Jag News

Words for this Week from Ms. Keag

Week of February 22, 2016

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Your Paper Bag


Thank you all for writing notes to one another with specific feedback and positive reinforcement during our meeting on Monday. A few of you commented to me about how you enjoyed reading your notes over the course of last week. Something happens to us when we read words of gratitude and praise from a colleague. It is as if everything in that moment is re-framed with a rosier glow. (I encourage you all to continue writing notes and putting them in each other's bags.) From my perspective, we have all grown this year and we have much to celebrate. If the school year ended tomorrow, it would be a great success. I am proud of everyone on our team for a reason personal to their overall contribution. As we keep moving forward with the work of our LSPI this year, I thank you for ensuring Suwanee is a great place to work and learn by casting your rosy glow in every interaction and on all we do for the success of all of our students.

Your biggest fan,


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Teachers Need Real Feedback

With a growth mindset, we take risks, get real feedback, and reflect on our instructional moves in order to collaborate and personalize learning for our students every day at Suwanee. In 2013, Bill Gates spoke in a Ted Talk about teacher feedback. There are many positive correlations in our work at Suwanee to what he describes during his talk. Very interesting. Enjoy.


Early Release Reminders

Early release conferences allow us an opportunity to connect with our families. Each day you care for and teach the students in your classroom, which are the very best students. In the moments when you share the specific feedback about student performance, enjoy the celebrations embedded in these progress reports because together you are all working very hard for these student successes. May you all have a great week of early release conferences! Please let Ms. Martinez or me know if you need anything.

Ms. Brown-Townsend sent out the schedules for this week and will be collecting the early release conference data from you.

The doors of the school will be locked after the last appointment time reported to Ms. Cimino, so please make sure you notify her of your last scheduled conference.

In appreciation for your preparation and dedication to our spring conferences, we will have snacks in the conference room on Wednesday, February 24.

We will not have professional learning on Thursday due to early release conferences.

Reaching all of our Students

On Friday, an article from "Educational Leadership" was placed in your box. This month's edition focused on teaching and supporting EL students. When you are waiting at an appointment or you are modeling silent sustained reading during dismissal, please take a minute to read through this resource.


Every employee is expected to secure a substitute for their position. Splitting classes is not desirable for your teammates or students. It is a professional expectation that employees have coverage when they are out of the building. If you have an emergency and a sub does not pick up your request, please call my cell phone directly. My number is listed on the phone tree in C&I. Thank you for going the extra mile for Team Suwanee when you need to be out of the building.

Save the Date!

On March 3 we will host a GMAS Parent Information Night for Grades 3-5.

On March 8 from 5:30-7:30 PM, we will host a Parent Learning Night, focused on literacy, numeracy, and e-CLASS sessions for parents.

Please save these dates and let the coaches know if you can volunteer to assist at either or both of these parent learning opportunities.

Certified Transfer Process

The Transfer Process will begin on 2/29/16 and will end on 3/11/16. All that are eligible to participate in the process will receive a link/button to use if interested. We will be receiving more information on this process but wanted to make you aware of the timeline.

Summer 2016 GCPS Professional Learning

The 42 page document with course offerings will be posted on our Training Page. Below are some of the highlights:
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STEMCampATL-Spring 2016

GCPS is proud to host the 2nd STEMCampATL for metro-Atlanta STEM educators. STEMCampATL is designed to provide access to high quality, personalized professional learning for K-12 educators. Embracing the belief that fellow STEM educators can provide some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues. This learning will be driven by teachers for teachers. Come prepared to share and learn about innovative practices in STEM education. If you are not familiar with an edcamp-style learning opportunity, check this out: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/about-edcamp-unconference-history


When: Saturday March 12, 2016; 8:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Peachtree Ridge HS

To Register: http://stemcampatl.weebly.com/

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Our Goal is 100% Teacher and Student Usage Each Week! How are your students using e-CLASS?

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KUDOS for reaching 98%!

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This week on In5ive...

In5ive milestone ...

GCPS Counselors shine ...

And shout out to students past and present.

Week of 2-15-16

Week At-A-Glance

Monday - Friday - Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, February 22

2:45 - Girls on the Run

3:15 - 5th Grade Game Day (cafe)

Tuesday, February 23

1st Box Top Collection

2:45 - KidKeys

Wednesday, February 24

7:30 - Chess Club

7:30 - Chorus Practice

12:15 - Early Release

1:30 - Art Show in the Gym

No Afterschool Clubs

2:00 - Spirit Night @ Jumpstreet

Thursday, February 25

12:15 - Early Release

1:30 - Art Show

No Afterschool Clubs

Friday, February 26

7:15 - Readers Rally

11:00 - PTA Staff Luncheon

Celebrating our School Counselor!