Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz

Spring Break Edition--March 29th

Making the most of the time we have left

I hope you all are enjoying a restful break that is focused on your rejuvenation and relaxation and not school work. We will need to hit the ground running upon our return to make the most of the two weeks we have left before testing starts. We are in the home stretch and have worked really smartly to support our students. As we get back it will be important to look at our data from Bench Mark B. Using that data to our advantage will be key in making the growth that will get us moving in the right direction. I have updated the spread sheet that I shared with grades 3-5 with the colored bands on it comparing Benchmark A and B. I'm sure that Shasta will be updating her sheets that will help us identify the number of students we need to move to reach our AMO. I believe in each of you and your ability to support our students' success. We will be working closely in the next two weeks to make the most of the time we have before we start testing. We can do this!

Secondary focus on Effort and determination

I know that many of you have already started this conversation with your students and have been talking about effort, determination and perseverance. Below are some videos that could be used to spark further conversation to drive home the idea that our Lions don't give up and don't leave things unfinished.

(I will warn you on this one, the mouse in the trap clip at the end creeps me out, but I"m 100% sure that the kids will love it. )

Worlds most determined dog

The "cheese" level on this one is high, and might be too broad for our kids, but could be a good way to start some circle conversations about life long goals and that working hard today will get you where you want to be tomorrow.

This one might be my favorite out of all of them. I think you'll really enjoy it. Overcoming obstacles. At first he talks about his physical disability, but he then moves into other obstacles, like poverty, learning disabilities, and family background. This one I think is a winner.

A quick pep talk that would be fun to play before you start something challenging. No one can be discouraged after a pep talk from these two guys...

April Newsletter

The April Newsletter will be going out to parents on the 5th of April. If you have grade level updates (Thank you 2nd grade I have yours!) please send them to me before you depart on the 4th. Thanks!!

Thoughts for teachers

Here is an article, that doesn't have any ground breaking ideas, but good things to remember about getting ready for testing. There are other articles below this one that aren't directly related, I was more interested in the first article but if you find something great in the subsequent articles, I'm glad it was a help.

Another link that is not connected to testing, but to our work with Zones, here is a website that Kristen Galloway found that had some cute ideas for Zones work with kids.

And this next link is from Misty Ezell who found this article on trauma informed teaching. Like the first link there are several articles attached in this link. The first article is the one to read, but I did see a video further down that could be interesting too.

PLC Work

We will be using our next PLC day (the 2nd) to focus on our plans to address our next steps in grades 3-5 to prepare for the TNReady. Have your data and plans/ideas ready. Shasta and I will be there to listen and support. Grades K-2 we can discuss curriculum, your SMART goals towards increasing DRA scores, or portfolio. It will be a great day to talk about solid instruction.

Faculty Meeting on the 8th

Please ensure that you are at our meeting on the 8th. This will be the training for TNReady. All teachers need to attend. Just in case we have a crazy out break of the next "Yuck Virus" that inevitability strikes at the worst time ever, we will have people available to test. If you have any appointments etc, please reschedule them. Thanks in advance!

Reminders from HR


The human resources departs is updating information in personnel files and planning for recruiting and hiring needs next year. Please access the link below for a brief survey updating your information on the following:

Survey Deadline: April 3rd

1. Degree Attainment

  • We are working on updating information in our personnel records. Specifically, we are currently updating degree attainment information. This will help verify salary level and plan for upcoming degree attainment and salary changes.

2. Intent to Return

  • We are fortunate to have some of the best educators in the country here with us in KCS. In order to continue hiring and recruiting top educators, we have to plan early. As we enter Spring, we are in the hiring season for teachers. We are asking if you would indicate your plans for next year, if known at this time, so that we can plan for teaching needs. These responses are not binding and only used for recruitment and planning.

Survey Link:

Thank you for your time and assistance in this process!

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