Busy Bee Leader Board

See the Good. See the Need. See the Whole. See the Possible.

Kermit Ruffins - Monday Night In New Orleans

Leaders of Learning

This week's nominees:

Sheith Davis: I nominate Sheith Davis for her leadership this week. As I was becoming discouraged because my chicks were not hatching, Sheith offered to take my eggs so that they could hear the chicks “peep”. This helped my eggs get started hatching. Also, she invited my class over to see three of her chicks hatch. This is teamwork at its finest!!

Helen Cole: (Helen received two nominations!) "I nominate Helen Cole for supporting a second grade teacher with a student during math instruction. She works with this child daily at a time that she is not working in this particular classroom. Helen is really making a difference in this child's life. What an inspiration!" "I nominate Helen Cole for going above and beyond her job requirements to help her "second family", her second grade students."

Sharon Cole: I nominate Sharon Cole because she is always working with students. When I go to her classroom, she is working with kids and when I visit the multi-purpose room, she is always working with students! She has totally believes that these are our kids!

Making our Hive Thrive

K- Teachers created a number line using number lines by using shoestrings and beads. The students love them are so engaged in learning through this creative math tool. I shared this innovative idea at the last district PD session and teachers loved it! Great job thinking outside of the box to make learning fun and engaging!

1st- Teachers are creating rubrics and students are using them to evaluate written comprehension.

2nd- Teachers have shared their classrooms with baby chicks this week and created great science lessons around this awesome experience for kids.

Thomas Tidbits

How well do you know your co-workers? Is your answer.... not well enough? Well, it is time to build relationships and cultivate friendships. This will change and shape our whole school culture. In shaping our school culture, we change the attitudes and mind-sets of not just ourselves, but of our students.

So let's start spending time together as a staff. We must all begin to fellowship and get to know who we work with. So......We are ready to begin our social committee again. Let's build relationships, let's spend time together, let's become one!

More to come.........

And remember, "Every kid needs a champion." --Rita Pierson

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Let's Socialize!!

We would like to have a staff potluck on Friday, March 27 before our PLC team meetings begin. Please bring a favorite dish to share. We will set up tables in the administration building and will eat in the media center so please place your dishes on the tables by 12:00. Lunch will be from 12:00-1:00 followed by collaborative PLC team meetings from 1:00-3:00.
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Safety Protocols

Due to some confusion regarding parent phone calls and visits, we are defining the process that Tamika and Madeline will follow. Unless they receive notice that teachers are expecting a phone call or a parent visit, Tamika and Madeline will inform parents that they cannot interrupt instruction. Tamika and Madeline will take messages for the phone calls and request that visitors plan ahead with their child's teacher and return once arrangements have been made with the teacher. Therefore, it will be essential for you to communicate with office staff if you are expecting a phone call or a visit from a parent.

Additionally, the connect ed message this weekend will inform parents of a new safety procedure that will require all visitors to sign in on the computer in the front office regardless of who they are. Please mention this new procedure in your parent newsletters.

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J is for Jazz

In jazz we hear a convergence of cultures, a blending of styles, and a keen emphasis on improvisation. The notes on the page provide a starting point, but it's the imaginative and collaborative spirit of the musicians "riffing" off of each other that creates a unique musical experience each time they play. This same spirit fills the best of our schools with the wondrous sounds of learning.

--Dave Burgess, P is for Pirate

Below you will find various resources that I wanted to make you aware of...

Dear NC Teachers,

NCDPI announced a new partnership yesterday with the Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan nonprofit that connects teachers directly to policymakers. The Hope Street Group is currently accepting applications for the North Carolina Teacher Voice Network. The network provides teachers with opportunities to meet leading policymakers and present them with solutions for elevating the teaching profession. Members of the network stay in their classrooms full time and work with Hope Street Group 10-15 hours each month. Network members receive a $3,500 stipend for the 12-month commitment. Teachers with interest and experience in teacher leadership and education policy are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 10, 2015.



Vanessa W. Jeter, Director

Communication and Information Services

NC Department of Public Instruction

6306 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-6306

919-807-3469 phone

919-807-3481 fax

This is the video Kim Phelps-Deaton attempted to share with us...3rd one

DreamBox Learning Math Challenge

The DreamBox Learning Math Challenge (March 14–April 10, 2015) may have started, but it’s not too late to participate! All you have to do is have your students complete five or more lessons each week and you’ll automatically be entered to win!

With 24/7 access included with every subscription, students can play DreamBox beyond the classroom: at home, on the road, at the library, or anywhere in between. Make the most of this math challenge with these ready-to-use resources.

There are so many ways to win! All K–8 classrooms using DreamBox that complete an average of five or more lessons per week are eligible to win prizes. Learn how to track your classroom’s average here.

Weekly Prizes Awarded to Five Classrooms Every Week!
When your classroom completes an average of 5 lessons per week, you're automatically entered into the weekly drawing. Every week!

Grand Prizes Awarded in Three Different Categories!
You can do it. Strive for a grand prize. There are three options to win:

  • Highest Average Lessons
  • Most Improved Usage
  • Persistence Pays Off Raffle

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Walkthrough Focus

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to turn our attention once more to the "Characteristics of Great Classrooms". Our walkthrough focus will now shift to looking for and celebrating evidence of these 6 characteristics. We will focus on two each month. The focus for March will be: "A Positive Emotional Climate with Clear Routines and Procedures" and "An Organized Lesson Built Around Clear, Measurable Learning Targets". Stay tuned as we highlight examples of ways teachers are exhibiting these great characteristics!

Change to Staff Meeting for April

Due to Spring Break, we will not be able to meet the 2nd Wednesday in April. Our Pierce Group representative called to reschedule his meeting with us and apologized at great length for missing our meeting. He requested to meet with us on April 22 so we will hold our staff meeting for April on that date. This will move our monthly collaborative PLC team meetings to Wednesday, April 29.

Upcoming Dates

March 16-27: TR Math Benchmark

March 24: Spring Picture Day

March 25: NC Pre-K application In-take @ SPP--12:00-5:30 (Just be aware--it will not affect schedules in any way.)

March 25: Teaching Studies--see this link for more information


March 25: Collaborative PLC team meetings after school--Specials, EC, grade level teams--please post minutes on your Edmodo group page.

March 26: 2nd grade YR to Discovery Place Kids

March 26: Kindergarten Celebration of the Arts

March 27: Early Release day and STEAM Collaborative Planning as grade levels from 1:00-3:00

March 27: Staff Potluck from 12:00-1:00

March 30-April 13: YR Spring Break

April 2: 2nd grade TR to Discovery Place Kids

April 2: TR Report Cards go home

April 3-10: TR Spring Break

April 17: Kindergarten Registration

April 22: Staff Meeting--Pierce Group presentation followed by staff meeting

April 23: SPP Family Math Night--5:30-7:00 (Please see your SIT rep for more information.)

April 24: Marci Executive Coaching Session with Dr. Rutherford

April 24: Assistants Professional Development on Reading Strategies--10:30-12:30

April 29: Collaborative PLC team meetings after school--Specials, EC, grade level teams--please post minutes on your Edmodo group page.

April 30: School Improvement Site Visit--11:00-12:30

Employment Opportunity

The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department is seeking additional staffing to help out with programs they are providing during Spring Break.

If there is staff you think would be interested in earning some extra pay over the holiday, could you share this link with them?

The information is in the MCS Employee Portal and listed under “Employee Interests”. They will have to log into the Employee section.

Link to the posted information: http://www.ncmcs.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=6117

This is what they should look for:

The deadline to apply is March 20 (yes, tomorrow!).

Applications may be faxed to 910-944-7459 - Attention Regina Rosy