Upcoming Important Dates
Sep 5 – Labor Day No School
Sep 6 – Laptop Orientation during Tutorials
Sep 7 – Faculty Meeting 2:30 – Learning Commons This is a Change!
Sep 8 – Picture Day
Sep 8 – Vision & Hearing Screening
Sep 11 – 15th Anniversary of The Attacks on 9/11
Sept 12, 13 & 14 – Team RtI Meetings (various times)
Sep 12 & 13 – MLTI Parent Orientation Night 6:00 pm
Sep 12 thru Sep 23 – Star 360 Testing Window
Sep 14 – Garde Level Meetings
Sep 16 – School Dance 6:00 pm GMS Gymnasium
Sep 17 – U.S. Constitution Day
Sep 21 – Early Release Day Students dismissed at 11:10
I have created Google Classrooms for each team to use when conducting Team Meetings. Susie and I want to use this as a method for collecting information from each team to help us determine what we need to do next to help our entire school community improve.
Today’s meeting will be true team meetings, meaning that Allied Arts and Special Education will meet and will not be part of the academic teams. I would ask, however, that when you submit the minutes of the meetings you also share those minutes with all members of your advisory cluster.
This meeting, along with Content Area meetings and Grade Level meetings will take place on those “off” Wednesdays in place of our Faculty meetings of the past. It is vital that all members of each group attend and participate in these meetings to make them useful to our school plans. Please make all necessary arrangements to be in attendance at these meetings.
Change of Schedule
Because we need to address some training issues about Star 360 testing, we will change the faculty meeting schedule for the 14th of September to the 7th of September. The Grade level meeting schedule for the 7th will move to the 14th.
I know that the testing is for math and language Arts, and will be conducted in those classes only, I believe that it is important that we have an over abundance of trained staff to assist all of our students. It’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared
Picture Day and Vision & Hearing Exams
Please remind your students about Picture day and Vision & Hearing Exams. Everyone will have their pictures taken on Thursday, September 8th. Students need to have their forms completed indicating any package they wish to purchase. If some students forget to come to school with the completed forms, please tell them they can order online.
Nurse Cathy will be conducting the annual Vision & Hearing screenings for all 7th graders and a select few 8th graders. We will coordinate the schedule with the picture to reduce the disruptions within the day.
Mindy has sent out a schedule for the Team RtI meetings for the year. Please make sure that these dates are in your calendar.
Just to remind all, these meetings are designed to identify students who are not receiving services under Special Education. These students may by receiving services within a Learning Lab and we will want to review any progress these students are making and what interventions are working… or not!
During this first meeting, we would like to bring all teams up to speed on students in their classes who received interventions in the past and a review of what worked and what needs to continue. Please be prepared with any information you have on your students, even though I know it’s early in the year!
Mike Nash, Terri Dawson and others will be conducting the Laptop Orientation during the Tutorial. The students will remain in their classrooms during the orientation. Mike and Terri will provide directions and be available to assist and troubleshoot during the sessions. Please remind the students that they may not turn their devices on until they are prompted during the orientation.
Star 360 and Training
We made the announcement that we would no longer be using NWEA as our semi annual assessment vehicle at the first meeting of the year. We will now be using Star 360, which is similar to the NWEA, but provides more intuitive information atet is easier to understand for all teachers in helping to plot the course for what each student needs in their learning. We will be conducting a training during the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, September 7 in the Learning Commons beginning at 2:30.
Please make sure that you all bring your laptops to the meeting.
While this assessment measures progress in reading and math, this information will be helpful to all teachers in crafting your lessons for all of your students.
The first dance of the year is Friday, September 16 at 6:00 pm. This dance benefits the Principal’s account so that we can provide some of the little extras for teachers and students during the school year. I could really use some folks to help chaperone the dance!
As much as these dances do encroach upon the start of the weekend, they really are fun! No, they really are! The kids are great. They all just m=want to have and they really do appreciate our school so much during the times. If you have a few spare hours on the 16th, I know the kids would really love to see some of their teachers at the dance.
A Couple of Important Dates
As I mentioned during our first meeting of the year, We will commemorate the attacks of 9/11 on Monday, September 12 with a moment of commemoration at the time of the first attack on the World Trade Center at 8:45 am. It will be very simple, and I would ask that you would also take a moment to let the kids know why we are doing this. It is really hard to believe that none of our students were alive when these attacks took place.
I also think it is important to note that this is about remembering those souls lost in this attack and not on the perpetrators of the attack.
The second date is one that we are required to observe. On September 17, 1787, The US Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Thanks to Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, we observe this very important date in our history. There are lots of resources available on line for yu to share with your students. Please take a few minutes, or more, out of the day to have a discussion about this important event in the history of the World.
As we begin the new school year, I offer this as a conversation starter and a provoker of thought! I would love to hear from each of you about what you think!