March 28, 2016 :: 9 Items

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From our Mission, what is a life-long learner?

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Summer Staff Development Registration Opens Monday, 3/28 in the PD&E Tool!!

Courses that are highly recommended...

Writing with Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project - NEW Units of Study for Writing

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • May 31st for K
  • June 1st for 1st Grade
  • June 2nd for 2nd Grade
  • July 20th for 3rd Grade
  • July 21st for 4th Grade
  • July 22nd for 5th Grade

Teaching and Learning Conference

June 16th and 17th - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
@ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

June 14th - 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

@ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)


Courses worth considering...

  1. Enhancing Course Pages in eClass
    June 8th and 9th - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    @ Fort Daniel ES
  2. Fostering Literacy through ClassWorks' Integrated Reading
    July 15th - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM or
    July 21st - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)
  3. Differentiated Problem Solving with ClassWorks' Applied Math
    July 12th - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM or
    July 21st - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)
  4. Personalizing Learning and Supporting RTI with ClassWorks
    July 12th - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM or
    July 15th - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @ The Instructional Support Center (ISC)

GCPS offers many other opportunities.

Have you used your speaker? You will be amazed at the response you get if you try it fora week.

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Pick this Summer Staff Development!

Helen sent this out earlier in the week. I HIGHLY recommend attending the session for your grade level. This will help you understand the new Units of Study Writing Materials which all GCPS elementary teachers are fortunate to get. This is how we will teach writing. Understanding it before the year starts will make it more enjoyable for you and for your kids.


We are so fortunate to have Amanda Hartman and Mary Ehrenworth from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coming to GCPS to provide one day staff development sessions to support the county-wide use of the new Units of Study for Writing.

Save the Dates:

May 31st for K

June 1st for 1st Grade

June 2nd for 2nd Grade

July 20th for 3rd Grade

July 21st for 4th Grade

July 22nd for 5th Grade

The sessions will be from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Registration will be open on March 28, 2016 in the PD&E tool on the portal.

"At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, we have been working for three decades to develop, pilot, revise, and implement state-of-the art curriculum in writing. We have had a chance to do this work under the influence of Common Core for the past few years, and this series—this treasure chest of experiences, theories, techniques, tried-and-true methods, and questions—will bring the results of that work to you." - Lucy Calkins

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Plickers (above)

Amanda Flanter is using Plickers for easy formative (at the front) assessment. This leads easily to a teacher understanding what students know and how to group students for learning (differentiation). Well done!

Milestones Prep (3rd-5th, Gifted, SpEd)

Teachers/Parents of Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 -

The following link will take you to a very valuable Georgia Milestones Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents. Just select the grade level for your students/child.

During the month of March, we have been highlighting sections of the Resource Guide for you to be familiar with as your students/child prepare(s) for the Georgia Milestones. In previous weeks, we highlighted the Types of Items and Depth of Knowledge Levels on pp. 6-9, as well as specific English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science sample questions. This week we are highlighting the Social Studies subtest along with specific examples, key terms, and activities to practice with your students/child.

The Social Studies assessment will measure the standards under these domains:



Government and Civics


The assessment consists of selected-response (multiple-choice) items only. There will be no constructed responses.

Note: Example assessment items along with key vocabulary terms and activities can be found on the following pages of the Guide:

Grade 3 - pp. 159-186

Grade 4 - pp. 156-187

Grade 5 - pp. 171-199

These example assessment items, key vocabulary terms, and activities are EXCELLENT to practice at school and at home!!

This is our final update of the Georgia Milestones Study Resource Guide for Students and Parents. We hope you have found this information over the last few weeks to be valuable as you help to prepare your child for the state assessment.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or Helen Morris, assistant principal Grades 3-5.

Bragging on...

Jan Shaw

In an initial IEP meeting last week, Jan handled a topic that has been touchy and difficult to discuss for the parents with comfort and grace. She knew that this topic needed to be discussed for the purpose of planning the IEP and was very professional in handling it. The parents seemed to be comfortable discussing it with the IEP team. Jan brought this topic up by directly relating it to thinking through planning for a successful experience for their child and I think that made a world of difference for them. Thank you Jan!

- Michelle Stine

Online Registration for 2016-17 School Year

Kindergarten Registration will open up to rising Kindergartners on April 4th. Level Creek will have the Kindergarten Open House on May 5th from 9:30-3:00. Registration will be completed through the Online Registration (OLR) link. There is an accompanying training video to assist parents through the registration process.

April 4: OLR opens for 2016-17 school year registration (Grades K and 6-12)
May 26-July 5: OLR will shut down districtwide. No access for any parent or school staff.

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School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards

eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.