Eagle Eye E-News March 23-March 27

Ebinport Elementary Faculty and Staff E-News

Ebinport's Vision Statement

Alongside families and our community, we are cultivating and nurturing lifelong learners to excel in an interdependent global society.


  • Teacher Survey Portal Open
  • 2:45 1st Grade Retention Meeting (2nd grade teacher to attend: Mrs. Reid)

  • Grade Level Meetings will be with Kristen Hahn. She will be in the conference room during your planning to answer any questions you may have.
  • 8:00 Rhonda in a Leadership Team Meeting at the DO
  • Teacher Survey Portal Open
  • 3:00 2, 3, 4, and 5 grade will meet in the media center to take a school vote on cursive writing curriculum. More information below.
  • 2:45 Kindergarten Retention Meeting: (If you are a first grade teacher willing to attend this meeting please let me know.)

  • Rhonda off campus until 9:00
  • End Third Nine Weeks: Please make sure all emergency sub plans are updated.
  • Last Day to complete the survey sent through email regarding my first year as a principal.
  • 2:45 DESSA Update with Ms. Pezzello, Ms. Pundt and Ms. VanderMolen
  • 4:00 Yoga
  • Teacher Survey Portal Open
  • 2nd Grade Retention Meeting: (If you are a third grade teacher willing to attend this meeting please let me know.)


  • Third Grade on a Field Trip
  • Teacher Survey Portal Open
  • 11:00 Rhonda at the Olde English Consortium Meeting
  • Grades Due by 12:00 today!
  • 3:30 Ms. Hornsby and Ms. Reid at the DO to submit our school's vote for cursive writing curriculum


  • Teacher Survey Portal Open
  • 10:00 Rhonda and Christi Beard go to Harris Teeter to accept the $5000.00 check that will support the color run.
  • Please make sure to complete the Spring Break shutdown checklist prior to leaving today.
  • Please complete the survey from Mr. Z before leaving today. See more information below.
  • Rhonda off campus at 3:15.

District Faculty Meeting: A Message from Dr. Pew

In order to communicate very important district information, we will be hosting 3 district faculty meetings to discuss the following:

1. Capital and Technology Plans

2. District Culture Survey Results

Please see the dates and locations below. Every faculty/staff member needs to attend the faculty meeting.

April 28th at Northwestern High School Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

Team Trojans to include:

Northwestern High School


Dutchman Creek Middle School

Rawlinson Road Middle School

York Road Elementary School

Old Pointe Elementary School

Ebinport Elementary School

Mt. Gallant Elementary School

India Hook Elementary School

Rosewood Elementary School

Facilities Services

April 30th- Make Up Session at 4:00 Sullivan Middle School

FYI: Teacher Supply Money Next Year

Teacher supply money: We will be issuing credit cards next year instead of checks. We will not be able to reimburse teachers for expenditures over the summer. They will have to use the credit card.

Community Visit

Thank you all for your support as we conducted our community visit! The building looked great, displays were polished and updated and instruction was, as usual, spot on! Thank you for all you did to make this visit a success.

Noise Level in the Cafeteria

There were 28 responses to the survey about the cafeteria noise level and trying the CD described in last weeks E-News. Of those 28, all 28 responded YES, they would like us to try this system to control the noise level in the cafeteria. There were several valid concerns regarding obstacles that I will list below so that we are all aware and cognizant as we move forward with this on Monday. Please prepare your children prior to entering the cafeteria that we are listening for the music, when we hear the music we must be silent, when we do not hear the music we can whisper to our neighbors. Try presenting it as a game...like Simon Says. It may take some time for children to acclimate, we should give them the time they need, model desired behaviors and praise those who are doing what is asked.

How it works:
When students hear the music they must be quiet and focus on eating and enjoying the music. When the music stops they may talk quietly to their neighbors. Lunch dismissal and arrival to the cafeteria will follow the same rules. We will talk with Mr. Jimmie and Mr. Jean about these new procedures and ask them to encourage desired behaviors.

Obstacles to Be Aware Of: (Copied directly from the survey)
  • It will take time for the students to learn to listen for the music, but I am excited to try this!
  • This may be difficult as classes are coming while others are already eating. Could disrupt the pattern but students will need to be cognizant of it and follow as they are in line waiting for food.
  • All teachers must participate.
  • Teachers must address students who are talking during the quiet time at the noise level as not to "bring out" the student. Address quietness with quietness.
  • every grade level must be "on board"
    entering and especially leaving the cafeteria are very noisy for some grade levels
  • Making sure teachers are diligently monitoring students to make sure they are on task with music.

iPad Survey: From Mr. Z (Please complete before leaving on March 27)

The following is a quick survey I’ve created to ensure that we have properly documented and are correctly tracking all classroom (student use) iPads at Ebinport. Please answer these few questions ASAP. Note: Do not include iRock iPads in your responses. Only include iPads that were received as part of a grant, purchased directly through the school, or were part of CBL. This includes student iPads that are new this year and ALL previous years.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this… Mr Z

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out in Google Forms.

Recruitment Fair

It's that time of your for the Rock Hill School District Teacher Recruitment Fair. It will be held at Saluda Trail Middle School on Saturday, April 11 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. Each school has been asked to provide 4 team with 2-3 teachers on each team. The District is offering incentives to those who work all four hours. Each teacher will receive 4 hours of continuing education credits and your name will be entered for a drawing to receive an additional Personal Leave Day provided by the District Office. In addition to these incentives, Ebinport will offer the teachers who work all four hours the option of receiving 2 jean pass days or wearing flip flops for two days. The final incentive provided by Ebinport is that the teachers will get to leave school at 2:45 on 2 days of their choice as long as they are not scheduled meeting days. As you can see, there are numerous incentives in volunteering for this event. The reason for this is that it is vital that we pre-screen interested teaching candidates so that we will know great teachers who are interested in Ebinport should positions become available. There is a sign up sheet in the teacher work room in the main office. It is attached to a door on the upper cabinets. Thank you in advance for volunteering for this extremely important event.

Online Teacher Survey for 2015 School Report Card

It's time to complete the Online Teacher Survey for 2015 School Report Card!

The teacher survey is conducted online over the internet from the State Department of Education website, located here: http://ed.sc.gov/

On the right side of the home page are a series of boxes, please click the box entitled Report Card – Teacher Survey to access the survey.

Please pay attention to the following timelines for completing the teacher survey online.

March 3, 2015 –Teacher Survey portal opens.

March 31, 2015 –Teacher Survey portal closes.

Teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and speech therapists at the school should complete the teacher survey. Part-time teachers may complete a survey form if they are on campus at least half of each school day or week.

The survey may be completed using any computer with internet access. Teachers may use their home computers.

Our school SIDN number is 4603023. Please have this survey completed by March 31, 2015.

Upcoming Grade Level Retention Meetings: More information to come

In last week's E-News I said that retention meetings would be held in lieu of a faculty meeting, while this was my intention it is not how this week worked out. The district has asked for each school's vote for cursive writing curriculum on Thursday, so we will use Tuesday to meet with grades 2-5 to discuss materials presented at the materials caravan and make a school decision on what our vote will be. We will move forward with retention meetings as planned since they won't be affected by this meeting.

When/where are the meetings?
  • March 23 2:45 First grade Retention meeting in the conference room.
  • March 24 2:45 Kindergarten Retention Meeting in the conference room.
  • March 25 2:45 Second Grade Retention Meeting in the conference room

Who should attend?
  • The grade level that we are meeting about
  • One teacher from the grade level above the grade level that is meeting to serve as an expert on required skills for success
  • One resource teacher to share their knowledge and expertise regarding the ways students learn best.
  • Building administration
  • Guidance Counselor

What should I bring to my grade level meeting?

  • Information that would help this team make decisions regarding retaining a student. Only students whose parents have been told previously that retention is a possibility should be presented in these meetings.

*Next year we will have two meetings structured like this and we will have a meeting for all grade levels. In the Fall meeting we will meet as a grade level to discuss student progress and possible interventions. Spring meetings will focus on next steps for students.

If you have a scheduling conflict please let me know!