The Principal's Post Feb 8-12, 2016

Raising the Rigor Through Project-Based Learning !

VES Mission Statement

”The Vanderlyn community is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in academics and behavior; united we contribute to a positive and challenging educational environment which inspires life-long learning, international thinking, and productive citizenship”.


Professional Learning Facilitators: Kudos to Mr. Green for facilitating a very informative PL session on how to use OneNote!

Safe School Audit: We received a 102/100 on our recent Safe School Audit. The areas assessed included: Supervision of Students, Student Surveys, Teacher/Staff Surveys of the Facility, Crisis Awareness, Emergency Evacuation Kits and the Execution of the Lockdown Drill. Additionally, we received two bonus points for No Place for Hate and No Name Calling Week. Excellent Job of keeping our students safe!

Attendance Protocol: All absences must be communicated directly to an administrator. Failure to follow the attendance protocol will result in your absence being deemed “not-approved” with full salary deducted. Please reference the attendance policy for the district and the school (attached to this email).

HRRB: Congratulations to Vanderlyn Elementary for ranking in 3rd place at the HRRB competition. Thank you to Ms. Pansini and Ms. Hopkins for representing Vanderlyn Elementary!

Transfer Process Teachers who are interested in transferring to another DSCD school may submit the form to my box for a signature. All forms are due by February 29th.

Supervision/Time on Task: Protect instructional time by being in your classrooms teaching and assisting students in learning. Teachers should only leave their classrooms for emergencies during instructional time. Students are never to be left unsupervised.

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B.O.L.O. DATES (Be On The Lookout Dates!)

February 11: Conference Night

February 12: No School (Feb. Break or Inclement Weather Make-up

Day (if needed)

February 15: President’s Day – No School

February 17: PK-K Dental Health Presentations -8:00am-10:00am –

Media Center

February 25- Kindergarten Information Night 6:00pm-7:00pm

February 26 – STEM Career Day

February 8-12, 2016

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SPOTLIGHT on 5th Grade

Fifth grade kicked off their unit on bacteria and the importance of hand washing by involving students in a PBL STEM project that addressed the problem of infectious diseases being transmitted in countries where adequate hand washing materials are not readily available. They utilized the expertise of Vanderlyn parents by inviting a medical doctor and an employee of the CDC to come and speak to the students and judge their projects.

This Week's Instructional Focus...

The Power of Branding: The Importance of Telling Your Story

When is the last time something amazing happened on your grade level? The work done at Vanderlyn is spectacular! As educators, it is our responsibility to transform the thick, brick barriers surrounding our great school into clear, transparent walls of glass. The idea of branding your grade level is about promoting the amazing things happening in our school for those who don’t have the opportunity to experience them on a daily basis. Turn a spotlight on what’s great about your grade level and tell your story!

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February Birthdays

  • 5 Camille Harvey
  • 6 Milu Naher
  • 18 Julie Everett
  • 25 Andrea Gillett
  • Christina Wortham
  • 27 Angela Presley