Week of March 21

Hurt people hurt people.

That’s a pretty powerful thought.  Hurt people hurt people.  Here is a very brief video clip that is rife with food for thought.  For me, Todd Whitaker is one of those educators who always gets me to stop and think.  Please take a couple of moments to watch and reflect.

I think it’s safe to say that Spring Fever has descended upon us.  The longer days and warmer weather have a funny way of bringing out the best (and worst) in all of us.  This is the time of year when we are run down and drained, and if we’re being honest, we’re all most likely counting down the days until Spring Break.   It is in our more fragile moments when I think a few solid reminders serve us well, myself included.  So please take a moment to read this short article.  It’s called, “Assuming the Best.”  After you’ve read this article and viewed Whitaker’s video, I hope you’ll take a few moment to ponder the kind of teacher you want to be.


A few things I asked myself included:

Am I working towards prevention or am I playing “gotcha?”
Am I making a conscious effort to connect with my most challenging students consistently on a personal level?
Am I putting ‘the relationship’ at the forefront of my priorities?
Am I being a positive force in our community by making positive connections with students, peers, administrators, and parents?
Is there anything I could do differently to set my students up for success? (visuals, clearer communication, more positive interactions, etc…)

In closing, please remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  In only four more school days, we can all unplug and take break that is very richly deserved.  We don’t say it nearly enough, but we want you to know how deeply you are valued for your service to the students of CSD.  You work tirelessly to ensure the growth and success of those under your care, and there is no amount of money or no combination of words that can adequately express our gratitude for your relentless devotion to the mission and vision of CSD.  In the upcoming days when your students test you – and you can be certain this will happen – try to dig deep and remember the importance of that “invisible contract” we all are responsible for each.  Remember, they want us to pass the test!   They are on our side even though it doesn’t always feel like it.  So it’s up to us, the adults in their lives, to stay positive and focus on finding solutions rather than casting blame.  They are counting on us to pull though, and they are soooooo worth it.

Okay…4 more days…we got this!



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The Week at a Glance

Monday, March 21st:
Whitley to Huntersville Oaks
Juli registering Carr and rising 7th for Arts Electives
Tuesday, March 22nd:
Carr Opera
Juli registering Randolph class for Arts Electives
Wednesday, March 23rd: 
Dorothy Pagan – Teacher Leader
Thursday, March 24th: 
Randolph opera
Friday, March 25th: 
NO SCHOOL; Spring Break Begins!
Looking Ahead….
March 25-April 3 – SPRING BREAK
April 4 – Classes resume; *EOG Test Prep Window Begins
April 5 – Parent Advisory 8:30 a.m. at HS
April 8 – 4th Grade to Children’s Theater
April 8 – MS Pep Rally at 1:30 in MS Gym & CSD SPIRIT DAY!
April 12 – 2nd Rescue Ranch Field Trip (2 classes)
April 14 – 3rd Grade Davidson Walking Tour
April 14 – Drama EOY at lower school K/1
April 15 – 8th Practicum Dance Party for K5
April 18-April 22 – Earth Days K-5
April 19 – 2nd Rescue Ranch Field Trip (2 classes)
April 20 – 6th/7th Dance Class Sharing
April 22 – 6th UNCC Botanical Gardens
April 22 – CSD Golf Tournament
April 25 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Cinco De Mayo Luncheon
April 29 – Teacher Workday
May 6 – 6th UNCC Botanical Gardens
May 7 – Spartan 5K & Half Marathon
May 10 – 1st Rainforest/Endangered Species Science Fair
May 12 – Kindergarten Oceans Play
May 13 – May 14 – CSD Staff Retreat
May 17 – 4th Stone Mountain
May 17 – 5th Grade Science EOG
May 18 – 3-8 Reading EOG
May 19 – 3-8 Math EOG
May 24 – 25 – 7th Grade Ropes Course
May 25 – 6th Holocaust Museum–Parents & Family
May 26 – 1st Hiddenite Mine Field Trip
May 26 – 4th Economic Fair
May 26 – 6th Holocaust Museum–Open to Public
May 27 – Kindergarten Screening
May 27 – Teacher Workday; Optional Parent Conferences
May 30 – Memorial Day HOLIDAY – No school
May 31 – 3rd Kool Kats Cafe
May 31 – 7th Change Project
May 31 – Kindergarten Water Day
May 31 – State of the School Address
June 1 – Last Day of School
June 2 – Graduation
June 2 & 3 – Teacher Workdays

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey

From Joy:

The NC Teacher Working Conditions survey that is done in NC every two years went out last week.  The state asks that only lead teachers do the survey but at CSD, I hope you know that we value input from everyone so never hesitate to ask questions and share observations.  This makes us better!!  We ask that you try very hard to do the survey immediately so that it does not get lost.  It is critical that we have 100 participation.  These codes give you admission to the survey BUT they do not identify you  in any way.  This survey is completely anonymous..  However, if it makes you feel better, you are welcome to trade your code with another person.  I believe in my heart that you know we have an open door and that you always  know you can come to an admin or a teacher leader with questions and concerns.  Our collaborative leadership model is designed so that you have a  voice as staff members as we value your input.  Pease make this a high priority for all lead teachers.  CSD always has 100% participation and this is an important part of the feedback we get as a school and as a state. If you are a lead teacher and did not get a survey code, please email me so we can see that you get one! Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful feedback!

EOG Test Prep

Believe it or not, EOG Test Prep time will be here before you know it.  Please keep the following timeframe in mind as you prepare lessons in the weeks to come.
-Week of May 16th is 3-8 EOG Testing.
-Spring Break  is March 25-April 3; Classes resume April 4.  *The week of April 4th is the beginning of the 6 week test prep window.
-EOG pre-test/diagnostic testing should be done prior to Spring Break.  Admin will be sitting down with all teams to discuss results and formulate plans for differentiated instruction once pre-testing and data analysis are complete.  Please let us know if you need any assistance prior to that time.  We are always happy to help!

No Homework Over Spring Break

Remember….please don’t assign homework over Holiday break.  We want to respect family time for both students AND staff, so please give yourself a much-deserved break as well!

Teaching Tips with Marianne

Don’t criticize yourself, get down, or lose hope.  Instead, pat yourself on the back for doing everything within your power to help.


I also wanted to remind us of the basic needs students need for academic success and life.

Children need:
  • Limits
  • Physical and Emotional Saftey
  • Love and Affection
  • Healthy Control
  • Feeling and Being an Important, Valued Member of a Family/Community



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