The Roar

December 15, 2014

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that this impact last in your absence--Harvard Business School

Harbins Staff Calendar

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News to Roar About

  • Congratulations to the Archer HS football team on their achievements in making it to the State football championship in just 6 short years as a team! WOW! We are so proud of you!
  • Teresa Olsen ROCKS!! Taught a fifth grade class on the spur of the moment so we could practice for the music program....YOU ARE THE BOMB!!!
  • Thank you Christy LeMaster for all of your organizing, sorting, pulling, filing, stacking and small grouping for DDA's. It is a very large task and you are doing a great job!!!
  • Thank you Jennifer Tatum and Tisha Spain for giving our students the opportunity to participate in drama. You share your time and talents every week BEFORE school!!
  • Thank you third grade teachers for giving all your students the opportunity to be on stage in a musical You changed schedules and supported your students with such grace. Harbins is fortunate to have such dedicated teachers.
  • Thank you Joan Tullis and team for the vast array of things you do daily to accommodate the needs of our school. How patient you are!!
  • Thanks to Linda Wood for giving our students more opportunities to showcase their talents this week at the PTA meeting and at the Archer Cluster Book Fair! We appreciate the way above and beyond time you invest in our students!!
  • Kathy Schmidt, Chris Rogers for all of the hard work you put into providing Hour of Code for our grades 3-5 students! It was an amazing week of learning to code!
  • Thank you to the 3-5 teachers for taking your students to Hour of Code. Your students really enjoyed the opportunity and we appreciate you making this time available.
  • Terri Poffenberger for your leadership with Relay for Life. Great work for a great cause!
  • 3rd grade teachers and students for a successful Unicef campaign. We are so proud of you!
  • Theresa Emmett and Melinda Heimerich for sharing your students during Leadership Academy. They did a super job and we enjoyed working with them.
  • Paula on her presentation at the AP meeting on eCLASS! We are proud of you!
  • Curriculum Coaches for the outstanding instructional leadership you provide! Thank you for helping us all grow in our practice!
  • All grades K-5 teachers who attended Kristin Ziemke's sessions. We appreciate your time to participate in this shared learning opportunity.
  • Montine Powell for her help with our visitors on Friday and with shopping for Grazing Day! We appreciate you!
  • Lea Sirmans and Shannon Wiley for opening your classroom to Kristin, colleagues and visitors to help us all learn and grow.
  • Chris Rogers, Keith Brown and Jennifer Dalton for your support of our visitors on Friday.
  • Shelly Everett for all you do to showcase student artwork and give us such a beautiful environment to look at each day.
  • To everyone who helped with administering DDAs. It takes a village and we appreciate your support!
  • Kindergarten Teachers for all of the time you invest in your Reindeer Ride. The students absolutely love it! Thank you for connecting in such a fun way with your students and their families!
  • Marie for filling in for me at the PforaDay luncheon! It was greatly appreciated!


Personnel Updates

  • Congratulations to Donna Lanford! She will become a part-time special education teacher at Lilburn ES beginning in January. We are very happy for Donna and wish her the best in her new role at Lilburn!

Relay for Life Candy Grams

Candy Grams will be on sale Wednesday, December 17th through Friday, December 19th. The candy canes will be delivered to your classroom. The cost is $1.00 for each candy cane sent and all proceeds will go to The American Cancer Society for Relay for Life. Please take a moment to remind parents and students!

Instructional Fair Updates

When: Thursday, January 29th 6:30 - 8:00

Theme: iBuild

This year's fair will focus around the areas of STEM. It's a great opportunity to showcase STEM learning to our community through the various classroom activities that will be featured. Right now, be thinking of who you would like to work alongside for an activity (partners) and what your activity plan will be. This information will be needed after winter break.

The planning team is also in need of empty wrapping paper rolls and rinsed gallon milk jugs for our foyer fair decor. You can drop off these materials in the designated bins located in the Book Room.

Each student will design a personalized brick to create our iBuild brick wall in the lobby. You will get materials and directions in the near future. Thanks for supporting!

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Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment Guides

The Assessment Guides for the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) measures are posted on the Georgia Milestones web page. You may access the current guides using the following link:

Report Card Timeline for 2nd 9 Weeks

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W-2 Information

As the end of the year approaches, please verify that your address and telephone information are up to date. Employees with portal access can make any necessary changes by accessing their account, selecting the About Me tab and choosing Name/Contact Changes.

Check out this article featuring our very own Chris Rogers!

DDA Reviews

Your grade level is allowed to review DDAs and offer feedback. Please contact Christy LeMaster, SIT members, if your grade level would like to review the DDAs for that grade level and offer feedback.

Literacy Updates

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition: Please select one piece of writing to submit to this competition. The selection can be any genre. Please place a post-it note on top of the piece with the student's name and teacher name. Pieces are due in no later than Thursday, January 8th to Jennifer Dalton.


We will not have CQI Team Time during the week of December 8-12 due to DDAs. No coverage for CQI planning will be needed on Friday, December 5 or on Friday, December 19. We will need CQI planning coverage on Friday, December 12.

Technology Weekly Update (Please click each week for new info.)

Media Center News

Check out what is happening in the Media Center with a NEW Smore for OCTOBER

Information on upcoming story times and how to sign up for a Genius hour research lesson

Grade Level Professional Learning

  • January 5- 8:00-11:00- STEM Professional Development- See Agenda via email from Cindy Truett
  • January 7- Tool Time
  • January 8 - All Day SIT Meeting
  • January 12 - Kindergarten Collaborative Planning
  • January 15- Grade Level Math Professional Learning
  • January 14 - 3rd Grade Collaborative Planning
  • January 15 - 4th Grade Collaborative Planning
  • January 21 - STEM Team Redelivery
  • January 22 - Grade Level Staff Development - Literacy
  • January 23 - 5th Grade Collaborative Planning
  • January 28 - 2nd Grade Collaborative Planning
  • January 30 - 1st Grade Collaborative Planning

Faculty Meeting

Our next faculty meeting will be on January 27th from 3:20-4:30. READ Chapter 4 of our staff book study, Putting the Practices Into Action by Susan O'Connell and John SanGiovanni. Bring your book to the meeting with you.

Classroom Spirit Award

Each Friday, you will go into the Google Chrome "Friday Spiritwear" file that Montine shared with each of you and enter the total number of students in your class that is wearing a red shirt or Harbins spirit wear. The class showing the most school spirit by wearing red or school spirit wear will get a "spirit paw" to hang on the door. Go Tigers! Show your school spirit and encourage your students to participate!

ABCD Awards

Please send your nominations to Cindy Truett by January 20th for recognition of staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that teaching and learning at Harbins are at the highest levels.

School Improvement Team

The SIT Team meeting will be held on January 8 from 8:00 - 4:00. Location: Professional Development Room. Read Chapter 5 of Change Leader for our session.

Roar Deadline

If you want to add something to the Roar, it must be sent to Montine by noon on Thursday of each week. If not turned in by Thursday at noon, it will have to be entered into the following week’s Roar. Thanks for your help!

News to Roar About

We will place “News to Roar About” in the Roar each Monday. It is our hope that throughout the year that you will take time to send us a note to let us know about a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work. Please be sure to share your compliments with us so we can highlight those individuals in the Roar. You can email compliments to Cindy Truett or Montine Powell.

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file will be shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning for August when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays


Jennifer Dalton 12/15

Tammy Lee 12/16

Malissa Koblick 12/17

Susie Inglett 12/18

Susan Sager - 12/26


Joan Tullis 1/1

Sonam Patel 1/5

Linda Pulliam 1/6

Keith Brown 1/6

Nancy Porter 1/8

Leigh Rimpau 1/10

Through the Eyes of a Child

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Check out the latest "Connect" flyer from GCPS.

What are the ways you connect with your students?