The Buzz 5/16/16

What you need to know to be in the know...

Our Mission:

Chandler Elementary will create a safe and positive environment where all students and adults work together using 21st century strategies to achieve high academic growth.

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As we wrap up our assessments for the year, ISTEP, NWEA, Common Assessments, classroom assessments, informal data gathering, and the list goes on and will we be intentional about learning from that data to help increase our student achievement going forward?

As we look back on this year, let us take pause to think about how we grew as professionals. Be sure to celebrate and remember your successes, accomplishments, and best memories? Let's make a plan to make overcome disappoints, correct mistakes, and plan to take advantage of missed opportunities. Reflect on your game changing ah-ha moments in the classroom. Elevate the focus on high expectations for students and goal setting. And finally get around to what we haven't been able to get around to.

To do all of these things, and do them with a never seen before level of intentionality, will lead to improvement of self, students, and our school community.

As we close our this year, thank you for your time, your talents, your energy, your devotion to students and colleagues, and loving what you do. Team Chandler is an amazing group of people, who are doing amazing things for kids, and I am honored to be a part of this team.

Staff Meeting Follow-Up

Here is the digital address for the article we used when thinking about learning space design.

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

Drinking Fountains

In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, we will be conducting joint water testing with the city to check for lead levels, and make infrastructure upgrades, as needed, to our drinking systems. This will take place at a time that is conducive to our operations, HOWEVER if you see a fountain marked for testing or with a sign to not use it, please help monitor to ensure students don't get a drink. (I believe that the fountain has to be taken out of use for a minimum of 6 hours prior to the test for accurate results, so non-use is critical.)

Also, during their pre-test facilities inspections 3 water fountains were found defective and will be upgraded. These have already been removed. Please do not confuse defective water fountains with contaminated. It could be a condenser/cooler issue, a broken pipe that is dripping, corrosion, etc...

Air Quality Control Measures

During a recent walk around the maintenance department identified a few areas of the building that had either air fresheners, or plug in warmers. Due to fire regulations and air quality/allergy concerns these items need to exit the building or be subject to confiscation.

Sorry about the inconvenience.

All GCS End of Year Celebration at HS

Just a reminder that all certified staff are expected to attend this celebration during the last teacher days. This is a time where we will celebrate the commitment of our staff to GCS students, and hear from our leaders. If hourly staff choose to attend, they will be compensated for the time they spend at the ceremony only.

Skyward Training

Everyone should have received an e-mail from David Snyder recently in regards to out new Student Management System names Skyward. This will replace SMS next year.

To ensure a smooth rollout, GCS teachers will be required to complete gradebook training on your own before May 31 (this can be found at ( Brent Kulp and Jennifer Eldridge have done this already, and will be available to support you in your training.

You should have received an e-mail earlier in the semester with your username and password that will allow you to access this training.

May Teacher's Toolbox

It's Here! It's Here! The May edition of the Teachers Toolbox!

The May edition of the Teacher's Toolbox is now available!

Thank you for all of your hard work this school year! Teacher Appreciation Week is not enough time to express the gratitude for all of your work.

STEAM Resources

This article is a wonderful read that has something for all. Here is the lead paragraphs and a link to the rest of the story...

Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning. With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it's not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they're first introduced.

So how do we encourage teachers everywhere to believe that great changes can happen in their classrooms? By helping them envision small, practical steps that will lead them there. Here are five elements of 21st-century classrooms, along with concrete suggestions that teachers can visualize and implement today.

Here is the link to the rest of the story....

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As we learned at the beginning of the year, 50-55% of students meeting their projected RiT range is typical. Please take time to check how your students did!

After talking with teachers in our building, and other district administrators, (and as one would expect) teachers who take time to set goals with their students are more likely to meet their expected growth.

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TELL Survey

We are currently at 91%...

Sheets were handed out to complete the TELL survey at cluster last week to all certified staff. If we have 100% of our staff complete these surveys by May 1, you will be rewarded with the knowledge of a job well done, with providing data to help us improve our educational program and school, and some future JEANS days.

Just for fun:

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From Central Office...

Important End of Year evaluation procedures :

· At the end of each school year, administrators meet with teachers to review the SKR score for the year. This year, the administrator will need to use the Individual Summary report exported from CODE into a pdf for this discussion. You will not need to use the End of Year Employment Recommendation Form. This recommendation form will be completed in the fall and will include the student achievement results from 2015-16 that will need to be factored into the overall effectiveness rating. Once signed, you should provide a copy to the teacher and send the original to the HR office for personnel files.

.Administrators may remind returning teachers that they do have the right to request an additional evaluation for the coming school year. The deadline for making this request in writing will be August 19, 2016, but teachers may also submit the request now. Attached is the revised form.

TAP Attitude Survey

Last week, all GCS principals and master teachers received a message related to information on the administration of the annual TAP Attitude Survey. Response rates to this survey have wavered in years past, but we are hoping for high rates this year for several reasons:

1.) So that the University of Indianapolis and CELL has solid data to use in their advocacy efforts with state and federal policymakers for funding support to sustain and strengthen the TAP initiative in Indiana.

2.) Survey results that include high response rates will be beneficial to us locally as we share the GCS "TAP story" with various stakeholders such as school board members and other local policymakers.

3.) Additionally, this attitude survey will provide GCS with data that can be highly useful in recruiting quality teachers to Goshen.

4.) The survey is taken online by all TAP teachers and administrators and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The 2016 survey window for Indiana TAP schools is now open and will last through June.

Please encourage all teachers and members of the leadership team to increase the response rates this year.

Thank you!


Ms. Beth Finch - Sunday, May 15

Ms. Yani Springer - Wednesday, May 18

Calendar Items

NWEA Window Open

Cluster - 7:15/3:05


Savage to Library 10:15

TLT 3:30


4th grade Wax Museum 10:30 (1st Floor North Hallway)

Orchestra to Indianapolis (all day)

STEAM PD w/ Kauffman 3:15


All School Assembly to see 1st/3rd concert 1:15

1st Grade Concert 6:00 (gym)

3rd grade Concert 7:00 (gym)


Support Staff Meeting 8:35 (art Room)
Near Space Balloon Launch 9:30 (admin bldg.)

Fisher to Shanklin Park

Crimsonaires Visit 1:15 (gym)

In the long term...

Monday May 9:

•9:30-2:15 - Minnick visits Cleveland Elementary

•9:45-12:00 – Kinder visits Redtail Farms

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•6:00-7:00 - Board Meeting

Tuesday May 10:

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•10:15-12:15 – Savage walks to Library

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•5:00-7:00 - 2nd Gr. Family Night

Wednesday May 11:

•Officer Powell here AM


•10:05-10:30 - GMS orchestra visits

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

Thursday May 12:

•3:00-3:45 – Orchestra

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•6:00-7:30 - All School Family Game Night

Friday May 13:

•Officer Powell here PM

•8:00-4:00 - Preschool Registration

Monday May 16:

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•3:00-4:30 – 5th Gr. State Fair

Tuesday May 17:

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring 3-4

Wednesday May 18:

•5th Gr. Orchestra students to Indy

•10:30-11:45 – 4th Gr. Wax Museum

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

Thursday May 19:

•Officer Powell here AM

•Kauffman balloon launch

•1:15-2:15 - All School Assembly 1st & 3rd Concert Practice

•3:00-4:00 – Iread Tutoring (last session)

•3:00-3:45 - Orchestra

•6:00-6:45 - 1st Gr. Concert

•7:00-7:45 - 3rd Gr. Concert

•6:30-8:30 - 5th Gr. Orchestra recruiting @ GMS

Friday May 20:

•8:00-4:00 - Preschool Registration

•11:00-12:00 & 1:00-2:00 - 5th Gr. Career Week

Monday May 23:

•6:00-8:00 - Board mtg

•7:00-8:00 - PTO mtg

Tuesday May 24:

•10:00, 10:45, 11:30 – HA Plays Room 106

Wednesday May 25:

•Officer Powell here AM

•9:00, 10:00, 11:00 – HA Plays Room 106

Thursday May 26:

•Field Day

•3:00-3:45 - Orchestra

Friday May 27:

•LAST student day

•10:50-1:00 - Party on the Playground

Tuesday May 31:

•LAST teacher day!!

Monday June 6 – Thursday June 23:

•8:00-1:30 - Summer School

Tuesday June 21:

•Last office staff day

Just in case you forgot...

Literacy Tools

The purpose the Literacy Focus of the Month is to provide guidance to administrators and teachers for supporting a monthly, school wide instructional focus based on best practices and research-based strategies in literacy. This "user-friendly" guide and support tools will assist districts and schools in the implementation of reading instruction in classrooms across multiple grade levels, as well as different subjects/content areas. The topics in this newsletter range from policies and procedures to the five essential components of reading as identified by the National Reading Panel. The material is devoted to strengthen administration and teacher content knowledge by focusing on one topic each month. Although the monthly focus will highlight and supplement a specific procedure or skill, it is impossible to teach the components in isolation; therefore, the Literacy Focus of the Month should serve to present a school-wide shared commitment to literacy.

NEW!! May 2016 Vocabulary FOCUS Digging Deeper

April 2016 Fluency FOCUS

March 2016 Comprehension FOCUS

February 2016 Writing Connected to Texts FOCUS

January 2016 Vocabulary FOCUS

I look forward to working with you to improve literacy outcomes for all Indiana students!

All Things Reading

Here is a nifty little resource that has a variety or reading activities you may be able to use with your students. The last resources section has about 15-20reading activities to use with your students during reading block. Just something to peruse over break!

Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and Content Area Literacy

Educators’ Toolkit for Indiana’s K‐12 Reading Selections

16-17 Support Staff

As of this point we will have 3 EL Interventionist next year, and 2 full time Special Education teachers at Chandler. Currently Caren Colemen, Cindy Hire and Mitch Rhodes will return all as full time interventionists. Pan Reed and Debbie Flickinger are planning to return as our fullt time special education teachers.
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