Statesville Road Elementary's Weekly Newsletter

Mindset or Upset?

Statesville Road's train to Successtown has left the station. On this trip, the train is traveling down four tracks: 1. Implementing best instructional practices 2. Providing data driven instruction 3. Building staff culture and 4. Improving student culture. At last week's staff meeting, we communicated a comprehensive list of expectations for the way we will do school for next year. Every one of the items on the list, both old and new practices, falls on one of the four tracks our train is taking to Successtown. The question is how did the list of expectations fall on you as one of the conductors on this trip? Did you analyze the list and recognize that, yes, it will take more from us to push our school forward? Did you look at the list and recognize that our work is hard, but, it is necessary in order to achieve the best outcomes for our kids? Or did you look at the list as more gibberish made up by admin to make your life harder and more complicated? In other words, did the list reaffirm your turnaround MINDSET or did the list make you UPSET? In order to get where we need to go, our collective mindset must be that we do things that are good for kids---whatever it takes, excellence without excuse. The train has left the station, and the train is on the right track. Does your mindset make you ready to ride?


Ms. Woody's PreK classroom brought graphing and categorizing to life by using the popular kid snack of Goldfish. Kids sorted the goldfish by color and then placed them on a graph. Students also focused on relevant vocabulary during the lesson. The hands on approach and real world application of the concept increased engagement and interest. These strategies work really well with kids of all ages....from 4 to 44!

What's Happening This Week?

Kudos/ General Reminders / Expectations

  • Kudos to Nicholas and Pickett for giving of their time to assist students at another Project Lift school who witnessed a last week. All Project Lift kids are our kids!
  • Kudos to Patterson, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers, and to all TAs for the time and preparation involved with the implementation of the LLI program. We are confident this strategy will help our kids show growth!
  • Kudos to all classes who will present at Friday's multi-cultural assembly. We know you have been working hard and we look forward to your performances!
  • Kudos to Senora Blanco who is instrumental in the engagement of our Hispanic families. She facilitates and plans parent information sessions, translates school communications, and is always willing to lend a helping hand!
  • Kudos to the EC Team (Grain, Coppedge, Willis, and Bowles) for ensuring our school's April 1 headcount was 100% in compliance!!!
  • Possible Retention letters will be placed in your boxes on Monday. These should be stapled to the report cards of identified students and go home with the report card in this week's Tuesday folder.
  • Spring Break: How are you planning to continue the learning process for your students during spring break? Do they have assignments to complete, reading logs, a project, are they required to keep a journal over the break? Our kids cannot afford to 'do nothing' instructional for five days. What are your learning expectations for your students while they are on spring break? Every minute of every day....
  • T25: Last week was the last session for T25. Staff meetings will return to our regular start time of 3:30 beginning this week. Kudos to all staff who participated in this healthy team building activity!

Monday, April 7, 2014 (Day 1)

  • 10:00 Bobcats Book Bus Assembly (please wait to be called to the multipurpose room)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (Day 2)

  • 3rd Qtr Report Cards go home today in the Tuesday Folder
  • 3:30pm : School Design Team Meeting (Lee's Classroom)

Wednesday April 9, 2014 (Day 3)

  • 3:30pm STAFF MEETING - Flight School (Media Center)

Thursday, April 10, 2014 (Day 4)

  • Happy Thursday :)

Friday, April 11, 2014 (Day 5)

  • 1:00pm - Multi-Cultural Assembly (please wait to be called to the multi purpose room)