Gratz Brown News

February 3, 2017

A Memo from Mrs. Doss

Happy February Everyone! The days of winter are still upon us, but we are keeping things warmed up and hopping at GBE. Our students are just finishing up Star testing and Common Assessments that we are using to look at growth throughout the year in curricular areas.

Our students are also just finishing up a round of Interventions and Enrichment building wide. We run this time daily from 8:30 to 9:00, three days a week. Our focus are is Reading, and with this time our students are focused on their goals in fluency or comprehension. The exciting piece is that our students have their own growth charts and graphing that they use to look at where they are at in their goal areas. This piece is a huge part of our students reflecting afterwards in order to grow and take ownership for this learning.

We will begin our next round with new groups this upcoming week. Our students that have shown growth will be able to move up to a higher level of focus, and our students that still show a need for improvement will continue to work in this area or move to a level with more supports.

We are truly excited about this work and have seen growth by our students as we move forward.

Coming up this Spring we will be starting our MAP testing. Gratz Brown will be starting our testing in early April and plan on completing before we leave for Easter weekend. We have been able to revamp our testing this year with the addition of new technology and chrome books in our building. This is definitely and great move and assures our students will be able to stay on site to do all of our MAP testing this Spring.

Lastly, please be looking for your digital invite to our Parent University coming up on February 21st. We do plan on sending this out digitally and then after a few days send out a hard copy invite to parents. Our times for this event will be from 5:00 to 7:00. Our PTO will be available from 5:00 to 5:30 to hand out maps of the building and sessions taking place. They will also have Spirit wear on Sale and info for upcoming events, such as the Spring Carnival in April! The sessions are your choice and will run from 5:30 to 6:30. At 6:30 we will begin our dinner portion and door prizes. We are excited to announce that thanks to our PTO and with finances from our Student Activity funds we will be able to offer 6 game door prizes and 1 technology door prize! We look forward to seeing everyone there and hope that you find this evening informative and helpful.

Angie Doss

Moberly Public Schools Mission Statement:

To ensure all students have a quality education and a sense of direction.

GBE's Vision Statement created by our Student Advisory Team and Staff:

GBE Students want to be a Champion in:

  1. Attitude

  2. Action

  3. Academics

GBE Partners in Education

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant

Arts Appliances and Furniture

Central Bank of Moberly

Character Trait/Terrific Kid for February is Honesty.

GBE's Attendance for the Month: Let's Celebrate our Success!! 94.34%!!

Make sure to check out our attendance race bulletin board by the gym doors. Our classrooms are competing in the Great Attendance Race challenge. Each Mid Quarter and Quarter, Mrs. David will review attendance percentages by class to see who is in the lead!

Inclement Weather Information for Moberly Public Schools

When considering school cancellations, the safety of all students in the district is the first consideration. School district personnel drive bus routes to check local conditions firsthand. District personnel then hold conversations with the bus transportation company to gain their perspective. Again, safety is always our top priority. We also consider whether conditions will be changing throughout the day.

In the event of a school cancellation, notice will be provided as soon as a decision is made. Local radio and television stations will be notified and a notice will be posted on the school district’s web page, Facebook, and Twitter (@MoberlyDistrict). Notification will be sent via TextCaster Spartan Alerts as well.

Early Dismissal: An early dismissal will be used when conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day. This option will be used sparingly and avoided whenever possible. If early dismissal becomes necessary, the district will announce and post dismissal times. The standard early dismissal schedule will be used when possible.

Late Start: A late start option will also be used sparingly and in cases in which conditions are expected to improve fairly quickly in the morning. If late start is utilized, the district will announce the length of the delay. For example, if there will be a 2 hour late start, you would add 2 hours to the typical school start time. In the example of a 2 hour late start, if your child has a 7:30 bus stop time, the new bus stop time would be 9:30. The standard late start schedule will be used when possible.

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Additional Parent and Family Information:

Word from Mrs Rivera and Title 1: Six Flags Reading forms are due February 17th!!

Resource Info from Mrs. Seiner: Just wanted to pass along that the Carpenter Street Baptist Church is offering after school programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are offering homework help, reading and math tutoring, a healthy snack, games, crafts and character building. The program is free for students K-5.

National School Counseling Week info from Mrs. David: sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Dress up days for this week:

  • Monday- “Counselors can help you with your future goals!”

- Wear your favorite college colors or logos!

  • Tuesday-Counselors are like Superheroes

- Dress as your favorite superhero.

  • Wednesday- “Counselors help you show your true colors.”

-Dress as your assigned team color.

  • 3rd Grade-Blue

  • 4th-White

  • 5th-Red

Thursday- “Counselors have your back! Don’t sweat it!”

-Relax and Wear Your Sweats!

  • Friday-

Counselors help you KICK your problems

Save the Date:

Feel free to detach the bottom portion of this newsletter to keep on the fridge as reminder to all of the events we have coming up this school year. Others will be added as the year progresses, but these are the events already set on the calendar at this time.


Feb. 6 through Feb 10th National School Counseling Week- check newsletters for dress up days!

Feb. 8th GBE Stretch and Flex Day- wear your workout clothing!

Feb. 10th Progress Reports come home; GBE Valentine Parties-- see info from your child's teacher as to the time

Feb. 14th Valentine's Day; Board of Education Mtg at Central Office 5:30

Feb. 17th Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Feb. 20th No School- President's Day

February 21st Parent University- Onsite break out sessions of information for parents about your student's learning, curriculum and resources for you to utilize. There will be door prizes and food provided. The evening will begin at 5:00 and last until 7:00 pm.

A formal invite will be sent out to RSVP and allow for a head count for attendance closer to the date.

Feb. 27th PTO mtg in the Library at 5:30