The Mariner Message

September/October

Hello Mariner Families,

Here we are already half way through the first nine weeks of school! I hope that you are hearing about the learning that is going on throughout our classrooms when you children get home. While we are still having to wear masks and social distance, school feels very different than it did last spring. When I walk through the classrooms now I see a lot more student collaboration, books open instead of laptops and more physical activity around classroom learning. I see happy students and happy teachers and, for this, I am so very grateful.

Upcoming Events

September 30th: Fall Pictures

October 14th: Curriculum Night

October 22nd: End of the first nine weeks

November 1st: Beginning of parent/teacher conferences

Mariner Spotlight

Hi Mariner Families,


My name is Abbey Drechsler, and I have the honor of being your students' art teacher! This will be my 5th year as an educator and all 5 of those years I've been lucky enough to be a Mariner! I'm also teaching students at North Chatham Elementary again this year-- so you'll only be seeing me in the morning carpool lanes!


I was born and raised in Maryland (in the Frederick Co. area), and attended college just outside of Baltimore at Towson University. GO TIGERS! I graduated in 2017 with a dual major of Art Education and General Fine Arts, and a minor in Electronic Media and Film --basically I got credits for watching, making and writing about TV/movies, which was pretty cool in my opinion. Also In 2017, I moved down to North Carolina with my now fiancé Jack, while he gets his PHD at UNC in Cancer Biology. We recently moved from Carrboro to just barely across the Durham county line with our very lovable but vocal dog Cannoli. In my free time I love to grab some boba (bubble) tea and watch Marvel movies with my friends. We LOVE to play video games in our house- LOTS of Mario, Stardew Valley, and Zelda is being played after school hours, and especially over summer!


I can't wait to work with all our Marvelous Mariners this school year and see all the creativity they have through their artworks!

Big picture

Data Envelopes

This afternoon you should receive an envelope with some important information, including progress reports and individual student academic data. Below you will find information about what these data sheets mean:


mClass (K-3): mClass is an assessment that is taken one-on-one with the student and the homeroom teacher. This assessment includes multiple components that help to identify specific areas of need and acceleration for each student within Reading. We will be using this data to help us identify students who require interventions and extensions.


STAR (Math 1-5 & Reading 4-5): STAR is an adaptive test that students take online. We will be using this data to help us identify students who require interventions and extensions.

Early Release Day

I love to share what our teachers do on early release days and teacher work days. This past Wednesday our teachers collaborated with their grade-level colleagues to prepare reading and math intervention and extension activities using the data they have just collected.

Careers and Talents of our School Community-Julie Ricker

Mariner Families:

Our community of parents, grandparents, and guardians is a group made up of individuals with a wide range of career fields, talents, hobbies, and areas of knowledge/expertise. What wonderful things our students can learn from our community! What fabulous resources and supports family members can be to our staff! We would like to create a directory for our staff so that they can reach out to family members when they are studying a particular subject or planning a project and may want to utilize help in the form of a consultant, volunteer, guest speaker, etc. This information can also help Mrs. Munoz as she plans her Career Cafe, as we would love to highlight all kinds of professions, careers, and trades. Completing this survey does not obligate you to anything. It will simply give staff some options of family members they might contact when they have a particular need. Thank you for your willingness to share your interests and talents with our students!

Career Survey

AIG teacher

This past year Ms. Poindexter, our AIG (Academically & Intellectually Gifted) teacher, decided to go back to the classroom. We have yet to hire for this part-time position. If you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, in teaching AIG here at PHS, please reach out to me for more information.