January 19, 2016 : : 8 Items

A weekend of rest & the work ahead

Good afternoon! I hope that this long weekend is a good reprieve from our first full week back. I am making it a point to take time off with my family (after a bit of work today) and give them my undivided attention. Dean has been on me to make origami with him after Mrs. Arnold introduced first graders to the art of paper folding. I returned to my office Friday afternoon to see this.

It is amazing the paths a teacher can lead a student down. The staff here have so much power over such a wonderful group of youngsters! Given the staff we have here that is a great thing to be able to say. Students see welcome in you smiles. They see the desire to give knowledge. They see in you an adult who has more interaction throughout the day than their parents.

As we push our students to their ability (and past!) they follow us only because they trust us. They know that we love them by how we talk to them each and every day. And they get excited about their growth just as we do when we see success. Thank you for what you bring each day. I don't think you will ever know how much it matters. It does.


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Student Led Conference Video

Why have the student-led conference? It isn't about the student leading the conference. It is about the student knowing where they stand in their education and being able to discuss, analyze, and set goals. The conference is only one place where it is visible to others. Next week, I'll share a video focusing on a kindergartner who leads her conference. You will fall in love with her!
Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership


We will have some surveys coming your way in the early part of next week. I wanted to give you a heads up. We have already taken our Gwinnett Surveys. We still have one or two remaining from the State of GA. I know it can seem redundant, but I want to say thank you for offering up your thoughts!

Promotion Guidelines

Helen will be sharing 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade promotion guidelines from the county with those grade levels soon and in time for conferences.

Teach With Your Strengths

Thank you for reading! When you finish, please do email me your top 5 Strengths. We look to have everyone's strengths by the end of January. Thank you!
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I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” ― Haim G. Ginott

Bragging on our Teachers

Amanda Flanter

Worksheets are neither good nor bad by themselves. It is how students use them. Students in Mrs. Flanter's class used their worksheets to critique each other's math problems. They reinforced the need to show their work leaving Mrs. Flanter grinning amidst the learning. Ask her to see examples of what the students took from this. This is distinguished learning where kids analyze and critique work that is done in addition to solving the problem.

Kelley Payne

Congratulations to the Kelley and the Payne family! Austin William Payne was born this past week weighing in at 5 Ibs 11 oz and 18 1/2 inches.

Dr. Mark Turner

A HUGE congratulations to Dr. Mark Turner! Mark officially earned his doctoral degree this week after many long years of toil. Well done on a long road Dr. Turner!

Stacey Speicher

"Stacey, you are so sweet btw-you are always positive and smiling and I'm always happy when I get to see you in the hallway b/c you make me feel good!"

-Karen Brazee

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School Goals to support our LSPI

Collaborative Planning Goals

  1. Collaboratively plan lessons
  2. Use data/student work to plan
  3. Deconstruct the standards

eCLASS Goals

  1. Class websites should be linked through eCLASS.
  2. Classwork/Homework assigned weekly through eCLASS (not 'extra' work).
  3. Use discussion boards at least 1x for Language Arts and 1x for Math each Semester.