Intermediate Staff Newsletter
For the Week of May 28, 2018
It's hard to believe but the time has come...another year closes. Looking back at where we were a year ago makes it difficult to believe how far we have come. A year ago, we were bringing three staffs together to a new building for some and brand new administrators for others. We've climbed mountains together, we've laughed, we've cried but most importantly we have built New Albany Intermediate School together. Our hope is that when you look back at this year you will remember all that we have done side by side to support our students and one another. Of course, there are areas where we will continue to need to grow, but for this one moment, let's stop and rejoice in all that we have done for our 1,140 students this year! Because of YOU, we implemented Bridges Math, explored Lucy Calkins, mixed 4th-6th graders under one roof, used data to drive our instruction, worked with new team members, implemented a technology special, worked around one of the most "challenging" school day schedules we've seen, celebrated success, implemented R Factor, and brought our building together with Eagles RISE. It was YOU that created the heart of our building and YOU will continue to take it to the next level. From the bottom of our heart, thank you for all you have sacrificed, the resources you've put into your classroom, the sleepless nights, the time away from family and your devoted passion for your career as an educator. We are lucky to have the privilege to work alongside you.
For the last time...let's have a great week!
Katie, Kate and Barry
Field Day was a HUGE success thanks to the hard work of a few individuals. Thank you to Jimmy Joseph and Doug Hicks for organizing all the field day activities. It was great to see kids having fun with each other and seeing their competitive spirit brought to life. They arrived at 7:00 AM each morning to set up the stations and prepare for the day. It takes so much work to get each activity together and they did it the whole time with a smile. Thank you also to Sandy Reed who ran the atlatl station for all three field days. It was great to see her back with so many students again, but it came at a cost of doing some other things she loves. She and her husband made sure we had enough atlatls and darts to make the station run smoothly and everyone had an amazing time with Sandy. Thank you also to Pete Barnes who organized our Scavenger Hunt and gave up time with his students as well to make sure that kids had a great time tromping through the wetlands enjoying all that nature has to offer. It's so important to get kids outside and this was a real reminder that kids need practice enjoying all that the outdoors can teach us. Finally, thank you to Adam Kolp who created the art stations we were able to enjoy. If you haven't seen the string hearts made by fourth grade be sure to stop by and see the finished project. He already has ideas for how to build on the start of this piece. He also had the fifth graders create 400 painted rocks that our sixth graders made their own and added to our rock garden as a legacy project. They really left quite a mark on our hearts and if you haven't seen the rocks yet, you'll want to see the words of wisdom left for us to enjoy. Finally, thank you to our amazing PTO who gathered so many volunteers to pull this off. A special thank you to Kate's partner in crime, Holly Smith and helped bring the whole event together as a true collaborative effort between the school and the PTO! We hope you had as much fun as the kids did!
News to Share
1. A reminder that grade cards for the Intermediate School will be mailed home on the same schedule with MS and HS on June 6th. That means all grades must be submitted by the conclusion of teacher's final workday. Our office staff will take care of printing and mailing them.
2. If you have time, stop by to meet Mr. Patrick Garrity on Tuesday. He will be joining Katie and Kate to see all that NAIS has to offer on the craziest day of the year. He will be joining Katie and Kate on the administrative team next school year as a second Assistant Principal. We are so excited to have him join our team and are confident that he will be an amazing support to our students and teachers!
3. Your End Of Year Checklist will be in your mailbox on Wednesday morning. If you would like to see a digital copy of the checklist, you can access it here.
4. Don't forget to join us for the big wave out! During the 4th and 5th grade bus dismissal teachers will line the sidewalk and wave goodbye to all busses! If you haven't participated before it's pretty amazing!
5. Summer PD: There are several offerings on campus this summer for PD. Jess Mamais is offering PD on Performance Matters, Youth Mental Health First Aid on June 6 with Kelley Schubert, the ESC PBL Conference, as well as upcoming Apple Tech PD. Click here to see the Summer 2018 Professional Development Opportunities at NAPLS. Mike Voss met last week with Apple Education, and is emailing out information on Tech PD.
We are pleased to partner with the ESC of Central Ohio to offer the PBL Ohio Conference on our campus again this summer. Because of this arrangement, our staff can attend the conference free! (a $600 value) The 3-day conference is July 25, 26, and 27. In addition, there is an optional 1-day pre-conference called Project Slice, which anyone can attend. So you may choose to attend only the 1-day pre-conference, only the 3-day conference, or all 4 days.
To register, go to the conference homepage:
Use the code NAPLSFREE to register for the conference without paying the registration fee.
6. Eagles Nest: The NAPLS Eagle Summer Day Camp will be held in the Intermediate School. The attached list is the list of rooms that will be used throughout the camp, June 4, 2018- August 3, 2018. Camp set-up will be on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. If you have any concerns please email Patty Parker or see Katie to discuss.
7. Moving boxes: Mike Hollis has been gathering moving boxes and will have them available this week for anyone in need that is changing rooms. We will also discuss this at the Tuesday Staff Meeting.
8. There is an end of year celebration Tuesday afterschool at Harry Buffalo from 4 till whenever. Let off some steam and celebrate with your colleagues! See Jenny Shoaf's email for more details.
Week at a Glance
Due to all the schedule changes coming up, we've listed all events through the end of the year. Hopefully, this helps with your planning!
Announcements: Pledge Schedule
Tuesday, May 29th-Last day for students; Staff Party
Wednesday, May 30th- Teacher Work Day (Grades submitted by the time you leave)