Artavia Acklin

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  • Ar"tavia's" Thoughts

    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 1/4/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday break with your families. Hopefully, you spent a lot of time balancing the stress of the holiday season by practicing Habit 7Sharpening the Saw a little bit. It's hard to believe that we have already completed one semester (the time flew by). It was a great one, full hard work, and growing together as a team.

    With the close of one season, we anxiously walk into another. We are so excited about the second half of this year and what it holds for our school family. With a new year brings a renewed focus on student achievement, social and emotional development of our students. January will be a busy month full of learning and leading. School teams are planning and executing their next passion and Project Based Learning Units, a few service learning projects, as well as gearing up for Winter Exhibitions. We are so excited for the students to display their learning and exhibit the graduate profile competencies to family and community members in coming months.

    I am so excited to start the New Year off with a bang!! If you or your business would like to volunteer or help out in any way…please do not hesitate to let us know, or better yet just stop on by. After all, we will be doing a lot of synergizing in this month, so why not join us. We welcome your help with open arms.

    Don't forget to follow us on Facebook@1paintedstone (Painted Stone Elementary School) and Twitter@PSESCPS for updates, news, and reminders.

     

    Thank you for helping and supporting us as we continue to… love each other, learn together, and lead the way.

     

    Your Partner in Education,

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 12/6/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

    Last week we saw the draft proposal of the Redistricting Plan. I, like most of you and our families are concerned about the unknown. I was sitting at my daughters basketball game and my phone started blowing up with highly emotional texts, emails, IM from parents. I went through all sorts of emotions when I saw the plan and map in all of its color. If I am honest... I went back to my track coaching days and played this analogy in my head: We have been running a mile relay and have been behind the entire race (heck started last). We have done some great training, and have been running strong with some nice sticks, and finally we start to make a close into the third exchange (at year three). Bam!! The starter shoots, the gun and says... come back to the start line. Start the race over! Mannnnn... I hate when the starter shoots that darn gun again. It makes me NERVOUS!!

    We may be in a sense starting the race again, but we will still have the same runners: with the same strong work ethic, the desire to deliver quality instruction that students deserve, and most of all the same strong desire to build loving relationships with our students and families. None of that changes!!

    We have a culture of putting kids first. I know… you get tired of me saying it. I am kids first, kids second, and everybody else comes in third and fourth. After getting through crying parents and students on Thursday, I had to pull back reflect on our mission. Devine intervention on Friday, during Lead and Learn drove my reflection home. I sat through a session with Jonathan Vander Els, the co-author of Breaking Through Traditions. When he worked with us about a big idea of "We are committed to working together to achieve our collective purpose. We cultivate a collaborative culture through the development of high performing teams." I totally branched off from what he was driving home to bring it back to this. I am saddened by the possibility of what the plan holds for us. We are a school family like none other. We are the only family that some of our families have (as two different parents put it). I think about certain students having to leave and the effect change will have on them. There are sooo many other thoughts. In the end, I came back to the culture we have built TOGETHER.

    Healthy cultures figure out what we need to do to tackle problems and adversity. A toxic culture explains their problems. As my husband preaches to our children...blaming, claiming, and defending the situation. We do not have a toxic culture. We have a healthy culture. We will work through change. Remember, nothing is written in stone yet. I encourage you to attend the forum December. I ask that you please go in with an open mind and clean heart. Respectfully make your views and opinion known. Please know that whatever happens, know that I will advocate for our babies regardless.

    Climate is how we feel, culture is what we do. --Dr. Anthony Muhammad

     

    Thank you for helping and supporting us as we continue to… love each other, learn together, and lead the way.

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 10/2/2018 5:30:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

    I am sure you are aware that the state KPREP scores were released to the public on September 26th. There were three classifications that a school could earn: schools were identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement, Targeted Support and Improvement (CSI and TSI), or "Other". I am pleased to announce that we earned the “other” classification. We have stayed the course and continued to do what is best for students and we have seen growth. We saw promising points within our student data.We are not where we want to be as a school, but we aren’t where we used to be.

    We are embracing data and making changes as needed to ensure that we continue student growth. We’ll spend much of our October 15th Professional Development Day analyzing them and coming up with a plan to continue to tweak and strengthen our core instruction and better personalize learning. In addition, we will also focus on a plan to continue to reduce our novice students even more. Lastly, we will lay the ground work and start the development of our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) for the 2018-2019 school year that is due to the Kentucky Department of Education in early December.

    Each year, I plan to make some changes that will help move us forward to becoming a model school. We made some nice gains this year, but there is still a lot of hard teaching and learning that has to be done. In addition, I want to remind all that the assessment is one measure of the work we are doing at Painted Stone. It is an important one, but not the only one. We are living our school mission each and every day. We are working hard to educate the whole child and develop strong student leaders and model citizens. We will continue to fall forward with our efforts. We will be a model school!

    As always...we'll continue to love each other, learn together, & lead the way with your support.

     

    Your Partner in Education,

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 9/7/2018 4:00:00 PM

     

    Greetings Team PSE,

    Wow! It’s hard to believe we have been back in school for a month. We’ve had an exciting start to the school year. As I stated in my back to school message late summer we are all about being “Wild Card” this year. . We are revamping some of our instructional strategies to make sure we are doing a better job at reaching and teaching all of our students. We have gotten some great baseline data on our students and are already to diving into that wild card experience of making education more engaging, and purposeful for students. We are intentionally working to make learning more fun, relative and engaging through personalizing instruction, engaging them is real-world project based learning units, and even working with students to pursue more of their passions (such as sewing, gardening, learning to play instruments, etc.) all while making sure that we are connecting that learning back to our common core standards and standards based grading. I am looking forward to a great school year with students and families.

     

     

    As always...we'll continue to love each other, learn together, & lead the way with your support.

     

     

    Your Partner in Education,

     

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 7/30/2018

    Greetings Team PSE,

    I am so excited to welcome you to a brand new school year at Painted Stone Elementary!!  With a brand new year comes changes and continued growth.  The staff is collaboratively working hard to continue to live out our school mission of Loving Each Other, Learning Together and, Leading the Way.  We will continue our focus on educating the whole child:  academically, socially, emotionally, and physically through “The Seven Habits of Happy Kids”, but we a tweaking and adding on some new pieces.

    This year we will be pushing boundaries, and breaking with tradition. It’s “All About the Journey…Be the Wild Card”… journeying into compentency based education, presentation of competencies through exhibitions and defense of learning opportunities, Profile of a Panther, pushing thinking strategies, passion projects, project based learning, personalizing student’s learning more through multiple avenues, panther service learning projects, and working the workshop model.

    Most of you know start each year with a theme: This year's theme is “All About the Journey…Be the Wild Card”… with the hashtag for 2018-19 being #wildcardsLast year, I noticed several family members that tweeted or posted on Facebook and referenced #gamechangers.  (that made me smileJ).  I encourage you all to do the same this year with #wildcards.   We have so much in store for Painted Stone this year. We can’t wait to share it with you!  As always, we encourage you to be a part of our mission:

    We are a diverse school family that is loving each other, learning together, and leading the way.

     

    Mrs. Acklin, Principal

     

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 3/31/2018

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

     

    April is the month that we honor our school family volunteers. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. President Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. We cannot say thank you enough for all you all do for the students and staff at Painted Stone. It is because of you that we have the time we need to spend on the educating the whole child and not worrying about other things. Thank you for lending your time, talent, voice and support to us.

     

    If by chance you haven't visited us lately :-)... Do you have 30 extra minutes a week that you could spare to make a difference in a young child’s life? We have a child waiting to read with you, work with you, or just connect with you!! Call 647-4503 and get started today!! We need your help in living out our mission. Don’t delay, pick up the phone and give us a call today, or better yet just stop on by if you have had your background check. We'll welcome you with open arms. 

     

    Please stay tuned for information on our Volunteer Appreciation Leadership Luncheon at the end of the month.

     

    As always...we'll continue to love each other, learn together, & lead the way with your support,

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 3/13/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

     This time last year I had just attended the Genius Hour PD on “Passion Projects” that had my wheels turning the entire time. During that day I learned about how students are given a designated amount of time each week to work on their own innovative projects and ideas in the classroom that give them the freedom to create and explore. I kept thinking...“I wanted my students to be engaged in their learning like that. I wanted students to be invested in what they're learning. I wanted them to "own" their learning the way the kids in those video did. I wanted this for my own child.”

    I am coming off of an educational high because according to author Bob Lenz our students have just completed “one of the highest forms of learning…creation. The act of creation allows for the deepest expression of understanding.” Our "Love of Learning Exhibitions" were really a deep expression of learning. We showcased everything from passion projects, artifacts from PBL units, to strong arguments for/against causes. It was our first attempt, but boy did we meet the challenge head on. I can't wait to see where we go from here. I am so proud of the entire team.

    Our “thirsty” students learned more because they were invested in something, they learned more because they actively did something and had to talk about their learning. I know it was uncomfortable for our teachers to be “forced” off of the ledge, but… boy it felt good when the net appeared to catch us all.

    To you, our beloved families, thank you for you coming out to support our Love of Learning Exhibitions and providing us with needed feedback during Coffee and Conversation this month. We appreciate your love and support of our school family. If you would like to provide us with feedback and haven't gotten to do so please feel free to email me.

    As always...we'll continue to love each other, learn together, & lead the way with your support,

     

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 2/1/2018 4:20:00 PM

    The Exhibition Celebration

    Roses are red

    Violets are blue

    We want to celebrate

    Our learning with you!

    Earlier this year the school district revealed The Profile of a Graduate, a community vision that describes what a learner should know and be able to do as graduate of Shelby County Public Schools. Team PSE has worked hard to take that profile and develop an elementary version that we have titled the Profile of a Panther. The Profile of a Panther (PoP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PSE student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PoP and sharing them with the whole school community, not just their teachers. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the Profile of a Panther that are starting to develop during their tenure as a Painted Stone student (kindergarten through fifth grade). Our first exhibition is the initial step toward something greater for our school family. Later this month we will host our very first set of Student Learning Exhibitions. It is a work in progress, but we are ready to share that progress with you!! Please join us on from 5:45- 7:00 on February 20 (2nd/3rd Exhibitions), February 21 (K/1st Exhibitions), and February 22 (4th /5th Exhibitions). The PSE Exhibition will bond students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PoP. We are so excited to share our learning with our friends and families.

     

     

    As always...we'll continue to love each other, learn together, & lead the way with your support,

     

    Mrs. Acklin

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 1/4/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

    Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday break with your families. Hopefully, you spent a lot of time balancing the stress of the holiday season by practicing Habit 7, Sharpening the Saw a little bit. I can't wait to see everybody back on Wednesday.

    Wow!! It's hard to believe that we have already completed one semester (the time flew by). It was a great one, full hard work, and growing together as a team. With a new year brings renewed focus on student achievement, social and emotional development of our students.  January will be a busy month full of learning and leading.  Several classes will jump into Project Based Learning and Design Thinking Challenge opportunities.   One grade level is collaborating Horizons Job Corp to build mini libraries to get books into a certain area of our population.  Another grade level will be collaborating with a representative from HGC Construction (they do all the Cincinnati Zoo’s exhibits) habitat for animals they research.  Others will be bringing out the sewing machines, sound mixers, cameras, and learning alongside a baker/chef to tap into their passions.  Lastly, we will certainly continue or quest to build strong character through our school “TEAMS” and character coins.

    I am so excited to start the New Year off with a bang!!   If you or your business would like to volunteer or help out in any way…please do not hesitate to let us know, or better yet just stop on by.  We welcome your help with open arms.

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    Posted by Artavia Acklin on 1/4/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Greetings Team PSE Families,

     Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday break with your families. Hopefully, you spent a lot of time balancing the stress of the holiday season by practicing Habit 7, Sharpening the Saw a little bit. I can't wait to see everybody back on Wednesday.

     Wow!! It's hard to believe that we have already completed one semester (the time flew by). It was a great one, full hard work, and growing together as a team. With a new year brings renewed focus on student achievement, social and emotional development of our students.  January will be a busy month full of learning and leading.  Several classes will jump into Project Based Learning and Design Thinking Challenge opportunities.   One grade level is collaborating Horizons Job Corp to build mini libraries to get books into a certain area of our population.  Another grade level will be collaborating with a representative from HGC Construction (they do all the Cincinnati Zoo’s exhibits) habitat for animals they research.  Others will be bringing out the sewing machines, sound mixers, cameras, and learning alongside a baker/chef to tap into their passions.  Lastly, we will certainly continue or quest to build strong character through our school “TEAMS” and character coins.

     I am so excited to start the New Year off with a bang!!   If you or your business would like to volunteer or help out in any way…please do not hesitate to let us know, or better yet just stop on by.  We welcome your help with open arms.

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