Jordan Journal

October 5, 2015

Nicole Finley, TOTY

Mrs. Finley was a part of the Central Gwinnett High School Homecoming Parade. Thank you to Mr. Nguyen who designed the banners! Jordan MS was represented by our TOTY and some 8th grade students. Thank you!
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Excellent Collaboration of Digital Tools!

eClass and Gradual Release Implementation!

Professional Learning Day: October 12th

Please read pages 19-38 in Better Learning to prepare for our collaborative learning on Monday, October 12th. The agenda will be finalized and posted this week on our training page. You will have the opportunity to have lunch on your own with your team. We have designated a large portion of the day to collaborative planning and grade level meetings. We will begin our day at 8:15 AM and conclude by 4:15 PM.


Thank you for taking your attendance on a regular basis!! We had 100% on Wednesday!! Great job, team!

GTES: Formative Assessments

The Leadership Team will begin formative assessments (30 minute observations) this week. If you have received two brief observations, the next phase is a formative assessment. We will meet with individual teachers for a midyear conference beginning in November. Please sign up for a conference. Your leadership team member will send you a schedule.

Relay for Life

If you are interested in serving as our Relay for Life Captain or Co-Captain, please let me know!

Spirit Days

Just a quick reminder that the leadership team will announce when we are having a spirit day which means you can wear jeans with spiritwear.

Grade Level on October 8th

We will meet with the county nurse for our required annual training (epi-pen, etc). Everyone needs to be trained, so you can drop in with a grade level at the following times: 9:30, 10:45, 12:30, and 2:45. In addition to the medical training, Mr. Kasler will provide the SST/RTI training. Thanks!


We have several surveys for our students, parents, and teachers to complete within the next few weeks. As teachers, you have already participated in the Q12 Engagement Poll from Gallop. Our students completed the Student Engagement Inventory (SEI) earlier this school year. You will be asked to complete the GaDOE Personnel Survey during our professional learning day on Monday, October 12th.

We have the GTES student surveys which are GCPS and Student Health Surveys from the GaDOE. We are required to have 75% participation of our students.

Our parents are completing a GCPS parent survey and a GaDOE school climate survey. Please include this link in your communication with parents:

Parents can complete the RBES survey in the front office or through their parent portal account.

Safe Trick or Treat

Central Gwinnett High School will host a "safe trick or treat" on the football field, Thursday, October 29th beginning at 6:00 PM. We have been asked to help support this community event for our families. The event is free for our families.

Please consider donating a bag of candy to support this event. The grade level offices will have one of the big yellow testing totes labeled for your donations. I will bring the items to CGHS on Tuesday, October 27th.

Thank you!

Thank you to the Wall Family for another wonderful donation of paper!

GCPS online news

Please use the link below to access the Gwinnett Communique! This is an online resource that shares events, happenings, and celebrations across our school district. You can bookmark the link, as information is always being updated.

GCPS Foundation Innovative Learning Grants

The submission period for GCSP Foundation Innovative Learning Grants for local schools and district departments is now open through the end of the October. The application is available online at (icon on left side of homepage).

Winners will be recognized on December 8, 2015 at a Foundation gathering hosted by Primerica. A representative must be present to accept the check.

GCPS Foundation Holiday Reception and Grant Presentation

Hosted by Primerica

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Homebased Teachers Needed

The county is need of math and science teachers who are willing to provide homebased services to students who are unable to attend school. Please see information below:

If you are interested in providing contract Homebased services to GCPS students after regular school hours, you must attend a training session. Teachers who have provided Homebased instruction in the past must attend a session also. Two sessions will be taught to accommodate most work schedules. Please bring a copy of your current teaching certificate to the training if we do not have a current certificate on file. No other registration is required. This is the last training for this school year. A recommendation from your administrative staff is encouraged. All sessions will be held at Oakland Meadow, 590 Old Snellville Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Thursday, October 15, 2015 ___ Session 1 3:00 - 4:30 PM

___ Session 2 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Homebased Dept./Oakland Meadow School

Jackie Okolo, Lead Facilitator

Sue Mitchell, Facilitator

Renee O'Connor, Facilitator


FAX # 678-226-7648

Looking for the following items for our dedication

  • FIshing line
  • Tree branches
  • Silk plants/greenery
  • Cake Pedestals
  • Cookie platters
  • Gold serve ware
  • steamer for table cloths
  • Cup Cake Tiers
  • Clear drink dispensers

Please make sure to label your items for easy return. We would like to begin collecting all these items, so we know what needs to be purchased. You can drop off in the counseling/principal office area. Thank you!

JMS Yearbook

Thank you to Carolyn Armstrong and Diep Nguyen for volunteering to coordinate our yearbook!!!

Jordan MS Dedication

Our dedication will be on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. This is a large community event celebrating our school. We have several opportunities for everyone to get involved in this event. We need individuals who are creative and can help make our decorations. Individuals who love to make pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate with gold sprinkles. How about building an Oreo tower? Maybe you like driving a golf cart? Maybe you enjoy mingling with The Jordan Family? We need your talents. We have opportunities on Saturday, October 17th to help decorate, set up, and cook. Please use this link to share your talents, RSVP, and be a part of a great event!

Vision Cohort 7: Great Opportunity!!!

The Offices of LA , MA, and SC are partnering to offer professional development that promotes a workshop model classroom and encourages cross curricular reading and writing. Our learning topics this year include the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the craft of reading and writing, and learning through inquiry. Middle and high classes will have a language arts and science literacy focus; Participants with at least 80% attendance will earn two PLUs; participants with 100% attendance will receive copies of all professional and mentor texts used in their grade level class during the Vision sessions.

What: Vision Cohort 7

When: 8:00 - 12:00 on the following Saturdays: Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, and Jan. 30.

Where: Peachtree Ridge High School

Participants must register in the PD&E tool no later than October 9. Participants should register for the section number appropriate to their grade levels.

6th gr- #21389

7th gr- #21390

8th gr- #21391

9th/10th gr- #21392

Saturday School & Monday Detention

The schedule has been moved to our Google Drive. You must be logged in using your jordanms. org account. You can view the weekly schedule to see if you have a student scheduled to attend. The baskets to leave student work are in the mailroom. If you are scheduled to work, please make sure to check the schedule to see if any students are scheduled to attend. Guidelines for each are posted on the training page under student discipline.

First Quarter Celebration

We will provide our students with a walk & talk celebration at the end of the nine weeks. Ms. Williams is preparing an informational sheet to be shared with teachers and students. The basic criteria for participation will be: C average in all classes, C average or higher on district assessments, and no discipline referrals. Every teacher has the option to use a "teacher invitation" to include students who have shown improvement. More details will be forthcoming.

eSPLOST: November 3, 2015

Voting in Gwinnett County for eSPLOST will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Please feel free to arrive by 8:40 AM, if you are going to a polling place prior to reporting to school. If you have students scheduled for Tuesday tutoring, please let them know if you will be arriving late.

Personal Leave

Just a quick reminder that personal leave is to be requested at least two weeks prior to requested absence. Please make sure to reference the personal leave days not allowed in the JMS handbook and on the JMS Training Page.

Coke Rewards

We are a Coke Rewards school, so save your bottle tops and carton tops from the 12 packs. It is easy, you can drop off your items in a collection box located in the cafe and mailroom. Or, you can make an account and donate your points to Jordan MS!

Box Tops for Education

Our Care Team supports students in need. At this point, we are extremely limited in our direct support to students, as funding is through donations and fundraising. You can donate $0.10 each time you cut out a Box Top and drop it in our collection box. It is easy and adds up quickly! Please encourage your students and families to support this fundraiser. We have collection boxes in each grade level office and the mailroom.

Revised Professional Learning Calendar

We will not meet on October 6th to analyze data, as we have not yet completed our interims. We may need to adjust our October 20th and 27th dates, as well. We will meet on Tuesday, November 3rd to analyze data from our interim assessments.

Upcoming Dates

10/6: Parent Meeting for Dance Team @ 5:30 PM in Cafe

10/6 - 10/16: 7:00 AM Boys' Basketball Tryouts, 8:15 AM Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 4:15 PM Girls' Basketball Tryouts

10/8: ELL & SWD Team Meeting @ 8:15 AM, Grade Level meeting during planning, required for everyone (medical training)

10/9: iTalks @ 8:15 AM

10/12: Professional Learning Day (agenda will be posted on training page)

10/13- 10/23: Interims Online (see schedule)

10/16: 8th Grade Career Expo

10/19 - 10/23: 8th Grade ITBS Online Testing, Bus Driver Appreciation Week, Teen Read Week

10/21 - 10/23: 6th Grade BizTown Junior Achievement (see schedule)

10/23: iTalks @ 8:15 AM

10/24: Peer Leadership Conference

10/23 - 10/30: Red Ribbon Week (schedule of events on training page)

10/26: 8th Grade Finance Park (see schedule)

10/27 - 10/30: WOW Day Planning (Working on the Work in curriculum teams) need sub plans for your assigned day (LA, MA, SC, SS order of days)

10/29: Grades updated by 8:00 PM

10/30: Progress Reports (12 Weeks) go home (print AM Friday), Honor Chorus Performance (see student list)

Let's Celebrate.....

Patricia Austin 10/5

Diep Nguyen 10/5

Suzanne Roquet 10/7

Wes Wooten 10/13

Aleshia Ingram 10/25

Nicole Finley 10/26

Team Recognition Program

Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize in September!

Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!

Team Recognition Submission