Bronco Bulletin


September 4, 2015

Message from Tonya

Morning Building Access

Gabby will unlock the door next to Greg Sena's room at 6am so the early-bird teachers can easily access their rooms.

Visitors for IF

The word is out. The level of collaboration that happens at Gwin Oaks is what other schools want! Brookwood ES wants to visit our IF meetings on September 10th. Their media specialist will be here video taping each grade level. I know that seems strange, but please don't let it concern you in any way. We will continue to do what we do anyway! We will follow the agenda items then look at our frameworks just like always. We will try our best to ignore the camera. :) I can't help it you guys are so awesome.

Celebrating our America heritage:

Constitution Day- Booklet "Words That Built America" provided for all 4th graders- Sept 17

Wear Red, White, and Blue on Sept 17th with jeans! (What's more American than blue jeans?!) Tell students to wear red, white, and blue too!

If your class is doing anything to celebrate this day, please email Jennifer Mimms so she can get a picture! This is a great time to discuss civic responsibility.

Please put a blurb about this day in your newsletters.

Action Item for eCLASS pages: Please put the following link on your eCLASS page and then encourage students to share the video with parents. We decided it would more likely get watched if it's on your eCLASS page then just the general web page. Thanks!

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Special During CogAT Testing

Specials on Sept. 16, 17, 18

Kdg: 10:10-10:40

5th: 12:05-12:35

3rd: 12:35-1:05

4th: 1:05-1:35

2nd: 1:35-2:05

1st: 2:05-2:35

Special area teachers will be proctoring from 8:30 a.m. until 10 (approx.)

Kid Talk

Kid Talk procedures have changed this year. Sue Eason will conduct K-1, Tiffany Pruitt will conduct 2-3, and Rebecca McClellan will conduct 4-5. Forms can be found in Sherry's office. Prior to coming to Kid Talk for a student who's never been to SST, you will need to begin documentation. Documentation may include: a form of progress monitoring, documented conferences with parents, and/or completed any necessary work samples.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding SSTs can be found in OneNote under Shared Leadership -- SST FAQs.

2015-2015 TOTY

Congratulations to Jackie Roberts, Teacher of the Year!

Calendar - Upcoming events

September 7.........LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

September 8.........Dogwood Pizza Night

September 8.........Tech IF

September 8.........DDA & CogAT Testing Meeting - Grades 1, 2 & 5 - Media Center

September 9.........STEAM Meeting, 3-5, 3:20

September 10........Literacy IF

September 11........Bronco Bulletin Committee Meeting 8:30

September 11........Cluster Collab 2 & 3 - CES

September 14.......Cluster Collab 4 & 5 - CES

September 15.......Math IF

September 15.......Tech Tips - Web 2.0 Tools, PLC, 3:00

September 15.......Skate Night

September 16.......CogAT, 1,2, & 5 Verbal

September 16.......School Council 7:30

September 17.......CogAT 1, 2, & 5 Quant

September 18.......CogAT 1, 2, & 5 Nonverbal

September 18.......SAM's Club Rep Here


Congratulations to Angela Long. Angela has doubled as the school crossing guard every single day. She not only is our head custodian but our head traffic cop!


Tech Info

-All Bronco Bulletins are posted in the C&I tool! Check back if you need to stay up to date.

-PTC Fast has also been added to C&I, under technology!

-Don't forget to add your picture to your eCLASS page for a quick visual. Here are the directions.

-Also don't forget to sign-up for notifications (in C&I) for yourself and encourage your parents to as well!

Grades due:

Grades are due Sunday, October 11th, at 11pm

Terri will print verification sheets Monday, October 12th

Verification sheets are due to Tonya on Wednesday, October 14th, by 4pm

Terri will print final report cards Thursday, October 15th

Report cards go home Friday, October 16th

Your gradebook will reflect the new QTR. Please click on the bottom tabs to the left to change back to QTR1.

Also Handouts are available in Everything GOES in the C&I.

Also be aware that the parent portal switched over, too. Therefore, no grades are posted in parent portal after October 9th. Only in student course history.

eCLASS Fall Support Plan

Below is a link to our Fall Support Plan. All courses are open in PDE and available for registration.

Additional information coming soon about upcoming eCLASS Site Visits and Live Classroom Observations. If you have any questions please contact Dona Smith in the eCLASS Office at 678-301-7293.

September - ShareWin - September ShareWin contest will be all about Widgets inside the eCLASS C & I tool This month teachers can submit as a discussion post in the self directed training course a screen shot along with a description of a custom widget they have created OR an idea you have for a widget.

This submission makes them eligible for the drawing to win a tablet for their classroom at the end of the month. We will also be selecting and highlighting other submissions.

Media Release:

Parents acknowledged media release in MyPaymentsPlus this year at registration. This is what they acknowledged:

Notice the portion that states:

In order to withhold your consent for the disclosure of you and/or your child's photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings, the parent of the student must notify the principal of the school the student attends in writing within 10 days of receipt of this handbook.The written notice must: ( l) include the name of the student; (2) include a statement that the parent/guardian is opting out of the release of photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings depicting the student; and (3) be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.

Currently we have only received one written notice. All notices are located in the Everything GOES C&I page next to the calendar on Symbaloo.

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The Legacy Center is opening on Tuesday, September 8. Here are some things you need to know:

· The Center is open daily from 10:45 AM-12:45 PM.

· Students and parents may visit the Legacy Center.

· Students may check out items from the Legacy Center only if the family has completed the form given out during Registration. A link to that form is on the Gwin Oaks website under the Parent tab/Gwin Oaks Family Legacy Resource Center.

· You might send a child to the Legacy Center to check out a game or resource to practice a skill. A parent might also request that the child visit us to check out a particular item.

· Refer to the laminated yellow piece of paper in your magnetic pocket to see the items we have available for checkout.

· Please only send one child at a time.

· Send each child with a bright orange pass. NO PASS, BACK TO CLASS. The passes are in your magnetic pocket.

· The bright orange pass must have the child’s first and last name written on it. The last name is what the volunteer uses to check out items to the student. Also, make a quick note of what kind of item the child should check out.

· The student may keep the checked-out item for two weeks.

· The student must turn in an item before s/he is allowed to check out another item.

· Please send students to return items to the Legacy Center only during the hours it is open.

· Volunteers are working in the Legacy Center. Please be kind.

· If there is an issue, please direct that issue to me so that I can help.

· If you do not have a magnetic pocket with a bright yellow materials list and bright orange passes, please email me and I will bring one to you. I gave these out during Preplanning.

Thank you,

Claire Collins


Reflections is a contest that is sponsored by our PTA. The 2015-2016 theme for Reflections is “Let Your Imagination Fly.” Students may create an entry in one of the following categories: Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Film Video, Dance Choreography, or Music Composition. All entries are due on Friday, October 2. Reflections is supervised this year by 3 PTA volunteers. Please direct all questions concerning Reflections to one of these ladies:

Sheila Lamb

Stacie Pursell

Andrea Diehl

All entries must be accompanied by a Student Entry Form. Please use the links below to obtain rules and the entry form:


Entry Form:

Rules and the entry form may also be obtained from Mrs. Collins’s eClass page and the Gwin Oaks website. Paper copies are available at Lee Ann Miller’s desk.


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Baseball Fans,

With the school year now here, there is no better way to have fun than joining the Atlanta Braves as they celebrate Gwinnett County Schools Night.

The Braves and Gwinnett County Schools have teamed up this season for what is sure to be a home run. Looking for a fun, social outing with your coworkers and family? No worries, the Braves have you covered. Group discounted tickets are currently available for faculty and staff for Gwinnett County Schools Day on Friday, September 18 at 7:30PM vs the Philadelphia Phillies. General Admission, Upper Box, and Outfield Pavilion tickets are currently available. A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Gwinnett County Schools Foundation.

Click on the link below to order tickets through the special Gwinnett County Schools page.

For questions, contact your Braves Group Sales Rep Rick Coller directly at (404) 614-1327 or by email at

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