Cardinal News

Were Stronger Together 3/21/16

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Feel like a SPRING Frost Angel

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Week at a Glance

This Month:

March is Women's History Month


bookmark this link for future reference please

This Week:


  • Accelerate - (of a vehicle or other physical object) begin to move more quickly or undergo a change in velocity.

All weekly requirements are the same, but one less day to make our goals! Please make your students aware.

....Spring Break Begins!

C-Week on Counselor Schedule

Instructional Department Walk-throughs and PLC visits in the rise. Please be prepared each and every day to show off your students knowledge and your magnificent teaching skills.


  • Happy Monday!


  • PLCs meet
  • Rice @ Principal's Meeting


  • Ms. Todd on campus
  • PLCs meet
  • Battle of the Books competition
  • Bus Rider of the Month @ 1:30


  • Ms. Todd on campus
  • Make it a wonderful day.
  • 1st Grade Field Trip - Gaston County Museum
  • Cardinal of the Month Luncheon
  • Hold on don't leave until you've emailed Diane Hall to let her know if you plan to work or take Annual Leave on Friday 4/1. All new teachers a required to work as you have not acquired leave.



This is the schedule for our building if you need to visit

prior to the break ending.

Friday - Closed

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 9am - Noon

Wednesday - 9am -Noon

Thursday - Closed

Friday - OPEN - 8:30am- 2:30pm

In the Coming Days:

  • Monday 4/1 Welcome Back
  • Tuesday 4/2 Reading Mock EOG
  • Wednesday 4/3 Math Mock EOG
  • Thursday 4/4 Science Mock EOG
  • End of 3rd 9-weeks April 5, 2016
  • Grades Due FRIDAY APRIL 8th @ 3:30pm
  • Mock EOG - 4/4/16 - 4/15/16

Later this school year
  • Transfer Window for Teachers April 4-15th
  • 4/13 5th to 6th Grade Transition-Southwest Middle
  • 4/14 5th Grade Field Trip-Catawba Science Center (Hickory NC) 8:30am
  • 4/16 Pre-K Field Trip - Gastonia Fire Station 8:30am
  • 4/16 Wix Winning Ways part 3
  • 4/20 Field Day
  • 4/22 5th Grade Concert @ 8:30am
  • Sack the EOGs Assembly May 17th
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PLC Schedule for this week

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Progress Monitoring Below for MCLASS

Remainder of March

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Written Response

PM written response data should be entered into your spreadsheets as you collect it from students. This is not to be omitted by anyone.
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Photo message...

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Something to think about:

Take a moment to decide which fish are you and why...

To Be Continued...

Transparency - The more you know the more responsibility you have.


Last night I sent a parent link message to encourage parents to get on board with our school to help get children where they should be academically.

Please remember: They are kids and we cannot give up on them. We are all they have. If you've not noticed; the more you give, the more they give. They are born into this world just as any other child. Sometimes the advantage or disadvantage leads them to or away from academics. Make it your mission to show our students and community that no matter the how the odds stack up... Our Children; their children deserve a place on top!

Look over the compass reports below and talk with your team about your next grade level interventions. We will speak more in PLCs this week. Please plan to meet in Mrs. Setzer's office for your meetings. Mrs. Setzer will speak to teams about times as some have be altered. I look forward to seeing you all this week!

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Mock EOGs - After Spring Break

To provide clarity on the administration of the Mock EOGs. We will give paper/pencil tests in reading and math in all grade levels. 5th grade science will be on-line.

GCS Grading

Purpose: To provide direction to all teachers in expected grading practices


  • Reading and writing grades – The weights of each shall be reading 70 percent and writing/word study 30 percent.

  • In reading and math, at least three (3) must be test grades that are reflective of their proficiency on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

  • Homework shall not be included in grades.

  • If a child is working below grade level, it shall be noted in the comments section of the report card.

  • Academic grades shall not be reduced for misconduct or for punishment.

  • Grades shall be based on percentages, not points.

  • The final Language Arts grade shall be based upon a minimum of ten (10) reading assignments and four (4) writing assignments.

  • The final math grade shall be based upon a minimum of ten (10) assignments.

  • The science grade shall be based upon a minimum of four (4) assignments.

  • The social studies grade shall be based upon a minimum of four (4) assignments.

  • Teachers shall enter grades in PowerTeacher weekly.

  • School level professional learning communities shall help determine an appropriate number of additional assignments to be given for each discipline.

  • The teacher shall adhere to the IEP, the 504 and any Tier Plan.

  • Teachers shall not give a final grade below 50 on the report card for all marking periods.
  • The teacher shall utilize the appropriate PowerTeacher comment on the report card.
  • Actual grades shall be reflected on assignments that are returned to students and in the gradebook.
  • Interim reports shall reflect actual grades.
  • The teacher shall maintain frequent communication with student and parent.

Thanks for this beautiful and touching moment...

Mrs. Branch's boys during "Readers Workshop Independent Reading Time"

What a nice picture!

Share more of your kids as they have ACADEMIC SUCCESS'

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What an Effective Teacher’s Classroom Looks Like

BY MIDDLEWEB · 07/14/2014

by Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker

In our ongoing observations of teachers, we continue to notice that the most effective teachers’ classrooms all look uncannily similar. And, of course, the same can be said for the less effective teachers—their classrooms all look uncannily similar.

It seems that no matter where we go, the students all act the same in the classrooms of the most effective teachers. And yes, no matter where we go, the students all act the same in the classrooms of less effective teachers. We are, of course, speaking in generalities here.

Let’s take a look inside of less effective teachers’ classrooms first.

Here is what they all seem to have in common:

◆ The classroom looks disorganized. There is “stuff” everywhere.
◆ Lessons lack luster and excitement.
◆ The teacher does most of the talking, and the students do little listening.
◆ There is little, if any, evidence of structured routines and procedures.
◆ There are lots of teacher warnings directed at misbehaving students.
◆ The teacher is reactive.
◆ Objectives are vague and often confusing.
◆ There is little teacher movement around the room. The teacher generally stays toward the front of the room. Guess where most of the behavior problems occur! Farthest from the teacher.
◆ There is an overuse of worksheet-type activities.
◆ Consequences for behavior infractions are inconsistent. The severity of the punishment is usually in direct proportion to the teacher ’s anxiety level.
◆ The teacher openly shows frustration.
◆ The lessons are usually “one size fits all.” Unfortunately, most fit none.
◆ Technology is often used “for the sake of using it” as opposed to being used to enhance the lesson.
◆ There is little positive reinforcement.
◆ Teacher enthusiasm is lacking.

Now for the good news

We could go on, but we think we’ve made the point. Now for the good news.

Here’s what we saw in the classrooms of the most effective teachers:

◆ The classroom is organized. A place for everything and everything in its place.
◆ Lessons are inviting and exciting.
◆ The students do most of the talking and the doing, prompted by the teacher ’s questioning and guidance.
◆ Routines and procedures are evident. Students know exactly what is expected of them.
◆ There are no teacher warnings for student misbehavior. If a rule is broken, a consequence follows. If a procedure isn’t followed, the teacher provides more practice.
◆ The teacher is proactive.
◆ Lesson objectives are clear and measurable.
◆ There is constant teacher movement around the room. Behavior problems are almost nonexistent.
◆ There is little dependence on worksheet-type activities. Lessons are highly interactive, and students remain engaged in meaningful activities.
◆ The punishment for any given infraction is consistent (and rare).
◆ The teacher does not show frustration. Even in the case of misbehavior, the problem is handled seriously but calmly. The teacher always appears to be in control.
◆ Activities are varied to meet the needs of all learners.
◆ Technology is used, thoughtfully, to enhance lessons and learning.
◆ There is constant positive reinforcement.
◆ Teacher enthusiasm is evident and contagious.

You now have a blueprint for what an effective teacher ’s classroom looks like. Try it on for size, and get your teaching organized. Management is the key to success. Just do it, and be at your best! For an organized teacher is a happier one than one who has let things come undone.

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Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held May 2-13 at three elementary schools across the county. Parents may register their child at any of the three school locations, which will accept applications for all elementary schools. The registration schedule is below:

Lowell Elementary: May 2-4 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Gardner Park Elementary: May 6 and May 9 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Carr Elementary: May 11-13 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

We're Stronger Together!

Know your Purpose (EVERYDAY)

My purpose is to use my leadership to inspire a culture of learning and excellence that guides my school and community to educational success, while having happy, healthy and safe stakeholders.