Gray Wolf Gazette

May 9-13

Our Mission

Creating a community of learners where students' are actively engaged to reach their full potential and display positive character.

Character Trait for May: FORGIVING - JULY: INTEGRITY

Wow! What a Great Wolf Pack Week! Thank you PTO!!

I hope you enjoyed Wolf Pack Week! PTO went above and beyond in every way! Feel free to write a thank you and place it in the PTO box in the office. Let them know how much we appreciate everything they do for us at Pioneer Trail!


Awesome Reminders of Why We Do What We Do....

Important 2016-17 Calendar dates and changes

There have been some changes to our three contracted days prior to school starting for 2016- 2017 that you will need to know about before you leave for summer break.

1. Teachers who are not under an extended contract because they have been in the district less than three years will return for 3 work days beginning Monday, August 15.

2. As far as I know, opening session will be on Monday, August 15. ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE IS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 FROM 5:00-7:00 PM THIS YEAR. A lot of discussion has occurred regarding the things that need to be done AFTER the open house, in order to be truly ready for the first day of school, and so this date has been changed this year. At some point during those three days, there will be potentially 4-6 hours of PD at each building focused around ICLE and the district behavior supports that will be put in place, plus our regular beginning of the year faculty meeting which is usually 2 hours. All of you are SO conscientious about having your rooms ready and preparing for our kiddos that I wanted you to know what those three days might hold so you can plan accordingly. Sometimes knowing allows us to plan ahead so it isn't stressful and overwhelming.

3. New Hires will begin full days of training on Monday, August 8th -Friday, August 12th.

You Get What You Look For.....Keep Those Positive Office Referrals Coming!


Summer Professional Development is open on My Learning Plan. The district always wants to allow JCPS the first opportunity to sign up before opening those opportunities to folks outside of the district. JCPS plans to open the professional development to individuals outside of JCPS on Monday, May 9. If you haven't already, get signed up asap.

Lunch Cafeteria

The Cafeteria is becoming quite challenging. We need all hands on deck to help out the last couple weeks. With a little extra attention to making sure the kids enter, get their trays and are seated in a quiet manner, it will promote better behavior in the cafeteria. Here are a few things that will really help out the duty teacher and make a big difference in the cafeteria through the end of the year:

-Review the Matrix Expectations for Cafeteria Behavior with your class daily, before you leave for lunch.

-Be sure your students have used the restroom and washed their hands before coming to lunch. This reduces the number of students asking to leave the cafeteria to use the restroom during lunch time.

-Arrive to the cafeteria on time, to make sure there are no long lines.

-Lets all take a couple extra minutes to walk your kiddos through the line and make sure they are seated where they are supposed to be seated.

- Refrain from using the "quiet table". The quiet table is very ineffective and because the duty teacher cannot supervise the students placed there, it has become more disruptive than if they simply ate at the end of their own class' table. Before you leave the cafeteria, place any students necessary at the very end of your class table, instead of the quiet table.

-Students should not miss lunch recess by sitting at the quiet table. If you plan to have a student miss lunch recess you will need to pick them up and take them with you when your class leaves the cafeteria. You can make arrangements to escort them to another grade level, as long as those arrangements have been made in advance, and the student has work with them. Missing lunch recess should not be happening on a daily basis unless we have discussed it together and there is documentation on why it is the best choice.

Calendar of Events

Monday, May 9

Carr/Duncan out all day

2:15 Mtg. with Bexten/H. Ferguson - Suzy

3:30 Building Leadership Meeting (PLC)

Tuesday, May 10

Scott out AM; McCutchen out PM

SRI must be completed

8:30 Orchestra Performance in Gym, K-5 (30 mins.)

4:00 Summer School Meeting at TG - Salmons

4:00 District Behavior Task Force (Wilson, Carel)

Wednesday, May 11

School Nurse's Day

10:30 Staffing (Connell/McCutchen)

12:30 Student Information Worksheet Meeting (Hollenberg/Jolly)

1:00 Technology Re-Assignment, Suzy/Ellen

1:20 Student Information Worksheet Meeting (Welch/White)

3:35 Staff Meeting in the Library

5:30 Elem. Principal's Book Study-Suzy/Scott

Thursday, May 12

8:00 Elem. Principal Mtg. (Suzy and Scott)

11:00 Luncheon for staff leaving PT

2:10 IEP (Hopwood/Case)

3:30 IEP (Early/ Angle)

4:15 Fifth Grade Promotion Committee Mtg.- Library

6:00 Food Service Banquet at LCMS

Friday, May 13

Wigle out PM

May Awards Assembly, 8:30

Safety Patrol Picnic- select 5th grade students

2:00 Elementary Counselor's meeting

Monday, May 16

Staff vs 5th grade Kickball Game, 1:45

3:30 Carolyn Case Retirement Celebration, Library

4:00 District Behavior Task Force (Wilson, Carel, Salmons)

Tuesday, May 17

9:00-11:00 AM Field Day - Grades 3-5

12:30-2:30 PM Field Day - Grades K-2

4:00 Reception for Dr. Kathy Foster - Miller Center

Wednesday, May 18

5th Grade Promotion Practice, gym, 8:30-9:40

5th Grade Promotion Party, all day

5th Grade Promotion, Miller Center, 6:30

Thursday, May 19

12:05 Dismissal

Early Lunch Schedule and Lunch in Classrooms

Grade Cards Go Home

Staff works until 3:30 PM

Have a Happy Summer!

Thank you Grades 3-5 teachers for guiding us smoothly through state assessments! Thank you to K-2 for supporting your teammates and classroom buddies!


ICLE Launch - Summer Training

The dates have been set for the grade level ICLE launch. They are at the end of July. These will be very important and you should plan to attend. Please sign up in MyLearningPlan.

Pioneer Trail is now a Title I School

Updated calculations have moved Pioneer Trail into the Title I category. This means we will be getting some level of Reading Recovery along with the full time Reading Coach. We will also receive some level of support from a Behavior Interventionist. I am not sure about any details, I'll let you know as soon as I find out.


JCPS Open Enrollment period is now open through May 16. All employees must enroll in JCPS District's benefits system.

*Bswift site:

*username - firstname.lastname

*password - you established a new password during the last enrollment, if you've forgotten your password, there is a link on the page.

Employees should login to the open enrollment website as many make changes throughout the time frame.

Benefit Summary presentations will be held the following dates at the Dix Road Center, located at 204 Dix Road, for any employee or spouse that would like to learn more about the District’s benefit plan options. To attend, sign-up at Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Open enrollment sessions will be held the following dates at the Dix Road Center, located at 204 Dix Road, for any employee or retiree that would like assistance completing their enrollment. No appointment is necessary; come at a time that is convenient with your schedule.

Friday, May 6 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 7 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 10 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 11 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about this information or the enrollment process, please contact Human Resources at (573) 659-3014.


For this year, Kathy Foster's office has an electronic program that will collect SRI data so there will be no forms for us to fill out. Just an FYI. We just need to follow the protocol on giving the tests. All students should complete SRI by the end of the day Monday, 9th.

Keeping Matrix Expectations in the Forefront

Make sure you keep those PBIS expectations and reinforcements in place through these last weeks of school. 4:1 reinforcements, Matrix Market, letting kids know when they are doing the right thing! Continue to plan engaging lessons. Keeping kids involved in meaningful, engaging lessons will decrease the amount of behaviors. Positive Office Referrals are a great reinforcement also! This time of year kids do not do well with down-time or free time. Let's stick with our building-wide commitment and finish the year strong!

Field Day

Thank you Monica Carr, Nikole Peeke and Erin Barry for organizing Field Day on Tuesday, May 17th. Grades 3-5 will be from 8:50-11:00 and K-2 will be from 12:30-2:30. Rotations every 9 minutes. 13 games in AM and 12 games in PM. Field Day schedules will be in your mailboxes this week.

Odds and Ends

Class lists need to be completed and turned in by Monday, May 16th.

Please clean your projectors before you leave for summer.

Grade Cards go home the last day of school, please have all grades posted by the morning of Tuesday, May 17th, so reports of missing grades can be completed and corrected before printing begins.