Nixon Elementary Weekly Update

February 1, 2021

Fantastic February!

Happy Monday Nixon Families!

A few updates and reminders for the upcoming week:

Report Cards & FAST Reading Assessment: This year families will begin accessing their child's report card through Infinite Campus. What is great about online progress reporting is we can create less waste, and families can easily see how their children are progressing toward mastery of their grade level standards any time they like without having to rely on their child to bring the report card home. In addition, this will help our remote families since their children are not on campus to receive a hard copy.

While you are in Infinite Campus, you can also check in and see how your learners did on their midyear FAST reading assessment. The FAST Assessment is the reading screener learners take 3 times a year to determine whether or not they are on track to meet the end of the year benchmark in reading. Below you will find two videos explaining how to access your child's progress report, as well as their FAST Assessment information. Both go live today!

Accessing your child's report card

Checking on your child's FAST Reading Assessment scores

School Spring Pictures: Many of you have been wondering if we will be having school pictures this year. The answer is YES! Both our in-person and remote learners will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken on March 23. In-person learners will take their pictures with their classroom teachers, remote learners will come to Nixon to take their pictures between 11:30-1:30 and follow the protocol for safe social distancing and masking. Keep an eye out for more information on spring pictures in the upcoming weeks.

Friendship Parties: For our in-person learners, we will still be holding our annual Friendship Parties on Friday February 12. In order to ensure we are keeping everyone safe, we are asking families who are choosing to bring in Valentine cards to send them on Monday February 8 so they can sit out before going home with children on Friday February 12. For more information, please contact your child's classroom teacher.

January Learners of the Month: Congratulations to our January Learners of the Month. I am so proud of each of them for showing what it means to be a Bobcat--you are respectful, responsible, safe, and part of our Nixon team!

Hadley G., Gavin K., Magie M., Audrey K., Isaac V., Nalonna M., Saphira A., Wyatt C., Chris F., Korver S., Rosella T., Ayana W., Hailey C., Kaleb R., William V., Liam M., Salinja B, Ethan B., Kairo D., Logan T., Lilyanna F., Alizabeth D.-S., Alexa L., Ridesh B., Alish G., and Jeramiah W.

A Reminder About Attendance: Wednesday is the beginning of our second semester. I want to remind both in-person and remote families of the importance of attendance to school. We appreciate families helping their learners "get to school" both on site and online. Below is our attendance policy to help remind you about the expectations for attendance at school. Thank you for helping your children get to class on time and ready to learn.

  • 2-3 unexcused absences--a postcard is sent
  • 4-6 unexcused absences--a letter is mailed stating absences & attempts to contact an Attendance Success Plan will be created.
  • 7-9 unexcused absences--a second letter is mailed to follow up on the Attendance Success Plan.
  • 10+ unexcused absences--records from the school, as well as the Attendance Plan, are submitted to the District Hearing Officer and a hearing meeting is scheduled to encourage attendance.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 1: Report Cards available to view online
  • February 2: Emergency Drill Table Top Session for Office Staff
  • February 12: Friendship Parties (in-person learners)
  • February 24: Tornado Drill
  • March 10: Fire Drill
  • March 15-19: Spring Break

I hope you all have a wonderful week. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Jeni Goebel, Principal

Nixon Elementary

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and at Nixon we will be celebrating some of the most famous, and some less known, African Americans who helped elicit change, break glass ceilings, and improve our country through their leadership and unstoppable drive for change. Just a couple of ways we will celebrate Black History Month is through learning about individuals on our Morning Announcements, showcasing books in our library with black characters and books that are written by African American authors, and having a Black History Month poster contest so we can show what we have learned and decorate our halls beyond the month of February. Be sure to ask your children what they have learned during this very important month, and see how you can continue their learning at home.
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Emergency Drills at Nixon

As we start this second semester, we are also beginning to revisit some of the ways we keep our Nixon Bobcats safe at school. One of these ways is to provide opportunities to practice various emergency situations.

Below is a poster describing the 3 types of emergency drills we have at Nixon and the purpose for practicing those drills. There is a quote about practicing not until you get it right, but until you can't possibly get it wrong. It is our hope that we will never be in a situation where our learnerners would engage in the emergencies that we practice for, but we want to be sure to be so effective at our drills that we can't possibly get it wrong if we ever have to.

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