Roosevelt Weekly Memo

Little School...Big Dreams...Cultivating Hope

Mission of Roosevelt: Encourage Optimism • Inspire Purpose • Empower Belonging • Grow Pride, Self-Esteem, & Self-Confidence

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September 19, 2016

Nikki's Notion

As parent conferences were being held, I was excited to hear teachers were talking to our parents about The TN Promise scholarship...2 years of college for free--this is a culture of hope, leveling the playing field. I get so excited about the opportunities we can share with our parents and develop for our students!

Here is an excerpt from Education Week about an elementary school in California that I read related to the example above...

Starting Early

“Waiting until they are in high school for college readiness is as crazy as starting parenting when a kid is 13. You miss the opportunity,” said Mr. Lopez. “For kids who live in poverty, it will take a childhood to break down myths about college and get the child to the place where they can see college in their future.”

To reinforce the message at home, parents, many of whom live in nearby public-housing projects, attend evening sessions (aptly named Parent University) to learn about how they can support their children’s studies.

Since instituting the new collegiate approach, the 525-student Los Pen has gone from being the lowest-performing school in the 33,000-student Poway Unified School District to one of the top schools in California and a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award. Others have adopted the No Excuses University model, creating a network of 89 schools.

So, thank you for starting these crucial conversations early with our students and parents. I am looking forward to our 4th and 5th graders visiting ETSU and DB in the next few weeks to make the dream of higher education more real. We are also working on a guest speaker in the spring for parents to talk about college for our students.

I want to share the great after-school opportunities for our 3rd -5th grade students. This year we have added a Math Olympiad program and will have 5 teams, a Robotics Team and Student Leadership League. These programs offer challenges for our students to learn about themselves and the leader within. I am excited about the leaders we are developing! If anyone is interested in after-school program or club for 1st or 2nd please talk with Val and Nikki!

I see the seeds of hope being planted daily and am myself inspired by your work! I am honored to work with such great colleagues toward the same goal! We are Roosevelt Bears!

Wishing you a week full of blessings!


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Important Reminders

  • September 24th is our FATZ pancake breakfast,this is a fun event to serve customers who are helping us financially--1--please sign up for a shift in the workroom to help 2--5 tickets were placed in everyone's box, the tickets you do not sale please return to the office--money is to be turned into PTA
  • A full DRA for all students should be given during the window of Sept. 19- October 6. Please enter scores on your grade level spreadsheet. The 1st quarter writing assessment for all students is Sept 19-30.

  • Teachers: You need to remember to make sure all of the Tiered students in your homeroom are getting data points entered on the spreadsheet. Please see us immediately if you need help with this.
  • Fieldtrips--make sure you use the calculator sent at the beginning of the year to calculate bus costs--always round up
  • Collaborative Agendas should include the majority of time committed to discussing units and student proficiency.
  • If parents were not able to come to a conference please make sure to send home the student's last year draft book.
  • Remember to send info for social media to Katie Bennett (Facebook) and Alice Browder (Twitter)
  • Mr. Hines is our webmaster--please contact him regarding anything you would like on the webpage.
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  • Everyone who helped with setting up for the Yeard Sale--a special thank you to Terri, who was at school until 8 and back very early!!
  • Val for putting up our welcome message at our front entrance
  • Katie and Megan for a great presentation and for gathering data from us and our students--we will share when all surveys have been completed
  • Alice for matching our students with wonderful DB YES mentors

Do You Have an Innovative Idea?

KCS has a new Innovation Tool is up and running. I have been encouraged to use any and all available methods to communicate that our district is seeking your ideas and that this tool is active for use. It can be accessed here.

From the ASC...

NIET Best Practices Portal

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is a public nonprofit organization committed to improving educator effectiveness. The NIET best practices portal is an interactive web tool, available to ALL TEACHERS, that provides real-time access to individualized support in order to improve instruction and evaluation.

To login, please use your KCS email address (e.g.,, then enter your password. If you do not recall your NIET password, click "forgot password" and a new password will be sent to your email address.

From the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

"What Makes Music Education Great in Your School District" Recognition Program Kick Off - Beginning today, eligible school districts throughout the U.S. are invited to submit an online application with a link to an original one-minute student-produced and faculty-advised video on the theme, “What makes music education great in my school district?” Since 2014, The NAMM Foundation has hosted 13 residencies in communities throughout the U.S. celebrating music education, and students, teachers, school and community leaders that are creating music learning opportunities for all students. Your school district could be next!

Submit a Video to Win! - Review the official rules and submit an online application here. A link to your video is required. Winners will receive a two-day residency with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, guided tours of the Bus as well as the opportunity for a group of students to work with Lennon Bus producers and engineers to create a music video for an original song. During the two-day residency, The NAMM Foundation will host a town hall event to showcase music programs in the district and feature performing groups, teachers and school administrators sharing their stories of the value and importance of music education for school and community. View the eligibility requirements and read the official rules by clickinghere.

Application OPENS: 9/14/16

Application ENDS: 11/18/16
Anticipated Award Notification: 12/1/16

2017 Best Communities for Music Education - "Save the Date” of October 11 and participate this year in the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education and SupportMusic Merit Award application, available here.

Subscribe to the "Talking Up Music Education" podcast - Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Download and subscribe today.

School Challenge - Good Sports Always RecycleTM (Deadline for Nominations is October 3, 2016)

Does your school like a little healthy competition? Are your faculty and students working to make your school and/or community more sustainable? Nominate your school for a chance to win money (and bragging rights) in this year’s Good Sports Always Recycle™ (GSAR) school challenge. GSAR will recognize 10 Tennessee schools for their outstanding environmental programs!

  • Eight schools will be awarded $1,000 for the GSAR School Competition
  • One exemplary school will be awarded $1,500 for the GSAR Sustainability Steward Award
  • One school will be awarded $1,500 for the Best New Program

Each winning school will also receive two tickets to the November 5, 2016, University of Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech football game, a special tailgate celebration and on-field recognition during the game.

To nominate your school online, please click here or complete the Word document found below and mail it to Jennifer Wiggins,

For more information on GSAR educational resources, please click here.

Upcoming PD

A professional learning opportunity about facilitating Number Talks in your mathematics classroom has been scheduled on Monday, September 19th (3:45-5:00) in the Tennessee Room at ASC. This optional learning session, facilitated by Theresa Feliu and Ashley Carter, is available to any K-5 math teacher, especially those who are new to the district, new to teaching math this year, who just simply want to get better at facilitating a Number Talk. No prior training is required! Teachers who have the book, Number Talks by Sherry Parrish, should bring the book to the session.

Pre-registration for the class is requested by Thursday, September 15th. Please click on the following link to register for the session:

DRA Training

· This training takes place at the beginning of the DRA window. This course will be helpful to new teachers and is a great refresher course for all teachers on administering the Developmental Reading Assessment.

· When: Tuesday, September 20, from 3:45-5:00

· Where: TN Room, ASC- 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Participants: K-5 Teachers
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