The Christmas Buzz

What you need to know to be in the know...

Our Mission:

Chandler Elementary will create a safe and positive environment where all students and adults work together using 21st century strategies to achieve high academic growth.'s a white Christmas!!

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Simply STEM

As we look towards a future that requires STEM and inquiry based learning, I found this article. This is probably oversimplistic, but does a nice job underscoring that STEM is not an experience, but is embedded in everything we do.'s-elementary

WIDA Weeks

EL students and teachers will begin the process of administering WIDA this week and next. We have roughly 1/3 of our students that will participate in this process, which has almost become high stakes due to our 4 year AMAO plan. Please be patient as we work through this process.

Team Chandler

Welcome to the following new members of Team Chandler:

Megan Murray - Prime Time Para

Jill Hawn - Prime Time Para

These folks will join our team after Christmas:

Mrs. Debbie Flickinger - Half time Special Education teacher

Mrs. Tiffany Newbold - School Counselor (moving from Special Education Para)

Report Cards

You should be able to already have begun filling out report cards at your convenience. They will go home on January 11 in Monday folders!

Pop Machine Price Increase After Christmas

The money raised by this machine supports events/celebrations such as the staff Christmas party and teacher appreciation week among others. Now that GCS has settled their pop contract, it is apparent that we will have to raise the cost for a bottle of soda. After Christmas break the new cost will be $1.50.

Data Meetings

The week of January 4 is a data week. Please let Mr. Hufford know when you are meeting and planning as a grade level. Also remember that materials should be prepared and given to the liaison that attends your grade level meeting, so they can be prepared for their Friday morning meeting! Please let Mr. Hufford know if you have other questions!

Remember the new 3 week success window runs from January 11-Feb 1.

From Central Office...

Today’s Focus: Teams

“Strong people don’t put others down…they lift them up.”

Michael P. Watson

You are an amazing team of strong leaders! Thanks for all you do each and every day to lift up your colleagues, your staffs and your students.

Have a wonderful holiday break!

The online store to purchase RedHawk apparel is now open. We have specific items that are being made for Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School Staff. You can share this link with all central office staff as well as the elementary staffs if you’d like. Any items ordered prior to December 31st will be delivered on Jan. 5th.

Math Textbook Adoption Information:

Below is a tentative timeline for the committee:

· January 2016 - The Math Textbook Adoption Committee will meet to identify stakeholders, and considerations to guide the adoption process. The committee will review the Tri-State Quality Review Rubric for Math Lessons & Units and make necessary revisions to align with Goshen School’s goals. A rubric will be used when evaluating materials.

· February, 2016 through March, 2016 – Committee members will review and score selected program texts using a rubric adapted from the Tri-State Collaborative. The top three programs/materials will be given to teachers to review.

· April 2016—Teachers will review the top three programs, and recommend their first choice.

· Summer 2016 – Training will be offered to teachers regarding the chosen materials.

If there are teachers/staff you would like to sit on this committee, please touch base with those teachers, and then give their names to Karen Blaha.


Sue Ellspermann


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2015

2016 Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest launched by Indiana’s First Lady and Female Elected Officials

Indianapolis – Indiana’s First Lady Karen Pence, along with female statewide elected officials, announced details for the 2016 Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest for students in the 5th through 9th grades.

The annual competition was established to celebrate Women’s History Month, annually celebrated in March. For 2016, in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, students are asked to write about currently living or women from history who have made contributions in the following categories:

  • 5th grade – Agriculture
  • 6th grade – Suffrage
  • 7th grade – Business
  • 8th grade – Science
  • 9th grade – Education

The submitted essays are then divided by grade and judged by the female statewide elected officials:

Application forms, suggested topics and further details can be found and submitted electronically here. Applications are being accepted until February 22, 2016.

On March 30, 2016, a reception will be held with the First Lady and elected officials to honor the selected winner from each participating grade level at the Indiana Statehouse.

Media Contact:
Emily Duncan
Public Relations Director
Office of Lt. Governor Ellspermann


  • Mrs. Cindy Hire - Monday, Dec. 21
  • Mr. Vance Stees - Saturday, Dec. 26

Calendar Items

Data Week - Meet On Your Own

WIDA Testing Window Opens


Breakfast 7:15 @ 8th Street Menn.

Chess Club 3:00


Chandler TLT 3:15


Orchestra - 3:45 (GMS)

School Improvement/8 STep Committee Meeting 3:00 (Art Room)


Orchestra 2:55-4:00 (Music Room)


Success/Support Staff Meeting 8:35

Just in case you forgot...

EPIC Reading Opportunity

Here's a great opportunity for our students to experience over 10,000 books at their fingertips. INCLUDING many books that are current popular reads, read aloud in actual Chandler classrooms, and high quality!

A new program called Epic has now offered educators and librarians FREE use of their app and pc version for schools. The books are extremely high quality, some are even read to the students using online readers. You can keep track of pages read, and students can record their favorite books. Students receive a special code to sign in and the teacher can assign up to 36 students to their account. Here is the site so that you can check it out and see for yourself the amazing quality of books.

Color Coded Communication Key

Did you know that there is a color coded method to our flyer madness?!?! It's true!! The color of paper a message is on indicates the sender.

Orange - PTO

Blue - Office Communication

Green - Nurses office

Pink - Cafeteria

White - Classroom

Yellow - Outside entitites

If you have a flyer or information to send home, please keep this in mind.

Safety Packs

These two safety packs will be in the closet as you exit the playground doors, and should be picked up when you take a group of students outside for recess (in addition to the radio you find there). Included are gloves, kleenex, bandages, and other emergency related materials. If you notice that some materials are running low, please send it with a student to the nurses station so she can refill it.
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Growth Mindset

Nate Shenk in 3rd Grade has been using a mountain climbing analogy to teach growth mindset. Check out his visual in the front of his classroom. After talking about what a mountain climber needs to do to accomplish the goal, each student copies their own “mantra” promoting growth mindset to post on their locker. Here are some of those statements you can see in the 3rd grade hallway. Thanks for sharing, Nate!

I will try & try again.

Do my best!

Good thing the alphabet has 25 more letters!

I will not give up even if I don’t know!

Be awesome.

I need to try harder.

I will try again until I get it!

I will try my best next time.

I will never give up!

I’ll try my best!

If I don’t succeed, I must try & try again.

Have courage.

Don’t give up. You can do it.

Stay on track. It’s your only chance.

If I don’t get it, I will try and try.

Even if this is difficult, I am going to try again, I AM!

Look how far I’ve come.

I made a mistake. Let me try it again.

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