The Challenger Dispatch

April 4-8, 2016 Yellow Week

Keep Learning Strong !

We have some fine days ahead to focus on excellent teaching and learning. Let's keep going strong for our kids and Challenger, and finish our year the best ever!


Please talk up the PTA meeting next Tuesday and let kids know about the Kona ice AND the extra tickets for attending.

Tri-fold boards are available in the office. Be sure to talk with 3-4 kids who can stay with you and talk about the club to everyone. Have a craft, something to do, jump rope, whatever to draw kids to your club area.

Blue Ribbon

Michele will send information about the nine committees. Please read these together with your team, and brainstorm things that you do as a team in that area, or that you believe we do as a school or did in the past as a school. We will meet next week for a formal discussion during staff meeting


PLEASE make sure you CLOSE windows before you leave. We had a dead bird in a classroom this weekend, AND we have many unaccompanied minors loitering about who would LOVE to climb into a classroom and trash it.

Jake Wood

Please welcome our new tech, Jake. PLEASE let him know if your Pro board is not working or that you can't see the GMC.

3-5 grade teachers - start helping students clean up computers. We are finding lots of junk downloaded on the computers. They also need to know how to close windows and slow their cursors down. It will be very important that the computers are updated before testing begins. Get into the habit of shutting down every morning, so that updates can happen first thing in the morning.

Turning in Tickets Procedure

On Friday, please have students count your tickets and place a sticky note with the amount in your bucket before bringing it down to the office.

Also, please start keeping track of your own weekly totals. It will be helpful to know as we naturally slack off in providing positive feedback, and could help us follow through with more positives over time.


Tuesday, April 5th, 12am

Challenger Conference Room

Be sure to Bring:

Data regarding student progress

Any requests/discussion regarding retention

I will also gather dates for placement, PLTW needs, PBL needs, and with 3-5 have a discussion around ACT Aspire Exemplars.

“In what ways and to what extent do teachers and students exchange feedback about student learning?

Instructional Rounds

Wednesday, April 6th, 8:30am

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

As you visit our classrooms, we would like to know:

• When asked, are students able to tell you how they can tell if they are doing well in a subject or on a task, without invoking the “cause the teacher said so” phrase?

• Are teachers asking higher order and open ended questions that allow students to explain and analyze their thoughts?

• Do teachers praise (“Good boy”) or do they encourage (“Now, you’ve got it – keep it up”)?

•When students are working together, do they provide meaningful feedback to each other ?

The Shower!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2:45pm

1st grade lit lab

Come and enjoy a sweet baby shower for Ann Byrom Johnson, Baby Girl Walsh, and Baby Boy Wallace.

Dibels Begin!

Monday, April 4th, 12am

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

We'll be there to help you as much as we can, but will also need you to Dibel a teammates class as much as you can. We will attempt to have two testers in each class - you and one of us. Please go over the procedures before we begin.

Half Day

Friday, April 8th, 8-11:30am

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

Please remember to go to lunch on the 1/2 day schedule, and send word home to parents as a reminder.

ARI Presents DOK

Friday, April 8th, 12:30-3pm

13555 Chaney Thompson Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

Please note that the PD begins at 12:30 and we have presenters who will be ready to roll with lots of pertinent information. Please make lunch arrangements to be delivered, etc. so that you are not late for the presentation.