Skyhawk News

May 9, 2016

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Our Mission

Cedar Hill students, staff and families are committed to ensuring high levels of learning for all students and providing a positive, safe, and consistent climate that promotes student character.

MAP BBQ Fun!!!! Music, Dancing, Games, Bubbles and MORE!


JCPS Open Enrollment period starts Friday, May 6, 2016 through end-of-day Monday, May 16, 2016. Beginning Friday, May 6, 2016, you must enroll online through the Jefferson City Public School District’s benefits system, Bswift, to make your 2016-2017 benefit elections:

  • Bswift site:
  • Username = firstname.lastname
  • Password = {you established a new password last spring during open enrollment} If you've forgotten your password, there is a Forgot-Password link on the page.

Employees may login to the open enrollment website as many times as they wish, and make changes at any time through the May 16 deadline. Instructions on how to enroll can be found on the JCPS Bswift enrollment website ( under Library.

More detailed information regarding this can be found in an email sent to you on April 20 from

Active Supervision:

Let's stay strong with our active supervision and be patient with the students as they are excited to be almost to summer break - just like the adults! ;-)


Students WILL be able to take SRC quizzes over the summer. It would be a great idea to set goals with the students who are attending summer school!


Summer Professional Development is open on My Learning Plan. The district always wants to allow JCPS the first opportunity to sign up before opening those opportunities to folks outside of the district. JCPS plans to open the professional development to individuals outside of JCPS on Monday, May 9. If you are interested in any of the professional development, please try to sign up before Monday!


There have been some changes to our three contracted days prior to school starting for 2016-2017 that I need to put on your radar before you leave for summer break.

  • Teachers who are not under an extended contract because they have been in the district less than three years will return for 3 work days beginning on Monday, August 15.
  • As far as I know, Opening Session will be on Monday, August 15.
  • ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE IS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 FROM 5:00-7:00 PM THIS YEAR. A lot of discussion has occurred regarding the things that need to be done AFTER the open house in order to be truly ready for the first day of school and so this date has been changed this year.
  • Sometime during those three days, there will be potentially 4-6 hours of PD at each building focused around ICLE and the district behavior supports that will be put in place.

All of you are SO conscientious about having your rooms ready and preparing for our kiddos that I wanted you to know what those three days might hold so you can plan accordingly. Sometimes knowing allows us to plan ahead so it isn't stressful and overwhelming.

Newest Members of the Cedar Hill Family. . .

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Nicole Ball, Ms. Tiffany Singer, and Mrs. Bridgett Franks! Nicole will be the new Special Education teacher in the cross-categorical room. Tiffany will be joining us as the new half-time counselor in the CC room, and Bridget will be our new School Psychologist! I know you will make them feel very welcome when they join us this summer and next fall when school starts!!


Jessica Smith will get to REMAIN with Cedar Hill (half time) as the Literacy Coach!!! She will share her talents with South School half of the time in the coming years!!!

End Of Year Events

If you plan to keep a student from attending all or part of special end-of-the-year events, please contact parents ahead of time and send me an email so the office has the list of names. Grade levels will need to have a teacher supervise any students not attending special events. if it is a disciplinary consequence from the office, we will make the arrangements ourselves.

This and That . . .

K-4 Portfolios

Please make sure your beginning, middle, and end-of-the-year writing samples and their scoring guides are placed in each of your student's portfolios. Some portfolios are still in the teacher workroom! When all is complete with the portfolios, please place them back in the grade-level storage box in the lounge closet for the next grade level teachers.

MAKE SURE ALL STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN THE SRI TEST BY MONDAY AFTERNOON! These student scores will be uploaded into the JCPS database this year, so we will not have to fill out any paperwork. YAY! I would like a copy of the end-of-year Growth Report which shows the first and last test result of the year.

Class Lists- Please finish up on class lists for next year. Remember to divide up students by ability; gender; race; need; personalities. Please make sure to note students that should be separated in case changes have to be made before school starts due to movement in or out of the district.

Infinite Campus- Please update your grades each week by Tuesday.

Websites should be up-to-date.

Make sure to keep your high expectations for behavior and academics! Keep reviewing and practicing!!!! It is so important here at the end of the year. Utilize 4:1, tickets, clip charts, rewards, compliment charts, etc. Kids deserve to be recognized for great behavior!!

Be working on your instructional orders for next year. Give them to Gabe when you are finished!

Please clean your projection filters.

Visit the Lost and Found This Week

Please take your class down and visit the Lost and Found. There are SO MANY jackets, tops, pants and coats waiting to go back to their owner.

The Countdown . . .

May 9

Walking Day K, 1, 5

Please turn in your Student of Character Letter and your signed awards. :-)

River Region Credit Union Store

2:15- IEP (B.J.) Clark, Werdehausen, Rost

3:15- Parent Tour

May 10 - Update Grades in IC

Walking Day 2, 3, 4

•Our final Teamwork Tuesday of the year!! Celebrate your successes!!!!

•Teamwork Tuesday- During TT meetings, please share any concerns that need to be

discussed at our FLIGHT Team meeting tomorrow.

•Please print off an end-of-year SRI Growth Report showing beginning/end of year

scores for your students.

8:20 IEP (J.H.) Goodin, Werdehausen, Rost

11:20 Staffing (PB) Colozza, Polowy, Werdehausen, McDowell

1:30- Orchestra Tour Performance- Gym (K-5)

4:00- Lorie and Jessica attend Behavior Task Force Meeting- Dix Road

May 11

Walking Day K, 1, 5

8:00- FLIGHT- Office

2:30- Lorie out of building

May 12

Walking Day 2, 3, 4

8:00- PBS Tier 2 final meeting

8:00- Lorie attends Elementary Principals Meeting

11:20- RED (N.B.) Gordon, Colozza, McDowell, Werdehausen

1:20 Service Plan (Z.H.) McBaine, Rost, Werdehausen

2:10 IEP (J.E.) Clark, Werdehausen, Rost, Colozza

May 13

Walking Day K, 1, 5

Kindergarten Fieldtrip

9:30- STAR/Above and Beyond Assembly

10:15- Safety Patrol Picnic- Backes attends

11:20 RED (NB) Gordon, Colozza, McDowell, Werdehausen

2:30 Kindergarten Awards Assembly

May 16

Walking Day 2, 3, 4

8:15- Faculty Meeting- New Behavior Classroom Overview + meet Bridgett Franks and Shonna McFarland

May 17

Walking Day K, 1, 5

Field Day - Schedule to come from PTO

4:00- Kathy Foster's Retirement Reception- Miller Center

May 18

Walking Day 2, 3, 4

12:15- Fifth Grade Pizza Luncheon/Roller Skating Promotion Party- Sk8 Zone

4:00- Lorie and Jessica attend Behavior Task Force Meeting- Dix Road

May 19- Last Day of School

Walking Day- 3, 4, 5;

K, 1, 2- upstairs to their locations (5th graders may remain inside with an adult if they need to sit in the chairs due to clothing worn.)

9:30- Promotion in gym- Grades 3, 4, and 5 attend ceremony

Perfect attendance award winners will come to assembly and sit in the front (right). They will be taken upstairs upon receiving their award.

No lunch recesses. All classes will receive a schedule to walk down, get their sack lunch and return to the classroom to eat and enjoy last-day-of-school activities with their teacher.

12:50- School is dismissed!

*4:00- Please check-out prior to 4:00 today. I will be here after 1:30 on Friday.

4:30- Party at Cheryl's

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you get to celebrate with the wonderful moms in your life and that you are spoiled and pampered by your children as they celebrate you!!!!!
An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President
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Thank you for the gift card to Hobby Lobby, the cards, posters and nice words for Principal's Day! I am blessed to work with each of you and our wonderful students! I am always proud to be your leader!! Your passion and dedication to do WHATEVER it takes to ensure students are loved, cared for and learning each day does not go unnoticed! I am always proud to look at each of you and share with others that I work with THE BEST!!!!!