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!




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.


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.

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:


  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!!!!!




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

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…


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.



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.

USE your STAR DATA to inform small group instruction.

This week…


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



  • 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.



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



A Message from our Instructional Coaches:


Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-



November  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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