Clarks Creek Staff News

September 26, 2014

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Clarks Creek students have PRIDE!

Ensuring that ALL students carry themselves with pride and confidence beyond our doors as honorable, skillful learners and thinkers, ready to enrich our world.

SCHOOL GOALS - What will you do next week to get our students there?

  • 40% of all students who take the ISTEP assessment will earn the maximum number of points of each problem solving question. This is an increase of 2.9% over last year’s scores.

  • 80% of all students who take the ISTEP assessment will earn a score of 4, 5, or 6 on the Writing Applications six-point rubric. This is an increase of 3.6% over last year’s scores.
  • Current fourth grade students will increase scores by at least 3% in the subcategory of Algebra & Functions, scoring 88% or higher.
Dear Staff,

That "school goals" section right above this is the same every week now that we have those established. Even so, please take time to read it each and every week and stop to think about the answer to the question:

What will you do next week to get our students there?

For some of you, the answer is easy! Courtney Gordon, from Smekens Education will be here working with our third, fourth, and fifth grade teams on Thursday, October 2. I asked her to plan her presentation very specifically to help us address our writing goal, and the handout she sent looks like it's going to be a great workshop!

In addition to that, your grade levels worked to come up with great lists of ideas that you could implement that would be different than some of the things you've done in the past. Keep working to add these into your weekly lesson plans every week. When we get so busy with everything going on (end of the quarter, preparing for conferences, etc.), it's easy to resort back to the things we're familiar with. If we do the same things, we have to expect the same result! Our goals direct us to use those different ideas to move students even further. Keep your eye on the target! Thanks for being so dedicated to making our students better and better!

Have a great week,

Around the Building


  • Bzzzzzz... The bees seem to finally be a little bit better on the playground!
  • Our first graders all checked out books from the public library this week! Way to grow some awesome readers!

To-Do List

  1. Finish up conference schedules.
  2. Acuity Math Readiness is ready to roll! The window is fairly large, so if you'd like to adjust your testing schedule, please let Misty know. Otherwise, you may begin next week!
  3. Please turn in your conference schedule and any needs for EL or ASL interpreters for parent conferences to the office by Oct. 1.

10-Day Forecast of Upcoming Events

September 29, 2014

Good News Club Start Date

After school – 5:15

LGI – pick-up @ Door 5

September 30, 2014

Building Discussion Meeting


Large Conference Rm

October 1, 2015

Conference Schedules and Interpreter Needs Due to the Office (Tina)

October 2, 2014

Courtney Gordon PD ½ Day gr. 3-5

8:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 3:30

Conference Rm

October 2, 2014

Staff Meeting

3:50 - 4:50

October 3, 2014

End of First Grading Period

October 6, 2014

District High Ability Committee Mtg

4:00 – 5:00

Central Office


  • October 24th will be our first PRIDE convocation of the year! We will hold one at the end of each quarter. Please plan to block 2:15 - 3:15 for this activity. More details will be coming your way! Please also plan to wear your PRIDE shirt on that day.


Judy Hamock, our beloved cafeteria manager, has decided to hang up her apron for retirement. She will continue at Clarks Creek through January 30th. Congratulations, Judy! We will miss you!


New Staff
  • Vanessa Phillips - Vanessa will be joining us in the role of our crossing guard, hopefully sometime next week!


  • September 27 - Cheryl Angle
  • September 29 - Amanda Dunn
  • September 30 - Misty Rosenbaum
  • October 4 - Chad Walker

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