Betsy's Bits

April 10, 2016

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In Case You Missed It:

We had future Stallions come in for a visit from Greenwood and Ingram this week. The students were excited and ready to join their new school family. Our 5th grade tours will conclude this week. A shout out goes to Jessica Cole for coordinating and planning, Tyler Spaulding and his 7th and 8th grade band and orchestra students for the entertainment, our homeroom student ambassadors and AVID students for their leadership during tours, and all of you for your flexibility and welcoming spirit.

3rd Quarter Benchmarks have been going well. Thank you to everyone for being flexible through all of this. Our counselors, EC and ESL Teams are doing an amazing job to ensure all our students with modifications receive these.

We have had fourteen 6th and 7th graders submit their applications for the AVID elective class. The application is open through Friday. I need ALL homeroom teachers to show their students how to access the application on our website. Everyone needs to put the due date of Friday, April 15th on the board for applications. If you believe you have a student/s that would benefit from the AVID elective class, please speak personally with the student/s and encourage to apply. You may also reach out to counselors and admin if you have someone which is reluctant, but you feel is a good fit. What are we looking for? A student in the "academic middle" which would benefit from more support in the elective class through weekly tutorials, taught strategies for organization, learning and goal-setting, family-like relationship with the AVID class, and clearing the path and preparing for college.

Power Hours have geared back up after Spring Break. Please take a look at the attendance sheet to see who is coming and who had dropped off. Make contact with parents and encourage them to make sure their child stays after school each week. The last week for tutorials is the week of May 16th. So, we have 6 more Power Hour weeks to work with these students. Do not hesitate to invite students to come which were not invited the first time. I appreciate everyone who has committed their expertise and time to ensuring our students demonstrate growth this year.

If your plans have changed and you are now available to help with Summer School in June, please let me know. We will need as many people as to work with the students who do not demonstrate proficiency on the End of Grade Tests. I will be asking questions and trying to gain more information at my district Leadership meeting this week. I will share at the SLMS Leadership Team next week. Please see your representative if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

Congratulations to Cindy Quiggle for being named SLMS Teacher of the Year and Tracie Gibson for being names SLMS Bus Driver of the Year. They will go on to complete in the district competitions. They both are the epitome of SLMS and I know will represent us well! Thank you ladies for all you do!

Shout out goes to the hardest working team of custodians in LCS. We have been named Clean School of the Month for the third time this year. It is a team effort and takes everyone doing their part to ensure we have a clean and attractive school to come to each day. They will be recognized at Tuesday's LCS' Board Meeting beginning at 6pm.

Thank you Monica, Freddie, Alice, Nick, and Nathan!

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Coming Up:

Mark Your Calendars:

Benchmarks through Wednesday, April 13.

Monday: Team 1 8th Grade to Skyzone 9:30-2pm AR reward

Tuesday: Math Power Hour, LCS BOE meeting 6pm at Lee Co HS

Wednesday: Guests in PLC room all day, 5th Grade tours (Edwards and Tramway), 7th Grade AR reward to Jellybeans, Orchestra students performing at Civic Center, Report Cards go home, Volleyball and baseball home vs. West Lee, Science Power Hour

Thursday: Team 2 8th Grade to Skyzone 9:30-2pm AR reward, Reading Power Hour, Soccer away vs. Southern MS

Friday: 6th grade 2 teams Adv. Landing IXL Math reward (Reed and Briggs)

Peer Observations April 11-22. See Kisha Derr for questions.