Winning 24/7--May 4-8, 2015

Posted by Shelia Burnette on 5/3/2015 8:40:00 PM

  WINNING 24/7!!!!

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April Dates:
May 4-8      Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 4-8      Book Fair/Reading Week
May 4-22    End-of-year DIBELS/TRC Assessment (K-3) 
May 5         Joint Principals' Meeting
May 5         Literacy Night/RTA "One World, Many Stories" 6-7pm 
May 5        VIF Module 4 due 
May 6-7      Afterschool tutoring
May 7        5th Grade Celebration Pictures (9-11am)
May 7        Single Gender Breakfast Club--7am Media Center 
May 10      Mothers' Day
May 12      Mid-Term Report Sent Home
May 12      All-Star Faculty Meeting in Media Center--7am
May 14      Elementary Principals' Meeting
May 14      D-Unity Performance Night
Upcoming Dates:
*For more dates, please see the Cardinal Calendar.
**End of Grade Testing is May 22-29, with makeups and other tests occurring through June 4.
*Congratulations to the following teachers for completing Module 4:  J. Martin, J. Williams, H. Hall, V. Blanco, H. Boutkhili, and J. Jacobs! Great job, Ladies!
*Thanks to Mrs. Dobson, Ms. Gravely, Ms. Sayles, Mrs. Cotter and Mr. Airo for their presentations/participation in last week's Instructional Coordination Meeting. They represented the staff and our work with the School Improvement Plan, Vertical Teams and PLTs very well.
*Happy Teachers'/Staff's Appreciation Week to you all. We appreciate you and all that you do to touch the lives of children every day.  We are thankful for you! Please remember all of our staff this week as we celebrate one another for this week of appreciating everyone that impacts the work that we do at Konnoak!
*Special THANKS to Mr. Gordon for his leadership in hosting the Health Fair last week and leading the exercise classes for our staff.  Also, congrats for their performance this weekend and for pending performances in the next two weeks. We appreciate the dedication he shows to fitness, wellness and enjoying life. Keep modeling, Mr. Gordon--Be contagious!
*Thanks to EVERYONE for the collaboration last week to support the PBIS field trips for over 400 of our students last week.  Ms. Tabor, Mrs. Coe and the PBIS team planned a nice series of locations and made lots of pre-arrangements for the trips, the dance and for specials.  We appreciate all specialists who took on various roles, teachers who oversaw the trips and events, staff who remained on campus to faciltitate PBIS lessons and Mrs. Dobson for her hard work in getting the buses arranged.  Thanks to you all for being exquisite!!!!
As a school, we share the following vision from our School Improvement Plan: 
It is our vision that being educated at Konnoak means our students grow more than a year's worth annually and that:
By 2020, 90% of third graders will be proficient.
By 2017, 100% of students will demonstrate academic growth.
By 2017, 100% of teachers will receive professional support to reach/exceed proficient on teacher evaluation standards.
By 2017, we will reduce the number of office discipline referrals by 50%.
in order to ensure that our students leave Konnoak with their career and college readiness skills.
Which students have reached these goals and which ones need intervention/support?
What do you/we have in place to ensure that every student grows academically in reading and math?
What will you do in the next 17-20 days to maximize growth and proficiency?
Are you in it to win it?  
This is our last chance to make a difference with our current students for this year.
Let's maximize every day, every minute, every opportunity!!!! 

New School Update: County Commissioners voted to raise the debt ceiling and to eliminate the ????  We are still awaiting the decision on funding the Konnoak/Lowrance project. However, it is now time to start the architectural planning as we enter the summer/fall. We will send you a survey to find out your suggestions, recommendations and needs for the new facility.  Just keep in mind, this will be an accumulated needs/wants list that will start the conversation about the design of the new facility.  Your input is important as we formulate how this facility can help us motivate our students in a safe, inviting environment that meets our instructional needs.    
STAR3 Lesson Plans: STAR3 Lesson plans were due by April 28 at 3:30pm. We are still missing a few (teachers will be emailed) that must be turned in Monday. Nancy Scoggin will need to pick them up for the committee to review.  Please make sure they include 2 consecutive lessons taught to students and that they reflect your components of Learning Focused Lesson Plans. Some even labeled those items on their format of lesson plans for clarity.  Thanks., 
EVAAS Re-rostering:  All K-5 teachers, as well as others who teach math, reading or science to the students, will be receiving emails about the EVAAS Verification process. Remember, this is the process where I review, edit and create rosters/student lists in the EVAAS database.  Then I will verify that those lists are in and accurate.  The system will prompt you to review and make edits as well.  At that point, you will need to enter in the percentage of time you teach the students the subjects of reading, math and/or science (based on if others have moved on) and to verify the percentage of time the child has been enrolled with you and accessed your teaching (based on transfer dates, teacher's medical leaves,etc.).  Please look out for these emails from EVAAS with pending timelines. Your window should be April 27-May 24th.  
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For the Month of May, we should remember that every child is counting on us. This year, we are the ones who make a difference in their academic, emotional and social growth by the opportunities that we provide to engage them in learning. They are waiting to EXCEL and the most important two people in that plan are you and the student.  Here is a clip that we'd like you to watch this week:  
This month, please focus on collaboration with key stakeholders.
Collaborate with the students--Goal set with them, give them explicit feedback and challenge them!
Collaborate with the parents--Keep them informed (celebrations and corrections), send homework with expectations, and let them know what their child needs. 
Collaborate with colleagues--Share ideas, reach out across grade levels for vertical alignment, doing learning walks, and check on former or upcoming students. 
Collaborating as a team, we can Win 24/7. Anything less, is uncivilized.
Thanks for all that you all do!!!!