Fox Den Newsletter

May 29-June 12

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement:

Our mission at Fletcher Elementary, through partnership with our children, families, and communities, is to educate our students by meeting the individual needs of the whole child, ensuring successful, productive, responsible citizens while providing a safe and nurturing environment.

SIP Goal 1: Fletcher Elementary will meet or exceed expected growth and meet all Annual Measurable Objectives.

How Will We Meet This Goal?

1. Our K-2 Reading scores will increase from 79.8% to 85% and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 53.7% to 75%.

2. Our K-2 math proficiency will increase from 88% to 93% and our 3-5 Career and College Ready proficiency will increase from 56.7% to 75%.

Take Advantage of Summer Professional Development Options

Henderson County Public Schools is offering several professional development options for this summer. Although we can't pay you for the days, I can arrange to swap time with you for optional workdays and/or annual leave days in the upcoming school year. To see what is being offered, visit the new HCPS professional development calendar available using the link below.

I want to call your attention specifically to the professional development mini-sessions that will be held July 22 at Glen Marlow. There is a wide range of topics from math content knowledge focused on fractions to how to improve guided reading groups. I would strongly recommend anyone teaching 3-5 grade attend the session about fraction content knowledge.

Additionally, for any teacher who has to participate in Analysis of Student Work (ASW) next year, Amber and Angie will conduct sessions on how to create and edit videos July 16 and again on July 22. Teachers must register for any of these opportunities by June 15 using the links within the PD calendar.

Lastly, I still have two spots available for anyone interested in attending the training on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at Mills River Academy in July. I also have one slot available to attend an Introduction to Paideia Seminar training at WRESA July 14-15. Let me know if you are interested in either of these opportunities.

End of Year Items

Many of you would like an exact schedule for the TAs for the next two weeks and the reality is there is no way to say for certain who will be available when. EOGs take precedence over everything until all testing is completed which at the earliest will be on June 9. Other than the June 2-4, we can't say for certain who will be needed for testing because it depends on how many make up tests have to be administered, how many students have to take the Read to Achieve Test, and how many special settings may be needed for any of those test sessions. Additionally, once you include Field Day, various grade level celebrations, and the kickball game, it is virtually impossible to give an exact schedule. With that said, however, on days where there are no other activities going on, then there is no reason TAs shouldn't follow their regular schedule.

Thank you to those of you who have already begun to submit your end of year PDPs. This has to be completed before the end of the school year and BTs will need to meet with Dianne Wells about theirs before submitting them.

For teachers who have TRC materials to be shredded, be sure to bring them to the box outside my office. You should turn in all question sheets and any blank response sheets along with the form that Ashley or I need to sign.

We will have our end of year luncheon on Monday, June 15 at 12:00 in the cafeteria. If you have any additional stories to contribute for the end of year festivities be sure to let me or Linda know.

Fletcher Birthdays!

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Fletcher Fox Family Members! Happy birthday to you!

6/8: Paul Valbert

6/14: Angela Bartlett

For the 2015-16 School Year

As we wind down this school year, we also have to begin thinking about next year. SIT made a very important decision about our school day for next year. The school day will now officially start at 8:00 rather than 8:15 and students will be released from the gym to classrooms at 7:50. By adding 15 minutes to each day, we actually add 45 hours of instructional time to the school year and are now more in line with other schools around us. Teachers will still have to be at school by 7:45.

SIT also decided it would work best for three of the four workdays TAs work each year to be at the start of the year. The schedule below reflects this decision.

August 11: SIT meeting, 9:00-12:00

August 17: Optional Teacher Workday

August 18: Required Workday for Teachers and TAs

August 19: Required Workday for teachers--Learning Focused Day 3

August 20: Required Workday for Teachers and TAs

August 21: Required Workday for Teachers and TAs; Meet the Teacher 11:00-1:00

Let me or your SIT representative know if you have any questions.