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Jenkins Elementary

Updates for Week of November 16, 2015

Gwinnett County Public Schools 2015 Principal for the a Day

Join me in welcoming our Principal for a Day, Mr. Rory Johnson, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta on Monday, November 16, 2015

Reflection for the week…

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Gwinnett Effectiveness Initiative

· Formal 30 minutes observations have begun. Please accept this email alert as your formal announcement that the formal 30 minute observation process has started at Jenkins Elementary. We have noticed some wonderful teaching happening and are excited about spending an extensive amount of time in your classroom to identify areas of strengths and share insight on continuous ways for quality teaching and learning improvement. Thank you in advance for all that you do.

Safety and Security

· Our safety doorbell has been installed with a camera.

· We are at the final stages of the installation process.

· Guests will soon have to be buzzed in through the front door.

· The front check in procedures will remain the same.

Dress for Sucess

Professional work attire is expected. Refer to the staff handbook for review of attire that is acceptable at Jenkins Elementary.

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Teaching and Learning

  • Develop your plan
  • Use your Data to drive your instruction.
  • Know your kids
  • Avoid excuses and do something different
  • You are the expert in your classroom
  • The students depend on you to guide them.
  • Remember to FOCUS on the “RIGHT WORK”.



JES Grading Tidbits:

  • Each child learns differently and should be analyzed for his/her learning strengths.
  • Teachers must be prepared to document and explain how grades are determined.
  • Follow the grade level plan (your grade level plan) for providing multiple opportunities.
  • Maintain your documentation to support your rationale.
  • The grade book must be saved on-line so that parents have a data to review through the portal.
  • All grades will be recorded accurately in the electronic grade book.
  • It is important that the grades are kept up-to-date weekly.
  • Make sure that you have provided multiple opportunities to remediate student learning.

Professional Development

At Jenkins Elementary School, we are a professional work environment that will align ourselves with research based instructional strategies to enhance the overall learning of our students. We are life-long learners. At Jenkins Elementary, professional development is an instructional expectation for all.

Jenkins Elementary Vision for STEM

What is STEM? In Gwinnett County Public Schools it is the application of science, technology, and mathematics through the use of the design process to engineer solutions that enhance current systems and improves the quality of life. Effective STEM Instruction consists of several core elements, including rigorous lessons, Integrated Instruction, relevant experiences for students in the classroom setting.


Our vision for STEM implementation at Jenkins is for all of our students to perform at high levels mathematically and scientifically using effective problem solving methodologies. Effective STEM instruction at Jenkins will consists of several core elements, including rigorous lessons, integrating core subjects of math, science and technology with quality instruction, and providing relevant learning experiences for students in the classroom setting.


Paradigm shift for teachers at Jenkins will be transformational teaching in the classroom from primarily teaching in an “absolute” fashion with math and science to allowing students to learn, process, and create self-guided engineered artifacts and project outcomes from the learning concepts related to math, science and technology authentically, consistently and pervasively for all K-5 classrooms.


  • 2nd Nine Weeks 2015 – JES STEM Core Group review next steps for initial implementation of a School-wide STEM teaching model. Suggested model presented to Leadership Team. Plan of action for STEM shared during grade level meetings. Core JES STEM Group members model lessons, grade level coaches Q & A sessions to work on school-wide curriculum map. Buck Institute visits Jenkins to observe STEM in action and conduct evaluation. All 2nd & 4th grade classrooms implement at least one cohesive STEM related lesson in each classroom. Input/Feedback and data collection at the end of the 2nd Nine Weeks.

Mark Your Calendar

New Author visits: Michael Finklea

Date: Wednesday, November 18th.

Times: 9:30-10:30 K-2 & 10:30 (ish)- 11:30 3-5


Upcoming calendar updates for November:


11/14- Saturday – Building will be open from 8:00-500pm. Please sure to bring your key.

11/16-Monday:- STEM will facilitate 7:00 a.m. Staff Development K-2 and 3-5

11/16-Monday- Media/ Technology Team will facilitate grade level meetings.

**Kindergarten and 1st will be in Sullivan's room with Kathy and Cindy leading.

**2nd and 3rd will be in Huff's room with Brena and Tonia leading.

**4th and 5th will be in the PD room with Nancy and Jason leading.

**If you're a special area friend you will go to the room where you help with CQI.

11/17-Tuesday-3rd & 5th grade Spring 2015 Georgia Milestones data chat

11/18-Wednesday- 4th grade Spring 2015 Georgia Milestones data chat

11/19- Friday-K, 1st & 2nd grade Spring 2015 Georgia Milestones data chat


Upcoming calendar updates for December:


12/7-Monday-STEM Team will facilitate 7:00 a.m. Staff Development K-2 and 3-5

12/7-Monday- Media/Technology Team will facilitate grade level meetings.


Kindergarten and 1st will be in Sullivan's room with Kathy and Cindy leading. 2nd and 3rd will be in Huff's room with Brena and Tonia leading. 4th and 5th will be in the PD room with Nancy and Jason leading. If you're a special area friend you will go to the room where you help with CQI.

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Join Jenkins Black Knight Relay for Life Team! Team’s goal is $10,000!
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Tuesday’s – Chorus, Art Club,

Wednesday's - Witzzle Pro Club, J.L.A

Thursday's - Science and Yearbook Club, J.L.A.

Friday's - Peer Leaders, Technology and Running Club

November Birthdays

Kimberly Cox 11/2

Charlotte Weber 11/6

Elsie Lewis 11/14

Francisca Chigbu 11/19

Hasley Guzman 11/26

Carolyn Rodriguez 11/29

Harriett Olinger 11/30

Jenkins Black Knight Kudos Corner