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  • Instructional Changes 2014-2015

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/29/2014
     

    August 29, 2014

     

     

    Mary Lin Community:

     

    Well, we are four weeks into the school year and we are off to a great start. I would like to take a minute to highlight some of the instructional changes that are taking place this year.

     

    To address our gaps in math, we have created a co-teaching model in each fourth and fifth grade math class. This model is implemented daily. Denise Bringslid is the teacher who is dedicated to fourth grade math and Cathy Robinson is the teacher who is dedicated to fifth grade math. They both work collaboratively with their grade level teams to plan meaningful math lessons for the students.

     

    We will be placing a school wide emphasis on writing. The staff has already decided on a common lexicon to use for teaching writer’s workshop. Each student will also have a writing portfolio which will contain a published piece of writing for each writing genre.

     

    To enrich our science instruction, all teachers will be implementing a hands-on science lesson each week. Students will be actively engaged in investigating science with their hands and minds!

     

    Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher about the instructional changes mentioned above. As always, feel free to ask me, too!

     

    Thanks for all you do!


    Dr. Mitchell
     

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  • Two Important Dates

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/27/2014

      Greetings! Here are two important dates for Mary Lin.


    1. Curriculum Night/Back to School Night-this event will take place on Tuesday September 2. Teachers will be making two presentations to accommodate parents with multiple children. The first presentation will begin at 5:30. The second presentation will begin at 6:15. All presentations will take place in the classrooms.
    2. New Phasing Plan Meeting-this event will take place on Thursday September 4, at 5:30. Hogan Construction will be presenting the new phasing plan to the community. The meeting will take place in the gym. To view the new phasing plan, click here. 

    See you at both events! Dr. Mitchell

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  • Computer Adaptive Testing Information

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/15/2014

     Happy Friday! Click here for an information guide to the Computer Adaptive Testing that will begin on Monday. All K-5 students will take the Computer Adaptive Test. Feel free to email me with any questions about testing.

     

    Thanks, Dr. Mitchell

     
     
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  • Day One Head Count

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/4/2014

     Here are the actual numbers for today:

     Kindergarten 105 students

     First grade 109
     
    Second grade 97
     
    Third grade 115
     
    Fourth grade 99
     
    Fifth grade 101
     
    Total 626 students 
     
    I'll create an entry by the end of the week to keep you updated on our enrollment. Thanks, Dr. Mitchell 
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  • Early Head Count

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/1/2014

     643 students! That's right! On paper we will have 643 students this year yet, no class will have more than 23 students. Here is the breakdown:

     Kindergarten 111 students average class size 22 students

     First grade 108 students average class size 21-22 students
     
    Second grade 103 students average class size 20-21students
     
    Third grade 115 students average class size 23 students
     
    Fourth grade 103 students average class size 20-21students
     
    Fifth grade 103 students average class size 20-21students
     
    Please note that these numbers are subject to change.  
     
    Let's have a great year! Dr. Mitchell 
     
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  • Attendance/Tardies

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/8/2014
     

    July 29, 2014 (This letter was part of the Open House information)

     

    Mary Lin Elementary

    Attendance Guidelines

    2014-2015

    Mary Lin Parents,

     

    Attendance is a critical life skill and important to learning. We simply cannot teach your child, if your child is absent from school. Last year, we had over 16% of our students miss ten or more days of school. The percentage of students missing ten or more days of school simply needs to decrease.

     

    Please understand that I am not asking to send your child to school sick. I am asking you to schedule family vacations during scheduled vacation days that the district has designated. Please do not schedule vacations during school. These absences will count as being unexcused.

     

    Being on time for school is also an important life skill and important to learning. Beginning the second week of school, students must report to the main office if they are in the hallways when the 8:00 bell rings. We need all students in their classrooms when the 8:00 bell rings. Please adjust your morning schedules accordingly, as parking will be difficult and some students will have to walk to the portables. Remember, in order not to be tardy, students must be in their classrooms when the 8:00 bell rings.

     

    Thanks for helping us improve our attendance!

     

    Sincerely,

     
    Dr. Mitchell 

    Dr. Mitch

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  • Changes for the 2014-2015 Year

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/3/2014

    July 24, 2014

     

    Important Notes about Changes

    2014-2015

     

    Due to construction, the following changes will be taking place:

    ·       In mid-October, the third grade wing and front office will be moving into the addition. The front of the building will no longer be accessible. Traffic patterns will form from the back of the building.

    ·       We are in the process of acquiring two additional single portables. These portables will be placed on our back field.

    ·       Due to the acquisition of two new single portables, the small area designated for Physical Education (PE) will no longer be accessible beginning the first day of school.

    ·       More than likely, PE will take place in the classrooms or the front traffic circle until mid-October.

    ·       In mid-October, we will gain back the auditorium and the full use of the gym.

    ·       In mid-December, the gym will close for construction and PE will more than likely take place in the classrooms or the auditorium.

    ·       In mid-October, students will eat breakfast and lunch in the renovated cafeteria.

    ·       In mid-October, the habitat (the recess area) will close due to construction. Recess will more than likely take place in the classrooms or Freedom Park.

     

    Please remember that safety is first and foremost for our students. I truly appreciate your flexibility during the construction. I also welcome any ideas to help mitigate the impact construction will have on PE and recess.

     
     
    Thank you,
     
     

     Dr. Mitchell

                                                                                                                                                                 

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  • Update on Gifted Classes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 8/8/2014 12:05:00 AM
     

     

     

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    August 8, 2014

     

    Parents of Gifted Students,

     

    Due to construction on our Gifted portables, classes will not be able to be held next week. Students in the Gifted program will begin receiving services on Monday, August 18.

     

    Thanking you in advance for your patience,

     

     Dr. Mitchell

     

     

     

                                                                           

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  • Ashley

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 6/18/2014

    The purpose of this communication is to inform you that Ashley will be transferring to Springdale Park Elementary effective next school year. This move is being made to provide Ashley with a well-rounded leadership experience.

     

    Ashley has always been a team player and has rolled-up her sleeves for the past six years to make Mary Lin a better school. The things that Ashley has done will continue in her absence at Mary Lin. Some of those things include a comprehensive, school-wide RTI program, a clean, crisp testing environment, fostering relationships with teachers, students and parents and a solid SST process.

     

    Mary Benton, former assistant principal at Mary Lin and current assistant principal at Inman Middle School, will be filling Ashley’s position. As much of a loss it is to lose Ashley, we know that you will welcome Mary back to Mary Lin.

     

    Please enjoy the rest of your summer.

     

    Brian  

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  • Mary Lin's Open House

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 6/10/2014

    Greetings! Mark your calendars. Mary Lin's Open House will be on August 1, 2014 from 5:00-7:00. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher prior to the first day of school, which will be on August 4. Enjoy your summer!
    Dr. Mitchell 

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