Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 25th


Melanie - very sad for us and our students, but are excited for your new opportunity. You have been a fantastic staff member at Underwood and you will be greatly missed.

With our projected student numbers, we are projected to have two less teaching positions then we currently have and there has not been a determination for the foundation funding positions. Our school staffing plan is due to human resources by May 13th. I have had conversations with individuals that this would impact for next school year. There has not be a decision for the shifting of teachers based on changes at grade levels.


Wellness Fair -- What a great day for our students. Thank you staff for being flexible with the schedule due to the rain. Thank you to the wellness committee for the hard work.

WCPSS Job Fair on Saturday -- I have heard from a couple of people that will be representing Underwood and assist with the interview process. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.

Magnet Mingle - Friday night 5:30-7:00 at Moore Square to talk with perspective teachers about being a magnet staff member.
 School Improvement team met on Monday afternoon and were able to review school data to create two proposed key process with a school goal of 100% growth for all students as measured by end of year assessments.

Critical Thinking 

Using videos to model and demonstrate events and experiences in the classrooms. 

Evaas verification -- EVAAS FAQ & Calculating % of instruction

SSA (Single Subject Acceleration) - (Our school’s nomination window is April 20th - May 4th) - all nomination will go in Heather's mailbox. 


Creation takes many forms...

School News

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekly Updates -- April 18th


Thank you to our wonderful PTA and parents for the Staff Appreciation Week!
Victoria, Charlotte, and Linda for leading the Parent Conscious Discipline Cohort.

Candace Gottfried, Nancy Weeks, Brenda Herb, Victoria Romero, and Daphne Nance for our parent academy for our LEP families.

Great job science Olympiads
Underwood on Twitter...


Math Summit - August 10 - 11 - if interested -- SAS Math Summit

Summer STEM - We have a couple of teachers interested let me know if you are interested in being apart of this opportunity.
This next link is the SummerSTEM 2016 information for your teachers to apply:

Power schools concerns --


Students marking using real world

Vocabulary words across all settings 


TIER III/DEC 1 - It is essential that we continue to progress monitor during the school year. 

Recommitting to our PRIDE Commitments

Critical Thinking 

I can statements for students to know what they are learning during the day. 

Class lists creating for next school year focused on classroom environment and class make up. 

School Improvement team will be having a planning session tomorrow afternoon to review our CNA (Comprehensive Needs Assessment) to create a school goals and action steps. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11

TEACHER and STAFF Appreciation Week
Monday - BB8 Breakfast
Tuesday - Han "Solo" Chair Massage
Wednesday - Storm Trooper Sweet and Savory Snack Bar
Thursday - Skywalker Smoothie
Friday - Light Saber Lunch (Dress up like your favorite Star War Character)


PLT Focuses --- What do we want the student to learn (Curriculum), How will we know that they learned it (Assessment, Project, Lessons), and what will we do if they do/don't know it (reteach, extend). 

End of year Evaluations - You will be receiving a document to add additional artifact items to be used in your end of year reviews. Also you will need to complete your PDPs by May 6th. These will be discussed during your end of year review. A sign up schedule for end of year reviews will be coming out this week. Daphne and I will be completing these together. 


Principal for the Day - Wednesday Molly Anderson will be joining me as principal for the day. We will be walking around the school from 9:30-10:30 and 2:00-3:00, she will be coming up to staff members asking if you all need anything and how she can help you.

What is happening at Underwood via Twitter


Student created videos

Critical Thinking 

Class Lists - When grade levels are creating class lists it will be important for you all to create balanced classes that any teacher would want to teach. We are able to control the learning environment. Also, these will need to be completed outside of PLT meetings. PLT meetings are to focus on this year's work. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4th Updates

"It is important to take time for yourself to rest, recharge and get inspired" - Paloma. 

Electives - today starts quarter 4 electives, be sure to send out your newsletters for your new elective this week. It should contain contact information, elective objectives and any tentative information about any share outs.

Next Year's Class Lists - Holly will be sending out information this month for creating next year's classes based on input from current year's teachers. We are anticipating based on current numbers - 3 in k&1, 4 in 2nd, 3 in 3rd, 4 in 4&5.  Reminder these are preliminary numbers and we will have some teams make a plan b class lists. In creating the class lists, you are using your professional opinions to create positive classroom environments. 

Artspleasure -- YouTube is apparently not a big fan of our video, here is the attempted download -- It Takes a Village. Thanks again to all of the staff members that helped out, participated, or came to ArtsPleasure. It was a great event.

Critical Thinking 

Teacher working Condition Survey -- we are currently at 33% (16/48) of our certified staff has not completed the teacher working condition survey. The state deadline has been continued to this afternoon. 


It is important to give details (w/ objectives) with hallway displays.

Have a wonderful week! Go Heels!