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.


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 - ( 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!

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.


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.  

  • 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 

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