Winning 24/7--May 18-22, 2015

Posted by Shelia Burnette on 5/17/2015 4:25:00 PM

  WINNING 24/7!!!!

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April Dates:
May 4-22      End-of-year DIBELS/TRC Assessment (K-3) 
May 19          School Improvement Team Meeting--7am
May 19          PTA Meeting at 6pm 
May 20         New Cardinals on the Block Meeting--3:15pm Science Lab
May 21         Single Gender Breakfast Club--7am--Media Center 
May 21         EOG Pep Rally--1:30pm
May 22         5th Grade EOG Science Test
May 25         Memorial Day Holiday--No School
May 26         Retention Committee Meeting Day 
May 27-29    EOG Testing (3rd-5th)
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.
***Principal's Lunch Club is scheduled for May 22. We are trying to see if our donors will allow us to move it to Thursday to avoid the testing date.  Final decision to follow soon.  
*Congratulations to the following teachers for completing Module 4:  S. Xing, F. Brannan, and H. IngramGreat job, Team!
*Congratulations to Mr. Gordon and the D-Unity Dancers for a successful evening of talent, fun and entertainment, all nestled within a great message about anti-bullying. Great performance and special thanks to Mr. Gordon for sharing his choreography and writing skills!!!
*Congratulations to Mrs. Tesha Green for being recognized as one of the district's finalist for Classified Employee of the Year, after being nominated by Sedge Garden. We are proud of you!
*Congratulations to our  recent College Graduates:  Ms. S. Dennis, Ms. S. Xing, Ms. C. Zhang and Ms. J. Martin (this week)!!!We are proud of you all!!! 
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 24 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: Hooray!!! We are now ready to begin the design process for our new school.  We will first get some of the specifications and non-negotiable information. Then we will begin the process of planning. If you would like to be on the New School Planning Team, please email me by Wednesday at 3pm and let me know.  All staff will give a chance to be a part of the initial process by completing this survey:  .  A few people completed the survey when it was first sent out for input and provided some awesome, specific and creative visions of what they would like to see in our new facility. Please take a few minutes to share your in put about small and large details, factors to consider, and ways to "scream the theme" of global awareness, technology, culture and the Cardinal Nation throughout the campus.  
EVAAS Re-rostering:  Thanks to all teachers who worked so hard on verifying EVAAS Rosters. In checking our status, I found that we had 30 overclaimed students and 158 underclaimed students. However, thanks to the specialists providing requested information and your great job of letting me know about individual student situations, I was able to get us closer to completion with 6 overclaimed students and 130 underclaimed students. The good news is that all of those can be reconciled by having their previous schools or current schools (if transferred) to make their edits. Several of them involve situations where 2 teachers share responsibility and one may no longer be in the WSFCS system. So, we did a great job and will conceivably be totally finished by May 24th if the last four teachers submit their rosters (as they were emailed a reminder to do this week).  Let me know if you have any questions.  I will be reviewing lists and marking them as Approved when those four are complete.  
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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!!!!