Friday "ROAR"

Killian STEAM Leader's Magnet- Friday, February 17, 2017

Our Mission and Vision

Our Vision:

To prepare our students to become responsible 21st Century leaders and citizens in a global society.

Our Mission:

Killian Elementary School, with the support of its parents and community, dedicates itself to providing an innovative curriculum, in a safe, nurturing environment that will prepare students to be productive citizens in a global society.

A Word from the Principal

Thank you for another fabulous week. I'd like to thank everyone for the job you do each and every day. Your hard work is much appreciated. Thank you to everyone who completed the interest survey last week in reference to the staff movie outing. There was an overwhelming interest for this event! For now, we are planning to go and see the movie "Hidden Figures" on Monday, February 20th at 3:30. We will not have a faculty meeting on that day. This plan is tentative in that we won't be sure until next week if the movie will still be in the theater. If the plan changes, we will be sure to let you know in ample time. We are looking forward to a great time fellowshipping with one another!

Professional Development Video

Please view this professional development video shared with us from the Teaching and Learning Department. This video gives an in-depth explanation of how to unpack the standards. For further help in this area, please see our fabulous Reading Coach, Rita Raley. Click here to view the video.

Grades 3-5 ELA Planning with Becca Doswell

Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade teachers will participate in planning plus with Becca Doswell on Tuesday, February 14th. In order to provide this professional development for teachers at those grade levels, 4th grade and 2nd grade will switch related arts time. Second grade will go to related arts during 4th grade's regularly scheduled time and 2nd grade will do the same in place of 4th grade. Click here to see the schedule for that day. Teachers, please be sure that a sufficient amount of plans have been left for your substitute. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Student Restroom Use- Important


If a student asked to go to the restroom, please allow them to go. We understand that some students may be trying to avoid work or escape the classroom environment, but that is difficult to prove. Unfortunately, we have had instances where a child has asked to go to the restroom and they were not allowed, and the student wet themselves. As you can imagine, this causes some alarm for parents who will report the incident to administration. In order to protect everyone, and ensure our students' needs are met, please send them to the restroom. Of course, if it is excessive, you will want to follow up with the parents to make them aware of the excessive use of the restroom in case there are some medical concerns that need to be addressed. Thank you for understanding and helping us with this concern.

Techie of the Week

Our Techie of the Week is Ms. Watson!

Ms. Watson's class did a great job typing sentences that described the seasons. The students first wrote sentences as a draft along with a picture and later, created a google slide or shared their work using a google doc. This was ELA and Science as students payed close attention to sentence structure and punctuation while describing what they see, feel, or experience during the 4 seasons.

Her science standards state:

Essential Knowledge

Each season has different weather patterns, and there are four basic seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall/autumn. Descriptions of the seasons are as follows:

  • Winter The weather may be cold or freezing; there may be rain, snow, or sleet

  • Spring The weather starts to get warmer; there may be a lot of rain;

  • Summer The weather is often hot and dry; there may be little or no rain;

  • Fall/Autumn The weather starts to get cooler; there may be little or no rainfall;

This activity could have been used as a pre or post assessment.

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We have "Leveled Up"

Taylor Thigpen - Online Presence

Courtney Rector - Online Presence and Classroom Management

Courtney Nelson - Online Presence

Amber McQueen - Online Presence and Classroom Management

Loretta Dailey - Online Presence

Shalonya Knotts-Holiday - Online Presence

Delmarshi Nelums - Online Presence

Wanda Washington - Online Presence

Parent Communication

Please be sure all blogs/newsletters are updated weekly. One key to student success is effective home-school communication. Please be sure to do your part by communicating with families consistently.

A Closer Look

Week of Feb. 13-17

PE Rotation Week

Monday, Feb. 13


Full Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 14

3-5 Grades- Planning Plus with Becca Doswell

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Dr. Doug- 3rd Grade- Matter

Thursday, Feb. 16

Parent Academy- 7:15-8:00 AM

3rd Nine Weeks Interims Available

Cici's Pizza Night 5:00-7:00 pm

Friday, Feb. 17

Half- Day- Heart Health Day

Writing Assessment Grading Session- 2nd Half of day

Looking Ahead...

Week of Feb. 20- 24

Guidance Rotation Week

Monday, Feb. 20

Faculty Movie Outing- "Hidden Figures"- 3:30 PM

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Carol Sample Meeting with Grade Levels

Family Math Night- 5:00- 7:30 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Dr. Doug- 2nd Grade- Weather

3rd & 4th Grade Science Fair Projects Due

Thursday, Feb. 23

Black History Month Program- Schoolwide performance

Friday, Feb. 24