Statesville Road Elementary's Weekly Staff Newsletter

Principal's Point to Ponder

Under the Microscope

Microscopes are used in science to magnify things that are not easily seen by the naked eye. The tiniest particles, details, and organization of organisms can become crystal clear under a microscope. Microscopes are very useful instruments for making small things appear larger, but they only work this type of magic on the things that the scientist chooses to place under it. What the scientist chooses to put under the microscope will indeed become larger. Did you know that you possess one of the most powerful microscopes known to man? Yep, you carry this microscope around with you every's called your mindset. Your mindset can choose which things you want to magnify. In our imperfect school setting, there are lots of negative things we can choose to magnify......state letter grades, some students' behaviors, or colleagues who are not pulling their weight. If you choose to focus your mind here, these things will become larger and skew your view. But each of us has the decision making power to choose to focus on the positive....individual student growth, increased parental participation, the fact that we have more colleagues who are mission minded than ever before, and the fact that we consistently perform as good as or better than other schools like ours. If you choose to focus your mind here, these things will become larger. So this week, pick up your mindset microscope and strategically choose the good you want to see magnified. I guarantee you, the positive things will become larger than the negative and you will like what you see!

Instructional Strategy of the Week

Create a Buzz

Last week we created a school wide buzz about reading. I have never seen kids so excited to enter a 25 minute dance all because they read each night and completed their reading log for the week!! As a staff, we made reading fun, exciting, and gave the kids a goal to work towards. We created a buzz. This week, what can you do in your classroom to keep that momentum going? What can be in place to keep kids excited about reading? About math? About science? What will your kids buzz about?

Kudos/ General Reminders / Agreements

  • Kudos to Donnellan, Stephens, S. McAfee, Cunningham, and Bledsoe who work the PM carpool lane . Your systems and routines have been in place since day 1 and student behavior at dismissal reflects that! Students enter at level zero, sit in their assigned grade level area, and wait to be called. It's magical!
  • Kudos to Umberger, Christy's class, Holoman's class, Jones' class, S. Taylor's class, and Freeman's class for the Thing 1 and Thing 2 decorations for the Book Lover's Ball
  • Kudos to Sterling, G. Davis, and Snow for being guest readers on the morning news show last week!
  • Kudos to 4th grade for taking the lead in challenging the school to decorate doors for Read Across America Week. The 4th grade team also provided the prize for the winning door! (Winner to be announced on Monday!)
  • Kudos to Potts and cafeteria staff for providing us with green eggs and ham!
  • Kudos to Pickett for providing breakfast for staff last Wednesday during School Social Workers Week. Thanks for all you do!
  • Kudos to Coach Davis and the SRE Basketball team for a valiant effort in Saturday's games. Although we lost both games, our team played with all heart!! Keep pounding!
  • Kudos to Chambers, J. McAfee, and S. McAfee for providing after school tutorials to a select group of 4th and 5th graders and Kudos to Burgess for utilizing CIS funds to make this tutorial possible.
  • Kudos to Nurse Meghan, Khun, Gist, Hooker, and Digh for helping to find a students tooth that had been knocked out by an accidental fall. The tooth was salvagable and able to be surgically implanted back into our 1st grader's mouth :)
  • Kudos to all teachers who participated in the door decorating contest. Our hallways and doors really came to life this week!
  • CMS Engagement Survey: The window for the CMS Engagment Survey is open until Friday, March 13th. Let your voice be heard!
  • Magnet Schools of America Visit: This Thursday, 8am - 12pm. Will they hear, see, and feel that we are an IB school? Of course they will...preparation and integration is the key! (refer to the two previous instructional strategies of the week) :)
  • Project LIFT Meet and Greet: If you are interested in participating in the Project LIFT Meet and Greet (to meet potential teacher cadidates) please let Williams know. The Meet and Greet will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 2pm - 4pm at West Charlotte High School Media Center.

Monday, March 9, 2015 (Day 3)

  • Happy Monday! :)
  • Individual Teacher Data Meetings (refer to email sent by Williams on 3-3-15)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Day 4)

  • Individual Teacher Data Meetings (refer to email sent by Williams on 3-3-15)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (Day 5)

  • 3:30pm -- STAFF MEETING (Flight School)

Thursday, March 12, 2015 (Day 1)

  • 8am - 12pm : Magnet Schools of America Visit

Friday, March 13, 2015 (Day 2)

  • Happy Friday! :)