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Goynes Elementary School Believes in This Pledge!
This link to important information about the Clark County School District's Pledge of Achievement is a commitment to serve the community. Theron and Naomi Goynes Elementary School is committed to this message, vision and strategic plan. We will honor this pledge.
Clark Country School District Survey
The annual Districtwide Survey for students, parents, and staff will be open from April 20 - June 4. The survey has been completely revised for the 2014-15 school year to align with District strategies and to be in compliance with policies and regulations adopted by the Board of School Trustees. The survey has been streamlined and now takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey may also be taken on a tablet or other mobile device. Access the survey at: or for a "clickable" link, click on the headline.
SBAC Information
This spring the third, fourth, and fifth grades students in the Clark County School District will be taking a new assessment. Instead of the traditional CRTs, students will be taking the SBAC (Smarter Based Assessment Consortium) in the areas of Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Fifth grade students will still be taking the CRT in the area of Science.

The SBAC was field tested with fourth graders at Goynes last year in the area of Mathematics. Since it is computer based, there is a level of technical ability that is required and the students have been working on these technology skills at school. We have added a link on the right hand side of the Goynes Homepage with additional information about the test, calendar of testing dates, technology skills needed, websites to practice those skills and have also provided a site where parents/guardians (and your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade child) can take practice SBAC tests. We hope that it is helpful. Please take some time to check it out this important information!
We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as the fundraiser for this school year! The Apex athletes will be with our students from January 20, 2015 through January 29, 2015 teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school. More information will be sent home with students on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Please feel free to visit to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness.

On the days leading up to Apex Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Thursday, January 29, 2015 to help our school. Students will run/walk for 30 minutes and will run/walk an average 26-36 laps, with the maximum amount of laps being 36 (each lap is 1/16th of a mile). Sponsors can pledge $1, $2, $5 or any other amount for each lap students’ run. For example, if you pledge $5 per lap and your child runs 30 laps that is a total of $150. Another option is to pledge a flat donation regardless of how many laps your child runs. Please be sure to indicate your choice carefully when you pledge. All participants will receive an access code that allows you to enter pledges online. All students will also receive an Apex shirt for the race!

We will need your help in the following three ways:
• Help connect your child to potential sponsors and help them acquire pledges from family, friends and contacts.
• Ask your child about the character lessons they learn at school each day during the All Star Fun Run program.
• Come to the Apex Fun Run and don’t forget to invite others to attend our fun-filled community event.

Thank you again for continued support of Goynes Elementary -- we are excited to begin this journey with you!
January Peer Mediators of the Month
The Peer Mediators for the month of January are Bailey from Mrs. McNeil's class, Malaina from Mrs. Graham's class, Jayce from Mrs. Oliver's class, and Skylar from Mr. Stell's class. Keep up the great work, Mediators!
Peer Mediators
Peer Mediators help students solve small problems that they encounter during recess time. Forty-four students were trained in an all day training on ways to work with peers to resolve problems. Once per month, the group meets with the advisors (Ms. Henriksen, Ms. Flood, Ms. Leavitt, and Mr. Hayes) to review skills and choose mediators of the month. The November Peer Mediators of the month were Noasalei from Ms. Raagas' class, Andre from Ms. Cruz's class, Aniya from Ms. Bennett's class, and Asia from Ms. Gourley's class. The December Peer Mediators are Marley from Ms. Cruz's class, Madison R. from Ms. Gourley's class, Tristan from Ms. Bennett's class and Gavin from Mr. Stell's class.
Y-Ties Sales Ending Soon
Friday, December 5, 2014, is the last day to purchase Y-Ties for this school year. Thank you for all the support.
Hour of Code is Coming to Goynes
During the month of December, all first through fifth grade classes (and full day kindergarten) have signed up to go to Mrs. Leavitt's room to join her for an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to dymystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know that it made history. In one week, 15 million students tried computer science! Check out the website ( or the attached flyer for more information.
Ornament Making News
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the December 1, 2014 ornament making workshop has been canceled. If you signed up for that day, a note has been sent home to choose a different date (December 4th, December 8th or December 11th). Thank you for your understanding.
Attention 5th Grade Parents: Magnet Middle School Visit on December 9 (click headline to access attachments)
Attention 5th Grade Parents: Magnet Middle School Visit on December 9 (click headline to access attachments)

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 a representative from the magnet school program will be hosting an assembly for our fifth graders. They have asked us to pass on the following information and there is more attached.

· You are encouraged to visit the magnet schools information website at [ ] Open house dates are also attached to the website, as well as a fabulous frequently asked questions and answers.
· You are encourage to apply on-line! The on-line application is already available onlin. Those who use the on-line application can also receive notification of acceptance to a magnet program in a timely manner via on-line by simply logging on to the application account.

Upon applying, please have read directions CAREFULLY!
· All paper applications must be submitted to the first choice school the family is applying to. Please do not send them to the magnet office.
· Students can ONLY apply to three programs; first choice program, second choice program, and third choice program.
· Applications are due on January 8, 2015 before 3:00 pm. Again, all completed applications must be submitted to the school the family is applying to in order for the application to be considered for review. Applications and that arrive after January 8, 2015 will be considered a late application and will not be reviewed until the magnet school exhausts their alternative pool.
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