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Week of March 21st-March 25th

2016-2017 Intent Form

Please complete the 2016-2017 Intent Form Below by Thursday, March 24th at 5pm.

The Week at a Glance

Monday, March 21, 2016:

  • Intervention/MTSS PLC
  • MAP Testing MAKE UPS

Tuesday March 22, 2016

  • MAP Testing
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Charlotte Museum
  • Pre-K Field Trip to Discovery Place
  • 1/2 Day Planning 5th Grade (PM)


Polsgrove & Hoke-Futrell, Sub & Code

Wednesday March 23, 2016:

  • Dr. Atkinson Visits
  • Turn in all Awards to Ms. Vanderhall by 5pm
  • Success By Design Meeting in Media Center at 3:30-As a Success by Design Team we will review and provide feedback on leadership roles and explore allotments based on student data to determine a draft for next year’s staffing plan.

Thursday March 24, 2016:

  • Happy Birthday Ms. Polsgrove :)
  • Beta Club Induction @ 1pm in Café
  • Last Day of the 3rd Quarter-Report Cards Due by 5pm & Send Home Award Letter Invitations
  • 160 Points-Class Dojo Celebration-Bring Your Own Board Game-(See Outlook Invitation) @2pm
  • Send Home Thursday Folders- Send Home Award Letter& 2 Work Samples in Math/Literacy Content Areas

Friday March 25 2016:

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Future Dates to Keep in Mind...

  • Thursday, April 7th-Career Fair
  • Thursday, April 14th-Report Cards Go Home in Thursday Folders
  • Wednesday, April 20th-Early Release Day
  • Friday, April 22nd -PTA Movies in the Park@ 7pm
  • Monday, April 25th- NO LONGER TEACHER WORKDAY-Make up day from snow day


  • Monday, April 4th-College and Career Week Kickoff-Dragon Discussion@ 8:30am & 1st Grade 1/2 Day Planning (to accommodate DDI days)
  • Monday, April 4th-Friday, April 8th-NO SMALL GROUPS (Instructional Assistants will be supporting with 1/2 Day Data Dive Coverage)
  • Tuesday, April 5th-Reading MOCK EOG
  • Wednesday, April 6th-Math MOCK EOG & 1/2 Day (PM) 5th Grade DDI Reading Planning
  • Thursday, April 7th- 1/2 Day (AM) 4th Grade DDI Reading Planning, 1/2 Day (PM) 5th Grade DDI Math Planning
  • Friday, April 8th- 1/2 Day(AM) 3rd Grade DDI Reading Planning, 1/2 Day (PM) 4th Grade DDI Math Planning
  • Monday, April 11th-Science MOCK EOG & 1/2 Day (PM) 3rd Grade DDI Math Planning

Guess the Shamrocker!------Ms. Hiraman

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Success By Design Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, March 23rd-

As a Success by Design Team we will determine clear descriptions on the Success by Design Leadership Roles and determine delegation of responsibilities.

Thursday, April 7th-

As a Success by Design Team we will review and provide feedback on leadership roles and explore allotments based on student data to determine a draft for next year’s staffing plan.

Monday, April 11th-

As a Success by Design Team we will reflect upon Goal 1: Culture of Care initiatives, see page 6 in handbooks, including Dragon Discussions/Caring Plan, Engaging Student Interests, Hearing Student Experiences, and Surveys to revise logistics for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Success By Design Interviews

  • Application Due TBD

  • Reach Teacher Interviews-

  • Master Reach, Senior Reach MCL’s

Wednesday, May 11th -Success By Design 2016-2017 Plan Presentation

Saturday, May 21st- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Transfer Fair


Thinking that a scholar might be a good candidate for retention? As we begin taking action steps to close out the end of the school year please ensure that all scholars you believe should be candidates for a retention are open intervention team cases. In addition, please see timeline below for retention candidates....

  • Thursday, March 24th-All retention candidates have been met on for Intervention Team Review and all plans are in EdPan-Please note you can and should refer a scholar with absenteeism concerns (specifically having more than 15 days of unexcused absences)
  • Thursday, March 24th-All staff members have completed the At Risk for Retention Google Form
  • Friday, April 8th-All teachers have reached out to parents via phone, or in person (not email) to discuss the possibility of retention. All staff MUST document this. Please see grade level administer to support you in these discussions
  • Friday, April 15th- All Acknowledgement of At Risk Retention Forms need to be complete and signed by parent/guardian
  • Thursday, May 19th at 5pm-All retention packets submitted to Reeves
  • Monday, May 23rd-Friday, May 27th-K-2 Grade Retention Meetings Are Held
  • Thursday, June 2nd--Tuesday, June 7th-3-5 Grade Retention Meetings Are Held


What is Open eBooks?

Open eBooks is an app that provides access to thousands of popular and award-winning titles to Title I programs, military bases, special education teachers, librarians, and by extension, students and families. See link for additional information.

How do I get access to the app?

To access the app, sign up on the Open eBooks site to receive access codes. Using those codes, students can download the free Open eBooks app to mobile devices to access thousands of eBooks. (

1. Before you begin you will need to have access to the following information:

    1. The approximate percentage of children you serve who come from low-income families, and the basis for this estimate (free and reduced lunch, census data or similar information)
    2. The breakdown of students you serve by grade level (i.e., 20 3rd graders, 100 4th 5th and 6th graders, etc.)

2. Go to

3. Click white “Get Started” button in upper right corner

4. Click the blue “Sign Up” button about halfway down the page

5. Request code: Visit the First Book Marketplace and request as many free access codes as you need for the number of children you serve. Each child you serve should receive their own unique code. There are different codes for different age ranges. Note: You will not be asked to enter names or any personal identifying information about the children.

6. Once you have requested the codes, you will receive an email with the access codes and download instructions for the app.

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Summer School

Programs for Elementary Students

Rising 4th-Grade Read to Achieve Summer Camp

Read to Achieve legislation requires third graders who score at Level I or II in reading on the EOG to take a retest of the EOG and/or the Read to Achieve (RtA) test. If a student is not proficient on the retest, he or she may attend a summer reading camp to help improve reading skills. Students reading skills may be retested at the end of the summer camp. Students may also attend summer camp to complete the reading portfolio.

Qualified third-grade students who did not pass the EOG retest or successfully complete the port

June 22-July 28

1. Barringer Academic Center

2. Cotswold

3. Winding Springs

4. Lebanon Road

5. Nathaniel.Alexander

6. Cornelius

7. Briarwood

8. Pineville

9. JH Gunn

10. Berewick

11. Lawrence Orr

12. Tuckaseegee

Rising 2nd & 3rd Grade Extended Learning Summer Camp

To provide struggling learners an opportunity for additional support to ensure he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, apply complex text and make progress in reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

Students below grade level using the TRC Assessments.

Rising 2nd: H or below

Rising 3rd: N or below

June 22-July 28

Sites same as above

Rising Readers ESL

In partnership with International House, the Rising Readers program provides tutoring for low-income immigrant students who do not speak English at home. Rising Readers expects to serve 450 students at 6 sites. Learning A-Z, RAZ Kids and other curriculum and assessment tools will be used to support instruction.

Approximately 450 Rising 1st-3rd Grade LEP Students

June 22-July 28

1. Nathaniel Alexander

2. Briarwood

3. Montclaire- (Not a RTA site)

4. JH Gunn

5. Pineville

6. Lawrence Orr