Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Almost Spring Break! March 24th-April 7th

Happy Birthday to our "April Babies"!

  • Kim Bersch and JoAnn Lewis-April 1
  • Barbie Brown-April 4th
  • Debora Snider-April 10th
  • Lynsey Greenlee-April 14th
  • Katie McGregor-April 15th
  • D'Lisa Smoot-April 17th

EOQ this week...

EOQs will be administered this week. Monday will be Math, Tuesday will be Reading and Wednesday will be 5th grade EOQ Science.  Thursday is the End of Quarter.  Thank you to all of you for administering these tests in such a professional manner.

Thank You Miss Hartman!

Miss Hartman's last day will be this Friday as Ms. Faqih will return after spring break. This is a photograph of a quilt that the class made. They are so proud!  Thank you Mary Katherine for all your hard work.  We will miss you!

Congratulations Heroes in Education!

Congratulations to Gloria Pubantz, Linda Studevent, Mrs. Hopson, Mrs. Gilliam, Mrs. Smoot, Mr. Stover, Mrs. Bullin, Mr. Friel and Ms. Frazier.  All were honored at the Piedmont Club on Friday Night as Heroes in Education.  Vivian Burke, Mayor pro-tem read a proclamation from the Mayor and special guests included Senator Earline Parmon.  We are certainly very proud of our very own Heroes!!!!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 10th-14th

Happy Birthday March Babies!

  • 3/2 Diana Adkins
  • 3/14 Lynsey Greenlee and Donna Cannon
  • 3/24 Mary Winterhalder

Family Affairs-I have spoken to Cheryl and she is at home and recovering.  She was able to come home on Friday.  She sends her regards to everyone and will begin her physical therapy this week. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I hope that everyone has power in their homes and fared well during our sleet storm.  My family was without power for about 30 hours. I was very happy when it came back on!  

WSSU - Spring 2014 Early Field Placements (10 total hours)

The following teachers will have WSSU students in their rooms for observation as part of their field experience. I believe that they can pitch in and assist as needed. They have requested specific grade placements.  If you have questions, please see me.
Lisa O'Brien-Jasmyne Boyd
Brooke Hough-Kara Clarkson
Skye Dorsett-Shannon Lee
Melissa Baccari-Lindsey McDonald
Ann Farthing-Kevin Gary

CWT objectives will remain the same (Objectives 2 and 4) due to lost school days. We will continue until March 28th.  We will then send out reports and Action Plan Questions.

Congratulations to Beth Sapp who will be representing our school as a Promise Award Nominee. We are very proud of her!  The winners will be announced at the STAY Banquet on April 14th.

Important Notes and Updates:

If you need to be on the Agenda for Tuesday's faculty meeting, shoot me an email.  Please make sure that I have your tentative Retention list and that you have set up a conference to discuss student progress with parent.  This is key.  By putting a student on the list at this time, you are stating that this child is a possibility for retention based on performance as of this time in the year, it certainly does not mean they will be retained.

  • 3/11-Faculty Meeting at 3:10-We will work in Data Groups for CNA
  • 3/18-All CNA Data due
Please make sure your newsletters have been turned in, and your PEPs are up to date.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Wonderful Week Begins with Some Sleet:) March 3-7

 A Little Cold Weather Won't Stop our Read Across America Celebration!!!!!

A Very big thank you to Mrs. Batten and our whole entire Literacy Committee for such a wonderful day.The kids had a wonderful time and so did the adults. The Office Staff and I enjoyed being "Fancy Nancy"!  Thank you to everyone who dressed as their favorite book character. You looked awesome! We took a group photo that I am sure will get sent to me for publishing on the blog! I appreciate all of your efforts to decorate doors and read to students. I also appreciate our community support. We are blessed.  The spirit of the whole day was sensational.  Reading is important and so are you!  

Welcome Deborah Grace; Interim Assistant Principal

We welcome Deborah to Diggs-Latham. Deborah is a retired Assistant Principal from Kernersville Elementary where she did a phenomenal job. She is  experienced, kind and capable and we are fortunate to have her.  I know you all will make her feel at home. Cheryl's surgery is Wednesday so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We will surely miss her:)

Spencer receives his Eagle Scout Status

I represented Diggs-Latham Sunday afternoon in Lewisville at Spencer's Eagle Scout Ceremony.  We are all very proud of the  Diggs-Latham beautification project and all of his efforts.  He made it to the prestigious title of Eagle scout at age 13. I am so happy that we were the beneficiaries of all of his hard work.  Way to go Spencer.

Elena Guevara, John Powelson and Leslie Batten All Win Clinard Grants!

Congratulations are in order to Elena, John and Leslie.  All three have been chosen as Clinard Eucational Grant Winners.  I am thrilled for them and can't wait to see their projects in action.  I am thankful to Mr. Clinard for agreeing to let DL be one of the pilot schools.  Way to go.

Tornado Drill

We will have a district wide tornado drill on  Wednesday at 9:30.  Please practice with your students between now and Wednesday morning.

Teacher Working Conditions Survey

We will have a very brief meeting at 7:30 this Wednesday morning in order for our NCAE Rep. to give you information on completing the Teacher Working Conditions Survey.  We will meet in the Media Center.  

STAR 3 Teacher Leaders Rock!!!

Congratulations to all of our Star 3 Teacher Leaders and Connie Rogers for an outstanding job last week representing our school. I couldn't be prouder!  Thank you SIDONNA, AMANDA G., JENNIFER, ANDREA, ALISHA, and  SUZANNE.  You made Diggs-Latham shine! 

Black History Celebration is a HUGE SUCCESS!

I would like to thank the entire Black History Committee and its Chair, Amanda Gordon for an absolutely incredible two week celebration.  The culminating ceremony was beautiful.  Thank you Amanda, Alisha, Ann, Susan, D'Lisa, Marilyn, Maeretha, Krystal, Gary, Linda, Vicky, Amanda S., Ross, Leslie and John!  Thank you all teachers as well as you were very supportive. The students also had great behavior!  

American Heart Association Thank You

Thanks Ross for all of your efforts in supporting Jump Rope For Heart and the American Heart Association. We all truly support all of your efforts in helping our students and staff to Get Fit! We appreciate you. I have shared this with some of you, I have been selected as one of the six Go Red For Women of the Triad for 2014 so you may see me in the media or even on a billboard. I will represent  Go Red for Women in spreading the word about Heart Disease, and its prevention. I have had several heart surgeries and will be able to share my story. I will be broadcasting with Kathryn Mobley from WFDD radio on Wednesday afternoon.  It is very exciting to be able to help my community in this way:)

Defusing Behavior

I read an Article recently by Robert Marzano that I thought might be interesting and helpful. Jennifer will place it in your mailboxes on Tuesday.  It helps you create a plan to deescalate behavior incidents. Hope it is useful.