From: Mays, Taka
    Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2019 8:15 AM
    Subject: No Backpacks Next Week & Other Safety Info



    As you are planning for the last week of school (May 28th-May 31st), please remember that students are not to bring backpacks to school. Students may still bring purses or small carry items such as a lunchbox, but no backpacks. There are many obvious security benefits to this action and we are hopeful to also keep out mischievous items that tend to show up this time of year.  


    I also remind you that this week is filled with fun and exciting activities for all grade levels, which means we will have many visitors on our campus. Please plan accordingly for the activities in which you will be attending because there will be delays. Below is a short list of our daily safety measures as a reminder:

    1. Be prepared to show your driver license or state issued I.D. when entering the front office.
    2. Wear the printed name badge given by the front office at all times while on campus. If you do not have it on, you will be redirected to the front office. 
    3. Do not ask other visitors to hold open any side doors once all side gates are closed.
    4. When you are done visiting our campus, you must sign out and exit through the front office. 


    Last, but certainly not least, be patient, kind and respectful to everyone when visiting our campus. Visitors who choose not to demonstrate those traits or safe behavior will be escorted off campus by law enforcement.  Safety has been and will continue to be our top priority at Conley. Please contact Dr. Mays at (850) 414-5610 or via email at mayst@leonschools.net should you have questions. 


    Let's have an AMAZING last week of school!! GO CONLEY YELLOW JACKETS!!

    Dr. Taka S. Mays


    Conley Elementary School @ Southwood

    2400 Orange Avenue East

    Tallahassee, Florida 32311

    (850) 414-5610 Phone

    (850) 414-8163 Fax



    "If we're going to be here, we are going to work.  Every Day-Every Time-Without Fail-No Exceptions."   Please understand, I do not view the last days of the school year as fluff time.  WE WILL BE WORKING.  Students WILL BE EXPECTED to come ready to work.  If this is contrary to your expectations you will find no conciliation or compromise on my part.  I am that teacher who uses every moment for learning.  I am that teacher that believes "take your child to work day" should occur on one of the 185 non-school days, and that if you take them to work, they should work hard so that they gain appreciation  for how hard YOU work to provide for them.  I am that teacher who starts working on curriculum on day 1 of the school year, not day 2 or 3.  I do not give out gold stars for participation and I expect the task before them should be done as well as they can do it.  The quote at the beginning of this paragraph has been preached every day by me for the past 4 weeks.  


    Friday, May 31st Wednesday, May 29 is a special day for our fifth-graders as well.  We'll be continuing our new tradition of a farewell walk through the grounds of the school.  It will take place at 12:00, with all the other classes out on the walkways to wave farewell as 5th graders take a final lap of the Conley campus.  Please remember that you are not to park in the bus lane at the front of the school.   

    Thursday, May 30th is the day planned for our end of the year awards ceremony.  Please put it in your calendar.  We usually start at 9AM.  The festivities finish about 10:45.  If you plan to check your student out after the resception time, please check them out through the office so that at dismissal, I'll know who is where...

    Friday, May 31st is the final day of school.  We will also hold a special time for 5th graders to sign yearbooks and autograph books with friends and school employees, this will be earlier in the morning.  Please remind your children to only write positive things in others' books.  Students found writing mean-spirited or rude comments will sit out the rest of the day's festivities.

    The final 3 days of school are half-day with our students being dismissed at 12:20.  Please hold to the regular dismissal proceedures.


    Sleep...  Why are my students sleeping in class...?  

    Besides the teacher being a bore (which I can be sometimes) students sleep in class for a variety of reasons:

    -Not enough sleep at night (Sleep study data)

    -Dietary needs (Dietary study and sleep Data)

    -Medical issues.  (Pediatric Sleep disorder study data)


    Proof of Residency Forms for NEXT year...  (so far, in 6 weeks, I have processed 7 of these to the registrar).

    Some of you may have gotten a proof of residency form from your student/child within the past week.  Some of you may NOT have gotten one from them, BUT you should have...

    Whatever the case, you NEED to process this form and provide the proof of residency.  "Why?" you may ask, because if you don't junior will show up at school on the first day or on the preview day and they won't have a schedule processed for them because they won't be registered.  This is not a matter to take lightly.  If the schedule is not processed because they don't get registered your child's choice of classes will be, shall we say, severely limited. 

    If you did not get this form from your child last week, stop by the office and ask  for Mrs. Florence, our registrar.  



    Shortcuts to success.....?

     Shortcuts in life rarely lead to success.  Too many students seek out short cuts in problem solving BEFORE they have mastered the skill.  Don't get me wrong, short cuts save time and money in many cases, but if you are not a master of that skill you have no business short cutting the process.  Imaging your doctor, dentist, mechanic, contractor, lawyer or butcher short cutting.....  it might get ugly really quick.  The essay below is focused on this short-cutting in math class.  






    We'll spend the rest of the year working through the 6th grade connection curriculum found in our workbooks.  h


    Think like a scientist... work like a scientist

    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday(if needed) will be presentation days for our Space Science projects.  The remainder of the year will be spend doing investigations on surface tension, bouyancy, and thermodynamic flow in fluids.








     2 great math sites that have REAL math at the core...



     Students can access both Think Central and ED ​ at school and at home now.  This is where they will find all their resources for math and science.  To get to it at home they need to go to the Conley student portal, near the top right corner of the page, look for where it says class link, and from there students log into their account using these credentials:

    Username- their171ID#@edu.leonschools.net
    Password- 5digitlunchPIN#

    Once they do that, they should gain access to their applications page.  Select think central and use the same login information if needed.  Over time the server will recognize your home workstation and streamline the login process. 

    When you look at your child's work and you see the letters SYW you may take pause and wonder, "what does 
    SYW mean?"  SYW is a classroom prompt I use to remind students the importance of   Showing Your Work.  For instance, when we are looking at our math work from the previous day, and I ask, "How did you do that (which I do almost every time)?" You'll be able to quickly recount HOW you worked through that problem.  If I ask, "Did anyone do this differently?"  You'll be able to describe your alternate solution strategy.
    The most important reason for 
    SYWing comes to light when you miss a question.  What did you do wrong?  Where did I make my error, because I set up the problem correctly?  How do I explain this issue to the teacher?  None of these can occur, if you don't know what you did EXACTLY.

    I remind the class every time we get a test or quiz back, that I can't see how to help you if you don't 
    SYW.  I can't give you partial credit on a question if I don't see that you had that problem set up correctly, or that you did the first 2 steps properly but made a mistake on the 3rd part.  I can give partial credit if you do do those things.

    SYW ... if you're not doing it, you're doing the math wrong.

    SYT... in science, it's Show Your Thinking.  With our focus on Claims/Evidence/Reasoning this year, I will be continually asking your children to EXPLAIN their thinking.  One word answers aren't enough to explain the thought process behind scientific claims.  Our focus for the first part of the year will be to learn the differences and connections between observations (the key to doing science), and claims.  Along the way we'll dig deep into putting voice to the thinking (reasoning) needed to move from observation to making claims that can be tested. 
      & SYT, Two vital skills
Last Modified on May 25, 2019