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May 10, 2019

Words of Inspiration

“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
-Jim Henson

A Special Applause to...

As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to an end, I have to stop and say THANK YOU. The teaching profession is one of the most demanding positions there is. I know you spend long hours grading papers and preparing for students. I know you go well beyond what many classroom teachers do to volunteer, support students after school, and join committees. I know when parents reach out, you respond at home and in the evening. This is not a job, it is a calling. You chose this as your life's work because of your desire to change lives. The school year is coming to a close. Think back at how much your students have grown as a result of the work you do. They will never forget how hard you work and how much you care for them. Thank you!

PD on the Fly...

Thank you for digging in on the students of Cultural Responsive Practices. I know your research and reflection will create change in the lives of students who come to us from economically strained homes. In the Cost of Poverty Experience we lived what the author described as, "The mentally overwhelming nature of poverty might seem daunting to policymakers—just one more challenging aspect of an already complex problem."

So what is the solution? As you leave for the summer think about what you can do. I know from the COPE that relationships matter. This is something educators in this building have know, lived, and perfected for years. Enjoy!

For the Week of May 13, 2019

Monday, 5/13 - C Day

  • Student Presentations - CBT - 9:00 - 10:00 am - Cafeteria
  • Wax Museum - Mrs. Burklow - 10:00 - 1:00 - New Gym
  • Ice Cream Social (Aviator of the Month - May) - 11:00am - 12:30 - Cafeteria Stage
  • FT - Steelman to Meadowbrook - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, 5/14 - D Day

  • Student Presentations - CBT - 8:22 - 10:41 am - Cafeteria
  • Student Council - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - End of year project
  • Rising 5th Grade Parent Orientation - 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Cafeteria
Wednesday, 5/15 - A Day
  • Meet The Teacher Day 9:45 - 11:00 am
Thursday, 5/16 - B Day
  • 5th grade device collection 8:00 - 10:30 am - MPR
  • 6th Grade Picnics at SWAIM (10:00 - 12:00 - Purple; 12:00 - 2:00 - Blue)
  • Retirement Party at Montgomery Inn - 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday, 5/17 - C Day
  • 5th grade device collection - 8:00 - 10:30 am - MPR
  • 6th grade picnics at SWAIM (10:00 - 12:00 - Gray; 10:00 - 2:00 - White)

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Info for the Staff

Move Up Day 2019

Information will be in your mailbox by the end of the day on Monday!

Responding to Your Questions on How to Help...

Several staff members have asked how to help the Whitmer family as they process the tragedy of losing their mother, Laura. I have been in communication with community members who are close with the family. They have set up two options to help that you can donate to, if you would like. The first was a meal train that is full through September. The organizer said at this time they are not organizing meals past that date. The second is a donation for a laundry service. If you are interested, you can Venmo or Pay Pal money to the organizer. The information is below. Thank you to everyone who supported the family this week.

Venmo: Lauren-Carrier13



With the number of people leaving the Greene School, I know many of you would like to have furniture from their rooms. I am writing this to inform you that you may not place dibs on or take furniture from another room. With that being said, I will develop a process that honors the current staff at Greene to be able to take furniture rather than just giving it to new staff who have never worked in the building. Please understand that if you would like furniture, you will also be giving up furniture. What will not happen is for classrooms to be left with incomplete furniture sets that will require us to purchase additional seating for students.

Walking track requests

Now that the weather is nice, many of you want to be outside with your team. Please let the office know your plans either by email, calling, or writing on the whiteboard in the office. We need to know when you will be going out and then we will let you know if there is any overlap with other teams. Thank you!


Saturday, May 11 - STEAM SHOWCASE - 10:00 - 2:00 pm - Cafeteria

Monday, May 13 - Last Ice Cream Social -Aviator of the Month - 10:50 - 12:30 pm - Cafe

Tuesday, May 14 - Rising 5th Grade Parent Orientation - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15 - Meet the Teacher Day - 9:45 - 10:50 am

Thursday, May 16 - 6th Grade Picnics - SWAIM Park (Purple am, Blue pm)

Thursday, May 16 - 5th Grade Device Collection - 8:00 - 10:30 am (Yellow and Orange)

Friday, May 17 - 6th Grade Picnics - SWAIM Park (Gray am, White pm)

Friday, May 17 - 5th Grade Device Collection - 8:00 - 10:30 am (Red and Green)

Monday, May 20 - Staff Grill Out - 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, May 21 - Everlasting Monsoon Concert - 8:00 - 10:30 am

  • 6th Grade- 8:45 - 9:15 am; 5th Grade - 9:30 - 10:00 am
  • FT - Gray Team to Reds Hall of Fame- 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, May 22 - 6th Grade Celebrations - Cafeteria

  • 8:30 am - White and Gray teams
  • 10:30 am - Purple and Blue teams

Gray team to Ringo Lanes - 12:20 - 2:20 pm

Thursday, May 23 - Field Day - 6th Grade - am; 5th Grade - pm

Blue team talent show - 12:30 - 2:30 pm - MPR

Gray team talent show - 1:30 pm - Cafeteria


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We are excited to offer keynotes and sessions by nationally known speakers plus over 200 breakout sessions! There is no charge to educators from High AIMS member districts! Teachers from other districts are welcome to attend, but there is a fee for them. For details on the Summer Institute, click here.

Ohio Writing Project

STRENGTHENING LEADERSHIP THROUGH WRITING: Practical Strategies for Writing into Joy and Courage

This one-day Ohio Writing Project summer workshop is designed specifically for K-12 Administrators and Teacher Leaders. Join us for a day that focuses on you!

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Location: Miami University Voice of America Campus

I-75 & Tylersville Road in West Chester

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM (Muffins and Coffee from 8:30 – 9:00)

Cost: $70.00 ( Lunch included)

Why: As school leaders, our minds and time are pulled in so many directions yet we want to lead with joy in a world filled with stress. Join OWP and local K-12 Administrators and Teacher Leaders for a one-day summer workshop designed around the practical strategies for strengthening your leadership through writing. Participants will discuss current professional voices in literacy and leadership, experience the role of writing in developing their own leadership work, and envision ways to extend the power of literacy in practical ways.


Meghan Lawson, Coordinator of Instructional Services, Hamilton County ESC

Karen Long, Principal, Holmes Elementary, Wilmington City Schools

Beth Rimer, Director, The Ohio Writing Project

Samantha Woodruff, Assistant Principal, Wilmington City Schools

To REGISTER: Complete the Google Form Registration or contact the OWP office at or 513-529-5245.


We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students from the elementary schools and to the junior high.

Rising 7th Graders

Rising 6th Graders

Specials Courses - we will not be sending a course selector out for Rising 6th Graders. There is a blurb in the parent newsletter stating that they will be placed in the same specials as they are in this year, unless they contact us and let us know what they would like changed.

Rising 5th Graders

On May 10, we will send out an electronic course selector to the parents of the rising 5th graders.

Important Dates:

Announce to students

Monday, 5/13 - C Day
  • Wax Museum - 10-1 pm - New Gym
  • Aviator of the Month - Ice Cream Social - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Cafeteria Stage
Tuesday, 5/14 - D Day
  • Student Council Meeting - 3:00 -3:50 pm
Wednesday, 5/15 - A Day
  • Meet the Teacher Day - 9:45 - 11:00 am
Thursday, 5/16 - B Day
  • 5th grade device collection - 8:00 - 10:30 am - MPR
  • 6th grade picnics at SWAIM (10-2 - Purple; 10-2 - Blue)

Friday, 5/17 - C Day

  • 5th grade device collection - 8:00 - 10:30 am - MPR
  • 6th grade picnics at SWAIM (10-12 - Gray; 10-2 - White)

Happy Birthday!

Bridget Katchman - May 5

Kim Toft - May 24

Cassi Arfstrom - May 29