January 6, 2016

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Dr. Bellamy was very impressed with our students during his visit this week. He was amazed at how well each could articulate what they were expected to know and do by the end of their lesson. He also commented on the amount of student engagement and how clear daily targets were used to guide instruction and focus on academic and testing vocabulary. This wouldn't happen without great teachers! Thank you!!


The Elementary Math Teacher Leaders will provide professional development on Monday, January 11– 4:00-5:30 at the Central Office. Facilitator and room location are as follows:

· Teri Lindsey – Grade 3 - Assessment Conference Room (Second floor)

· Jennifer Dunlap – Grade 4 - Director’s Conference Room (Second floor)

· Angel Furcolowe – Grade 5 - Board Room (First floor)

These individuals were selected based on their content expertise, excellent leadership, and organizational skills. Their focus will be to motivate, enrich, and support some of our elementary math teachers. They will be working closely with Jamie James, Math Curriculum Consulting Teacher.

If teachers are interested in participating in one of these sessions, they are encouraged to register on PLAN. It is understood that some elementary schools do not release students until almost 4:00. Teachers may join their group as soon as they can safely get to the Central Office. More information can be found in PLAN.


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ALTERED LUNCH SCHEDULES: Meal Service in the Cafeteria

Scheduled Half-Days – Only breakfast will be served

(Exception – Breakfast will not be served on the first half-day and last half-day of school)

Unscheduled Half-Days – Both breakfast and lunch will be served

Delayed Schedule Days – Both breakfast and lunch will be served

Early Dismissal Days – Both breakfast and lunch will be served


  • Would it be possible for 2nd grade to go out the right hand doors and 3rd grade go out the left doors at bus dismissal? That way 3rd grade isn’t waiting on 2nd grade to load buses.

This will work, however we will need classrooms to alternate coming out and down the hall to ensure everyone makes one line. For example...C8, C1, C2, C9, C3, C10, etc.

  • Can 4th/5th Math Tier II/III split? Currently they are grouped together and going to the computer lab in A2. This is taking away time from interventions, so can they stay in their own rooms for Tier time?

We need to keep them together to cover ratios.

  • TNReady computer concerns: Will there be mice for all of the computers for TNReady?

We will need to discuss this further. Do students need mice? Are they not more familiar with the track pad?

  • Will there be dividers available so that students can not look off of other computers?

There is currently no plan for dividers. However, there are options. IF this a situation with one or two students, then selective placement is the option. If it is more than that, we can move the computers further apart. Let your leadership team representative know and they can bring this to our next meeting.

  • When classes are in the labs practicing, can we limit the amount of traffic coming in and out (i.e. No scanning TestDrive documents while classes are in session)?

If teachers know classes are testing, then this should be a common courtesy. My assumption would be that they do not realize this is happening when they walk in. Mrs. Thornton will put a testing sign in your box for you to use when testing occurs. If this is sign is present, the class should not be interrupted for any reason.

  • Can we make sure all desks and tables are level, so that they don’t shake and distract the students?

If you notice this issue, please put in a work order to have it addressed.

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Hometown: New Harmony, Indiana

Family: My only family in Clarksville is my cousin Rachel. We were born 6 days apart and lived down the street growing up, so we’ve always been close. We both moved here for teaching jobs and it worked out to be roommates! She teaches 8th grade math at Northeast. My parents and brother, Luke, all live in Indiana.

What is your favorite family vacation?

My family travels a lot. My dad set a goal to visit all 50 states, which he completed when we took a train from Chicago to Portland in 2014, which is a really memorable vacation. Of course I now have my own goal to visit all 50 states. I only have 7 left!

What motivates you to work hard?

Bettering myself is my biggest motivator. I am not competitive with others, but I am very competitive with myself.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Mother Teresa, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and J. K. Rowling

What's your favorite family recipe?

My mom makes her grandmother Carrie’s yeast rolls. They are delicious and I’m named for her, so the recipe has special meaning.

If you could join any past or current music group, which would you want to join?

The White Stripes

What is one thing you will never do again?



Instructional Week 20

Late Bus Duty: Third Grade

11 AO

12 AN

  • Third Grade MSP Training
  • SPED Team Meeting @ 8:30 D7

13 BF

  • Kindergarten Awards 8:45

14 BA

  • Fifth Grade MSP Training
  • PD Meeting begins at 7:15 in MC
  • AR Reward in MC @ 2:45

15 BL

  • Fourth Grade MSP Training
  • Leadership Team Meeting in MC @ 7:15


Instructional Week 21
Late Bus Duty: Fourth Grade


19 BC

  • First Grade Awards @ 1:30
  • Fourth Grade Awards @ 2:00
  • Third Grade Awards @ 2:30

20 BO

  • Second Grade Awards @ 2:30

21 BN

  • PD Meeting begins at 7:15 in MC.
  • Fifth Grade Awards @ 2:30
22 AF
29 Day Out Of Calendar

  • All students report to the gym during specials for Jump Rope For Heart Kick Off