The Roar

September 29, 2014

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Harbins Staff Calendar

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News to Roar About

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our teachers for the OUTSTANDING job you did to prepare for conferences! The parents were so positive about their shared time with you!! You are an amazing group of professionals!
  • Jennifer Samples for covering the phones late for conferences.
  • Kathy Schmidt for arranging for providing so much Dot Day fun and for the great Mariner Museum visit with 4th grade via Skype. The students learned so much and had a very engaging learning experience. We love all of our Skype experiences with you!
  • Fourth grade teachers for all of your preparation of your students for the Skype Museum visit. You did a super job of role playing your characters in the adventure.
  • Kishina Woolfolk on being selected as a GCPS Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist! We are proud of you!
  • Thank you Vicki and Gina for jumping in to help clear the overflow in the Bookroom. You are the best!
  • Special Areas teachers for the meaningful dialogue in test talks. You offered great insights and observations to our school-wide data. Thank you for your time!
  • Chris Rogers - what an awesome lesson to teach young children how to blog!

  • Thank you Debbie Davis for the great staff development for the Paras!

  • Marcy Florey for diving in with technology!

  • Jennifer Dalton & Debbie Davis for supporting new staff. You guys are the best!

  • Lea Sirmans for helping her new neighbor get settled.

  • Thanks to Theresa Emmett for trying new technology with her students. Way to go!

  • Thanks to Kristin Smith for working together on technology coaching for a great project.
  • Mike Stanton for having your students so well prepared for student-led conferences! They were quite impressive! Thank you for the many ways you encourage leadership!
  • Donna Hargrave, Kellie Stewart and Amie Gravitt for sharing your class with us in Leadership Academy. The students did a super job!
  • To all of our teachers who opened their classrooms to one another for peer observations. We are all better when we collaborate and learn together!
  • Minh and Nicole for organizing the Nacho Bar lunch for us! Yum!
  • Office staff for a great planning session!
  • Trisha and Kishina for your great tech coaching sessions this week!
  • Curriculum Coaches for your instructional leadership! We appreciate all of your contributions to the work at Harbins!
  • Support Team for another excellent planning session. Your leadership is exceptional!

Announcements

Mr. Hunter's Visit

Mr. Hunter hopes to visit our school each month and visit classrooms. He plans to come again on October 2 from 9-11. We will start our visit in the lower grades this time since he did not get to visit lower grades last time. We are excited that he wants to invest time getting to know our school, your work and our students! Among the things he wants to see is how we:


  • Implement reading and writing workshop
  • Provide Guided Math instruction
  • Provide rigorous work
  • Require students to explain their learning
  • Integrate digital content into instruction
  • Implement BYOD/Use of eCLASS Tools


All things you do every day, but wanted you to know the highlights he looks for in his walk throughs. In other words, he wants to see firsthand the great teaching and learning in your classroom that happens every day!

Faculty Meeting

Our next faculty meeting will be on September 30 from 3:20-4:30. READ Chapter 2 of our staff book study, Putting the Practices Into Action by Susan O'Connell and John SanGiovanni. You may want to read Chapter 1 for background knowledge, only Chapter 2 is required for our meeting. Bring your book to the meeting with you.

Chick-fil-A Biscuits sales on Wednesday!

Teacher Grants at the Silent Auction

The PTA would like to do something similar to Donor's Choose Grants at the Harbins Days Silent Auction. Harbins PTA will be offering a "buy it now" option for Teacher Grants at our Silent Auction. They need to get your wish list of something that you would like to possibly have funded from the grant for your class. It is fine to ask for something as much as 1 tablet for your classroom, but a class set would be too much. Ask for something you really need, but keep the cost in the reasonable range to make it more likely that you might get funding. Please follow the link provided to fill out your class information and wish list. We are looking forward to a successful event!

BYOD Visitation Day is Coming Quickly!

BYOD challenges should be resolved. We have our first BYOD Visitation Day on Thursday, October 9. We will have guests from other GCPS schools and some visitors from out of state as well. We will send out a schedule soon, but will open up classrooms much like we have in the past for folks to visit at each instructional block. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for all you are doing to make BYOD work to support student learning of the AKS.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

ITBS TESTING MEETING:

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Who: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, Sped, & Support

Upcoming ITBS:

As a reminder, we are adding 2nd grade to list of grade levels participating in the administration of ITBS next month. In order to support classrooms with proctors, we will need all staff members to be flexible with availability and participation in testing, proctoring and make-ups. Thanks in advance for your support and flexibility.

Bus Passes for Students

Daily Bus Passes are placed in teacher mailboxes each day normally by 9:30 a.m. Be sure to check your mailbox during your lunch time each day to pick up these passes for your students.

Interested in Tutoring?

Classes for 3rd- 5th grade students are from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm (pay starts at 3:30 when off contract time starts) on Thursdays only beginning October 9th.
There will be a Celebration of Learning on Friday, November 7th at 7:20 a.m. Breakfast will be provided for tutoring students, their parents, teachers and tutors.

Salary: Daily rate of $30 per hour for 5 days. Checks will be issued on the December paycheck.

Contact Paula if you are interested.

Personnel Updates

  • Welcome to Tama Henrikson who will serve as our part-time math specials teacher. She will be in the room next to Debbie Davis. She will start her preplanning on Tuesday. Carrie Spiers will teach math specials while Tama has her preplanning time. Many of you may remember Tama as she student taught with Aline Harrington a couple of years ago.

Report Card Timeline

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Digital Tools/Resources on the SLDS

Don't forget that the SLDS has lots of digital resources to use in your lessons. Reminder, you access the SLDS resources by going to the portal, click About Students, choose SLDS, click the Resources tab at the top. Don't forget you can create folders to save your favorites.

Sunshine Fund/Dues

Each year we collect Sunshine Dues that goes into our Local Accounting fund and is used to purchase flowers for hospital stays, funerals, gifts for retirements, etc. Sunshine does provide lunch once a year during testing for the entire staff. If you are not familiar with Sunshine, the information of what all is covered is in the Harbins Handbook located in the Home area of our Lotus Notes.


If you elect to be a part of this, the dues are $25. You will receive a "Jeans Pass" that can be used any day of the week if you choose to participate. If you are in a position that can't wear jeans, you will receive an "Ice Cream Coupon". The deadline for participating in and paying the dues will be October 1st. This can be done by using MyPaymentsPlus, writing a check or paying cash. One person from each grade level/group should collect the money and complete a monies collected form. If someone pays by cash, the person collecting the money will need to check out a receipt book and write a receipt since it is over $10.

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

Media Center News

For updates on what is going on in the Media Center check out our Media Center Smore:

https://www.smore.com/mcw7-connect-harbins-library


Updates on Dot Day, Story Time themes, chances to connect and collaborate and more!

Grade Level Professional Learning

  • October 1- Tool Time
  • October 2- Grade Level- Math Professional Learning
  • October 6- 3rd Grade Collaborative Planning- full day- Prof Dev Room
  • October 8- 5th Grade Collaborative Planning- full day- Prof Dev. Room
  • October 8- Grade Level Business
  • October 9- Visitation Day 1
  • October 9- Grade Level Business
  • October 10- 2nd Grade Collaborative Planning-full day- Prof Dev Room
  • October 15 - 1st Grade Collaborative Planning-full day- Prof Dev Room
  • October 16 - Grade Level- Literacy Professional Learning

Required Compliance Training

This self paced course must be completed prior to October 6, 2014. Don't let it sneak up on you. All staff members will verify completion through an electronic sign off. It is good to go ahead and get this off of your to do list now as life will get busy very quickly.

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 October 21st 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 October 7th from 1:15- 4:00. Location: Professional Development Room. Read Chapter 2 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

No staff birthdays this week

Through the Eyes of a Child

PAGE Representative

A Georgia PAGE Representative will visit Harbin on Friday, October 17th. She will be here from 10:30 - 1:30 in the Tiger Conference Room. Stop by if you are interested in talking with the representative.

Valic Representative

Bill Burke, our Valic Rep will be coming here on October 22nd. If you would like to set up an individual meeting with him that day, watch for the sign up list about a week before he comes. You will need to set up your time during a time that you are not with students.
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