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  • Cafeteria Monitor Update

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 9/17/2014
     

    Greetings! This is just a quick update on our cafeteria monitor. Wahlea Malone, our former monitor, has accepted a Special Education paraprofessional position here at Mary Lin. We have a candidate to replace Ms. Malone. The candidate’s information has been submitted to our Human Resource Department. The candidate will need to be processed. This may take a few days. Until then, we will use a substitute to monitor the boys and girls in the cafeteria.  

     

    Thanks, Dr. Mitchell

     

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  • Update on Personnel Changes

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 9/10/2014
     

    Whew! It seems like we have been moving our staff around as of late! Here is an update on the personnel changes that have been made to date. You may have already seen these changes in hard copy letters that were sent home.

    • T’wana Huff, secretary has accepted a position as a middle school guidance counselor.
    • April Buggs, School Clerk will assume the secretary position.
    • Marcus Mahone, kindergarten paraprofessional will assume the School Clerk position.
    • Beth Rosenbleeth, fourth grade teacher will resign from the district effective October 3.

    We are actively seeking replacements for Mr. Mahone’s paraprofessional vacancy and Mrs. Rosenbleeth’s vacancy.

    Here is an update on the cafeteria. The monitoring of the cafeteria has been substandard. We are creating a plan of action to address how we can better monitor the students in the cafeteria. We are counting on Mrs. Wahlea’s (cafeteria monitor) return to Mary Lin tomorrow. Things will vastly improve upon Mrs. Wahlea’s return!

    Thanks, Dr. Mitchell 
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  • Takeaways from the Construction Meeting

    Posted by BRIAN MITCHELL at 9/5/2014
     

    Here are the major takeaways from last night’s construction meeting:

    The July 15, 2015 is a firm date to have all construction completed.

    This current delay will not impact the July 15, 2015 end date.

    The City of Atlanta started digging the long water line.

    After December, students in the portables will have safe access to the cafeteria.

    After the December, the front of the building will close.

    After December, all students will access the building from the back parking lot traffic circle or the auditorium stairs.

    The auditorium will open after December.

    All portables will be removed from campus in late May.

    The habitat will close after December.

    We will get back the habitat in July of 2015.

    The new playground may be installed when the 2015-2016 year begins.

    The students in the portables will have safe access to the restrooms in the new addition.

    Hogan Construction does work on Saturdays.

    Work on the drainage issue in the habitat will begin in the spring of 2015.

    The gym closes after December.

    The remodeled cafeteria opens after December.

    Weekly updates are posted on the Local School Council website and are printed and posted on the front bulletin board.

    Thanks, Dr. Mitchell

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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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