"Paws"itive Points

Issue 16 - December 6, 2015

Tavia's Thoughts

The picture below is adorable, and probably says what most are thinking, but... remember they are just that instructional days. I want the days filled with fun and laughter, but most of all with purposeful fun and laughter. Keep pushing through the next two weeks with intentional planning, strong lessons, and keep students actively engaged so we can cut down on the steady flow that has been visiting the office lately:-).


The Hour of Code is a great way to incorporate something new and fun this week. December 7-13 is Computer Science Education Week. Over 80,000 classes across the world have already signed up for the "HOUR" activity, Coding is so important because it makes all of our apps, websites, social media, etc possible. Let those students that are really interested jump in sometime this week. I did some dabbling on Friday night. It looks like lots of fun learning. To learn more, go to the Kentucky Coders site here.


Let's have a great week. We are...TEAMPSE!! Now..watch us work!

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December 8

  • KTIP Meetings
  • SBDM Meeting @ 4
  • Board Report @ 7:10

December 9

  • Make Up ITeam

December 10

  • Data Teams
  • KTIP Meetings

December 11

  • College Day
  • KPrep Awards @ 8:00
  • Little Mermaid @ Collins
  • PTO Holly Jolly Night & Cookies w/ Santa

Extra Duties

PLEASE BE ON TIME ... THE KIDS DON"T WAIT FOR US...IJS

Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer

Bus (AM & PM) Mrs. Campanell. Mr. Carter, Mr. Anderson

Breakfast Ms. Tipton, Ms. Spry

Gym (AM) Ms. Bland, Mrs. Vermillion, Ms. Burroughs

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Hodges, Mrs. Duvall and 4 of Mrs. Dickenson's Leaders

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Durcholz, Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Fallen, Mrs. Haggard

TEAM PSE

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

Emily’s Enthusiastic Information

Hope your weekend was great Team PSE! In Shelby county, we love setting Big Goals! Some of you know writing is near and dear to my heart. Here is an activity that will get your students writing and thinking about setting big goals. As we approach the end of 2015, you could have your students reflect on what they accomplished in 2015 and then what they hope to accomplish in 2016. It could look something like this!

If needed it could be modified for our younger students. Our students are never too young to set some goals!

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Maggie’s Moments

Workshop Model:

KEY POINTS

• The workshop model is a structure and routine that helps teachers focus on and foster student thinking:

• Teachers must define their work as listening to and researching students:

• To propel their thinking, students need authentic tasks/texts, and a ‘need to know’.

• Conferring with each student lets teachers instruct, assess, and honor individual student's thinking.”

Samantha Bennett….

What do these three bullets look and sound like in your classroom?

While reading Bennett’s book, That Workshop Book, it becomes very obvious that “workshop model” is totally about students’ thinking.

How are you modeling and naming the thinking that is happening in your classroom, both yours AND the students?

Hymer's Hype

In guidance we are focusing on habit 4: think win win. Encourage your students to work on finding a compromise that is fair for both parties. Also, to remember that fair doesn't always mean equal.

Remember: we have i-teams again this week, on Wednesday. Make sure to check your folders before you come for any comments, or information needed and don't hesitate to all questions! We are all in this together!

Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

Holiday fun , joyous family gatherings, shopping, cooking and… oh yeah – STRESS! The inevitable stress that we let invade and overshadow the good times of the Season!

Adults know all about this stress thing, and deal with it as it comes. But remember that our kiddos are also experiencing similar stress too!

Holiday stress and anxiety is affecting our students due to all of the things they encounter, both at home, during extra-curricular activities and even at school. All of this hustle and bustle means that their schedules are out of whack, bedtimes get pushed back, routines are disrupted and sometimes the parents are on edge and cranky (speaking from experience J).

Let’s make an effort to proactively combat all of this stress within ourselves and be the support that our students will need at this time.

Stay Positive and Uplifting. Remain Thankful. Be willing to help and give to others.

As we prepare for the Winter Break, please remember to contact FRC for any Christmas assistance referrals, food or other basic needs. It’s an extremely busy time for us, but we don’t want ANY child or family to be left out. This is especially important for our kids over the extended break from school. Thank you for your diligence in helping to identify these needs and making them a priority.

Administration Off Campus

Artavia- Monday Drs. Apts, Wed. Admin Team 8-3. Fri- Lead & Learn CO-8-4

Emily -Mon. AP Mt @ 10

Maggie -Fri. - Coaches Mt @1

Donna- Tues Mt 10-11:30

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To Team PSE

We are still not rid of sickness!!! Mercy...that nasty stomach virus, the flu, and strep have hit our students bad in the last few weeks. It's now hitting the staff with a powerful punch. Regardless of what happens you all step up in a big way each and every single day. Thank you for having each other's back and doing what needs to be done without being asked. I really appreciate you all.
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Please keep Pat Bland in your thoughts and prayers as she recuperates from the flu and pneumonia.
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December Birthdays

Holly Roberts- 7th

Leslie Ford- 13th

Heather Porter- 18th

Rhonda Murphy & Karen Vermillion- 27th