At A Glance

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January 20, 2015

At a Glance: Jan 20, 2015


One teacher made this comment regarding their students' use of eCLASS discussions:

"I started this week using our discussion section of our eClass site (part of the Student Portal). I must say I was impressed with the way our students approached the questions, and how polite they were in responding to their classmates. This is the first time I personally have used this tool, but I will definitely be using it more and more."

Try one. If you need help, Tracy will be there with you. Just ask.

GA State School Superintendent

Some folks like to keep up with goings on at the state DoE. Our new State School Superintendent is Richard Woods. If you would like to know a bit more about his stance on certain educational issues (Common Core, Funding, Testing, etc.), you can do so here.

SPG Growth Targets

An updated rubric for SPGs has been pushed out by the Georgia DOE and is listed below:

As a reminder about SPG Growth Targets:

Based on the pre-test score, a student would have to gain 30% of the difference between pretest score and 100% to meet the target (expected growth)

Target= Pretest score + (100 - pretest score)(0.30)

For example, If the pretest score = 40% then:

Meets Target = 40% + (100%-40%)(.0.30) = 40 + 18 = 58%

Meaning at least a 58% on the post-test demonstrates expected growth and meets the target. Below a 58% on the post-test indicates low growth.

Based on pretest score, they would have to gain 45% of the difference between pretest score and 100% to exceed target (high growth)

Target = Pretest score + (100 - pretest score)(0.45)

For example, If the pretest score = 40% then:

Exceeds Target = 40% + (100%-40%)(0.45)= 40 + 27 = 67%

Meaning at least a 67% on the post-test demonstrates high growth and exceeds the target.

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If you have not already, please do complete the survey from January 5th. Amber Arnold has the pass code slips if you need another one.

Mentor Sentences


Mentor sentences is the direction we are moving as a school. We have experts at LCE who have created this Mentor Sentences video.

Take a look. Copy/click the website and type in the password below.

Password: 728teacher

Cold/Wet Weather on the Morning Announcements


Starting Monday, Mary will add a section to the morning announcements regarding playground conditions. It will say if the temperature is above 40 degrees and we can go out (40 degrees regardless of wind chill). If it is below 40 degrees, it will say what time the playground will be open. If the weather is too rainy, Sherri Davis will advise Mary about opening/closing the playground. Stay tuned!

Birthday Ice Cream (repeat)


Laura McElroy is indvidually calling students families if they have an upcoming birthday.

Please place this in your newsletter for the month of January.

Due to the large number of students who have severe allergies, birthday treats are something we must watch closely. As a result, if you wish to send in a treat for your child's birthday, we ask that you use the Ice Cream Party plan. This plan provides ice cream for every student in the class at a fixed price of $25.00. The celebration of student birthdays is optional. Thank you for helping keep our student's safety at the forefront. Birthday parties are not allowed at school, and invitations cannot be given out at school. Balloons, flowers, etc. cannot be delivered to children at school or taken home on the bus.

Goals of Collaborative Planning

As you meet on Tuesdays, these should be the things you look to do!

1. Collaboratively plan lessons

2. Use data/student work to plan

3. Deconstruct the standards

Pictures from the Creek

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