Paxton Faculty Newsletter

November & December 2016

At Paxton, we do everything with PRIDE, PASSION & PURPOSE.


Motivate students to strive for academic excellence through the intentionality of what our students see, hear, feel and experience on a daily basis.

In the Spotlight

Thought for the Month:

Heart of Teacher

Differentiated Accountability Updates

We are proudly educating 775 future leaders:
  • 12th - Class of 2017 – 52
  • 11th - Class of 2018 – 54
  • 10th - Class of 2019 – 52
  • 9th - Class of 2020 – 60
  • 8th - Class of 2021 – 62
  • 7th - Class of 2022 – 64
  • 6th – Class of 2023 – 81
  • 5th – Class of 2024 – 57
  • 4th – Class of 2025 – 51
  • 3rd – Class of 2026 – 63
  • 2nd – Class of 2027 – 55
  • 1st – Class of 2028 – 58
  • K – Class of 2029 - 45
  • PK– Class of 2030 – 21

Instructional Focus

Domain 1.0 - Planning & Preparation

1.1 Create long-range plans based on a review of state content standards, student needs, and district/school instructional priorities. 1.2 Define learning goals with objectives for the unit and daily plans. 1.3 Lesson plans demonstrate knowledge of the content, relationships between important concepts, instructional strategies, and organizes activities in an appropriate sequence. 1.4 Lesson plans are revised and/or differentiated based on student needs. 1.5 Plan and prepare lessons that require students to engage in rigorous activities and content aligned with state standards. 1.6 Uses data prior to planning instruction.

Domain 3.0 - Direct Instruction

3.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of curriculum content.

3.2 The teacher develops learning goals with expected outcomes accompanied by scales, exemplars or rubrics that describe levels of performance relative to the learning goal and communicates high expectations for learning for all students.

3.3 Monitor learning activities, including the use of formative assessment, provide feedback, and adjust instruction to meet student needs.

3.4 Use a variety of instructional strategies and/or modifications/accommodations for all students.

3.5 Organize the class and use appropriate strategies to enhance critical and creative thinking or problem solving and complex tasks for all students.

3.6 Engage students in activities that link prior knowledge to new content, other subject areas, life experiences and/or careers for relevant learning experiences.

  • Mr. Jackson and I will continue to meet with you on Domain 1.0 - Lesson Planning and we will be conducting walk throughs focusing on Domains 2.0 and 3.0. Feedback will be given through Baseline Edge and through Feedback Meetings.
  • If you want to go ahead and schedule your formal evaluation, please let me know.

Positive Behavior Support – PBS Updates

Number of Referrals

August - 8
September - 22
October - 40
November - 17

Please note: 5 minor infractions = 1 major infraction

The Behavior Tracking Forms are for minor infractions. If a major infraction occurs, please fill out a disciplinary referral and do not mark through any of the steps (1st offense, 2nd offense, etc.) on the Behavior Tracking Form.

Let's work together and take every opportunity or use each teachable moment to encourage positive behavior.

Professional Development Updates

  • AdvancEd Committees: Please submit all evidences related to your AdvancEd summaries to Ms. Forehand by the first week of December.
  • The component, WCSD PHS Differentiation for Engagement, is open for registration on ePDC. This includes all our school-based professional development this school year.
  • Please make sure you have all continuing education points required for the renewal of your teaching certificate if your teaching certificate is up for renewal this school year.
  • There will be a school visit this year for the district level to check PD notebooks.

Topic: Classroom Management Practices

Important Information

  • Permission for students to visit another classroom: Students are NOT allowed to leave your classroom unless you have received a note or some form of communication from the teacher you are giving your student permission to visit.
  • Passes: If you give verbal permission for students to go to the bathroom before the tardy bell, please ask them to take a pass.
  • Sidewalk Chalk: Sidewalk chalk is an excellent teaching tool, but it should be limited to the content being taught and the sidewalk. It should not be used to write on walls or personal messages.
  • Teachers' Lounge: Please do NOT send students to the teachers' lounge for any reason. This includes buying drinks from the machine and retrieving or placing items in the teachers' mailboxes. The only time students are allowed in the Teachers' Lounge is when Officer Davidson calls them in to speak to them.
  • Substitutes: Please use only the CURRENT and APPROVED Substitute List if you choose to obtain your own substitutes.
  • Passwords: Please do NOT give out your passwords to anyone.
  • Leave Forms: Please turn in leave forms and TDE forms in a timely manner, it’s imperative in getting our subs paid.
  • Absences: Any time you are going to be out, please contact Ms. Cain, Ms. Neale, or Mr. Jackson.
  • After School Activities: Anyone having any type of “after school” practices, activities, etc…… please notify the office and be sure to let us know what time they’ll end.

Calendar Additions:

  • November 28th @ 6:00 - PTO Meeting in the Media Center
  • November 28th-December 20th - 7-12 STAR Reading & Math 2nd Test Administration
  • November 29th @ 3:10 - Secondary Faculty Meeting in the Media Center
  • December 1st @ 8:00 in the Auditorium - Tropicana Speech Contest
  • December 1st @ 6:00 in the Auditorium - Christmas Band Concert
  • December 3rd from 8:00-12:00 - AVID Jingle Bell Run
  • December 5th & 6th - District Science Fair
  • December 6th-8th - PTO Christmas Store located in the Mini Gym
  • December 6th - School Improvement Meeting
  • December 8th @ 6:00 in the Auditorium - Sound of Pride Concert
  • December 10th - ACT
  • December 12th - Third Grade FSA Mandatory Retention Meeting
  • December 13th - Elementary Grade Level Meetings (Office Conference Room during your planning)
  • December 15th - Semester Exams (1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th Periods)
  • December 19th - Semester Exams (2nd, 4th, 6th, & 7th Periods)
  • December 20th - Semester Exam Make Up Day
  • December 21st-January 1st - Christmas Break
  • January 2nd - Teacher Work Day
  • January 3rd - Professional Development Day

NOTE: If there are any changes or additions, please contact the front office.