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.  


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.


  • 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…


New Manager Integration Feedback, knocking out a little at a time…feedback.gif

  • 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…





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!


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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WELCOME Nixon and Hunter to the ONE MILLION CLUB!

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Other interesting A.R. Data…


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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This week…


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!!!!!



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




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



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



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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