NRES Staff Newsletter

Week of September 27th, 2015

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September Star Student Assembly

We will hold our first Star Student Assembly this coming Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. in the gym. Students are to report to the gym first thing Friday morning. Please have names and write-ups to me by Monday, September 28th.

Staff Directory

The staff directory draft is in the office. This information MUST be returned to the Board Office by Tuesday, September 29th, so please be sure to stop by and check your information. The phone number in the directory will be the one used for delays and closures, so please make sure to check that information.

Clearing a Locked Student in Renaissance Learning

Here are the steps to clear a locked student in Renaissance Learning:

  1. Login to your account
  2. Click on "Users"
  3. Under "Students" click on "Clear Locked Students"
  4. Click "Clear" on the locked student

Everyone should have the access to clear a locked student.

Arts in the Classroom

ArtReach Children's Theatre of Cincinnati will be here on October 19th to Present Treasure Island. The assembly will start at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Treasure Island

“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest…” Arrgh, matey! It’s time to unfurl your sails and set course for—Adventure! Robert Louis Stevenson’s masterpiece about pirates, mutiny, and long-lost treasure comes to life in a NEW adaptation from ArtReach! Join cabin boy Jim Hawkins on his incredible journey across the high seas to find the location of Captain Flint’s treasure. But dare he trust the words of the Hispaniolas’s cook, the one-legged Long John Silver? With cross-curricular connections and a strong anti-bullying message, this show reinforces math, science, and literature, with a healthy dose of trust and friendship thrown in to boot!

Thematic Connections

Courage and Honor, Critical Thinking, Exploring Differences in Others, Geography, Growth and Change, Inventions, Language Arts, Music, STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Strength of Character

Field Trips and Kiosk

REMINDER: If you are going on a field trip, please put that day in kiosk as a professional day.

Community Blood Center-Education Program

Below is a letter to educators regarding a FREE educational program for your classroom. This was shared with me by a parent who works at CBC.

Dear Educators,

Community Blood Center is proud to give its community a well-rounded education program, providing a curriculum from pre-school through college across our 15-county region, stimulating young minds with the wonders of blood science and the human body. As an educator, I have made sure that the curriculum meets the Ohio standards set by the Ohio State Board. This turnkey science and health curriculum will teach students the following:

  • The unique roles of red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma.
  • Blood's incredible journey through our bodies using sophisticated video microscopy and animation.
  • The importance of community service and the lifesaving nature of blood donation.

I encourage you to include this interdisciplinary science and health program within your district's curriculum.


Cristina Pickle

If you're interested in bringing this program to your classroom you can contact Cristina Pickle by email: or phone: 937-461-3453

If you'd like more information you can visit their website. I also have a folder of information.

Junior Achievement (Grades 2-5)

2nd through 5th grade teachers:

If you'd like to request a Junior Achievement Program for your classroom please let me know and I will do so for you.

Here are a list of their current programs:

  • 2nd Grade-Our Community
  • 3rd Grade-Our City
  • 4th Grade-Our Region
  • 5th Grade-Our Nation

What is JA?

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our more than 213,000 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

This Week's Marshall Memo

This week's quotes and articles come from Harvard Business Review, Journal of Staff Development, Education Week, Education Update, Psychology Today, Phi Delta Kappan, and School Library Journal. The headlines:

  • Cultural competence 101
  • Giving suggestions to colleagues who see themselves as "artists"
  • Bending the teaching quality curve toward greater effectiveness
  • Shifting students from a fixed to a growth mindset in math
  • How teachers can balance discipline with caring and passion
  • Ways to handle difficult conversations
  • Staying on task in a world of distractions
  • Consumer information on K-8 math textbooks
  • The Kappan/Gallup Poll
  • Global news online

If you want an HTML version of this week's Memo, please click here:

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Things to do:

  1. Star Student names and write-ups due to Rob by tomorrow.
  2. Sign-up for HIB training with Rob.
  3. Sign-off on Staff Directory Information.
  4. Start planning for fall conferences
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10 Day Forecast

Monday, September 28

  • Pledge-Harris
  • 3rd Grade Team Meeting, 7:55 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Team Meeting, 2:20 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29

  • Pledge-Johnson
  • IAT Follow-up-Harris-Time???
  • IAT Follow-up-Wyen, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade Team Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Team Meeting, 10:40 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting, 1:05 p.m.
  • IAT-4th Grade, 2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30

  • Pledge-Wyen
  • HIB Training-Fairbanks, 9:40 a.m.
  • 1st Grade Team Meeting, 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 1

  • Pledge-Doss
  • Fall Pictures
  • HIB Training-B.Roberts, 7:55 a.m.

Friday, October 2

  • Pledge-Fairbanks
  • Star Student Assembly, 7:45 a.m.
  • HIB Training-Cook, 8:20 a.m.

Monday, October 5

  • Pledge-J. Roberts
  • 504 Meeting-4th Grade, 2:10 p.m.

Tuesday, October6

  • Pledge-Clay

Wednesday, October 7

  • Pledge-Kugler
  • Elementary Staff Meeting, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 8

  • Fire Prevention Day
  • Fire Prevention Assembly K/1 in gym, 8:15 a.m.
  • Fire Prevention Class Visit-Blaker, 8:15 a.m.
  • Fire Prevention Class Visit-Curtin, 8:30 a.m.
  • Fire Prevention Class Visit-Doogs, 8:45 a.m.
  • Fire Drill, 9:15 a.m.
  • Lockdown Drill, 1:45 p.m.

Friday, October 9

  • Pledge-Chrisman
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Maize and Berries