Volume 1, Issue 25

Points to Ponder

Word of the Month: Change (it's a good thing)
Thought of the Week: "Be somebody that makes everybody feel like somebody"-thanks for the inspiration Devon Mitchell
Friday-Funday: The No Place for Hate Walk is Friday. Wear your FMES gear and your sneakers as we walk to "Stomp Out Hate".

Important Information

  • JA in a day is Tuesday. Students will not "go to recess or related arts" until instruction by the JA volunteer is complete. However, related arts will provide you with a break during your normal related arts time. At this time you can leave your classroom. The conference rooms should be available for use during this time if you are interested as a grade level. Please see Mr. Finch for sign up. Also, as a reminder, your volunteers are not certified teachers. Please offer to help them if you see that they could use some assistance. I am sure they would appreciate it.
  • If students in your room received an invitation to the FM Rotary club reading picnic, please be sure to turn them in as soon as you receive them.
  • If you signed up to bring something in for the FMES Bar-B-Que themed planter that is being auctioned off during the golf tournament, please be sure to bring that item in no later than Wednesday. Thank you for contributing to what we hope will be auctioned off for a great deal of money. A huge thank you to Natalie and Jessica for organizing this effort.
  • 5th grade Puberty Meeting is this Tuesday at 6pm.
  • Book Club presentations are this Wednesday beginning at 2:50 in the Media Center.
  • Thank you to all those that expressed interest in being the Media Specialist for the summer. The person selected to serve in this position is Mia Heard. This will give Mia the opportunity to learn the Destiny book system as well as familiarize herself with literature from a variety of grade levels in preparation for her new role.
  • Mr. Griffin and I are working on the end of school check out form. We should have it ready for you next week. In the meantime, there is still lots to teach and lots for students to learn.
  • Grade level data meetings will be held on May 11th during planning time.

New Faces in New Places

It has certainly been a busy week in the FMSD personnel department! I was notified that 3 more of our new hires have signed their contracts. Read below to find out a little about our three newest teachers (all will teach 1st grade in the fall):
  • Rachel Fogle-currently employed with the Richland/Lexington School District 5. Rachel is dual certified and is currently completing her 2nd year of teaching. She and her fiance are moving to the area and will get married this November.
  • Gabby Mariaca-currently employed with Richland 2 School District. Gabby is certified in Early Childhood Education and is completing her 2nd year of teaching. She is looking for a change and is excited about moving to the Fort Mill area.
  • Elizabeth "Cooper" Smith-currently employed with the Charleston County School District. Cooper is certified in Early Childhood Education and is completing her 3rd year of teaching. Cooper is a Fort Mill native. She attended Nation Ford High School and Winthrop University. She is excited about returning home and teaching in the same community that she grew up in.

Welcome to each of our new Junior Jackets! I know that they will fit in perfectly with our school family.

Are your students engaged?

The Twitter Chat last week (thanks for participating Katrinia, Mike, and Amy) sparked a conversation about student engagement. So, it made us you know if your students are engaged? Here is a graphic to help. We will focus more on student engagement next year. In the meantime, be a reflective practitioner and think about your students and your instruction. What do you need to change? What should you do differently?
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Play60 Grant Survey

Currently only 14 teachers have completed the survey below. ALL HOMEROOM TEACHERS are asked to complete the survey by this Friday. Teachers of students in grades 3-5, Mrs. Owens should be contacting you soon about administering a survey to your students.

Do you work hard enough? ;-)

Do Teachers work HARD enough?

Most Valuable Player

The M.V.P.'s for the week are the KINDERGARTEN TEAM! Read below to find out what a colleague had to say about this team.

I would like to nominate the Kindergarten team for MVP. They accepted the challenge to F&P their students without complaint when all they are required to do by the state is use DRA. This attitude demonstrates the “whatever it takes” motto our school is dedicated to.

Kindergarten team...YOU ROCK! Thanks for being willing to go above and beyond to make sure that your current students receive the best instruction as soon as possible during the 2016-17 school year. You are amazing!

Have a Terrific Week Everyone!