INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Student Led Conferences Principal’s Message ...………...1 are a Success! During early release days, February 13th and 14th, Shiloh Cluster Fine Arts.........1 students and parents in grades 3-5 were pioneering a new concept of the students leading Cookie Dough Sales…………...1 the conference! This procedure was put in place, so that not only would the parent have an National Counselor Week….1 understanding of how the child was performing in school, but the child would also have that same Black History Month…...……..2 knowledge. This new understanding by the student gives them the opportunity to take more Parent Resource Center .........2 ownership in their progress. All students in grades 3-5 created their own data notebooks. They spent many hours analyzing their own data Spotlight on Fourth Grade.....3 and used that data to create colored graphs in the computer lab. These data note books included Counselor’s Corner…………...3 information such as their reading level, predictor scores and results on the Gateway and CRCT Distinguished Gentlemen…..3 test, Benchmark results in reading and math, writing levels and so much more! Teachers had !" Spring Carnival.………………..4 the flexibility of adding additional information as it ## suited their classroom needs. Parents and Help Wanted…...........................4 students completed surveys at the conclusion of the conference. Parents indicated that they liked this procedure because it gave the students a chance to really think about their school work and that children now have a clear understanding of how they are performing. Annistown plans to continue this type of conference next school year during the February conferences. Conferences Mon. March 10th held in October will remain in the traditional No School teacher-led format for all students. Thurs. March 13th—7:00 p.m. Annistown celebrated Counselor Week Feb. 4th -8th by showing our counselor how much General PTA Meeting(1st & 3rd Performs) we appreciate her contributions to our school. Thurs. March 20th Students and teachers showered her with gifts of thanks and appreciation. Mrs. Terri Report Cards Allen, an educator for 20+ years, brought Tues., March 25th, Chick-fil-a Spirit Night many wonderful programs to our school. She makes students feel special and is always ready to listen to their concerns. Some line up ! at her door to have a moment of her time "# $ because they know she will be there for them. Feel free to call her for advice and direction. %& & ' Mrs. Allen also leads small group sessions ( )"*& and visits classrooms for large group discus- sions. Thank you Mrs. Allen for being a SUPER COUNSELOR! You are displaying excellence! A Celebration of Black History!! On February 21, 2008, Annistown 2nd and 5th grade students highlighted famous African Americans. Fifth graders sang the Negro National Anthem and recited a choral reading about Dr. Martin Luther King. The Second graders lined the hallways dressed as famous Americans during their Wax Museum display. The students were well rehearsed and truly knowledgeable about the person they portrayed. Even though it rained, the gym and hallways were packed with parents! It was a wonderful night of learning! ! " # $ "% % & & ' () * + , - + $ !! " !! ( . ' /!" 0 0 1 0 * * , 2 3 3 ) $ #!" #! 4 5 6 0 - . ' 7 ' /8" 9!9" * ,"- - 5 3 9/ !! (9 ! ! 4 0 - :5 * 2 ) The fabulous fourth grade team hails from Jamaica, Mary- land, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. Collectively, we bring to Annistown Elementary School seventy-eight years of outstanding teaching experience. We believe the old ad- age that "it takes a village to raise a child" and we encourage all parents to come and spend some time with us. We are differentiating instruction, enriching the curriculum with projects, and encouraging our students so that they will be prepared for the upcoming Criterion Reference Compe- tency Test (CRCT). This test will be given the mornings of April 15-April 18. Please keep in mind that this is a promo- tion test for all fourth grade students. Students must achieve a minimum score of 800 in Reading, English Language Arts, Math, and Science to be promoted to the fifth grade. A score of 300 is required for Social Studies. The fourth grade team is confident that our students will show that Annistown is accepting only excellence! Go Tigers!!!! Classroom Guidance will continue in grades K-2 next week. We will be working on The Distinguished Gentlemen program is celebrating a sec- cooperation and team building skills. Upcoming Events: Test Taking Skills in ond year at Annistown Elementary School! Coach Dale March - Grades 1 - 5 as we get ready for the CRCT. Grant, who joined Annistown this year, has taken over the Awareness Activities are being planned for May 1. We would like to have a Career reigns of the program with assistance from Mrs.Balak. The Fair, highlighting the careers/occupations of parents and community. If you would boys selected for the program are 5th grade students. Stu- be willing to make a presentation to a class regarding your career/occupation , or if dents are nominated by their teachers and are required to fill you are willing to help in any way, email me at: Terri_Allen@gwinnett.K12.ga.us. out an application and write an essay about why they want to be a part of the program. Coach Grant and the boys meet Ladies of Distinction will plant flowers around Annistown. If you would like to help once per week and have discussions about the characteristics with this community service project, please contact me. National School Counseling Week was Feb. 4th - 9th was Na- tional School Counseling Week. Annistown students and staff showered me with gifts, cards, and notes. I am honored to serve the students, parents and staff of Annistown Elementary School. Fifth Grade Gateway/Grade 5 Writing Assessment All GCPS fifth grade students will participate in Georgia’s performance-based needed to develop into successful young men in today’s soci- writing assessment on March 5, 2008. Passing the 5th Grade Gateway/Grade 5 ety. Several guest speakers have visited Annistown and writing Assessment is a promotion requirement for each student. The Grade 5 talked to the young men about such things as education, re- Writing Assessment consists of an evaluation of the student’s response to an spect, and making positive choices now and in the future. The assigned prompt. The student prompt may be persuasive, narrative, or informa- visitors included a police officer, Senator Everson, and Mr. tional. Each student paper is scored by multiple raters who independently rate the Robins, a former NFL player. Major Taylor, the first black composition on four qualities of effective writing. These qualities, or domains of Mayor of Gwinnett County, visited at the end of February effective writing should be present in a composition regardless of the topic on sharing positive advice with the young men. We plan to par- ticipate in community service sometime before the end of the which the paper is written. The domains are Ideas, Organization, style, and Con- school year. The Distinguished Gentlemen is a great program ventions. The Fifth Grade Teachers and students at Annistown have been using a that aspires to have a positive influence on 5th grade boys as variety of techniques and strategies since the beginning of the year in order to be they grow and develop into productive young men! prepared for the assessment on March 5th. After the writing assessments are scored, a Student Score Report will be sent to parents. Executive Board Nominations! 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