The Roar

August 4, 2014

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.--Carl Rogers

Harbins Staff Calendar

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News to Roar About

  • Thank you to Sharon, Amber, Tammy, Teresa, Christy, Karen and Trisha for the great IGNITE sessions to get us thinking about great ways to use technology in the classroom! We appreciate your initiative, leadership and "trail blazing"!
  • Trisha Connor for your excellent presentation on STEM! You did a super job of helping us understand STEM as we get started with this work!
  • To the Harbins staff for being so prepared for Registration Day and for making our students and families feel so welcome! They all left very excited for an outstanding school year!
  • Jennifer Rogers for all of your work to get our new students registered and scheduled. It is a big job and we appreciate all you have done to keep things running smoothly with so many new kids!
  • Jennifer R, Mia, Montine, Jennifer S, and Diann for all you did in the front office to get things ready for the staff and students' return!
  • Joan Tullis and team for providing such a beautiful, clean facility where we can work and learn each day!
  • Vicki Pruitt for your outstanding work to help us prep all of the STEM activities for preplanning! A good time was had by all!
  • Harbins staff for a great preplanning! We cannot wait to get started with the kiddos!
  • Teachers for your time and attention during the GTES training. We look forward to spending time in your classrooms!
  • Bridget and Jennifer for your leadership on the bus tag meeting. We appreciate your help to ensure that all of our students get to the right location after school.
  • Teachers for your careful attention to the bus tags and your work to ensure they are accurate. This is very important work and your help is greatly appreciated.
  • Keith Brown for getting laptops in the labs for our preplanning adventures. We appreciate your help.
  • Cafe staff for our delicious breakfast on Monday! It's a great way to start the day!
  • Cafe staff for their hard work to get the kitchen set up and ready for the first day of school. It was not an easy task!
  • Marie Patterson for jumping in to the work at Harbins. We appreciate your leadership already! Congrats on creating your first Kahoot!


SPG Testing Meeting

Don't forget that there will be an SPG testing meeting on August 7 during specials in the professional development room for all teachers and paras who will help administer SPGs.

GTES Reminders

All certified staff being evaluated on the GTES need to complete the orientation and self-assessment by Friday, August 15.

Required Compliance Training

Click the link below to access directions for completing the 2014 Compliance Training videos (Ethics & Sexual Harassment, Seclusion & Restraint and Mandatory Reporting). This self paced course must be completed prior to October 6, 2014. All staff members will verify completion through an electronic sign off. It is good to go ahead and get this off of your to do list now as life will get busy very quickly.

Curriculum Nights

  • August 12 for grades K-2
  • August 14 for grades 3-5

We will start with the PTA meeting broadcast over closed circuit and then turn it over to teachers. See Curriculum Night reminders attached to today's Roar email.

No Tool Time on Wednesday, August 6.

Specials Week 1

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Book Fair

The Book Fair is August 11-15. Don't forget to remind parents in your newsletter.

Professional Learning Days

Release dates for professional learning are on the calendar if you want to go ahead and submit leave requests for those days so you can secure great subs, it is a good time to do so.

Voter Registration

As part of the district's work on Civic Engagement, a goal has been set to have 100% of every GCPS staff be registered to vote. To make that easy for our employees, the district has trained a voter registrar at every GCPS school. Montine is our registrar. We ask that EVERY employee not currently registered to vote, see Montine to register. Let's get Harbins to 100% before the fall elections. Your vote counts and we want our staff to exercise the right to vote!

Instructional Calendars

The Instructional Calendars for 2014-2015 are posted to the LOCC, SOCC, MOCC and SOAR.


Your students should have a CD in their student paper portfolio (grades 2-5) that you received. Please do not discard those CDs. We need to save their prior work to our current ePortfolio format on Weebly. More information to come soon, but please hold onto those CDs until...

Classroom Spirit Award

Each Friday, Montine will send you an electronic form. In the form, you will be asked to enter the total number of students in your class that is wearing a red shirt or Harbins spirit wear. The class showing the most school spirit by wearing red or school spirit wear will get a "spirit paw" to hang on the door. Go Tigers! Show your school spirit and encourage your students to participate!

Faculty Meeting

Our next faculty meeting will be on August 26 from 3:20-4:30. An article on STEM will be placed in your mailbox to read prior to the meeting. Please bring the article with you to the meeting.

ABCD Awards

Please send your nominations to Cindy Truett by August 20 for recognition of staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that teaching and learning at Harbins are at the highest levels.

School Improvement Team

The SIT team Retreat will be held on September 2 from 8:00-4:00. Location: Professional Development Room

Roar Deadline

If you want to add something to the Roar, it must be sent to Montine by noon on Thursday of each week. If not turned in by Thursday at noon, it will have to be entered into the following week’s Roar. Thanks for your help!

News to Roar About

We will place “News to Roar About” in the Roar each Monday. It is our hope that throughout the year that you will take time to send us a note to let us know about a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work. Please be sure to share your compliments with us so we can highlight those individuals in the Roar. You can email compliments to Cindy Truett or Montine Powell.

Leaders in Learning

A Chrome file will be shared with each teacher, please go in to list your Leader in Learning for August when Montine sends out the notification email.

Staff Birthdays

Minka Kolenovic 8/4

Norma Azevedo 8/7

Through the Eyes of a Child

Send your cute kid stories, in detail, to Cindy Truett over email to have them included in the Roar.

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Check out the latest "Connect" flyer from GCPS.

What are the ways you connect with your students?

Click HERE--10 APPs for Math Fluency

Check out these cools APPs that support math fluency. Click the red button to see the APP List.