At A Glance

March 16, 2015. 7 items this week

Goals of Collaborative Planning

As you meet on Tuesdays:

1. Collaboratively plan lessons

2. Use data/student work to plan

3. Deconstruct the standards

Teachers Rock

Friday night I was listening outside of Lilli's room. Dean and Liam had both rushed in to read a bedtime story to Lillian. They do this partially because they love their little sister and partially because they get to stay up for a few precious minutes more if they do. Here is what I heard them saying as they fought for the right to read.

Liam: "I get to read and I'm going to be Mr. Turner."

Dean: "NO! It's my turn and I'm going to be Mrs. Sharma!"

Now, neither of these fine folk is Laim's or Dean's direct teachers. But kids all over the building see us and think..."Wow, that's a teacher." They listen to you more than you think and they love you more than you'll ever quite know. Even if you only wave to them in the hallway once.

You matter tremendously to 970 people at Level Creek (other staff included).

2015 K-12 Writing Rubric Drafts

This is your opportunity to provide feedback regarding the GCPS Writing Rubrics.

Please review the DRAFT writing rubrics that have been placed on the LOCC in the eClass C&I Database. In order to locate the DRAFTS, you will need to click on the "2015 Writing Rubrics DRAFT" tab located under the announcements on the LOCC. After you review the rubrics for each genre in your grade level, please complete the survey by following this link -> The grade-level instructional rubrics serve as a frame of reference for the writing progression represented in the AKS.

Please complete the survey before it closes on Monday, March 23.

We appreciate you!

Teachers, there is not enough that I can do to appreciate you all. You work long hours. You balance duties here at school and at home. You are bringing up a generation of winners. You push. You pull. You smile. I hope that you know how much of a difference each day.

If it makes you a bit more comfortable to make that difference this week in jeans, then please do so. If jeans aren't your thing, stop by and I'll see if there isn't something else I can do. If you do wear jeans, please dress them up. Keep sharp!

Report Cards Timeline for 3rd Nine Weeks

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Thank you for being there before your students line up and stressing proper behavior in the cafeteria. It has made a difference. We can make the cafeteria a better place for our kids to eat with your help.

Cafeteria Help


Kerri Jensen, Shirley Mitchell, and I shot a cafeteria video that will air next week. In it we have asked students to improve on 3 things:

  1. Pick Up Trash On and Below the Table
  2. Line Up Properly
  3. Keep Your Food (Don't share food)

They need your help with #2. Students are running to the door, acting unruly, and making a large amount of noise. For the next two weeks, please arrive at the cafeteria 2 minutes early so that you can watch your class line up and reinforce expectations. Shirley and Kerri thank you for your support.

Life's 10 Essentials

It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and weekly routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot. Some of life’s essential truths need repeating.


You will never experience true success until you learn to embrace failure. Your mistakes pave the way for you to succeed by revealing when you’re on the wrong path. The biggest breakthroughs typically come when you’re feeling the most frustrated and the most stuck. It’s this frustration that forces you to think differently, to look outside the box and see the solution that you’ve been missing. Success takes patience and the ability to maintain a good attitude even while suffering for what you believe in.

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