From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates--Week of 9/7-9/11

NC School Report Card 2014-15---We Have Lots to Celebrate!!!

I wanted to share with our Eastover families our EOG testing and growth data from last year. We have some great things to celebrate and as always areas to grow upon this school year. As always, I’m amazed at ALL that our staff has done and continue to do for ALL of our students---please read below---there’s LOTS to celebrate!!!!

So proud to be an Eastover Eagle!!!!! Dr. Nichols

Here is the rundown of our testing data:

Overall Proficiency (Grades 3-5, all State Testing)--- 74%

**This means that 7 out of 10 kids in grades 3-5 were proficient in meeting NC standards (Math, Reading, Science)

Overall College and Career Ready (Score of 4, 5 on state testing)---- 65%

**This means out of the 7 proficient kids----6.5 of them were College/Career Ready!!!

AMO (Annual Measurable Objectives)—set each year by the state

-Reading, Grades 3-5-Met 10 out of 10 targets (100%)

-Math, Grades 3-5-Met 8 out of 10 targets (80%)

-Met Attendance goal for state testing-100%

-Overall Targets met---23 out of 25----92%

School Performance Letter Grade:

Overall: B

***Last year we were a C and we've moved our school-wide performance up to a B--so exciting!!!

Important Dates:

-Sept. 1-Oct. 2--MAP Testing Begins (Grades K-1 (Math Only) & Grades 2-5 (Math and Reading)

-Sept. 8-30--Reading 3D Assessment (Grades K-3 Only)

-Sept. 8-10--CogAt Testing (Talent Development--2nd grade only)

-Sept. 11--3rd grade BOG Testing (Reading)

-Sept. 23--Teacher Workday (no school for students)

-Sept. 24--Curriculum Night/General PTA Meeting, 5-6:30pm

-Sept. 25--Progress Reports--Sent Home

-Checking out students---

Please try to check out students by 2:45pm each day. This helps ensure that our dismissal processes flow smoothly and ALL students are accounted for and arrive home safely!!

Immunizations and Health Assessments for Kindergarten Students

We have many Kindergarten students who are not up to date on their immunizations. Notification letters are being sent to parents this week. All students must have up to date immunization records submitted to the office by Tuesday, September 22nd. Any Kindergarten students not up to date with immunizations as of Wednesday, September 23rd, will not be allowed to return to school (school suspension due to lack of immunization documentation) until current immunization updates are provided to our school nurse.

Let's Celebrate 80 days of Great Minds SOARing!

SOAR Week 2015: September 8-11:

Wednesday, September 9th:
80 Cents for Charity:
We are asking each Eastover student to bring 80 cents to school to add to their class collection for Read Charlotte, a public-private collaboration comprising fourteen companies and charitable organizations in Mecklenburg County, which has launched an initiative that aims to double the percentage of third-grade students reading at grade level to 80 percent by 2025.

Thursday, September 10th:
80 Book Collection:
Each grade level will have a goal of collecting 80 gently used books to be used during Balanced Literacy. Bring in those gently used books!

Friday, September 11th:
SOAR Assembly 2015
SOAR T-shirts will be distributed Friday morning.
Prizes will be awarded for: 80-hour club, Top Reader per grade, Class per grade with highest participation, Grade levels meeting their summer goal, small raffle prizes will be awarded!!!

3rd grade BOG testing proctors needed!!!

We will need 10 proctors for September 11th beginning at 8:30am. Training will be September 10th between 1-2pm in the main office or on September 11th at 8:30am before testing begins that day. Please click the link below to sign up to be a proctor, thanks!!

Eastover ES Curriculum Night and General PTA Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 5-6:30pm

500 Cherokee Road

Charlotte, NC

-Curriculum Night-September 24th from 5-6:30pm (beginning at 5pm with PTA General Meeting in School Auditorium)


5:00-5:30pm-General PTA Meeting (Auditorium)

5:35-5:50pm-1st classroom rotation

5:55-6:10pm-2nd classroom rotation

6:15-6:30pm-3rd (final) classroom rotation

6:30pm-End of Curriculum Night

-Each grade level teacher/team will present materials to their parents

-All Specials teachers will be in the Media Center to meet parents and discuss their curriculum areas.

Reading 3D (K-3 Literacy/Aligned to NC Read to Achieve (RtA) Guidelines)

Reading 3D assessments begin September 8th and continue through September 30th. Please click the link below to learn more about Reading 3D:

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Grade Level News:


-Literacy Theme: All About Me-Phonological Awareness, Letter Name and Sound (m,t,s), Print Concepts, Launching Read to Self (Daily 5), and Demonstrating Read-to-Self

-Math Unit: The Counting Jar- Develop strategies for accurately counting a set of objects by 1s to 20

-Science Unit: Safety and the Scientific Process, daily weather changes, calendar

-Social Studies Unit: Family, Friends, and Me--and School Rules

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop - We Are All Writers, Genre: Narrative and informative

-Health: Second Step Curriculum (taught by School Counselor)

1st grade: (continuation from 8/31)

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Set goals as a reader, Good reading habits, Building reading stamina, Expectations of reader’s workshop time

-Math: How many of each? Counting objects up to 20

-Science: Inquiry Skills- What is a scientist?, the steps in the scientific method, and Inquiry skills using science books

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop--Small Moments (Narrative writing)

-Health-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

CogAt Testing (9/8-9/10)

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Readers will be able to write on sticky notes about their books and know what to write on their sticky notes, retell their stories to their partner, and will be able to retell a story to themselves.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction strategies--Students will be able to discuss the different ways to answer a word problem, review place value to show proper placement of numbers when adding and subtracting, review making number sentences, and will be able to solve one and two step word problems

-Science: Matter and it’s properties--Students will be able to identify the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.

-Writing: Narrative Writing--Students will be taking a piece of narrative writing through the writing process. Students will be given a picture and have to answer the who, what, where, when, and why of the picture by writing their own narrative story.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-BOG (3rd Grade/Reading)--Sept. 11th

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Building a Reading Life-readers build reading lives by recognizing when they have lost the story and then go back and have several strategies to fix it.

Readers choose to let their text matter by building positive relationships with books.

-Math: Solve addition and subtraction problems with 2-digits. Recognizing and representing the place value of each 2- and 3- digit numbers.

-Science: Students are learning the steps of the scientific method and how scientist use it everyday.

-Soc. Studies: Introducing geography unit, students will begin to understand landforms and what they look like (common characteristics).

-Writing: Continuing Opinion Writing and the Writing Process, students work on leads and endings for opinion writing, understand how transition words link ideas in our writing, and use a graphic organizer to begin drafting an opinion piece.

4th grade:

Literacy: Determine the theme of a story. Describe in depth a character and determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text (A Bad Case of Stripes)

Math: Factors, Arrays, Prime and Composite Numbers- Finding all factor pairs for a whole number in the range of 1 – 300, finding factors of multiples of 100

Science: Science Articles (Nat'l Geographic)-students will read and discuss the articles in the magazine and complete graphic organizers to summarize the articles.

Soc. Studies: Students will continue to study North Carolina’s region and take notes based off of given questions (Landmarks, Famous People, Culture, Climate)

Writing: Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences- Students will creating a story board with a partner where one is the Villain and one is the Hero. Students will demonstrate their understanding of a physical characteristic vs. a character trait in this writing piece.

Health: Students will be able to define respect and empathy.

5th grade:

Literacy: Significance of setting in literature, Read Aloud “Everyone Cooks with Rice”, Nonfiction tie in with centers on various cultures in “Everyone Cooks with Rice”

Math: Strategies of multiplication-Lattice, Standard Algorithm, and Practice

Science: Force and Motion-Vocabulary front-loading, effects of gravity, friction, and change in mass on motion of objects

Soc. Studies: Native American Unit: Cultural Regions of Native Americans part 3: Great Plains, Southeast, Northeastern Woodlands

Writing: Writer’s Workshop-Transition Words in narratives/narrative writing, writing from different points of view


Tech-MAP testing (9/1-10/2)

PE-Fitness Testing (Sept.)--please wear tennis shoes on PE days

Music-Chorus Club--starts 9/15-Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium--enter through auditorium door at 7:30am)