Clarks Creek Staff News

December 15-19, 2014

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Clarks Creek students have PRIDE!

Ensuring that ALL students carry themselves with pride and confidence beyond our doors as honorable, skillful learners and thinkers, ready to enrich our world.

SCHOOL GOALS - What will you do IN JANUARY to get our students there?

  • 40% of all students who take the ISTEP assessment will earn the maximum number of points of each problem solving question. This is an increase of 2.9% over last year’s scores.

  • 80% of all students who take the ISTEP assessment will earn a score of 4, 5, or 6 on the Writing Applications six-point rubric. This is an increase of 3.6% over last year’s scores.
  • Current fourth grade students will increase scores by at least 3% in the subcategory of Algebra & Functions, scoring 88% or higher.
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Dear Staff,

At this time of year, we see so much joy in our students, but we also have many students for whom the holidays present additional challenges. When you have trouble paying your rent and providing enough food for your family, as we know so many of our families do, the idea of then trying to buy presents in line with what the kids see on TV can cause tremendous stress. To help alleviate this problem, I know that you're aware that many of our students receive assistance from local organizations to help make their holidays merry and bright. Cathy Ellis coordinates so much of this assistance for our students, and I thought you would enjoy seeing a summary of that for this holiday season.

  • 53 students this year (down from 100 last year. Reasons: families have contacted the agencies themselves, or the programs have limited the number of students who can be referred.)
  • Clothe-A-Child has 8 of our students. They shopped at JCP this year and bought clothes for the students. Usually about $100-150 limit per student. They also made a $350 donation to the corporation if we need money for additional families.
  • Plainfield Correctional Facility took 10 of our students. They buy toys and will deliver this week, usually with Santa coming to visit classrooms..
  • We have 5 private donors. They include some of our student’s families and other church groups in the community. They have taken on a number of our students this year.
  • Project Angel will provide food, toys and clothing to 7 of our families.
  • Genco has adopted another family of 6 for Christmas assistance, clothes/toys. They also helped a food drive in November and we were able to divide that between 3 families, and were able to add a ham, etc from the Peyback Foundation (Peyton Manning’s Foundation) at the last minute.
  • Thompson family-all of the ornaments have been taken and gifts have started to pile up for them.

Thankful to Cathy for all of her hard work to help make our students' holiday seasons joyful and to all of you and the organizations mentioned above for your generous spirits and giving hearts. We are blessed to live and work in a community that truly demonstrates its values and beliefs in actions, and at this time of year, it is even more evident. Thanks for loving our kids each and every day in your words, thoughts, and actions.


To-Do List

  1. Finalize grades by 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
  2. Don't forget about the lunch pitch-in on Monday!
  3. If you participated in Secret Santa, be sure to bring your final gift on Thursday morning for the "big reveal."
  4. Together, ALL of our students have created something amazing! On your way to or from somewhere in the building, talk a walk through the "forest" in Town Hall to let the kids see what their combined efforts have produced.
  5. Please clean all of your items out of the three refrigerators in the building. All items in the refrigerators will be purged when custodians clean these over winter break. If there is something that needs to stay, please mark it clearly with a post-it that says, KEEP.
  6. Make a note on your calendar that Wednesday, January 14th we will run the alternate schedule for our second quarter PRIDE convo at the end of the day. (We ran into some scheduling issues on the two surrounding Fridays, so we thought we'd try this.)
  7. Come to our all-staff song recording Tuesday afternoon at 3:55 in the music room.


  • Our fourth and fifth grade classes made a second attempt to reduce waste in our lunchroom and they were wildly successful! They were able to reduce the amount of trash from their lunches from four bags down to one and 3/4! Way to go!! As a result of their efforts, they are being rewarded with a "concert" by the "Dumpster Drummers" later this week. This is an excellent demonstration of not allowing "failure" to be the end result of your efforts, but rather to use it as a learning experience and meet with success based on changes from those lessons.
  • Eliana Tucker was recognized at the board meeting as the November Value of the Month student for Clarks Creek.

10-Day Forecast of Upcoming Events

December 15 - 18, 2014

The Four Days of Christmas

December 15, 2014

Staff Pitch-In Lunch

Teacher's Lounge - During All Lunch Periods

December 15, 2014

Grades 4 and 5 District Meeting

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

CC Library

December 16, 2014

"Ugly" Sweater Day

December 16, 2014

Christmas Parody Song Recording

3:55 in the Music Room; we will be done by 4:15 (because we will be just that good!)

December 17, 2014

Polar Express/Pajama Day

December 17, 2014

Staff Breakfast

7:45 in the Cafeteria

December 18, 2014


Class Holiday Parties 2:30 - 3:15 (or other time, as determined by teachers)

December 18, 2014

ELF DAY! Photo at 8:00 a.m. ; Secret Santa Reveal

Town Hall

December 18, 2014
"Dumpster Drummers"
11:20 a.m.

December 19, 2014
Grades Due by 11:00 a.m.


  • Emily Baker is our staff member featured in the "We Have Pride in Our Staff" article this week! Be sure to turn your questionnaire to Misty. If you can't think of an answer for something, it's OK to leave it blank!


  • December 20 - Holly Collins


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Eliana Tucker receives recognition as our Value of the Month representative.

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