The Treasure Map

April 29-May 3

Thought of the Week

I wonder how the caterpillar felt just before she started to change? What did she think afterwards? Do we have some of the same thoughts and feelings about our one-to-one initiative?

The Week in Preview

Monday, April 29

  • 2:45 First Grade PLC
  • 2:45 Third Grade PLC
  • 2:45 Fourth Grade PLC
  • F&P window open


Tuesday, April 30

  • F&P window open
  • Mrs. McCoy out
  • Staff meeting with Rick Melzer, 3:00 in the science lab
  • Happy birthday, Angela Williams!


Wednesday, May 1

  • 2:45 Second grade PLC-Barbara Fewell to attend
  • 2:45 Fifth grade PLC
  • F&P window open
  • "On the Radio" practice ~ see email from Mrs. Odom


Thursday, May 2

  • Karen Roof's birthday!
  • Happy birthday, Lauren Steele!
  • 7:00 Musical for 3-5 @ Sullivan
  • F&P window open
  • Rhonda at an AP meeting 7:30-12:00
  • Book mobile at IHES-see earlier email from Sharon Lee


Friday, May 3

  • Kim Merck's birthday!
  • F&P window open
  • Last day for 3-5 MAP testing, please make sure all make-up tests are done by the end of the day today!





Shout outs!

The Pirate Way

  • May will be the last Terrific Kid of the year. If you would like to recognize two students (rather than just one) feel free to do so. We do ask that these nominations be turned in by the deadline of May 24 so we can ensure we have enough sponsor packets and Heather can order and prepare enough refreshments. The celebration will be May 31. If you have students that need to be re-recognized from April due to parents not being here, please let Carman and Rhonda know.
  • Please follow this link and complete the professional development survey so that planning for professional development next year can begin. This should be completed prior to leaving May 3, 2013. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_sUojxemCWm9PxxyzhIROfUDHKT4mXq4R0I2M3yriag/viewform
  • Please remind parents that May 7, 8, 9 and 10 (PASS testing days) parents will not be allowed to come to eat lunch with students. No unauthorized personnel other than volunteers will be allowed in the building during testing.
  • A related arts schedule will be sent out via email and will be used for related arts during PASS testing. Please do NOT go to special area, even if it is 12:00, until an announcement is made that testing is over. All special area classes will be on the front field for combined special area classes.
  • Please send the name of one team member at your grade level to meet with PTA and the Fun Run committee to begin discussions regarding how Fun Run money will be spent. This name should be sent to Crystal. The date for this meeting will be announced as soon as its finalized. This can be the same person that serves on the leadership team, but does not have to be!
  • IHES applied for a grant to have a company design nature trails on school property. We were informed recently we are one of the three finalists for this grant. Representatives for the grant foundation will be coming out to the school next week so that they can see the site of the trail and make final decisions. We will keep you informed as we have more information.
  • In partnership with Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation, ther will be a Hi-Tech Student Celebration on Friday, May 10. The celebration will recognize students for their exemplary gains in the classroom. If you are interested in buying a table or sponsoring a table please let Serena Williams know.
  • Please look at the below Professional Development Opportunities for the summer. These are available in My Learning Plan.
  • ELEMENTARY


    June 10 - 12

    Writing and the Common Core…What Does it Look Like?

    Primary (K-2) Writing

    June 10 Preconference, June 11 Writing in the Common Core, June 12 Technology Integration in the Writing Workshop

    Participants will engage in the writing process in preparation for the rigor required in the Common Core Standards.

    Barbara Fewell

    Derek McQuiston


    June 10, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25

    Investigating Technology in Math Workshop

    Participants will learn how to implement the Common Core Standards in Math Workshop while integrating technology and the newly adopted textbook. We will offer 3 full day sessions for K-2, and 3 full day sessions for 3-5.

    Kay Owens

    Kristen Hahn


    June 11 – 13

    Writing and the Common Core…What Does it Look Like?

    Intermediate (3-5) Writing

    June 11 Preconference, June 12 Writing in the Common Core, June 13 Technology Integration in the Writing Workshop

    Participants will engage in the writing process in preparation for the rigor required in the Common Core Standards.

    Liz Bridges

    Derek McQuiston


    June 17 - 19

    Common Core Implementation for Intermediate Grades (3-5) (Selected Teachers)

    Common Core Curriculum Mapping and scope and sequence development. Standards placement. Report Card review and editing

    Rich Melzer

    ELA and Math Specialists


    June 20

    Unconference for Elementary Education

    Participants will take charge of their own learning by selecting from a menu of topics and can even submit their own area of interest

    Math Specialists

    ELA Specialists

    Tech Specialists

    Ex. Dir. of El. Ed.


    June 25

    LLI Conversations for the ESOL Teacher

    Join us as we continue our conversations about the implementation of leveled literacy intervention for the ESOL student

    Barbara Fewell


    July 1 - 3

    Common Core Implementation for Primary Grades (K-2)

    (Selected Teachers)

    Common Core Curriculum Mapping and scope and sequence development. Standards placement. Report Card review and editing

    Rich Melzer

    ELA and Math Specialists


    July 8

    Investigating Technology

    In the Elementary Science Classroom

    K-2 Grades

    David Norton, Derek McQuiston


    July 8

    iPad Basic Training

    K-5 Grades

    All teachers have been through entry and adoption training, but perhaps you need some additional support. This is the session for you! Come join us for this low-stress, slow-paced session on iPad basics.

    Derek McQuiston


    July 9

    LLI Conversations for the ESOL Teacher

    Join us as we continue our conversations about the implementation of leveled literacy intervention for the ESOL student

    Barbara Fewell


    July 9 - 26

    What is Ten?

    This will be a graduate level course offered for teachers to learn the basic concepts of number sense and place value. We will need a minimum of 10 participants in order to offer this course through Converse College.

    Tonya Belton

    Kay Owens

    Kristen Hahn

    (Dan Ralyea)


    July 11

    Investigating Technology

    In the Elementary Science Classroom

    3-5 Grades

    David Norton, Derek McQuiston


    July 11

    iPad Collaboration and Communication

    K-5 Grades

    Looking for ways to increase communication and collaboration in your classroom? The iPad can help you! Join us for a session that will investigate several tools to help increase communication and collaboration in your classroom including video conferencing, blogs, wikis, and social media.

    Derek McQuiston


    July 18

    iResearch

    K-5 Grades

    What do good research techniques look like in the 21st century? How do we teach good researching skills? Come learn about how we handle this as iPads roll into our classrooms.

    Derek McQuiston


    July 18

    Digital Portfolios

    K-5 Grades

    Documenting student work is an important part of a digital classroom. Join us for a conversation that will discuss several options for teachers to use with students on the iPad to collect, organize, and showcase student work.

    Derek McQuiston


    July 22 – 24

    Writing and the Common Core…What Does it Look Like?

    Intermediate (3-5) Writing

    July 22 Preconference, July 23 Writing in the Common Core, July24 Technology Integration in the Writing Workshop

    Participants will engage in the writing process in preparation for the rigor required in the Common Core Standards.

    Liz Bridges

    Derek McQuiston


    July 23 - 25

    Writing and the Common Core…What Does it Look Like?

    Primary (K-2) Writing

    July 23 Preconference, July 24 Writing in the Common Core, June 25 Technology Integration in the Writing Workshop

    Participants will engage in the writing process in preparation for the rigor required in the Common Core Standards.

    Barbara Fewell

    Derek McQuiston


Guidance News!

April is DILIGENCE month. Mrs. McCoy will be teaching our Pirates this means trying to do the best one can in everything. It means paying attention and not giving up. Work hard. Stay focused and get the job done even when there are challenges and distractions.


3,4,5 nominations due April 26

K,1,2 nominations due April 30

PLC Focus

The following email was sent to India Hook, "Just wanted to say a big thank you for all you do for the Mitchells. I brought Belle there today for the fun run and your staff made her day by running her around the track!!!! She then got to be with her class for a while . She had the best day!!!! Thank you for all you do in looking out for all of them!!!!"


The culture you have established at IHES is evident in all you do! Thank you for putting all students first!