Jordan Journal

March 21, 2016

Walk & Talk Friday

Thank you for a successful walk and talk this past Friday. The students enjoyed getting outdoors. This provided our students with recognition for their academic success and good attendance. Thank you, again!

Instructional Focus for the next 19 days

We are only 19 days away from the GMAS assessment (Milestones). The next 19 days will be critical for delivering differentiated, small group instruction to our students. Continue to collaborate with your team to design spiral activities and small group instruction. Students can be in a small collaborative group viewing a short video in eClass on a prior concept. Then, complete an activity while you are pulling a small group to continue moving forward on the curriculum map. The GMAS study guide on the training page offers a few resources. If you would like support in planning your gradual release lessons, please let me know.

GMAS Testing Weeks

During our GMAS testing weeks, visitors will not be allowed to visit classrooms or eat lunch in the cafeteria. Please make sure you are communicating this with your parents. It will also be important to post the dates/times your homeroom is testing to ensure parents are not arriving to check out students during a testing window.

The schedule for GMAS changes almost daily due to your testing session. Sometimes you will have connections in the AM, if you are testing in the PM. It will be critical for everyone to have their schedule posted and available.

Since we are doing the GMAS online, we will have two testing sessions per day. Therefore, ALL transitions must be silent. We will have hallway monitors, but we need your help.

We recommend you meet your homeroom in the testing room if you have an AM session.

Team Absences

We are at a critical level with our substitutes and providing quality instruction to our students during an absence. Please monitor your AESOP request to see if a substitute has accepted the job. We appreciate your help with this process.

Relay for Life Team

Please consider joining our team! When you register and donate at least $20 to the team, you will receive four jean coupons! Ms. Warren is our captain and has several ideas for our fundraisers. The Relay for Life event will begin on Friday, May 13th @ 6:00 PM at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Please consider joining our team!

Thank you Relay for Life Team Members!

Susan Huff

Carrie Thompson

Hetal Chavda

Katie Barto

Nakesha Brown

Lori Warren

Melissa Walker

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week is coming up in May. The Leadership team would love to have your input on ways to show our appreciation for all you do each day to teach, mentor, and love our children. Please take a moment and provide us some input by completing this quick survey:

3 on 3 Tournament

Coach Brown and Coach Diaz are hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Registration forms and tickets are available in the grade level office. 3 on 3 team members pay $5 and students who want to watch the tournament can purchase tickets for $3.

Committed to Kids: Saturday, April 23rd

The Central Gwinnett Cluster will host a fine arts celebration for our families on Saturday, April 23rd at Central Gwinnett High School beginning at 10:00 AM. We will have performances from our students and artwork on display. Come join us for food and fun!

Central Cluster Family Night

The JMS team and their families have been invited to celebrate the school year at Central Gwinnett High School on April 29, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. This is a cluster celebration. The night will be "free" to our families. We will have bouncy houses and hot dogs. Come celebrate Black Knight style!

Upcoming Dates

3/22/16: Collaborative Communities during planning

3/24/16: District II School Board Meeting @ Lanier High School 6:30 PM

3/25/16: iTalks

3/26/16: Saturday School, AAP, and Parent Workshop

3/29/16: Collaborative communities during planning, Girls on the Run, Lady Knight Volleyball

3/30/16: Hosting Central Gwinnett Coaches Meeting, March Madness 3 on 3 Tournament after school 4:30 - 6:00 PM

3/31/16: Grade Level Meetings (GMAS) during planning

4/1/16: Student/Teacher Holiday

4/4/16 - 4/8/16: Spring Break

4/12/16: Collaborative Communities during planning. Math with Debbie Johnson

4/13/16: 6th & 7th Grade ACC MA recommendations during planning

4/14/16: AAP Third Session Student & Parent Meeting @ 8:15 AM with Mr. Keag, ALL Team Members Mandatory GMAS Training

4/15/16: Make Up GMAS Training Session @ 7:45 AM, Tech Round Table with Mr. Keag @ 8:15 AM

4/16/16: Academic Recovery Session

4/18/16: GMAS Begins (see schedule on training page), NO visitors for the next two weeks including lunch

Let's Celebrate.....

Thelma Armstrong, 3/22

Lisa Mattiucci, 3/27

Karen Moore, 3/28

Team Recognition Program

Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize!

Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!

Team Recognition Submission


Communique is the district's communication tool to highlight events in schools, the community, and share vital information. This week's communique highlights CGHS and Magic Wheelchair on the In Five segment.