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. 





  • 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!

Quote for the week…Data…(Did not change from last week. )2017-11-24_9-49-09


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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!





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.



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:


  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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Other interesting A.R. Data…


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.


Excited to Announce Fickett’s Professional Development Catalog


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


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…




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 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.



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




A Message from our Instructional Coaches:


Dr. Varnado-

Dr. Blunt-

Mr. Doby-



December 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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