Flashlight The Owl is born @ LTN354

Weekly Memo 2.1.16


Welcome back to another GREAT week at Love T. Nolan Elementary School #354!

Last week we began our school-wide testing in grades K-5! Students and teachers have been getting excited about the progress our students are demonstrating. Many thanks to the admin and Black Ops team for their participation in our MOY assessment cycle! Their contributions to this process have been a key factor in our ability to harvest student data in an unbiased manner. We can't wait to see the growth of our boys and girls this year! Many thanks to those teachers who ensured a smooth process by adhering to the lab schedules. Your timeliness was truly appreciated.

This week we will continue testing in a few key areas. EIP services will resume on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.


Formative observations and conference will continue this week as well. We look forward to seeing all of your hard work in action!

School Mascot:

Introducing....Flashlight the Owl!!! Our very own school mascot will make his first public appearance on Wednesday, Feb 3rd at our 2nd quarter awards day. He is a dancing machine who brings out the positive vibes in both young and old. His positive light is also represented by his bright golden streaks . I hear that he plans to randomly challenge anyone he chooses to copy his dance moves. Be ready to have some fun and show a warm LTN welcome to our first ever school mascot.

Black History Month:

February is Black History month, which means that every year we remember the African-Americans who have made history—and made America what it is today. I will be announcing Black history facts during the morning announcements each day. Regrettably, there are no scheduled student assemblies around this topic. Please continue to share facts and culturally relevant information with our students as we celebrate Black lives and the impact of their work on our society.

Message from the Literacy Dept.

No Power Hour this week (2.1-5.16)

K: Feb 1 - Feb 5: Where to Start Word List Assessment from 7:45 - 8:30

Feb 1 & 2: Continuation of DIBELS assessment

Feb 1: RACE Displays COB 3:30

Feb 8: Data Meeting & Goal Setting for DIBELS:

K-3 (grade level K-3 & SEC)

Feb 23:

LLT Meeting 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Feb 23:

PM training (grade level K-3 & SEC)

Feb 29:

Targeted Strategies for PM probes (grade level K-3 & SEC)

Message from Ms. Cannon to Kindergarten Teachers:

Please use the attached form to document the Where to Start Assessment data as you assess your students on the Where to Start Word List. Please assess students from 730 to 8:45 daily of this week. Your paras will be in your classrooms at that time. Email the completed form to me by 3:30 COB on Friday, February 5. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions. I will deliver the copies to you in the morning before the assessment time.


Student MOY Comments

John Doe G several errors with initial consonant sounds

Message from Ms. Bussey (Math)

I hope that you all are having a great weekend. Thanks for your hard work and flexibility as we assessed the students last week! Beginning on February 1st, we will administer MOY STAR assessments, Fulton County’s universal screener. This assessment will provide valid data quickly so that we can adjust our instruction and implement interventions or enrichment as needed. The testing schedule and directions are attached to this e-mail. If your name is not on the schedule or conflicting with another assessment, please let me know and I’ll make the adjustments. On the testing schedule, each teacher has been assigned to either computer lab 1 or 2. In addition, each class has been assigned a proctor. Testing will be completed by Friday, February 5th . STAR Math will be given to all students with the exception of Kindergarten, who will take STAR Early Literacy. We will not administer STAR Reading. Paper and pencils will be provided for the students.

** Pre-test procedures:

All students will need their 10-digit ID to log into the system. This information can be accessed in E-schools. This information should be provided to the students a day prior to testing. If you can’t find a students’ number, please let me know in advance. If you need index cards to write the numbers on, please send me an e-mail.

Please discuss with students the importance of taking the tests seriously.

Directions to unlock student accounts will be posted in the labs. The testing environment needs to remain conducive to testing and the test should be given with fidelity. Please watch the following short video.

- https://www.renaissance-u.com/default.aspx#/courses/course/134288

If you have additional questions or need support, feel free to ask.

Monday, 2.1.16- TYPING CLASSES @LTN354

We are excited to launch our typing classes at LTN. We will be using the Type to Learn software to train our students in grades 2-5 on the basics of this lifelong skill. As you know, our boys and girls in grades four and five must type their responses on the Georgia Milestones Assessment in April. We are happy to provide them with the extra support they need in this area. Thank you Ms. Edmondson for your leadership with this initiative!

COB-3:30 PM- The second installment of posted student work with rubric-based feedback should be displayed by COB tomorrow. The admin team will make our rounds at that time to celebrate teacher and student performance in this area. We look forward to seeing the progress our students are making with the RACE strategy. Keep up the strong work teachers. You are making a difference!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016:

The 2nd quarter awards assemblies will take place at the following times:

K-1: 8-8:45 a.m

2-3: 10-11:00 a.m

1:15-2:15 p.m

No Faculty Meeting 2.2.16

Message From Mrs. Darden and the PBIS Team:

One Love Nolan,

Winter Wonderland was simply wonderful. Shout out to “Royal Gold” for being brave and showcasing their dance routine. The students absolutely loved the friendly competition against one another and teachers were even brave enough to join in the games as well. The students ran, jumped, danced, laughed, dodged, and cheered. Their smiles reminded me of why we celebrate positive behavior. With EIP teachers testing and Mr. Hall being out, I just want to thank the rest of the PBIS team for stepping up and helping to run the celebration. Thanks to all the teachers for actively monitoring the students and for being good sports!!

Moving Forward: Teachers, please be reminded to give out behavior bucks and stamps with fidelity. Ensure that students bring their behavior bucks sheet or stapled 25 bucks to the celebration. Also, the students who remain behind should be completing missing work or a packet. As the months continue to pass by, it’s imperative that we revisit rules, expectations, and consequences. You are fighting a good fight so let’s fight on!!

Valentine's Day- 2.11.16: Classroom celebrations will take place for a maximum period of one hour on Thursday, 2.11.16. Please send home notices to parent if you intend to solicit snacks for class parties. Please Note: Class parties should not take place prior to your respective lunch periods. Students should lunch prior to the Valentine's celebrations.

Teacher Workday, 2.12.16- Please listen out for mode details on the role of teachers on this day.


Little Known Black History Fact

Allensworth is the first all-black Californian township, founded and financed by African Americans. Created by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient city where African Americans could live their lives free of racial prejudice