Keller Staff Notes

By: Marcie Dryden, Principal

March 14th, 2016

Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.

WKBS -- Keller Daily News Broadcast

Our Keller Daily News Broadcast highlights school achievement and IB news!

Important Dates

  • Late Start for Student/Professional Development for Staff: March 16th, April 13th, 20th, and 27th.
  • Open House: March 29th @ 6:30 p.m.
  • No School: March 25th and April 1st-8th

Focus School Status

As of Tuesday, March 8th, Keller was released by the State Superintendent from the Focus School status. I am very proud of all our hard work to close the achievement gap! Click here to view the letter.

SRC Survey

Thank you, busy teachers, in advance for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important and hopefully will help the Keller Elementary PTA improve student participation the SRC program.

--> This survey will take you LESS than five minutes to complete!

--> This survey is anonymous!

--> This survey is intended for any teachers who have students that currently utilize the SRC program OR who would like to have their students utilize SRC next year!

Here is the link for the survey:

If you have any additional questions or concerns about SRC, please contact Tressa Orthmeyer at

Extra Extra!

Some wonderful news about Mrs. Ault in the Daily Tribune. Click here to read the whole story.

Filters for Flint!

After hearing that our 5th graders donated their free market day money to Flint they inspired me. Market Day was last month but we all know that the Flint water crisis has not gone away! I would like to do our part as an IB school to help. Mr. Potter and I will be collecting donations to help buy filters for Flint. All donations should be turned into the main office with Filters for Flint written on the envelope. All checks should be made out to Keller Elementary School. The collection will start today and run until March 31st.


Please check the Assessment Calendar and make sure you know what you need in for3MP.

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers - mstep review

Use this link to get to the items you need:

International Food and Fun Festival

March is Reading Month

Staff Professional Development

Lego League

Congratulations, Team Husky High Fives, on another good show at the Jr. First Lego League Expo!!
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PD Agendas

Click on this link for all Professional Development agendas


Positive Behavior Intervention System

Essential Agreements

*We are respectful

*We are safe and in control

*We are responsible learners

Keller Creed

I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too.

I came to school to learn and I will learn.

I will have a good day.

Learner Profile Highlights

Don’t forget that the highlighted monthly learner profile and weekly behavior focus is on the Google calendar (every Sunday).

Remember to like us on Facebook

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Election Day 3/8

Keller will be used as a precinct voting for the presidential primary election scheduled for March 8th, while school is in session. I have worked closely with the city clerk to determine the location in the building they will be using. We have identified the music room as the best place as it has a direct access door within the classroom as well as close parking lot access. I will also have staff and parent volunteers that will sit outside the music room as friendly faces for our students and as reminders that the doors are not to be entered by students.