Weekly Staff Memo – October 18th

Great Things I Noticed This Week:

6th graders performing a Socratic Seminar (integrating science and LA content)
Students learning about being proactive vs. reactive through a collaborative, problem-solving activity
Fantastic technology integration through virtual simulations and virtual storytelling
Teachers living the “100 Repetitions” article as they work relentlessly with their most challenging students

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Upcoming events

Monday, October 21st
11:15-12:15 – Explore Test Training for test administrators and proctors – 8th grade resource room

Tuesday, October 22nd

Wednesday, October 23rd
11:30-12:15 – Electives Team Meeting with Juli
3:20-4:20 – Never Work Harder Than Your Students book study – Chapters 1-3 Discussion in Shannon Davis’ Room

Thursday, October 24th
Explore Test for 8th Grade
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday/Saturday, October 25th & 26th
Fresh Take Conference at High School – free to CSD employees – EXCELLENT professional development! We hope to see you there!

Monday, October, 28th
Teacher Workday

Professional Development Corner:

Staff Meeting recap – Dorothy shared her upcoming presentation for Fresh Take with us.  We learned about some great ideas and resources for SIN (Student Interactive Notebooks)  Dorothy will be sending a link to her presentation via email, so be on the lookout!

After that, we watched a terrific 8 minute Ted Talk by Rita Pierson on  the power of connections in the profession of teaching.  If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up, this is for you!  She totally helps us to remember why we are doing what we are doing, especially on those hard days.  Very inspirational!

Then we took a few moments to connect with either a student or a parent by sending a positive email or Edmodo note.  I encourage each of you to make this a part of your weekly routine.  Too often, we get wrapped up on what is going wrong or what needs improvement and we forget to focus on the MANY things that are going right.  A little two-three sentence note to another person can have a tremendous impact on his/her attitude or motivation.  Let us remember to put as much energy into focusing on the kids who are doing well as those who need that “little extra.”  Your words make a world of difference!


Take a moment to consider the following.  This one agreement can change our lives.



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