Tomahawk Essentials

January 18, 2016

Get the 411...Information at a Glance

Week at a Glimpse

Reading MAP Testing this Week


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8:30 Specials PLC

9:30 4th Grade PLC

10:30 3rd Grade PLC

11:40 5th Grade PLC

12:45 2nd Grade PLC

2:15 1st Grade PLC

7:00 PTO Meeting

Wednesday: Pink & Jeans


9:45-11:15 Administrative Staff Meeting (Christy out of the building)

11:15-1:00 Staff Luncheon

4:00 BLT Meeting


9:00-11:30 Elementary Principal Meeting (Christy out of the building)

1:30-2:00 Classified Test Security/Ethics Training

3:00 Major Saver Kick Off Assembly


8:30-1:00 New Principals visit Briarwood (Christy out of the building)

1:15 Kindergarten PLC

MAP Testing January 19-22

Attached is the schedule for MAP Testing. I have assigned a support person to each room. This person will help teachers proctor the test.

New students, unless I have spoken to you, have not been entered into the system and will need an alternative activity during testing.

Please remember to delete the test session once your class has completed testing. This will not delete the scores. Students who are absent will be pulled to test during a make-up session or with another class.

MAP Update

  • We will be distributing Winter MAP Results at February Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • We will discuss how to read the MAP results during the February 5th PD day.
  • The SPRING MAP Window will be open from April 1st through May 6th. Tomahawk will test April 25-29 and May 2-6.

KS Assessment Schedules

Multi-Disciplinary Performance Tasks will be given in the computer lab during the following weeks on D, E, and the afternoon of B days.I will send a detailed schedule next week.

February 16-19 Fifth Grade

February 22-26 Fourth Grade

Feb. 29-March 4 Third Grade

Math Performance Tasks will be given in the computer lab during the following weeks on D and E Days.

February 22-26 Third Grade

Feb. 29- March 4 Fourth and Fifth Grade

ELA/Math/Science Assessments will be taken on student iPads.

Test Window March 22- April 15.

Please discuss as a team and send me the dates and times that your grade level would like to test. I will need specific information: Teacher, Date, Time. Please do not take more than 3 days for the ELA and Math tests. The science assessment should be given over 2 days. Grade level schedules are due 2/26. Sample Schedule is attached.

Once we have a building schedule we will look at scheduling separate settings.

MDPT Update from KSDE

Since last year was a field test, students received a variety of MDPT prompts. This year one prompt per grade level has been selected. All students in a given grade level will receive the same resources and the same prompt.

  • Activities 1 and 2 may be done on the same day.
  • Activity 1 – Read information (20-25 minutes)
  • Activity 2 – Write on-demand prompt (20-30 minutes)

KSDE announced this week that the following topics would be used for the MDPT.

  • Grades 3, 4, 7 and 10 – Variety of ELA topics
  • Grade 5 – Science

ELL “Recent Arrivals” do NOT have to take the MDPT.
All other ELL students must be tested with the MDPT. Recent Arrivals are defined as students whose first education in the United States was on or after February 15, 2015.

Test Security/Ethics Training

Just a reminder to turn in your test security "Agreement to abide by Guidelines" to Chenn by January 29th.

There is a classified staff meeting scheduled for Thursday,, January 21st at 1:30 to cover this material. If you will be proctoring the state assessment in a quiet separate location it is required that you attend.

This Week's PLC

The focus of this week's PLC is technology. Agendas can be found on the T-Drive: T:\TH\PLC Agenda\2015.2016. Please make sure your technology agendas are completed for the year if you have not already done so.

The goal for this year is to increase student technology usage in the classroom.

Volunteer Services


January is National Mentoring Month. Please have your students who have a one-on-one Youth Mentor or classroom helper take time and write a note of appreciation. Encourage staff to write a thank you note to the volunteer as well. The Olathe school based mentoring program has more than 320 active volunteers working one-on-one with our students each week. (If we include classroom helpers we have 545 volunteers supporting our district).

Ways to Thank Your Mentor

· Have the student write a note thank you note to the mentor

· Staff can share stories in a newsletter about the positive impact mentors bring students

· Encourage others to be a mentor in Olathe schools (lunch buddy, career mentor, homework help)

For more information, please contact Pam Wolfe in Volunteer Services at or (913) 780-8233.

Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for FREE. As district teachers have requested accounts, these have been manually created and information has been provided to teachers regarding the format of their username and initial password. This process is now changing. With the increasing demand for this access throughout the district, we have automated the process to create the accounts – as well as to synch with Active Directory and users’ district network passwords.

Thus, the following is now the protocol for district GAFE accounts.

All staff should now have GAFE accounts matching their district network logins (district network username and password).

IMPORTANT: For any teacher wishing to begin to use the new Google (GAFE) account, they will first need to initiate a password change via a district windows computer (ctrl-alt-del) on a desktop/laptop computer or via

The password sync process cannot retrieve existing passwords unfortunately. It has to catch/synch the passwords when they change, so this step is necessary before being able to use the new GAFE account.

What if a teacher already had a manually-created GAFE account, teachers may continue to use that account?

  • The automated GAFE account will still be thereand can remain unused.

These previously-created accounts will NOT synch with the district username or the district network password.

Email the Help Desk with any questions or assistance.

Email Jacqueline Swab or Kristen Lester for training assistance with using Google Apps for Education.

Spam Emails

The technology department has asked that all staff read the attached article titled Detecting Rogue Email.

Let it G.L.O.W. ~ Generate Loads of Wonder

Weekly Wonders

Tuesday: Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Wednesday: What is a civil right?

Thursday: How much snow do you need to ski?

Friday: What does it mean to stand for something?

What's Trending...

A handy chart featuring 75 iPad Apps for teachers. Enjoy!

Kagan Korner

The Kagan Structure for January is Numbered Heads Together

Directions for Numbered Heads can be found in the link above. Please incorporate this structure in your lesson plans for January.

The GLOW Report

Please complete this form to recognize a staff member(s) at Tomahawk that has gone above and beyond to help you, a staff member, or TH family out this week.

Loopy~ Thank you for your willingness to lend a hand with a student in need!~Jess

Krista~Thanks Krista for letting my kids come to check out books after missing library even though it was kind of a crazy morning! You rock!~Gayla

Kelli, Cathy, Wendy~Thank you so much for having everything prepared and ready to go for us in the lab for MAP testing this week! I think we all really appreciated how smoothly everything went due to your help and guidance!!~Sarah M. (Ditto from Christy!!)

TH Staff~ Thank you so much for all the congratulations and for the cute outfit for Charlee and Grandma statue for me~Christy