Bronco Bulletin


September 16, 2016


Date Corrections- Sorry for the confusion. The master calendar has been updated to match below.

Sept 20- Faculty Meeting (AdvancED)

Oct 4- SIT Meeting (we will begin at 2:50- details on how this will happen will be sent to SIT members closer to time)

Oct 4- APTT (Academic Parent Teacher Teams presentation from Knight ES) Ya'll Come @ 3:30

Oct 11- Faculty Meeting (Bo Ford and AdvancED)

The faculty meeting for Tuesday, Sept 20th, is very important. This meeting is required for all staff and will last the entire time. Please plan to attend. We will begin as soon as everyone has arrived so that we can get it all in. Thanks! Planning ahead... We also have one on Tuesday, October 11th. (I'm sending these reminders because we do not normally meet this often!) A description of these meetings can be found in last week's BB.

Testing - Please read the links carefully. Please attend the CogAT testing meeting if you are listed for proctoring. Please see Tiffany Taylor if you have any questions.

CogAT Proctors & Schedule

District Assessment Instructions (DA)

Student Progress Reports - will go home on Friday, Oct. 14th. Teachers will print or email these from their computers and send home in Friday folders. Whether you choose to print or email Progress Reports please follow these new directions!

Attention 3-5 Grade Teachers

Please make sure to give your students the Student Engagement Inventory Surveys between now and Wednesday, September 21, 2016. In your box you will find a white envelope with the directions and the survey form. Please have your students write their student number in the upper left corner and bubble the corresponding numbers. All students in your class need to take the survey. Once completed, please place all of the surveys in your envelope and include a sticky with your name on the front of the envelope. Return completed surveys in the envelope to Jillian's office. There is a box labeled surveys to place them in.

Imagine Learning - (ESOL students who attend the lab in the mornings): Please make sure students who are suppose to attend the morning lab for ESOL with Ms. Pagan & Ms. Haile are going every day unless the teachers cancel for standardized testing. It is important that students attend as their progress on the program drives our number of licenses to use each year. If a student arrives in your room and has not gone to the lab, please send them to the lab.

October 10, Teacher Work day - Take time on the work day to stop by Jan Bradley's room if you have any science questions or units that Jan can help you with for the upcoming 9 weeks.

Q12 Employee Engagement Survey - September 19-October 3 Please be on the look out for a survey coming to your GCPS email in the next week. It will be from Gallup, do not delete. Please take the time to take the survey as it is important to our work here at Gwin Oaks.

Calendar - Upcoming events

September 19.......Spanish Translator Conference

September 19.......Good News Club Begins at 2:45

September 20.......Math IF

September 20.......Special Ed Vertical Team - BHS - 8:00 - 11:00

September 20.......Lit Vertical Team Meeting - Five Forks - 8:00 - 3:00

September 20.......Spanish Translator Conference

September 20.......Reading Partner Training - 8:30 - 10:30

September 20.......Faculty Meeting Required for ALL

September 21.......CogAT Testing Grades 1, 2, & 5 - No Lunch Visitors

September 21.......School Council - Jean Payne

September 21.......New Teacher Academy - 3:15

September 22.......CogAT Testing Grades 1, 2, &5 - No Lunch Visitors

September 22.......Lit IF

September 22.......Reading Partner Training - 11:30 - 1:30

September 22.......Book Fair Set Up

September 23.......Profile Sheet Due

September 23.......CogAT Testing Grades 1, 2, & 5 - No Lunch Visitors

September 23-27..Book Fair Browsing

September 26.......CogAT Testing Makeups

September 26.......Math Vertical - Crews MS

September 26.......Vietnamese Translator Conference

September 26.......Special Olympics

September 27.......CogAT Testing Makeups

September 27.......Language/Arts Vertical Team - FF MS

September 27.......Vietnamese Translator Conference

September 28-October 4..Book Fair Buying

September 28-29..Early Release

September 30.......Bronco Bulletin Committee Meeting - PLC

September 30.......Chinese Translator Conference


Congratulations to Amy Simmon. Amy is an amazing, creative, innovative and dedicated teacher. She is a Super Hero Teacher and a true friend to everyone she works with. If there is a need, Amy is quick to offer her help.


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SAFARI Montage Resources for Constitution Day

Did you know that GCPS is celebrating Constitution Day? Per legislation passed in 2005, all federally funded educational institutions must have an educational program addressing the United States Constitution for Constitution Day. SAFARI Montage offers excellent resources to help with this! Do a keyword search for “Constitution” and you will find hundreds of results, including videos, documents, Web resources, and eBooks for all grade levels. Check out a couple of the videos below.

· Constitution Day – Grades: K to 4

· U.S. Constitution, The – Grades: 5 to 10

Also, don't forget about the resources from the U.S. Constitution Center that can help support this day.

Blueprints and Grade Conversions are available in SchoolNet.

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It’s that time of year to pay Sunshine dues. Gwin Oaks Sunshine is a fund that is used to take care of our Gwin Oaks staff.

What: $30 Sunshine Dues ($10 cafeteria/custodial, $15 Part-time/Paraprofessionals)

To Whom: Give dues to your Grade Level Representative or Natalie Pugh. (CHECKS PREFERRED) Checks should be made payable to Gwin Oaks Elementary Sunshine Fund.

If you would like to be a grade level representative please send email to Natalie Pugh.

(Your duties include collecting funds from teachers and informing me of any concerns that sunshine can assist with)

Here are some important things for you to know about Reflections:

Reflections is an annual contest for creative entries sponsored by our PTA. It is not required, and entries should be completed outside of school. The theme this year is "What is Your Story?"

There are 6 categories:



Music Composition

Dance Choreography

Visual Arts


The PTA Reflections Team this year is Cindi Alsobrook, Megan Hogard, Amanda Dowling, and Denise Fusillo. There is a bulletin board across from the Cafeteria with all Reflections rules and forms. Please help students get what they need. Alert us when the pockets are empty. All questions regarding Reflections entries may be sent to this email address:

All Reflections entries are due on Wednesday, October 5. A schedule for turn-in is forthcoming.


Claire Collins

5th Grade Recognition Yearbook Ad


It’s time to order your 5th grade yearbook ad. Create a special note to your child that will be included in the back of the yearbook. All ads are 1/8 of a page and cost $30.00. The ads will be designed by you! You will easily create your Recognition Ad using the Pictavo online software. We only have 30 ad spaces. Ads will be filled on a 1st come, 1st returned basis as Recognition Ads are purchased online. Ads must be submitted by January 31st.

​This cost is in addition to ordering a yearbook!!!

Any questions, you may contact


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