Knights Watch

May 2 - 6

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

All In, Mt. Gallant!

If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching

How We Win:

  • Building and sustaining relationships with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Improving our core instruction in the areas of Guided Reading, Lucy Calkins' writing, and Number Talks.
  • Personalizing the MGES experience and learning for each child


We had a great time at Hickory Tavern Friday afternoon! It was nice to sit back without an agenda for time to talk and laugh. It was also a great way to kickoff Teacher Appreciation Week! Sheleea and I can't thank you all enough for what you do to instruct our students and shape their non-academic lives on a daily basis. THANK YOU!

MG Family Update

Please keep Kim Winters in your thoughts and prayers. She fell and broke her ankle over the weekend. I know I speak for us all in wishing her a speedy recovery. Text or send her an email if you get a minute as she'll be out for a couple of days.

Second Grade Market Days - May 2 - 5

As part of Social Studies unit, our second grade team will host Market Days next week. All students may purchase snacks in the PD Room from 7:10am - 7:40am.

Second grade students will be manning their tables in the PD room along with parent volunteers. Snacks cost either 50 cents or $1.

Thank you for supporting this great opportunity for our second graders!

SLO - Final Steps! - Due by May 6

  1. Complete the Final Reflection section
  2. Complete the Goal Final Status section
  3. Email your completed template to me along with attached data tracking before May 6

Once I receive your completed template and data tracking, I'll add my comments and print. There is a GBE form that accompanies the SLO, and I'll get that to you for your signature.

Odds & Ends - Ms. Leonard

Textbooks Returned

All Science and Social Studies textbooks that have been checked out to students and teachers will be collected the week of May 23rd.

MAP Testing

Except for a few make-ups MAP Testing has completed for K-2nd. Students in 3rd-5thgrade will now begin MAP testing. Please remember the email I sent about looking at norms to compare data with our SIP and Dr. Pew’s goals. We will look at the 2011 norms since our SIP plan and Dr. Pew’s goals were based off of 2011 norms. Once testing is complete overall class MAP reports will be printed for your class.

SC Online Testing for Science and Social Studies

Students in 4th and 5th grade will begin online testing the week of May 9th. They will test in Science and Social Studies. The lab will be closed beginning May 9th for the remainder of the year. Vickie will come to your class for your planning time.

Reading Coach's Corner

F & P : Please continue to contact me as testing materials in the Literacy closet get low and I will replenish them. Email me if you need folders for new students.

Monthly instructional levels: Please turn these in by Fri, May 6. Include April levels and any data you may already have for the EOY F&P column.

Thinking ahead… Check out this link for a sneak preview of a book study we will be offering at MGES next year. A signup sheet/book order will be posted shortly for anyone interested in participating and there will also be a place to record convenient days/times to meet. This will be a casual time to meet and share with colleagues about the topic of conferring.

This Week:

Computer Lab will operate normally during Special Area this week.


  • Start your morning with a "perk" in the room across from Nurse Barb!
  • 3 - 5 iPads to remain at school
  • Jean Day!
  • Mt. Gallant Night at TCBY


  • PTA Lunch - Cinco de Mayo style - iTe apreciamos!
  • KNN, Color Guard, Noble Knights, Student Ambassador Field Trip
  • Jean Day!
  • 2:45 - Work on finalizing and submitting your SLO info


    • Moree meeting at 8am at MG; DO Cabinet will visit
    • MAP Window opens for grades 3 - 5 (See schedule from Sheleea)
    • Jean Day!


    • PST - See MGES Calendar
    • SIC at 5:15; PTA Board Only Meeting at 6pm
    • Jean Day!


    • Post PLC Minutes in Canvas
    • Moree off-campus
    • SLO due to Moree
    • Jean Day!

    Coming Up:


    11 - 27 - SC PASS Online Window for Science and SS for Grades 4-5

    12 - York County Museum Dinosaur Reception for First Grade Only During School Day

    19 - PTA 3-5 Dance from 6 - 8pm

    19 - Last day students can check out books

    20 - No School

    25 - Grades Due

    25 - TK Ceremony @ 8:30

    26- iPad Roll-in

    27 - Knights of the Round Table & Gallant Girls Field Trip

    27 - Music during lunch - Bassoonist

    30 - No School

    31 - Field Day


    1 - Fifth Grade Promotion at 8:30am

    2 - Kindergarten Promotion at 8:30am


    20 - Assessment Conference

    21 - Assessment Conference