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Scarborough's Summary

Good Friday, let me tell you about a phone call I received from another principal....she called and asked what we were doing in ss and science. I was confused and asked her why she was inquiring. She stated that our DA data showed our students were making great progression and scoring above their predicted levels. She wanted some tips. I was so excited to share the great work YOU are all doing with our students. Keep it up! Keep integrating! It's working to improve student achievement!

Monday will be a great day of collaborating and learning! We look forward to our day together. Stay warm this weekend!

Kudos Korner from the Admin Team

Congratulations to our budding astronomers in Ms. Joiner's, Mrs. Velez's, Mrs. Hairston's and Mrs. Moore's classes who have worked so hard on their Solar System project.. Please stop by the last second grade hall so that you can see the wonderful and creative projects displayed. Way to go second grade!!!!

Awesome job on FLP attendance!

Media Center News

Black History Month

The media center staff has pulled books from the "everybody" section related to Black History Month. Many of these books have great stories with black main characters, but they are often overlooked by the kids because the covers lack an "oooh, ahhh" factor. Please encourage your students to try some of these books or share them as a read aloud with your whole class. Many students just don't know what they are missing unless, we, the teachers give them a little push.

My two personal favorites from the group are The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is based on the real life story of the author. William is an African boy, not an American, but he is black and good example of a young, black boy demonstrating ingenuity and scientific thinking. I also like that the story shows that black people have stories and experiences that encompass more than the civil rights movement. Additionally, the book supports the science standard of " the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in the science and exhibit these traits in efforts to understand how the world works” and "knowledge of scientific processes and inquiry methods"

Chicken Sunday is a great book about an ordinary American black family with extraordinary matriarch. She teaches her grandchildren and their white friend how to overcome a suspicious old man’s fears and in turn, help build a sense of community among all the people in the neighborhood.

Please take a look at these and the others that are on display.

Counselors' Corner

Remind your class about February Madness !!!!

Dental Health Fair will be Feb. 23rd for 2nd &4th grades

Career On Wheels will be March 29th

Custodian Closet

Valentine's Day is approaching and we are all reminded of those people and thing we love, so I thought I would share a couple warm fuzzes just from today's observations, I love how Ms. Ritter's and Ms. Encarnacion's student did a super job sweeping in the cafeteria. I love how P.J.'s smiles is so big in Ms. Edgar's class all the while holding his finger to his lips to remind him and others that the music is on and they can't talk. I love how Ms. Hodapp's student picked up the trash that was dropped along the way to the dish room window. I love our second grade teachers for supporting other staff members. Just a couple fuzzes, have a very sweet Valentine's Day.

Also, thank you for your patience with the closed rest-room on the main level, the plumber came into and removed and ice cream wrapper that was plugging the line. So as a Reminder - Please do not allow student to take food items in the rest-rooms with them.

New Staff Announcement:

Rosmeri Larrios, who has been working in the cafeteria selling ice cream this year has joined the Custodial team an will be working between the Main and Upper level after school.

Technology Tips

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it! Our student usage of eCLASS is through the roof. As a reward for your hard work and creativity, enjoy a jeans day on Tuesday, 2/16!

Coaches' corner

Long before writers can create their own text, they can learn what good writing is all about by hearing and loving the work of others (Spandel & Stiggins, 1997)

Parent Connection

You can begin requesting translators for conferences on Wednesday February 10, 2016.

We had a total of 304 participants during our 2 Title I Family Nights!

150 signed on January 27th and

154 signed on January 28th

Calendar of Events

2/12- Literacy lunch n learn (drop in)

2/15- Teacher Planning Day- Mr. Hunter will be here

2/17- State visit/review- expect guests to come through your room around 1 pm

2/19- Black History Month assembly- times are TBA

2/23- Principal Cluster meeting

2/24-25- Early Release

2/29- RLT with Dr. Walker 3-4 in the PL room

RES Birthdays


2/5 Marsha Duval

2/9 Evelyn Davila

2/14 Vikki Ganger

2/16 Kathryn Crownover

2/19 Cheryl Whitfield

2/20 Bethany Ammons

2/22 Sarah Folsom

2/23 Kenzie Bentz

2/24 TV Smith

2/26 Sheri Brown

2/27 Donnica Martin