Eastside: The Greatest School

"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else."

Week of February 11th

Eastside Mission & Vision

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

Big Top Team of the Week: 3-5 Literacy Team

The literacy team is being recognized for the Big Top Team of the Week for displaying one of our Eastside commitments. They displayed this commitment by sharing strategies for mentor sentences. We commit to intentionally seek and share best practices with colleagues.
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Ringleader of the Week: Mrs. Hogg

It was a great week celebrating Mrs. Hogg for National Counselor's Week. She was named the Ringleader by Mrs. Pruitt. The Eastside Commitment that Mrs. Hogg displays is "We commit to respecting all students and meeting their diverse needs: academic, social, and/or emotional.". She does a great job of recognizing students in need and meeting their needs by using all of her resources inside and outside the school.
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This Week is going to be SO GREAT!

I want to say that recess meetings were so POWERFUL on Friday. Mrs. Manning and I were so impressed by the assessments you brought in to discuss kids' growth in PROWL. We were able to make some clear decisions about kids' needs by looking at data. That is what the process is all about. I again think back to last year and you all have grown SO MUCH!

Balcony person: Do something SWEET this week. If you are a balcony person to a staff member, it could be a sweet treat in their mailbox or bring them a sonic drink. We have an EES Sonic drink spreadsheet on Google drive (if you want to surprise them). If you are a balcony person to a student, use your creativity to recognize this kid in class this week.

Quick Question: Where's the Qballs? Mrs. Manning and I have been in several rooms throughout this school year and we haven't seen the Qballs. If you are having issues with yours, put in an IT ticket. This is a great tool for engagement. Last year, I used a lot of Title 1 money to provide these for all classrooms.


Progress Reports will be given to parents during conferences. Start all conversations out saying something positive about the student, then hit the key points, then finish with another positive. If you have a student who struggles, make sure you have materials to go home with the parent on conference night. Lots of great items in the parent center. Use the resources to support students and families. (See Mrs. Robertson's email.) Make sure students are ready to share their student-led part. K-2 students will start their student led conference while waiting in the hallway. Make sure to have a crate or box where their data binders can set in the hallway, so students can access them easily. If the conference starts to run over, set up an additional time to meet with that parent.

Countdown to the Greatest Show:

Kinder and 1st grade - 21 days

2nd grade - 20 days (due to field trip)

3rd and 4th grade - 39 days

5th grade - 44 days

Teacher Credibility - Back to John Hattie's work

I talked with you all about the effectiveness of certain things that we do at curriculum day. We have been focusing on the Jigsaw method. Feel free to continue putting that into practice. Next one to focus on is Teacher Credibility. This has an effect size of 1.09, which means more than 2 years of growth in one year for students. A lot of times as teachers we focus on student behavior. We also need to take a look at our own behavior. Our credibility has an enormous impact on how well students learn.

Students find us credible when:

  • 1. We offer up opportunities for students voice through debates, a voice in classroom decisions
  • 2. They can disagree with our opinion and teach us at the same time
  • 3. Understand our content and how to deliver it as well.
  • 4. We treat students as humans and not small machines that consume our information
  • 5. We stop doing all of the talking and offer opportunities for them to ask their own questions as much as they have to answer our questions.

Read the full article here.


Details for the Week

  • If you talk to colleagues across the district, they will not be having team meetings this week due to Parent Teacher Conferences. We will meet since Mrs. Bailey will be with us two days this week. You all will not meet in teams next week and have a few things to accomplish instead.
  • Monday
  • We have updated the PROWL doc to start on Monday. Enrichment groups will be switching today.
  • SIT meets
  • Mrs. Hackett observed by 1st grade Westside
  • Turn in your conference schedule by end of day on Monday
  • Fill in the conference admin Google spreadsheet by end of day on Monday. Mrs. Hogg, Mrs. Manning and I will sit in on many conferences for students that are not making as much progress in SIT. K-2 teachers be ready with your Retention Prevention packet. Make sure you have discussed those students with me and have added their conference time to the spreadsheet.
  • Email Mrs. Manning and myself who you would like us to video from your grade discussing their data binder. So far we have only heard from kinder.
  • PTO meeting 3:45
  • Tuesday
  • See Tuesday schedule that I sent out
  • Early dismissal at 1:30
  • Classified staff will stay until 3:40. See Mrs. Manning for data that needs to be updated in the assessment wall room and copies that need to be made.
  • Conferences begin at 2 PM - 7 PM
  • We have ordered Pasta Grill for supper. We will have it here around 3:00 in case you want to eat early.
  • Wednesday
  • Mrs. Dunlap will be teaching 3rd grade math in the morning
  • PTO treats you all to Lovin' from the Oven - Baked Potato Bar
  • Thursday
  • Content Team Meetings with Mrs. Bailey
  • Kinder block time will be moved up to 9:30 due to the party and end at 10:20
  • Valentine Party at 2:00 PM
  • Block staff help us cover staff members that are parents, so they can be a part of their child's party. This would be Graham, Parker, Dublin, Davis, Manning and Satterwhite. I will cover Mrs. Manning. :)
  • Friday
  • I have updated the Google Doc "Friday Morning Schedule" from now until spring break. This week on Friday: MAP PM k-1, Relationship building 2-3, and PROWL for 4-5.
  • K-2 Team meetings and block staff with Mrs. Bailey
  • Atkins elementary and Westside observe Mrs. Isom for GLR
  • No recess meetings
  • Our attire for every Friday is jeans (with no holes) and panther shirts/teacher shirts. If you are not dressed appropriately, you will be asked to go home and change.
  • Complete your SIT commenting this week with any staff member working with 3-5. Make sure to place the date in the date column. Then place your name in front of your comment in the teacher comment column. MAP PM will start back up with K-1 . DIBELS PM will be with K-2.
  • Important News:
  1. Room and Hallway: Make sure your area of the building is alive with student work that portrays the rigor of your classroom. This is another way to tell our story by displaying all the great activities that have been happening, since we came back from break. Parents spend time in our hallways on this night and they are reading and looking at ALL classroom work! Make sure to consider the rigor of an assignment you are displaying. Ms. Gordon has done a great job displaying the artwork in the building, so the rest of us need to display content-rich assignments. Make sure your class is neat and orderly. This helps for day to day students being able to pay attention and communicates to the parents that their child is in a safe and orderly environment.
  2. Important Reminder about Professional Dress Code:

    - Some of you with the cold temperatures have been straying from professional dress. If you are unsure, please ask me. Most likely if you are questioning it, you shouldn't wear it. Panther gear is only to be worn on Fridays.

  3. The following change will take place in our faculty Handbook, "Elementary students will not be allowed to have outside recess if the windchill temperature reaches 32 degrees or below." This change will begin immediately. Please remember to add this to your parent newsletters. Remind parents to send coats and winter attire.

  4. If you haven't yet voted for the funding restructuring, please take a few minutes to go during your planning time on Tuesday February 12th.

  5. Staff attendance incentive for the month of January, February and until Spring Break: The PTO will be donating 3 $100 bills for a drawing for staff with Great Attendance. If you have had perfect attendance (not counting PD), you will get three chances to win. If you have missed 1 day (not counting PD), you will get two chances to win. If you have missed 2 days (not counting PD), you will one chance to win. We will draw prior to leaving for Spring Break. Thank you PTO!

Meet Tatyana, a 2nd grader

I was in Mrs. Fletcher's class this week and Tatyana wanted to share her writing with me. She wrote 4 PAGES about Barack Obama!!!
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Computer Science Word of the Month: LOOP

Character Word of the Month: Kindness

Important Dates (Refer to our EES 2018- 2019 Year at a Glance Calendar in Google Drive)

I have updated the EES Calendar at a glance with lots of new upcoming dates.