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March 8, 2019

Words of Inspiration

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.”
– Harold Hulbert

A Special Applause to...

This district spends a lot of time to help students transition between buildings. The efforts are spread throughout all that we do. In the past week there have been many activities to support our students as they come and go. I want to thank the teachers for allowing the 4th grade staff to come up here and the 6th grade teachers for working with the JH through their transition plan. I want to thank Tim, Abby, Angela, and Gayle for spending time at the elementary schools to help students make instrument selections. I also want to thank Tracey, Jennifer, Marilee, and Jay for taking time to go to the elementary PTO meetings. All of this takes so much time, but it's worth it!

PD on the Fly...

We spend so much time grading student's work to provide effective feedback and planning opportunities in class to grow students. The problem is, students are still so driven by their grade. Much of this feedback is lost because students want you to tell them how to get that A. In this article, the author describes how she stumbled upon a strategy...delay the grade. In the article she shares, "Return papers to students with only feedback. Delay the delivery of the actual grade so student focus moves from the grade to the feedback." Enjoy!

For the Week of March 8 - ARTS ALIVE WEEK!

Monday, 3/11 - A Day - ARTS ALIVE WEEK

  • Arts Alive performances/demonstrations - during lunch times - Cafeteria/Lobby

Tuesday, 3/12 - B Day

  • Professional Development Meeting - 7:20 - 8:00 am

Wednesday, 3/13 - C Day

  • MAP Testing - 8:30 - 10:30 am
Thursday, 3/14 - D Day - Pi Day
  • Pi Day - Pizza and pie in the Staff Lounge - bring in $1 per slice of pizza
  • MAP Testing - 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • Blue Wing Class Party - 2:00 - 2:45 pm

Friday, 3/15 - A Day

  • PBL Collaboration Meeting - 7:20-8:00 am - MPR
  • SPED Dept. Meeting - 7:20 - 8:00 am - Media Center
  • Yellow Wing Reward Party - 11:30 am - Old Gym
  • FT - Ganz/H.Cummings - Community Outing - 9:45 am - 12:45 pm

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Info for the Staff

March 15 PBL Collaboration Meeting

As we prepare for four teams to deliver instruction through the Project Based Learning model, I would like to address a few topics. Anyone is welcome to attend. The first session will be Next Friday, March 15 at 7:20 in the MPR. We will be discussing PBL and our special area classes. All special area teachers are encouraged to attend. I would like to discuss how we can use your expertise in projects to enhance learning as well as get your take on some lessons learned that we all need to discuss.

Future sessions will involve how to design a PBL boot camp and how to structure academic time.

Earth Day 2019

I am excited to share with you the plans for Earth Day 2019! This year we will focus on two things: reducing our footprint on the environment and promoting safe exercise habits. The activities will include promoting students to walk or ride their bike to school (more details will be coming) and a bike rodeo during lunch. We are currently working with the Blue Ash and Montgomery Police Departments to coordinate efforts.

We need your help! The Earth Day Committee wants to select a logo. Please take a minute to click HERE and vote on your favorite submission.


Join me next week as we cruise into Spring Break with a Jean Week!

Staffing Update

I want to share another teacher who will be leaving us at the end of this school year. Jimmy McLean has been accepted into the University of Texas doctorate program. He will be selling his home and moving to Austin. We are going to miss Jimmy. I have to admire his passion to take a chance and chase his dream! Good luck, Jimmy. We will be following your success from afar.

The 5-12 band program is also adjusting staffing assignments based on the strengths of the teachers. Abby Hinson will be going to the JH and we will get Jordan VonWahlde and Ryan Lamb.

March Licensure Meeting is Tuesday, March 12. Please put any final portfolios and/or new IPDPs in my mailbox by Monday, March 11th. Thanks! Andrea Dorko


Spring MAP and AIR Testing Information

Spring MAP Testing (approximately from 8:30-10:30)

  • HERE is the bell schedule we will follow
  • Wednesday, March 13- Reading Test
  • Thursday, March 14- Math Test

MAP Make-Ups

Tuesday, March 26

Location: Cafeteria

  • 8:30 - 10:30 - 6th grade

Wednesday, March 27

Location: Cafeteria

  • 12:30-2:30- 5th grade
Thursday, March 28

Location: Cafeteria

  • 8:30-11- 6th grade
  • 12:30-2:30- 5th grade

AIR Testing Meetings:

AIR Small Group Meeting- Monday, March 25 @7:20 in the Media Center

This is a mandatory meeting for all special area, SPED, Intervention, and gifted teachers. All assignments/locations will be given for AIR testing, as well as pertinent information regarding specific accommodations for students you will be testing.

AIR Security Meeting- Tuesday, March 26@7:20 in the Media Center

This is a mandatory meeting for all certified staff. We will review the testing information: testing security, processes, and procedures for pick-up/drop off of bins, etc.

Mobile Mammography Van here at Greene - April 5, 2019

On Friday, April 5, the Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Mobile Mammography Unit will be here from 6:30 - 10:00 am. Please call 513-686-3300, Option 1 or Toll Free at 1-855-746-5123 to schedule your mammogram.


High AIMS is seeking inspired educators to lead professional learning sessions at its 6th Annual Summer Institute! As a 2018 presenter, we are inviting you to once again submit a proposal.

High AIMS is seeking a diverse group of engaging presenters as we Amplify Impact! at our 6th Annual Summer Institute hosted by the Fairfield City Schools on August 1-2, 2019. This year, our consortium of 30 public school districts in southwest Ohio is planning for 2000+ energized adult learners who are eager to expand their knowledge base and enhance their pedagogy by exploring innovative practices, focusing on school culture, examining instructional models and technology tools, and deepening their understanding of PK-12 learners. Proposals will be accepted through April 5, 2019.

This year's theme is Amplify Impact and Summer Institute is all about exploring avenues that can take our students' learning experiences to the next level. We are excited to have Hall Davidson and Ron Clark as our keynote presenters.

For more information go to our website To submit a proposal, click here.

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We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students from the elementary schools and to the junior high.

Rising 7th Graders

6th Grade homeroom teachers can expect course verification sheets to be in their mailbox soon. These need to go home with students on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Rising 6th Graders

Student Information Forms were sent to parents this week! They are due back by March 24 and then we will begin the placement process! HERE is a copy of the letter sent to rising 6th grade parents.

Rising 5th Graders

Student Information Forms were sent to parents this week! They are due back by March 24 and then we will begin the placement process! HERE is a copy of the letter sent to rising 5th grade parents.

  • April 23 BAE visit to Greene
  • April 24 MD visit to Greene

  • April 25 MT visit to Greene

  • April 26 SY visit to Greene

  • May 14 Rising 5th Grade Parent Orientation
  • May 15 Meet the Teacher Day
  • August 5 Get Connected @EHGreeneSchool
  • August 6-9 Greene 101
  • August 14 First Day of School
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Announce to students

Monday, 3/11 - A Day
  • ARTS ALIVE - Cafeteria during lunchtimes
  • Greene Machine - 3:00 - Room 66
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball Club - 3:15 -4:45 - Old Gym
Tuesday, 3/12 - B Day
  • Partner's Club - 3:00 - 4:00 pm - MPR
Wednesday, 3/13 - C Day
  • MAP testing - 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • Makerspace Club 3:10 pm - Media Center (last day)
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball Club - 3:15 - 4:45 pm - Old Gym
Thursday, 3/14 - D Day
  • MAP testing - 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • Bowling - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Ringo Lanes
  • Greene Machine - 3:00 pm - Room 66
Friday, 3/15 - A Day
  • Advanced Orchestra - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Room 61

Happy Birthday!

Karen Ahr - March 10

Cindy Waldbillig - March 10

Abby Hinson - March 13

Laurie Dobrowolski - March 18

Matt Tudor - March 21