AT A GLANCE

November 14, 2015 :: 7 Items

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Teach with your Strengths

Teach With Your Strengths

School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards


eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.
  4. Newsletters should be housed in eCLASS.

Toys for Tots Donations!

A huge thank you to Deena Nowicki! Deena, you have one of the most abundant giving spirits of anyone we know and we cannot thank you enough! Level Creek had an incredibly successful donation drive!
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Media Center Painting

The Media Center will have a painting overhaul over Winter Break. We have new furniture which has already begun to come in. The colors in the walls will mirror that furniture. We will be painting over the murals and wanted to let you know before that was done instead of after. Mary has some great ideas for decorations and we will have new artwork going up over time.
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Digital Days Winter Break Handouts

Attached is a handout for Friday Folder Instructions and a set of labels that can be printed and sent home with students Friday, December 18th.
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Bragging on...

The Level Creek Staff

One of our teachers is good friends with Laura Hardin, head of the county crisis team, that came to our school. "She texted me Friday night and said I had a GREAT school with an excellent staff. She was very impressed on Friday."



Emily Costine and Kristin Neely

The Spanish club wrote bilingual letters to the troops for the Bert Show's Big Thank you for Thanksgiving. I received this email (see below) from one of our service men. I wanted to share and say thank you Kristin for dropping the letters off for us. I can't wait to show the kids the email and let them know they really are making a difference!

Emily Costine

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Ms. Costine,

My name is Caleb and I received some of the letters your students wrote to the troops. I’m in the Navy aboard the USS George Washington. I just wanted to thank you for having your class do that for us. Things like that are a big morale booster for us. We could use more teachers like you and I just want to personally thank you for everything you do.

Very Respectfully,

Caleb Spencer

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Holiday Season Guidelines

The holiday season is a time to acknowledge and teach our students about our own, as well as, different celebrations, beliefs and traditions. Attached you will find some additional guidelines to assist you with your endeavors.


  1. General Rule: When a school does choose to acknowledge the December holidays, it is essential that the school must never appear to endorse religion over non-religion or one particular religious faith over another.
  2. Public schools must remain free from activities that could involve religious coercion. Schools must take care to avoid endorsing the beliefs, practices or traditions of the majority religion.
  3. Schools must be careful not to cross the line between teaching about religious holidays (which is permitted) and celebrating religious holidays (which is not). Teaching about a holiday will be constitutional if it furthers a genuine secular program of education, is presented objectively, and does not have the effect of endorsing, advancing or inhibiting religion.
  4. Special school events (parties*) must be designed to further a secular and objective program of education and must not focus on any one religion or religious observance
    *Share these GCPS guidelines with your room mom(s) in charge of your party.
  5. Religious symbols are not appropriate seasonal decorations in public schools.
  6. In an effort to be ecumenical, it is not advisable to rely on information provided by a representative child of a minority religion. Students should not be put on the spot to explain their religious (or cultural) traditions.
  7. Remember: diversity includes religious diversity.