At a Glance

April 27, 2015. 12 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

I am trying out a small format change. Don't stop reading when you hit the first pictures.

You are a jeanious

As we finish our last two days of Milestones testing and get all of our 2nd grade SPGs completed next week. I want to highlight how well the school has pulled together to test, make-up test, work out schedules, and rigorous learning at the same time. This school can proudly say that, "Yes, we are testing, but teaching has not stopped."

Please wear jeans next week on Monday and Wendesday for Milestones. If you would like to make it a full week of jeans, my only requirement is that you let Specials teachers know that you appreciate them and wish them luck on their testing as you drop your kids off.

Again, thanks to every one of you for pitching in to make positive things happen for our students.

Proud to be your principal,


Milestones and GTES

I read this earlier in the week and wanted to share it with you.

"The GaDOE applied in September for a one-year waiver to delay the [Milestones] test results from being factored into teacher evaluations. Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said Wednesday that officials expect to get the waiver."

I cannot say if it will happen, only that it is a possibility.

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Well Said

I read this sentiment from a cluster teacher and couldn't agree more.

Riverside Elementary third-grade teacher Lynne Franks said she has the feeling that schools are preparing kids for “the test” every day of the year, so they don’t really do any extra preparation or pep rallies.

“I imagine it is like anything else, kids will adapt and teachers will figure out a way to help our kids succeed,” Franks said. “We will be glad when the testing window closes and we can do what we love the most — teach.”


Reminder: It is inappropriate to post students pictures to your facebook page.


Due to our paper shortage, we have concerns about getting through to the end of the year. Please keep this in mind when making copies. The school and our PTA have purchased paper for the year. We appreciate your help in conserving paper and contributing if you can. We want to make sure that we do not have to limit copying in the future. Please see Laura McElroy if you have a question. Thanks.

LSPI Spreadsheet

Reminder to start thinking about end of the year information on your LSPI sheet and for RBES. F&Ps need to be done, and they get in short supply the closer to the end you may wait.
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Rice Crispies

Blue Bell Creameries (our distributor) is temporarily stopping shipments to make sure their product is safe. We will not have ice cream from them this year.

  1. As a result, we have Rice Crispy Treats for purchase ($1) if parents would like the option.
  2. Rice Crispies will be the only treat allowed for purchase in the cafeteria until we are able to continue ice cream next year.
  3. Teachers can purchase juice treats (non-allergenic) if they prefer. Please don't eat those in carpeted rooms because they will stain the carpet.

EIP Rubrics

We have a new EIP Rubric procedure. Teachers will complete EIP rubrics on their students this year that will be available for their teacher next year. This will make sure that the rubric is filled out by a teacher who really knows the child after a year together. A couple of points:

  1. Your grade level RTI facilitator knows about this and can give you more information
  2. Fill these out! EIP does exist to help serve kids. It does not exist to give all kids pull-out services.
  3. If we have a child who needs high level support we do find a way for pull out
  4. Serving students in EIP earns us factions of teacher points. Those add up! However, they are delayed a year. The students we serve next year earn us fractions of teacher points for 2016-17. Seems like a long way off? Not when we get there.

Milestones Note

Deena Nowicki shared this quote and Laura modified it. I love the sentiment. Milestones IS an important test. But it is not everything. Feel free to use this if you like.

My Dearest Students,

Next week you will take your Milestones exam for Science and Social Studies. I know how hard you have worked, but there is something very important you must know:

The Milestones test does not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way I do, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that some of you speak two languages or that you love to sing or draw. They have not seen your natural talent for dancing. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them, that your laughter can brighten the darkest day, or that your face turns red when you feel shy. They do not know that you participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes you help with your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you are kind, trustworthy, and thoughtful…and every day you try to be your very best.

The scores you will get from this test will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! You are enough! You are the light that brightens my day! So while you are preparing for the test and in the midst of it all, remember that there is no way to “test” all of the amazing and awesome things that make you, YOU!


Moving Towards 2015-16


I want to say this first: I trust that I can share with you all changes about next year and know that your head, heart, and instruction are still firmly rooted in this year's kids. I trust this because you have shown me this in the past.

The map will come out shortly after Milestones is completed. I will have talked with any moves before it comes out and there should be no surprises.

The 2015-16 master schedule will be out after Milestones is completed. There are a couple of small tweaks based on feedback we have received from you.

Sack Lunches

Kindergarten Registration will require sack lunches for the entire school. Kindergarten Registration is Thursday, May 7. Please make sure your students are aware of this. Mrs. Workman will be sending out a sheet for sack lunches shortly.

Building Open Saturdays

The building will be open April 25th and May 16th if you need to work over the weekend. Check the staff calendar for times.
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