Martin's Memo

North Elementary School- January 14, 2016

Duties for the week of January 18

MORNING DUTY: Kindergarten



YEE HAWS!!!!! = 15

Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 14

  • ICLE meeting (Barb out- morning)
  • PTO Science Assemblies in the gym: Grades K-1- Creepy Chemistry 8:30-9:00 am; Grades 2-3 - Now Hear this 9:15-9:45 am; Grades 4-5- It's a Blast 10:00-10:30 am (Laura to seat students, introduce and dismiss)
  • Hip to Clip Pizza Parties in the classrooms beginning at 1:50 pm (Schaefer, Carter, Moats, Griggs, Gosche, Lawson)
  • IEP (3G) at 3:15 pm in room 110

Friday, January 15

  • Brag Tag Invitations Sent Home
  • Kurt Mueller, JCPS Safety and Security Coordinator, Meeting in the office at 8:10 am
  • Lock Down Drill at 8:30 am

Monday, January 18

  • NO SCHOOL in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Tuesday, January 19

  • Otis-Lennon Testing Window begins for grade 2
  • ICLE- Barb out all day
  • Blue Ribbon Writing Party at 9:00 am in Room 110

Wednesday, January 20

  • Happy Birthday, Diana!
  • Otis-Lennon Testing Window for grade 2
  • Brag Tag Assemblies: Grades K-2 at 9:00 am; Grades 3-5 at 10:00 am
  • Culture and Climate Committee Meeting at 3:15 pm in Room 110

Thursday, January 21

  • Otis-Lennon Testing Window for grade 2
  • Pay Day (Thank Goodness)
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast at 7:30 am at the Miller Center- Mary Thorne attending (Nicole, please cover Mary's class beginning at 7:45 am)
  • RED (3S) at 3:15 pm in Room 110

Friday, January 22

  • Otis-Lennon Testing Window for grade 2
  • Blue Ribbon Writing Papers due to Fariba by 3:00 pm please

Happy January Birthdays to:

2- Michelle Stafford

4- Kim Silvey

5- Amanda Lueckenhoff

9- Dee Atchison

11- Teri Enloe

20- Diana Mustain

26- Greg Schaefer

27- Carey Beckley

Early Morning Duty- outside or not?

There has been some question about whether or not students should wait outside between 7:15 and 7:30 in the mornings. Generally speaking, the same rule applies to waiting outside as our recess rule. If the "feels like" temperature is below 20 degrees, students should come in and wait in the hallway outside the cafeteria until 7:30 when they should go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to the gym to wait. Please remind students that they have to be quiet(er) waiting inside in the hallways than they do outside or when they move to the gym. Ultimately, a decision to be outside or inside between 7:15 and 7:30 is at the discretion of the person on morning duty....there's no "hard and fast rule" other than we are definitely inside if the "feels like" temperature is below 20 degrees.

Lock Down Drill Reminders

We will have our lock down drill on Friday, January 15 at 8:30 am. Kurt Mueller will be here observing and I may direct him to one of your classrooms. (Kurt Mueller is the new district's safety and security coordinator.) Please remember the following things:

  • You should close and lock your doors and turn off the lights. Move away from any windows.
  • You should tell the students that if we were having a real lock down that it would probably be very noisy. We would be setting the fire alarm off because that notifies the police...we want the person to know that the police are on the way. Obviously we aren't going to leave if we have been told to stay in the classrooms.
  • Tell students that you will have VERY important things to tell them and so they need to be listening and looking at you. (Remember we are not telling them anything during a drill as far as what they need to do- but just letting them know there are things you would need to tell them in a real emergency.)

Major Saver Limo Participants

I haven't heard from everyone, but I am going to assume that the list of limo ride participants was correct. If you have not checked with your class, please do so on Thursday and send me an email with any corrections before noon. I'm going to assume it's correct after noon on Thursday!

SRI Testing- Reminders

  • All students in grades 1-5 must take the SRI by January 22, 2016.
  • Remember- we had discussed not giving the SRI between the first administration and the January administration in order to show student growth. Now that you have given it to show growth for your SLO (Student Learning Objective), if a student is still not on grade level you might consider giving it monthly in the second semester if that data is used in helping to plan your instruction.
  • 30 days must pass between each administration. Students should take the SRI no more than 5 times in a school year. (FRA is three times in a school year)
  • Please turn in a copy of the SRI growth report when all students have taken the SRI during the January test administration window.

Brag Tag Assembly

Our 2nd quarter Brag Tag Assemblies are coming up on Tuesday, January 20.

We are known for our exceptional assembly behavior. Please be sure to review assembly manners with your class before coming to the assembly. Remind students how we sit, behavior expectations and that we leave assemblies silently. Not a bad idea to review the PBS Matrix! A seating chart and notes for the brag tag assemblies will be in your mailbox today! Thanks for your help in making our assemblies fun for everyone!

Required Annual Videos

This is a reminder that staff members are required to annually watch training videos. All training videos must be watched and completion forms submitted by February 1, 2016.

Information regarding logging on and documenting that you viewed the videos is in an email from Ashley Woods that was sent to everyone on December 16.


  • Weekly entries should be made into Infinite Campus in each subject area.
  • Be sure to keep your websites up-to-date!
  • I would like copies of all classroom newsletters. These can be sent to me electronically or a paper copy in my mailbox.
  • Please continue to use the clip up tickets, Safe, Respectful, and Responsible Compliment cards (or verbal compliments) keeping the 4:1 in mind!

QUAD D from Music

Using a xylophone, compose a melody for a nursery rhyme

"Get your learn on!" --Kid President

Video Introduction

I stumbled across this video when looking for more information regarding the Rigor, Relevance, Relationship framework that we have been talking about. Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, (11,000 students and 900 staff) embarked on a similar journey in the spring of 2013. A report I found on their district website detailed processes nearly identical to what JCPS has just begun.

We are on a journey....together....this is not a one year expedition..... I wanted you to know others have and are successfully traveling the same path we are. I am excited about the possibilities for North School and for JCPS. "What will have the greatest impact on our students....WE WILL!" Thank you for all that you do!

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Celebration of Success

If you are hard-working and motivated you keep trying and you don't give up!

Be Safe~Be Respectful~Be Responsible