Staff Weekly Update

January 29, 2016

Groundhog Day is next Tuesday. Here are a few facts you might not know...

  • The first Groundhog Day originated from a German holiday (Candlemas Day).
  • The first groundhog was eaten after his prediction. Yeah that's right, they ate groundhogs.
  • Groundhogs are not really looking for their shadows. Actually, they come out this time of year to search for a mate.
  • Phil isn't the only weather oracle. There are many others (albeit less famous) all around the country.
  • Bill Murray increased Groundhog Day attendance (thanks to the movie Groundhog Day).

Visit this website to get more of the details described above.

Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

Winter MAP Testing Windows

3rd - 6th Grade Teachers,

Similar to our fall testing set up, please schedule MAP testing sessions - one reading test and one math test - amongst your team members, using your grade level Chromecarts. Our ESL Team will be utilizing some of the chromecarts for ACCESS testing, but they are working to not use carts assigned for MAP testing.

MAP Testing Windows

  • 6th & 5th Grades - January 11th - January 21st
  • 6th & 5th Grades Make-ups - January 22nd
  • 4th & 3rd Grades - January 25th - February 4th
  • 4th & 3rd Grades Make-ups - February 5th

AAC Brandy will be facilitating make-ups for this round of MAP testing. So, if you have a student or students who need to finish or make-up a missed test, fill in the needed information on the MAP Make-up Form.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 1st

  • Office Team Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 2nd

  • 100th Day of School!
  • Groundhog Day
  • Climate & Culture Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 6th Grade Tier Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Tier Meeting @ 1:20 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3rd

  • PBIS Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Apollo Ambassadors Meeting - Recess/Lunch
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 4th

  • SPED Resource Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • PFA Tier Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Core Team Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5th

  • Coffee with the Principals @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Family Friday @ Lunch
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Do you have a morning duty next week? If you are not sure, check the schedule here (or use the picture above).

Also, don't forget to check the Indoor Recess Schedule in the event of undesirable weather.

Why the Human Brain Can't Multitask

What is cognitive overload in your working memory and how does it affect learning? Watch the short video below and think about how it applies to your own learning and learning in your classroom.
Why the Human Brain Can't Multitask