"Paws"itive Points

Issue 24- February 15, 2016

Love Each Other, Learn Together, Lead the Way

Tavia's Thoughts

I had something drafted for this week's newsletter, but I am so glad I waited to send out PP. I deleted most of my thoughts when I read this snippet from Dr. Neihof's Principal Points. I think it is important that I share this with you all:

Recognizing Excellence Below is part of an email I received last week. It is a testament, not only to Mrs. Acklin and Mrs. Stivers and their school’s representation of our District, but to all of us that we are winning. Keep up the good work!

My family and I recently moved to Shelbyville to be able to be apart of your school district. Four attend PSE and one West Middle. I just wanted to thank you with for leading such amazing schools.

I have never been apart of a school community that does so much for children and their education. All of my children, no matter what they need, their needs are met before I even have to ask for help. They feel safe at their school which means a lot and makes me feel so much relief knowing they aren't going somewhere they are afraid without me. Knowing my children's education is always put first means more than I can express and I am forever grateful.

Two of my five children hated school before moving to Shelby County. One hated to read and now asks for books in every store. One hated school because of bullies and being assaulted like so many times at a prior school .... Now he wakes up every single day happy and excited about going to school to learn and see his friends.

Thanks so much!”

I recognize that we are all burning it at both ends of the candle to get it all done to the very best of our abilities. If never fails...when I feel like I am "drowning" God sends an email, a student to hug or share growth, a card from a parent, or a teacher that says, " I feel comfortable enough to tell you we need to Sharpen our Saws as a school family". We are doing good work team. We still have lots of work to do, but WE ARE DOING GOOD WORK! Remember I said it would be messy, but messy is good when we are touching lives like this. Stay with me..."I've got you!!"

We'll continue to love each other, learn together, and lead the way.

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February 15

  • No School, President's Day

February 16

  • Pawfessional Learning -Purposeful Planning w/ Susan Dugle

February 17

  • Bus Evacuations
  • TAG Field Trip
  • Planning w/ Susan Dugle

February 18

  • Writing Data Team

February 19

  • Career Day
  • Father Daughter Dance 6-8

Extra Duties


Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer

Bus rider (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell, Mr. Carter, Mr. Anderson

Breakfast Ms. Spry, Ms. Tipton, Mrs. Porter

Gym Mrs. Vermillion, Ms. Bland

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Duvall, Mrs. Hodges and Mr. Edwards ...share with me 3-4 leaders please.

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Suddick, Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Hampe, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Zaring


At Team PSE...we are Pursuing Standards of Excellence. At Team PSE we collaboratively teach students to love, learn, and lead....TEAM PSE.

Emily ' s Enthusiastic Information

Many of you may have read John Hattie's book Visible Learning. The first time I read it I was very moved by the factors that affect student achievement along with the effect sizes. Two areas jump out at me. One factor is something we all should be able to impact:Teacher/student relationships. Building positive relationships with our students is such a large factor. Have you considered spending ten minutes with that hard to reach or unmotivated student just being there for them? Many behavioral issues that occur with students are due to a lack of positive relationships in their day to day lives. Think about those students that need relationships and try to consider how you can maybe spend just ten minutes or less with them showing that you care, not only for their academic success, but for them as a person too.

Maggie's Moments

Writing Masters

Donna Siegel, coach at Wright, found this great resource through Heinemann Publishers. It is a free collection of articles, with classroom tested tips from the Curricular Resources authors (Calkins, Fletcher, Hoyt...) on how to improve your teaching of writing at any grade level. Each installment in this series shares author insights and practical suggestions on teaching writing in the classroom. Some you can use the very next day.

What a way to grow professionally! Let us know what you find in this resource. When you find a powerful, useful strategy for growing writers, make sure you let all of us know about it.



“It has become increasingly clear that children’s success in many disciplines is reliant on their ability to write.”
—Lucy Calkins

Hymer's Hype

"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos."

L. R. Knost

This week, I challenge you to be the calm in your student's life... offer solutions, help them problem solve, and be their safe place. Encourage the calm at home... make positive phone calls, send postcards, talk to them about what is going on outside of the four walls our school.

Don't forget... This week is data teams. 3-5 teachers remember to use your data boards to talk about specific students, where they are fallig and what we're doing for them.

Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

Thank you to those who completed the Very Important FRYSC survey that I sent out last week! We depend on administrators, teachers, staff and parents to vouch for our work and the importance of what we do! Despite the proposed budget cuts and freeze on FRYSC spending for right now, I am confident that we WILL continue to provide great service for our students and families with YOUR help and the generous support of the Shelby County community!

Please hand out the flyers and remind students about the Touched Twice medical clinic that is coming up on March 12th! They will benefit greatly from taking part in that event!

Also, please remember, we are still collecting Water and Water Filters for Flint, Michigan!

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February Birthdays

Morgan Seely - 1st

Nick Edwards-6th

Rosalie Rogers - 9th

Stephanie Bodden- 10th

Jennifer Tinsley-11th

James Martin -16th

Tolya Ellis - 17th

Meredith Henson -23rd

Ann Hance - 25th

Michele Bates-26th