Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of January 6th

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

Staff Celebration Corner

Inspiration: Let's Go!

I hope all of you enjoyed your much needed break and are coming back refreshed! I have missed seeing all of you!

Now it's down to business! I need you at 100% every day, giving it all you have got! That is what I am requiring of myself and I ask no different of you. These kids need us to be at the top of our game, so they can reach their dreams! One Team, One Dream! All of you had fire and energy at the beginning of the school year, and we need all that to come back! I am fired up and ready! I can't wait to see us all reach our full potential this semester as professional educators and to see our kids bust their goals. This is OUR YEAR! Expectations for each and every one of you are set high and I expect nothing less. I want that to be the expectation for your students!

My expectation for you is not just about on stage when you are with your students, but off stage. Lesson planning is critical. I want all of you to know that I decided to "clock my hours" of making this newsletter this week. It was a 22 hour project. I don't say that to brag on me. I just want all of you to know that I am willing every week to spend that much time watching videos to find the best ones to show you or wording and rewording things to make sure they are super clear for all of you. Expectations are set high for this semester for all areas of the profession.

Below are a few inspirational videos to get you fired up. First video is all about nothing is impossible. "I'll show you how great I am!" Second video - my favorite part is when Jordan explains that Kobe was asking him how he did something. Jordan was teaching right there on the court as the opponent! So inspirational!

Inspirational Video "Dreams"
The Kobe interview kobe talks about Jordan

Hattie's Corner: Success Criteria and Learning Intentions and a Semester of Strategies in Review!

Reflecting back on first semester with our Hattie: I have listed for each month the variety of resources/videos that have been provided on the weekly newsletters. Feel free to go back and look for these if you have forgotten and would like to try some more of these. Remember these are the strategies that are proven to be highly effective. Don't spend more time trying to find something cute on Pinterest or Teachers pay Teachers when these are the strategies that work!


- Self reporting grades

- Close reading


- Identifying similarities and differences

- Student engagement

- self efficacy

- fishbowl strategy

- Formative assessment

- Self assessment

- Providing corrective feedback


- Self efficacy strategies

- Reciprocal teaching


- Learning targets

- Preflight checklist

- Captain's Log

- 2 stars and a wish

- red and green

For the month of January, we will focus on Learning Intentions and Success Criteria. This will sound a lot like goal setting and learning targets. It all goes hand in hand. I will leave these videos on next week's newsletter also. Everyone will use them next week. (Feel free to start this week if you would like.) They will be listed in your lesson plan for next week as Success Criteria... Please remember this is not the content we are teaching. This is a strategy to deliver of content.

The first video explains success criteria by Hattie himself.

The other two videos are examples of this in the classroom. According to the survey in November, you all would like videos of it in action. (The video that is titled word study is not what we see as word study. The video is about students using strong vocabulary in their writing.) The second video is about inferences.

Follow this link for a math video example for success criteria. https://thelearningexchange.ca/videos/put-success-criteria-learning-goals/

John Hattie Learning Intentions & Success Criteria
Word Study in Action: Success Criteria
Precision Teaching: Success Criteria and Exemplars

Reminder of Professional Dress Code from our Faculty Handbook

I know with the holiday break everyone gets very cozy and comfortable. I just want to remind you all of the dress code. Some of you have asked about the popular graphic tees that are all out and around these days. These are not professional dress. I know some of you have wondered if you can wear them with a sweater/cardigan, but that is not professional dress. See me with any other questions you may have.


Personnel Policy 3.22 states, "Employees shall ensure their dress and appearances are professional and appropriate to their positions." Other than being a parent, our jobs are the most important in anyone's life because we are molding and shaping our students' lives into tomorrow's professionals. It is of utmost importance that we look the part of a professional as well. For this reason, professional dress is expected for all employees across the district. Here are a few do's and don'ts for daily dress beginning the first day of school. Please also follow these guidelines for all parent nights.


-Dress professionally

-Dress modestly

-Wear NICE jeans (no holes) and school shirts or Panther blue shirts on Friday only

(NOTE: only school spirit shirts or Panther blue shirts should be worn on Friday)

-Wear dressy knee length pants, skirts, and dresses.

-Wear professional footwear

-Wear finger-tip length shorts during Track and Field events and class picnics

-Tights, leggings, or spandex are not allowed unless covered with a loose fitting top, no shorter than the fingertips when arms are held straight against your side.

- Para professionals that were hired to do outside recess duty may wear finger-tip length shorts and t-shirts.

- PE coaches may wear finger-tip length shorts.


-Wear flip flops, however you may wear Yellow box style shoes

-Wear rubber boots during the instructional day

-Wear tennis shoes on any days other than Fridays with jeans

- t-shirts, spaghetti straps, sweatpants, or halter tops at all

-Wear school t-shirts or sweatshirts on any days except Friday

-Wear anything that goes against student dress code

The way we dress at our job should be about showing students something different...a higher standard. That should be our goal as Greenbrier School employees.

Details for the Week


  • Growing English Language Learners of Greenbrier: December 2019 See this link for ideas to assist your English Language Learners.

  • Please make sure to have lesson plans out on your desk and reading lesson plans on your reading table each day. Your reading plans need to be a week's worth of complete plans that are ready on your first day of instruction. We understand that you may adjust things, but the plans must be thoroughly thought out for the week prior to the week starting.

  • Schedules have changed. The change revolves around tier 2 time for grades K-2. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NdeaanZxLJN669FgENpm9j9cFjcjHh6Znbx8_Oyt_Ck/edit?usp=sharing

  • Bring It On - The Bring it on peer observation system will be explained in the upcoming weeks. We will have the first classrooms to go see during the week of Jan 20th. Our Guiding Coalition is volunteering themselves for the first couple of weeks. This will help us to work out any kinks we have with our new system! This will be so exciting!

  • Goal setting - 3-5 review ACT Aspire goals with kids on Tuesday. K-2 review MAP goals and update data binders. Make sure to practice cutting down the nets K-2. This needs to be done in the afternoon one day this week so as not to interrupt ACT Aspire testing with the noise.


DIBELS and MAP PM Assessments

  • We will pause this week on progress monitoring. This will give Mrs. Krogman and I some time to look at the mid year data and make a game plan for next week on who needs to be progress monitored. This means all support staff will be in classrooms for interventions during all their intervention time.


  • All Certified staff will be at the PD center before 8:30. See agenda sent out by Mrs. Worthey for more info. You may wear jeans and a shirt of your choice.


  • All students will report to the cafeteria at 7:50 for a short assembly. (Yes the kids will have their backpacks, but this will be quick.) We need all staff present for this as well. This will be very short (less than 10 minutes).
  • Attendance and lunch count as soon as you get to your rooms.
  • Take time to reconnect with your sweet kids first thing Tuesday morning. This should be a quick activity, so you can jump into the learning. Be mindful of those that didn't get lavish presents or go to far away places. You might could share a small thing about your break and talk about how the little things can sometimes mean more to a person than anything else. I know that is true in my life!
  • Make sure to review expectations and procedures. One thing to be sure to review is our Behavior Matrix. This is posted in all classrooms.
  • Mrs. Krogman and I will meet with all block staff, Turner, and Newkirk at 9:30 in the team meeting room.
  • SIT will meet


  • Students report to homerooms at 7:50. Grades 3-5 will do word study at this time due to testing. K-2, will focus on vocabulary during this time. This could be a variety of things. Due to MAP testing, this is a major weakness and needs to be addressed.
  • No team meetings today. We will meet with Mrs. Bailey on Thursday and Friday. See team meeting agendas on the website to know what to bring.
  • ACT Aspire testing for grades 3-5 (see schedule) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApUfne1XndMGnLMQbohQQ6T6adwJKFCAv1WW2c2zVIM/edit
  • Everyone: kinder and 5th grade block switched on Wednesday - Friday due to testing.


  • Students report to homerooms at 7:50. Grades 3-5 will do word study at this time due to testing. K-2, will focus on vocabulary during this time. This could be a variety of things. Due to MAP testing, this is a major weakness and needs to be addressed.
  • We are excited to have Mrs. Worthey join us on Thursday to observe 2nd grade literacy block. This will provide lots of feedback that we will put to great use to improve not only our 2nd grade literacy instruction, but building wide.
  • ACT Aspire testing for grades 3-5 (see schedule) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApUfne1XndMGnLMQbohQQ6T6adwJKFCAv1WW2c2zVIM/edit
  • 4th grade team meeting with Mrs. Bailey at 10:20 - 11:10
  • 3rd grade team meeting with Mrs. Bailey at 11:10 - 12:00
  • 5th grade team meeting with Mrs. Bailey at 2:20 - 3:10
  • PTO meeting after school


Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

Jan. 6 - No School - Curriculum Day ,RISE Training Day 4

Jan. 8 - 10 - ACT Interim 2

Jan 8 - ACT Interim reading

Jan 9 - ACT Interim math

Jan 9 - Mrs. Worthey will be observing 2nd grade literacy block.

Jan 10 - ACT Interim science and english

Jan 9 - 10 Mrs. Bailey will be with us.

Jan. 13 - Report Cards go home

Jan 13-14 - Hillman with Guiding Coalition on Assessment training

Jan 16 - Lil Dribblers Perform at 7:00 PM

Jan 20 - No School for Martin Luther King Jr Day

Jan 24 - Staff meeting (no clubs)

Jan 29 - Class Picture Day

Jan 30 - Lil' Dribblers perform at Central Baptist College at 6:00 PM

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Integrity