"Paws"itive Points

Issue 18 - January 4, 2016

Love Each Other, Learn Together, Lead the Way

Tavia's Thoughts

Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday break with your families. Hopefully, you spent a lot of time balancing at it's best by Sharpening the Saw.

Wow!! It's hard to believe that we have already completed one semester toegther. It was a great one full hard work and growing together as a team. I am so greatful that we are in this journey together!! With a new year brings renewed focus on student achievement. As we hit the ground running I want us to really be thinking about purposeful planning and the intentionality of really disecting the standards to get to the heart of what it is really asking students to know and be able to demonstrate. Many of us had this conversation during our TPGES window 1 pre and post conferences. Nothing has chnage here, but the date. This conversation continue to happen. I will continue to call "balls and strikes" on this one. We'll continue to love each other, learn together, and lead the way.

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January 4

  • Welcome Back Team

January 5

  • Report Cards Due to Me
  • Pawsfessional Learning
  • DPLCs at PSE

January 6

  • FRC Advisory Council Mt

January 7

  • Data Teams
  • School Visit w/ Lisa Smith

January 8

  • College Day
  • Report Cards Go Home

Extra Duties


Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer

Bus (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Carter

Breakfast Ms. Spry, Ms. Tipton, Mrs. Porter

Gym Ms. Bland, Mrs. Vermillion

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Hodges, Mrs. Duvall & 3-4 of Mrs. Glass's Kiddos

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Proctor, Mrs. Rogers, Ms. Henson, Mrs. Seely, Mrs. Smith


At Team PSE...we are Pursuing Standards of Excellence. At Team PSE we collaboratively teach students to love, learn, and lead....TEAM PSE.

Emily ' s Enthusiastic Information

Here's hoping you sharpened your saw and enjoyed some rest and relaxation while on holiday break. Sometimes returning from long breaks can be difficult for our students and teachers. While reading some articles about returning from long breaks, I stumbled across this one.


I love some of the suggestions this article offers for welcoming students back from the long break and motivating them to finish out the year strong! I especially love the snowball fight and class pep rally suggestions. Think of ways you can welcome our Panthers back ready to be successful for 2016! I can't wait to see each of you on Monday Team PSE!

Maggie’s Moments

Recently, SCPS Instructional Coaches have been focused on VOCABULARY development as it relates to CCSS. We have been working in Marzano’s book, Vocabulary for the Common Core and cross referencing it with the standards. Besides being an important aspect of reading comprehension, vocab also helps in how students create networks of knowledge “that allow students to connect new information to previously learned information”. Not all children have equal exposure to the rich oral conversations necessary for early vocabulary development, thus the critical importance of DISCOURSE in your classrooms. Besides discourse, student vocabulary also develop vocabulary associated with their interests, if they have the background and experiences to develop those interests. “Oral vocabulary is a key to learning to make the transition from oral to written forms.” The vocabulary terms found in CCSS standards are often not commonly used in many students’ everyday interactions. We have to build those connections.

In the next few months you will be hearing much more about explicit vocabulary instruction.

Let’s jump ahead of the game and make sure:

  • we and students are intentionally using the vocab and language of standards,

  • we are using Marzano’s six step approach to teach vocabulary’

  • students are reading books/articles with rich language,

  • students are understanding that language and using it in conversations.

Hymer's Hype

As I was reflecting on our new year, and the BIG goals we have set for ourselves, our students, our families and our school, I came across an article that seemed to say it perfectly. “Let this be the year that we change our outcomes by changing our expectations—of our staffs, of our students, and especially of ourselves. Instead of accepting the status quo, let’s ask the question ‘If we were to accomplish this, what would we have to do?’ And then let’s try… I expect great things in this new… year—a year in which we all expand what is possible and create success for every learner—with our hearts, minds, imaginations, grit and determination. They deserve our best. Can we do it? You’ll never know until you try.” This new year can be a chance for a fresh start, for not only ourselves, but for our students. Start the year out, not thinking about how they finished 2015, if it wasn’t great, but how they can succeed and end out this school year. Remember, our students have stories, histories, and events in their lives that make them who they are, and impact the choices they make daily. How can we do our best to help them realize their potential?

Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

Early in January, we will get rolling with a few important items for our students and families:

  • After-school tutoring

  • School-wide health screening

  • 4th/5th grade puberty talks

As I get things scheduled, I will contact you all for assistance.

Hope you had a fantastic and relaxing break. Happy New Year!

Administration Off Campus


Emily -

Maggie -Fri. - Coaches Mt @1


Shelby County Public Schools Day at Kentucky State University

Saturday, Jan. 9th, 1-5pm

400 East Main Street

Frankfort, KY

The players and I were very grateful to have the opportunity to interact with your students in October. We had a great time and the ladies loved their letters from the students. We want to return the favor by inviting the school to our Shelby County game for the Women and Men’s basketball teams on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The Mighty Breds will take on Clark Atlanta University. The Men will play at 1pm and the Women will play 3pm. All students, parents, teachers, administrators, and anyone else that can show they are from Shelby Country can get in free. We look foward to seeing you all!!!!
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To Team PSE

I want to send a HUGE shout out to the entire team!! I am still dealing with a warm heart and a happy spirit with all the kindness that was shown the last week of school. During the Holiday Spirit Week we were able to make a donation of $675.00 to the Crawford Fund. Wow!! That close to Christmas and we still made a sizable donation. You all rock!!

Another heart tugger was the community service project the 2nd Grade team conducted for Open Door of Hope. The picture below says it all. Mr. Walker was so very appreciative of the efforts of the students. Man...I am one proud momma:-). Keep up the leadership and the service mindsets.

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January Birthdays

Amy Dickenson-21st

Stephanie Moore-23rd

Brittany Akin-24th

Tony Piccini-27th