Patriot Points 5/16

Staff News


Independence students possess a solid foundation for the next steps in their journey through life.


Independence Elementary believes that nothing is more important than children. We are continually committed to the social, emotional, and academic development of every child. Our school is a safe, challenging, caring, and supportive environment where teachers, parents, students, and community members work together to ensure all Independence students have a solid foundation for life. We strive to make the learning experiences at Independence fun and engaging while holding everyone accountable for reaching his or her highest potential.

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Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI. Anyone that needs something disseminated to the entire faculty should send the information to Ms. King by Thursday at 5:00pm. The publication is for faculty and staff use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly.

Quote of the Week

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Patriot Honors

Wanted to take minute to brag on Mrs White who taught my son Nicolas in 3rd grade there. He's in 6th grade now, and they're starting geometry. They're starting with basic terminology. He said he knew it already, he had a great 3rd grade teacher and had already learned all that stuff. The test is today and I'm sure he'll ace it! Please pass along to Mrs White.

A BIG Shout Out to Mary Freeman for making our literacy journey so painless and uncomplicated. We love you Mary! Third Grade

Physical Activity Survey - K through 5th Grade Teachers

Email King after you complete this before you leave 6/3

So far, the following have completed the survey:

K5 - Hager

1st - Cash, Scott

2nd - Hedgepeth, Covington

3rd - Bradley, White

4th - Morris, Pavone, Spencer

5th - All

Secret Pals

It is that time of the year. It went by so fast. Reveal yourself to your secret pal in your own special way. I cannot wait to find out who mine is. I hope you enjoyed being a secret pal as much as I did. If you have any ideas or changes for the coming year, let me know.

Much Love,



There will be Challenger openings next year to work from 3:30-5:30 and positions for the 2:30-5:30 slots. The application is on the district website. Please contact Holiday if you are interested.

Literacy Update

Remember: Getting the Hard level defines the actual Instructional

level, so you need to continue assessing until a Hard level is reached.

All students will have a minimum of two assessments.

F & P Folders April/May 2016


All Intervention Team Planning Sheets

All F & P Summary Forms for all grades


Hard copies of F & P testing from Spring 2014-15 school year

Additional assessments (according to the Literacy Expectation Guide for specified grade level) from Spring 2014-15 school year

Please remember to update F&P instructional levels on the R drive as soon as you are finished testing. This level will reflect their current instructional level or the level before the hard.

Email me when you are finished testing and I will come by your classroom and check your F&P folders and sign your EOY checkout sheet. This will be one thing you can cross off your list!!

Math Notes of Importance

Summer math professional learning opportunities are now on My Learning Plan, titled, A Year in a Day. We will have 2 sessions offered per grade level. In the sessions teachers will take a deeper look into the grade level standards and we will model how the year should progress based on the curriculum map. Teachers will learn number talks, tasks, and other activities to differentiate instruction based on the needs of students. At the end of the day, teachers will be provided with a long range plan of math for the year including suggested pacing, and support documents that are aligned to our curriculum map.

Winthrop Partnership News

Sign-up for a free conference at Winthrop!

The Conference website is ready for continued registration AND building your session schedule. Please visit to login (if you have already registered) or register for the first time. Registering allows you to see the conference schedule, reserve your place in sessions, reserve email updates, and access handouts/presentations (available by June 3


). Remember, when you “sign up,” you will be asked for the following information (we will contact you for the required information if it is not provided):

· Email (required)

· Name (required)

· Password (required)

· Upload photo (appreciated, but not required)

· Company name (required, school or department)

· Company position (optional)

· Website (optional)

· Location (optional)

· Tell us about yourself. What should people talk to you about (open text – optional)

If you want to know more about building your schedule and connecting with others, use this short video guide: Registration ends MAY 27 and is limited by capacity (300 in the general opening and by room capacity in concurrent sessions). PLEASE use the “build your schedule” tool so presenters have an idea of how many handouts, materials, etc. are needed.

NOTE: The schedule includes pre-conference sessions on JUNE 6 including co-teaching foundations, high school/university English vertical alignment, andedTPA evaluation training. Sign up for these early as space is limited to the first 25 participants.

Summer PD Opportunities

New IDES Webpage - Patton

Weekly Agenda


Independence Day!


2:45 Faculty Meeting

Beach Day!


Duty Free Lunch

2:45 Miller's Shower

Neapolitan Day!


Principal's Meeting

Patrols to Carowinds

2nd Grade to the Zoo

Summer Camp Day!


No School!!

Happy Birthday Hathaway!!

Staff Birthdays


13 - Churchill

20 - Hathaway

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


26 - 8:15 - 1st Grade Awards / Yearbooks Delivered

27 - Field Day & Lunch & Learn / Yearbook Signing

30 - No School

31 - First Grade to Gardens

31 - 8:15 - 4th Grade Awards, 9:00 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Awards


1 - Half Day

8:30 Kindergarten Awards (In rooms)

2 - Half Day - 5th Grade Celebration

8:30 5th Grade Awards (Cafeteria)

Teachers, please make plans for the students to eat breakfast in your classrooms today.

5th grade students will march through the halls at 8:30am to the cafeteria for our ceremony today. All students and teachers should line the hallways as usual from the ramp to 4th grade, through the library, on to 2nd/3rd grade hall, to 1st grade, at 8:25. The march will begin on the fifth grade hallway at 8:30 so our parents who are a little late can get to their seat.

3 - Last Day for Teachers - Check Out

To do:

  • Email Hathaway & copy King with Date/Time/Location of Summer PLC PD hours
  • Have access to Essentials and Common Formative Assessment(s) for Summer PLC conference - This will be updated with more specifics as we learn what we need from the DO.
  • Email King after you complete the physical activity survey in the memo above. (Kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • Clean out your box in the workroom.

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