Faculty Focus

Richlands Primary School December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Each and every day I am reminded more and more of how lucky and fortunate I am to be working with such a tremendous group of talented, dedicated and caring individuals. Each of you help to make my job easier which I truly appreciate. My wish is for you all to have a tremendous Christmas and Holiday with your family and friends. Please make sure that you take some time for yourself to rest and relax.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Tim Joines

Dear RPS Family,

As 2015 comes to a close, I realize I have so many things to be thankful for. One of the most important is each and every one of you! During my last year of teaching I compiled a list of the most important things I had learned from my students. I came across it the other day when I was organizing some files, and was pleasantly surprised when I realized how much it rings true with you!!

1. It takes a village- more than anything I’ve learned to relinquish control… together we can move mountains!

2. Nothing works for everyone- there is not a “one size fits all” for students, and most certainly not for staff. We are all unique and when we take the time to see the hidden gems within every person, well… see #1!!

3. LAUGH!!- We all know the saying that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile! What are our faces telling those around us if we are not smiling? We ALL have a story and sometimes a simple smile or a good laugh carries us in times of need.

4. Relationships- If you’ve ever noticed the quote at the bottom of my email signature, you know this is deep, at the core, of my personal philosophy with both little people and big people!! People don’t care what you say…they care about what you do!!

5. Never ever give up!!- This is something that many of you have helped me with over the last two years. Initially I wrote it in reference to students, however I have learned through many of you that even on our darkest of days there is always hope for tomorrow!! I told you all on opening day last year that we are all so lucky. As educators we get a brand-new start every year and for that very reason we have one of the best jobs in the world! I have made it through these very challenging, couple of years because of the support, prayers, and love that so many of you have extended to me so selflessly… For that I thank you!!!

In closing, I hope that you have a blessed and merry Christmas!! I hope you make memories to last a lifetime with your families and loved ones during this much deserved break!! I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite books of all times:

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Oxoxoxoxoxo,

Susan Agrue

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Mark Your Calendars!

December 21- NO DAY - No school for Students and 10 month Employees

December 22 - Leave Day

December 23 - Leave Day

December 24 - Christmas Eve

December 25 - Christmas Day

December 28 - December 31 - Leave Days

December 31 - New Year's Eve

January 1 - Holiday

January 4 - Students and staff return to school

January 6 - Staff Meeting - 7:20 - Multipurpose Room

January 7 - Instructional Support Team Meeting - 9:00 - Conference Room

January 12 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

January 12 - 14 Joines to Raleigh for DLP

January 13 - SLT Meeting - Media Center 3:30

January 14 - 2nd/3rd Grade PLC

January 15 - Grading Period Ends

January 15 - Thank Your Mentor Day

January 18 - MLK Holiday - No School

January 19 - Teacher Workday - Not locked-in

January 19 - CiCi's Pizza Night

January 20 - Locked-In Teacher Workday

January 27 - Report Cards Go Home

January 27 - Peer Observation Training - Media Center - 3:30

January 29 - All Day Principals Meeting - Joines

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CUBS Care!

Birthday Wishes to the following Staff Members!


December 14 - Betty Jones

December 23 - AJ Byrd

December 23 - Teddye Park

December 30 - Kristina Bowker

January 2 - Randi Brinson

January 4 - Mallory Cribbs

January 10 - Renee Trip

January 11 - Denise Collins

January 12 - Alice Jones

January 14 - Ashley Brinkley

January 17 - Nick Ford

January 17 - Bonnie Henderson

January 18 - Holly Beasley

January 18 - Kelly Hendry

January 28 - Martha Howard


Supporting our RPS Family!


Please keep Shelly Fountain and her baby in your thoughts and prayers.


Please keep Rebecca Watson's daughter Jessica in your thoughts and prayers.

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eleot Scoreboard

The Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (eleot) focuses on seven key learning environments that promote effective learning and student success:

  • equitable learning

  • high expectations

  • supportive learning

  • active learning

  • progress monitoring and feedback

  • well-managed learning

  • digital learning


The observer is focusing on student behaviors. Observations range from 10 - 15 minutes in length (20 min. maximum).

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