Richlands Primary School May 2-6, 2016
Staff Appreciation Week
Mrs. Agrue and I appreciate each and every one of you! We could not be successful at our jobs without you and your support!
Joines and Agrue
Prepare To Thank A Teacher: May 2 -6 Is Teacher Appreciation Week
Dr. June Atkinson | EdNC
Ask any adult to think back to their youth and remember who made a difference in their lives. Chances are strong that many people will list a teacher among their most influential adults. I still recall important teachers in my own life. My first grade teacher, Ms. Iva Forgie, and my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Maria Anderson, made a huge difference for me.
Across North Carolina, nearly 100,000 public school and public charter school teachers work with students from kindergarten through high school. These individuals have taken many steps to be qualified to be public school teachers. They have completed a bachelor's degree, and nearly one-third of them have earned master's degrees or higher. On top of their academic credentials, teachers pass specific professional standardized tests in order to qualify to receive a teaching license in North Carolina. Once in the classroom, teachers are evaluated regularly and have access to professional development to keep improving their practice in the classroom. Today's successful teachers are knowledgeable, nimble, and always considering new approaches to meet student learning needs.
North Carolina recruits approximately 14,000 new teachers every year to keep our classrooms and schools fully staffed.
Grading Teacher Pay
At the start of his fourth term in 1997, North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt asked a Republican-controlled House and a Democratic-controlled Senate to raise the state's teacher pay to the national average in four years in an effort to attract and retain more teachers. By the time Hunt left office, North Carolina had risen in the national rankings and moved closer to the country's average teacher salary. During the 2001-02 school year, the state ranked 19th in the U.S. for average teacher pay, less than $2,000 from the then-national average of $44,655, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But in the years since Hunt left the governor's mansion, the state's ranking has plummeted. In 2013-14, North Carolina hit its lowest rank in more than a decade – 47th in the nation, with teachers paid nearly $12,000 below the national average of $56,610.
The entire article is very insightful!
Retention conferences will be scheduled ASAP in May.
Mark Your Calendars!
May 2 - School Principal Day
May 2 - 6 Teacher and Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week
May 2 - 6 Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
May 2 - 6 Free Dress-Down Week for TWC Survey Completion!
May 3 - National Teacher Day
May 4 - Staff Meeting 7:20 Multipurpose Room
May 5 - Interim Reports Go Home
May 5 - RHS Readers
May 10 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
May 11 - National School Nurse Day
May 12 - 2nd/3rd PLC 4:00 - 5:00 RES Media Center
May 13 - Teacher Assistant Appreciation Day
May 16-20 National Educational Boss Week
May 17 - CiCi's Pizza Night
May 19 - RHS Readers
May 23 - 1st Grade Sturgeon City Field Trip 9:00-2:00
May 24 - 1st Grade Sturgeon City Field Trip 9:00-2:00
May 25 - 2nd Grade Fun Day 9:30-12:00
May 25 - 1st Grade Sturgeon City Field Trip 9:00-2:00
May 26 - 1st Grade Fun Day 9:30-12:00
May 27 - Kindergarten Fun Day 9:30-12:00
May 27 - 1st Grade Movie 9:00-11:00 Multipurpose Room
May 30 - Memorial Day - No School
May 31 - Baby Shower for Kelsey Metts 3:45 Media Center
June 8 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4 (location TBD)
June 9 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4
June 10 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4
Pending NC Bill Snatches $$$ From NC School Districts - House Bill 539
Please take a moment to watch the above video and see how pending legislation unfairly takes money from traditional public schools and gives it to charter schools. Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose House Bill 539.
Governor's Budget Calls For Teacher Raises, School Personnel Bonuses
On Wednesday morning, State Budget Director Andrew Heath presented to the Joint Appropriations Committee Governor Pat McCrory's 2016 proposed spending plan. The Governor's budget calls for $22.3 billion in spending for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, a 2.8% increase. The budget calls for $543 million dollars in new K-12 spending, a 6.46% increase. Proposed spending increases are due in part to higher income tax collection netting a forecasted $237 million surplus.
N.C. Case May Change Teacher Tenure In U.S.
Teacher and Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week May 2-6
Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week May 2-6
School Principal Day - May 2
National Teacher Day - May 3
National School Nurse Day - May 11
Teacher Assistant Appreciation Day - May 13
National Education Boss Week - May 16-20
Birthday Wishes to the following Staff Members!
May 1 - Karen Huffman
May 4 - Jane Baker
May 5 - Natalie Batchelor
May 9 - Judy Clemmons
May 9 - Sandra Jones
May 11 - Wilson Antoine
May 14 - Cordell Bush
May 14 - Alana Kolstad
May 20 - Kelsey Metts
May 27 - Giommar Sanchez
May 30 - Elisa Hewitt
Please keep Katie Riggs and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her grandmother recently passed away.
The Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (eleot) focuses on seven key learning environments that promote effective learning and student success:
progress monitoring and feedback
The observer is focusing on student behaviors. Observations range from 10 - 15 minutes in length (20 min. maximum).