"Paws"itive Points

Issue 4 - September 7, 2015

Tavia's Thoughts

During last week's "Paw"fessional Learning Meeting we lived an "Expectation Workshop". I will be looking to see my 4 Expectations in plans and alive and put into practice in your rooms this week and the coming weeks. Remember to display and discuss the Learning Targets with your students, really work to come up with the Activating Strategy (aka engaging scenario) to grab kids before you teach a thing, Limited Teacher Talk and more student talking and thinking during the composing time. If you need more talk....catch and then release again. Lastly, Graphic Organizers...they need to be able to visually categorize their thinking.

Extra Duties

Bus (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell & Mr. Carter & Ms. Burroughs

Gym (AM) Ms. Bland & Mrs. Vermillion

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin & Mrs. Hodges, & Mrs. Duvall

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin & Mrs. Hymer & Mrs. Suddick & Mrs. Warren & Mrs. Hampe & Mrs. Williams & Mrs. Zaring


At Team PSE...we are Pursuing Standards of Excellence. At Team PSE we collaboratively teach students to love, learn, and lead....TEAM PSE.

Artavia's Ackisms

"Without student leaders, the STONE is no longer PAINTED ; it's colorful having student advisors"

Jackie and I had a great time chatting with the student voice leaders this week. Everyone was willing to share their ideas for change, likes, and dislikes. They are ready to help make some decisions and to speak for their peers. I can tell they have a sense of purpose, leadership and responsibility. Thanks for releasing them to talk.

Check out the article on student voice and what kids really think about school.


Emily’s Enthusiastic Information

Another great week at PSE is in the books! As you know, I've been reading about rigor and that is the focus of my POP this school year. I will be to sharing with you soon the walk through tool I'll be using when I come into your classroom. It is adapted from the Danielson framework. I hope all of you had a restful weekend that helps you achieve an amazing week! #teampse #studentsfirst

Maggie’s Moments

What a fantastic day of data teams on Thursday! You never fail to amaze me when you are discussing and analyzing progress of your students. As you continue this year to focus on student progress, I know that you will find having these same types of conversations about both reading and math will drive your instruction. Thank you for your dedication.

What “hooks” have you used this week in your instruction? I hope that you will be willing to share some of those ideas with the rest of us. I know that one team is planning to try some movie trailers next week during their mini lessons. How about you?

We are TEAM PSE and together our students will LEARN.

Hymer's Hype

Guidance starts NEXT week!!! I am so excited to get into your classrooms and begin guidance lessons with our students. Please make sure to send me a snippet of what’s going on in your classroom, what habits you are covering, what issues might need to be addressed, and any academic topics you would like me to tie into my lesson!

Safety Patrol also starts next week. Please help encourage our fifth grade students as they begin these new leadership roles, and help them to encourage our other students, by being good models of leaders.

Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

We had a great turn out for our Parent Volunteer Orientations last week! Wow!!! I am so pleased with the number of parents that are willing to provide this service to PSE. I have asked them to try to set up a schedule with you all in order to avoid interruptions and to protect instructional time. If you are not sure whether or not an adult is an approved volunteer check with me or Donna.

Remember..Backpack Program will start on Friday, September 11th.

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Leader In Me, Leaders at PSE

I got the following email from Ashley Warren last week:

One of my leadership positions is “community service leader.” I have a group of 4 kids in this position, I let them come up with an organization to help. They chose the animal shelter and made the attached flyer to send home to our class—we are going to collect items to take to the shelter through September 25th.

I was tickled pink when I went to go talk to the class about their project. Why? The plans they have for monthly projects are out of this world!

Shout Outs!

A BIG SHOUT OUT to ALL of those who stepped up Friday to help the family when people got sick and started dropping like flies. OMG!! I really appreciate your willingness to help. Hopefully the long weekend as helped get people healthy again.

Administration Off Campus

Artavia- Wed. Admin. Meeting 8-4

Emily- Tues. @ 9-10:00 AP Meeting, Fri. PM

Rachel- Fri. Access Training-12:30-2:30

Maggie -Fri. Coaches Mt @1


Donna- Thurs. Meeting @ 10:00


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Well Wishes and Thoughts...

Continue to wish Valeri Glass well wishes as she bounces back from minor surgery.

We also want to send well wishes to Ashley Warren as she lost her grandfather in-law over the weekend.

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September Birthdays

Pat Bland - 1st

Joann Murphy - 8th

Lorita Edwards - 16th

Elizabeth Steinert - 26th

Brenda Quint - 27th