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Week of March 21, 2016

Panther News

We wish our Science Olympiad team the best of luck tomorrow in the Science Olympiad competition! It will be held at North Oconee High School from 8:00 - 2:00.

Click here to view the Panther News for next week.

Enjoy your weekend,
Troy, John, and Karen

Georgia Milestone Practice Test Tickets

We now have access to online practice test tickets. 3rd and 5th grade teachers, please let Karen know when you plan to conduct an online practice session, and we can check out practice test tickets to you. 4th grade, if it works with your schedule, we may pull your students testing online during one of the 3rd or 5th grade sessions, so they can practice too. Students will have the opportunity to practice logging in and navigating the different features on the testing platform.

Georgia Milestones Practice Website

The link to the public Georgia Milestones test is listed below. These practice sessions do not generate a score; it is only used for becoming familiar with the site. This resource now includes examples of the 'technology-enhanced' items. Items of this type will appear on this spring's test forms as FIELD TEST items only (meaning that they will not apply to student scores).

Another important feature in this refresh is the availability of the Standard read-aloud (text-to-speech) accommodation.

Using a Chrome browser only, enter the following link to access the site:

April Car Rider Duty Schedule

Click here to view the April car rider duty schedule.

Professional Learning

Click HERE to learn more about Spring and Summer STEM learning opportunities provided by the Ga DOE.

Creeks to Coast Educator’s Workshop 2016 workshop - July 12-19, 2016. Click here for information.

Costa Rica | Professional Development Field-based Learning Seminar: Rainforest Ecology and Science Education - June 21, 2016 - June 25, 2016 - Click here for information.

Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support - June 5-7. Click here for information.

K12week™ - the largest free online event for K-12 leaders. Gain insight and learn strategies for preparing for ESSA, measuring social-emotional learning, school climate, equity, school improvement, data-informed decision making, and professional learning.

K-12week brings together the top minds in education for the most important event in education. Keynote speakers include David Osher, Peter Worth, Glenn Singleton, Renee Pryor and David Kirp, and top institutions such as Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley.In addition to these and other notable speakers, you’ll have the chance to connect with other school districts and leaders around the country and discover strategies to improve student achievement.

When: March 28 - March 31

Where: Online, no travel required! Watch from the convenience of your home or office, entirely on-demand! If you can’t attend live, we’ll have the webinars and content available to download after the event. Register for free at

Do you know an inspiring teacher? If so, nominate them for the K-12week InspireAward. This award is dedicated to educators making a difference in their classroom, school, and community. We want to recognize one outstanding teacher to receive the InspireAward for their service and a $10,000 grant to fund their classroom! To nominate an inspiring teacher, register for free at and take the survey to tell their story.

Celebrate National Reading Month with Newsela-

When students make connections with what they are reading, their comprehension and engagement rapidly increases. You are invited to join a webinar series about reading strategies. During this webinar, you'll learn how to apply Newsela's Annotations to cultivate close reading in your classroom.

Register Now


Foundations of Algebra Professional Learning Sessions Now Available Virtually

The Summer 2015 3-day Foundations of Algebra training session is now available for use in professional learning for classroom teachers, administrators, mathematics coaches/leads, and others.

Video segments and materials can be found at:

What does it look like when Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks tasks are used in classrooms?

To answer this question, we filmed several classrooms in two Georgia elementary schools in which teachers are using Georgia Curriculum Frameworks tasks. The resulting brief video is designed as a professional learning resource intended to spark discussion and reflection among teachers, mathematical instructional coaches, parents, administrators, and parents. You can view the video at:

Something special is happening for professional learning this summer of 2016! The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) will be holding the several Summer Institutes in Atlanta:

A flyer with details regarding these Summer Institutes is attached can be found at Math Professional Development Institutes - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunity

The Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-SE), is hosting a workshop for Georgia’s RESA Mathematics Mentors and has agreed to expand the outreach to include district mathematics supervisors, coaches, and teachers in Georgia. The workshop, Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers, will be held at the Macon Marriott Conference Center on March 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm. Lunch is on your own from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. There is no registration fee.

Workshop Flyer

Event Registration


Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators (ELIPSE) is the theme for the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) District II (northeast Georgia) Conference. Click HERE for more information.