Myers Moment

October 16th Edition

GA Milestones

Hello Everyone,

Last week at principal's meeting I was told that we would have GA Milestones results this week. I have not received any results. Once the results come in I will meet with grade level teams to look at our school-wide data. Schools have been advised not to share individual student scores until mid-November.

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Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model

The core of our professional development this year is focused on the Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model. Gradual Release is the workshop model with a few tweaks. Gradual Release has four interrelated components: focus lessons ( mini-lessons), guided instruction, collaborative learning (workstations and productive group work), and independent work. When a teacher wants students to have a deep understanding of content each of these four components must be introduced, but the order of the components does not matter. Please click the link below for detailed information about the Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model. After you read the article if you have questions or comments I invite you to join me in written discussion on the Nesbit eClass training page. I love learning and talking about instruction :)

United Way

The annual United Way campaign has officially begun. You can make your contributions via the employee portal. Please give to this worthy cause. Ebony Jones will send out more information about the student campaign.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Monday, October 9th is bus driver appreciation day. 1st grade is leading the charge to celebrate our bus drivers. Thank you 1st grade for making our Nesbit bus drivers feel special.

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for health care plans and benefits will begin Monday, October 19, 2015, and will end on November 6, 2015.


Nesbit student usage is beating the breaks off of the majority of the county. Last week it was 64% and this week we are at 63%. Through the use of eClass, we are increasing student engagement. Thank you for Nesbitizing!!!! Our goal is to get 65% student usage on a weekly basis. Continue to provide students with meaningful learning opportunities using eClass.

The following teachers had the most teacher eClass usage:

  • Jamye Royster
  • Juso Jakupovic
  • Stephanie Colbert
  • Taqullia Thomas
  • Keith Higgins

Read for the Record & Literacy Night

On October 22, Kindergarten and 1st-grade classes will have guest readers come in to read, "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story". We will also have literacy night that evening where we will be "Reading Under the Stars". Students and teachers are invited to wear their comfy pajamas that night. More details will follow in an e-mail from Ms. Hollingsworth.

Retirements : Celebrate Good Times...Come On

We have several retirements to celebrate. Ms. Collett Wright retired on September 30th. Ms. Ines Ballesteros will retire on October 31st. Barbara Fancher will retire November 30th. We will celebrate the contributions and careers of these ladies at their retirement parties. Both Ms. Wright and Ms. Ballesteros will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 29th at 3:15. Ms. Fancher's retirement celebration will be at the end of November. We announce the date in the coming weeks.

“Just Say Thank-You!” by Jacki Sellmansberger

I was touched deeply this week by at least 3 people that showed appreciation for something I had said or done. It was just a simple “thank-you,” or an acknowledgement of something I had said that had encouraged them, but it was refreshing for me to know that someone appreciated my efforts. You know we go through our day doing what we think is good, or helpful, or encouraging, and we seldom hear an encouraging word about our choices. This was an excellent reminder for me to let people know I do notice their hard work. I recognize when they wait a minute at the door in the morning, so I don’t have to “dig” for my key. I appreciate their sharing some new idea they have tried with their class successfully. And I appreciate when someone leaves a note or a sweet treat on my desk to encourage me as I deal with some personal struggle. It’s because of things like this that I have stayed on the job for as long as I have. Those simple acknowledgements of my efforts, those encouraging notes, those sweet treats have helped me hang in there when I really wanted to give it up! It doesn’t come naturally to everyone to be an encourager, but we can all make the effort. It’s easy to get so focused on our own lives, we don’t notice others around us. Try to look beyond yourself just once a day and see who could use an encouraging word. It made a difference for me this week!

And going along with this idea, a BIG THANK-YOU to all the ADMIN TEAM who work tirelessly to help Nesbit become a leader in our county. As our leaders, our bosses, and our examples, we appreciate all you do! Happy Bosses’ Day!

Congratulations to Brittney Thornburry on her wedding this past week-end! Continue to keep Jocelyn Garrison in your thoughts and prayers, as well as Kim Pozerelli. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to just say thank-you!

Dates to Remember

This week is Iowa Testing for 2nd and 5th grades. All other grade levels should continue Mighty Minds.

Monday, 10/19

  • Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Tuesday, 10/20

  • 3:15 - 4:30 IFT meetings ( grade level leader's classroom)

Wednesday, 10/21

  • Literacy NIT during planning

Thursday, 10/22

  • Math NIT during planning
  • Literacy Night

Friday, 10/23

  • Report cards go home
  • 10:50 - 11:15 - Chat & Chew with Ladies to Bee

Meaningful Teaching Quotes

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William A. Ward

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” - Maya Angelou

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” - Karl Menninger

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” - Carl Jung

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.’” - Dan Rather

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry Adams