Winter is coming… Well actually just the end of the first quarter is coming!

Hello everyone!

We are only two weeks away from the end of the first quarter of the 2018 – 2019 school year! That being said, students are working extremely hard to complete end of the quarter work tasks while also completing goal related tasks to increase the data collection. Remember that we are now on a four quarter system, so students will be receiving their grade reports AND IEP progress reports during this time. Both of these reports will be given during conferences which will occur the week of October 15th – October 19th.

 

Reminders:

  • Students and staff have Fall Break next week, so there will be no school during the week of Sept. 24th to Sept. 28th.
  • There will be a PTSA dance this coming Friday (9/21) during school 2:45 – 4:10 pm. Tickets are $7 and will be sold on Tuesday (9/18), Wednesday (9/19), and Thursday (9/20). Students must turn in the green permission form to first buy this ticket.
  • Homework will be coming home on Tuesday (9/19) and Thursday (9/21).

 

Panther Basketball Club

Parent meetings are occurring this week. These meetings are mandatory. During these meetings we will fill out crucial paperwork and it will be necessary to complete all of this paperwork and have it turned in by Friday, September 22nd. The first official meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd at 4:30 pm. Contact Mr. Lytle, Mr. Mitchell, Mrs. Ross, or Ms. Raiford if you have any questions.

 

Grade progress reports coming soon…

August has come and gone quicker than ever! This means that grade progress reports are coming home this week. Be on the lookout for a manila folder with several dates listed on the front. When you have viewed your student’s 4 1/2 week progress report, please sign by the date 8/29 and return with your student. In Mr. Lytle’s class when your student returns their folder the next day there is always some sort of incentive (i.e., panther paws, classroom bucks, little treats or prizes), so make sure you get that back to school as soon as possible. If you have not already signed up for my Remind 101 class, please do so. I would like to be able to send out announcements for upcoming events electronically using this app/website but I do need 100% buy-in from parents.

 

Reminder: Monday, August 27th is the date to turn in all fundraiser items. The fundraiser sheet should be completed accurately for each item purchased and money should have been collected at the time of the sale. The money will be collected on Monday ONLY so please send those in with your student and we will help take care of anything else.

 

There will be a reading homework assignment on Tuesday evening and a math homework assignment on Thursday evening so be on the lookout for those. If you are not checking your student’s journal every evening then you might miss out on some valuable information. First, there is always a rating scale in relation to the behavior and academic participation for the day. Secondly, the homework is always listed and third I provide you with a quick glimpse of our day. Please make sure you are looking at that each and every evening.

 

One more week of August and then we are on to September, which means cooler weather, football and increased academic rigor. We will no longer be reviewing old concepts but will now move forward with new content. The content may be more difficult for your student but part of my job is to challenge each and every student. If they are not coming home a little bit tired, especially mentally, then I am not working them hard enough. I look forward to another productive week!

Sincerely,

Mr. Lytle

 

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!

A new beginning, the 2018 – 2019 school year is here!

Remind Sign up-s2n2xn

Hello parents/guardians,

June and July flew by and the 2018 – 2019 school year is here! I am excited and happy to begin my fourth year at Floyd Middle School. I am joined by the wonderful Mrs. Greta Coulter in my classroom and she will help support students throughout the day. The emphasis of my classroom is always based around reading and writing instruction. Reading and writing are such critical skills that will be integrated in every single science, social studies, and even math lesson throughout the year. I am planning on implementing a reading program called SIPPS that focuses on some of the primary reading skills such as; phonological awareness, phonics, and sight words, but does so in a manner that is more age appropriate than other reading programs. This should increase confidence in our readers while also boosting their fluency and comprehension skills. Lastly, all parents/guardians should have received my introductory letter during the first week of school as well as instructions on how to sign up for the communication system, Remind 101. Remind is a program that allows parents and teachers to communicate without sharing personal cell phone numbers. I am attaching the instructions within this post, so please sign up so that any future announcements will be received quickly and efficiently. Please also use Remind if you need to contact me or email me at [email protected] I look forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

Floyd Middle School

Room 118

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year to everyone!

It will be good to get back into the swing of things starting Thursday, January 4th, 2018. We are finished with all GAA and now is the time to really work hard on reading and writing skills. We will continue to focus on Science and Social Studies through reading and writing but with additional time we will have the ability to go into further depth with each of the topics and even complete several experiments throughout quarter 3 and 4. Report cards and IEP progress reports will be coming home very soon. Below you will find the link for Floyd Panther Newsletter. I hope everyone is staying as warm as possible and I look forward to seeing all students on Thursday!

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

 

fhttp://www.cobbk12.org/floyd/Panther Press 2nd Qtr 17-18.pdf

Halfway finished with Q2

Hello parents, families and guardians,

Please be aware that students will not have school during the week of 11/20 – 11/24 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We are continuing to work through the Georgia Alternate Assessments. After the break, we will have about 3 1/2 weeks of school before the end of Q2! Time is flying by so it is very important that students focus harder than ever before.

 

Students should be bringing homework home on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The END (of 1st quarter) is near….

Hello parents and guardians,

We are getting very close to the end of the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. You should be expecting grade reports coming home in October as well as IEP progress reports. Conference week is also quickly approaching so please look for that information in your student’s communication notebooks.

Each and every night students should be showing you their communication notebook. I know that the note home is typically very similar but there is often at least one piece of information that is new and relevant to the next school day or week. This communication notebook also has each student’s morning work which includes the math, writing and vocabulary work that we complete on a daily basis.

REMINDER:

No school next week (September 25 – September 29) due to Fall Break

 

Have a safe and enjoyable break! I hope you will use this extra time with your student to practice reading, math and all of the wonderful skills that are needed for the rest of the school year!

 

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

As August ends, we look forward to GAA!

Good day!

August is already coming to an end and that means we have already completed four weeks of the 2017-2018 school year! Below you will several important announcements for this week. Please remember to always check your student’s daily journal. Within this journal you should find a note from me that also has announcements and sometimes can serve as a direct source of communication. Feel free to write notes in these journals if there is something coming up or something that I should know. Don’t forget that we have an early release date on Wednesday and that we do not have school on Labor Day (Monday, September, 4th).

 

Monday, Aug. 28

School Fundraiser Turn-In Day – Bring Forms and Money

Food Pantry Grand Opening, 9:30 – District and Cobb County Visitors Invited

 

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Fire Drill

Homework: Reading comprehension activity

 

Wednesday,  Aug. 30

Early Release Day: ALL STUDENTS RELEASED BY 1:30 PM

 

 

Thursday, Aug. 31

Homework: Math (Based on IEP goals and objectives)

 

Friday, Sept. 1

Floyd Spirit Wear Day

 

As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me via email or phone.

 

Thank you,

Brandon Lytle

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

Welcome to Floyd Middle School and the beginning of a great year! My name is Brandon Lytle and I will be your student’s homeroom teacher and will provide services to your son/daughter for the majority of the school year. I am excited to be here and to work with your son/daughter. Within this initial newsletter I will provide you a brief description of myself, including some of my philosophy in regard to education.  I will also provide contact information and the process in which you can contact me.

To begin, I am starting my third at Floyd Middle School within the MID program. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and look forward to an exciting and challenging year. I plan on implementing a specific reading program that I am piloting. Students will have systematic instruction throughout the year based on their specific reading needs. I am excited to see their progress. This year Floyd Middle School continues to have a four quarter system of grading, so you should expect progress reports every quarter, or nine weeks. IEP progress reports may come at different times throughout the year. Please contact me if you have any questions.

I believe in a work environment that is based on positive reinforcement, meaning that students will be rewarded for showing positive behaviors. This is part of the reason that I chose to work on Floyd Middle School as opposed to other schools in the district, because there is already a positive behavior intervention supports system in place. I also am a firm believer in the creation of relationships as a major foundation in the educational system. If we, as educators, can work to build relationships with students then I believe they will learn at a far greater rate. I have a lot of hope for this next generation of students and I thoroughly believe that reading and writing skills are a foundation of success for each student. We will continuously work to build each of these skills along with other core subjects like science, math and social studies. My classroom will feature a monetary system in which students can earn classroom bucks that can be spent on rewards, treasure boxes or breaks.

You should have already received my contact information. If that is needed once again, feel free to contact via email or send a note with your student’s communication notebook. This communication notebook should be seen each evening. This is a way for me to communicate with you about the daily happenings here at Floyd and also to inform you about any upcoming events.

We are gifted to have a wonderful, caring paraprofessional within out classroom. Her name is Mrs. Greta and we have worked together for the past two years at Floyd Middle School. She has an extensive record of working in a variety of classroom models with a variety of students and is a wonderful asset to our classroom.

Again, I look forward to an exciting year and to working with each of your students. Please keep in touch throughout the year and I look forward to meeting each of you as we continue through the year.

Sincerely,

Brandon Lytle

GAA is complete and we begin the 4th quarter!

As you should already know, all students are completed with their GAA for the 2016-2017 school year. We are now focusing on instruction and attempting to incorporate as many different experiments and hands-on activities over the final 9 weeks of school.

 

Remember that Spring Break is coming up the first week of April. We also have several field days coming up in the months of April and May so be on the lookout for information in regard to each of these events.

You should be receiving a rating scale each night in relation to the day and your student. Please look for these and contact me if you have any questions about them. 

Welcome to 2017!

We begin a new year and a new semester! For half of our students this will be their last semester at Floyd Middle School. I’m sure as a parent, it has flown by, but I’m also sure the students are excited for high school next year.

We will be starting a new book to study during ELA titled The Red Badge of Courage. This book will be read aloud by a teacher and/or recording and students will be required to complete summaries to describe each chapter.

In math we will work on factoring, multiplication, division and evaluating graphs.

We have studied plants throughout the first semester and have several plants growing in our classroom right now. We will be using these plants to learn about cuttings and the different ways in which plants can populate.

Throughout these next two months we will be finishing the Georgia Alternate Assessments.

Additionally, we will start using our reading program again. The SIPPS program is designed to increase reading fluency, word recognition, vocabulary and ultimately reading comprehension.

Below are several resources that can be used at home to help your student with reading and math.

Readtheory.org

Schoolexpress.com

We use each of these websites on a regular basis during independent working sessions so your student should be familiar with each of them.

I look forward to seeing each of your students as they return and hope to have a wonderful semester!

 

***Our classroom is in need of tissues during this flu/cold season. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you and cheers to a new year!

-Mr. Lytle