May 10, 2020

Message from Mr. Childers May 10, 2020

Hello Parents,

This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary.  The North Carolina General Assembly has set a new start date for the 2020 - 2021 school year. School is scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020. Many of you have questions regarding the end of the year process. I will communicate with parents, once I am giving information regarding student feedback (Report Cards) and the collection of student's personal items. I would hope that UCPS will allow students to pick up their belongings and return items that belong to the school during the first or second week in June. At this time there are NO plans… I will keep you updated.

I encourage all students to participate in remote learning activities. Learning has not ended because we cannot go to the building. Motivate your child to participate with their teacher and classmates. Students can also completed recommended or optional activities to learn new content. Remote learning will continue through the week of June 1st and will end of Friday June 5th. I ask that all parents take a few minutes to provide feedback to our staff regarding remote learning. Please complete this form by Friday, May 15th.

IXL Learning continues to be a terrific resource for your child. Please review the follow information to help get your child started or to enhance his or her work.

Student Quick-Start Guide

IXL Real-Time Diagnostic

IXL Mobile App Guide

May 9, 2020

Grade

Students with

 pinpointed

Diagnostic Level

In Math

Students with

Pinpointed

Diagnostic Level

In Language Arts

Kindergarten

35% = Up 9%

33% = Up 9%

First Grade

37% = Up 6%

29% = Up 9%

Second Grade

47% = Up 2%

45% = Up 5%

Third Grade

44% = Up 9%

36% = 12%

Fourth Grade

38% = Up 6%

30% = Up 10%

Fifth Grade

33% = Up 5%

22% = 5%


Our students are certainly using IXL Learning as a learning resource. Students have answered more than Two Million Three Hundred Thousand questions so far this school year. I feel that our school community is not utilizing this terrific resource to the full potential. The single most important feature of IXL Learning is the ability to adapt to your child's needs. This feature is dependent on your child completing and maintaining a "pinpointed" Diagnostic Level. Once your child has achieved this goal, he or she will be guided by recommendations that are specifically targeted for their needs.

Please continue to support your child by ensuring that he/she is completing and maintaining a "pinpointed" diagnostic level. This can be done by logging into IXL Learning using the student credentials and then clicking on the diagnostic arena. If your child answers questions outside of the diagnostic arena… this WILL NOT provide assessment data necessary to provide targeted recommendations. Your child should be logged into his or her account anytime they use IXL Learning.                                                                  

Please email me if you have difficulty obtaining your child's username and password. I can provide it for you (tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us).I have included two documents and two videos, on the Antioch Elementary Website, that will maximize your child's efforts and parent's understanding of this learning platform. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for these resources. The platform includes concepts for Math and Language Arts for grades K-5. Science and Social Studies content is also available for grades 2-5.

The IXL Challenge during April and May. I am happy to partner with the Antioch PTO to sponsor the IXL Challenge for all students. To participate in the challenge students must do the following:

  1. Complete or maintain the Diagnostic for Language Arts and Math. Students should assess until he/she achieves a pinpointed value (e.g., 350, 160, 420, etc.).This video may help you with the diagnostic process.
  2. Answer 100 Language Arts and 100 Math questions each week.
  3. Complete the IXL Challenge Entry Form each week.

IXL Challenge Details:

  • Winners (one entry for K-2 and one entry for 3-5) will be randomly drawn from all entries for the current week.
  • K-2 winners will select 6 books from the fall book fair.
  • 3-5 winners will receive a gift card to Barnes and Nobles in the amount of $20.00.
  • The deadline for weekly entries will be each Friday at 5:00pm.

Week of April 20th: 160 students submitted their data for the IXL challenge. 143 students qualified for the drawing. Here are your weekly winners -

Flint Tchouateu, First Grade from Ms. Pierce's Class and Ella Beauchemin, Fourth Grade from Mrs. Bleakley and Mrs. Sarcona's  Class

During a recent staff meeting, the staff and I spoke about the multitude of resources that we are providing for families. The variety of resources are helpful but can also be overwhelming for parents. After spring break, our staff will clearly identify recommended activities and optional activities. Students and parents may focus on the recommended activities and use the optional activities as desired. Teachers will not collect nor grade this work, however our goal is to continue student learning.

Gold Daisy Award: Union County Macaroni Kid is an online publication for parent and community resources. The owner is expanding her platform and has organized a staff and school pride/appreciation award called the Gold Daisy School Award. With the support of local businesses, the award will provide monetary donations to elementary schools.

We will open the contest for voting on May 4th and close voting on May 31st. Votes can come from anyone - staff, administration, students, parents, neighbors and friends - but only one vote per email address! So we are asking for you to help your school - please spread the word through your newsletters, teacher correspondences, PTO and social media outlets. You can find a link to the article that will run on our website HERE and a link to the voting form HERE.

End of Year Grading and Student Promotion: The following information was approved by the NC State Board of Education on April 23, 2020.

  • State leaders believe it is important that grading policies positively impact as many students as possible, validate the efforts of students and all those supporting remote learning, and address issues of equity and excellence.
  • It is the intention of this policy to ensure no students receive a failing grade and that students’ grades as of March 13 serve as a minimum or a hold harmless point.
  • Grades K-5 students will not receive a final grade.
  • Teachers will provide year-end written feedback for students/families based on their learning this school year.
  •  School district leaders will decide the format for this feedback.
  • Academic and social/emotional feedback will be used to help transition students into the new school year.

IMPORTANT: All parents should complete the Parent Input Form by May 22, 2020. Please use this form to provide the staff of Antioch Elementary some insight into the teaching style that you feel best fits your child. Complete a separate form for each child at Antioch Elementary.  The staff of Antioch will consider all information provided, but makes no guarantees about classroom assignments. Also classroom assignments may be subject to change. Only 32% of parents have completed the form to date.

Special Area Teachers: You can access the special area content by clicking this link.

UCTV Channel 16:

Union County Public Schools and Union County Government have partnered to provide at-home educational opportunities for elementary students during the school closure. The educational programming, titled Learning in the U, will air on UCTV Channel 16 with free content specifically geared for Union County students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Short 15-minute lessons created by UCPS elementary teachers will cover most content areas and support the school district’s current remote learning plan. The programming is also available online at http://www.unioncountync.gov/departments/media-public-relations/uctv-16

 Programming will begin Monday, May 4. The schedule below will apply to each week until the end of the school year. • Monday and Wednesday—8 – 10 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. • Thursday – 6 – 8 p.m

Congratulations to Antioch's very own Mrs. Janet Jonas who will be featured on this platform!

Having technical problems with UCPS resources… Student help desk link:  https://studenthelpdesk.ucps.k12.nc.us/

Please email me directly (tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us) if you are not receiving email updates from the school. Each student can have up to four email addresses associated with their account. Please check your spam or junk folders before emailing me. Look for the following sender information - ANTIOCH ELEMENTARY <email@blackboard.com>. I encourage you to email me again even if you have emailed in the past. I am currently compiling a list of individuals who are not receiving the emails through our third party sender. Blackboard Connect is trying to trouble shoot the issues.

Thank you for supporting our school - working  together as one team on one mission, we are meeting needs, challenging minds and celebrating accomplishments.

Until next time… Have a great day!