Personnel Passport

October 23-27

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Message from Mission Control

* Thanks to everyone who attended our Fall Festival last Thursday! It was a huge success with a great turnout and great weather. I heard nothing but positive feedback from the event. I appreciate everyone so much for coming, volunteering, and showing support of Elkins and our community events. It is greatly noticed and appreciated!

* Attention K-2 grade levels:

  • Round two of LiiNK observations will continue next week.
  • If your campus or teachers are on Facebook or Twitter, please follow and share LiiNK, and we will follow you too! Facebook:

Twitter: EMSISD LiiNK Program @EMSISDLiiNK

  • The Attentional Fatigue and Spatial Awareness Assessments are coming up soon. Please remind teachers to be on the lookout for emails from Laura Clark and Dave Farbo as they will be scheduling those assessments. These assessments will not take place at all campuses.
  • If you, your teachers, or families have LiiNK stories to share, please direct stories to Candice Martin
  • Thank you for all that you continue to do to make LiiNK a success for your students

* Don't forget about our meeting today (Monday) in the library. This is for all teachers and any paras who will be using the Moby Max online programs. This is something that would be good to utilize for students who go to the lab during the extended block times and/or for extra Tier 2 assistance within classrooms.

* All PDSA boards should be up with goals, and data. Most have this added, but there are still some that do not have the information listed. Remember, this is used for students and should be purposeful. Most grade levels have completed some sort of assessment to track data by now. Shout out to those of you who already have plus/deltas posted, have already started discussing and using with your students.

* Just a few reminders with report cards going out this week....

- if a student is failing, his parents should be notified and/or a discussion should take place before report cards go out

- make sure you are following grading handbook for rules for correcting grades, number of grades needed, how long a student has for make-up work, etc.

- SPED students, 504 students, and ELL students should not be failing unless you have had discussions with myself or Bobby. If ELL students are failing, make sure you have documented use of the ELL strategies in order to show all possible accommodations are being provided. We know there are exceptions and specific "special cases," but for the most part, we need to ensure all proper accommodations and strategies are being utilized for the student to provide all possible avenues in order to pass. We will discuss this more during our staff meeting today.

* The 2nd round of gradebook checks will take place this week. I did learn this week that the common assessments you give through the district DO count as a summative grade. It's the benchmarks that we do not count as grades. I may be the only one who was unclear about that, but I wanted to make sure you all knew that according to the handbook, that IS a summative grade.

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Campus News

* We have a lot of teachers out the next few weeks on specific days due to conferences, vertical meetings, etc. If you can avoid it, please refrain from asking off on October 24th, November 1st, and November 3rd. These are days where we will have multiple teachers out, so we would appreciate it if any requests for time off would not occur on these days.

* This week is Red Ribbon Week! Show your support by dressing up each day this week to support the initiative. Just a reminder, the dress up days this week are:

Monday- wear red

Tuesday- team jerseys

Wednesday- pajamas

Thursday- 80's

Friday- character day

* Make sure to turn in the RSVP forms for the Thanksgiving feast. Remind students to return those, put on your newsletters, etc. The nutrition department needs a head count so they know how much food to prepare.

* Keep reading the books and communicating in your book studies. I'm looking forward to hearing how each book study is going.

* If you are needing Bobby or I to sit in on any parent/teacher conferences, please let us know. We would be happy to be in there if there are any where you need some extra support and/or backup. Just please get with us so that we can make sure we are available and free to meet. Don't forget to let us know if you will have any conferences that begin past 4:30.

* Our Math Vertical and ELAR Vertical councils are coming up in just a few short weeks. Make sure you take the time to talk with your grade level teams about what you feel should/needs to be discussed at these meetings. There will be certain things required for the meetings, and depending on which meeting it is, you may be asked to bring certain items. Come with questions, as well. Angela Kennedy, Misty Germaine, and Macie Kerbs will be present at the designated meetings, so this is a great time to get some questions answered or bring up anything you need clarification on.

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Great Expecations

This year, we will be implementing our GE life principles during announcements, as well as having the opportunity for kids to respond using the white interactive papers in the hallway (formerly used for vocabulary).

Each life principle will be talked about during a 1 week period. You will be getting the schedule sent this week, and it will also be posted on the One Note staff portal. We will discuss on announcements, and students will have the opportunity to write (or draw) how they show this life principle. For example, the first one is self discipline. They can write on the paper how they show or can use self discipline. This will require thinking and application... so it brings in the higher levels. We will talk about the expectations of how this will be used on the announcements, so the students are familiar with what is acceptable.

Just as the vocabulary has been done in the past, the life principles will remain posted on the wall, so that the students can see them and refer back to them. The Elk of the Month will be chosen based on the life principles that have been discussed for the month. Each student chosen will not have to demonstrate ALL of the life principles, but one or more.

This week, our life principle is:

Optimism- always looking for the positive in any situation

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October 23-27th = Red Ribbon Week!

Monday- Wear Red

Tuesday- College Shirts

Wednesday- Pajamas

Thursday- 80's

Friday- Storybook Character

Monday, October 23rd:

Staff Meeting- 3:00pm

Thursday, October 26th:

Kori off campus in AM for Principal Meeting

Bobby off campus in PM for AP meeting

2nd Grade Field Trip- Zoo

Friday, October 27th:

Kick off assembly for PTA Big Kahuna Fundraiser @ 8:00 am

Clubs Today (follow Clubs schedule)

Tuesday, October 31st:

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 1st:

Literacy Council Meeting- AM

Math Council Meeting- PM

Thursday, November 2nd:

Kori off campus at meeting

Monday, November 6th:

Staff Meeting; (Forrester's Financial & ARD Training)

Spirit Day/Night at The Pizza Buffet (sponsored by PTA)

Thursday, November 9th:

Holiday/Xmas Pictures

Friday, November 10th:

Early Release at 11:40 (parent/teacher conferences)

Tuesday, November 14th:

Dr. Parker here for campus visit (9:45-10:45)

LiiNK meeting 3:30-4:30 (Eagle Mt. Elem)

Thursday, November 16th:

Kori off campus at meeting

Family Thanksgiving Feast (during lunch times)

November 20-24:

Thanksgiving Break

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