Week of October 19th

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Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 16 – School Dance, Benefit the GMS Holiday Food Drive 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 22 – Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, October 23 – Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 28 – Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 11:00 am
Tuesday, November 3 – Municipal Election Day in Gorham
Wednesday, November 4 – Leadership meeting 2:30, Melanie’s room

Sorry for my Absence

You all probably (or not!) noticed that I have been out of school for a couple of days. I had to have some Squamish Cell Carcinoma removed from a couple of places, one being on the top of my head. I am happy to say that the surgeon, who, by the way, looked about as old as our 8th graders, says he got 100% of any of the cancerous cells and all should be very good. Yea!

In any event, I apologize that this happened very quickly and I really didn’t have a chance to let you know that i’d be out. I know that Susie, Kristen, Laurie and Terry kept the operation going quite smoothly…hmmm… makes me wonder!

I will be back in a day or so, once the sites stop oozing! Sorry for the TMI.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will hold our semi-annual Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. Thursday, we will begin conferences at dismissal until 8:00 pm. Friday, we will begin at 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. It is important to remember that Thursday is not an early release day and that we will have the kids fir a full day schedule before we meet with parents.

Please make sure that you make contact with all of your students parent to arrange a meeting. Also, remember that if parents want to meet with individual teachers, that should be arranged during these days.

RtI Meetings

Mindy Rathbun, Instructional Strategist, has scheduled regular meetings with each team to discuss student progress and concerns that have arisen. These meetings will be very important to our students as we examine their progress and what we need to do to help them achieve success. Please make sure that these monthly meetings are on your calendar and you are all prepared to discuss student progress.

EICAL Rotations

Our next EICAL Rotation begins on Monday, November 2nd. Thank you to Martha LaViolet for transposing the Leadership Calendar onto a document. However, if you misplace Martha’s document, you can check the Leadership Calendar in the Google Platform.

One element that has arisen that will have an impact on EICAL is when teams in particular grade levels schedule a field trip. The trip at this grade level will impact EICAL dramatically. The teachers who are on the field trip won’t be available to be in their EICAL offering, and the students on that team will be gone and not attending individual EICAL offerings.

So, when a team at a particular grade level schedule a field trip, we will not have formal EICAL and revert to tutorials for those students and teams that remain at school. This will only impact the grade level of the field trip, the other grade levels EICAL will go on as planned.

See me if you have any questions.

Teacher Goals

Now that we have all mastered the Teach Scape platform for working on and submitting our goals, I thought that I could help some of you as you attempt to weave technology into your work.

I know that you have, at some time in the past, heard of the SAMR model, Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition. We haven’t spent a great deal of time with this, but as we all look to incorporate technology into our practice, this model is a great help and there are some wonderful resources available for teachers.

The link here is from Kathy Schrock has been teaching since the early 80’s in school in Massachusetts. She has embraced technology in her classroom for a long time and she is still going strong. You can up with Kathy on Twitter @KathySchrock for updates and current information.

I am not really interested in where you see yourself on the SAMR continuum, I am most interested in giving you resources that could be helpful to you as you craft your goals.

This is What happens When I Sit Around

This video was suggested to me by one of the good people who are part of my Personal Learning Team that I have cultivated through Twitter. I will admit that it is a very radical idea, but as we begin to think about schedules for the next year…

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