The Challenger Dispatch

Sept. 8-11, 2015 Yellow Week

Happy Short Week

I hope you all had time with your friends and family that allowed you to relax and not think about work for a bit of time. To completely disconnect for a while will keep you healthy and happy! Thank you for taking good care of yourselves!

If it's YELLOW, it's RtI Week!

Monday, Sep. 7th, 8am

conference room

Teachers - Remember that this week is RtI. You should come prepared to present tests/data regarding students who are not at benchmark.

Progress Reports may go home

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 2:30pm

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

Do what you can to get the final progress reports to me by noon and we'll see if we can get them out.

ELA Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 2:45pm

Media Center

Writing Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 2:45pm

Conference Room

Planning for the year to be completed

Writing Staff Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 2:45pm

Media Center

Bring your laptop. Make sure you know how to get to Kahoot before the meeting.

D.S.T. Tidbits (Discipline, Safety, and Technology)


I hope that each of you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend. To be sure we’re on the same page I want to recap some things from Wednesday’s faculty meeting. The highlights are as follows:

My role at Challenger Elementary is an Instructional Leader which is tied to discipline.

From my observations I don’t see Challenger as having a lot of discipline problems. The districts' paradigm shift with discipline and many other things is a lot to digest. However, I am willing to assist all of you in any way I can to be sure we are doing the right thing for our children.

Under the guidelines of the new HCS Student Code of Conduct:

· Class I Offenses should be handled as much as possible within the classroom.

· Document everything you do with behavior problems in your classroom.

· RTI for behavior is a part of the policy.

· Once a teacher exhaust all resources and their classroom discipline plan of four to five consequences/steps, a discipline referral should be written. There are certain circumstances that warrant a different avenue of action. (IDEA, medication problems, etc.)

· Parent contact is essential to resolving behavior issues and document this contact.

Keep abreast of what is in the Behavior Learning folder in Edmodo.

Someone suggested sharing the different strategies you try in your classroom that work. If you are doing something that works for discipline, send me an email about it and I will put it in the Challenger Dispatch.


Please don’t prop doors open during drills.


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- Yeldell :-)

PBL Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 2:45pm

Conference Room

Planning for upcoming sessions