer, Mitchell


Soccer, 11/19

A Sykes, McNeirney


Connections Lunch Rotation (Week of 11/9)

Wagner, Hamilton's Sub, Holland, Hathcock


Late Bus Supervision (Week of 11/9) (If applicable)

Chafin, Farmer, Rogers, Mitchell, Shulha, Hayes (Chafin coordinates)

A Look Ahead ...

Monday, November 16

  • Soccer vs LMS; Girls (A); Boys (H); Duties: Holland, K Walker, Admin
  • Club Advisement
  • REACH Coordinator Meeting, 3:30-4:30 (Lewis/Eskut)
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Fall Book Fair
  • MS/HS Gifted Lead Prof Learning Meeting
  • Round 2, Battle of the Books

Tuesday, November 17

  • Small Group Advisement
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Tech Tuesday (voluntary tech professional learning), 3:30 (location TBD)
  • FGE Fall Event, 6:30-8:30 pm, UWG Newnan Campus
  • Posting Window Closes, 10:00 a.m.
  • Soccer vs. SRMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m. Duties: Farmer, Mitchell, Admin
  • Melissa Warr's Birthday
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Secret Santa Forms Due; Drawing in Media Center, 3:45.
Wednesday, November 18
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Grade Level Meetings
  • School Improvement Team Meeting, 3:45
Thursday, November 19
  • Fall Book Fair
  • MS/HS Principals Meeting, 12 p.m.
  • Soccer vs. EMS Girls (A); Boys (H), 4:30 p.m. Duties: A Sykes, McNeirney, Admin
  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Junior Beta Convention, Macon, GA
Friday, November 20
  • Junior Beta Convention, Macon, GA
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
  • District 6 Honor Chorus
  • Thanksgiving Desserts in Conference Room (from administration)

Saturday, November 21

Sunday, November 22

November 23-27

  • Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 28

Sunday, November 29

Monday, November 30

  • Homeroom Advisement
  • Soccer vs. LMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m. Duties: Hixson, Reed, Admin
  • Maria Meza's Birthday

Remember Our Goal: Connect with Five Students Daily

Connect with 5 students (include staff too) who add value by being in your life. Let them know how they make a positive difference in this world. Get to know their stories. Any random act of kindness goes a long way and makes an immediate impact. Kindness is contagious. By modeling this daily, we will begin to see a culture shift with our students. Exiting year to be an EAGLE. Together we're going to do great things!


“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”


—Kevin Heath (CEO More4kids)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • 11/17 Melissa Warr
  • 11/30 Maria Meza
  • 12/21 Caren Peterson
  • 12/31 Donna Walker
  • 12/31 Gloria Johnson
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Upcoming Coweta County Course Offerings

Upcoming West Georgia RESA Course Offerings

11/16/2015 Picture-Perfect Science Workshop

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $329 Non-RESA Fee: $329 Max. Size: 50

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - School Improvement


11/19/2015 Media Specialist Job-Alike Consortium

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: *1/2 PLU Tuition: $15 Non-RESA Fee: $30 Max. Size: 40

Subject(s): Courses - Job-Alike / Courses - School Improvement


12/1/2015 PSC Workshop for PL Directors

12:30 PM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 45

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement


12/4/2015TKES 1, 3: STEMposium

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 60

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


12/10/2015West Georgia RESA/GDOE Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Advisory Council

10:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement


12/14/2015TKES 3: Interdisciplinary STEM Unit Development

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $15 Non-RESA Fee: $15 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


12/15/2015TKES 5, 6: STEM Project – Based Learning Assessments

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $15 Non-RESA Fee: $15 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


1/5/2016 TKES 1, 4, 5: Assessment in Teaching Gifted

12:00 AM in See Course Description Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $275 Non-RESA Fee: $375 Max. Size: 30

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Endorsement - Gifted


1/11/2016 TKES 1: Exceptional Children (HB-671) - Online Course

12:00 AM in See Course Description Credits: 5 PLUsTuition: $340 Non-RESA Fee: $440 Max. Size: 50

Subject(s): Courses - Online / Courses - School Improvement


1/21/2016 Counselor Workshop

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: *1/2 PLU Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 40

Subject(s): Courses - Job-Alike / Courses - School Improvement


1/21/2016 Media Specialist Job-Alike Consortium

8:30 AM in GrantvilleCredits: *1/2 PLUTuition: $0 Max. Size: 40

Subject(s): Courses - Job-Alike / Courses - School Improvement


1/25/2016 TKES 1, 3, 8: "A Flurry of Technology” Conference- Elementary School

8:00 AM in Grantville Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $125 Non-RESA Fee: $175 Max. Size: 60

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


1/27/2016 TKES 1, 3, 8: "A Flurry of Technology” Conference- Middle/High School

8:00 AM in Grantville Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $125 Non-RESA Fee: $175 Max. Size: 60

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


2/5/2016 2016 Intervention Conference- Middle/High School Teachers (Grades 6-12)

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $50 Non-RESA Fee: $75 Max. Size: 125

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement


3/1/2016 TKES 7: Love and Logic for Teachers

12:00 AM in See Course Description Credits: 3 PLUs Tuition: $200 Non-RESA Fee: $250 Max. Size: 30

Subject(s): Courses - Online / Courses - School Improvement


3/3/2016 STEM Conference DAY REGISTRATION (Option #1: No Lodging)

8:00 AM in Peachtree City Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $159 Non-RESA Fee: $179 Max. Size: 450

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


3/3/2016 STEM Conference FULL REGISTRATION (Option #2: Includes Lodging)

8:00 AM in Peachtree City Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $397 Non-RESA Fee: $417 Max. Size: 100

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


3/21/2016 TKES 1, 2: Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted

12:00 AM in See Course Description Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $275 Non-RESA Fee: $375 Max. Size: 30

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Endorsement - Gifted


3/28/2016 TKES 1: Exceptional Children (HB-671) - Online Course

12:00 AM in See Course Description Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $340 Non-RESA Fee: $440 Max. Size: 50

Subject(s): Courses - Online / Courses - School Improvement


3/31/2016 Media Specialist Job-Alike Consortium

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: *1/2 PLU Tuition: $15 Non-RESA Fee: $30 Max. Size: 40

Subject(s): Courses - Job-Alike / Courses - School Improvement


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Professional Learning Opportunities

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