Myers Moment

March 18th edition

Pursuing Excellence: Vision 2020

Nesbit Elementary will be a high performing school where students, staff, and the community work collaboratively to create an environment where students are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students will pursue excellence in all academic areas and develop essential skills that prepare them for college and careers. Students, staff, and the community of Nesbit Elementary will be committed to the belief that we are continuous learners and that failure is not an option. Teaching and learning with rigor and passion is our core business.

Workshop/Gradual Release - Integrating Content Areas

As we are working to master all four components of gradual release how do we work smarter not harder. We know that we have to cover all four subject areas, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. How do we get it all done? Language Arts can be taught all day long when integrated with the other subject areas. We also have to ensure that students are reading texts independently. Research states that students in 2nd - 5th grades should read independently ( not including guided reading or read aloud) a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes daily. Where does the time come from? We have to look at intergration and allowing students to reading social studies and science content rich text. We are currently looking at purchasing student texts for Science and Social Studies. If you would like to give input on Social Studies or Science text for student independent reading please e-mail titles to Julie Spence, Lisa Jacobs, Kamilah Booker, or Je'neen Small. The link below shows how a teacher is teaching reading comprehension through Social Studies.
I Do, We Do, You Do: Scaffolding Reading Comprehension in Social Studies

GTES and Summative Conferences

We are finishing up final Formative observations. These will be completed before spring break. We will meet with everyone for summative conferences prior to April 15. All evaluations ( both certified and classified) will be completed by April 22nd. You will meet with your grade level AP for your summative conference. They will send out a link for you to sign up.

Acceptable Use Policy Reminder

Please remember that you should not post pictures of your students on your personal social media sites, such as Facebook or Instagram. Also, please do not use your GCPS issued laptop to create and sell things on Teachers Pay Teachers or other websites like it (Etsy, eBay, etc).

No Big Deal by Jacki Sellmansberger

That’s a saying we hear frequently, and know exactly how it’s meant. But I had a situation today that made me realize, it all depends on perspective! I went to a class to work with a group of students. As they were coming to the table, as is typical of children, they were all trying to sit in a certain place. One little boy came a few minutes behind everyone else, and it was very evident by some things that were said, children were trying not to sit by J. I spoke up and said, “How rude! I would love to sit by J.”, and, proceeded to change my position at the table.

I really don’t know what the problem was this particular day, because I haven’t noticed it before with J. To me, this was really no big deal! But as I got ready to leave class after another group, J came up and put his arms around me and gave me a hug. Nothing was said, but I thought I would cry. As I reflect back on this situation, I was reminded of another time when I was a child and my teacher commented I was wearing her favorite color. That may sound like no big deal, but to this poor little girl, who seldom ever had new clothes, it made my day!

As we walk through the halls of Nesbit for these next few weeks, remember there are children and adults who may need to hear our “no big deal” just to make it through another day!

Continue to hold each other up as we all give it our best for these last few days before break!

Dates to Remember

Continue to complete District Assessments this week. They are looking good:)

Monday, 3/21

Tuesday, 3/22

  • 3:15- 4:30 - IFT Meeting with the grade level

Wednesday, 3/23

  • Literacy NIT during Planning
Thursday, 3/24
  • Math NIT during Planning
  • Nesbit ES Chuck E Cheese Night ( 4:00 - 8:00 PM) - Teachers get a free personal size pizza

Friday, 3/25

Complainers .... Choose not to be one

We all have trials and tribulations in life. Each of us could sit around and complain about something. Happiness and gratitude is a choice. I choose to be grateful for my family, my friends, and each one of you here at Nesbit. I appreciate the gifts and talents that we all bring to the table. Choose to see the glass half full versus half empty. Choose not to be a complainer, but someone who gives positive energy.