Bethesda Caper

Friday, January 15, 2016

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***BETHESDA STAFF*** Please join the BETHESDA SPARKLES and March with Us in the Parade!!

The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Lawrenceville. The theme, “What Are You Doing For Others?” underscores the importance of everyone making a difference by reaching out to help others in need. The brief program and parade line-up will take place between 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. Mrs. Beauty P. Baldwin will be the 2016 Grand Marshal!

The parade concludes at Moore Middle School located at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway (HWY 29) at the intersection of Johnson Road. The celebration includes information provided by community outreach organizations, artwork displays by GCPS students and a step show at Moore Middle School. The activities will take place until 2:00 p.m.

Please visit the website for further details such as parade registration, parking and activities planned. You may also call 678-856-7602. The United Ebony Society is looking forward to your participation! Thank you for ensuring the success of honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, January 18

  • MLK-Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, January 19

  • College Week
  • Access Window Opens until 3-4-16
  • GKids=Data Pull (GCPS)
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-Commitee

Wednesday, January 20

  • College Week
  • CLT (K,2,3)/HOST (1,4,5)-LA
  • 2:45-5 PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
  • 2:45-3:45 PM-Mentee Mtg.

Thursday, January 21

  • College Week
  • CLT (K,2,3)/HOST (1,4,5)-LA
  • DLI Visitor
  • 3-4:30 PM-Reader's Rally

Friday, January 22

  • 100th Day of School
  • College Week
  • College Panel for 4th & 5th graders
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe


Monday, January 25

  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 2:30-3:30 PM-BUILT
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Sparkles
Tuesday, January 26
  • 7:15-7:45 AM-Cardio Club
  • 8:30-9:00 AM-Kindergarten Awards
  • 9:15-9:45 AM-1st Grade Awards
  • 3:15-4:10 PM-Committee Report Out
Wednesday, January 27
  • CLT (1,4,5)/HOST (K,2,3)-MA
  • 8:30-9:00 AM-2nd Grade Awards
  • 9:15-9:45 AM-3rd Grade Awards
  • 2:45-5 PM-Cheer Club
  • 2:45-4:30 PM-Student Council
Thursday, January 28
  • CLT (1,4,5)/HOST (K,2,3)-MA
  • 8:30-9:00 AM-4th Grade Awards
  • 9:15-9:45 AM-5th Grade Awards
  • 4:30-6 PM-Girl Scouts-Cafeteria
Friday, January 29
  • Spirit Day
  • GRITS and GAB
  • 7-7:45 AM-Music Club
  • 7:30 AM-Special Ed. Mtg-cafe
Saturday, January 30
  • 10-11 AM-County Spelling Bee-Central Gwinnett HS

February Calendar Feedback

The February calendar has been updated. Please look at it now on google calendar and provide feedback by Friday, January 15th to our anonymous board or your BUILT Leader. BUILT Leaders, please provide all feedback to me-Yolanda Lanuza by Friday January 22nd. I will be printing calendars and getting them in boxes on Friday, January 29th.

Bethesda Focus and Clear Expectations

Brief Observations begin on Monday!

SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference

Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference
June 15, 2016
: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

Teaching and Learning Conference
June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center

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Online Parent Conference Scheduling!

Great News! We are going to pilot Online Parent Conference Scheduling for February conferences. This will be totally voluntary, for anyone who wants to try this program, I will be using It is a totally free system designed for just this purpose in schools. If you would be willing to participate, please let me know. I can create a school account and templates for teachers. I would love to work on this with you guys and get some feedback when we are done to see if we want to go school-wide with this next year!

Just in Time Training

We will have an exciting Just in Time training next week. I will be attending the Safari Montage training on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and I will redeliver that news to you on Wednesday, Jan. 20. This is one of the most exciting resources our county has added in a while. It is a GIANT video library that is available for you and for our students. These videos can be viewed or added to eCLASS pages. The link is already available to you under Teacher Resources on the Employee Portal and to students on the Student Portal. Feel free to explore ahead of next week’s training!

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District Support Plan

Schedule at CLT after each session

(Contact your coach with date and they can facilitate.)

Session 1 Monday, Sept. 21: (Video One & Protocol will be posted in BUILT folder in Communities by Sept 29th.)

Session 2 Tuesday, Oct. 27: (Videos & Protocol will be posted in BUILT folder in Communities by Jan 25th. Please choose one or both)

Session 3 Monday, Jan. 25

Session 4 Monday, Feb. 8

Session 5 Monday, Mar. 7

Bethesda's Strenghts

One of Bethesda's top 5 strengths is DEVELOPER.

Watch this one minute video about people who have the DEVELOPER strength

Hello everyone,

Please keep this survey going…Dojo again please!. Each one counts in a different way, so please complete it and participate. This survey is a state survey and it counts for CCRPI. As you know, we are trying to get the highest rating. Non-participation or low participation could adversely affect our CCRPI STAR Climate Rating. Last year we were a 5 star rating school. This one we can control!!!

Please Dojo this link out to your parents and let them know this is important for our State school ranking. If you are a Bethesda parent, please complete it asap.
Georgia Parent Survey:

Thanks for your participation right now here is our participation number: Great start!

Remember our Focus

Analyzing the Standards (Stay true to the standard)

Building Capacity (Lifelong Learner)

Conquering the Workshop Model

Stay on Pacing (Super important)

(Master this first and then continue to build capacity to add on.)

We are listening!

Please continue to share your perception of our school. Is it really anonymous? YES IT IS! Since it is anonymous, we really can’t follow up when we don’t know specific situations (who, what, when, where, etc.). If you post something and want results, please be as specific as you can, otherwise the situation will continue. Remember, you can come and talk to any of us in confidence. We are here for you and genuinely want the best work environment.

Just like relationships, positive school climate takes work…hard work…we all want the same thing, so let’s work together to get there. Share your thoughts here Click Here to Open or face to face (always best way to communicate).

Staff Birthdays

Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Markelia McBride
  • Kate Hawley

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Kellie Huffman

Friday, January 22, 2016

  • Julie Rhodes
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