Trantwood Times

"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"

Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)

Kudos to Lisa Lee for kicking off and organizing the Kindness Challenge. Everyone has been so kind and courteous!

Kudos to our staff for inspiring kids to be kind every day. It's amazing that we have over a thousand examples of students being kind to others. #YouMakeUseGreat!

Many thanks to Bessie Tetsis for taking over for FiFi. We are very grateful for all your help and great support.

Safe Schools Shout outs:

Barb Iman for inspecting the AED daily.

Tim Cassidy, Gina Howes, and Pam Jacobs for keeping an orderly PE equipment closet. (Next year, they will be inspecting classrooms...)

Ms. Williams, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Arena, Mrs. Owens, & Mr. Battle for maintaining our school and keeping it exceptionally clean.

Tim Cassidy, Ania Blackwell, Gina Howes, Pam Jacobs, Angela Haebler, LA Metzger, Anne GZ, for ensuring student arrival is safe and orderly.

All teachers for keeping our hallways in compliance with the Guidelines for Displays and Decorations.

Feb. 1 - 5, 2016

Mon., Feb. 1:

Teacher Prof. Learning & work day

VB PL Empower, 8 - 8:30 registration, 8:30 - 11:30 sessions, John B. Dey

Tues., Feb. 2:

GOTR, 2:40 - 4:00, Mrs. Phelps room

SCA meeting, 2:40 - 4:00, Art room

ILT Meeting, 3:05, collaboration room

PTA Board Mtg., 6:30 pm, library

Wed., Feb. 3:

Thurs., Feb. 4:

Mrs. Metzger, OTB, am

Mrs. Kurz, OTB, am

Art Club, 2:40 - 4:00, Art room

GOTR, 2:40 - 4:00, Mrs. Phelps room

Fri., Feb. 5:

Deadline to complete Annual Mandatory training

Mrs. Z OTB, am

Second Grade, SPCA Visit, 1:00 pm

SCA Pizza Party, 2:40 - 3:30, cafeteria

February 8 - 12, 2016

Monday, Feb. 8:

Report Cards Go Home

Citizen of the Month Ceremony, 2:00 pm, Cafeteria

Tuesday, Feb. 9:

SOL Tutoring 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

PAC Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Collaboration room

Wednesday, Feb. 10:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Peer Tutoring, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Friday, Feb. 12:

PTA Valentine’s Day Dance, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Gym

Due Dates and Reminders

  • Please be reminded the contractual day begins at 7:40 am. If you are going to be late, please contact the school and let us know and mark your timesheet accordingly.
  • SchoolNet Q2 assessment window: Jan. 22 - Feb. 19
  • Jan. 25 – Feb 5: ESL Testing
  • Talent Ed Professional Goals due by Jan. 29
  • Talent Ed Formative Option #1 due by Feb. 5
  • Design Fellows tour & possible schoolwide tour by DOSL, Feb. 16
  • Mandatory Site-based PLP due by March 31, 2016
  • Mark your calendar – Tuesday, April 26 @ 9:00 a.m., Kindergarten Registration

Happy Birthday

Feb. 11 - Stephanie Lassitter


February 1 – 5 National School Counseling Week

National African American History Month

National Career and Technical Education Month

I Make A Difference & SCA Teacher of the Month

I Make a Difference:

Pam Jacobs/Gina Howes

Bernette Owens

Lisa Lee

Stephanie Piron

Becky McCallum

Karen Francis

Nancy Lambert

Tim Cassidy

Cassandra Arena

Nancy Kurz

SCA Teacher of the Month

Becky McCallum

Talent Ed Deadlines

Mid-Year Professional Goals: Jan. 29

Formative Option #1: Feb. 5

Please see Mrs. Z or Mrs. M if you have any questions. We highly recommend starting your assessments early so you have time to reflect on the data and to make plans to ensure every child is learning at high levels every day.

Tasks done already? Hit the "submit" button now! :)

Report card reminders

Attached you will find Qtr 2 directions . The timeline is as follows:

  • ​1/29/16 - Specialist grades must be completed and locked down by 5 pm
  • 2/1/16 - Homeroom teacher grades must be completed and locked down by 5 pm

** Please note: Homeroom teachers can not transfer grades until the specialist deadline has passed. (So, you can not transfer until AFTER 1/29/16 @ 5pm) Doing so before the timeline will prevent specialists grades from being up-to-date.

VB PL Empower "EdCamp style," Feb. 1, 2016

Right around the corner is an exciting learning opportunity created with you in mind! As you know, several schools have come together to host our first ever joint time to learn and grow together based on teacher recommendations.

Earlier I called this an Ed Camp. We have since learned that Ed Camp is a registered trademark name and have renamed our event to VB PL Empower. (PL stands for Professional Learning.) So gear up your Twitter account because we will be asking you to tweet your pics and ahas using the hashtag #VBPLEmpower.

The day will begin and end at John B. Dey Elementary. Registration will be from 8 - 8:30. The first session will begin at 8:30. Everyone is encouraged to consider carpooling on this day because JBD's parking situation is similar to ours - almost non-existent.

On this day, we are asking that everyone wear their Trantwood T-shirts. If you don't have one, please see me. This means you can also wear your jeans. :) For our time together, you will need a laptop or iPad or smart phone.

Our day will conclude at 11:30 and the remainder of the day is yours to do as is needed.

Report Card Comments

Much thought should be given when writing report card comments. Teachers also have the opportunity to use repopulated comments (although, I find these cold and often impersonal). Teacher should provide specific suggestions for student improvement. Statements included should be meaningful, positive, and accurate, yet tactful. Begin with something positive and include achievements earned by the students.

I highly encourage teachers to avoid making statements regarding behavior such as "so and so has difficulty staying on task." If this is an issue, either state this in a positive manner to the parent face to face or add a comment to the report card such as "I will be working to help (student's name) persist to complete (his or her) work."

As a reminder, Ms. McCoy will be checking all editing all comments and will return to you for corrections if needed. Mrs. Z and I will be reviewing all final copies and will also return for corrections if needed.

Helpful Emails

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Sitebased PLP from Mrs. Metzger on January 25 (2nd time)

Mathematics 2016 Winter Conference from Mrs. Kurz on January 25, 2016

Borrowing your copy of The Café Book from Mrs. Metzger on January 27, 2016

Autism Awareness T-shirts from Mrs. Kurz on January 28, 2016

Achieve 3000 Professional Training from Mrs. Kurz on January 28, 2016

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Technology Tips

UPCOMING TECHNOLOGY INVENTORY – Just a reminder that that ALL DESKTOPS, LAPTOPS IPADS AND NETWORKED PRINTERS must be turned on and connected to the network at least once no later than February 5. This includes all student laptops in carts. Please take the time to ensure that any networked equipment either assigned to you or housed in your area is on and connected (either wired or wireless).

COMPUTER CART – Please do not unplug or remove any chargers from the student laptop cart. Student laptops, when properly managed and returned to carts, will last the entire day. Unplugging and removing the chargers increases the chance of loss, improper charging and more.

GOOGLE CHROME, SCHOLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND STUDENT ACCESS – Due to an increasing number of reports that certain Scholastic products, such as SMI, not displaying properly in Internet Explorer, we are once again making Chrome accessible to students on instructional laptops and desktops. Mr. Fox is making sure while during inventory on Thursday & Friday that google is pinned to the task bar of each laptop.

STUDENT LAPTOPS AND SERVICE DESK TICKETS – If you or your students run into laptops with problems that have been placed back into the carts, PLEASE PUT IN A TICKET ABOUT IT IMMEDIATELY. We are fast approaching the Spring SOL testing window, and we will need all potential testing assets in the best shape possible.

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