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July 29, 2018

Building a Better World: Under Construction!

The new year is quickly approaching! I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer, as a break to refuel and relax.

This year our theme is "Building a Better World" and we are under construction! We help to "build that better world" with our connections to colleagues and students, our commitment to bring our best each day, and a focus on all the great things happening around us.

We have 3 main areas of focus as we head into this new school year:

  1. Culture/Relationships with students and staff

  2. Supports for students (behavior and academic)

  3. Student engagement and quality instruction

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Mark your calendar!

August 9th will be our annual staff potluck at Riverside Park. Bring your families to enjoy some time with our Moreau Heights family! Dinner will be at 5:30ish.

Provided: Fried chicken, plates/napkins, utensils, and bottles of water.

Bring: A side dish or dessert to share and a drink, if you want something other than water.

This is a great time to get to know new staff members and their families, as well as a time to hand out with each other before the start of the year. Can't wait to see you there with your family!

New staff shirts will be handed out at the Potluck! If you can't make it, shirts will be available in the office on Friday, Aug. 10th. We will wear our shirts to Opening Session on August 13.

Opening Session - August 13

Our Opening Session will begin at 8:30 at the high school. Coffee, juice and donuts/pastries will be available beginning at 7:30 in the cafeteria.

Everyone should wear their new school shirt for the event. We will have an areasassigned for our staff to sit at the event.

Again, the program will begin at 8:30 and you will want to allow time to find parking and make it into the building, which could be particularly tricky this year due to construction. Try to carpool!

We have a guest speaker who will address staff. His name is Brian Mendler, a difference maker who will light us on fire to head into the year.

After the presentation, we will make our way to the football field for an entire JCPS staff picture. We will be creating the words "JC Reads." I am guessing we will have a specific location to stand.

**Watch for more information from the Larry Linthacum or our PR office. This will come out via email in the next week.

Reminder - Special Event

Thursday, Aug. 2

- Lisa Dierking session about Conscious Discipline

- MH library from 12:30 - 3:30

- come to learn some CD basics and ask questions about getting your classroom community ready

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Schedule for week of Aug. 14

Monday, Aug. 13

*Opening session at JC High School

- social hour 7:30 a.m.

- program 8:30 a.m.

- picture around 11:00 a.m.

**Our time for lunch will be short, so plan accordingly.

*Active Shooter Training 12:30 - 3:30

Tuesday, Aug. 14

*Science textbook training at Dix Rd (for those who did not attend in May)

- k-2 teachers 8:30 - 11:30

- 3-5 teachers 12:30 - 3:30

*Specials teachers will meet with their departments at the district level 8:30 - 11:30

*Staff meetings in library based on availability

- 9:00 - grades 3-5, sped, paras

- 1:00 - grades k-2, specials

*Open House 4:30 - 6:30

Wednesday, Aug. 15

*PTO Welcome Back Breakfast 7:15 in cafeteria

*Staff meeting 8:00

- Conscious Discipline training 9:00 - 12:00

- Lunch will be provided at the building

- PBS training

*Time in classroom after meeting

Thursday, Aug. 16

*First Day of School - YAY!

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Class Lists

Please remember that class lists are NOT finalized. We will update after registration, Aug. 1, and work to keep everything updated in Infinite Campus. Don't label things until Aug. 8th, so we have time to add and remove impacted students.

Staffing update

We are excited to welcome several new staff members! Thank you for helping to welcome these new members to our Charger family.

This is an AMAZING group to add to our current WORLD CHANGERS!

Jessica Yates - Kindergarten

Hannah Lenger - 1st grade

Sammi Strange - 3rd grade

Katie Paul - 4th grade

Katie Dunham - 5th grade

Beth Yaeger - 5th grade

Shannon Gann - Counselor

Kaylie Hartness - Lead Secretary

Jean Owens - paraprofessional

Faith Godfrey - paraprofessional

Darnea Relford-Johnson - paraprofessional

Jana Salmons - paraprofessional

Logan Kliethermes - paraprofessional

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Schedule for 2018 - 19

We have adjusted the grade level schedules for the new year. Check page 8 of the Staff Handbook for all times. There is also a copy of the schedule in the google folder shared below.

Monday - meet with Sue as team to work through data process, participate in literacy team meeting to focus on student reading progress, discuss struggles and celebrations, and work through the SST process.

Thursday - Extended Collaboration/PD sessions with Kelly Moeller. These sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and include PD and time to plan for implementation. During this time, students will be receive their “extra” specials instruction (library, counselor, behavior interventionist). This is NOT a grade level plan time, but a focused time to work on a designated focus.

Important Documents in Google Drive

I have attached a link below to access a folder in Google Drive. In this folder you fill find:

  • Faculty Handbook (includes lunch/recess duty times and duties)
  • Committee assignments
  • 2018-19 Staff list
  • Family Handbook (will be copied and provided to families)
  • Grade level schedules for specials, lunch and recess
  • Morning duty dates (you will notice you have a duty for one WEEK at a time)

You will not receive paper copies of these documents, but feel welcome to print them if needed. There will be additional items added to this folder as time passes, so check for updates and changes.

You should be able to see the Moreau Heights Events on your google calendar. I have shared this with all staff. Be sure you check the calendar often as new things are added and changes are made. If you do not see the events on your calendar, please let me know.

Staff Google Drive

Open to have access to staff handbook, family handbook, staff list, and committee assignments.

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Other Important Information

  1. Common "Take Home" folder for all students
  2. Update your webpage
  3. Weekly grade level or classroom newsletters
  4. Beginning of the Year Checklist will be provided to all teachers on Aug. 14