Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz

May 10, 2019 (Actually the 13th--grumble, grumble)

Going Strong To the Very End

Keep the foot on the gas! We are having some great days, but our high fliers are experiencing some increased difficulty in regulating their behavior. Push the use of strategies, maximizing the use of zones, and promoting the expectations as we finish this year strong! Our kids can and will rise to the occasion.!

Keeping it engaging can be difficult this time of year, but don't forget to build in brain breaks (you might need more than 4), look for ways for students to have choice in how they show what they have learned when appropriate, and allow for student to student discourse. These are just a few ideas that you can use to increase engagement in these next two weeks.

A final incentive for you---the more engaged our students are, the less time they have for classroom shenanigans.

Faculty Meeting On Monday

We will meet in the Library this upcoming Monday for our last faculty meeting of the year! We will start as close to 3:40 as we can. This meeting will focus on de-cluttering our environment and creating spaces that are beneficial to everyone's learning.

Sheppard's Scoop

As we come to the end of this school year and prepare for next, motivations are high to purge the old and prepare for the new. Belated spring cleaning at the beginning of summer vacation is an annual tradition at my house and in my office.

I was recently inspired by listening to our guest speakers for Monday's faculty meeting present about their big "takeaways" from TRIAD training last summer. So, I decided to visit the TRIAD website. Basically, TRIAD training is research-based strategies out of Vanderbilt Kennedy Research Center that supports students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, our speakers will testify to the impact it has had for all learners in their classrooms.

The site offers free resources such as user friendly modules/training sessions that can be completed at your convenience.

I dove into 3 modules: visual supports, environmental arrangement, and preference assessments. Historically, I must admit that online learning modules are not my favorite. Asynchronous learning is not my cup of tea. With that being said, the short video presentations and available printouts for note taking and reference are very helpful.

I don't expect that anyone will dive into any new training these next couple of weeks; however, you may want to preview some of the modules when designing your classroom for next year. Like so many Universal Design practices, the structures we put into place to support a few students often have far-reaching benefits for all students.

Field Day Schedule And Lunch Menu

Everyone should receive the field day schedule by the end of today. Please note the rotation with in each sub group. If you have any questions please ask. We are looking forward to a great day.

Lunch menu for tomorrow is as follows:

Hamburger/Cheese Burger

Potato Wedges

Carrots Cups

Apple or Banana


We will have the Tuesday Menu on Wednesday

In order to not overwhelm the cafeteria we will stagger entry to get food from the cafeteria as follows:

Prek-eating on their own.

Grades K & 1--enter the cafeteria starting at 11:30

Grades 2 & 3--Enter cafeteria starting at 11:45

Grades 4 & 5 Enter cafeteria starting at 11:55

Grade levels please have walkies on to listen to any changes in this schedule in case we get backed up.

Finally, Lincoln shirts, jeans/shorts, and sneakers are the attire for the day!

Restorative Justice on 60 MIntues

Yesterday on 60 minutes was a segment on restorative justice that I wanted to share with you. This segment is more about the judicial side of things as opposed to a school approach, but it is a great segment and I think you all would enjoy watching. Providing an opportunity for those who have been harmed to have a voice and to find understanding in a situation is life changing. If we can show children that being forgiving or understanding of others as opposed to vindictive or holding in anger over actions that happened to us could negatively it cold change their lives in the future! Enjoy

Changes in PLC's due to grade inputting

Apparently, and we can all start knocking on wood, the state will have preliminary TNReady scores at 11:30 ish pm Monday, May 20th. Based on state policy...or maybe it is district (either way) for grades 3, 4 and 5, part of their grade is comprised of the TNReady score. Teachers in grades 3, 4 and 5 must have grades turned in by the end of the day on the21st. I will not meet with grades 3, 4 and 5 on our regular Tuesday PLC time. I will meet with you all on Monday during your planning to have our final book study. Grades K, 1 and 2 will meet on Tuesday. Teachers in grades 3, 4 and 5 should use Tuesday's planning to finish inputting their grades.

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