Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of December 16th

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed


Mrs. Graham selected as MVP of the week!
4th grade team picked as the All Star team of the week!

Pictures to come!
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Christmas Cheer

One of my favorite movies to watch during the Christmas season is It's a Wonderful Life. This is my mom's favorite so I have fond memories of watching it with her. The quote above is from the movie. If you haven't watched it, it is one to put on your list. May you enjoy the upcoming break. You all deserve it! In the first semester, we have seen huge gains come from some of our students. With that said, we have some students still struggling.

Get lots of rest, because come January I need you all refreshed and ready to provide ALL of our students with a top notch education in the second semester! ONE TEAM ONE DREAM!!!

Hattie's Corner: Learning Targets/Students as Owners of their Learning

Learning targets fit under many categories of Hattie's effective strategies. Learning goals yield an effect size of 0.68, student self efficacy 0.92, scaffolding 0.82, and self reporting grades 1.33.

Within this last week of December, make learning targets and/or students as owners of their learning part of your lessons. We will be checking lesson plans for these during this last week of December.

Watch the video below for how students use learning targets in class. You can skip to about the one minute mark to hear from a student.

Two great videos to involve students in their learning is on Global PD.

Students as owners of their own learning - practical strategies described such as pre-flight checklist, red and green, two stars and wish, and Captain's log. (I highly recommend this one.)


Students involved in their learning targets


Learning Targets: See student example at 1 minute mark

Visible Learning Strategies in the Classroom

Details for the Week


  • Growing English Language Learners of Greenbrier: December 2019 See this link for ideas to assist your English Language Learners.

  • Make sure you are calculating your attendance outside your door each day. You will calculate percentage of students present each day and record it on the chart. If students check out early, you will need to change your percentage. Students must be present all day to count as present. We will collect these percentages up to Dec 18. On Dec 19, you will let students know which class out of their grade had the highest percentage and they will receive their 30 minute celebration (which you as the classroom teachers are choosing). Mrs. Krogman and I will calculate grade level percentages and the winning grade will receive a 30 minute party in the PE building on December 19th! Remember, December is a difficult month to get the kids here, so keep these incentives fresh on their minds.

  • Any Christmas ornament or decorating by students will need to be at a minimum and be creative with the time, such as doing some of it during a rotation center so instruction can continue. I LOVE Christmas and I still hang my children's ornaments on our tree, but I don't need 3-5 ornaments each year. One is a wonderful memory!! If you need help brainstorming ideas to minimize loss of instruction then please visit with Mrs. Krogman and I. You could get a parent volunteer to allow the students to rotate out in hallway while teacher is still instructing. We will not ask parents for money for any craft items or party items. Also, make sure that all food brought for parties are purchased from stores and not homemade.

  • Look for an email from Mrs. Krogman about the No Tardy PROWL party


  • SIT doc updating - for any students in grades 4 and 5- needs to be completed by end of day on Friday. All staff working with these students on reading interventions will input a comment. This comment should be focused on tier 2 and 3 interventions decodables, phonics skills, and phonological awareness, comprehension.

  • All grades need to update the SIT docs for the mid year assessment pieces. You will place this in the 2nd table before you get to the SIT commenting table. You will place PAST MOY level, MAP MOY score, Phonics first pseudo % on the layer and skills not mastered, and phonetic % on the layer and skills not mastered. You can place mid year data in blue font color so we can know the difference between BOY and MOY.

  • DIBELS MOY data needs to be updated by support staff in the progress monitoring column of the SIT comments. Also use blue font color so we will know it is MOY


  • Make sure you have looked over the emails I sent about assessments that need to take place from now until Christmas break. Let me know if you have questions. On DORF, we will only do retell if it is more than 10 words.

  • MAP make up testing must be completed this week.

  • 2nd Nine weeks writing assessments will need to be administered, graded, and entered on the literacy assessment spreadsheet prior to leaving for Christmas break.

  • All assessments will be finished this week. We will need all this data as we wrap up this semester and determine which students need more intensive support or enrichment!

  • Have a discussion with your team this week about data binders. Make sure we are using these effectively and discuss how to streamline them.


  • See above about what should be found in this week's plans about learning targets and/or student ownership. Please take pictures of these in action and send to Mrs. Krogman and myself.

  • We will have PROWL Monday through Wednesday. You may work on assessing your PROWL kids during this time on any assessments you are still working on.

  • Goal setting this week: K-2 review current data with your students and set goals for second semester. Grades 3-5 Review current data and set goals. Make sure your students set their Interim 2 goals before break. You can review them on Tuesday Jan. 7th when we return.

  • PTO limo ride and Larry's Pizza. They will leave around 11:15 and return at 1:10. Ms. Franklin and Mrs. Rotton will be attending with our PTO.

  • 12 Days of Christmas continues this week. You will not want to miss one day this week! Mrs. Krogman and I have fun things in store.

  • Tuesday

  • Hour of code at 9:30 (Mrs. Havens will send out details.)
  • SIT will meet
  • Kinder community field trip
  • PRIDE blitz
  • Fire drill
  • Taxi Rides at lunch
  • VIP Christmas dinner

  • Wednesday
  • Team meetings will occur with grade level teams in 4-5 and regular team meetings K-2. Make sure you bring your data about your Smart Goal to discuss and fill in our your essential standard chart. Support staff will not meet. Use this time to finish up your assessments.
  • Choir trip to the capitol
  • 3rd grade field trip

  • Thursday
  • Awards Assemblies K-2 at 8:15 in the cafeteria (Dress professionally and you can bring a change of clothes)

  • Spirit Day Prek through 5th grade at 9:00 in the cafeteria

  • Awards Assemblies 3-5 at 9:30 in the cafeteria (Dress professionally and you can bring a change of clothes)

  • Play with the Principals after last awards assembly

  • December Attendance party held by Mrs. Krogman and myself

  • 3rd Grade team meeting at 11:10

  • Read as one book will be passed out to classes. Teachers will read the first chapter in the classroom.

  • Christmas parties at 2:00 PM

  • Friday
  • Certified staff meeting at 7:40.

  • Classified staff meeting at 8:30.

  • Depending on attendance numbers, we may combine lunches and block. Decision will be made that morning.

  • During the morning half, Mrs. Krogman and I will call down K-2 teachers to discuss your students and what concerns you have. Bring all the data, so we can have a rich conversation.

  • Guiding Coalition meets at noon. We will work on establishing the Peer Observation schedule "Bring it on" and discuss data binders. Bring an example of a data binder from your grade level to the meeting.

  • Polar Express day

  • PJs can be worn for $1. Students cannot bring the money early. Remind them to bring it only on Friday.

  • 2nd Nine weeks ends

Learning Targets and Student Feedback with Preflight Checklist and 2 stars and a wish

Santa the Scientist Literacy Night

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Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 - Christmas Break

Jan. 6 - No School - Curriculum Day ,RISE Training Day 4

Jan. 8 - 10 - ACT Interim 2

Jan 8 - ACT Interim reading

Jan 9 - ACT Interim math

Jan 9 - Mrs. Worthey will be observing 2nd grade literacy block.

Jan 10 - ACT Interim science and english

Jan 9 - 10 Mrs. Bailey will be with us.

Jan. 13 - Report Cards go home

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Integrity