Panther Updates

News, Resources and Learning for Panther Staff, 2/27/17

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News of Note



Hope you are enjoying your beautiful weekend.


Welcome back to Keri Woronka. If you've wondered what she has been doing with her time out check out the picture above of her youngsters Zac and Miles. A big thank you to Cassie Sigmon for filling in for Keri. She has done a great job. Cassie will be still with us but will be moving to an intervention role on the 2/3 wing.


The February PTA Meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 28th in the new learning area beginning at 8:15. Please send your grade level rep.


Scholastic's Signature Book Fair is coming to our school March 1st-8th! With it comes many more titles than previous fairs, so it's a much BIGGER fair! PTA leaders will be setting it up on Tuesday, February 28th and will open for the teacher preview from 3:45-5:00. Reps from Scholastic will be on hand to answer any questions. Book circulation will be suspended during the Scholastic Book Fair. Please note that circulation will end at noon on Tuesday, February 28 and will resume on Thursday, March 9th. The Royal Reading Room will remain open for teacher checkout. Please check it out later in the day.


Thursday is national Read Across America Day. Our cafeteria staff will be preparing a special “Books and Breakfast” breakfast for families and staff that will run from 7:45-8:45.


Many of our staff will be at the state technology conference (NCTIES) on Thursday and Friday. Our thank yous in advance for supporting the subs that will be in classrooms for your grade level. Our continued thanks to all of our TAs for their continued flexibility to cover situations from illness to IEP meetings. Thanks to our instructional staff for understanding our need for TAs when we cannot get a sub. Mrs. Person uses a rotation of TAs and tries to use a TA for as little time as is absolutely needed as we all realize the importance of having them in the classroom for instruction.


Continue to check out the Pleasant Union Twitter feed for all the great learning taking place around the building. We see more and more implementation of the 4Cs, student talk and active, engaging learning. Fewer worksheets and more integration of hands on, student relevant instruction helps students find meaning for what is being taught. I also appreciate seeing all the visual anchor charts and concept maps to assist students in making connections in math and reading before and after your formal instruction. It is great to staff expanding their use of flexible learning environments. Make sure to watch the YouTube in last week's Panther Updates with ideas for teaching and learning in the new environmental climate.


We are leaving the Intent Form open as Track 2 trickles in this week. Please have this done by Wednesday, March 8. This information helps us start planning for next year. Although we would hate to lose anyone, Wake County has established revised transfer guidelines (WCPSS Intranet Access Needed). You may interview and accept positions for 2017-18 school year without Principal's permission from March 1, 2017 through May 1, 2017 only. However it is always best to have a private conversation with Lara or I as principals always call us as to employee track record. After May 1, 2017 ALL transfers for 2017-18 school year require your current Principal's permission (any transfers during a school year always require current Principal's permission.)


Great to see more of our staff taking advantage of our Makerspace. Our goal us to use the Makerspace at least once per quarter AND carry over the concepts being taught to students into your classroom and other areas of the building (Media Learning Area, Nature Trail, in house & off campus field trips). If you have any questions on planning Project or Problem Based Learning please reach out to Annette, Heather and Kayla for ideas for making this happen. Remember that planning for your students to be exposed to authentic, real life applications of the curriculum is not only aligned with our School Improvement Plan and the Wake County Strategic Plan it is best instructional practice. Kayla, Heather, Annette, Peggy and I will continue to share instructional ideas tied to our focus areas each week in the Panther Updates and through conversation.

Great Things Happening at Pleasant Union

Resources to Enhance Instruction

A revised ELA Look For chart has just come out. The refined chart gives a great description to reflect on if you have any questions about what should ELA instruction look like and suggested amounts of time for each grade level.

Track 2 out duties for the weeks of: 2/27-3/3

If you are out for any reason please arrange for a substitute to fill your duty.


AM Hallway-Blocker

AM Carpool-Fitzgerald (Put out cones to block carpool through-lane at 8:45) We have new cones with silver/grey horizontal stripes in the front hallway to optimistically help carpool drivers.

AM Breakfast- Ward

AM Bus-McEwen (Write down bus arrival times)

Lunch- Fitzgerald, Crum, Lavin, Renfrow, DeCain, McEwen, Chavis, Newman, Bednar

PM Hallway- Whitley (corral bus students and supervise)

PM- Carpool: Roberts, Bednar, Perry, Cooper, Crum (Perry- Calls car numbers beginning at 3:40 PM, Roberts / Bednar in the cafeteria, Cooper and Crum are outside with students/safety patrol.) (Bednar- Please get the speaker out of the office conference room to set up.)


PM Bus- 2-27-3/3 Potter