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Crystal's Corner

School Affairs


May 16, 2016-Happy Awards Week!

Crystal Cooper Thompson, Principal

Aesop Reminders

When you submit a request in Aesop:

  • Please remember to post In/Service-Staff Development when requesting for a staff development day off. Assure that you have gotten clearance to attend from Crystal first so that payment for subs can come from the proper line item.

  • Click “save” and the Aesop system will locate a sub for you.
  • Click “save and assign” when you have already spoken to the sub and you know for certain that he/she will be in your class.

Please remember to update the time in Aesop. A full day is 7:45-3:45, half day is either 7:45-11:45 or 11:45-3:45.


Deborah Walston, May 1

Bonita Wilkerson May 3

Jenifer Reese, May 3

Claire Baraban, May 18

Frank Torres, May 22

Carline Thomas, May 27

Jessica Vielmas, May 27

Jill Wallace, May 31

Staff Calendar-To be updated

Crystal's Corner


Thank you for a fantastic week! Your positivity was amazing and I enjoyed you very much! Kudos to you for working so hard with our PBIL Fair, Relay for Life Event and Maker Fair. It was a great feeling to work with you and cheer you on! You all are a special group of employees and your team work is amazing! We looked great and I appreciate all you that took the time to come to any of our events this weekend. I know that it was a sacrifice for you and your loved ones. Thank you for every second!

This week will be a busy one as we celebrate our students for all of their accomplishments. As we get ready for our Awards ceremonies, remember to not wear jeans and to have a small paragraph for each opening. Ask your AP, if you have any questions.

On Friday, I sent out information about our ESOL book study for ESOL certification. Thank you to 3 staff members who are willing to get endorsed! I would love to have at least 2 more on our 2016-2017 team. Are you in?

Also, please send your interest in working for the Super 8 Reading Camp along with student names. Gracias!

    Vision will focus on the three essential components of literacy workshop that will include specific instructional strategies that will target the architecture of the mini-lesson and in grades K-12 in order to enhance the writing instruction across the district. Elementary teachers will dig deeply into the Units of Study in Writing and learn how to utilize the district resource on a daily basis in their classrooms in order to accelerate writing achievement. Middle and high school teachers will build units of study for literacy workshop in order to enhance the reading and writing instruction that is taking place each day in the classroom. 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
    When: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm on Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Dec. 3, and Jan, 21
    Where: Discovery High School

    Teachers should register in the PD&E tool by May 30, 2016. New hires may register once they have obtained an employee identification number.
    1st gr—#23285
    2nd gr—#23286
    3rd gr—#23287
    4th gr—#23288
    5th gr—#23389

SAFARI Montage Focus Groups- Michelle Hardy for signing up!

Do you have staff who are using SAFARI Montage and would like to help us improve it for the district? In order to support and improve instructional use, focus groups will be held by level in April and May as listed below. The purpose is to gather feedback from teachers, lead innovators, LSTC's, media specialists and administrators. Each school is invited to send up to 3 participants. A stipend will be available. Participants will need to register in PDE to track attendance. Search for SAFARI Montage Focus Groups and select a location. Any questions can be directed to Dona Smith in the eCLASS office via Lotus Notes or at 678-301-7293.

Elementary Sessions

Riverside Elementary May 4th 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Chesney Elementary May 5th 3:45 - 4:45 PM

Centerville Elementary May 9th 3:15 - 4:15 PM

Jenkins Elementary May 10th 3:45 - 4:45 PM

K-5 Math Boot Camp

The K-5 Math Boot Camp is designed to develop and deepen understanding of the Mathematics AKS. K-5 Mathematics teachers will focus their learning on analyzing, understanding, and modeling Mathematics AKS from a concrete level to an abstract level. Participants will receive resources and one PLU.

What: K-5 Math Boot Camp

When: 8/27; 9/24; 10/22; 12/10

Where: Discovery HS

This professional learning has been released in PD&E for registration.

Please share with teachers you would recommend for participation.

School Affairs

    Please share links to the new online Communiqué in your local school e-Newsletter and your website. New items are added each week.
    The latest posts to the online Communiqué include features on Transition Fair for Students with Disabilities, the Gwinnett Heat, meetings about the county's transportation plan, plus calendar reminders about the Area Board meetings and the latest episode of In5ive.

School Reminders:

1. Please lock up all devices at night and lock your classroom doors when leaving for specials, and recess. Students need to bring everything with them and not come to the classrooms unattended as much as possible. 2 barriers are suggested, 1 barrier will suffice.

2. Please have students assist with putting chairs on desks when leaving each day.With us eating breakfast and snacks in the classrooms, it causes for more attention to vacuuming. Please help us get your rooms as clean as possible.

          Please register!
            All Leadership Team Members Must Attend
    When: Tuesday, June 14 from 8:30 - 3:45. Registration begins at 7:30 am in the Board Room lobby, ISC Building 100.
    Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center
    Keynote Speaker: Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut and Co-Chair of the White House STEM Education Task Force
    • Choice Session Information:
    • Register April 12-29 via the employee portal by going to Tools--> Media--> GDLC Registration. Then select your four choice sessions. (The link will be live on April 12th.)
    • Need registration assistance? Contact Cindy Weaver via email or by phone at (678) 301-6431.

    2016-17 Gifted Endorsement Cohort-
    If you have not completed your gifted endorsement yet, there is an opportunity for you to join others next year at Lanier Middle School. Please let me know your interest.
    What: Gifted Endorsement 2016-17
    When: Class begins September 1, 2016, and lasts until May 3, 2017
    Where: Lanier Middle School
    A detailed course calendar can be found on page 2 of the application.


Bev Carlan, thank you for my treats and for being such a helpful mentor this year. - Michelle Hardy

Wilna Artistilde thank you so much for your assistance. I really appreciate it! - Michelle Hardy

Angie Laugherty thank you for being so flexible. - Michelle Hardy

Laurel Rosenthal thank you for sharing so many great ideas with me this week. - Michelle Hardy

Kelli Reifler for my mouse pad. - Michelle Hardy

Mrs. Thompson, Dr. Glass, Ms. Sample, Ms. Alverson and the PTA for the delicious treats this week. Thank you for your thoughtfulness during Teacher Appreciation Week. - Michelle Hardy

Thank you so much to Mrs. Thompson and all Administrators for all the support and everything they do for us here at Sycamore every day. Thank you.Carolina&Custodians.

Thank you to PTA for delicious Luncheon. Carolina, Tatiana, Fernando, Belkis, Elena

Thank you SO VERY MUCH to our wonderful administrators and office staff, as well as PTA, for the fantastic treats this week! We love you! - the fourth grade team

Kudos to Mrs. Bennett for helping with selling plants for fourth grade!!!! -Angie Laugherty

Kudos to Mrs. Sample and Mrs. Kram for helping me out on Wednesday. - Mrs. Laugherty

Kudos to Fourth Grade for pulling off an amazing PBL! -Angie

Kudos to Mrs. Hardy for jumping in and helping on such short notice. -Mrs. Laugherty

Thank you to Squires for always being supportive and a great person to work with. - Naisha Lyons

Thank you to Mrs. Sample for planning a great field trip for 5th grade to the World of Coke. We had a great time.-5th Grade Teachers. - Naisha Lyons

Thank you to the 5th Grade Team for a great PBIL fair. - Naisha Lyons

Thank you to everyone who has donated cups, glow sticks, straws, etc. -Karen Peralta

Thanks so much to Julie Kuykendall & her husband, Bonita Wilkerson, Jennifer Gilmer, Kelly Schaaf, Emily Acevedo

, Jessica Vielmas and the Sycamore Admin

. for volunteering to come and help or walk (or both) tonight!!! -Karen Peralta

Kudos to Kindergarten for an incredible Communities! It's a lot to take on and you all rock it!! - Claire

Kudos to Literacy Committee for your voices and ideas this week!! You got me excited and re-energized! -Claire

To Bev Carlan thank you for being such an awesome grade chair. You are the best!!! -Melanie Mayer

To Jenifer Reese and Sheree Bailey, for ALWAYS helping out with a smile on their faces! -Kim Wyble

WOW! KUDOS TO THE STAFF PBIL was VERY impressive. I know our kiddos loved having this experience! -Marjorie

A BIG Kudos to Paula Stewart! Her students returned 100% of their library books! Thank you! Rochelle

Kudos to the entire third grade. Their student book returns are over 99% complete. Thank you! Kim and Rochelle

Thanks so much to Mrs. Aristilde for helping me transform my classroom into a police station. She truly came in the nick of time.

Ms. Black

Thank you to our wonderful kindergarten community, Ms. Goyal, Ms. Covington, Ms. Dovin, Ms. Black, Ms. Kilpatrick, Ms Whigham, Ms. Croom, and Ms. King! What an awesome example of project-based learning! It was done with such creativity and academic connections! I appreciate all of your time and effort to create and support this meaningful learning experience. -Cindy Alverson

Thank you to the Fabulous First Grade team for somehow predicting that the Bison would become our National Mammal, just in time to make it a focus for our first grade PBIL!

You can hear how much learning is taking place in our conversations with students! -Cindy Alverson

To our entire staff, thank you for encouraging our students and their creative thinking. You are wonderful role models for life long learning, -Cindy Alverson