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!!!




  • 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!


Curriculum and Instruction:

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


  • 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


Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…


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.


Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog


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…


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




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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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


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. 



A Message from our Instructional Coaches:


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

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby- Math PLC-



September Birthdays!!!!!


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:


APS Curriculum and Instruction Home Page:


TKES Georgia TLE site:


Tiers 1-3 interventions:


Discipline Referral Google Link


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

Request Technology  Instructional Support for your classroom:


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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