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Week of January 8th

Happy Monday!!   I hope everyone is rested and rejuvenated and ready to hit second semester hard!!   It was a great weekend for Falcons Fans…..now it’s time to cheer on the DAWGS!   As a reminder, you may wear jeans and UGA attire or Red/Black on Monday!  I am encouraging everyone to head home as soon as we know the students have gotten home safely in order to avoid traffic delays on Monday.

Monday, January 8th marks the 90th  day of school.   We are half way through this amazing school year, and I am confident that you are providing quality instruction every day!!!!

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Georgia School Personnel Survey 

It is time to respond to the Georgia Department of Education’s staff survey.  All employees should take the survey.  The survey results will factor into our school’s climate score.   Please provide a fair rating for each question by December 22, 2017.

The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) should be completed by certified and classified staff members who work at least 50 percent of the day in the school.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Staff responses help to calculate our school’s climate score. The Georgia School Personnel Survey link is posted below.

Georgia School Personnel Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/personnel

TKES:

  • We will conduct Announced Formative observations on the 18th and 19th of this month.
  • We will complete mid-year reviews starting January 22nd
  • If you are on the flex TKES plan you will we will complete walk-throughs before the end of the month.

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  • Tutorial starts at 7:30 A.M. We have to be intentional about making sure our students truly understand and can apply their knowledge in other complex ways.
  • We will resume our Monday tutorial this week, we will also start  (tentatively) our Saturday tutorial on January 13th
  • According to the calendar grades 3-5 created, we will have our first GA Milestones 2018-01-07_16-51-36Mock Writing Exam on Tuesday.

 Pic/ Video of the week:

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  •  Consistency in Communication:  After our focus groups I have intentionally placed important events on your calendar or sent email two weeks or more in advance.  My goal is to continue to not drop things on you at the last minute.
  • Teacher Focus: I know that I heavily focus on our students but there needs to be a balance. I hope you have enjoyed the special shine I am giving to individual teachers as well as grade level teams! I also hope you appreciate the tokens of love we try to do ever so often to let you know just how much I appreciate you.
  • K-2- Guided reading focus….we are continuing to work in this area. I am going to use Title 1 funds to send our team members to training to perfect this area.
  • Does she promote from within: I do my darndest to promote people when they express an interest. So far so good…we have a team member who will lead summer school academy for the Therrell Cluster, we also have a Teacher who will help lead the hiring practices of new teachers.

In case I need to pay attention to something different, please click the link to provide anonymous feedback on how we can get better. 

https://goo.gl/forms/V0ko7ME9SogPIiCY2

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Kudos to Ms. Burchfield and Ms. McCrary for being the leads for our Monday and Saturday tutorial.

Kudos to Ms. Leverette for being selected to lead Therrell Cluster’s summer school academy

Kudos to Ms. Amey for being selected to be a Teacher Recruitment Ambassador (TRA) for the district.

Kudos to the K Team for being selected as the team of the month for the following (Good attendance, awesome PLCs, being team players, and having AWESOME attitudes) They will take a fun trip off campus (weekend) to bond more with their team.

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Curriculum and Instruction:

Click to read our SGP story…

https://goo.gl/mbZXu9

 

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

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  • Continue to plan solid lessons that will ensure solid tier 1 instruction
  • Grades 3-5, continue to use the writing PowerPoint to help students build stamina.

School DATA: 

 

Academic Initiatives:

Math Fact Fluency:

3-5th-grade Team: Do you want to do a school wide Friday morning STOP, DROP, and DRILL for 5 minutes or do you want to carry on with what you are doing currently in your classroom?  If you choose the latter…I ask that you give those names to Dr. V so she can post them on our mastery board. Also, I am going to give you multiplication mastery sheets…these sheets will be used to determine if students receive a pass to the game room or you can use your own; however, the facts must random and out of order. Ms. Reid will give every teacher (K-5)  24 laminated reusable game room passes to encourage your students to master their facts.

Accelerated Reader:

Students should be reading more than ever!!! Please continue to encourage them to read on or above their lexel levels…Please look at Star to update their lexiles.

Professional Learning Tuesday:

Here is the link for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

https://goo.gl/MduR57

 

Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Now that you have your TKES progress report ask for more support if you wish.  Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

 

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This week…

 

Coming Up…

  • Road Runner Rally Monday, January 22nd
  • Monster Jam Field Trip…Sunday, February 25th 10:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

 

January Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

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Week of December 11th

HAPPY Monday!!   We did it!!! Thank you for pushing through and keeping the focus on the main thing: Teaching and Learning!!!

Star SGPs:

Monday, December 11th   marks the 80th  day of school.   With only 10 instructional days left in the semester, our star data is coming in slowly but I am happy to report I am seeing high growth across-the-board (SGPs). Remember our story right now is progress and growth and a good indicator is the Star Universal Screener.  Growth is calculated by 3 areas. Low, typical, and high. (Low Growth-1-34, Typical Growth 35-65, High Growth 66-99)  We want to make sure that we are hovering around typical and high growth (55-99)during this time of year).

Each of you received your growth via email. I want you to look at your  target students (students who are on grade level)  and look to see if they have high growth, if they do not have high growth 1 or 2 things are happening,  we are not challenging these students and we are giving them the same thing we give other students who may not be as high or on grade level as they are.  

The one thing to remember,  our target students who are on grade level but who do not have high growth will hurt us in the end. They may help us to get 1 or 1.5 points for achievement; however, we will not get the points for those students for progress. Remember the magic number for progress is 40 points.

Look at your students who have low growth, this is a major concern we need to intensify how we will use their specific instructional plan to show growth in the areas specific to them.  

Remediation:

This week we will begin remediation (Intense guided Instruction…teacher to student)  on standards not mastered by our target students from 7:30 – 8:05 am.  Our morning tutorial will consist of a weekly alternating schedule between Mathematics and Reading.  The instructional focus for next week (12/11) will be Mathematics (NBT.!) and the following week (12/18) will be Reading.

REMINDERS:

  • Instructional Bulletin Boards must be changed before going home for Christmas. The focus for the bulletin board will be writing K-2): 3-5  Constructed Response task responding to two texts, using the 7 point rubric)  K-5  Math Constructed Responses.
  • Please be on time to work. It is going to take all of us to ensure we are maximizing ALL of our time and it is difficult when members of our team are consistently late.  In addition, our students are left unsupervised.  Going forward, you will receive 3 tardy passes per month, I realize things happen. You will continue to call in to notify us as you did before.  After 3 tardies, you will receive a letter of redirection that will be signed by you and sent to Mr. Usher’s office.  Be mindful, this will impact your rating on TKES under professionalism if you continue to go beyond 3 tardies per month.  Most importantly, don’t jeopardize your lively hood for something so simple.  I am open to discussing this if there is a need.
  • Please make sure students have hallway passes  when leaving the classroom
  • Please do not stay out for recess longer than 10 minutes, it will take 5 minutes to transition students back in the building. Don’t sweat this…if you feel your students are being deprived of recess…drive by the apartments or the community where they reside in the afternoons…they are all outside running and jumping having a grand ole time. 🙂
  • Please DO NOT GRAB, Curse, PUSH, DRAG, PICKUP any student for any reason. I cannot save you from an investigation if you decide to do these things. Please.

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 18th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Based on the feedback I  received, many of you would like to have a more comprehensive approach to selecting the teacher of the year. I would like to put together a team of individuals that comprise of every area in our building which includes the following:  parent, teacher, custodial staff, 1 student, cafeteria rep, and office staff (no more than 7 to 8 people)  to discuss a plan for how we select and what criteria we will look for in the selection process.  The chairs for this team will be Ms. Dees and Dr. Opigo. They will contact you this week to solicit volunteers to be a part of the process committee. 

Video of the week: DATA binders…Check out students completing their data sheets AFTER taking their assessment on Star… We tested two 5th grades classes in the cafeteria EVERY student had their goal sheet in front of them…You could hear a pin drop while they tested…they were so serious. Look what happened after they tested…

 

 

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Kudos to our entire team for helping to move 300 students to the Commerce Club and the Porshe Plant for our 1st Attendance and Good Behavior Field Trip!  Thank you to our team members who stayed behind to cover and for those who traveled on the bus.  JUST SO YOU KNOW …WE WILL HAVE AN EXTRA BUS NEXT YEAR!   ALSO, Our second field trip will be on February 24th  (on a Saturday) to MONSTER TRUCK JAM @ the Mercedes Benz Stadium…this will be for ATTENDANCE, AR, and GOOOOOOD BEHAVIOR!  Right now, we will move 250 students for this trip.  I am looking for a few folks to help me plan…More to come!

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Curriculum and Instruction:

Please continue to reach out for support regarding your TKES progress sheets…We want to be transparent in our approach, so, therefore, this tool will be used as a guide for observations and feedback. Our feedback and observations will only focus on the areas noted in this document in hopes of tailoring our feedback to support you further. We will also continue to create PLs around the support needed.

 

We hope that you find this tool to be beneficial in support of building/extending your capacity, which will positively impact our students’ progress/achievement.

 

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

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  1. TKES Standard #1 Uses higher level questions & thinking skills in instruction
  2.  TKES Standard #2: Analyzes and uses data  (Star, Unit Assessment Data, Benchmark Data)
  3. TKES Standard # 3 Use visual aids (manipulatives concrete stage, representational or pictorial stage and abstract state, thinking maps/graphic organizers, anchor charts)
  4. Check out the picture below of a high school classroom in APS…if your class is not in collaborative groups, I will speak to you individually this week about making this shift.  Whenever I have a guest in the building, this is the feedback that is consistent…Students should be sitting in groups. No more rows, Ls, Us, they must be in groups.   Unless students are testing. SmartSelectImage_2017-11-25-13-42-25

School DATA:

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WELCOME Nixon and Hunter to the ONE MILLION CLUB!

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Other interesting A.R. Data…

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Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,

Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Now that you have your TKES progress report ask for more support if you wish.  Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

 

This week…

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This week: 

The Atlanta Hawks along with our Superintendent will be in our building to pass out eyeglasses to our students…Kudos to Ms. Garlington and her team for taking the lead on this HUGE TASK!!!!!

 

NEXT WEEK… BE PREPARED FOR SOME CHRISTMAS FUN!!! CHECK THE CALENDAR ABOVE FOR EVENTS…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

Click below to sign up for our PL on December 12th

https://tinyurl.com/yajwlr3n

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

December Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

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Week of December 4th

HAPPY Monday!!   We did it!!! Thank you for pushing through and keeping the focus on the main thing: Teaching and Learning!!!

Monday, December 4th   marks the 75th  day of school.   With only 15 instructional days left in the semester, how have we ensured that our students have reached their full potential?   How have we accelerated those who are demonstrating content mastery, while remediating those who have not?  With this said, we have to make sure that we are remediating so that our students will be prepared in a few short months. We must also be intentional about remediating our target students and Level 1s (students who are slated to perform at level 3 or level 4 on GMAS) We can’t just sit back and hope for the best.  I am in talks with 3rd -5th-grade level chairs and we are adding to our plan to ensure we are remediating and intentionally preparing our students for the writing portion of milestones. These changes will happen next week, if not sooner. 

 

 

 

REMINDERS:

  • Instructional Bulletin Boards must be changed before going home for Christmas. The focus for the bulletin board will be writing: 3-5  Constructed Response task responding to two text. (Use the 7 point rubric)
  • Please be on time to work. It is going to take all of us to ensure we are maximizing ALL of our time and it is difficult when members of our team are consistently late.  In addition, our students are left unsupervised.  Going forward, you will receive 3 tardy passes per month, I realize things happen. You will continue to call in to notify us as you did before.  After 3 tardies, you will receive a letter of redirection that will be signed by you and sent to Mr. Usher’s office.  Be mindful, this will impact your rating on TKES under professionalism if you continue to go beyond 3 tardies per month.  Most importantly, don’t jeopardize your lively hood. I am open to discussing this if there is a need. 
  • Please make sure students have hallway passes  when leaving the classroom
  • Please do not stay out for recess longer than 10 minutes, it will take 5 minutes to transition students back in the building. Don’t sweat this…if you feel your students are being deprived of recess…drive by the apartments or the community where they reside in the afternoons…they are all outside running and jumping having a grand ole time. 🙂
  • Please DO NOT GRAB, PUSH, DRAG, PICKUP any student for no reason. I cannot save you from an investigation if you decide to do these things. Please.

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 17th  week of school!

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1. School-Wide Discipline Behavior system… A team was created and presented our new system on last Tuesday.  The team will continue to meet to make sure our system

2. Recognizing all team member’s strengths and using them accordingly… We recently hired one of our parents to work in the media center, which will free up Ms. Leverett to support ELA instruction.

  • The Kindergarten Team created the hiring process for our Pre-K position. They did a phenomenal job! We have a new PRE-K teacher!!! You will meet her on Tuesday.
  • Ms. Garlington and her team organized and planned all events related to Vision to Learn.  At least 200 students received eyeglasses because of their efforts.
  • Ms. Leverett organized the hiring process for our Special Education teacher and boy did she do an amazing job! We have a winner who will start this week. We have a new IRR teacher!!! You will meet her on Tuesday.
  • Ms. Brown organized our Character Day Parade and it was a huge success!
  • Ms. Burchfield took on a new teacher mentee to help her navigate her last days in her master’s degree program.
  • New: In one of the focus groups, someone shared the need to know exactly what the administration team is looking for regarding instruction…We created the TKES Progress sheets to let you know specifically what we will look for when we come to your individual rooms.
  • New…I know in the first 40 or so days communication seemed to be all over the place…and this is common in a new role…because you are still learning and trying to figure out how best to operate. Just know, I am working on a communication template, once the lead team reviews and revise, I will begin to use this in the new year.  So, you know sometimes how we get information about things from word of mouth or just in passing???…If you do not receive a form like the one below…it is not true and have not been reviewed by our leadership team.
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3. Notifying teachers regarding parent concerns and allowing the teachers to schedule conferences or at least be prepared before time….

  • As of a few weeks ago, we created a new protocol, parents must complete a concern sheet regarding any issue they are having. The teacher is contacted and the concerns are shared giving the teacher a chance to resolve the issue. If there is a need for a meeting,  the teacher leads the meeting and takes full control of the outcome with an administrator sitting in for support.

Video of the week: I was fortunate enough to receive a serenade from Ms. Reid’s precious granddaughter. I had a smile on my face the entire day!

 

 

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Kudos to the behavior team for taking ownership of our schoolwide behavior system. I am looking forward to major improvements in the way out students relate to one another and the adults that serve them.

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Curriculum and Instruction:

Please continue to reach out for support regarding your TKES progress sheets…We want to be transparent in our approach, so, therefore, this tool will be used as a guide for observations and feedback. Our feedback and observations will only focus on the areas noted in this document in hopes of tailoring our feedback to support you further. We will also continue to create PLs around the support needed.

 

We hope that you find this tool to be beneficial in support of building/extending your capacity, which will positively impact our students’ progress/achievement.

 

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

 tenor

  1. TKES Standard #1 Uses higher level questions & thinking skills in instruction
  2.  TKES Standard #2: Analyzes and uses data  (Star, Unit Assessment Data, Benchmark Data)
  3. TKES Standard # 3 Use visual aids (manipulatives concrete stage, representational or pictorial stage and abstract state, thinking maps/graphic organizers, anchor charts)
  4. Check out the picture below of a high school classroom in APS…if your class is not in collaborative groups, I will speak to you individually this week about making this shift.  Whenever I have a guest in the building, this is the feedback that is consistent…Students should be sitting in groups. No more rows, Ls, Us, they must be in groups.   Unless students are testing. SmartSelectImage_2017-11-25-13-42-25

School DATA:

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WELCOME, DR. OPIGO’S CLASS!!!!!!! WE SEE YOU!!!!

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Other interesting A.R. Data…

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST WEEK….Cluster Data…Once a month I attend our  Principal’s meeting with my boss, and the Superintendent. They display EVERY schools’ data to the entire district. This will be the start of sharing this data with you guys. I am copying from the powerpoint sent to our cluster.

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Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,

Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Now that you have your TKES progress report ask for more support if you wish.  Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

USE your Instructional plans to inform small group instruction.

This week…

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Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

Click below to sign up for our PL on November 28, 2017

https://tinyurl.com/y8dndorr

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

December Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

2017-11-26_21-12-49

 

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

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Week of November 13th

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HAPPY Monday!!  I truly appreciate your hard work this week!!  Your efforts to help our students grow and be great is duly noted. I know our job is not easy especially when our little people are being difficult.  We just have to continue to press forward and continue to give 100%.

Monday, November 13th   marks the 65th  day of school.   Have a great week BEFORE our much-needed break!!!

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 15 th week of school!

 

Quote for the week…We are almost there…

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1. School-Wide Discipline Behavior system… A team was created and will present our new system on Tuesday during our morning meeting.

2. Recognizing all team member’s strengths and using them accordingly…

  • The Kindergarten Team created the hiring process for our Pre-K position. They did a phenomenal job!
  • Ms. Garlington and her team organized and planned all events related to Vision to Learn.  At least 200 students received eyeglasses because of their efforts.
  • Ms. Leverett organized the hiring process for our Special Education teacher and boy did she do an amazing job! We have a winner who will start this week.
  • Ms. Brown organized our Character Day Parade and it was a huge success!
  • Ms. Burchfield took on a new teacher mentee to help her navigate her last days in her master’s degree program.
  • New: In one of the focus groups, someone shared the need to know exactly what the administration team is looking for regarding instruction…We created the TKES Progress sheets to let you know specifically what we will look for when we come to your individual rooms.

3. Notifying teachers regarding parent concerns and allowing the teachers to schedule conferences or at least be prepared before time….

  • As of o a couple of weeks ago, we created a new protocol, parents must complete a concern sheet regarding any issue they are having. The teacher is contacted and the concerns are shared giving the teacher a chance to resolve the issue. If there is a need for a meeting,  the teacher leads the meeting and takes full control of the outcome with an administrator sitting in for support.

Video of the week:

Trojan Rally

 

 

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Kudos to Ms. Nixon for representing our school well as the 2016-2017 TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!! WELL DESERVED! Resized_21

Kudos to Ms. Leverett for presenting at the GaETC !!!!! Way to go!!!!

Kudos to Ms. Allen for presenting at the School Social Worker Association of Georgia!!!

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Kudos to you guys for your commitment to turning our school around!!!

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Curriculum and Instruction:

In an effort to consistently provide you with the feedback we completed all TKES progress sheets for content area teachers. They are ready to help focus your practice and guide our support.

When you receive your sheet,  please look at your current ratings regarding your performance in Teacher Keys. This tool was revised to focus on your individual areas of (needs) development and/or sustain or grow your areas of proficiency.

The yellow highlights are schoolwide goals, these are goals that we are working on schoolwide and will offer continuous support around.

The turquoise highlights are your individual goals that we want to improve by supporting you through PLs, feedback, and ongoing coaching from our team.

We want to be transparent in our approach, so, therefore, this tool will be used as a guide for observations and feedback. Our feedback and observations will only focus on the areas noted in this document in hopes of tailoring our feedback to support you further.

We hope that you find this tool to be beneficial in support of building/extending your capacity, which will positively impact our students’ progress/achievement.

Warmest Regards,

The Administration Team:

Benita Grant, Principal

Nikki Stroud, Assistant Principal

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

 tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. Remember, your lesson at Glance must be roadmap to what you are teaching
  2. Using  data to form small groups and guided instruction
  3. Data Notebooks (Students should be able to use  their data notebook to speak to their progress in Math and ELA.)

 

School Culture:

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Check out our top three A.R. classes on each grade level!!! I am so excited that ALL of our students are reading!!!!! Welcome, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Ellis Class!!!

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Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,   Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Team, In lieu of our PL Tuesday, I will hold a schoolwide data meeting on Tuesday Morning in the media center.  You will not need to sign up, I will have a hard copy for you to sign.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

USE your Instructional plans to inform small group instruction.

This week…

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Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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  • Lead Team, We will meet on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, @ 3:00 P.M. Place: Ms. Woods Classroom.  We will present out on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (We will talk more about the feedback and discuss the best “teams ” to move the work. (Snacks will be served…sorry for not canceling on the 7th. )

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

November  Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

dob

 

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

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Week of November 6, 2017

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HAPPY Monday!!  I truly appreciate your hard work this week!!  Your efforts to help our students grow and be great is duly noted. I know our job is not easy especially when our little people are being difficult.  We just have to continue to press forward and continue to give 100%.
As you know the official CCRPI scores were released yesterday and two-thirds of the district made progress; however, we did not. Our score decreased from 63 points to 58.  We were the only school in our cluster to not make progress. BUT WAIT!!!!! This is not the end of our story! We have to keep in mind the initiatives that we have put in place on day 1:
  1. A.R. Building stamina through fluency and  tracking  students Lexile Levels
  2. Data Notebooks for our students to track their data so they can make better conscious decisions when engaging in your lessons
  3. Math fact fluency which is important because they form the building blocks for higher-level Math concepts.  Skills such as adding and subtracting larger numbers, telling time, counting money, measurement,  multiplication,  division are just a few of the concepts our students will need to master fluently.  If our little people spend a lot of time doing the basic Facts, they are more likely to be confused with the process and get lost in their calculations.
  4. Attendance …Our collective push to get students to come to school every day!
  5. Our commitment to ensuring we have small group instruction during our literacy and math block that aligns with our data.

If we continue to commit to doing ALL of these things routinely (with a smile and a positive attitude) the ending to our store will change!

Monday, November 6th   marks the 61st  day of school.   Now that we have our CCRPI results back, it’s time to examine those students who did not demonstrate typical or high growth.  This will be a heavy focus for the remainder of the semester. More to come  Tuesday. 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 14th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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1. School-Wide Discipline Behavior system… A team was created and will present our new system on Tuesday during our morning meeting. 

2. Recognizing all team member’s strengths and using them accordingly…

  • The Kindergarten Team created the hiring process for our Pre-K position. They did a phenomenal job! 
  • Ms. Garlington and her team organized and planned all events related to Vision to Learn.  At least 200 students received eyeglasses because of their efforts. 
  • Ms. Leverett organized the hiring process for our Special Education teacher and boy did she do an amazing job! We have a winner who will start this week. 
  • Ms. Brown organized our Character Day Parade and it was a huge success!
  • Ms. Burchfield took on a new teacher mentee to help her navigate her last days in her master’s degree program. 

3. Notifying teachers regarding parent concerns and allowing the teachers to schedule conferences or at least be prepared before time….

  • As of o a couple of weeks ago, we created a new protocol, parents must complete a concern sheet regarding any issue they are having. The teacher is contacted and the concerns are shared giving the teacher a chance to resolve the issue. If there is a need for a meeting,  the teacher leads the meeting and takes full control of the outcome with an administrator sitting in for support. 

Video of the week:

Book Character Parade!

 

 

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Kudos to Ms. Johna Brown for orchestrating such a well-organized BOOK CHARACTER DAY PARADE!

 

Check out Ms. Watkins working with her students in a  small group to help make connections while having a little Holloween fun.

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Kudos to me for spending 3 days in Orlando learning about the IB program. (By the way, it was terribly cold )

 

Congratulations again to our awesome team members (Ms. Woods, Mr. Everett, and Ms. Amey) for being honored with the following trophies, it is now time to pass the torch…Oscar-statue

Kudos to the following team members for…

Employee of the month… Ms. Janice Smith-Johnson

Best Academic Practice (Consistency) of the month… Ms. Dondreia McCrary

                                           IB Practices… Ms. Genitha Jackson

We will honor our team members on Tuesday morning before the start of our data meeting.
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Curriculum and Instruction:

Many of you have received your TKES checklist, the rest will be given out by the end of the week.

When you receive your checklist, Please please look at the “As of right now ratings” to see what needs to be done to improve, the instructional coaches are ready to dive in to support you as well as the admin team. I think it is highly unfair for you to receive “a needs improvement” for the first time on a legal document so I hope you see this as a chance to improve, perfect, and make the indicated areas a consistent practice in your classroom.

The formative Announced Observations will start December 6th. Remember, we are looking at the totality of evidence, not just one snapshot. In order to be proficient you must consistently demonstrate the TKES indicator and in order to be distinguished, you must go above and beyond outside of the classroom to affect change.

Please note, this is a very time-consuming process; however,  you are important enough to make sure that your practice is solid to help move our students in a positive direction.

 

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Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

 tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. Remember, your lesson at Glance must be roadmap to what you are teaching
  2. Using  data to form small groups and guided instruction
  3. Data Notebooks (Students should be able to use  their data notebook to speak to their progress in Math and ELA.)

 

School Culture:

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Check out our top three A.R. classes on each grade level!!! I am so excited that ALL of our students are reading!!!!!

 

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Attendance Winners for last week – Will be announced on the morning announcments. 

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,   Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Team, In lieu of our PL Tuesday, I will hold a schoolwide data meeting on Tuesday Morning in the media center.  You will not need to sign up , I will have a hard copy  for you to sign.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

upcoming events.gif

Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

USE your STAR DATA to inform small group instruction.

This week…

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Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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  • Trojan Rally -Monday, November 6th  Guest Speaker- Pam Hall, Chief Human Resource Officer 

  • Lead Team, We will meet on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, @ 3:00 P.M. Place: Ms. Woods Classroom.  We will present out on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (We will talk more about the feedback and discuss the best “teams ” to move the work.

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

November  Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

dob

 

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

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Week of October 30th

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HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  I am so excited about our upcoming week! We have a lot of great things in store and I am excited to see it all unfold! I hope you enjoyed our fall festival, I had a blast! I had a flight to catch that night to Orlando (IB training) and I waited to the last minute to leave …I arrived on two wheels to the airport trying not to miss my 9:00 P.M. flight!  Thank you for having an open mind about this event; our students had a blast.  I hope that you did too! I look forward to this being an annual event for our students and community!

Monday marks the 59th day of school which means there are only 45 days remaining in the first semester. 59 days down… 122 days to go!  Thank you so much for all that you do and I appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond to INCREASE LIFE CHANCES FOR OUR STUDENTS.

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 13th week of school!

Quote for the week (again)…(This quote is talking to me!)

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Video of the week:

Check it out if you missed Ms. Leverrette’s Haunted House! 

 

 

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Kudos to Ms. Leverette for taking on the LARGE task of bringing FALL FESTIVAL back to Fickett and thank you to ALL of our team who made it happen!  I look forard to your reflections on how we can make it better. Look below…

3rd Graded waited and waited and finally their station was flooded with people!!! Way to go!

 

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Curriculum and Instruction:

Team,

For the past two months, we have given weekly feedback to inform your practice and support you through PLs and PLCs and our plan is to continue. We are taking this support further by giving you a TKES checklist to show you where you stand regarding TKES ratings as of now.  Be on the lookout for an email to pick up your TKES checklist. The admin team (Stroud and I ) will have the checklists in our possessions, we did not want to place them in your boxes of fear of someone having access to your ratings. If you do not have the desired ratings you would like and you want to improve your practice to be a consistent practice, you have time to do so.

When you receive your checklist, Please please look at the “As of right now ratings” to see what needs to be done to improve, the instructional coaches are ready to dive in to support you as well as the admin team. I think it is highly unfair for you to receive “a needs improvement” for the first time on a legal document so I hope you see this as a chance to improve, perfect, and make the indicated areas a consistent practice in your classroom.

The formative Announced Observations will start December 6th. Remember, we are looking at the totality of evidence, not just one snapshot. In order to be proficient you must consistently demonstrate the TKES indicator and in order to be distinguished, you must go above and beyond outside of the classroom to affect change.

Please note, this is a very time-consuming process; however,  you are important enough to make sure that your practice is solid to help move our students in a positive direction.

 

  • 11110-27_15-46-34

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

 tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. Remember, your lesson at Glance must be roadmap to what you are teaching,
  2. Data Notebooks (Students should be able to use  their data notebook to speak to their progress in Math and ELA.)

 

School Culture:

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Check out our top three A.R. classes on each grade level!!! Mr. Everett’s class made the two million word count category!!! Awesome!

 

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Attendance Winners for last week -Ms. Allen was away at a conference…we will update you on Tuesday via email. 

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,   Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday, October 31st.  Click below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

upcoming events.gif

Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

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  • Lead Team, We will meet on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, @ 3:00 P.M. Place: Ms. Woods Classroom.  We will present out on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (We will talk more about the feedback and discuss the best “teams ” to move the work.

  • Trojan Rally -Monday, November 6th  Guest Speaker- Pam Hall, Chief Human Resource Officer 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-   Please continue to use the IB Language daily in your classrooms.

Dr. Blunt-  None for this week

Mr. Doby- None for this week

 

 

October Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

 

 

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

Featured

Week of October 23rd

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HAPPY MONDAY!!!!  I am so excited about our upcoming week! I am looking forward to our Fall Festival and I hope that you are too. Monday marks the 54th day of school which means there are only 50 days remaining in the first semester. 54 days down… 127 days to go!

Team, Please do not forget about our feedback celebration in the media center immediately following dismissal on tomorrow.  As I stated before, I cannot get better nor can you if we do not have an open and honest forum to give feedback. Feedback helps to guide our practices more effectively. I hope to be a better leader as a result of the focus group’s findings.

Check out the video of the week…Our UPS mentors sponsored a trip for our students to Georgia Tech and Flip Burger…check out how to make a Liquid Nitrogen milk shake …

Liquid Nitrogen milk 

 

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 12th week of school!

Quote for the week (again)…(This quote is talking to me!)

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Kudos to ALL of our Professional Development Facilitators who lead dynamic PDs on last Tuesday! Ms. Garlington, Dr. Blunt, Ms. Scott, Mr. Doby,  Ms. Lewis, Ms. Angela Bryant Curry

Kudos to Ms. Hunter HER  STUDENTS ARE DOING AN AWESOME JOB TRACKING THEIR AR DATA!!  Please ask to see their AR data folders.

Kudos to the fourth-grade team for having the fastest transition time in the history of changing classes. During changing of classes… students were given a countdown at the door before entering…I believe it was 10 seconds…the next things I knew…One class started number talks 15 seconds after the class entered and another class started fact fluency drills with their elbow partner 15 seconds after entering the classroom. Things were prepared and students did not have a chance to misbehave because they were too occupied with the countdown and trying to get in place to start their “learning”!

Kudos to Ms. Ingram…for her awesome planning regarding small group instruction based on data! Her Guided reading instruction is fun and well planned out!

Kudos to Ms. Debose…It is never a dull moment in her classroom…students are always engaged…I love the way students stand at attention to read the objective before all lessons and they are responsible for knowing the meaning of the annotated words and making connections within their tasks.

Kudos to Ms. Thomas…for conducting Science Senses Popcorn Lab and giving her students a lesson on LAB SAFETY !! Her students had a ball!

Kudos to Ms. King for organizing our UPS mentorship outing! Our students had a blast visiting Georgia Tech and ending the day at Flip Burger for lunch!

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Kudos to Ms. Royal and Dr. Orpigo for competing in the Special Olympics and BRINGING HOME THE WINNING PRIZE!!!images

 

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Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Data Binders: Students should be creating goals and documenting assessments in their binders. The Team will come around this week to interview your students.  The interview will include completing the student goal sheet for every student. This will not be a quick process; therefore, we will pull students out of enrichment to complete this task. (This task is still underway)

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

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  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance.
  2. Data Notebooks (Students should be able to use  their data notebook to speak to their progress in Math and ELA.)
  3. New- Please make sure that SWD students are following their IEP explicitly. Students cannot spend more time in a resource environment in the name of extra help and more support if it is not in their IEP to do so.  This is potentially a lawsuit waiting to happen and compensatory services that the district will have to pay. When in doubt please ask. We are here to help!

 

School Culture:

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Check out our top three A.R. classes on each grade level!!! Mr. Everett’s class made the one million word count!!! Awesome!

 (New) Report pulled on 10/13/17

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 AR!!! Way to go!!!!!!! Check out what happened last week!!!

 

Attendance Winners for last week 10-16/ 10-20:

Ms. Rainwater -Pre K 100%

Ms. Amey- K-  97%

Ms. Echols- 1st- 100%

Ms. Allen-2nd – 98%

Ms. Hunter- 3rd – 100%

Ms. Woods-4th -100%

Dr. Greer- 5th- 99%

Dr. Opigo-3rd-5th- 98%

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,   Please do not forget about  out  our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday.  Click below.

https://tinyurl.com/yd3bzjd2

 

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

Mon Oct 23 All day
 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon
All day
Forecast for 30311 (70° | 50°)
All day
 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
All day
 Red Ribbon Week
Tue Oct 24 All day
 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon
All day
 Red Ribbon Week
All day
Forecast for 30311 (65° | 41°)
9:00am – 10:30am
 Fire Safety Puppet Show – Fickett Elementary School, 3935 Rux Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, USA
3:00pm – 4:00pm
 Professional Development Tuesdays – Fickett Elementary School, 3935 Rux Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, USA This recurring event is part of a series.
Wed Oct 25 All day
 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon
All day
 Red Ribbon Week
All day
Forecast for 30311 (59° | 42°)
Thu Oct 26 All day
 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon
All day
 Red Ribbon Week
All day
 Real People Read
Fri Oct 27 All day
 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon
All day
 Red Ribbon Week
5:00pm – 8:00pm
 Fall Festival – Fickett Elementary School, 3935 Rux Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, USA


Focus Group Feedback Staff Meeting – 10/24/17 Time: 3:00-5:00 Refreshments will be served. 
Coming soon…

  • Trojan Rally -Monday, November 6th  Guest Speaker- Pam Hall, Chief Human Resource Officer 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-   None for this week

Dr. Blunt-  None for this week

Mr. Doby- None for this week

 

 

October Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

 

 

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

Featured

Week of October 16, 2017

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HAPPY MONDAY!!!! It is hard to believe we are already into October, and Fall break has come and gone!!!    Monday marks the 49th  day of school, which means there are only 45 days remaining in the 1st semester!!! 49 days down…..132 days to go!

Team, Thank you so much for your day-to-day effort with our students and your relentless commitment to making sure that our children have better life chances. I know that sometimes this job never gets the accolades that other jobs do but I want you to know that every night I go home, I go home confident that we did well by our students. So, thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you!             

Feedback…

The feedback is here …The feedback is here!!! Team, I met with the consultant this early this week to discuss the feedback and have devised a plan to redeliver the feedback and talk about our next steps! Please save the following date Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 3:00- 5:00. Heavy Refreshments will be served.

This is still the video of the year…….Check out what happened during our 1st Grade AR Award Show….

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 11th week of school!

Quote for the week…(This quote is talking to me!)

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  • Kudos to the following team members: The bulletin board winners are Ms. Burchfield, Ms. Nixon, and Ms. P. Scott (You will receive a token of appreciation)
  • Kudos to Ms. Endicott she will present at the NSTA National Conference in March! Be sure to give her a HIGH FIVE! Look below…
  • Kudos to Ms. Leverette she was chosen by district officials to be a part of the Aspiring Assistant Principal Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Please support her as she will be given extra duties to support her practice. 
  • Kudos to ALL of our Professional Development Facilitators who lead dynamic PDs on last Tuesday! Dr. Varnado, Dr. Blunt,  Ms. Lewis,  Ms. Scott, Mr. Doby, Ms. Garlington
  • Kudos to the first-grade team for taking their math fluency drills! They are so serious about their drills!  Thank you, Dr. Blunt!!!20171006_074114 Kuduo to our fifth-grade girls for showing up in style at our first annual Awesome Girl’s Tea!

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Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Data Binders: Students should be creating goals and documenting assessments in their binders. The Team will come around this week to interview your students.  The interview will include completing the student goal sheet for every student. This will not be a quick process; therefore, we will pull students out of enrichment to complete this task. (This task is still underway)

 Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance.

 

School Culture:

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Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!!

(Hello, Ms. Watkins!!! ) 

(New) Report pulled on 10/13/17

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Attendance Winners:

Ms. Rainwater -Pre K

Ms. Thomas- K

Ms. Echols- 1st

Ms. Scott- 1st

Ms. Allen- 2nd

Ms. Njie- 3rd 100%

Ms. Jackson-4th

Mr. Everette- 5th

Dr. Opigo-3rd-5th

 

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team do not forget a out  our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday.  Click below.

https://tinyurl.com/yc4epvur

 

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

Mon Oct 16 All day

 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon

All day

 Report Cards Go Home

All day

 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

All day

All day

 Global Hand Washing Day! (CDC)

All day

 “Friends of the Library” Week

Tue Oct 17 All day

 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon

All day

 “Friends of the Library” Week

3:00pm – 4:00pm

 Professional Development Tuesdays – Fickett Elementary School, 3935 Rux Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331, USA This recurring event is part of a series.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

 PTA Meeting

6:30pm – 7:30pm

 Title 1 Parent Workshop

Wed Oct 18 All day

 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon

All day

 “Friends of the Library” Week

10:00am – 12:30pm

 (Special Olympics) Elementary BOCCE – Coan Park, 1530 Woodbine Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30317, USA

Thu Oct 19 All day

 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon

All day

 “Friends of the Library” Week

10:30am – 11:30am

 Title 1 Meeting

Fri Oct 20 All day

 Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Can-A -Thon

All day

 “Friends of the Library” Week

All day

 Red Ribbon/Hosea Helps Sock Hop

11:00am – 2:00pm

Atlanta Public Schools State of the District: Homecoming – Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy – 225 James P Brawley Drive Northwest – Atlanta, GA 30314

Coming soon…

  • Focus Group Feedback Staff Meeting – 10/24/17 Time: 3:00-5:00 Refreshments will be served. 
  • Trojan Rally -Monday, November 6th  Guest Speaker- Pam Hall, Chief Human Resource Officer 

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-   None for this week

Dr. Blunt-  None for this week

Mr. Doby- None for this week

 

 

October Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

119-29_19-36-12

 

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

 

 

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

Featured

Week of October 2nd

 

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HAPPY MONDAY!!!! It is hard to believe we are already into October, and Fall break is just around the corner.    Monday marks the 41st  day of school, which means there are only 50 days remaining in the 1st semester!!! 41 days down…..137 days to go!

Thank you so much for giving your time on yesterday during our customer service training. Like our consultant stated, in order for anyone to get better be it a small business, corporation, teacher, principal, etc.  you have to receive constant feedback so that you know your approach is effective or not. I also appreciate you giving up your time today to attend our focus groups. I asked for a consultant to come in, someone who is not from the district,  to collect real feedback so I can approve my practice. Before the consultant spoke with you, I asked her to press you for specific examples so I will know exactly what I need to do to make your jobs better and most importantly help me to grow as a leader. Please note…I am not interested in who said what nor was the information offered to me…this  process was TOTALLY anonymous .

I assure you that there is no such thing as negative feedback, so therefore I look forward to receiving my analytical packet on how I can improve. In fact, I am excited because I will know specifically how to lead.

So again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to give me feedback.

Video of the YEAR….Check out what happened during our 1st Grade AR Awards Show….

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 10th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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Drum Roll Please……

The I care award goes to…..Mr. Everette!!!!!

The Best Practices Award goes to…..Ms. Amey!!!!

The employee of the Month goes to….Ms. Woods!!!!

Please join us on Tuesday in the media center before out PDs to celebrate our team members!!!

 

  • Kudos to ALL of our Professional Development Facilitators who lead dynamic PDs on last Tuesday! Dr. Varnado, Dr. Blunt,  Ms. King, Ms. Scott, Mr. Doby, Ms. Leverette,  and our Guest Facilitator, Ms. Mechelle Reynolds20170919_15511620170919_154339
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, for helping to stir the excitement around math fact fluency!!  Meet our newest Multiplication Queen, N. Dorsey!20170929_080444

 

  • Kudos to Ms. Gigi, Ms. Hall and Ms. Allen for hosting our GRANDPARENTS!!! WE HAD OVER ONE HUNDRED  PEOPLE TO ATTEND! Thanks for being creative and thinking outside of the box!20170929_09285720170929_092503.jpg
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!

 

  • KUDOS TO OUR STUDENTS FOR MEETING THEIR AR GOALS!!! TEACHERS,  THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE! AR Dog Tags
  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class’ word count.
  • Kudos to our APS Officers for being committed to our students…#Mentorship
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Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!! (Hello Mr. Everette and Ms. Nixon!!! ) 

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Curriculum and Instruction:


  • Intervention and Progress Monitoring data for all Tier 2 and Tier 3 students, is due in Infinite Campus by OCTOBER  2nd. 
  • Please see Ms. Garlington if you have 

  • any questions or concerns. 

  •  Need some ideas for Number Talks? Click the link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Post Assessments-
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc.
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs
  • Data Binders: Students should be creating goals and documenting assessments in their binders. The Team will come around this week to interview your students.  The interview will include completing the student goal sheet for every student. This will not be a quick process; therefore, we will pull students out of enrichment to complete this task.

 Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance.
  2. Now that we have finished the first unit of study, we have our data and now we need to go back and reteach those students who did not master the standards (the red and yellow students)  during your small group time for ELA and  Math. During small groups/stations, please be sure to have a review center so that those students who did not master the standards in unit 1 will have an opportunity to practice. Please be sure to label the station review or something similar.  Also, don’t forget to give homework that aligns to the standards they did not master in unit 1 for further practice. .Lastly,  be sure to pull those students in small or large groups based on their deficiencies and reteach explicitly the standard/s they did not master. Here is how you can be creative, look at all of your students and create a plan to reteach them using all of your resources. This may mean  Ms. Grant’s  class visiting her neighbor’s class to be retaught a standard they did not master. The same class may visit Ms.  Grant’s class to be retaught a standard. If this is something you decide to do, please run it by the coaches so they can support you. I ask that you designate one day in the week if you decide to reteach in this way.The instructional coaches will use the district Benchmark, that will be given in a few short weeks, to gauge whether or not your yellow and red students will  need more intense support.
  3. Depth of  Knowledge: Tasks must align to DOK 2…then gradually release to 3 and then  4…in order for students to truly master the standards…Also,  Please be sure to ask questions using DOK 3 and 4. In order for students to practice rigor.
    Level 2: Skills and Concepts
    At this level, a student must make some decisions about his or her approach. Tasks with more than one mental step such as comparing, organizing, summarizing, predicting, and estimating are usually Level 2.
    Level 3: Strategic Thinking
    At this level of complexity, students must use planning and evidence, and thinking is more abstract. A task with multiple valid responses where students must justify their choices would be Level 3. Examples include solving non-routine problems, designing an experiment, or analyzing characteristics of a genre.
    Level 4: Extended Thinking
    Level 4 tasks require the most complex cognitive effort. Students synthesize information from multiple sources, often over an extended period of time, or transfer knowledge from one domain to solve problems in another. Designing a survey and interpreting the results, analyzing multiple texts by to extract themes, or writing an original myth in an ancient style would all be examples of Level 4
  4.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!” This is a must!
  5. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.
  6.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  7.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  The Game Room operation hours are ONLY during lunch and recess. If your students are not returning on time, please contact Mr. Perrino.

90% Attendance Rule
Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

I am excited to announce our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday.  Click below.

http://tinyurl.com/ybmetllp

 

 

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! 

Morning Protocol (based on your feedback):

Based on your feedback regarding the POD, DOL, and AR. When students walk into the classroom, the first thing they should do is grab their break-FAST and begin working on the POD or DOL… Remember, this is only practice. If a student comes in late, they will miss this opportunity…we can not afford to start ELA late because it throws off everything else. Regarding AR…students can read and take tests when they finish an assignment early, during your small group instruction, and in the morning when they arrive before 7:50. Regarding SEL…it is okay to circle up when you are missing students in the morning. SEL should be completed by 8:10

It is imperative that Instruction starts at 8:15 A.M. every day. 

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

Lead Team: October 4th….Book Study Report out

Place: Media Center. Remember to report out as a team. 

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Coming soon…

  • Fire Safety Month (Assembly – K-2 October 24th) 
  • Bully Prevention Month
  • Global Handwashing Day October 16th
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is set up; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-  Please continue to use the language of IB! She will talk more about this in PLCs

Dr. Blunt- We will use the Data Wise Rolling Agenda for ELA starting next week

Mr. Doby- Math PLC-

 

 

October Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

Featured

Week of September 25th

 

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HAPPY Monday!!!!  We did it….we made it through a FULL work week with no days off!!!   Monday marks the 36th  day of school!!!  36 days down…..142 days to go! We have a busy week ahead of us.

Please continue to keep the focus on teaching and learning. IF anyone tries to talk to you about things that will negatively steer us in the wrong direction and take our attention away from the main thing and that is…#IncreasingLIFEchances  …PLEASE look at them like this…

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Why…Because our babies ,like this little fella, need all hands, hearts, and minds on deck at all times…

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 9th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Kudos to ALL of our Professional Development Facilitators who lead dynamic PDs on last Tuesday! Dr. Varnado, Dr. Blunt,  Ms. Woods, Ms. Scott, Ms. Leverette,  and our Guest Facilitators: Mr. Larry Wallace and Ms. Elizabeth Woods!20170919_15522720170919_15511620170919_154339
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, for helping to stir the excitement around math fact fluency!!  Meet our newest Multiplication Queen, Ryanna Baltimore!20170922_073756
  • Kudos to Ms. King,  Ms. Garlington, and Ms. Burchfield for representing Fickett well at Morehouse College this past week! Thank you for helping to develop our scholars so they can have the biggest impact on our students! #IncreasingLIFEchances
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week! HOLD TIGHT…due to the class changes…we had a difficult time calculating for this week.
  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class’ word count.

Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!! (Mr. St. Cyr., you are so close to having One Million words read!!!) Welcome, Ms. Amey!!!

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  • Kudos to Grades K-5: PERFECT PLANNING for all grade levels who have participated in Grade Level Planning Days!  You are to be commended for your collaboration!

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Curriculum and Instruction:

  • (New) Need some ideas for Number Talks? Click the link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Post Assessments-
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc.
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs
  • Data Binders: Students should be creating goals and documenting assessments in their binders. The Team will come around this week to interview your students.  The interview will include completing the student goal sheet for every student. This will not be a quick process; therefore, we will pull students out of enrichment to complete this task.

 Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance.
  2. Depth of  Knowledge: Tasks must align to DOK 2…then gradually release to 3 and then  4…in order for students to truly master the standards…Also,  Please be sure to ask questions using DOK 3 and 4. In order for students to practice rigor.
    Level 2: Skills and Concepts
    At this level, a student must make some decisions about his or her approach. Tasks with more than one mental step such as comparing, organizing, summarizing, predicting, and estimating are usually Level 2.
    Level 3: Strategic Thinking
    At this level of complexity, students must use planning and evidence, and thinking is more abstract. A task with multiple valid responses where students must justify their choices would be Level 3. Examples include solving non-routine problems, designing an experiment, or analyzing characteristics of a genre.
    Level 4: Extended Thinking
    Level 4 tasks require the most complex cognitive effort. Students synthesize information from multiple sources, often over an extended period of time, or transfer knowledge from one domain to solve problems in another. Designing a survey and interpreting the results, analyzing multiple texts by to extract themes, or writing an original myth in an ancient style would all be examples of Level 4
  3.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  4. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.
  5.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  6.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Hurricane Irma Make Up Days

  • All Charter School Systems have waivers from O.C.G.A. 20-2-168 and State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.02 School Day and School Year for Students and Employees regarding the number of days and hours of instruction required in a school year.
  • Therefore, for Charter Systems …., the decision to make-up school days missed for any reason is at the discretion of the superintendent and local boards of education understanding that the student performance accountability terms for each contract remain in place.
  • Given the guidance, NO makeup DAYS for September 11-13th

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  The Game Room operation hours are ONLY during lunch and recess. If your students are not returning on time, please contact Mr. Perrino.

90% Attendance Rule
Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

I am excited to announce our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

Please be sure to sign up for your PD before Tuesday.  Click below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NdQgm170BJNJby0POb3-gZCNA24Qute8n8d5-yJOigY/edit

 

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! 

Morning Protocol (based on your feedback):

Based on your feedback regarding the POD, DOL, and AR. When students walk into the classroom, the first thing they should do is grab their break-FAST and begin working on the POD or DOL… Remember, this is only practice. If a student comes in late, they will miss this opportunity…we can not afford to start ELA late because it throws off everything else. Regarding AR…students can read and take tests when they finish an assignment early, during your small group instruction, and in the morning when they arrive before 7:50. Regarding SEL…it is okay to circle up when you are missing students in the morning. SEL should be completed by 8:10

It is imperative that Instruction starts at 8:15 A.M. every day. 

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

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Coming soon…

  • Quality Student Work Bulletin Boards– Due September 29th (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is set up; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support. 

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- Thank you for your PEACE DAY Displays!!!! I really appreciate your efforts.

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby- Math PLC-

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

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No more birthdays for the month of September!

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316

 

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Week of September 18th

 

 

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Team,

HAPPY Monday!!!!  Thank you so much for 2 whole days of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta! 31 days down…..147 days to go! I was glad to see all of you return to work last Thursday with minimal damage and power restored! I am thankful that you were okay! I am so excited about the week in front of us!  There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 8th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Kudos to Ms. Nixon ‘s Scholar, Christopher, for teaching his students how to be fluent, expressive and socially conscience through spoken work. (All a part of  reading fluency)
  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, every morning starting at 7:30 a.m. students are ready and excited about taking their multiplication fact fluency assessment! Please be sure to check out our board outside of the main office, you will see students who are on their way to mastering all of their facts and you will also see students who have mastered all of their facts.

 

  • Kudos to Ms. Gordon and Ms. Smith-Johnson for planning from start to finish the interviews for our Special Education

    download (2)Paraprofessional position. With a little direction, they screened candidates, set up interviews via email, created questions and created a panel to interview their candidates. As a panel member, I was very impressed  (not surprised) with how professional they were with all candidates considered and how seamless their process was regarding making sure that all candidates had a fair chance. I do believe because of their solid system we have a solid candidate.

  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded to…Ms. Watkins  97%, Ms. Echols 100%!!!, Ms. Brown 98%, Ms. Burchfield 98%, Ms. Nixon 99%, Ms. Woods 100%!!!, Ms. Evertt 100%!!!, Dr. Opigo 100%!!!, and Ms. Wilson 100%!!!

 

  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class word count. Mr. St. CYR…YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO ONE MILLION!!!!
    (Based on feedback we received from grades 1 and 2, it is feasible for our students in those grades to read 3 books per week and take AR test three times per week. Grades 3, 4, and 5 are still the expected to read one book per night on their Lexile Level or slightly above and take daily tests. However, due to our technical issues, I am lowering that requirement to four books per week; however, students who read five will be rewarded. The requirements for the Pitt passes will remain the same. Remember all books have to be on the students’ readability level or slightly above in order for us to make the greatest impact with Lexile levels. This can no longer be a best practice, this is a requirement for all students in order for us to fill the impact in ELA.  Based on our literacy scores this year, we cannot afford to not do this. Please note, Ms. Leverett has made access to the Chromebook cart assessable.) We will start contacting parents this week for those students who are not reading the required number of books.  Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for pushing AR!!!!!

Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!!

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curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

  • (New) Need some ideas for Number Talks? Click the link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks/

No Change…Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.  Please note, we are noticing that some team members need more assistance with the Lesson at a Glance and therefore they will be asked to turn in their Lessons at a Glance on Thursdays of each week after Labor Day just so we can provide the necessary support needed before the start of the new week. We will contact those teachers individually. (We will contact those individuals this week 9-4-17) 

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Assessment: All assessments for mid checks have been uploaded to Mastery Connect…Dr. Blunt and Mr. Doby will administer unit 1 mid checks this week. 
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc. Teacher’s in grades K, 1, and 2…please begin to convey (with Mr. Doby) the strategies you are using with your students in math so that we can create our math fact fluency drills centered around the strategies you are using in the classroom. We want our drills to be fair! ( I am waiting on the strategies 9-4)
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text” 
  • Please follow the ELA Literacy Block provided by Dr. Blunt.
  • Our instructional coaches are currently working on a catalog for professional development based on the feedback you have been given so that we can further support you. The catalog will be available on Monday. Every team member will have to attend a professional development on the days given and keep track using a professional development passport that will be turned in at the end of the year for the summative review. Our professional development will be differentiated based on the needs of all team members. Not everyone needs a professional development on annotating standards and using the language of the standard throughout the lesson.  Again, we will make sure that there is a professional development that will suit all of our needs. (New 9-4-17)
  • Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.
(Nothing has changed 9/18/17) Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor
  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. We will begin to use the units of study for our focus walks. Be sure to follow your Lessons at Glance to ensure your approach is balanced regarding our units of study
  2. (NEW) Please make sure that your lessons at a glance reflect true instructional planning. Your focus lesson cannot be anything other than you explicitly teaching the standard and modeling what the task will look like when students are guided,  collaborating with their peers, working in small groups, and when appropriate independent practice.  Also, please be careful about using Journeys for your literacy block as a whole group. Journeys is designed for on grade level instruction, many of our students are not on grade level and therefore they should be instructed using leveled books/texts on their readability level (using the grade level standard), this is the only way our struggling readers will become better readers, which occurs during Guided Reading. We are continuing to monitor the literacy block and will have an update that will follow that will reflect our observations. If you are not sure how the literacy black should look, please reach out to Dr. Blunt for more support.
  3.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  4. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.  (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
  5.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  6.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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No Change…Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids who are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not.  Please do not send your students out of the room without an official pass (not handwritten).  Please.

Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a  program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents.  You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)

Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce that the instructional  team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M)  to offer students a chance to  take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

90% Attendance Rule

Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

I am excited to announce our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! 

Morning Protocol (based on your feedback):

Based on your feedback regarding the POD, DOL, and AR. When students walk into the classroom, the first thing they should do is grab their break-FAST and begin working on the POD or DOL… Remember, this is only practice. If a student comes in late, they will miss this opportunity…we can not afford to start ELA late because it throws off everything else. Regarding AR…students can read and take tests when they finish an assignment early, during your small group instruction, and in the morning when they arrive before 7:50. Regarding SEL…it is okay to circle up when you are missing students in the morning. SEL should be completed by 8:10 no later than 8:15.

It is imperative that Instruction starts at 8:15 A.M. every day. 

This week…

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

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Coming soon…

  • Quality Student Work Bulletin Boards– Due September 29th (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Regency Park subdivision Neighborhood Meeting
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is set up; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

News…(Not enough days last week to gather news)

  • Congratulations to Ms. Wilson!! She and her husband will be moving to NYC
  • Congratulation to Ms. Rainwater…she is our NEW Pre-K Paraprofessional
  • Congratulations to Ms. Maddox, she is our new 1st Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Cezanne Pope, she will be our new 5th Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Rae Debose, she will be our new 3rd Grade Teacher200

 

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist

  • Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist
  • IB Team Meeting, Wednesday, September 20th from 3:00-3:30
  • Peace Day- Displays are due September 20th

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Coaching Cycle will start for selected team members

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

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Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Teachers, be prepared to use a different PLC protocol template this week. All team members should bring their laptops to all PLC meetings.

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

 

Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

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Week of September 11th (Remembering those who lost their lives 16 years ago)

Question to ponder… What can we do to start instruction EVERY day by 8:10 A.M.????  https://todaysmeet.com/startontime

Here is the feedback received.

  • “The late comers are car-riders and their parents can be notified of the condensed breakfast policy and morning activities”
  • “Stick to the time line of POD/DOL/Breakfast 7:30-7:50 and make sure SEL is 7:55-8:10, not starting SEL at 8:10, it can be done.”
  • “Allow students to go to the restroom anytime before 8:10 and emergencies before 10:15.”
  • “Stick to the schedule:  AR from 7:30-7:50, then DOL from 7:50-8:05, and SEL from 8:05-8:15”

Action Plan: Based on your feedback, we reached out to parents and notified them of the NEW breakfast changes in the morning. We communicated that if your student is late (after 8:01) we will gladly serve them breakfast; however, it will be condensed. Fruit and or pastry with a juice or milk. Students will be expected to eat their condensed breakfast and work at the same time. 

Based on your feedback regarding the POD, DOL, and AR. When students walk into the classroom, the first thing they should do is grab their break-FAST and begin working on the POD or DOL… Remember, this is only practice. If a student comes in late, they will miss this opportunity…we can not afford to start ELA late because it throws off everything else. Regarding AR…students can read and take tests when they finish an assignment early, during your small group instruction, and in the morning when they arrive before 7:50. Regarding SEL…it is okay to circle up when you are missing students in the morning. SEL should be completed by 8:10 no later than 8:15. 

It is imperative that Instruction starts at 8:15 A.M. every day. 

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Team,

HAPPY Tuesday!!!!  Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta! 28 days down…..152 days to go! We had a lot of wonderful things to happen this week, we started off the week with a Trojan Talk, we had several parents to attend to hear the good news about Fickett Elementary school. We shared with parents our Big 3 and how they can support us at home. We also toured the building and stopped by several classrooms to look at their child’s data notebook. Many of our parents were impressed and some were startled with the presented data. It is always exciting to have parents in her building so that we can take the opportunity to share the good work we are doing!

I wish everyone a smooth and short 7th week of school!

Quote for the week…

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  • Kudos to the 4th and 5th-grade team, every morning starting at 7:30 a.m. students are ready and excited about taking their multiplication fact fluency assessment! Please be sure to check out our board outside of the main office, you will see students who are on their way to mastering all of their facts and you will also see students who have mastered all of their facts.

 

  • Kudos to Ms. Gordon and Ms. Smith-Johnson for planning from start to finish the interviews for our Special Education 

    download (2)Paraprofessional position. With little direction, they screened candidates, set up interviews via email, created questions and created a panel to interview their candidates. As a panel member, I was very impressed  (not surprised) with how professional they were with all candidates considered and how seamless their process was regarding making sure that all candidates had a fair chance. I do believe because of their solid system we have a solid candidate.

  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded to…Ms. Watkins  97%, Ms. Echols 100%!!!, Ms. Brown 98%, Ms. Burchfield 98%, Ms. Nixon 99%, Ms. Woods 100%!!!, Ms. Evertt 100%!!!, Dr. Opigo 100%!!!, and Ms. Wilson 100%!!!

 

  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class word count. Mr. St. CYR…YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO ONE MILLION!!!!
    (Based on feedback we received from grades 1 and 2, it is feasible for our students in those grades to read 3 books per week and take AR test three times per week. Grades 3, 4, and 5 are still the expected to read one book per night on their Lexile Level or slightly above and take daily tests. However, due to our technical issues, I am lowering that requirement to four books per week; however, students who read five will be rewarded. The requirements for the Pitt passes will remain the same. Remember all books have to be on the students’ readability level or slightly above in order for us to make the greatest impact with Lexile levels. This can no longer be a best practice, this is a requirement for all students in order for us to fill the impact in ELA.  Based on our literacy scores this year, we cannot afford to not do this. Please note, Ms. Leverett has made access to the Chromebook cart assessable.) We will start contacting parents this week for those students who are not reading the required number of books.  Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for pushing AR!!!!!

Check out our top two A.R. classes on each grade level!!!

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curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

  • (New) Need some ideas for Number Talks? Click the link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks/

No Change…Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.  Please note, we are noticing that some team members need more assistance with the Lesson at a Glance and therefore they will be asked to turn in their Lessons at a Glance on Thursdays of each week after Labor Day just so we can provide the necessary support needed before the start of the new week. We will contact those teachers individually. (We will contact those individuals this week 9-4-17) 

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Assessment: All assessments for mid checks have been uploaded to Mastery Connect…Dr. Blunt and Mr. Doby will administer unit 1 mid checks this week. 
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc. Teacher’s in grades K, 1, and 2…please begin to convey (with Mr. Doby) the strategies you are using with your students in math so that we can create our math fact fluency drills centered around the strategies you are using in the classroom. We want our drills to be fair! ( I am waiting on the strategies 9-4)
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text” 
  • Please follow the ELA Literacy Block provided by Dr. Blunt.
  • Our instructional coaches are currently working on a catalog for professional development based on the feedback you have been given so that we can further support you. The catalog will be available on Monday. Every team member will have to attend a professional development on the days given and keep track using a professional development passport that will be turned in at the end of the year for the summative review. Our professional development will be differentiated based on the needs of all team members. Not everyone needs a professional development on annotating standards and using the language of the standard throughout the lesson.  Again, we will make sure that there is a professional development that will suit all of our needs. (New 9-4-17)
  • Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.
(Nothing has changed 9/12//17) Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor
  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. We will begin to use the units of study for our focus walks. Be sure to follow your Lessons at Glance to ensure your approach is balanced regarding our units of study
  2. (NEW) Please make sure that your lessons at a glance reflect true instructional planning. Your focus lesson cannot be anything other than you explicitly teaching the standard and modeling what the task will look like when students are guided,  collaborating with their peers, working in small groups, and when appropriate independent practice.  Also, please be careful about using Journeys for your literacy block as a whole group. Journeys is designed for on grade level instruction, many of our students are not on grade level and therefore they should be instructed using leveled books/texts on their readability level (using the grade level standard), this is the only way our struggling readers will become better readers, which occurs during Guided Reading. We are continuing to monitor the literacy block and will have an update that will follow that will reflect our observations. If you are not sure how the literacy black should look, please reach out to Dr. Blunt for more support.
  3.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  4. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.  (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
  5.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  6.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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No Change…Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids who are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not.  Please do not send your students out of the room without an official pass (not hand written).  Please.

Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a  program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents.  You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)

Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce that the instructional  team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M)  to offer students a chance to  take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

90% Attendance Rule

Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

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Click here to sign up for support…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! Please note, the kindergarten teachers are not able to use their support due to students who remain in the cafeteria after their time is up. Please pick up your students on time. Also, please make sure you take your students to the restroom before going to specials. 

This week…

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Correction: Afterschool tutorial starts at 3:00 and ends at 4:00. If for some reason, 24 hours ahead of time, you are not able to stay for  tutorial , you must communicate to me only. Otherwise, it is expected that all teachers have tutorial  on Thursdays. Also, be sure to complete your tutorial sheet weekly and turn them into me before leaving. Our students need this extra practice.  Thank you. I really appreciate your sincere efforts.

Coming soon…

  • A.R. parent meeting (We will have another meeting next week for 4th grade…Ms. Reid will send out the flyers)
  • Quality Student Work Bulletin BoardsDue September 29 th (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Peace Day Projects are due next week. Please see Dr. Varanado 
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is setup; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

News…

  • Congratulations to Ms. Wilson!! She and her husband will be moving to NYC
  • Congratulation to Ms. Rainwater…she is our NEW Pre-K Paraprofessional
  • Congratulations to Ms. Maddox, she is our new 1st Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Cezanne Pope, she will be our new 5th Grade Teacher
  • Welcome Ms. Rae Debose, she will be our new 3rd Grade Teacher200

Team,

When we leave feedback for you via our phone message pads, we use the information to create professional developments, school-wide and individually, to support you!  If you are not receiving the feedback you would like regarding our past focus observations, please contact the following team members to assist you.  In addition, the coaches will also reach out to you individually based on the feedback collected.

Need support using data and flexible grouping?

Contact Ms. Woods

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Data notebooks
  • Data wall
  • Using your data to plan for small groups
  • Interpreting data

Need support using writing and using your annotated objective throughout your lesson?

Contact Mr. Doby

Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Using synonyms to define language of the standard
  • Getting your students to effectively communicate the standard and relate the standard to the task or activity they are working on
  • How to use your objective throughout the lesson

Need support leveling your classroom library?

Contact Dr. Blunt

Need support in the lower grades with A.R.?

Contact Ms. Echols

  • Using Lexile Level bookmarks to make your students independent.
  • How to log your students on to A.R.
  • How to track and  monitor

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado- Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist

  • Wednesday, September 13th- Collaborative Planning with IB Specialist
  • IB Team Meeting, Wednesday, September 20th from 3:00-3:30
  • Peace Day- Displays are due September 20th

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Coaching Cycle will start for selected team members

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

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Alicia Njie- 12th

Jamaal Beazer- 15th

Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

 

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday…Coaching Cycle will start for selected team members

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday…Coaching cycle will start for selected team members

 

 

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:

http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

 

HODGES, GLORIA 3-5 (678) 401-5223
Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

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Week of September 5th

Question to ponder… What can we do to start instruction EVERY day by 8:10 A.M.????  7:30-7:50 Breakfast and POD/ DOL?    7:55-8:10 SEL?  (Students who come in late…have a student to leave a fruit or pastry on their table..they can eat and work at the same time???  Morning restroom break???? What can we do?  Think about it…. Enter your thoughts on the link below or simply email me.

https://todaysmeet.com/startontime

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Team,

 

HAPPY Tuesday!!!!   Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning! 24 days down…..156 to go!

I thank you for another week of teaching and learning at the best Elementary School in the city of Atlanta. Thank you for those of you who received visits from our outside supporters and most importantly I thank you for giving your students your very very best! During one of our visits, students were able to explain what they were doing through the language of the standard; One class, in particular, the students were so thorough they continued to expound and expound… eventually, we had to direct them back to the task! lol!

 Again, thank you for your well-planned lessons, your positive interactions with your students, and (because of you) their positive interactions with their peers.

I wish everyone a smooth and short 6th week of school!

You are absolutely terrific!

George R.R. Martin“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Dr. Greer’s class for circling up to conduct SEL! I was able to join the group and I had a fantastic time getting to know the students.

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  • Kudos to Ms. Krystle Scott for planning and organizing the fifth grade Woodruff Art’s exposure field trips for the year. Fifth-grade teachers were trained and will be given the opportunity to expose their students to the ARTS, free of charge!
  • Kudos to all of our classes in grades kindergarten through fifth grade for taking time out to put together their data notebooks. It was so interesting to see students discussing their data and really strategizing how and what they can do this year to make it better. I heard one student say he was going to talk to his mom about making sure that he did not miss any more days in school. I heard another student say they could not wait until they took their next assessment to get a better score.

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  • Kudos to Dr. Blount for successfully organizing our first Go Team meeting of the year.
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded  to…..(I will have to verify the names, I left the sheet at school)
  • Kudos to the following homerooms for continuing to have their students to take AR tests, here is a summary of each class wordcount.

    (Based on feedback we received from grades 1 and 2, it is feasible for our students in those grades to read 3 books per week and take AR test three times per week. Grades 3, 4, and 5 are still the expected to read one book per night on their Lexile Level or slightly above and take daily tests. However, due to our technology issues, I am lowering that requirement to four books per week; however, students who read five will be rewarded. The requirements for the Pitt passes will remain the same. Remember all books have to be on the students’ readability level or slightly above in order for us to make the greatest impact with Lexile levels. This can no longer be a best practice, this has to be a requirement for all students in order for us to fill the impact in ELA.  Based on our literacy scores this year, we cannot afford to not do this. Please note, Ms. Leverett has made access to the Chromebook card assessable.) We will start contacting parents this week for those students who are not reading the required number of books.  Again, thank you , thank you, thank you, thank you for pushing AR!!!!!

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Quote for the week:

Malala

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.  Please note, we are noticing that some team members need more assistance with the Lesson at a Glance and therefore they will be asked to turn in their Lessons at a Glance on Thursdays of each week after Labor Day just so we can provide the necessary support needed before the start of the new week. We will contact those teachers individually. (We will contact those individuals this week 9-4-17) 

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Assessment: All assessments have been uploaded to Mastery Connect…Dr. Blunt and Mr. Doby will administer unit 1 mid checks this week. 
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc. Teacher’s in grades K, 1, and 2…please begin to convey (with Mr. Doby) the strategies you are using with your students in math so that we can create our math fact fluency drills centered around the strategies you are using in the classroom. We want our drills to be fair! ( I am waiting on the strategies 9-4) 
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text” 
  • Please follow the ELA Literacy Block provided by Dr. Blunt. (New 9-4-17)
  • Our instructional coaches are currently working on a catalog for professional development based on the feedback you have been given so that we can further support you. The catalog will be available on Monday. Every team member will have to attend a professional development on the days given and keep track using a professional development passport that will be turned in at the end of the year for the summative review. Our professional development will be differentiated based on the needs of all team members. Not everyone needs a professional development on annotating standards and using the language of the standard throughout the lesson.  Again, we will make sure that there is a professional development that will suit all of our needs. (New 9-4-17)
  • Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. We will begin to use the units of study for our focus walks. Be sure to follow your Lessons at Glance to ensure your approach is balanced regarding our units of study
  2. (NEW) Please make sure that your lessons at a glance reflect true instructional planning. Your focus lesson cannot be anything other than you explicitly teaching the standard and modeling what the task will look like when students are guided,  collaborating with their peers, working in small groups, and when appropriate independent practice.  Also, please be careful about using Journeys for your literacy block as a whole group. Journeys is designed for on grade level instruction, many of our students are not on grade level and therefore they should be instructed using leveled books/texts on their readability level (using the grade level standard), this is the only way our struggling readers will become better readers, which occurs during Guided Reading. We are continuing to monitor the literacy block and will have an update that will follow that will reflect our observations. If you are not sure how the literacy black should look, please reach out to Dr. Blunt for more support.
  3.  Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  4. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.  (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
  5.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  6.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

reading-strategies-graphicc

School Culture:

School culture.gif

Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids who are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not.  Please do not send your students out of the room without an official pass (not hand written).  Please.

Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a  program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents.  You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)

Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce that the instructional  team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M)  to offer students a chance to  take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

90% Attendance Rule

Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! Please note, the kindergarten teachers are not able to use their support due to students who remain in the cafeteria after their time is up. Please pick up your students on time. Also, please make sure you take your students to the restroom before going to specials. 

  • Progress Reports go home-9/6/17
  • Trojan talk -9/5/17 @ 8:30 A.M.
  • Sock Hop K-2- 9/8/17 @ noon
  • Sock Hop 3-5- 9/8/17 @ 1:20
  • Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017
  • Leadership Team meeting –9/8/17 PLC Room…
  • A-Team Meeting– 9/9/17 @ 9:00 A.M.
  • Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – 9/13/17
  • Professional Development offering: TBA
  • Data Team Meeting/Leadership Meeting  (Members of the team) – 9/15/17
  • Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:10 – 2:20P.M.
  • A.R. parent meeting (We will have another meeting next week…Ms. Reid will send out the flyers)
  • Quality Student Work Bulletin Boards– Due September 22 (Instructional Coaches will talk to you regarding the requirements)
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is setup; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

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Team,

When we leave feedback for you via our phone message pads, we use the information to create professional developments, school wide and individually, to support you!  If you are not receiving the feedback you would like regarding our past focus observations, please contact the following team members to assist you.  In addition, the coaches will also reach out to you individually based on the feedback collected.

Need support using data and flexible grouping?

Contact Ms. Woods

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Data notebooks
  • Data wall
  • Using your data to plan for small groups
  • Interpreting data

Need support using writing and using your annotated objective throughout your lesson?

Contact Mr. Doby

Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Using synonyms to define language of the standard
  • Getting your students to effectively communicate the standard and relate the standard to the task or activity they are working on
  • How to use your objective throughout the lesson

Need support leveling your classroom library?

Contact Dr. Blunt

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

Please adhere to the SEL schedule.

Second Step Unit 1 will start this week

Essential Agreements should be posted

IB Focus of the Month

School-wide implementation of IB Language (Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes)

Looking for IB Team Members!!!

Please see or email Dr. Varnado if you are interested in becoming a member of the IB Team.

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC Tuesday

Mr. Doby- Math PLC- Monday

 

 

September Birthdays!!!!!

giphy

 

Lockett Amey- 7th

Alicia Njie- 12th

Jamaal Beazer- 15th

Yolanda Day- 17th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

Request Me: http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

Ms. Middlebrooks Grades K-2 ONLY   # 404-696-0317

Ms. Gloria Hodges (She is AWESOME with 5th grade)

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Week of August 28th

 

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Team,

HAPPY Monday!!!!   Thank you so much for another solid week of teaching and learning! 19 days down…..161 to go!  I am not sure where this week went…it was a complete blur! With that said, I am looking forward to this week as we dive deeper into our units of study. As we visited classrooms last week, we saw your students engaged and open to learning! Thanks to you!

I wish everyone a smooth fifth week of school.

You are truly the best educators in the city of Atlanta!

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Ms. Burchfield, Ms. Woods and Ms. Mcrary for giving our scholar’s a first class orientation on what their work will look like this year.  Our scholars will focus on two of our big three, which are reading fluency and math fluency. I also want to send a BIG shout out to Ms. King!  It is from her vision and passion that we were able to have a successful outcome!  We truly appreciate you!
  • Kudos to Ms. Jackson on the 4th-grade team…Last week we visited her classroom to interview her students and boy were they ready!! They could tell us what they were doing using the language of the standard and most importantly they understood the connection between what they were doing (IOT) and the objective.
  • Kudos to Ms. Hall and Finley for creating our BIG 3 spirit sticks! This will surely get our students excited about making their targets!
  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded  to…..Ms. Amey,  Ms. Dees, Ms. Echols, Ms. Brown,  Ms. Hunter, Ms. McCrary, Dr. Greer, and Dr. Opigo

Quote for the week:

Malala

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.  Please note, we are noticing that some team members need more assistance with the Lesson at a Glance and therefore they will be asked to turn in their Lessons at a Glance on Thursdays of each week after Labor Day just so we can provide the necessary support needed before the start of the new week. We will contact those teachers individually. 

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Assessment: TBA
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc. Teacher’s in grades K, 1, and 2…please begin to convey (with Mr. Doby) the strategies you are using with your students in math so that we can create our math fact fluency drills centered around the strategies you are using in the classroom. We want our drills to be fair!
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text” 
  • Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1.  Evidence and solid implementation of the Week at a Glance. We will begin to use the units of study for our focus walks. Be sure to follow your Lessons at Glance to ensure your approach is balanced regarding our units of study.
  2. Use of IB Language, ” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  3. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.  (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
  4.  We are an IB school so Essential Agreements (Be sure the words “Essential Agreements are written” )should be visibly posted in your classrooms.
  5.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards must be used daily. Here is a circle map (Thinking Map) showing visually all the ways to show 7,542. Also, here is a flow map comparing decimals…just examples…

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids who are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not.  Please do not send your students out of the room without an official pass (not hand written).  Please.

Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a  program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents.  You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)

Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce that the instructional  team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M)  to offer students a chance to  take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

90% Attendance Rule

Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch and specials! Please note, the kindergarten teachers are not able to use their support due to students who remain in the cafeteria after their time is up. Please pick up your students on time. Also, please make sure you take your students to the restroom before going to specials. 

Trojan  Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M. (Please make sure your students have gone to the restroom.

Give Peas A Chance—  by Kaiser Permanente on Healthy Eating for KDG—2nd grade classes on  in the Gym.-8/30/17 at 12 noon

Our scholars will start this week…Please welcome them with open arms!!!20170826_112145

 

  • Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – 8/29/17 @ 3:00 P.M. SEL Refresher
  • Professional Development offering: TBA (After Labor Day) 
  • Data Team Meeting/Leadership Meeting  (Members of the team) – 8/31, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room
  • A-Team Meeting– 9/1/2017
  • Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017
  • Leadership Team meeting –TBA (not this week) 
  • Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:10 – 2:20P.M.
  • A.R. parent meeting (1st and 2nd grade) Flyers went out last week.
  • Sock Hop– 9/1/17
  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is setup; he will show you how to use the gaming systems and the karaoke machine.

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Team,

When we leave feedback for you via our phone message pads, we use the information to create professional developments, school wide and individually, to support you!  If you are not receiving the feedback you would like regarding our past focus observations, please contact the following team members to assist you.  In addition, the coaches will also reach out to you individually based on the feedback collected.

Need support using data and flexible grouping?

Contact Ms. Woods

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Data notebooks
  • Data wall
  • Using your data to plan for small groups
  • Interpreting data

Need support using writing and using your annotated objective throughout your lesson?

Contact Mr. Doby

Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Using synonyms to define language of the standard
  • Getting your students to effectively communicate the standard and relate the standard to the task or activity they are working on
  • How to use your objective throughout the lesson

Need support leveling your classroom library?

Contact Dr. Blunt

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

Pete-Carrol-Mad-Seahawks.gif

Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

Please adhere to the SEL schedule.

Second Step Unit 1 will start this week

Essential Agreements should be posted

IB Focus of the Month

School-wide implementation of IB Language (Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes)

Looking for IB Team Members!!!

Please see or email Dr. Varnado if you are interested in becoming a member of the IB Team.

Dr. Blunt- ELA PLC on Wednesday

Mr. Doby-

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

 

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

 

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Week of August 21st

 

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Team,

HAPPY Monday!!!!  We did it…..It has been another great week of teaching and learning.  This is because of your incredible teamwork! 14 days down…..166 to go!  Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers as I dealt with the death in my family, death is never an easy thing but like we talked about before life happens and it causes us to stop,  reset and take care of ourselves and most importantly our families. This reset allows us to give the attention needed to our students. Speaking about resetting…I had some fun pranking my husband..the good ole cayenne pepper on the lips while sleeping!!! Take a look…

(Back to regular programming) This week was an awesome week of teaching and learning so I thank you so much for giving your best. I know that we talked before about the demands of what we have to do for the year but I must say all of you are working hard to exceed those expectations. Like I mentioned before, we do have a governing agency that is supporting our school; however, I believe that many of the things that we are doing is no different than what was done last year and are best practices to push our students to higher heights.

I wish everyone a smooth fourth week of school.

You all are the best educators in the city of Atlanta!

       Kudos

  • Kudos to Ms. Endicott and Ms. Snowden for volunteering to be a part of the IB Team!!!.
  • Kudos to Ms. McCrary for organizing our TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY on Monday
  • Kudos to the 4th-grade team for preparing our 4th graders by creating A solar oven to trap some of the Sun’s energy to make the air inside the box hotter than the air outside the box.  Students enjoyed creating sun smores using marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and aluminum foil.
  • Kudos to the 2nd-grade team for having their objectives posted and annotated!20170818_16585920170818_165826
  • Kudos to Ms. Ingram for having the most students to visit the GAME ROOM using their A.R. Pitt Passes (that were created by Ms. Sims!!!)

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  • Kudos to the following teachers for having the best attendance on their grade level for this past week!!  Blue Jean Passes are awarded  to…..Ms. Thomas, Ms. Echols, Ms. Snowden, Ms. Brown, Ms. Ingram, Ms. Wheatt, Ms. Woods, Mr. Gray, Dr. Opigo, Ms. Royal, and Ms. Wilson!

Quote for the week:

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

curriuculum.jpgCurriculum and Instruction:

Lessons at a glance–  Please make sure that your lessons at a glance are uploaded to our google docs folder by Fridays of each week.

  • Homework – Homework should be meaningful. Students may practice current standards or review standards.  This is an opportunity for independent practice.
  • Solar Eclipse – will occur on 8/21.Please click on the link created by Ms. McCrary for lesson plans and activities. http://ficketteclipseday2017.weebly.com/
  • Assessment: 
  • Math Drills – Begin giving students addition or multiplication fact drills through song, timed quizzes, etc.
  • Classrooms – Should be clutter free
  • Instructional Practices – Standards must be posted, as well as annotated objectives with IOTs In addition students must be able to explain using the language of the standard. Example: Students are identifying key details in a story… Students should be able to explain when asked what they are doing by using the language of the standard and relate it back to the task or activity. Students are not expected to verbally restate the entire standard, however, they are expected to know some the language and relate it to what they are doing. ” I am trying to find the theme in this text” 
  • Behavior Referrals– If you have concerns with student’s behavior please complete the behavior referral form found in the “Important Links” at the bottom of this blog.

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week: tenor

  1. Annotated objectives for all subjects (The coaches will support you this during your PLC time)/ Students are expected to be able to explain what they are doing as it related to the language of the standard.  (Look at the example above under curriculum and Instruction)
  2. Language of IB ….” Kelli, thank you for being a risk-taker by taking a shot at answering this question!”
  3. Flexible Grouping ( Are students placed in small groups based on deficient areas found on the preassessment and students who exceeded expectations working on tasks (such as the framework task, etc.) to enrich them?
  4.  Clear classroom expectations (Posted, stated, expected, etc.)
  5.  Instructional Strategies relevant to the standards…I found the recreation of this reading strategy poster in Ms. Endicott’s room. (These are 12 strategies out of one million…you do not have to use the following…only an example) 20170818_171641
  6.  Following the units of study

 

Math Strategies that work: https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

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School Culture:

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Behavioral expectations: Please continue to enforce the behavior expectations throughout the day. Also, please make sure that your students have hallway passes when they are traveling in the hallway. Too many students are in the hallway without passes, please help us to decipher the kids are genuinely doing what they are asked to do and the students who are not. 

Parent Involvement: Grab 10– Grab 10 is a  program geared to get more parents involved. Each team member will be challenged to grab (sign-up) 10 parents.  You can ask for their D.O.B, their favorite snack, etc. in an effort to totally engage them.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents. (This will be a practice for all adults in the building…I made three positive calls last week)

Game Room– The game room is open for business. I am excited to c53e86120e9e85a38435b488df48da1dannounce that the instructional  team will be rolling through your neighborhood in the mornings (7:30 A.M. -7:50 A.M)  to offer students a chance to  take multiplication fluency test, addition and subtraction fluency test, and sight word test for a chance enter the game room and most importantly to beef up those practices that will assist them in your classrooms. We have several students who have mastered their multiplication facts…I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

90% Attendance Rule

Please ensure that you are maintaining accurate attendance records. As many of you know, the “90% Attendance Rule” is starting this year, which means that attendance will determine whether a student’s performance will affect a teacher’s Student Growth rating.  The attendance team will continue to do our part by making sure our parents understand the importance of coming to school.

Discipline Referral Google Link- Team, please complete the behavior referral form when there is a need. Once you submit the form we are immediately notified via email.

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

 

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Please make sure you pick your students up on time from lunch!

Mr. Doby is in need of volunteers to help organize the Science Lab

Tutorial will start on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Faculty  (Entire team)  Meeting – Please read the contents of the News Letter in lieu of Faculty Meeting for this week

Professional Development offering: “Using your Data Wisely”

Presenter: Ms. Woods

August 21, 2017 @ 3:00 P.M. Location: Ms. Woods classroom

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Data notebooks
  • Data wall
  • Using your data to plan for small groups
  • Interpreting data

Professional Development offering: “How to Annotate your Objective to help your students understand what you are really asking them to do?”   

Presenter: Mr. Doby

August 21, 2017 @ 3:00 P.M. Location: Media Center

This professional development will cover the following:

  • Using synonyms to define language of the standard
  • Getting your students to effectively communicate the standard and relate the standard to the task or activity they are working on
  • How to use your objective throughout the lesson

Data Team Meeting (Members of the team) – 8/24, 3:00 P.M. PLC Room

A-Team Meeting– 8/25/17

Scholar’s Breakfast and Orientation–  8/26/17 @ 9:00 A.M.

Trojan  Rally – 8/28, 8:10 A.M.

Leadership Team meeting – 8/30, 3:00  Place:  PLC Room

Friday Atten-Dance party (K-4 ONLY) – 2:18 – 2:25 P.M.

Sock Hop– 9/1/17

  • Did you know the game room is available for after-school team building activities for your grade level team? Email me and I will communicate to our game room monitor, Mr. Perrino.  He will make sure the room is setup and will show you how to use the gaming systems,  and a karaoke machine.

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

IB/SEL

SEL Tidbits

Please adhere to the SEL schedule.

Week of 8/21 (Community Gathering) What is SEL? (K-5)

Next week we will begin Second Step Unit 1

IB Focus of the Month

School-wide implementation of IB Language (Learner Profile Attributes and Attitudes)

Looking for IB Team Members!!!

Please see or email Dr. Varnado if you are interested in becoming a member of the IB Team.

 

 

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!giphy

 

Angela Lucear- 25th

Thaia Wheatt- 27th

Kayla Dees- 29th

Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Total Eclipse Web site (Created by Ms. McCrary) 

Week of November 27th

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HAPPY Monday!!   We did it!!! Thank you for pushing through and keeping the focus on the main thing: Teaching and Learning!!!    I certainly hope that all of you enjoyed your full week off!  You deserved it!!!  I hope you got some rest and did some shopping!  Just 20 days left in the first semester!

Monday, November 27th   marks the 70th  day of school.   By now everyone has heard the updates to the CCRPI for this year.  With a heavy emphasis on ELA and Math, as well as students making typical and high growth, we have talked through several actions plans regarding addressing progress; one being, utilizing our instructional plans (that were given to all teachers during our work day) to group our students during guided reading /math and especially during small  groups.  Targeting are target students with enrichment and remediation opportunities will allow them the chance to demonstrate high growth and achievement.

 

 

There are some exciting things happening at Fickett, please make sure you read the entire blog.

I wish everyone a smooth 16th  week of school!

Quote for the week…Data…2017-11-24_9-49-09

 

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1. School-Wide Discipline Behavior system… A team was created and will present our new system on Tuesday during our morning meeting.

2. Recognizing all team member’s strengths and using them accordingly…

  • The Kindergarten Team created the hiring process for our Pre-K position. They did a phenomenal job! We have a new PRE-K teacher!!! You will meet her on Tuesday. 
  • Ms. Garlington and her team organized and planned all events related to Vision to Learn.  At least 200 students received eyeglasses because of their efforts.
  • Ms. Leverett organized the hiring process for our Special Education teacher and boy did she do an amazing job! We have a winner who will start this week. We have a new IRR teacher!!! You will meet her on Tuesday. 
  • Ms. Brown organized our Character Day Parade and it was a huge success!
  • Ms. Burchfield took on a new teacher mentee to help her navigate her last days in her master’s degree program.
  • New: In one of the focus groups, someone shared the need to know exactly what the administration team is looking for regarding instruction…We created the TKES Progress sheets to let you know specifically what we will look for when we come to your individual rooms.
  • New…I know in the first 40 or so days communication seemed to be all over the place…and this is common in a new role…because you are still learning and trying to figure out how best to operate. Just know, I am working on a communication template, once the lead team reviews and revise, I will begin to use this in the new year.  So, you know sometimes how we get information about things from word of mouth or just in passing???…If you do not receive a form like the one below…it is not true and have not been reviewed by our leadership team.
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3. Notifying teachers regarding parent concerns and allowing the teachers to schedule conferences or at least be prepared before time….

  • As of a few weeks ago, we created a new protocol, parents must complete a concern sheet regarding any issue they are having. The teacher is contacted and the concerns are shared giving the teacher a chance to resolve the issue. If there is a need for a meeting,  the teacher leads the meeting and takes full control of the outcome with an administrator sitting in for support.

Video of the week:

Ms. Debose Morning Affirmation (Step Team) I love this! #IamSOMEBODY!

 

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Kudos to the entire team for orchestrating such a wonderful TOTY event. Congratulations again to our very own, Ms. Nixon. Well deserved! 20171117_095210

Kudos to Ms. King for setting up the visit from Mr. Harold Martin, the President of Morehouse College.  I also want to give Kudos to Jacob and Ashton for being our Good Will Ambassadors. They did a phenomenal job with showing our guest around the school and sharing fun facts. Before we got started, Jacob welcomed Mr. Martin with coffee, doughnuts, and great conversation! (Featured in the picture below)  

 

Kudos to our teacher leaders for leading dynamic Professional Learning Sessions before our break…

 

Check them out…

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Kudos to Mr. Perrino….As I continue to build relationships with our parents some of them become very comfortable being transparent about their dire situations. Here’s what happened…I had an upset parent who wanted to meet with me so I asked her to fill out my concern form.  She rushed and completed my form within 20 seconds (I kid you not) and eased her cute little sassy self into my conference room and began to complain about her children’s teachers. The issues she described were so trivial and I called her on all them…Next, I asked her, ” What is really going on with you?  Long story short, she stated she was homeless and had nowhere to take her children that night. Because of Mr. Perrino’s contact and with many conversations during the holiday break we were able to find her a place to stay!  A place she can call her own! Thank you, Mr. Perrino, for helping to increase students’ life chances.

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Curriculum and Instruction:

Please continue to reach out for support regarding your TKES progress sheets…We want to be transparent in our approach, so, therefore, this tool will be used as a guide for observations and feedback. Our feedback and observations will only focus on the areas noted in this document in hopes of tailoring our feedback to support you further. We will also continue to create PLs around the support needed.

 

We hope that you find this tool to be beneficial in support of building/extending your capacity, which will positively impact our students’ progress/achievement.

 

Classroom Walk-Throughs: This will be our focus for this week:

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  1. TKES Standard #1 Uses higher level questions & thinking skills in instruction
  2.  TKES Standard #2: Analyzes and uses data  (Star, Unit Assessment Data, Benchmark Data)
  3. TKES Standard # 3 Use visual aids (manipulatives concrete stage, representational or pictorial stage and abstract state, thinking maps/graphic organizers, anchor charts)

 

School DATA:

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Check out our top three A.R. classes at each grade level!!! I am so excited that ALL of our students are reading!!!!!  According to our data…out boys are reading more than our girls! Gooo Boys!!!! 

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Other interesting A.R. Data…

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Cluster Data…Once a month I attend our  Principal’s meeting with my boss, and the Superintendent. They display EVERY schools’ data to the entire district. This will be the start of sharing this data with you guys. I am copying from the powerpoint sent to our cluster. 

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Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog

Team,

You will receive certificates of completion for the PDS you have attended thus far.

Team,

Please do not forget about our ongoing Professional Development Workshops to support and enrich our practices. Now that you have your TKES progress report ask for more support if you wish.  Please click on the link to view our catalog…

https://tinyurl.com/ybwgm7pu

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aeOHt_35_IiIfs6GXmwlwZY6OPgCFvf7DFMdPfXyH7E/edit?usp=sharing

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Here are just a few of our ongoing PDs…

Using your Data Wisely- This course will demonstrate how to use your data for flexible grouping and how to create independent small groups for students to support them with their deficient areas found in their student data binder.

Annotating Objectives- This course will demonstrate how to annotate objectives and use them throughout the lessons to help students make connections.

Following the units of study and organizing the important information in the Lessons at a Glance.  This course will demonstrate how to identify the particular content to be taught and your goals for learning outcomes.

Accelerated Reader- This course will demonstrate how to pull reports, how to monitor the books your students’ are reading and how to find ways to ensure your students are reading routinely.

Effective Behavior interventions- This course will demonstrate how to put the Right systems, Practices, and Data in place to support Positive Behavior.

Math Strategies that work- This course will demonstrate how to support active student participation in math lessons which allows teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.   These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Parent Involvement: Please be sure to continue to set up Parent Student Conferences…Please allow your students to lead the conference using their Data Binders.

Spread a positive word – Teachers should make one call that’s all (at least every other week) to share a positive word or update parents.

Game Room–  Be on the look for GAME ROOM changes to address the feedback from our focus groups.

Events, Announcements, and Reminders:

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Reminders…

Instruction starts between 8:10-8:15 daily.

SEL: Should take place before the instructional day

POD and DOL must take place before the instructional day.

USE your Instructional plans to inform small group instruction.

This week…

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Next Week: 2017-11-20_13-38-13

Link to our school-wide calendar: https://tinyurl.com/okg46dm

 

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  • Lead Team, We will meet on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, @ 3:00 P.M. Place: Ms. Woods Classroom.  We will present out on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (We will talk more about the feedback and discuss the best “teams ” to move the work. (Snacks will be served…sorry for not canceling on the 7th. )

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Click on the link to access our ONGOING Professional Development support.

https://tinyurl.com/y7e3tzw8

 

Click below to sign up for our PL on November 28, 2017

https://tinyurl.com/y8dndorr

 

 

A Message from our Instructional Coaches:

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Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-

 

 

December Birthdays!!!!!

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Important web links for reference: (These will be included every week)download (1)

Advanced Leave Request Form:

https://my.apsk12.org/business/sites/FormsCenter/Pages/Leave-Request.aspx

APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Pages/Curriculum-and-Instruction-Home.aspx

TKES Georgia TLE site:

https://tle.gadoe.org/ia/render.userLayoutRootNode.uP

Tiers 1-3 interventions:

https://my.apsk12.org/ci/sites/Teaching%20and%20Learning/Pages/Response-to-

Discipline Referral Google Link

https://goo.gl/forms/JOxj1EanNRPOSNen2

Number Talks Link:

https://elementarynumbertalks.wordpress.com/3rd-4th-and-5th-grade-number-talks

Math Strategies that work:

https://tinyurl.com/yaug9pt8

Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…

https://tinyurl.com/lzu9jg7

Need Support from our Educational Technology Specialist? Click below to request Gina Wilson’s services.

 http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_RequestForm

Feedback:  http://tinyAPS.com/?ETS_FeedbackForm

Preferred Substitute List:

HODGES, GLORIA3-5 (678) 401-5223
Ms. Middlebrooks, K-2  (404) 696-0317
BARLOW, SHIRLEY k-3 (404) 758-1991

Cedric Oglesby (Certified Teacher) K-5 (678)481-3316