Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13th

Critical Thinking 
National Board Certification-The application window to apply for candidacy for National Board Certification for the 2017-2018 cycle opens on April 1, 2017. There will be information sessions held on March 14th and May 9th to hear about the process of becoming a board certified teacher. Details can be accessed at If you have questions, contact Carolann Wade at

Weather Makeup Day / School Family Assembly -  March 31st is our third weather make-up day. We will be having our second School Family Assembly. See your PBIS committee member for details. More information to come..


MTSS Survey - Please complete the MTSS Belief Survey 
Who:  All Certified Staff
When:  Between Mar.13th - Apr. 29th
What:  Beliefs Survey Link:
Coffee with Mr. Shillings -- First Friday of the month from 9:30 and discuss items of interest at Underwood. We will meet April 7th 9:30-10:30  in the media center (other dates will be May 5th and June 2nd. To assist in the discussion, if you have a question that you would like to talk about please fill out the form. - Questions to be discussed form

Volunteer Tea is May 5. Looking for someone to chair/co-chair this committee.  If you would be interested, please let Daphne know ASAP. It will be here before you know it!

School Improvement Plan - 2nd Quarter Data Review (mClass, Report Cards, and Case21). We have many things to be proud of our students work! 
Math Problem Statement: The students that are not proficient on Case 21 and Report Card data are not retaining isolated skills over the course of a quarter/semester.
Action Steps: Modify current instructional strategies, create assessments that have current and previous (reviewed content), interviewing with previous grade levels about curriculum, re-visiting curriculum

Reading Problem Statement: 32% of 3rd grade students are not meeting benchmarks in literacy.
Action Steps: Go into DEF report and list names of students in red or yellow. 3rd grade grade has restructured their day due to previous reading data, so the 3rd grade team will need to provide further/current data at next meeting to show if the restructuring of the day is working.

If interested, please see the Meeting minutes and data here-

Specialists Weekly Updates - Important information about First in Fitness, Dance, Art, Music, Spanish, Media Center, Technology, and Drama. Specialists Weekly Update

Active Learning Grant - Underwood is one of 28 elementary schools to be awarded the Active Learning Spaces Grant which was established in 2017 to support school efforts to transform facilities into learning spaces that inspire innovation and creativity while fostering the skill sets needed to live, produce, and thrive in today's workplace. We will be using the $50,000 to increase the flexibility of our media center. 

Grounds workday-Please mark your calendars and help us on March 25th as we will be working with a landscaper (and Underwood parent) to tackle the playground and surrounding areas!

Single Sign on Wake ID Portal - Having trouble managing the multiple login names and passwords you need to access applications such as Google Apps, Canvas and more? We have good news! Starting March 15, you will use the new WakeID Portal to access these and other applications in one place with one username and password. 
  • The first thing you will need to do on the morning of March 15 is claim your WakeID through the WakeID Portal. Your WakeID is the first part of your email address. You will need to follow a series of steps through the WakeID Portal to update your password and claim your account. The process will take about 10 minutes. 

The students did an amazing job at Pieces of Gold at Progress Energy Center! Many thanks to Melissa Raley, Rachel Fraiser and Kelly Harris for their leadership and continued commitment to the Arts.  

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