Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz

November 30, 2018

PLC's on Tuesday

We will be focusing on Curriculum this Tuesday. Please be prepared with what you would like to focus on for the length of your planning period. Using our time wisely to maximize our deep dive into planning and ensuring that we are reaching all of our students is important. As we reflect this week in PLC groups I'd like each of us to spend time really reflecting on our actual plans to reach all students. Are we really challenging our students who are on grade level? Are we planning out our questions to ensure that we are not lowering our expectations for our students? If we are truly teaching with high expectations then we must provide rigor and a high level of exposure to curriculum that will appropriately challenge all students, not just support our students who need the most scaffold support. We are very good at working with students who need the most help, I encourage all of us to really think about the questions/work/level of independence we are expecting of our other students. Moving all students will require us to really reflect on our own teaching and being honest about our current level of high expectations teaching for our students. As we continue on our school wide journey toward improvement this is a question we must ask ourselves and be honest about as we move forward to being the best place in town.

Transition To Electronic CICO For Grades 3-5 In January

Part of our feedback from Mr. Gordon, from the Tennessee Behavior Support Project ,was to continue on the path we are on with our data collection but if we could make it instantly accessible that would be best. Currently we are noting that we have some gaps in our data that we need to address. As we discussed in our faculty meeting earlier in November our data has allowed us to support some of our most needy kids and in the same vein our lack of data has prevented us from the best support for our students.


We will be transitioning back to all students in grades 3-5 to electronic CICO. To help us ensure that everyone is set up, comfortable, and ready to go with this transition in January when we return the following things will happen.



  • Stokely will make appointments with all teachers in grade 3-5 to assess their computers and phones so every one's technology is ready for the CICO app and there are no unexpected technology issues. These appointments will take place in the next two weeks. Stokely will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
  • Stokely will be attending the December Data Focus PLC meetings for grades 3-5 to answer any questions and to review protocol for grade level teams to ensure that we are all on the same page and any questions can be answered.
  • Teachers can begin to transition to the electronic format in December for that last week if you would like to "test" the operation and ensure that we have all the "bug" out.
  • We will begin the electronic recording of grades 3-5 electronic CICO when we return in January.

ZONES Refresher For All Students In January

We will be spending some time in January when we return to refresh students with the proper use of the Lion's den, working with teachers to ensure that the Lion's Den is ready for the second semester, and reviewing Zones so we are ready for the second semester. Marsha, Kristen (when she returns), and Stokely will be contacting teachers that they worked with in the fall to schedule time to come in and teach a few refresher lessons with your classes. Based on feed back from the fall we will not be combining classes/grade levels for this work. Individual classes will get to meet with members of our Behavior Committee on this work.

Quarterly Writing Assessments

Please make sure you have read the emails from Mrs. Saunders regarding the Quarterly Writing Assessments. I believe you all have them in your grade level's possession, so if you have any questions please see Mrs. Saunders for any clarification.
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Updates for the Christmas Gala on December 6

Below you will find the logistics for each grade level on the evening of December 6:


***Please have students tuck in their shirts.***


***I will bring extra green and red shirts around earlier that day should you have a student show up without one.***


PreK/Kindergarten - Students are asked to arrive to your rooms no later than 6:15. I estimate that your kiddos will start arriving around 6:00. Some will arrive much earlier, but they will just have to wait outside your door until you get there. No big deal. Then, no later than 6:25, you will need to escort your class down the 300 hallway and then into the side stage door. I know that this is the "long way" around to the stage, but with so many people coming in the front doors, this will make your lives easier and less stressful. Once the students are inside the auditorium, I will need your help getting them on the risers. They will be AMPED, and will not hear almost any direction that we give. :) Also, there is not an "order" to how they should be lined up. Any order is fine! Once the students are on the risers, I will need your help doing a little "rearranging" by moving kids around so that they can be seen. Taller students will go to the top risers and shorter students will go to the bottom risers. We are talking about 10 kids we may move, otherwise we just go with it! After the performance, I will make an announcement that the students will follow you back to their classrooms. Parents will follow behind and pick up their children from your classrooms. This is so we have a controlled and safe release of the children back to the parents. Once all of your student have been picked up, you are free go to go!!!


1st Grade- Students are asked to arrive to your rooms no later than 6:45. I estimate that your kiddos will start arriving around 6:30. Some will arrive much earlier, but they will just have to wait until you get there. No big deal. Then, no later than 6:55, you will need to escort your class down the 300 hallway and then into the side stage door. I know that this is the "long way" around to the stage, but with so many people coming in the front doors, this will make your lives easier and less stressful. Once the students are inside the auditorium, I will need your help getting them on the risers. They will be AMPED, and will not hear almost any direction that we give. :) Also, there is not an "order" to how they should be lined up. Any order is fine! Once the students are on the risers, I will need your help doing a little "rearranging" by moving kids around so that they can be seen. Taller students will go to the top risers and shorter students will go to the bottom risers. We are talking about 10 kids we may move, otherwise we just go with it! After the performance, I will make an announcement that the students will follow you back to the alcove. Parents will follow behind and pick up their children at the alcove. This is so we have a controlled and safe release of the children back to the parents. Once all of your students have been picked up, you are free go to go!!!


2nd Grade - Students are asked to arrive to your rooms no later than 7:15. I estimate that your kiddos will start arriving around 7:00. Some will arrive much earlier, but they will just have to wait outside your door until you get there. No big deal. Then, no later than 7:25, you will need to escort your class down the 300 hallway and then into the side stage door. I know that this is the "long way" around to the stage, but with so many people coming in the front doors, this will make your lives easier and less stressful. Once the students are inside the auditorium, I will need your help getting them on the risers. They will be AMPED, and will not hear almost any direction that we give. :) Also, there is not an "order" to how they should be lined up. Any order is fine! Once the students are on the risers, I will need your help doing a little "rearranging" by moving kids around so that they can be seen. Taller students will go to the top risers and shorter students will go to the bottom risers. We are talking about 10 kids we may move, otherwise we just go with it! After the performance, I will make an announcement that the students will follow you back to their classrooms. Parents will follow behind and pick up their children from your classrooms. This is so we have a controlled and safe release of the children back to the parents. Once all of your students have been picked up, you are free go to go!!!

If you have any questions or concerns that arrive before next Thursday, do not hesitate to let Seth know. Thank you for all of your help and support!

The Importance Of Being Inclusive To All

One final food for thought as we enter this holiday season. While many of you have only taught here in Eastern Tennessee and therefore, by default, have not experienced working in a school with great religious differences, I think it is important that we expose our children to a variety of holidays if we are going to read about, "celebrate" any of them in public school.


We do have a Christmas tree in the main alcove and we do celebrate music of the season with a Christmas Gala which is great fun and brings joy to our students. As educators we'd be remiss if we did not also expose our students to the understanding there are many other students in other schools in other parts of our country that don't celebrate Christmas. Our world is very diverse and it is unusual to have the majority...if not all....of the people in your school/community celebrate the same holidays. This is the only school in my career that I've experienced this phenomenon.


Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Many of my friends are celebrating the festival of lights with their families this week. I've ordered a menorah for our main alcove to accompany our Christmas tree to acknowledged the diversity that is in the world around us. I'm sure our library has some books on Hanukkah, and if not, thank goodness for Prime, I'll get some. Part of our job as educators is to prepare our students for the diverse world around us. There are lots of holidays celebrated by groups of people all over the world, and it is difficult to encompass all of them, but I will do more to help you with resources to teach our students about the global society around us.