Paxton Faculty Newsletter

Week of November 5, 2018

At Paxton, we do everything with PRIDE, PASSION & PURPOSE in EPIC proportions!

Let's make it P.O.P!

Mission:

Paxton School enables student achievement with a dynamic faculty devoted to high academic standards and commitment to continuous improvement and success.

It’s H.A.M.R. Time!

High Expectations + Accountability + Motivation = Results

EPIC Shout Out!

Excellence & Innovation:

Congratulations to Kelli Adams, Brande Manning, Laurie Gilbert, and Rebecca Stuart! These teachers were awarded classroom grants from the Walton Education Foundation.

In the Spotlight

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NASA recently allowed Paxton School's eighth grade science students to program a space camera onboard the International Space Station to take pictures of landforms on Earth as part of the EarthKam program. They were able to snap this photograph of the San Martin Lake, nestled in the snowy Andes in the southern region of Argentina. The San Martin is the deepest lake in the Americas at a depth of 836 meters. The unique finger shape of the lake is formed by a series of flooded valleys. Congratulations to the students for carefully examining the Space Station groundtracks and programming the camera to take this photograph as the Space Station flew by.

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Differentiated Accountability: We are proudly educating 798 future leaders.

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Instructional Focus - Costa's Levels of Questioning

Professional Development Updates

  • November 6th - Vertical Planning w/Shannon Seigler - Sci/SS from 8-9:30; English from 9:45-3:00 (Location TBD)
  • November 7th - Secondary ELA CAP - CHAT from 8-3
  • November 9th - i-Ready Training (same schedule and location as the first training)
  • November 14th - Intermediate Elem. ELA CAP - CHAT from 8-3


An updated November calendar will be sent soon.

Important Information

  • Safety:
  1. ALICE Drill Thursday, Nov. 8th @ 8:45 a.m. (Quad 1 & 3 will evacuate and Quad 2 & 4 will lock down); Mr. Jackson will be available to meet with you between 3:00 and 3:45 on Monday afternoon to answer any questions regarding ALICE drill in the media center.
  2. All classroom doors must be locked at all times. As part of their daily duties, Officer Davidson and Officer Shover will be checking to see if doors are locked throughout the day. If the door is not locked, they will ask for it to be locked. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!
  • Deliberate Practice: Please have this completed before our meeting on November 6th. Please be ready to come to the meeting when the substitute makes it to your room. I have a limited time (20 min. including the transition) to meet.
  • Instructional Partners: We will have guests visiting on Monday from 10:45-2:00.
  • Cell Phone Usage in the Classroom: It is imperative ALL teachers adhere to the following classroom procedures regarding cell phone usage in the classroom. All cell phones are to be off and out of sight in the classroom. This includes listening to music with earphones. Classroom Disciplinary Procedures regarding cell phones: Record the infraction on the Behavior Tracking Form in the Student Planner and take the phone up. The phone should be sent to the office and parents will be contacted. It is imperative we all have the same expectations regarding cell phone usage in the classroom.
  • Attendance: Attendance should be taken each day. Secondary teachers need to take attendance each period in an effort to monitor students throughout the day.
  • Passes: If you give verbal permission for students to go to the bathroom before the tardy bell, please ask them to take a pass.
  • Substitutes: Please use only the CURRENT and APPROVED Substitute List if you choose to obtain your own substitutes. Also, when making substitute notes, please include that students are not allowed to use cell phones. All cell phones should be OFF and Out of Sight.
  • Passwords: Please do NOT give out your passwords to anyone.
  • Absences: Any time you are going to be out, please contact Ms. Cain, Ms. Neale, or Mr. Jackson.

November Happenings:

November is Family Engagement in Education Month in Florida! This is a great time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in the education of children.
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Calendar Additions:


NOTE: If there are any changes or additions, please contact the front office.

English PLC - 4th Period

Monday, Nov. 5th, 10:30am

Conference Room

Third Grade FSA Parent Meeting

Monday, Nov. 5th, 6pm

Jennifer Bradley's Room

Math PLC - 4th Period

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 10:30am to Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 10:30am

Principal's Office

Tuesday and Wednesday during 4th Pd.

Veteran's Day Program

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 8:30am

Gym

Science PLC

Friday, Nov. 9th, 10:30am

Conference Room