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Bell Schedule

Monday-Thursday

7:40 Doors open, breakfast served
7:50 First bell
7:55 Second Bell
8:00 Tardy bell
11:00 Kindergarten-First Grade Lunch
11:30 Second and Third Grade Lunch
12:00 Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Lunch
2:30 Dismissal

Friday

7:40 Doors open, breakfast served
7:50 First bell
7:55 Second Bell
8:00 Tardy bell
10:30 Kindergarten and First Grade Lunch
11:00 Second and Third Grade Lunch
11:30 Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Lunch
12:00 Dismssal
 
*Teachers are available for appointments with parents 30 minutes before and after school.  


 

August 31 and September 1--No school Kindergarten (KEEP testing)
September 2--Music starts (MUsic is held every Wednesday and Thursday at Circleville)
September 7--No school, Labor Day
September 8--No school, Teacher professional development day
September 9--Pre-kindergarten starts; fire drill at 1:00 pm
September 14--School Picture Day
September 15--Assembly for 6th graders about the dangers of pornography (held at Piute High)
September 18--Art starts (students will have art every other Friday)
September 24--Maturation for 5th and 6th graders (parents encouraged to attend)


There will be NO SCHOOL Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday.  There will also be NO SCHOOL Tuesday, September 8th for a Teacher Professional Development Day.  School will resume Wednesday, September 9th at 8:00 am.  Please call 435-577-2551 for additional information.  Go Circleville Stallions!


 This week's letter

Date: October 7, 2020

Topic: Another soft closure

Dear Families,

     I am so sad that we are back to where we were in the spring with another soft closure.  We would much rather have our students in school and be teaching them face-to-face.  Last summer, we conducted a survey and received feedback from you on how to improve the virtual learning process for you and your children.  We have tried to build your suggestions into our closure this time, to improve on what we did previously.  We hope this virtual learning experience will meet your children’s and your needs better than before.

    At the same time, we know nothing can replace the community of coming to school and receiving face-to-face instruction, where we can collaborate with our peers and the teacher.  We anticipate that this soft closure will be temporary.  In fact, we are planning to return to school after the fall break on October 21st.  

    Here are some things you and your children can do to make the most of virtual learning this time around:

  • Help your child find a workspace at a table or desk with materials they need (pencils, computer, books).  
  • Get your child set up on soraapp.com.  They can enter using the same username and password that they use for their computer.  Once they select their school, they can check out books for two weeks and read them!  We will be recognizing students this week who get logged on and who check out a book!!
  • Try to minimize distractions during schoolwork time like TV.  
  • If the teacher hasn’t provided a schedule, create one for your home that tells students when you expect them to do schoolwork, take breaks, etc.  We don’t expect students to spend 6 hours in front of their computers, but we do want them working more than just 30 minutes a day!
  • Contact the teacher if there are questions or problems.  We are all here to help.  We can respond to emails or work in small groups with students, if need be.  We can hop on zoom at any time to help them with a challenging problem.  Make sure teacher contacts are easily accessible.    

    Take care of yourselves!  Hopefully, these two weeks will fly by and we will be back together before you know it.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sincerely,
Jim Martin
Principal

Last week's letter

Date: September 30, 2020

Topic: Bus safety and Hispanic (Latin) Heritage Month

 

Dear Families,

Can you believe it is the last day of September?  It seems just like yesterday we were welcoming one another back to school.  

 

September is a busy month.  In addition to attendance awareness month, we also want to make sure our students understand bus safety.  All of our students will likely ride a school bus this year for field trips or other school events, so safety is critical.  Mr. Payton, our custodian and bus driver, taught the students bus safety protocols.  We also need parents’ help keeping our students safe in and around the bus.  Please help us by doing the following:

 

  • Respecting the red lights on the bus.  Sometimes, we see folks drive past the bus as students are unloading here on school grounds.  Please stop when you see the bus and its red flashing lights--there may be students going around the bus for some reason.  
  • Encourage your children to stay 12 feet away from the bus at all times.  Mr. Payton told them to wait 12 feet from the bus and he will motion with his finger for them to load the bus.  
  • Getting students to bus stops on time.  When we are late, we sometimes do unsafe things that we might not otherwise do.  Planning ahead can help us get where we need to be safely and in enough time.  

 

Also, September is Hispanic (Latin) Awareness Month.  We have a display of famous Hispanic Americans in our school and are teaching students about the contributions of our Latino/a population.  20% of our school population identifies as Latino-a/Hispanic.  Along with the contributions of well-known Hispanic Americans, we want to be sure to honor the language and heritage of our own students and families!  Hispanic Heritage Month is about visibility and ensuring that our Latino/a community here in Circleville feel seen, heard, and acknowledged for their rich history, contributions to our country, and heritage.  Hopefully, you can talk about this topic as a family and what students are learning about Hispanic culture during this month.  

 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     Sincerely,
    Jim Martin


CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Auditorium
AGENDA

1. Welcome

2. Video about School Community Council

3. School-Family Compact and Family engagement policy--what are the responsibilities of Circleville to engage families? What are family and student responsibilities to be engaged?

4. Updates on Land Trust--what is the science specialist and how should it be used?  How much carryover is there?  Is there a need for an additional paraprofessional? 

5. Upcoming virtual training--how can we continue to improve our work as a council?

6. Procedures--what will our council operating procedures be this year?

7. Chair--who will be the School Community Council chair?  The council needs to elect from within.  

8. Other--are there other issues that need to be addressed?

9. Adjourn (6:30 pm)


 

CIRCLEVILLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES

September 24, 2020

5:30-6:30 pm

Circleville Elementary--Faculty Room

 

Present: Kathy Riddle, Kristi Westwood, Amber Barnson, Stacie Gass, Lisa Allan, and Jim Martin

 

  1. Introductions were made.  
  2. Jim Martin discussed the background and purpose of School Community Councils--they come from state law and are a way to give voice to the community in making decisions to benefit the school.  
  3. Jim Martin handed out the Land Trust plan for the coming year, even though the header said 2019-20.  This year, we are focused on many of the same things we focused on last year--making sure that teachers have the program supplies they need for math,language arts, and science, supplementing our programs with online programs like IXL, funding a literacy specialist to work with our struggling readers, paying for school field trips so students increase their background and experiential knowledge, funding our character education program, funding math and science aides for struggling students, funding additional technology, and providing teachers additional classroom supply money.  There was a discussion by the SCC on whether the carryover from last year’s plan should be used to hire an additional paraprofessional.  This paraprofessional could be used to support some of the academic needs our students display from being out of school in the spring.  Jim will find out how much this carryover is and bring the information back to the SCC for discussion next time.  
  4. We discussed some of our Circleville data.  The data sheet is attached to these minutes and shows how our students have performed on DIBELS and RISE.  It also shows our goals as per the Land Trust plan for the coming year.  
  5. We discussed our plans for the year to continue growing academically.  There was some discussion about a Stallion Stomp and if this will happen this year around November.  There was also discussion about how our school might support students if we go back online.  Amber suggested that the approach be more uniform across grades and more time be spent with teachers.  SCC members wondered if the needs of teachers and classes related to the pandemic are being addressed--are there enough wipes, masks, etc.?  Jim will survey the teachers to find out.  
  6. SCC decided on a schedule for meetings this school year.  We will meet the second Tuesday of every month starting October 27th at 5:30 pm.  Additional meeting dates include December 1 at 5:30 pm, January 26th at 5:30 pm, February 23rd at 5:30 pm, March 23rd at 5:30 pm, and April 27th at 5:30 pm.  
  7. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.  

 

RISE RESULTS--PROFICIENCY

AREA

2016-17 RESULT

2017-18 RESULT 

2018-19 RESULT

GOAL FOR 2020-21

LANGUAGE ARTS

35.7%

48.9%

44.7% PROFICIENT

50%

MATH

64.3%

57.4%

59.6% PROFICIENT

65%

SCIENCE

65.9%

48.8%

60% PROFICIENT

65%

*A 5% increase is the goal set in the Land Trust plan.  It constitutes 4 additional students at proficiency.  

 

Some questions to consider:

  • What contributed to the large gain from 2017 to 2018 in ELA?
  • What did we do in science last year that led to such results?

 

STUDENT GROUPS

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

MATH

SCIENCE

Economically disadvantaged

38%

56%

55%

Students with Disabilities

11%

22%

38%

Latinx

10%

30%

38%

White

54%

68%

66%

RISE RESULTS--GROWTH

AREA

GROWTH

LOW, AVERAGE, HIGH?

Language Arts

48.5%

Average

Math

51.5%

High

Science

51.7% 

High

*How is growth calculated?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCb5ZgGaKA4&feature=youtu.be

 

Some questions to consider:

  • What are we doing to facilitate such high growth in math and science?

 

EARLY LITERACY (DIBELS)

 

Students reading on grade level--41.9% (no change from 2018)
Students making typical or better progress--80.6% (no change from 2018)

 

CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE--88% (a 0.5% Increase from 2018)

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

20% Latinx

78% White

74% Economically Disadvantaged
17% Students with Disabilities

6% English Language Learner


Meet our School Community Council!

 

School Community Council is part of state law.  They are organizations made up of parents and staff members.  They look at data related to how Circleville is performing and review school improvement plans for improving student results.  The council decides how best to spend Land Trust money, which is money the federal government earns and distributes from federally-protected lands.  

 

The following members were elected to the 2020-21 School Community Council (SCC).  Terms are for two years.

NAME

MEMBER TYPE

YEAR

CONTACT

Lisa Allan

Parent/Staff

Year 2

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Amber Barnson

Parent

Year 1

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Ecko Barnson

Parent

Year 1

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Gabriela Bencomo

Parent

Year 1

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Shaylee Beus

Parent

Year 2

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Stacie Gass

Staff

Year 1

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Kristi Hatch

Parent

Year 1

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Jim Martin

Staff

Year 1

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Natalie Remund

Parent/Staff

Year 2

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Kathy Riddle

Staff

Year 1

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Kaylene Scherer

Parent

Year 1

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Angie Severe

Parent

Year 2

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Terecea Westwood

Staff

Year 2

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Feel free to contact a member of the School Community Council if you have an issue that you would like the council to discuss.  Agendas and drafts of the minutes are circulated a week before meetings, posted on our website, and posted on the school’s front doors.  Please share your input with a member of the council!


Circleville Elementary

Schedule of Proposed Meetings

2020-21

October 27th at 5:30 pm

December 1 at 5:30 pm

January 26th at 5:30 pm

February 23rd at 5:30 pm

March 23rd at 5:30 pm

April 27th at 5:30 pm

All meetings will be held at Circleville Elementary, in the faculty room. 


 

 

Dear Families,

One of the responsibilities of the School Community Council (SCC) is to decide how to spend our Land Trust dollars.  Land Trust dollars are given to school based on earnings from federal protected lands.  They come to us from the United States government.  State law gives the SCC the power to decide how best to use these funds.  

 

Last year, Circleville received $68,000 in Land Trust monies.  This money was used in the following ways:

  • IXL Learning is available to our students in social studies, science, math, and language arts, to provide practice in these core areas.
  • We purchase Studies Weekly for some of our grades.  This is a weekly newspaper that helps students learn history tied to the core curriculum.
  • We supplemented our math and language arts programs with additional consumable materials.  Consumables are those things that are used by students every year that need to be re-purchased for a new set of students.  
  • We took our students on a field trip in October to the pumpkin patch.  
  • We purchased an online program for our lower grades called Really Great Reading to ensure that students are reading on grade level by the 3rd grade.  
  • We paid for a literacy specialist to help students struggling with reading.  This person hosted students in the library weekly and facilitated a Battle of the Books competition.  
  • A person on staff was compensated to be our local science specialist.  
  • Teachers were provided with additional teacher supply money to ensure their students had the materials necessary for quality learning.  
  • We brought in an author, Gary Hogg, to motivate our students to read and write.
  • We funded our character education program.  

 

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