Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30th - June 2nd

Communication 

Classroom and Elective report cards will go home on Friday June 9th.  

Field Day - field day is June 7th for k - 2 from 9:30 - 11:30 and 3-5 1:00 - 3:00. We are in need for additional volunteers for 3-5 field day. If available please fill out - We are in need of several volunteers: Field Day Sign Up  and Field Day Volunteer Reminders  We like to have 15-20 stations and need two volunteers at each station.

Creativity 


At the Arts Integration Institute, teachers have the opportunity to work with extraordinary teaching artists who understand how classrooms really work. Teachers learn how to think creatively, collaborate, and invigorate their classrooms. There will be six unique workshops designed to integrate arts and non-arts Common Core and NC Essential Standards. Workshops are fun and interactive!​ If you are interested in attending (for free) June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, please let Ashley know asap.

Collaboration 

Mr. Shillings is seeking feedback for Assistant Principal search. If you would be willing to provide feedback in characteristics and traits for our new AP (starting 2017-18 school year) - please complete the following form - Feedback form to provide that information.  
Some of the roles for our assistant principal are observing/evaluating teachers, provide instructional techniques and strategies, facilities management, behavior support and implementing Student Code of Conduct, student support, and along with other roles and responsibilities.

Critical Thinking 


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 5k - Meredith Brown is a junior at Broughton High School, as well as a Joyner Elementary School and Daniels Middle School alumna. Over the past year, she has worked closely with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The race will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00 am at Dorothea Dix Park! Please join in helping this wonderful cause! If people are willing to help, they can donate or sign up to run/walk the race at https://app.racereach.com/event/food-shuttle-garden-gallop-5k-run-walk


Upcoming Events

May 30th - EOG 3rd and 5th grade math 
May 31st - 5th Grade ELA EOG 
June 1st - 4th Grade ELA
June 2nd  - 4th Grade Math 
June 7th - Field Day 
June 9th - Last Day of School 
June 14-16th - Floors are being waxed and carpet is being cleaned - school building will be closed for cleaning floors and carpet. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22-May 26th

Communication

EOGs - EOG start this Friday (see schedule below). All students in grades 3-5 will be taking the End of Grade Assessments per state policy. If parents have questions or concerns they need to contact Mr. Shillings.

Quarter 4 electives end on Thursday, May 25th.

Number Drummer was a great and interactive performance for our students. Thank you to our PTA for this opportunity. Here is an example for the k-2 work session.


Creativity

Principal and the Pea Come support our students and the Arts Team at our K-1 Performance, Principal and the Pea on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm.

Passion Action Project: Some Art of Animation elective students are closing out their quarter with a Passion Action Project and need some donations. Along with animated PSA about the worth and talents of homeless and displaced people, they are constructing care packages for them. They really want to know they can make a difference. A drop off box will be in the carpool area this week only as well as in the learning lab for anything you or your students may have to contribute including but not limited to: List of items. Thank you

Collaboration

Mr. Shillings is seeking feedback for Assistant Principal search. If you would be willing to provide feedback in characteristics and traits for our new AP (starting 2017-18 school year) - please complete the following form - Feedback form to provide that information.  

Exciting news!  We will be purchasing $4,000 worth of new books for our Leveled Book Room. These books will be used by teachers when teaching small groups of students k-5 to increase their reading comprehension. Thank you to our PTA for their financial support to make this happen.

Critical Thinking

Keep breathing and talking to your students about school. This is an exciting/stressful/anxious time of the year. To quote Conscious Discipline: "Feelings do not need to be fixed. They are not wrong or dangerous. Feelings are part of our humanity, helping us to grow and learn" - Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline p180. 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday May 25th - Last day of 4th quarter electives  
Thursday May 25th - Principal and the Pea (k/1 performance) at 7:00
Friday May 26th - Beginning of EOGs (3rd grade reading and fifth grade science
May 29th - Memorial day (No school) 
May 30th - EOG 3rd and 5th grade math 
May 31st - 5th Grade ELA EOG 
June 1st - 4th Grade ELA
June 2nd  - 4th Grade Math 
June 7th - Field Day 
June 9th - Last day of School 

Make it a fantastic week! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15 - 19

Communication

Parent Portal - We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at www.wcpss.net/student-information.  Once you have a Powerschool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information is also provided.

Mrs. Nance - As of June 30th Mrs. Nance will be retiring from Underwood Elementary. It has been a pleasure working along side her for the past two years as well as five years earlier in our careers.  I wish her well.
 
EOG Proctors - EOGs begin on May 26th and we continue to be in need of proctors from May 26th - June 2nd. If interested please email Mrs. Nance or Mrs. Churchill. 

Critical Thinking

Five Points 5k  - The Third Annual Five Points 5K/Health Fair is May 20, 2017. Please come out and enjoy a great time with family, friends, and community members.  Part of the proceeds benefit Underwood's PE program.  For more information and to register as a participant or volunteer, go to www.Fivepoints5k.com

Collaboration

Science Olympiad - Congratulations to our Science Olympiad Teams Varsity finished in first place and after a review there was a change to one of the events and the results showed that our Junior Varsity also finished in first place. I was very impressed with the hard work, dedication, and perseverance in working on their science skills. Thanks again to all of the volunteers and awesome coaches! 

Creativity

Number Drummer - Number Drummer is the ultimate math and music experience. See it! Feel it! Hear it! Play it! Number Drummer Live is a one-of-a-kind interactive show that has the entire audience “drumming up” mathematics for an awesome “surround sound” musical performance! The show takes participants through an entertaining and engaging sequence of music and math skills needed to be a Number Drummer and play in the show’s final performance. It is an awesome display of math that is heard as a rhythmic work of art. Special schedule for Friday, May 19 is here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8 -12

Communication

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. Martin Luther King Jr once said "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” So from the staff and students - Thank you for all that you do to make Underwood the fantastic school that it is on a daily basis! 

Interims for Quarter 4 go home with students on Tuesday, May 9th.

Friday May 12th is a workday. 

Parent Academy for our ESL parents on Tuesday, May 9th (5:30-7:00).  Families will receive a session from the ESL department and we have also secured books for the students to take home for the summer!  

Wake Portal - Transportation information in Home Base Student Information System: 
We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at www.wcpss.net/student-information.  

Critical Thinking

Science Olympiad - Congratulations to all of the students that participated in Science
Photo per: Nicole Kreiser
Olympiad. The varsity team finished in first place and the Junior Varsity team finished second. Thank you to all of the coaches and volunteers! Thank you to Gary Kreiser, Lauren Blackburn and Steve Hess for leading our schools' team! 

Five Points 5k  - The Third Annual Five Points 5K/Health Fair is May 20, 2017. Please come out and enjoy a great time with family, friends, and community members.  Part of the proceeds benefit Underwood's PE program.  For more information and to register as a participant or volunteer, go to www.Fivepoints5k.com

Collaboration

After months of incredibly hard and thorough work on the part of our stellar curriculum team – along with critical input from you, your teachers, parents and the community, the new ELA curriculum has been announced!  Expeditionary Learning (EL).  EL is an open-source literacy curriculum written by and for teachers. It was created to address the shifts in the Common Core standards as well as address the future needs of students competing in a global community.  The county will roll this out with third grade in 2017-2018 and 4th the following year.  5th grade will adopt the resource in 2019-2020.  

Creativity

Jump Rope for Heart - Learn More: Information about Jump Rope for Heart Program (Start Video at 3:12)
Donate Here: Donation Link for Underwood   (online donations only)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 1st - May 5th


Communication


Last Day of YLearning is Thursday, May 11.

Transportation information in Home Base Student Information System: 
We are excited to announce that student transportation information can now be found in one single location, Home Base, also known as Powerschool. In order to provide the highest level of customer service to our families we are asking those of you who do not yet have a Powerschool account to stop by the school office to complete the necessary form.  You can find more information at www.wcpss.net/student-information.  

Volunteer Luncheon - Volunteer Luncheon to thank all of our wonderful volunteers is Friday May 5th. 

Critical Thinking

Jump Rope for Heart - Timeline: Friday, April 28th- Friday, May 12th (due date)
There is no "Event Date" we celebrate during specials, electives & Field Day!
  • Please share info/links with parents on your Grade Level Website etc: It will be posted on our next Weekly Specialist Update in the Hub too.
  • Learn More: Information about Jump Rope for Heart Program
  • Donate Here: Donation Link for Underwood   (online donations only)
  • Help save lives! Last year, we raised $4,000. This year goal is $4,300.
  • Now, students can receive up to three Thank you Lanyard Zoo Crew Animals. All other Thank you gifts will be shipped from headquarters after the fundraiser period.

Class lists - Please email Mr. Shillings if you have a request for a type of teacher and/or classroom environment that your child would thrive in for next school year. This recommendations will be considered when assigning teachers to class lists. 

Collaboration

Kindergarten Orientation will be taking place on May 2 and May 4 from 10-11am.  There will be many parents touring the building.

Creativity

Science Olympiads 3rd-5th grade Science Olympiads will be competing on Saturday May 6th at Leesville Middle School starting at 8:30. The event is free to watch and the students would love to see staff there. We will have an applause parade for the participating students on Monday the 8th at 9:30.

Vocabulary Video created by Jennifer Williams https://animoto.com/play/xpWjA5dZEeLd0kWO00e68g


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 24th

Communication

Arrival and Dismissal: Parents, be sure during morning arrival that you go through the carpool line. We have seen an increase of students being dropped off at the stop sign or the bus loop, which is unsafe for our students. Also during dismissal, walkers please be sure that you are walking with your child(ren) as there is a lot of traffic near the bus loop and the carpool loop.

Critical Thinking

SSA Nomination - April 26 (4:15 pm) is the due date for SSA nominations.  If you receive a parent nomination, please forward them to us by that time, no later. If you have any students you think would benefit from this process, please contact their parents to make sure they're aware and direct them to the Wake Co. website: http://wakeacceleration.weebly.com

Collaboration


Creativity 

Wake ID Icon - Communications department has created a WakeID global icon for the school websites. This icon will replace the Webmail and Google Apps icons. We will apply the WakeID icon to your school website. This update will be completed by next Wednesday.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 17th


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela


Critical Thinking

Ciara Cooke - Congratulations to Ciara on being appointed to the lead Secretary of Brier Creek Elementary. Although, we are sad to see her leave our school, but we know that she will do a fantastic job at Briar Creek. Due to the current open position her last day at Underwood will be this Friday the 21st.

Teacher PlacementIf you have a preference or recommendation for the type of teacher for next year's class, be sure to put in writing (with specific qualities) and send it to Mr. Shillings. After classes have been created by teachers of the sending grade, these recommendations will be considered by admin over the summer. 

Collaboration 

Annual WCPSS Student Surveys for grades 4&5 - school engagement and "grit"(approx 10 minutes) and focus of 4th grade is extracurricular activities and advanced courses (5-6 minutes). Each survey is available in both English and Spanish and each student can access their survey in either language using the following link: http://surlogin.wcpss.net/Students must take these surveys at school, as the link is not accessible outside of the WCPSS computer network. students will have to use their PowerSchool ID number to access their survey. The surveys will remain active from March 20th to May 26th, so please ensure that all grades 4-5 and 7-12 students have the opportunity to complete the survey at school before May 26th.  Results will be tabulated by school and reported out this summer. 

Communication 
Weekly Messages -  Classroom teachers and specialists will continue to communicate with families at a minimum one message a week. Please contact classroom teachers if you have specific questions regarding your child's progress. It has been great seeing many teachers using Twitter and Blogs to showcase your students work. 

Creativity 
Animoto -- A great way to tell a story. Colby and Emily interviewed me with six to seven questions and this is what they created facilitated by Tanya. 




Want to be king Animoto original story and art by Greer 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 3rd

Communication

PTA / Grants -- 34 iPads (arts 20/jenny 5 (through Donor's Choose)/PTA funds 4. , 4 iPods, 1 Mac book, 1 iMac, ...and a new Media/Lab/Lounge make over! We are continuing to focus on providing students and teachers with new devices to increase our opportunities to collaborate, be creative, think critically and increase communication skills!

Report Cards - Report cards go home on April 7th. If the student is not present at school on Friday, the report cards will go home in their Tuesday Folder on the 18th.

Reflections breakfast-Join us on Tuesday morning at 8am in the Media Center to celebrate all participants in the Reflections program.  A light breakfast will be provided.

Collaboration

Foundation - Thank you to those that supported the Foundation Gala. We had a very successful fundraising event. Thank you to the Foundation Board members led by Steve Mangano.

Critical Thinking

Wake Portal - Be sure to bookmark the portal site https://wakeid.wcpss.net and sign in using your new password. Students will go to https://wakeid.wcpss.net and log in with the normal process but they will need to use their student ID number as their password. Students in grades 4-12 will then be prompted to reset their password.

Creativity


April is School Library Month! It is with great pride that Instructional Technology and Library Media Services invites you to join us in celebrating the essential role our school libraries and school library media coordinators play in transforming learning and supporting student achievement. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has sponsored School Library Month since 1985. This year’s theme is School Libraries Empower Students.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 27th

Communication 

Active Learning Grant --- Underwood was awarded one of the first annual Active Learning Spaces Grant ($50,000) to be used to provide resources (furniture, devices) to increase the flexibility of the media center. We are planning to have the items in place to start the 2017-18 school year.



Electives - Quarter 4 Electives begin today!  
  
Grade Level Report Cards-  Report Cards go home on April 7th!  

Annual WCPSS Student Surveys for grades 4&5 - school engagement and "grit"(approx 10 minutes) and focus of 4th grade is extracurricular activities and advanced courses (5-6 minutes). Each survey is available in both English and Spanish and each student can access their survey in either language using the following link: http://surlogin.wcpss.net/Students must take these surveys at school, as the link is not accessible outside of the WCPSS computer network. students will have to use their PowerSchool ID number to access their survey. The surveys will remain active from March 20th to May 26th, so please ensure that all grades 4-5 and 7-12 students have the opportunity to complete the survey at school before May 26th.  Results will be tabulated by school and reported out this summer. 

Critical Thinking

School Family Assembly-We are looking forward to March 31st from 9:30-10:15 for our next School Family Assembly.  We will be highlighting and teaching assertiveness within the mini-lesson!

PTA Board - Interested in serving on the PTA board? Nomination time is upon us as the PTA board, if interested contact our PTA President Karen Poteat. 

Collaboration

Foundation Gala - Underwood Foundation Board held our fourth annual GALA. This year our gala was at the Contemporary Art Museum downtime. Thank you to Ashley Cooper, Shannon Wolf, Allison Weaver, and Virginia Murray with our Board President Steve Mangano and the entire Foundation board for a fantastic event with the proceeds going to fund additional positions at Underwood Elementary.

Beautification - We had our Spring Playground Cleaning Day. Thank you to Underwood PTA grounds director Holly Helmig for her leadership and collaboration with Green Machine Landscaping to trim, mulch, and clean up our playground.

Creativity

Artspleasure - Wow!  ArtsPleasure 2017 will go down in the books as a great celebration. The event was well attended starting with Stomp after school 'til we locked the doors after 8:00.  The Arts Team would like to thank all of your for your support.  I am afraid I might miss someone if we started typing names, so we extend a huge hug and gratitude to all.  Thanks for donations of time, energy, and support.  We could not carry out such a successful event without your support.

It is great to work at a place where the Arts are a strong and vibrant part of the culture!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Underwood Arts Team

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 13-17

Critical Thinking
Foundation Gala - Friday March 24th - tickets are now available -- Gala tickets for Friday, March 24, 7:00pm at CAM. The mission of the Underwood Foundation is to maintain the excellence of our school program by supporting initiatives which recruit and retain quality teachers, enable and bolster rich instructional programming, and sustain the educational environment.


Weather Makeup Day / School Family Assembly -  March 31st is our third weather make-up day. We will be having our second School Family Assembly.


Communication


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. More information to come...


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.


All Call -- We are working with our communications department to decrease the number of phones that are called during the all-calls. You are able to use the Parent Portal to identify which phone number you would like for the all call to be sent to in the Portal - (https://wcpss.powerschool.com/public/). We have also inquired about the inconsistencies in the opt-in text feature.

Artspleasure - Thursday March 23rd from 5:30-8:00. We look forward to seeing our families at this fun event to celebrate the Arts!




Collaboration
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 grant funds 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.


Creativity


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.  


Reminders:
  • March 20th - Yearbooks orders are due. Very limited supplies afterwards
  • March 23rd - Artspleasure 
  • March 24th - Foundation Gala at CAM
  • March 25th - Grounds Workday 
  • March 27th - 4th Quarter Electives begin 

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6 - 10

Critical Thinking 
NC Severe Weather Awareness Week - Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday March 8th at 9:30.

Promotion/Intervention - Promotion and intervention letters will be going home this Tuesday. According to Wake County School Board policy 3420, parents of students at risk of being retained must be notified by the midpoint of the third quarter. Underwood Elementary teachers have been asked to identify students who are performing below grade level in one or more content areas.  By identifying students who are at-risk early, we have additional time to concentrate on areas of academic concern for each child.


Curriculum Procurement Update: Per Brian Kingsley (Superintendent of Academics) As our team continues moving towards a final recommendation to the Board of Education in April, teachers in the county will complete their piloting of the resources by March 17th. All staff members have access to the Canvas site with information about each resource. 
Communication  
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.

Math 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: of 3rd grade students are not meeting benchmarks in literacy on Case21 doesn't match their performances in the classroom.
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.

Magnet Visit - Thank you for letting Charlotte Magnet Schools and WCPSS into our fine arts electives. They were impressed with the teaching tools and learning objects that were taking place and the student engagement during the lessons.

Collaboration 
Elementary Arts Integration opportunity - there is a week-long Arts Integration Institute. Over the course of the week, scheduled for June 19-23 at the Cary Arts Center, professional teaching artists will lead hands-on activities for so classroom and arts teachers will learn ways to integrate arts disciplines across the curriculum. More info to come from United Arts. 

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. 
  • Students will need to access their Google Apps and Canvas through the WakeID Portal, but they won't need to claim their accounts. Their default password will be their student number. Secondary students must change their passwords on their first login. 
  • More information is coming. Stay tuned!
Creativity 
June Explore Wake Schools is All About Teachers -The June issue of Explore Wake Schools magazine will focus on our outstanding teachers. Please use this form to nominate a colleague or two to be featured in this special issue.