November 30, 2015 :: 11 Items

From Ms. Finn

Dear teachers,

I am Jessica Finn. I'm a fifth grader in Mrs.Tate's class and I'm principal for the day. Since its almost Thanksgiving I wanted to tell you why I am thankful for all of you. The first reason is that you genuinely care about all of your students. The second reason is that you push us to do our absolute best. The third reason I'm thankful is because you're all very supportive in everything we do. The fourth reason is that you make learning fun so that we all want to learn. The fifth and final reason I am thankful is because you teach in a way everybody understands. That way nobody gets behind. You are great teachers. Thank you!!!


Jessica Finn

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School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards

eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.
  4. Newsletters should be housed in eCLASS.

ESOL Endorsement

A few teachers have asked the question, if we already have someone on the grade level who is ESOL certified, do we still need to have someone sign up for the program? The answer to that is yes. We will have a growing ESOL population in coming years. In the same way that our teachers at Level Creek are gifted certified, we need to start working toward ESOL certification. This will put us in the best position to help our students as well as maximizing our earned points.

ESOL Classes

Grade chairs, please email me by December 4 with the name(s) of individuals on your grade level and which route they will take for certification. We will look at the same process next year. Grade levels may send more than one person. There are three routes to ESOL certification:

TALC Program

  1. 20 seat hours + 10 at home hours

  2. $300 stipend paid to teachers to take the ESOL GACE test

  3. Will include teachers from across the NG cluster

  4. Tuesday or Wednesday (tbd) meeting days (10 days)

  5. Sessions start January 12th or 13th

  6. Session hours will be 4:30 until 6:30

ESOL Cohort
  1. 150 hours offered through GCPS

  2. Tuesday or Thursday (tbd) meeting days

  3. Sessions start Spring 2016- Spring 2017

  4. Upon successful completion of the GACE teachers will earn their ESOL endorsement without the need to take the GACE


  1. The school cannot directly pay for a teacher's GACE test. However, a teacher may elect to pay for and take the GACE to earn certification
  2. The test is a short answer and multiple choice test. If you have a very strong early literacy background this may be an option.

Dr. Anderson

Dr. Anderson will be joining the Leadership team at 7:30 Thursday, December 3.
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Science Fair

Science Fair projects are due Wednesday, December 2. Please remind any students you have who are participating.

Office Hours

To try to be as available as possible to staff I am going to begin scheduling open office hours. For December, I am going to try Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:00. If you want a time booked email Tina. Or, you can drop by to chat if no one else has an appointment. Of course, I am happy to talk with you any time, but this way I can give you my undivided attention as I won't be on the run.

Safety Team

The Safety Team will be meeting Tuesday, December 1. The main focus of the meeting will be the new buzzer system that the school is receiving and visitor procedures.

Student-Centered Math Activities

Looking for a way to engage your students in mathematical conversations? Check out this article from emergent math that highlights different activities that you can use in the classroom to engage students in critical thinking:

Seven (Sneaky) Activities To Get Your Students Talking Mathematically


It is time to take a moment to celebrate! The graph below shows student access of eCLASS each week (for the past 4 weeks). Our line is the light blue. The NG Cluster and district %s include middle and high school kids. Our kids (because of you) are becoming very familiar with eCLASS. This will serve them well in the coming years. Thank you for taking this on. You all are rock stars!
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Media Center Changes

In the month of December we will be receiving new furniture for the media center. Additionally, we will be painting and getting new artwork in December and January. This will be in addition to new technology coming into the media center at that time as well. You may want to prepare your students for this as it will be a bit of a change.
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