Busy Bee Leader Board

See the Good. See the Need. See the Whole. See the Possible.

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Leaders of Learning

This week's nominees:

We did not have any submissions this week. :( We are counting on you to see the good in one another and let us know so that we can celebrate their leadership at Southern Pines Primary!

Thomas Tidbits

The Power of Positive Thinking......

Do you consider your glass half-empty or half-full? The way you answer that question will determine your outlook on life, such as your career, your abilities, your students, your attitude toward yourself and whether you are pessimistic or optimistic.

The way you answer the question can affect the way you see your students learning. It can even affect your success in all the things you do! It will also show all over you!

Positive thinking and self-talk allows you to approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. It allows you to see the glass as half-full. You will think the best is going to happen instead of assuming the worst.

I know you are thinking right now as you are reading this... "Positive thinking is useless and it doesn't work." Well, I beg to differ. We would rather all be positive than to be negative. Shift your mindset because the world is....Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and it allows you to experience joy.

POSITIVE THINKING IS A CHOICE............ And it affects everyone around you!

More to come..... on the power of positive thinking

And remember, "Every kid needs a champion." --Rita Pierson

Making our Hive Thrive

Kindergarten- Teachers are using various tools to model math for students. Great job using concrete and representational models for students.


  • A teacher was teaching comprehension by explicitly modeling and creating a rubric with students to allow them to evaluate their responses.
  • A teacher was helping students build stamina in writing by doing timed writing fluency and the students were having a blast.
  • A teacher was using her progress monitoring data to have intentional conversations with students to help support their learning.

2nd - A teacher was teaching vocabulary skills within text using context clues. Students then practiced the skill during literacy assignments.

Counselor Corner

For the next 2 weeks, I will be doing some of my 2nd grade guidance lessons in the STEAM lab. I will be there from about 8:15-9:10. I will be out by the time the first classes come in.

On the new referral form, under consequences, there is something called Behavior Worksheet. I will be putting one in everyone’s mailbox. You can have the student complete these while in a time out to reflect on what they did and how they can make it better.

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H is for Hourglass

Every minute counts, even those minutes "around the edges." Brief interactions during the passing period and breaks--those off-hand remarks and nods in the hallway, those extra-curricular events you attend and clubs you run--they may make all the difference.

Each minute spent informally with a student is worth ten hours of class time.

#rapport #relationships

--Dave Burgess, P is for Pirate

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Walkthrough Focus

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to turn our attention once more to the "Characteristics of Great Classrooms". Our walkthrough focus will now shift to looking for and celebrating evidence of these 6 characteristics. We will focus on two each month. The focus for March will be: "A Positive Emotional Climate with Clear Routines and Procedures" and "An Organized Lesson Built Around Clear, Measurable Learning Targets". Stay tuned as we highlight examples of ways teachers are exhibiting these great characteristics!

Please use this link to share your "Wish List" for next school year. You can also find the link on Edmodo.

Upcoming Dates

March 2-14: YR Math Benchmark

March 9: SPP Ed Camp 8:00-9:30; MCS Teachapalooza Conference 12:30-3:30--Teachers, please be sure you have registered for this.

March 10: PTA Meeting at 6:00

March 11: Teach Like a Pirate Free Workshop at UNCP--Dave Burgess (author of the book) will be presenting!!! I have requested 7 spots--please let me know if you are interested in attending! It will be held at Givens Performing Arts Center from 5:30-7:30

March 11-13: Marci at Imagine Learning Conference

March 12: School Faculty Meeting with Dr. Grimesey (rescheduled from February 16)--3:00-4:00

March 17: Pierce Group presentation on benefits and open enrollment--if you are unable to attend this meeting because it is not on a Wednesday, please let me know and I will give you the contact information of the presenter so that he can meet with you another time. It will be about 15 minutes long and will start around 2:45.

March 18: SIT meeting--we will be looking over the proposed master schedule for next year

March 16-20: SRI for students of concern

March 16-27: TR Math Benchmark

March 18: PAMS Performance--Hobey Ford & His Golden Rod Puppets--9:00 am

March 18: Marci Executive Coaching Session with Dr. Rutherford

March 19: Jennifer Beck leads PLC team meetings--Math Pacing Survey

March 19: Marci off campus in the afternoon

March 20: Celebration of West Southern Pines--Rescheduled because of snow day

March 20: YR Report Cards go home

March 24: Spring Picture Day

March 25: NC Pre-K application In-take @ SPP--12:00-5:30 (Just be aware--it will not affect schedules in any way.)

March 26: 2nd grade YR to Discovery Place Kids

March 26: Kindergarten Celebration of the Arts

March 27: Early Release day and STEAM Collaborative Planning as grade levels from 1:00-3:00

March 30-April 13: YR Spring Break

April 2: 2nd grade TR to Discovery Place Kids

April 2: TR Report Cards go home

April 3-10: TR Spring Break

April 17: Kindergarten Registration

April 24: Marci Executive Coaching Session with Dr. Rutherford

April 24: Assistants Professional Development on Reading Strategies--10:30-12:30

April 30: School Improvement Site Visit--11:00-12:30