Derby Daily

January 11-15

The Week at a Glance:

Monday, January 11th: #CelebrateMonday! We celebrate the first full week with our Dragon family of 2016!

Tuesday, January 12th:

Wednesday, January 13th: Compass Point Meetings 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, January 14th:

Mrs. Mazzocco and I will both be out of the building! I will be at Aslin at the Principals Meeting all day. No worries, today we Welcome Aspiring Administrator Mrs. Neurohr! Thanks for stepping in today to help out and ensure a Mighty Dragon Day!

Friday, January 15th: 305 Distinguished Dragon Assembly 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Mazzocco will be out of the building

Celebrating the Holidays! Hope to see you at Shakespeare's as we celebrate with our Dragon family---then on to the Party Bus Fun!

Enjoy the 3-day Weekend!

Dragon Events Ahead:

January 18th No School Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19th Faculty Meeting 3:45 p.m.

January 20th TLIM Book Study kicks off in the Media Center at 3:45 p.m. join us!

January 21st FSP Meeting 6:00 p.m.

January 22nd Yearbook Candids and Groups Pictures

January 22nd FSP Movie Night doors open at 5:30 Movie begins at 6:00 p.m.

January 25th K-2 Data Summit

January 25th K-2 Math Leadership meeting—thank you Mrs. James for your leadership

January 26th Pastries with Parents 7:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED

January 27th Pastries with Parents 7:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED

Janaury 27th Early Release

January 27th Dragon Tales Submissions Due

January 28th Principals Birthday Lunches

January 29th WEAR GREEN to support our Mathletes for their competition!

January 30th Math Contest

February 1-5 Show our amazing counselors Ms. Fortner and Mr. Williams some love as we celebrate National Counselors Week

February 3rd Fire Drill

February 3rd BLT Meeting 3:45

February 4th FSP BOE Meeting 6:00 p.m.

February 5th K-2 Distinguished Dragon Assembly 2:30

February 8th Progress Monitoring Week

February 11th End of 2nd Trimester

February 11th 2:30 Valentine's Day Celebrations!

February 11th CandyLand Dance 5:30-7:30

February 12th Teacher Workday preparing for Conferences

February 15th No School President's Day

February 16th Faculty Meeting 3:45 p.m.

February 17th TLIM Book Study 3:45 p.m.

February 18th FSP Meeting 6:00 p.m.

February 19th 3-5 Distinguished Dragon Assembly 2:30

Drops in the Bucket:

Thank you for an amazing feast! Thank you for an amazing feast as we ushered in the New Year and Celebrated the Holiday season! Thanks to Mrs. Price for the Media Center use and to all who provided goodies and a helping hand!

A Tip of the Hat for all your flexibility and patience to make our caroling happen! It was a great celebration and without the synergy of our Dragon Family we would have never pulled it off! I believe we were able to have almost 300 of our Dragons spread holiday cheer! Thank you Dragon Family you are simply the BEST!

Thank you for another GRAND Birthday Lunch! Another Principals Birthday lunch in the books! Thanks for helping me to have a great touchstone with our students each month! This is truly a highlight to be able to celebrate with them!

Can I get a Whoop! Whoop! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE seeing the amazing lessons being taught and relationships being renewed as we kick off 2016! I has been a GREAT start because of you! Thank you! Thank you!

Celebrating the Positive in 2016! Great Happens Here!

Our Positive Referral Carbon Copy Booklets are at the Print Shop NOW! They will be coming to you soon! Hot on the heels of re-teaching our Dragon Expectations is our launch of Positive Referrals!

What are the details?

There is no magic number! My personal goal would be for ALL Dragons to get one by the end of the school year! We would like for you to celebrate all that is good academic and behavior to celebrate the GREATNESS in your students!! Fill out a positive referral!

Fill it out and have them hand it in to Mrs. Shinn or Mrs. Mazzocco at the following times to the office:

K-2 2:45 daily!

3-5 3:00 daily!

We will celebrate with them and have them post it on our Positive Referral Display in the Commons! They will have a carbon to take home to celebrate with their families!

Keep up the Positive and Remember It's a GREAT DAY to be a DRAGON!

Questions, let me know and thank you for celebrating the positive!

Upcoming Data Meetings

The dates have been set for the remaining DATA Summits and Monthly Data Meetings

January 25 (K-2) and 26 (3-5) data summits

February 18

March 24

none in April because of testing

May 16 (K-2) and 17 (3-5) data summits


Additionally, grade levels please, please, please review the Reading Data Decision Rules! This will serve as our guide for the data discussions! Here is the link:

We will be meeting once again in Trailer G

K-2 Data Summit January 25th

2nd grade 8:00-10:30

Kindergarten: 10:40-1:10

1st grade: 1:20-3:50

*A shout out to our Intervention teams for their work to join us for both days of learning!

Trailer G

3-5 Data Summit: January 26th

3rd grade 8:00-10:30

4th grade: 10:40-1:10

5th grade: 1:20-3:50

Thanks Kelly for giving up your learning space!

Don't forget Compass Meetings this week!

Learning Targets: Learning Ahead

As discussed in TEAM ACHIEVEMENT and also during our November Faculty Meeting we will begin a discussion in January on Learning Targets, Criteria Charts and Assessments all on a quest as we work to create Assessment Capable Learners using the tenants of Visible Learning!

Below are the dates and topics for our Grade Level Discussions

Dates and Topics:

January 13th? Except for 2nd grade?

LT vs. Learning Activities

Where are our Targets coming from and what resources does CPS provide

February 9th

Check up on how we are doing>

Begin our discussions of criteria charts

What makes a quality criteria chart

March 10th

Sharing our Criteria Chart Examples

Moving to Assessments

April 12th

Quality Assessments: Self Assessment and Self Reflection

May 10th : Charting our future learning journey for Assessment Capable Learners

**All topics are tentative as our initial discussions will craft our vision

Link to our BLT Notes:

Free Lunch for all our Dragons!

Derby Friends,

I hope many of heard now of this wonderful opportunity for our students to receive FREE lunch every day as well as breakfast!

I wanted to answer some questions that may have come up, but know we had a lengthy discussion about this at BLT and I hope your BLT reps can answer questions as well for you, but please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions after reading below.

One question that comes up time and time again is DO STUDENTS have to APPLY for this….NO, if you are a student at DRE you automatically get free lunch!!

Another question is what about the money in their accounts??? Nutrition Services are saying these monies can be used for ice cream and water purchases or additional purchases for extras they may want—also remember these accounts would carry with them if they went to a non-free lunch school and/or their middle school placement.

Again, I applaud this amazing program and what it means for our families!! Thank you Nutrition Services for your work to make this happen! Maybe send them a Drop in the Bucket to say thank you!

If you have additional questions, please let me know!

Thank you,


Email from Laina Fullam:

Good morning,

I just e-mailed the parents of the 7 CEP schools the meal application and the information in green below and not the talking points attached to this e-mail. Your news letters from Dana Clippard and Ben Tilley also have additional information more pertinent to schools and not parents on this topic.

Dear Families:

We have some exciting news for you!

Starting January 5, 2016, Columbia Public Schools’ Nutrition Services Department began a pilot program through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP is a nationally successful approach to ensuring students have access to healthy school meals by allowing all students enrolled in selected schools to eat free breakfast and lunch daily regardless of free and reduced price status.

The following 7 schools are participating in this provision:

  • Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School
  • Benton STEM Elementary School
  • Blue Ridge Elementary School
  • Derby Ridge Elementary School
  • West Boulevard Elementary School
  • CORE (Center of Responsive Education)
  • Douglass High School

Students enrolled in these 7 schools will receive free breakfast and lunch.

Families are still encouraged to complete the free and reduced price application in order to secure benefit coverage at other Columbia Public School locations should a family relocate to a school not included in the CEP program. The application is attached for any who would like to complete the process and determine eligibility.

Please contact Nutrition Services if you have questions at 214-3480 or


Like us on Facebook! We have a new DERBY RIDGE DRAGONS Facebook page! Due to some unforeseen circumstances we have had to launch a new Facebook page! Follow us! The new page is called Derby Ridge Dragons. The cover photo is our friends with the Fire Dept and our profile pic is a friend with Fireball! Read all about it and celebrate the postings of our Social Media Leaders!

Frank Kros Learning Opportunity Ahead: January 28th AHL

You will have the opportunity once again after school to learn with Frank Kros! He will be sharing strategies on assisting and helping our learners grow! More info to come! If you are interested--let me know!

A Look at The Leader in Me Book Study to launch January 20th

Hopefully appearing soon on PD Express will be your opportunity to sign up for our DRE Leader in Me book study! Coming on the heels of our visit with Muriel Summers, creator of The Leader in Me in conjunction with Stephan Covey, we will be looking at the philosophy and see if this is something we would like to explore as a soon family! Sign up to join s and learn more!

The dates and times are as follows and we will be reading 2 chapters a month:

3:45 - 4:45

January 20th

February 17th

March 16th

April 27th

May 18th

Buddy Fun Theme for January: Snow Storm!

Schedule a Time with your Buddy to create a BLIZZARD WINTER WONDERLAND at DERBY!