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! 




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!



Curriculum and Instruction:


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.


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


  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!



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


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…


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

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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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



  • 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 



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



A Message from our Instructional Coaches:


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!!!!!




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


Number Talks Link:


Math Strategies that work:


Reading Strategies that work: These are only examples…


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


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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