Keeping Up with the Times

Week of October 17th-21st

"Those who settle for mediocrity say I'll do it later and rarely do. Champions don't say anything. They just do it now!" (~Jon Gordon)

Hi Team Taylors,

Fall has definitely arrived! Lots of positive feedback with our parent conferences: thank you for all of the extra hours you have spent preparing for these conferences and meeting with families. Whether you used Exchange Days or worked, the change of pace is certainly welcome and nice!

As we progress forward through our next nine weeks, several items need to stay at the center:

Remember to talk with your team regarding assessments and grades (not necessarily one and the same.) Your grade level grades and common assessments should match. Please ensure your recorded grades are consistent across your grade level. Have discussions on what grades you are collecting and analyze your assessments. When creating and reviewing common assessments, remember the four DuFour Questions:

  • What do we expect our students to learn?
  • How will we know they are learning?
  • How will we respond when they do not learn?
  • How will we respond if they already know it?
Lesson Plans:

Each grade level should have a Lesson Plan folder. Let's get in the habit of dropping our Lesson Plans in the proper folder in Google Drive.

Level One and Two Volunteers:

If you have a field trip pending in the next month, please send me names of parents who wish to chaperone. We will begin pulling specific names from Level One and rescan to our district for a background check for Level Two. It is VERY TIME CONSUMING. Please continue to share this message with our parents.

Mock Election:

The district is having a Mock Election. I would LOVE our SS Vertical Team to discuss and plan this. We will get together soon!

How do I increase math talk among my students?

I wish each of you a wonderful weekend and to to enjoy every second of this beautiful weather! We are ready to start a new nine weeks and accomplish great things together in the name of children!

Snapshot of the Week

Week of October 17-21


  • Third Grade PD Opportunity: Strategies to Add and Subtract Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems Involving Measurement at MTA Conference Room A from 3:30-5:00.

  • Taylors hosts our Area Cluster Meeting from 9-11. Because WHHS is our Cluster High School, I am asking our cluster principals to wear blue in honor of WHHS being names a National Blue Ribbon School. Feel free to show your General Pride and join us wearing Blue to honor them! Our meeting will be in the Conference Room.
  • TechKnow Tuesday: Changing a Rubicon Atlas Summative Test to a Digital Format. The goal of this session is to help prepare our students for taking on-line assessments.
  • Mrs. Duncan, Mr. Holloway, and Miss Zane's classes visit Roper Mountain Science Center.
  • There is a Guided Math PD for teachers, K-5, at MTA Conference Room A from 3:30-5:00.
  • Good News Club meets until 4:00.

  • Grade Level Meetings take place (on this day or count your regular day.)
  • CoGAT/ITBS Training with Mrs. Brackett and Mr. Stowe (those partiipating have been invited.)

  • End of Nine Weeks!
  • New Teachers of Intermediate Literacy: training at MTA Conference Room A from 3:30-5:00.
  • 5K Readiness Window closes.
  • Fourth Grade participates in Homerun for Healthy Kids at the Greenville Drive Stadium from 9-11:45.
  • There is an Interactive Notebook in Science Training for K-5 from 3:30-5: location TBD.

  • Mr. Smith, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Pruden and Mr. McAuliff's Third Grade Classes visit RMSC.
  • Red Ribbon Kicks Off...R U Ready 2 B Drug-Free? Wear as much RED as you can to show you are ready to be drug-free! (does orange count as the new red? - sorry. couldn't resist.)
Looking Ahead:

  • Turn Your Back on Drugs on Monday - wear clothing backwards.
  • CoGAT Testing begins in Second Grade
  • Spirit Night at Moe's...volunteers always needed on this Spirit Night. Visit
  • Report Cards on the 27th
  • CFA Biscuits on the 28th