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Appreciate Your Teacher

Barnes and Noble Booksellers is hosting a very special contest this month: The Teacher Appreciation Writing Contest.

Who Can Participate:  Students in Grades 1 through 12
Here’s How It Works:  Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.  Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules:  BN Teacher Contest
Turn your essay into our office by March 1 so we can submit to our local Barnes and Noble store.  Deadline for entries is March 1, 2012. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin!
What Students Get: The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.
What Teachers Get: The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, together with a selection of Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics series (for high school teachers) or a set of five (5) Classic Starts® series (for grades 1-5 and grades 6-8 teachers).
The six regional winners will each receive a NOOK™ eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year” award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well.
The winner will also receive five copies of the winning essay published in hardcover by, the site where students create and publish their own books, and a $250 Tikatok Gift Card that will allow the teacher to publish select stories written by students in their class.
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Teachers…many staying, a few seeking new adventures!

I know that many of you have heard that teachers all over the district are making changes in their grade or building due to the openings created by retirements within our district.  We do have some of our staff that are changing either grades or moving to other buildings because of openings that have been created.

Although I am not able to make the changes public at this time (honoring the time required for approval at all levels), I do want you to know that as grade level teams we have been meeting to make sure that student placements for the 2010-11 school year are the BEST placements for your children.

We feel confident and excited about the class lists and the teachers for each grade.  Once I am able to share the names and positions of each teacher, I will announce this via a blog posting.  Because positions may be approved in waves, I may be posting 2-3 updates as they come.

Please be patient…know that we have teachers who are making changes in grade or building are doing so because this is what is best for their career and families…and the teachers who move into these spots are making these moves because they are passionate about the children and teams at each grade group!

*Report Cards are mailed on Monday, June 14.  Your child’s next year’s teacher will be noted on the report card.  Class lists will be posted on the building on June 21.  If your child’s teacher name is “NEW TEACHER” know that an assignment is in process.  As soon as we are aware of the teacher name, I will announce this via the blog.

Mrs. Reagan