Carnegie Updates

for week of November 16th

Principal Pollard

Dear Carnegie Professionals,

There is NO SCHOOL for students on Wednesday, November 18th. It's Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Work hours are as follows:

  • Teachers-11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Lunch break 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • School Clerks, SECA, Security Officers & Dean of Student-10:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lunchroom staff MUST report to work at their usual times.
  • Part-time Workers (including Off-Duty Police Officer) DO NOT report to work.

The following documents must be distributed with Report Cards and will placed in mailbox:

  • NWEA Student Growth Goal Setting (2nd-8th signed by student & parent). Keep a copy for your data binder.
  • TRC Student Progress Report (Kdg-2nd)
  • Remediation Plan (signed by teacher & parent) - Refer to Opening Day Google Document for Remediation Plan.
  • Promotion Policy (3rd, 6th & 8th grades only)
  • Various other district documents

Carnegie staff members may attend Parent/Teacher Conference at their child's school from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and report to work at 12:45 p.m. You are to inform me by email by Monday, November 16th if you will attend your child's Parent/Teacher Conference. You are to inform your parents via ClassDojo or Remind by Tuesday, November 17th that you will be available for Parent/Teacher Conference from 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

CHANGED: Effective Monday, November 16th the iReady After School Academic Academy snack times are as follows:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grades - 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students are to eat in the lunchroom and teachers are to remain & supervise their class in the cafeteria.
  • 3rd through 8th grades - 4:00 p.m. Students will eat their meal in the classroom. Teachers will escort students through the lunch line and then to the classroom. Large black garbage bags will be provided. You are to place the garbage bag outside your classroom each day.
  • You are to send your meal attendance to the cafeteria daily.
  • You are to email Ms. Gletten (kygletten, if you have any iReady Reading or Mathematics concerns.

Carnegie, Hampton & Reavis Elementary School Holiday Staff Party will be held on Saturday, December 12th at the Oak Lawn Hilton 9330 South Cicero from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $50.00 per person. Funds are due to Ms. Butts by Friday, December 6th. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be promptly served at 7:00 p.m. The Talent Show will begin promptly after dinner! If you are interested in overnight accommodation, you may contact the Oak Lawn Hilton directly at 708-425-7800 or on-line.

ACS Social Club dues will be collected through December 18th. The cost: $30.00. Funds are due to Mrs. Butts, Room 127. "Got Talent" Showcase your talents at the Holiday Party on December 12th.

Continue to send videos and pictures to post to our school’s Twitter, YouTube, the school’s website page or Carnegie weekly Updates to:

You are to ensure that a Media Release Form is on file for each students prior to posting pics and/or video.

Domain 1: Planning & Preparation

  • Lesson plans for the weeks of November 16th-27th are due on Monday, November 16th by 8:45 a.m. in the main office. Written feedback will be placed in your mailbox on Friday, November 20th.
  • There will be an ILT Meeting on Monday, November 16th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 201.
  • Gradebook written feedback for the week of November 16th-20th will be placed in your mailbox on Monday, November 23rd.

Domain 2: Classroom Environment

  • As the 2nd quarter begins, we must reinforce classroom and hallway protocols. The most important aspect of classroom management is consistency. The noise level in the hallways during lunch transitions, near the entry of the cafeteria and upon reentering the building during recess is extremely loud. You must be consistent in responding to discipline and inappropriate student behavior. Stick to your classroom routines and reiterate your expectations. When you are consistent, you show fairness and respect to your students. If you state a consequence for a behavior, use that consequence every time. If you state the classroom rules, expect them to be followed by all students. Along with being consistent with discipline, you must be consistent with your praise of students. Your classroom will run smoother when you adopt consistency and routine as part of your classroom management.

Domain 3: Instruction

  • As the​ second quarter​ begins, you are to ensure that your Reading and Mathematics lessons are aligned to the 2nd quarter Reading & Mathematics Scope & Sequence. Increase rigor and student engagement by incorporating technology and Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies.

  • Please ensure that current student work is graded and displayed in and outside of your classroom.

  • On Monday, November 16th all Kindergarten through 2nd grades must have in place Rotation Schedules for Learning Centers. Guided Reading aligned to Leveled Readers, Technology and Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary/Phonics must be in place.

  • CHANGED: All Kdg-2nd Intensive students must be progress monitored by Friday, November 19th. If you did not progress monitor your Strategic students last week. You are to sync your device daily.
  • Teachers are required to retest skills when more than 35% of students receive a D or lower. Teachers can use Nearpod to reteach and retest skill. Nearpod can be used in the classroom as follows:
  1. An assessment tool, Nearpod provides immediate feedback and opportunities for re-teaching. When students receive quiz scores, they can ask questions to clarify errors in their understanding of the content
  2. As a presentation tool, students move through content at their own pace which allows for differentiation. Teachers may also choose to provide students with different presentations to further individualize instruction.
  3. As an interactive tool, students complete polls and results are immediate for classroom discussion.
  4. As a homework tool, students access the assignment outside of the classroom. They respond to open-ended questions that the teacher can review online and use to prepare follow-up lessons based on areas of need.
  5. And finally, as an instructional tool, teachers can project student work to the class to discuss, review, or evaluate individual responses.

Domain 4: Personal Responsibilities

  • Our attendance rate for last week was 97.2%. That's a 0.7% increase the previous week. Our school-wide attendance goal is 97%. You are to input attendance into IMPACT by 9:30 a.m. and send the Blue Attendance Folder to the front desk (Mr. Bush). Mr. Bush will call each classroom daily to cross check that students marked absence in IMPACT are absence. The top three classrooms with the highest attendance rate for November will receive a FREE school bus, or gym. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 1st.
  • This week's Grade-level meeting will be lead by the Team Chairperson. The focus of the meeting My Voice, My School.
  • You are to read Better Learning through Structured Teaching: Chapter 4: Collaborative Learning: Consolidating Thinking with Peers by Tuesday, December 8th.

ESP/MSU Student Interns:

  • During inclement weather, the morning entry will be as follows:

    • All students will entry through the main entry, except Pre-K students. They will continue to entry through the North Dorchester door. Ms. Y. Robinson will supervise the area.
    • Kindergarten-4th grade students will be housed in the cafeteria. Students will be supervised by Ms. Gletten, Ms. W. Mitchell, Ms. P. Johnson & MSU Student Interns assigned to these grades.
    • All 5th-8th grade students will be housed in the gym. Students will be supervised by Mr. Bush, Mr. Flowers, Mr. Adams and MSU Student Interns assigned to these grades.
    Breakfast will be placed in the cafeteria and gym. Pre-K & Kindergarten breakfast will be placed in their classrooms. Teachers must promptly pick-up students at 8:45 a.m. from the designated areas.
  • Under the ESP/PSRP Evaluation Plan, the employee self-assessment period opens on November 1st through November 30th. In doing your self-assessment, you should refer to the critical attributes of your position and the definitions/rubric for the 4 performance levels. All documents are published on the Knowledge Center. Mid year evaluations will be held during the week of December 14th. You will receive an email of date and time. You are to bring your completed self-assessment to the meeting.
  • All parents/visitors must enter the building through the main entry only. Parents are NOT allowed to enter the building through any other door.

"Spotlight on Instruction"

Mrs. N. King's Kindergarten class completed a research project on U.S. Presidents. Check out their presentations!
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Teaching & Learning Through Technology

Mrs. Anderson Room 101-3rd

Room 101-3rd grade students use Sadiler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop online word study to take interactive quizzes which automatically score and provide quiz results.
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"Extended Learning Outside the Classroom"

Ms. Blanchard Room 228-7th

Room 228-7th grade students participate in a "Live Science" demonstration at the Museum of Science & Industry.
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Ms. Gipson Room 116-Kindergarten

Kindergarten students visit the Adler Planetarium, where they used their imaginations to become space explorers.
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Ms. Clark Room 214-8th

Room 214-8th grade student explore The Field Museum many exhibits.
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Andrew Carnegie Elementary School Level 1 School Banner

Network 9 Chief Washington & Deputy Chief Hamilton presented Principal Pollard with a Level 1 School Banner! Excellent Work Carnegie Professionals!
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Supplemental Resources

  • Nearpod is interactive presentations and assessments. Teachers can create multimedia presentations or use a growing library of pre-made offerings (many CCSS aligned and some at a cost). You may sign-up at

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip

  • Immerse your students in one of the most significant scientific challenges facing this generation and inspire them to problem-solve for their future. We invite all middle and high school students to join us live from the Smithsonian's National Zoo on November 18th at 1PM EST for the Racing Extinction Virtual Field Trip to learn why most biologists believe one-half of Earth's higher life forms will be extinct by 2100, why it's important to address this loss of biodiversity, and what can be done to prevent it. You may register and assign your student this as homework via Discovery Education.

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