October 16, 2022

Message from Mr. Childers

October 16, 2022


Hello Parents,


This is Tom Childers contacting you from Antioch Elementary. On Wednesday, October 19th, our school will hold fall pictures. The annual Health Screening will take place on Friday. Parents can opt out of getting their child screened for hearing.  Please send a note to your child's teacher if you wish to opt out of the hearing screening. All parents are invited to have a conference with your child's teacher. Please contact the teacher to schedule if you have not already done so.


 Socktober is sponsored by the Antioch Ambassador Club October 24 through October 28. We are asking each student to bring in a brand new pair of socks to donate to a local homeless shelter. Collection bins will be in the front lobby of the school. Students can wear crazy socks on October 28 to celebrate!  


The Antioch Elementary School Improvement Team will met last Thursday. Here is the meeting minutes.


Antioch Elementary 

School Improvement Team Meeting

Thursday October 13, 2022


  1. Welcome and Attendance:  

Members Present: bolded

  1. Representatives and Introductions for 2022 - 2023
    1. Kaylee Dellinger - K
    2. Christine Cruse - 1
    3. Tricia Perry - 2
    4. Amy Bleakley - 3
    5. Melissa Sarcona - 4 (Lauren White representing)
    6. Casey Griffin - 5
    7. Sarah Owens - Specials
    8. Jocelyne Arocha - DLI
    9. Taylor Webb - Resource
    10. Karen Parnell - TA
    1.  - TA
    2. Sherri Barber - Instructional Support Specialist
    1. Mari McTamney - Assistant Principal
    2. Tom Childers - Principal
    1. Parent: Mrs. Nelson - K
    1. Parent: Mrs. Long - 1st
    2. Parent:  Mrs. Lauer - 2nd
    3. Parent: Mr. Peterson - 3rd
    1. Parent: Mr. Long - 4th
    2. Parent: Dr. James - 5th
    1. Parent: Mrs. Loftis - DLI
  2. Role of the School Improvement Team
    1. Support the mission of the school.
    2. Identify school needs, select indicators/actions and discuss matters of interest to the safe and efficient operation of the school. 
    3. Specific students and/or teachers will not be discussed during these meetings. 
  3. Parent/Team Member Concerns


Team Member



David Long

Can you ask if they are going to be teaching vocabulary? My older kids used Wordly Wise for years and it was a huge help to expand their vocabulary and haven't seen any vocabulary instruction at all since she’s been at Antioch. Thank you.    

Our new reading adoption (CKLA) is chocked full of opportunities for vocabulary development. This is integrated into the grade level Literacy blocks.

Students are using morphology lessons and many grades do vocabulary lessons through Flocabulary.

Vocabulary is integrated into lessons rather than practiced in isolation. 

DLI programs will have different levels of integration of CKLA for English/Literacy, depending on the grade level.

  1. Team Assignments: - Team Leads are in Bold Print








Owens (A4.05)








J. Long

D. Long








  1. Schedule for Indicator Review







Bleakley & Cruse


Griffin & Owens


Bleakley & Cruse


Griffin & Owens



Meeting Notes:

Team Leads are responsible to email for their Breakout Team meetings. Leads should email indicators / strategies to Mr. Childers so he can add them to the NCStar site.

Each month in the agenda there will be a space for you to write questions from yourself or parents from the grade-level you represent. 

Indicators of Focus for 2022-23 are listed with the groups above.

NEXT MEETING - 11/16/22

Future Meetings

12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/27

The staff at Antioch will create and share information related to Reading during our first parent workshop. Due to the parent interest we will offer two sessions on October 25, 2022. Please register for this event. NOTE: Each session will be limited to 35 participants and registration will be closed once each session is full.  Click here to register for the workshop.


Parents should be aware that Antioch Elementary will be sending student absence letters in accordance with UCPS Board Policy. Any student who has unexcused absences that total 3, 6, or 10 days will receive a letter of communication regarding your child's absence.


Antioch PTO   Click here to visit the PTO Website.

Click here to read the Newsletter.


Thank you families…We hit our goal for Gatorthon: $60K in peer fundraising - that means that we are starting the school year with more than $80,000 to spend on technology, teacher support, equipment and fun! Thank you for making this year’s Gatorthon our most successful yet!


Contacting the Principal

 Please include the following information when emailing (tom.childers@ucps.k12.nc.us) me with a question or concern.

  • Child's Name
  • Teacher Name
  • Grade and
  • Your phone number


This information will allow me to respond to your question or concern more quickly. Parents may access all archived messages on the school website. Our school phone number is 704 296-3005. I strongly encourage you to listen to your voice message before returning a missed call from the school. Antioch Elementary has nearly a hundred staff members and it is sometimes very difficult for our office staff to determined who called you. Please note that our school receives many phone calls each day.


Attendance emails go to deirdra.bortny@ucps.k12.nc.us


Transportation changes go to rhonda.young@ucps.k12.nc.us


 IXL This online learning platform provides your child with opportunities to practice Reading and Math skills. This resource is a terrific supplement to learning but does not replace quality instruction. Your child can certainly use this platform to enhance their learning. Students may practice previously learned information or challenge themselves with above grade level concepts. Your child should have a username and a password to access this great resource. Click on these resources for more information.


Parent Resources

Learn with IXL at home!


Continuous Diagnostic


Current Grade Level Statistics


Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Math

Students with


Diagnostic Level

In Language Arts

Kindergarten (116)

62% up 35%

66% up 27%

First Grade (151)

70% up 3%

76% up 3%

Second Grade (128)

81% up 13%

66% up 10%

Third Grade (157)

50% same

45% down 2%

Fourth Grade (161)

81% up 8%

44% up 2%

Fifth Grade (151)

60% up 10%

15% up 3%


School Nutrition

Our school serves breakfast from 7:00am - 7:20am. Students who arrive in the cafeteria after 7:20am will not be permitted to eat breakfast. Lunch is served daily and you may click here to view the menu.

Parents may use this link to access more information about School Nutrition Services. Click the School Nutrition Services Information Link.


Parents are permitted to have lunch with their child (M-Th) - SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW.  Students may have one visitor  due to seating limitations. Lunch with your child is open on Monday through Thursday ONLY.


Family Rotation for Lunch:


Week of October 17th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of A-E

Week of October 24th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of F-K

Week of October 31st (M-Th) - Families with the last name of L-Q

Week of November 7th (M-Th) - Families with the last name of R-Z


Dates of Interest:

10/28 - End of the First Grading Period

11/4 - Report Cards Go Home

11/8 - Teacher Workday

11/10 - PTO Board Meeting

11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/14 - World Kindness Week

11/16 - School Improvement Team

11/17 - Fall Pictures Makeup

11/17 - Third Grade Musical Performance

11/22 - PTO Thanksgiving Pies for Staff

11/22 - Early Release Day

11/23 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Holidays


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!