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Week of May 30th-June 3rd

Greetings Gardeners,

As the year comes to a close I ask that each and every one of us use the next eight days to reflect and prepare our scholars for the upcoming school year. Whether you are engaging in project based learning activities, small group workshop stations, or allowing scholars to preview the content for the upcoming grade we know that the next eight days will fly by!

For many of our scholars the transition to summer can either be an exciting, or difficult one, and while we know that spring is in the air, we ask that you try and keep classroom routines and daily structure as close to normal as possible. Please minimize the amount of celebrations prior to the last day of school and use your professional judgment to ensure we are making the most out of the next 8 days. For many scholars 8 days of guided reading, or math could mean moving a reading level!

I want to thank each and everyone of you for all that you do and will continue to do for your scholars in the next 8 days. Keep up the amazing work and we will see you in the classrooms.


Free Money for your Classroom!

ASCD has received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to begin funding ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. The direct grants to teachers will help them fund teacher leadership projects in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Teacher Impact Grants will provide teacher-leaders opportunities to develop, expand, and evaluate innovative and ambitious curriculum projects focused on driving transformation for wider impact on improving student outcomes. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000 and will fund teacher leadership projects that will be implemented during the 2016–17 academic year.

Applications for the grants opened on Monday, May 16, 2016 and close on Thursday, June 16, 2016. All other information can be found in the press release and the ASCD website.

Please direct any questions about the program to:

ASCD Service Center

1703 N. Beauregard Street

The Week at a Glance

Monday, May 30, 2016:

No School! Happy Memorial Day :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  • Support for 4-5

    • Mace-Dowling
    • Gates - Hoke
    • Code-McLeod/Butler

    • Tate-5th Grade

    • Pearson-5th Grade

    • Futrell-Polsgrove

    • McClintock-McLeod/Butler

  • Beginning Teacher Meeting @3:30pm
  • Extended Day Tutoring-4th Grade Literacy (Butler)

Wednesday June 1, 2016:

  • 4th Grade Literacy EOG-See modified lunch schedule distributed at last week's staff meeting-teachers please ensure all scholars use lower playground and NO scholars go anywhere in the building without an adult escort until the end of testing has been announced
  • Mace & Pearson-5th Grade Science Support
  • 4th Quarter Report Cards Due to Administration
  • Staff Meeting@ 3:30pm in Media Center

Thursday June 2, 2016:

  • 4th Math EOG & 5th Grade Science EOG-See modified lunch schedule-teachers please ensure all scholars use lower playground and NO scholars go anywhere in the building without an adult escort until the end of testing has been announced
  • Send Home Thursday Folders-Send Home 2 work samples home with feedback
  • Compact Party @ 5pm in Café

Friday June 3, 2016:

  • Coffee with Principal Reeves@ 8am in Media Center
  • Field Day & Uniform Free Day- Please see logistics below

Summer PD Opportunities! Hurry Slots Are Filling Fast! Don't Miss These Excellent Opportunities to Grow :)

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Summer School

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Field Day Information

K-2 field day is from 9:15 to 11:30

3-5 field day is from 12:30 to 2:45

Uniform free day for students; staff may wear Bermuda Shorts (if you approve)

Bag Lunches for students. (Ms. Thompson asks that the grades stagger so that the classes do not come all at once.)

Teachers will receive their field day station rotation information next week. There will be no Connect Classes (connect teachers will be helping with stations all day)

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Get Paid Over Summer!

This is just a quick email to remind everyone of the paid opportunities we have in the Social Studies Department this summer!!!

We will extend the deadline to apply until June 7th! Candidates will be notified by June 9th!

Elementary Curriculum Writing Team

Are you looking to dive deeper into designing units that ALL teachers in CMS can use? We are looking for tK-5 teachers and/or facilitators (18 total at 3 per grade level) to revise our existing curriculum guides. Each teacher will be paid for 20 hours of work at their normal hourly rate. Much of the work will be done from home aside from 2-3 face to face meetings. If interested, please consider applying using the following link to submit your intent. Our work will take place over the month of July. Candidates will be contacted by June 9th.

Deadline to apply is June 7th!


(Participants may participate in assessment writing as well)

Questions? Please email John Nabors at

Elementary Assessment Writing Team

Are you interested in developing a stronger understanding with authentic assessments? In this PD you will be taken through the state protocols for assessment writing while helping our district to develop a wider base of available assessment questions in Social Studies. Participants will be paid a $200 stipend and 1.2 CEU’s for two days of PD and submission of 45 questions. Dates will be July 13th and July 20th (pending site approval) at Philip O Berry Academy of Technology. Participants will need to complete a state module (45 minutes) before participating. If interested, please apply using the following link. Please note, once trained, you will be eligible to write questions for the state exams which pay excellent!

Deadline to apply is June 7th!


(Participants may participate in curriculum writing as well)

Questions? Please email John Nabors at


Currently, BELL is recruiting program managers, instructional coaches, program assistants, academic literacy teachers, enrichment teachers and teacher assistants. BELL’s classroom ratio is 20:2.

CMS employees interested in learning more about each position and how to apply online, can visit (click on NC - Charlotte in the location box).

If staff members have questions or want to find out more, they can contact the BELL Recruitment Team at 704.780.0935. Please help us promote this opportunity among our employees.