Panther Updates

April 11th-15th

April 15th- EdCamp @ Sherwood

Team- Somelight snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 8:30am. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am to connect with colleagues from your own buildings and others. At 9am we will begin sessions in assigned areas. we will wrap up by 11am. You are free to take a lunch and then come back to the building (Portland) where the rest of the hours of the day are used for professional work.

Teacher Appreciation Banquet

The Teacher Appreciation Banquet is April 18th. So far I have only heard from two staff members that they will be attending. SIGN UP HERE by April 11th at 11am.

Marty Moore and Dr. Dawson visit Portland April 12th

Dr. Jungmann to visit Portland April 25th

Phyllis Wolfram to visit Portland May 5th

Week at a Glance

Monday 11th-

Holt @ External site visit per Dr. Jungmann request from 8am-11am

Tuesday 12th-

5th Grade Rocks the MAP CA1

Wednesday 13th-

5th Grade MAP CA2 & CA3

Holt at SLT (Principal's Meeting 9-1pm)

Thursday 14th-

5th Grade MAP CA 4 (Writing Prompt)

4th and 5th rehearsal 1:15am-2:00pm

All school performance @ 2:15 in the gym

Friday 15th-

No School Teacher Workday

Springfield Symphony Ensemble visits Portland April 29th @ 9:30am

Growth Plan Updates

It is that time of year for both on-cycle and off cycle teachers to complete their growth plans in Tower. All teachers will need to log into Tower, self assess for all three indicators on the growth plan and provide a follow up score (just as you did at the beginning of the year). Don't forget to provide information in the End of Year Reflection box as well. When you have completed the process, you can enter your PIN. Please email me when you have completed your growth plan. The deadline to submit growth plans is April 15th.

After that date, I will schedule summative meetings with all those teachers that are on-cycle. At that meeting, we will close out growth plans and complete the evaluation process for the year.

Upcoming Field Trips

Springfield Cardinals

5th Grade, April 19th

4th Grade, April 27th

3rd Grade, May 2nd

Dewey Short

4th Grade, April 22nd

Wilson's Creek Battlefield

4th Grade, April 29th

Frontier Theatre

5th Grade, May 4th

Channel 33 Weather Station

4th and 5th Grade, May 10th

Hot Spots for Students

Blended Learning has deployed over 200 hot spots to secondary IGNiTE sites and are now moving their focus to elementary sites . Last week, between 10Kajeet hot spots were delivered to Portland for student check out. HERE informational sheet and application that we will send home to families detailing this process and the Access for All Program.

Since we have a limited number to offer at this time, we need to determine who is most in need at this time. Please add names of students that you know would benefit from this program HERE. Once a list is complied, we will send the information home to those families.

4th and 5th Grade Music Performance- April 14th @ 6pm

End of Year Library Dates

Last Day to return ILL (inter Library Loans) 4/18

Last Checkout Portland 4/22

All materials due back to Portland Library 4/29

Please include the following in your newsletters home:

  • Enroll for EXPLORE! sessions in June and July
  • Kindergarten registration for 2016-2017 school year now open
  • 4th and 5th Grade Music Program April 14th
  • MAP Testing begins April 12th-April 28th @ Portland
  • iReady Testing for K-2 begin April 6th
  • iReady Testing 3-5 to begin May 2nd

Rick's Ruminations

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Schlueter's Station

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i-Ready End of Year Window (Reading and Math) - 3/21/2016 - 5/13/2016

K-2 teachers will check-out the Chromebook Cart for testing. The Chromebook cart is available to check-out every morning and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. I will start making the schedule as soon as you know when you want to schedule. Just send me an email if you know when you want to check-out the cart and I will get those times reserved for you. I will help you with testing your class whenever I am free. If you know you would like me to be in there to help let me know and we can make sure to schedule you a time when I can be there. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Nurse Rachel's Notes


SPS has many community partners such as Care to Learn, Kid's First, Ozark's Food Harvest, Help Give Hope, Jordan Valley, Tooth Truck, Give a Kid a Smile Day, Trudi's Kids and many others that work together to ensure that the health, hunger and hygiene needs of our students are met. If you have concerns in any of these areas, please contact Mr. Greiner or myself for us to make the appropriate referral. Thanks for always keeping our children's needs a top priority!! And if in doubt, just ask...we can always try.

Ponder's Possibilities

Tips for Retelling a story or reading passage.

Attached is a retelling bookmark your students may like to refer to for Retelling a story.

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ChromeBook Checkout

If ChromeBooks do not come back (are forgotten) or come back uncharged the student may not take the ChromeBook home for one week.

LEXIA Usage Goal Window of Fame

When your students reach their weekly Lexia reading goals please send them to the office with a buddy (for supervision). Students will get to sign their name to the window of the interior doors with an expo worker. (We will clean the windows weekly)

Upload Your Classroom Photos Please

I have shared a link via Google and in the link below. Any time you take photos of your class please upload them below when you have a chance. We will use all of these photos to upload and share on our hallway tvs, at Panther Pride Assemblies, on Portland's facebook, and for our year book.

The link to our Portland Photos is below.