Panther Press Teacher Edition

September 19 - 23, 2016

Inspirational Thought

Teaching is the profession that teaches all of the other professions.
-Author Unknown-

Thank You

Thank you to those staff members that were able to come out and support our Family Fun Night on September 15. Mr. Alsbrook, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Duras, Mrs. Haynes, Ms. Raynor, and Mrs. Shlaes a big THANK YOU! The night was enjoyed by all!

Thank you Ms. Freeman and Ms. Smith for helping to organize our "new" Teachers Lounge in room 107. Please come in and take a load off!
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Week of September 19

19- Reading 3D Reminders and Best Practices 2016-2017 Webinar 4PM
20- PDPs are due (meeting times will be emailed)
SHAC/Safety Meeting @ 3PM
Webpage Training @ JSHS @ 3:30PM
21- Hall Huddle @ 7:30AM
CPI Training Day 1 @ JMS PD Room 8-3
22- CPI Training Day 2 @ JMS PD Room 8-3
SIT Meeting @ 3:15
23- 1/2 day for students; PD for staff
Bright Ideas Grant deadline

Teacher Resource combines the world's smartest dictionary with an adaptive game that will have you mastering new words in nor time.
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Teacher Tip of the Week

by Debbie Cargill

In a Lesson, you will plan for multiple opportunities to assess student progress. With thoughtful consideration, these opportunities become the formative assessment needed to make informed decisions about instruction. The results of the assessments help you determine next steps and/or how to adjust instruction to meet students’ needs. When this is done with quality, it impacts student learning in a positive way.

When you wait until the end of a lesson to check for understanding, it may be too late. By then, there is not time to go back and re-teach the whole lesson if most students did not get it. Rather, if you are assessing periodically throughout the lesson, there is still time to quickly take action to adjust instruction if necessary. This process of on-going assessment allows you to decide in a timely manner whether to re-teach, use a different approach, or provide more opportunities for student practice.

Not only are teachers gathering evidence of learning through formative assessment, students gain knowledge about their own gaps in learning. Appropriate feedback helps students to begin to take responsibility for their learning as they use that information to adjust what they are doing. While learning is happening, students need time to talk about, interact with, and reflect on new learning. Summarizing strategies and assessment prompts provides those opportunities throughout the lesson.

Planning for appropriate distributed summarizing and Assessment Prompts requires careful consideration. Questions should be thoughtful, reflective and higher level, rather than recall, facts, etc. A sample of strategies to use when checking for understanding include: think-pair-share, think-ink-share, partner check, justify your answer, reflect on new learning, draw a picture, complete graphic organizer, and write from graphic organizer.

Upcoming Dates (please plan accordingly)

26 - Reading 3D BOY Benchmark Ends
29 - Science Benchmark Test #1
Book Fair Begins
Classroom Visitations, Progress Report Pick-up, and PTO - 5:30 (It is my expectation that you will be a part of this event. We must model what we expect! Thanks for your attention to this matter.)
30 -Science Benchmark Test #1
3rd Grade Water Safety - 9:30 AM New Bern YMCA

Please refer to staff calendars on the administrative hall and in the "new" staff break room 107 as well as in the Student Handbook.

Student Opportunities

NC Dept. of Insurance Sponsors Poster Contest
to Support Fire Prevention Week

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week in North Carolina (Oct. 9-15) is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date.” The theme emphasizes the importance of knowing how old your smoke alarms are and replacing them every ten years. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin invites all second and third grade students to participate in a poster contest to promote fire safety and the need for smoke detectors in places where we sleep.

Winning poster designs will be displayed on the Office of State Fire Marshal’s website, and every child who participates will receive a personal thank you for helping keep North Carolina fire safe. The deadline to submit a poster is Sept. 30. Contest details are available on the Office of State Fire Marshal website. If you have any questions, please contact Colin Day, assistant director of Public Information, Office of State Fire Marshal.

Farm to School Art Contest
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting entries for the 2017-18 NC Farm to School calendar. I have attached the rules for this year’s contest. The deadline for entries is December 15, 2016. Please forward this to anyone in your school districts who may be interested. The contest is open to all public school youth in grades K-5. Please see me for contest rules.


To: Principals; Secretaries; 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Teachers From: Jones Soil and Water Conservation District
Subject: 2016-2017 Poster Contest

Hello Educators!
We would love to see your students’ great ideas in this year’s Jones Soil & Water Conservation District Poster Contest for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade!
Here are the key points for this year’s contest:

October 26th - Poster Board and Instruction will be delivered to schools. (If possible could you please let me know a estimate of how many sheets of poster board you may need for your students prior to October 26th).
You can e-mail me at or call me at 252-448-2341.

December 7th - Pick up completed posters
Each student must do their own poster. A POSTER WORKED ON BY MORE THAN ONE


This year we are asking each school select (2) of your best posters from each grade level;
a total of (8) from each school. You do not need to rank them 1st and 2nd place. The winning school posters will be picked up from your school on December 7, 2016 and
entered into the District Contest.

Our office will oversee the judging for the selection of District Winners. A 1st and 2nd place will be selected for each grade level from the 32 winners. District Winners are: 1st Place - $15; 2nd Place - $10. The Overall District Winner will receive $25. Some of the District Winners will be selected for competing in the Area VI contest (covers twelve counties) held in March, 2017 for a chance to win additional prizes.

We are asking your help in promoting this year’s conservation theme to your students. This year’s theme is: “Soil & Water...Yours for Life”. The rules of this year’s contest as well as tips on preparing a winning poster are attached.

I look forward to seeing what your students come up with this year. Good Luck!!!!

Staff Opportunities

NC Beautiful
NC Beautiful provides up to $1500 in grant money to K-12 teachers in North Carolina!

Check out our website>Programs>Window of Opportunity Grants for Teachers.

Please contact me with questions.