The Friday Flyer
From Boone Meadow Elementary School
From the Eagles' Nest:
Another exciting week is now under the belt as we move closer to Spring Break.
- As evidenced below, you can see that a great time was had by all that attended our inaugural Family Wellness Night event on Wednesday evening. Drum Fit, Yoga, Minds in Motion, and shaving Mr. Stephens’ head made for a memorable event.
- We are preparing for our official Kindergarten Round-Up to occur for our incoming CO30 (Class of ’30). Currently, we have about 76 families to visit on Tuesday, in addition to our 20+ Universal Preschool rising Kinders. We are growing!
- Car Rider Drop-off – Over the last few weeks, our heavy traffic has been blocking the entrance to Eagle Church, as well as, stopping traffic on Main Street for about a 5 minute timeframe. Therefore, I began moving traffic forward to the front doors a little earlier. Please continue our procedure of waiting on the access road until your vehicle is called to pull in front of the building. At approximately 8:45, a staff member will motion car rider vehicles to pull forward to the front circle. At that time, we are asking students to remain in vehicles until the bell rings at 8:50. We cannot move vehicles forward any earlier as we must keep the curb cleared as long as possible. This is a temporary fix at this juncture, but it appears to be helping significantly. Also, another option is to consider the bus transportation, and carpooling to assist with the growing traffic congestion.
In closing, the best quote from a little person in the building this week (preschooler):
“I know why we need to be quiet in the library. So we can hear what the books are saying.” (Now that’s down right awesome!)
Students participated in a heart-themed obstacle course at Wellness Night on Wednesday.
Mrs. Sorrells' class raised the most money for Jump Rope for Heart, so they had the pleasure of shaving Mr. Stephen's head.
BME Kindy Round-Up
Will you have a Kindergartener attending Boone Meadow in August? Click here for more information!
Strong in Every Way
Click here to learn more about ZCS's human capital campaign!
March 28th - Kindergarten Round Up (click here for more info)
March 29th - 4th Grade Famous Hoosiers Wax Museum
March 31st-April 7th - Spring Break (No School)
April 10th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Clowes Hall
April 13th - ZWMS Music Department visits BME 4th grade
April 25th - Kindergarten Field Trip to Clowes Hall
April 28th - Spirit Day (Mismatched Clothes)
High Ability Spring Identification Deadlines
The Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high ability (gifted) students and provide them with appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction. In ZCS, we reconsider ability and achievement data of all students each spring to identify any who may need further consideration for high ability identification. While the High Ability designation is a state-required label for students, our school district is committed to continuous progress for all students, regardless of designation. Accelerated content is common in our classrooms as are heightened expectations and instructional levels and high-achieving peers. Instructional methods regularly group and regroup students with differentiated materials and goals. Whether or not a child is identified as High Ability, our teachers are committed to regular assessment of skills and knowledge and matching experiences to challenge each child and help him or her make maximum academic growth. We are proud to be a high-performing school district with high expectations for all students.
For students currently in grades 1st, 2nd or 3rd: If a child is being included in the group of students being further considered for possible high ability identification, then his/her parents will receive an email from the High Ability Office by Friday, March 10th. If a child is not being further considered for possible identification, (i.e. no email has been received by Friday, 3/10), parents may also recommend him or her. To do so, the parents simply complete the Parent Observation Form available on the High Ability website under K-4 High Ability Forms here - and submit to the school counselor by not later than Thursday, March 30th. Students already identified as high ability learners continue with their current placement and do not need to requalify from year to year. If they are identified in only one area (language arts or math) and are being considered for identification in the other academic area, parents will receive notification by Friday, March 10th, that they are in the pool for consideration during the spring process. Parents with questions should contact their school counselor.
For students currently in grades 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th: If a child is being included in the group of students being further considered for possible high ability identification, then his/her parents will receive an email from the High Ability Office by Wednesday, March 1st. If a child is not identified for the next step in the process, (i.e. no email was received by Wed, March 1st), but parents feel strongly that he/she should have been, parents may also recommend him or her. To do so, the parents simply complete the Parent Nomination Form (available on the district website under Academics/High Ability -Gifted Program) – click here and submit to the address listed on the form by Friday, March 17th. Students already identified as high ability learners continue with their current placement and do not need to requalify from year to year. If they are identified in only one area (language arts or math) and are being considered for identification in the other academic area, parents will receive notification by Wednesday, March 1st, that they are in the pool for consideration during the spring process. Parents with questions should contact their school counselor.
Hiring Guest Teachers!
Zionsville Community School is hiring Guest Teachers! Quality guest teachers are an important asset to our schools and require special attributes to enhance our students’ learning process. The best guest teachers demonstrate the desire to work well with children ages 3-18, relate well to all students, inspire a love of learning and have a good sense of humor. In addition, they must be flexible, dedicated, patient, kind, fair and consistent.
Guest teachers can manage the days of the week they are available to work through an automated system called Aesop. This user-friendly system is accessible online or through a touch-tone phone which allows ZCS teachers to enter absences and guest teachers to select available jobs.
If you meet the above requirements and would like to start the application process.
After your employment application has been submitted, please send an email to our Sub Coordinator at Subcoordinator@zcs.k12.in.us confirming that you would like to be considered for a guest teacher position at Zionsville Community Schools.
Notes from the Clinic
1- Students MAY NOT bring medication to school. If your child needs to take medicine of any kind while at school an adult must bring the medication to Nurse Amy.
2- Please be advised that, starting with the 2017-18 school year, every student will be required to have two hepatitis A vaccines.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Amy, at x14104.
Boone County has shifted from NIXLE to SMART911. This is a free service that allows you to receive emergency notifications from the county which may include severe weather warnings and traffic alerts. The program will ask for optional personal information that could be used in the event of an emergency situation in your home. Boone County citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today. To create a safety profile and sign up for updates, go to www.smart911.com
School Visitor Check-Ins at ZCS
Please be aware that we use a visitor management system known as SafeVisitor. SafeVisitor is a 30-45 second check-in process that cross references against all national sex offender registries and prints a visitor badge. Please be prepared to scan a government issued ID (Driver License) when arriving to campus as a visitor or volunteer. The printed badge should be visible at all times while in the building. Thank you!
Please note: Full background checks are still required field trips. Full background checks cost $15.95 and take at least 7-10 days to process. Limited background checks are still required for lunch visits, volunteering in a supervised area, etc.
All volunteers in our district are also required to complete the bullying module, consisting of a short video and a digital signature as proof of watching the video. This video must be watched for either level of volunteer (Full or Limited). Please click here to visit the BRAVO/Volunteers page where all of these items can be completed.