CSRA Regional Education Service Agency

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CSRA RESA Newsletter

December 2016

the Director's Corner

Gene Sullivan, Executive Director

It is a time of year when we can reflect on our life’s choices and blessings.
It is a time for family and friends. It is a time for joy and giving.

You chose to become a teacher because you want to make our world a better place. You chose teaching because you have a “spirit” of giving and service. Teaching is one of the greatest professions in the world. As a teacher you have one of the most important roles in a child’s development. You are not only a teacher but a mentor, philosopher, and guide all molded into one person. You have the opportunity to change the world one student at a time.

It is truly a blessing and a gift that you are able to share your skills and experiences with those you teach… past and present.

o from your friends at CSRA RESA, we hope the spirit of Christmas will bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, and the warmth of Christmas grant you many blessings.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • January 17th - ABCs of Guided Reading and Lesson Planning 101
  • January 18th - SLDS Overview Training
  • January 18th - SLDS Building Resource Folders
  • January 26th - Stock Market Game™ Advisor Training
  • February 3rd - Classroom Management Clinic
  • March 10th - Social Studies GSE Rollout for Rural Districts
Professional Learning Opportunity

Kathy Griffin, Scholastic Literacy Leadership Specialist, will be at CSRA RESA on January 17, 2017, to bring us the ABCs of Guided Reading & Lesson Planning 101. Kathy is a national and international presenter who is passionate about balanced literacy and guided reading. Kathy has over 20 years of experience as an educator where she worked to promote balanced literacy as a classroom teacher and mentor coach. The ABCs of Guided Reading & Lesson Planning 101 is hands-on, interactive professional learning that targets all K-3 educators interested in advancing reading achievement.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.

CSRA school administrators are pleased to share their "gifts" with you. These teachers and students exemplify the spirit of giving and service
in their school community.

Tracy Beggs, sixth grade science teacher and our Teacher of the Year at Lincoln County Middle School, is dedicated to making learning fun and engaging for all students. Recently she brought a mobile mining unit to our campus. Students were able to mine for rocks and minerals, identify and classify their samples. She also is taking our 6th graders to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL in March.

Ms. Jaculine Saleth, 6th grade Math teacher at Louisville Middle School, is a tremendous math educator who goes above and beyond the call of duty for our students and school. Ms. Saleth's Milestone scores are exceptional and even more impressive her 6th grade growth model scores have either been in the gold or bordering it. This proves the fact that her students excel under her tutelage each year. Ms. Saleth is our 6th grade team leader and has not missed a day of school in two and half years. A truly dedicated professional educator!

One of our outstanding teachers at Louisville Academy is Mrs. Phyllis Thomas. She is our Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. She teaches intervention reading classes, Read 180 & System 44 to fourth and fifth graders. She's a role model and team player among her peers and she works hard at building strong, positive relationships with students.

Wrens Elementary School would like to showcase Marilyn Farmer, our Teacher of the Year. Miss Farmer teaches our Severe and Profound students. She has such patience and passion for helping her students achieve their goals. It is so rewarding to visit her classroom and see the difference she is making in her children's lives. She is truly a gift to our students, our school, and our community.

Wrens Elementary would like to celebrate Robert Faulk. Robert, a fifth grade student, has a very pleasant personality and attitude. Robert is one of those students that just brightens your day! He is a leader among his peers, always setting a positive example for his classmates. He is a hard worker and tries his very best at everything.

Mr. Knox is an exceptional teacher by demanding excellence from his students at Burke County High School. He does not teach in the traditional box; he is a complete "outside of the box" instructor. The students love Mr. Knox as he brings learning to life in his Physical Science and Physics classes. The students understand that they will be challenged in the course; however, because their learning is brought to life, the students are excelling. Mr. Knox is also extremely supportive by attending any and all extracurricular activities to support all students here at BCHS.

Dontanarious Kelly is just an excellent student who is exhausting the curriculum here at BCHS by taking AP and Honors courses. Dontanarious is also a member of the Pride of Burke County Marching Band. Dontanarious is an excellent student that we are proud to have at BCHS.

Faith McNair is a 7th grader who serves on the Warren County Middle School Principal's Student Advisory Counsel. She was recommended to the position by faculty and elected thereafter by her peers. She is observant, quiet, and calm, even in the midst of otherwise chaos. She is extremely well-mannered and well-behaved. She is a very bright young lady, with an academic focus and dedication that is consistently reflected in her effort and ultimately in her grades. Above all, she is kind and compassionate towards others.

It is with much pleasure and jubilation that I submit Mrs. Martha Thomas as the teacher to be recognized in the CSRA RESA newsletter. Mrs. Thomas is a teacher who epitomizes dedication to her students and peers. This year alone she has embraced the challenge to raise the bar for our gifted students in the 7th grade. She has also made it her business to make sure new teachers on he hall were familiar with the instructional requirements for Swainsboro Middle School. Because of her hard work and dedication, our students received first place in the Global Village Competition. Also, our first year teachers are experiencing success and are exuding confidence because of her guidance and mentoring. We are blessed to have Mrs. Thomas as part of our Swainsboro Middle School family.

I am equally elated to recognize Daniel Cruz, an 8th Grade student at Swainsboro Middle School. Not only is Daniel a fantastic student in all of his classes, but he has developed into an outstanding musician and has already received numerous awards on the local, state and regional level. Daniel has participated in the SMS Jazz Band, Beta Band, Concert Band, small ensembles as well as being one of the select few that were invited to be a member of the High School Marching Band. He was recognized as a member of the UGA Honor Band, District 10 Honor Band, and received superior ratings at the GMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. As a 7th grade student, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the Wild Acers Flute Retreat in North Carolina based on his playing. Daniel was able to have a lesson with Dr. Brad Garner, who is the flute professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory and also at the Julliard School Junior Division. Dr. Gardner was very impressed with Daniel’s playing and told him that he would hear him at Carnegie Hall one day. Daniel has also been invited to begin private instruction with Dr. Diane Kessel, the flute instructor at Georgia Southern University. SMS band director, Dr. Gene Hundley, had this to say about Daniel: “What makes Daniel stand out is his individual drive and determination, combined with an incredible work ethic and awesome humble personality. This is a middle school student that can successfully tackle the most challenging pieces of literature, but will take the time on his own to work with another student after school on their own audition material. He is truly a joy to teach.”

Ms. Alecia Hilson, 8th grade teacher at Glascock County Consolidated School, is a very enthusiastic and innovative teacher. She incorporates lots of technology and hands-on activities into her lessons, and strives to make learning fun and relative to students’ everyday lives. She spends a lot of time outside of the school day providing enriching activities for our students such as drama competitions and international fieldtrips.

Ms. Kelly Scott is a new teacher to Glascock County Consolidated School. She has worked extremely hard to learn a new content and grade level this year. She puts a lot of time into planning exciting lessons that not only make learning effective, but fun for her students. She also contributes her time outside of the school day to some of our sports teams.

Suzanne Hewett is a senior at Glascock County Consolidated School. She is a very intelligent, responsible, and mature young lady who is always willing to help out when possible. She participates in “Move on When Ready” courses through both Oconee Fall Line Technical College and East Georgia College as well as the Work Based Learning Program.

Joshua Fordham is a junior at Glascock County Consolidated School. He is such a kind, respectful, well-mannered young man. He never complains and always has a friendly greeting for everyone he sees. He is always willing to go out of his way to offer help to others.

Math Updates

Bryan Cox has recently been hired as the Computer Science Specialist for the Department of Education. His role is to promote Computer Science (CS) education throughout the state and to support CS teachers in their efforts.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission now offers a CS certification and Endorsement to qualify teachers for CS education. Currently you can teach a CS course with a Math, Science, Business Ed or Tech Ed certification.

The state offers a wide range of CS courses ( click here) and this certification would make one eligible to teach all of them. Also, nine of these courses now count for a 4th science or 4th math graduation option.

Spotlight on Literacy Lessons
Check out all the lesson plans on the
Literacy Library page at


Research shows that effective feedback is critical to improve student growth. Often we give ineffective feedback, such as "good job" or "you need to add more details." These comments are confusing to students and do not guide them into exactly what they need to do and where they need to change their writing or ideas. FIP offers a wonderful session on how to give feedback. The module does not take much time, but the information garnered is priceless. Try the module on Effective Feedback!

Click here to login to your FIP account. Join the FIP community today!

Please contact Mary Stout or Laura Hooven at CSRA RESA if you need assistance in creating your account.

Are you a "Connected Teacher"?

We are currently seeking teachers
to share how technology is used with your students for learning.

If YOU would like to share
your technology-integrated lessons,

please contact us at dgriffin@csraresa.org


Use SLDS to:
  • Plan for Student Growth
  • Gather and Curate Rich Resources
  • Prepare for Parent Conferences
  • Complete FIP modules/PD

Suggestions for beginning of a new year/new semester:
  • Review attendance chart to "predict" high absentee students and consider creating an attendance plan for students, as needed
  • Compare the Lexile level of your textbooks to your class's Lexile level for planning

Throughout the year:

  • Take advantage of the export feature available for all the pages in SLDS
  • Review each newly enrolled student's previous data
  • Start with G-KID data for 3rd grade and under
  • Look for trends and patterns
  • Compare a student's grades and assessment scores to his/her attendance and enrollment history
  • Observe growth (or lack thereof) in the student's Lexile scores.
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