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A Peek at the Week - March 15 - March 21, 2015

March 15 - March 21

Specials Week 1

Lunch Week 1

Monday, March 16

3-4:30 Impact Club

3-4pm STEAM Lab Class Meeting

Tuesday, March 17

Happy Birthday Sue McFetridge

11-1pm Sams Club Visit in the Mailroom

3-4pm Professional Learning

Wednesday, March 18

3rd Grade Mighty Magnets/In House Field Trip

7:15-8:00 Technology Club

7:15-7:45 Witzzle Pro

11:30 Principal Cluster Mtg @ DHS

3-3:45 BTC/Tutoring

3-4 Art Club

Thursday, March 19

BoxTops Contest Celebration

Transportation Puppet Show in Assembly Room:

9:30 First Grade & Trainer/Bailey

10:30 Kindergarten & Simmons/Ford

3-4 Jr Gems

3-4 Robotics & Robotics NXT

Friday, March 20

Happy Birthday Michael Cone

All non-barcoded inventory is due to Angela

3-4:30 Girl Scouts

Upcoming Dates

March 23 Report Cards sent home

March 23-26 Bully Prevention Week

April 6-10 Spring Break

April 20-29 Milestone Testing

Key Links

Principal Seleciton

As a valued member in your local school community, you can provide information and feedback that helps school leaders make important decisions that affect students and schools. Therefore, Gwinnett County Public Schools would like to ask for your assistance in the crucial process of selecting a principal to replace Ms. Vivian Stranahan. The Gwinnett County Board of Education and Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks would appreciate your response to a web-based Principal Selection Survey. This survey will help school system leaders gather input regarding the selection of the new principal of Mulberry Elementary School.

You may access the on-line survey at the following web address:

Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience so that your input can be used in decision making. Your time and response to this survey is most appreciated.


Dr. Frances Davis

Chief Human Resources Officer

GA Health Survey

As mentioned at grade level meetings this week, below is the survey that reflects on our Georgia Star Rating. Please follow the link to see the survey. If you did not complete the survey in January, please do so as soon as possible. The link closes March 27. Thanks.

Safari Montage Review Survey

As part of the pilot process for Safari Montage we need as many of your faculty as possible to complete the Supplemental Materials Evaluation at the link below. This would be for faculty that have used or reviewed any of the content in Safari. I have made it as brief as I can to get the required information and it should only take 5-7 minutes.

Georgia Milestone Schedule

The following days Mulberry's 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking the GA Milestones Assessment: Monday, April 20th, Tuesday, April 21st, Thursday, April 23rd, Monday, April 27th and Wednesday, April 29th. Please do not make any plans to be out on those days. We need everyone at school to help! Thank you.

Click the link below for the schedule:

Share & Win with eCLASS

Share your best uses of eCLASS and become eligible to win a Tablet.

March: Let's discuss the use of dropbox... Tell us how you are using the "Dropbox" in the eCLASS C&I tool to engage learners and expand lessons. Brag on your successes!

Every entry submitted before March 31 is eligible for a drawing to win a tablet to use in your classroom! Don't miss out on the chance to share with one another, get some great ideas, and win!

Gallup Q-12 Follow Up

Gwinnett County Public Schools is once again partnering with the Gallup Organization to conduct the Q12 Engagement survey for our teachers and school leaders. The ongoing goal of this partnership is to help you identify areas of strength and growth within your school. The Q12 survey, consisting of 12 questions plus 2 specific for GCPS, will be launched directly to your staff beginning March 16, 2015.

This three-minute survey is taken online via a secure website maintained by Gallup. Gallup collects all the responses, aggregates the data, and compiles a series of reports for GCPS overall and for our schools.

Writing Rubic Feedback

2015 K-12 Writing Rubric Drafts

Please read the message below from the Language Arts Department.

A group of K-12 teachers worked to develop genre specific, grade-level instructional rubrics to serve as a frame of reference for the writing progression represented in the AKS. Comprehensive K-12 instructional rubrics should assist teachers in designing instruction for the scaffolding of AKS writing objectives as well as assist teachers in building the necessary skills for students as they progress as writers. The rubrics created will allow for consistency in both expectations for instructional and grade-level needs.

Please note that these rubrics were not designed as a grading tool; instead, they are a tool to aid in instructional planning, incremental skill development, and the development of formative assessments. At this time, we ask that you and your colleagues review the DRAFT rubric/s that have been placed on the LOCC. In order to locate the DRAFTS, you will need to click on the 2015 Writing Rubrics DRAFT tab located under the announcements on the LOCC. After you review the rubrics for each genre in your grade level, then we ask that you complete the survey by following this link ->

The goal of this survey is to gain teacher feedback to ensure the instructional rubrics are a useful tool in the continued efforts to guide students as they improve their writing proficiency. Please complete the survey before it closes on Monday, March 23. Your input will be shared with the writing rubric committee for final revisions.


Krissy Medders

Bully Prevention Week

Mulberry's Bully Prevention week is March 23-27. The theme for Bully Prevention week is "My Future is Bright, No Bullies in Sight". Students will receive instruction on the importance of maintaining healthy friendships throughout the week. On Friday, March 27th, students can wear a bright color to school to celebrate sunny, safe friendships and bright futures!

Field Day T-Shirts

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, I have attached an order form to this email.

You may complete that and get it to me by next Wednesday. There is a picture of the logo on the form.

The color choices are: grey, electric green, lime green, daisy, purple, orange, jade, light blue, navy blue, sapphire blue or red.

White Oak Visit

An exciting opportunity awaits as you visit White Oak and see their inquiry project-based learning in action. The following is an overview of your visit, Please plan to view the Prezi via the link below before your group goes to White Oak.


history of the work; comprehension and collaboration text, and inquiry unit structure

work with grade level teachers

classroom observation

March 19
8:15-10:15--5th Grade Teachers
12:30-2:30-- (Was--4th Grade Teachers) Now 3rd Grade Teachers

March 20
8:15-10:15- (Was--3rd Grade Teachers) Now 4th Grade Teachers
12:30-2:30--Kindergarten Grade Teachers

eCLASS Survey

Hello! We would like to ask you to help with an eCLASS survey.

The survey below has questions that pertain to you as the teacher and questions to ask your class as a whole to help gather some information on our "Cyber Week" of Feb. 16th - 20th.

Personnel News

  • Congratulations to Adrian and Jason Hower. They welcomed their second child, Bradlee, on Tuesday.
  • Welcome to our new music teacher Nicole Withers


  • To Mulberry's wellness committee and volleyball team for a GREAT game & fan experience on Thursday evening.
  • Thank you to Debbie Allred for her support over the past 4 months.
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