"Paws"itive Points

Issue 23 - February 15, 2016

Love Each Other, Learn Together, Lead the Way

Tavia's Thoughts

Peer Observations should be coming to a close this week. Most of you have conducted them already and have had some great dialogue with each other about the observations. The peer observation provides an "objective" point of view of the lesson to the observee, but it is a professional development opportunity for the observer as well. I have heard great conversations about the teaching and learning that is happening at PSE. A few teachers have asked to go back to observe again. This is what it is all about. What better way to grow as a staff than to be able to get into each other's classes to see what others are doing well or to be able to provide some assistance in areas that are your strength? I love it, and I love the excitement that has come from the observations. If you are one of the few that hasn't completed yours, get it done by Friday.

We'll continue to love each other, learn together, and lead the way.

Have You Completed The Kid FRIENDLY Survey??

Ummm.....about half have not. We are at 53%. Let's get it done. The Student Engagement and Performance (STEP) Teacher Survey is to be completed by classroom teachers by February 12. Please use the link below to access the survey. http://www.wku.edu/rocksolid/surveys.php

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February 8

February 9

  • SBDM
  • Pawfessional Learning -Short Meeting with Pillar 91st & 2nd Grade) @ 2:45

February 10

  • School Spelling Bee
  • PTO Valentine's Day Gram Sale Continues

February 11

  • I Team
  • Valentine's Day Celebrations

February 12

  • No School, Flex PD Day

February 15

  • No School, President's Day

Extra Duties


Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer

Bus rider (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell, Mr. Carter, Mr. Anderson

Breakfast Ms. Spry, Ms. Tipton, Mrs. Porter

Gym Mrs. Vermillion, Ms. Bland

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Duvall, Mrs. Hodges and Mrs. Glass ...share with me 3-4 leaders please.

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Proctor, Mrs. Rogers, Ms. Henson, Mrs. Seely, Mrs. Smith


At Team PSE...we are Pursuing Standards of Excellence. At Team PSE we collaboratively teach students to love, learn, and lead....TEAM PSE.

Emily ' s Enthusiastic Information

Last week I included something from PBIS.org on praise for desired behaviors. This week, Mrs. Swindler shared an article with Mrs. Acklin, a few teachers and myself. This article talks about Behavior Specific Praise in the classroom. The article says, “Praise is a powerful tool for educators. When used effectively in the classroom, it can increase the social and academic performance of students, as well as improve classroom climate.” Behavior specific praise looks like, “thank you for following my expectations for sitting on the rug, thumbs up for…., give yourself a pat on the back for….” This article says that you should give 4 praises to 1 reprimand. Think about how you feel when you are shown appreciation and receive positive feedback for all of the amazing things you do day in and day out. Your students need to feel this way too! If you are interested in this article, I’d love to make you a copy! Have a great week and thank you for being amazing teachers and team players.

Maggie's Moments

Don’t forget to take time to look at this resource that summarizes the structure of Lucy’s Reading Workshop. Great resource for us as “LEARNERS”!!!


The work that you accomplished in the Literacy Plan professional learning has been fantastic. The raised level of awareness that each of you have for the various NEEDED modes of monitoring is going to make a difference for every PSE child who moves vertically K-5. Your work in your grade level is NOT isolated, it affects every child who moves through PSE. You are “builders” because you construct learning based on the foundation that is laid prior to your grade level and you add additional support as learners move through your grade.

That’s why we are #TeamPSE!!!

Ownership of Expectations and Communication throughout are what will make this plan successful. Thank you again for your ownership and hard work.

Hymer's Hype

We have been covering Habit 5 in guidance the past two weeks. "This habit is the key to communication, because the deepest need of the human heart is to be understood." I challenge you this week to "seek first to understand" and make a deposit I someone else's emotional bank account, whether that be a friend, co-worker, student, or family member by being a great listener...and remember this quote, "before I can walk in another's shoes, I must first remove my own." (unknown author)

Below are some steps to becoming a better listener:

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Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

In the Governor’s proposed budget, many programs, including FRYSCs, are taking a 4.5% decrease this fiscal year and a 9% budget cut for the following two years. In addition, we are likely to find that the free lunch numbers have increased which would make us all have even fewer dollars for our individual allocations.

Completing this survey is imperative to helping the FRYSC programs stay alive!


SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRYSCKyPublicPolicySurvey2016

Thank you for your time! J


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Congratulations Ashley Warren

So proud of Ashley . She represented Painted Stone well as our Teacher of the Year. Maggie and I had a blast celebrating the accomplishment with Ashley and her family. If you haven' t been able to check out her video here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STQHzesaONA

Manners Monday

Shout Out to Sally Zaring and Debbie Fox. They are working the teaming aspect of educating the whole child. Read the snippet below:

Mrs. Zaring,

Just wanted to let you know that A***** has been a angel tonight. She has been all about using her manners. I was so shocked... it made my night. She even has J***** using her manners as well.

Thank you for all you do for them you and Mrs Smith both are amazing.



(A super happy momma)

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February Birthdays

Morgan Seely - 1st

Nick Edwards-6th

Rosalie Rogers - 9th

Stephanie Bodden- 10th

Jennifer Tinsley-11th

James Martin -16th

Tolya Ellis - 17th

Meredith Henson -23rd

Ann Hance - 25th

Michele Bates-26th