Panther Notes

Week of January 10

Words of Wisdom

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
Ellen Goodman

Word Walls in Every Room.

Admin will be walking around to check on word walls. Before the break we had a presentation about word walls and how they need to be chunked. It is the expectation that they will be up no later than Wed. 1/12.

Expectation Reminder

  • Teachers should be here by 7:10 a.m.
  • Everyone must sign in daily.
  • Students should not be in the halls without a pass. Teachers should be using their agenda books.
  • Grades should be updated weekly.
  • Lesson Plans should be on your desk daily.
  • Parent phone calls should be made weekly about behavior and academics.
  • Students should not be left unattended for any reason.

PLC and PLC Expectations

We will begin PLCs on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week this nine weeks.

Mondays will be ELA and Social Studies during 1st planning periods in the PLC office

Tuesdays will Science and Math in the PLC Office.

The focus will be on student data, standards and pre and post assessments.

PLC Expectations

Norms will be established for each PLC

Everyone will participate

Everyone will be on time.

Dates To Remember

Monday, January 11

  • Staff Meeting at 2:45 in the media center ( ALL SHOULD ATTEND)
  • Magnet Application period: 12:01 a.m. Monday, Jan.11 through Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
  • School Improvement Team Meeting at 4 p.m. in the media center.
  • PENNIES FOR PATIENTS Fundraiser begins and goes through February 5. Please help our students raise money for Cancer and Lymphoma Society.

Tuesday, January 12

  • Home Basketball game vs. Lowes Grove at 4:00 p.m.

o Teachers working the game:

Adia Ledbetter

Candace Lynch

Tondra Manning

Jasmyne Jones

Wednesday, January 13

  • · Math/ELA Mid Term Exam
  • · 8th Grade High School Night 6 p.m. All 8th grade parents should plan to attend to hear HS presentations.
  • · Upcoming 6th Grade OPEN HOUSE at 6 p.m.
  • · Band and Choral Concert 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 14

  • · Math/ELA Mid Term Exam
  • · Away Basketball Game at DSA at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 15

  • · 8th Grade Science Mid-Term
  • · End of the 2nd Nine Weeks
  • ELA teachers will conduct their classroom bees for each of their ELA classes

Saturday, January 16

· Panthers Tech Workshop at SMS - 9-12 in media center

Come out and learn to work your smartphones, tables, and laptops.

Upcoming Events

January 18th Martin Luther King Holiday ( No School)

January 19th Teacher Workday ( No school for students)

Away Basketball Game at Rogers Herr MS

January 20th

ELA Deadline for submitting names of Spelling Bee winners and runner-ups.

January 21 Home Basketball vs Githens MS at 4:00 p.m.

January 26 Away Basketball vs. Lucas MS at 4:00 p.m.

January 27th Early Release (All teachers will be here for planning)

January 29th Last Day to apply for a Magnet School at 5:00 p.m.

February 1 & 2 Basketball Championship TBA

February 5 School-Wide Spelling Bee (Winner, runner-Up, and participants will be awarded)

February 6 Evening of Entertainment DPAC

February 15th Teacher Workday (Inclement Weather Date)

Saturday, March 19th-Duke Regional Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students for participating in the Evening of Entertainment on Feb. 6, 2016.

Zatayah Lindsey

Jada Bright

Amy Sow

James Shaw

Alexis Alston

Jamie Boddie

JaCarla Lawrence

Marcieya Nelums

Tiyana Portee

Zavyonia Amponsah

Shepard Social Committee News

The Shepard Social Committee has put together these dates for staff gatherings. We would like all staff to participate if possible. There will be incentives for teams who have the most people present at each event. We are also asking all to donate a one time contribution of $15 to fund some of our celebrations and events (birthdays, parties, etc). Please see Ms. Wiggins for details on payments.

Please mark your calendars. Come out and have some much needed fun!

Dates for Outings

January 29th

·Karaoke Night

February 29th


March 21st

·Dave and Busters

April 29th

·Laser Tag

May 2-6

Teacher appreciation week

·GAG Awards

Teachers and staff vote on each other for funny awards

June 10th

·End of Year Celebration


The secondary retention policy that aligns with retention and promotion standards is Policy 3240 (

· This policy aligns with the retention and promotion policy

· Students at risk of academic failure based on grades, observations, state assessments, and other factors that impact student performance that teachers and administrators consider appropriate should get a PEP.

· A PEP shall be developed or updated for any student at risk of academic failure who is not performing at grade level.

· A PEP should be developed by no later than the end of the first quarter or after a teacher has had up to nine weeks of instructional time with a student.

· Any student in grades K-11 who is not promoted shall be provided with a personal education plan (PEP) for the following school year.