Intermediate Staff Newsletter

For the Week of May 14, 2018

Dear Staff,

We hope you enjoyed a great Teacher Appreciation Week! It was awesome to see each of you being celebrated and having the opportunity to be treated to some delicious snacks! This week we turn our appreciation to our amazing Support Staff. Don't forget who your students are supposed to show appreciation for. You can click here to be taken to the Support Staff Appreciation directions including photos of each staff member. Let's make sure we show them how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate all they do!

We are 11 days away from the end of the school year! Thus begins the crazy event schedule we've been waiting for. This week includes our Cynthia Lord Author Visit, Entrepreneur Day, and BizTown. Throw in a 5th-grade band/choir concert and I'd say it's bound to be an exciting week! Be sure to look closely at the week at a glance section to make sure you are prepared for any and all schedule changes this week.

Over the past week, we have seen some student altercations and injuries. This time of year, tempers can be short and patience can wear thin . That being said, it's more important than ever to show patience and understanding to our students. Closely monitor students who have had troubles with each other throughout the year. Listen closely for signs that students are reaching the end of their rope. Remember to apply logical consequences and continue to coach up our students through the remainder of the year. Katie, Kate, and Barry are here to support you but you are the first line of defense and your reactions can have a big influence on a student. We appreciate any and all help monitoring students in the hallways, at arrival, dismissal, and transitions to lunch and recess. 11 days! We can make it!!!! Let's Finish Strong!

Let's make it a great week,

Katie, Kate and Barry

Congrats to our State Science Fair Participants!

Superior Winners:
6th grade
Sameera Devulapally
Sreeja Akula
Nithya Guduri

5th Grade
Carson Baker and Aidan Dickson
Sophia Barnes
Dana Stan
Sophia Sankovich and Kaitlyn Cooper
Molly Chernyak and Sydney Bering

Excellent Rating
5th Grade
Cole Johnston
Charlie Wilcoxson
Zoie Bhat

News to Share

1. Just a reminder that there is no longer reading or math intervention. Friday, May 11th was the final day for Intervention services. This allows our T and L team to finish assessments, review Spring data to determine Fall placements and assist in class groupings. If you have any questions, please see Katie or Kate.

2. Thank you for your feedback and contributions for Eagle Period and the Building Layout. We received a lot of feedback and great ideas and need a little more time to make sure that we've considered as many factors as possible. Additionally, with Tirza moving to a Science position we will be interviewing this week for a 6th grade math teacher. Here is a link to next year's teaming assignments pending any additional movements.

3. Fifth grade Choir and Band performance on Monday afternoon will also include the 3rd graders from the primary school. An announcement will be made to bring 5th grade classes to the McCoy at 2:40. Band students should bring their instruments and music and meet on stage. Choir students should wear their choir shirt and meet on the risers. The concert begins at 2:50 – and should last until 3:20. Classes arriving from Biz Town that afternoon have made their own arrangements to join us at the McCoy. Thank you for your support of all the work these musical students have done.

4. Grade cards for the Intermediate School will be mailed home on the same schedule with MS and HS on June 6th. That means all grades must be submitted by the conclusion of teacher's final workday. Our office staff will take care of printing and mailing them.

5. There will be lunch changes this week during Entrepreneur Day, to assist with planning you can click here to see the adjustments to our lunch schedule.

6. Spring Fling Events (Field Day/Outdoor Ed/End of Year Celebration) are coming up the week of May 21st. Click here to see the schedule. Field Day will take place on the field closest to New Albany Condit Rd. New this year...opposite of Field Day activities, students and their teachers will participate in an Outdoor Adventure. More details will be shared about this portion of the day in the near future. For planning purposes, please start communicating with families that on field day students should bring their own sunscreen, water bottle and beach towel. We will share this news in our next family update but would appreciate you sharing this information as well. Please also add the link for volunteer sign up to your classroom communication. It takes a lot of support to pull this off so we need help getting the word out. Here is draft communication that can be copy and pasted on to your portal or shared in a parent email:

Dear Families -

Our classroom will be participating in our grades field day to celebrate the end of the school year. There will be field day games and adventure education as well as lunch on the fields (please send a brown bag lunch with your child). In order to have field day we must have many volunteers. During our session of Adventure Education, each homeroom is expected to have 4 parent volunteers. Please consider signing up for a morning or afternoon session (or both) so our kids can have a great field day experience.

Here are the links:

May 21 4th Grade -

May 22 5th Grade -

May 24 6th Grade -

We know there are many activities going on at the end of the school year but if you could volunteer it would be a great experience for you and your children.

7. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest by last Friday’s deadline in the academic supplemental positions that were shared by Dr. Troyer on May 1. I plan to begin the selection process very soon for those positions. There were some additional supplemental positions shared by Dr. Troyer in her email on May 11, including Building Data Coach, Building Technology Coach, and District Fab Lab Coordinator. Job descriptions were included with Dr. Troyer’s email message. If interested in the building data or technology coach positions, please place your interest in writing to me (either email or letter) by Friday, May 18. For the District Fab Lab Coordinator, please express interest to Scott Emery ( by May 18.

8. Reminder: The Spring Assessment Window for BAS and DIBELS opened April 30 and closed May 11th. INTERMEDIATE SPRING WINDOW INFORMATION

In order for T and L to plan appropriately for next school year's groups, we need your BAS data entered the BAS Spreadsheet by May 14th. If you can not make this deadline, please have a conversation with Katie or Kate.

  • Who Needs Assessed: Only students who are NOT reading at the instructional benchmark goal set for each grade level and who are NOT currently being served through intervention.

  • Intervention, ELL, and SPED students will be assessed by their intervention teacher.

  • Students who have met (or exceeded) the end of the year benchmark goals, do not need to be reassessed, BUT the level you are currently instructing at in reading group should be noted on the BAS Spreadsheet.** Please note the level can be based on your running records and anecdotal notes in guided reading, it does not have to be exclusively from an official BAS.

9. A reminder from Brooke and Jenny about our Author Visit:

Dear Staff,

With the author visit happening next week, Jenny and I wanted to send an email out to everyone with some important information.

Tuesday, May 15: Author Presentations will be in E Wing at 9:15, 10:30 and 1:30.

Wednesday, May 16: Author Presentation will be at the McCoy at 9:15am.

Thursday, May 17: Author Presentations will be in I Wing at 9:15, 10:30 and 1:50.

Please do not send students to work in the common space during presentations and ask students that need to move through the space to do so silently. The author asks that both teachers and students refrain from using technology (unless in an emergency, of course) during the presentation so that the focus is on the author.

Jenny and I would love some help on Monday if any teachers/students could help clear the common spaces/move furniture back in E and I wings to make room for all the students to sit.

Thank you for your help. We are excited to share this year's author, Cynthia Lord, with everyone.

Brooke and Jenny

10. We will be hosting Tours at NAIS on Tuesday May 22 from 5-7pm for incoming 4th graders and their families. Information and a sign up link will be sent out to families in Monday's parent newsletter. If you are able and willing to assist in giving tours that evening, please let Katie and Kate know. We will provide dinner after school for anyone staying to help.

Week at a Glance

Due to all the schedule changes coming up, we've listed all events through the end of the year. Hopefully, this helps with your planning!

Announcements: Pledge Schedule

Support Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 14th- Culture Committee Meeting 8:30; Derrow/Barnes/Labuhn/Heiing BizTown; 7:00 5th Grade Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 15th- 4th Grade Author Visit: 9:15-10:15 S Wing, 10:30-11:30 R Wing, E Wing 1:30-2:30 I Wing, includes 5th grade team from I-Wing as well due to Biztown; Taylor/Ballard/Cooper/Hayes BizTown; 7:00 PM 6th Grade Choir Concert and Art Show

Wednesday, May 16th- 6th Grade Author Visit 9:15-10:15 All Classes to the McCoy; Blake/Ricks/Herrmann/Weitz BizTown; Entrepreneur Day-See Lunch Changes

Thursday, May 17th- 5th Grade Author Visit 9:15-10:15 S Wing, 10:30-11:30 R Wing, 1:50-2:50 E Wing, ; Cofer/Bruce/Hill/Zipfel BizTown; Entrepreneur Day-See Lunch Changes

Friday, May 18th

Monday, May 21st- Team Leader Meeting 8:30; 4th Grade Field Day

Tuesday, May 22nd- Staff Meeting 8:30 in E Wing; 5th Grade Field Day

Wednesday, May 23rd- 6th Grade Family Chalk Night

Thursday, May 24th- 6th Grade Field Day

Friday, May 25th- Field Day Rain Date

Tuesday, May 29th-Last day for students; Staff Party

Wednesday, May 30th- Teacher Work Day (Grades submitted by the time you leave)