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A Peek at the Week - December 14, 2014-January 4, 2015

December 13-January 5

Specials Week 2

Lunch Week 4

Saturday, December 13

7:00 Mulberry Chorus to sing at Gladiators Game

Sunday, December 14

Monday, December 15

Holiday Grams

Ken Razcynski @ Dacula Elementary

8-11 3rd/4th grades

12:30-3:30 5th & instructional support

3:00 Chorus dress rehearsal

(No leadership team meeting)

Tuesday, December 16

Holiday Grams

3:00 faculty meeting & holiday party

Wednesday, December 17

Holiday Grams

11:30 Cluster Principal Mtg

1:30 Chorus Holiday Hoedown Performance in gym

3:00 Chorus rehearsal at Dacula High School

Thursday, December 18

7:00 Chorus Holiday Hoedown Performance @ DHS

Friday, December 19

12:30-1:30 Holiday parties Grade 2 & 4

1:00-2:00 Holiday parties Grades K, 1, 3 & 5

Saturday, December 20-Sunday, January 4

Winter Holidays

December 25

Happy Birthday Jill Lambes

January 1

Happy Birthday Jo Conrad & Cindy Standard

Monday, January 5

Happy Birthday Debbie Brinkley

Professional Learning Day Schedule

8-9 Breakfast compliments of Ty Stephen (Melissa's husband)

Breakout Sessions

9-9:45 SchoolNet (1-5) / Rdg Strat (kdg) / HWT (pk) / STORI (sp ed)

9:50-10:35 Math (k-5)

10:40-11 perception surveys

11 EL mtg

Key Links


The Outreach Committee would like to say a BIG thank you to all Mulberry Staff for being so responsive to the needs of our students. We truly appreciate your generosity towards our Mulberry students and their families during this holiday season. Through your personal donations, Union Grove Baptist Church and the donations from your classrooms, we were able to help 39 Mulberry students and siblings have a Merry Christmas this year!

ESOL Endorsement Program

There are just a few spots left in the new ONLINE ESOL endorsement cohort which begins classes on January 5th. This opportunity is available to teachers holding a GA teaching certificate and who have already completed at least one year of teaching with Gwinnett County.

Here are some details about the requirements:
    (a) Comprised of 3 rigorous graduate level courses; standards defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
    (b) 100% online, demands that participants be organized, self-motivated and committed
    (c) Open only to content teachers who have completed at least one full year of teaching in GCPS with a GTES evaluation of proficient or above. Not available for teachers planning to teach ESOL.
    (d) Slots available in district cohorts on a limited basis at no charge

    Teachers must be committed to completing the 3 online courses as our office will pay the full tuition up front.

Interested teachers should submit the completed application along with a copy of their GA teaching certificate to Nicole R Smith either via e-mail (scanned pdf) or via fax: 678-301-7009, by Wed., Dec. 17th at 4:00pm.

DDA Schedule

First Grade

LA December 15 (M) – 9:30

MA December 16 (T) – 8:30

Second Grade

LA December 16 (T) – 8:30

MA December 17 (W) – 9:30

Third Grade

SC December 15 (M) – 12:00

SS December 16 (T) – 12:00

MA December 17 (W) – 8:30

Fourth Grade

MA December 16 (T) – 12:15

LA December 17 (W) – 9:30

SS December 18 (Th) – 9:30

Fifth Grade

LA December 15 (M) 9:30

MA December 16 (T) 8:30

SC December 17 (W) 10:45

SS December 18 (Th) 10:00

*Sixth Grade AC Math – Wenger – December 18 (Th) – 7 AM

Kevin Razcynski Presentation Overview

Explore (2 hours)

· New EOG assessments in a nutshell: document-based questions

· What are these questions measuring?

· Explore examples of document-based questions, in all subject areas (GA has finally released some examples -- hooray!)

· Explore an instructional strategy to help students succeed on these kinds of questions

· Explore rubrics to assess student responses

Practice (1 hour)

· Look at your document-based questions

· Discuss how the instructional strategy discussed in part 1
applies to these questions

Winter Party Schedule

Winter parties are just around the corner. Follow the link for an advanced copy of the schedule.

GA Milestones New Resource

OAS Formative Item Bank for Science and Social Studies

    The GaDOE Assessment Office has released science and social studies formative assessment items in the GaDOE OAS Item Bank for use in schools. These items are ready for use by schools. For ease of access for schools, the Office of Accountability and Assessment will also add the items to the GCAAS Handbook under "F" for Formative Items.

Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE)

Gwinnett County Public Schools has been invited to join the Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE). The AFAEE is a program that understands how critical teacher and leader quality are in ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. To promote this belief, the AFAEE recognizes outstanding teachers and school leaders each year and has expanded it's reach for the 2015-2016 school year to include the following five Metro Atlanta school districts: Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Gwinnett County Schools. If you would like to nominate a teacher or school leader for this award, or learn more about this program, go to Nominations are open at this time and will close on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Proposed English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards

A Working Committee representing K-12 Georgia public school teachers, post-secondary staff, parents, and instructional leaders from across the state made revisions to the standards based on public feedback and recommendations from survey results for standards with less than 90% approval. ELA and Mathematics Advisory Committees then reviewed the recommended changes made by the Working Committees and provided additional suggestions for clarity and change based on feedback and survey recommendations. Business and Industry partners that include the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Georgia Power have been involved in the review and evaluation process. An Academic Review Committee consisting of representatives from the writing and advisory committees; the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement; and the Georgia Department of Education leadership staff reviewed and finalized the draft revised standards for presentation to the State Board of Education for permission to post for 60 days of public review and comment.

Note: There were some recommendations made by survey respondents that committee members felt would be more appropriate for inclusion in the Teacher Guidance documents developed by the Georgia Department of Education for each grade/course and subject. Other recommendations to be emphasized in Guidance and Professional Learning include: phonics instruction, cursive writing, literature and informational text, traditional computing methods, and the memorization of addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.

The survey will be posted for 60 days of public review and comment from November 12, 2014, through January 10, 2015. The draft revised standards and public feedback will be presented to the Georgia State Board of Education on January 15, 2015, for approval.

Use the following link for access to the revised ELA and Mathematics Standards and surveys for feedback. Please forward this information to your teachers, administrators, and stakeholders.

Thank you in advance for your review and feedback.

Peach State Career Advancement Scholarship Application

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  • To Melissa Timmerman, thanks for helping my class in the computer lab and in Discover. You are awesome! From Jill Lambes
  • Thank you to Kari, Jo and Melissa for helping me dig for needed data! I appreciate you!
  • To the office and support staff that made Friday holiday treats. It sure was delicious.
  • Congratulations to Camila, Dorina, Debbie, Mirella and Zakejia for another perfect custodial inspection!
  • To Kathi: thanks for bringing Healthy Halls to Mulberry
  • Thanks to Mandi, Adrian and Hannah: Holiday Hotcakes and fine arts celebrations were a great success!
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