2019-2020 Foundation Highlights 

TEACH ON

TEACH ON

TurfPlayground

TurfPlayground

LEVELED READING ROOM

LEVELED READING ROOM

FOOTBALL FRACTIONS

FOOTBALL FRACTIONS

LAUNCH OUR ROCKETS

LAUNCH OUR ROCKETS

Playground Success

Playground Success

TEACHER EDUCATION

TEACHER EDUCATION

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

Greg Tang Shared w/other Staff

Greg Tang Shared w/other Staff

THANK YOU FOR GREG TANG!

THANK YOU FOR GREG TANG!

Greg Tang

Greg Tang

Greg Tang Info Shared w/Other Staff

Greg Tang Info Shared w/Other Staff

MATH READS LIBRARY

MATH READS LIBRARY

More Greg Tang!

More Greg Tang!

Additional Library Resources

Additional Library Resources

Saxon Phonics

Saxon Phonics

Professional Learning

Complete Reading Series Training

By the end of the 2019-20 school year, the MLEF will have funded the completion of this series for the following teachers: Dees, Bischof, Okojie, Kelley, Cole, Foxworth, Rafig, Binner, Hanshaw, Collins, Arestead, Howard, Tijerina, Robinson, Seay, Evans, Tolmach, Phalen, Gosha, Bellard, Howard Gabbert, Nail, Bonilla, Ashley, Derrico, Baldwin, Gurthie, Tabor, Rice, Watkins, Pursley, Arillo and Patterson as well as instructional coaches Emily Fuller and  Denise Bringslid. It is Ms. Briscoe's goal that any teacher who comes to Lin who is not already trained in the CRS receives the training during their first or second year at Lin.

Greg Tang's Reasoning, Rigor & Results

The following teachers who had not yet attended a Greg tang conference attended this local one day workshop in October 2019 on developing reasoning skills and computational fluency through word problems:  Nail, Spaulding, Tabor, Green, Everett,

 

Guided Reading Collection for 1st Grade 

1st grade teachers each received the complete reading collection instructional materials to use in their classroom to have the guided reading series.  This includes over 200 original title books with 6 copies of each plus a comprehensive lesson folder for each book and access to additional online resources.  The first grade team utilizes these resources for targeted small group lessons to develop students fluency and comprehension skills using increasingly challenging texts.

 

Technology Conference 

The MLEF was thrilled to send Mr. Rice to this conference so he could engage with his peers and learn best practices from leaders in technology. 

Physical Education Resources

A full set of new tumbling mats were purchase for the gymnasium for use during Physical Education classes.

Understanding Dyslexia Workshop Staff-Wide Professional Learning was done on a Teacher Work Day in February 2020 where all teachers at Mary Lin attended a Workshop on understanding Dyslexia and how to better see signs of dyslexia and to provide specific strategies and interventions to remediate for students who have dyslexia.

 

Math PLUS Conference

A favorite of Mary Lin staff, Greg Tang’s Math Plus conference gives teachers the skills to help all of their students achieve fluency and automaticity, and explore challenging problems that help develop advanced thinking for older and/or gifted students.

Teacher Allotments

As part of the MLEF’s commitment to making sure our financial resources is spread throughout the entire school, we were thrilled to grant all teachers a semester stipend to purchase materials for their classroom.  The students will benefit from having additional resources at their fingertips.  

Curriculum Enrichment / Resources

Freckle Subscription for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

Foundation provided subscriptions to every 3rd, 4th and 5th grade student to use Freckle, an online computer program to help provide differentiated assignments to students in math in order to meet the level of each student.  The website’s unique features are challenging, engaging and relevant.  As students practice mathematics on an online platform, they are better prepared for the spring milestones. 

 

Saxon Phonics

This is the 4th year the MLEF has funded the Saxon Phonics, an incremental approach to phonics instruction, reading, spelling, and writing. Saxon phonics is a complete research based curriculum with solid methodology that is known for quality of instruction, supporting materials and ease of use. Saxon Phonics prepares children to be successful, independent readers and spellers. Supported by research on effective reading instruction, Saxon Phonic's programs are appropriate for all children, including those with learning difficulties. 

 

Handwriting Without Tears

This is the 4th year the MLEF has funded the use of Handwriting Without Tears which is as popular with the students as it is the teachers. HWT provides developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory handwriting instruction for K–5 students with innovative, easy to use and tear-proof materials and strategies.

 

Write Score (Grades 3-5)

Write Score has helped us take a big jump in improving our writing in grades 3-5.  Teachers are given fun, engaging, colorful lesson plans that they can use to help students understand, analyze, and practice the writing process.  Students are given the chance to take practice assessments before on a computer, and receive detailed feedback in less than two weeks.  The teachers can easily see individual student’s writing and feedback as well as identify areas of strength and weakness for his/her own class.  

Sets of Recommended Novels for 4th and 5th Grade "Literacy Circles"

Small group literature circles are used to engage students in a deeper love of reading as they are asked not just to read and retell a book but discuss, analyze, write and apply the Common Core standards toward a book with their peers. With the proper texts, these discussions should foster a deeper understanding of characters and their challenges and of each other as kids may interpret these in different ways. A variety of books were purchased to accommodate students at various reading levels and serve as the basis for successful reading workshops in each ELA classroom. 

 

Social and Emotional Learning Texts

Our school counselor Ms. Bailey asked for these texts for use as a resource in her social and emotional learning sessions with students. Learning about a character's struggle through fictional texts is a wonderful way to teach kids lessons about sensitive and hard to talk about topics. 

Kindergarten Writer's Workshop Mentor Texts

Mentor texts are used to introduce, provide examples and expand student's knowledge of each writing genre that is taught. The mentor texts model characteristics and attributes of successful writing that students aim to understand by the end of the year.  

FLOCABULARY

Flocabulary is an online resource that supports instruction in language arts (tier 2[1] vocabulary/grammar), but the program also has tools to support math, science, social studies, life skills (financial literacy and social/emotional learning), and current events.  

Phonemic Awareness Curriculum

The fifteen teachers who attended Orton-Gillingham Training last summer learned about the importance of developing phonemic awareness and phonological awareness skills so students can sound out unknown words as they take on more advanced texts. These books will supplement Saxon Phonics curriculum as an effective tool for teaching phonemic awareness. 

 

Reading A to Z (Raz-Plus)

Fortunately the Foundation is able to cover the cost of this popular resource for the 2019-20 school year since the district will no longer fund it. Raz-Plus is a comprehensive blended learning platform that includes the curricular support teachers need and the personalized resources necessary to improve students' reading skills. With more than 50,000 resources that include more than 3,000 leveled books and readers available in multiple formats, Raz-Plus makes it easier than ever before to strengthen the connection between what is being taught and what students are practicing.

 

BrainPOP

The MLEF will pay for this subscription for the 2019-20 school year since the district will no longer fund it. BrainPOP is a digital learning platform that provides teachers with engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities. They are designed with relevance, depth, and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths.

Technology Enhancements

Chromebooks

After purchasing two more Chromebook carts this school year, we are getting closer to our goal of a 1:1 ratio of laptop to student in third through fifth grades. In the upper grades, Chromebooks help students prepare for computer-based testing like the Georgia Milestones, get ready for Inman Middle where a significant amount of schoolwork is completed on Chromebooks, collaborate on projects via Google Classroom and support differentiation goals by allowing teachers to assign students of varying aptitudes level-appropriate practice work and tutorial guides.

 

Recordex Panel

Ms. Guthrie, Ms. Graves and Ms. Tolmach attending this conference focused on inspiring educators to "create magic in your classrooms to increase student engagement and change the game of education." Any student in Ms. Graves class knows she was inspired by this conference to create a Superbowl Learning Day they will never forget!

 

Specials IPAD set

All of our specials teachers now have access to a group set of IPADS that can be used in their respective classrooms to provide additional enrichment opportunities and to work in small groups. 

 

Media Center Chromebook Set

The Media Center is now fully stocked with a handful of chromebooks for students to use to work on projects, additional enrichment and to research classroom project topics.  

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