MS Weekly Staff Memo – February 22, 2014

Recap of Staff Meeting

This week we took an in-depth look at classroom management.  First, we brainstormed the following:



After reviewing some CSD non-negotiables, we listed the three types of classroom management:  proactive, interactive, and reactive, and  some strategies that fall under each category.

This led to a great conversation about the most successful (and therefore the most important) type of classroom management  – proactive strategies.  We all agreed that the most effective teachers experience success due to the relationships they have built with their students.  Hence, we brainstormed a few ways to build and strengthen relationships.

At that point, I stated that with only two and a half years under my belt as a principal, I still consider myself very much a novice.  Therefore, feedback is essential for my growth and effectiveness.  When you give me feedback, it really helps me to better serve you.  You’ll either give me a great idea I haven’t thought about before OR you’ll let me know where I need to do a better job of communicating.  Either way, I consider it a win-win.  So if you have something to share, you can do by clicking on link below.  And as always, I welcome (and encourage) face-to-face conversations.  You all make me better, so thank you for your involvement and support! 

After determining that most of our time and energy should be put into proactive and interactive measures, we recognized that sometimes reactive management is necessary.  Because “consequences” is such a big topic, we decided to table that discussion for a future meeting and put most of our time and energy into focusing on proactive and interactive management for now.

As I told you earlier in the week, you all are a WEALTH of information for each other (and me!).  There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t learn something new from you.  The internet is also a wealth of information, so I encourage you to dig in and think deeply about what you are doing in your classrooms to prevent and redirect undesirable behaviors.  Please know you can always come to me with your concerns.  I cannot promise that I will have all of the answers, but together, we will figure it out.  Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can make a world of difference.  At the end of the day, I truly think it all boils down to two things:

1) building healthy, positive relationships
2) creating meaningful, purposeful tasks that are developmentally appropriate

If we really commit to putting the majority of our time and energy into focusing on these two aspects of our teaching, I sincerely believe that we are on the road to preventing most of the discipline situations that arise in our classrooms.  As Jen Chaffman so beautifully reminded us on Wednesday, these kids are nothing more than “adults in training,” so let’s be sure to treat them as such, and remember to take a moment to sit where they sit.  🙂

Upcoming Events
Monday, February 24th
11:15-12:15 – Juli is covering Ketch Up if you need her.

Wednesday, February 19th
Admin off campus for planning day – Beth Knight Teacher Leader (?)
3:30 – NWHTYS Book Study (no Juli)

Thursday, February 20th
Kathleen McMillan – Teacher Leader

Other Upcoming Dates:
February 24 – CSD Lottery
February 26 – Admin Team Planning Day
February 26 – NWHTYS Book Study (last one)
Feb 28-March 2 – MS Musical – Dear Edwina
March 3 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at High School
March 7 – MS Show Choir Competition
March 21 – Teacher Workday; 7th Grade SLC’s
March 28 – 8th Grade Dance
April 3 & 4 – 8th Grade Finance Park
April 11 – 1/2 Day; Early Dismissal – Spring Break begins
April 11-20 – SPRING BREAK; Classes resume on 4/21/14
April 25 – CSD Golf Tournament – Are any Advisories going to sponsor the tournament?
April 28 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 3 – Davidson Town Day and Spartan 5K
May 9 – Early Dismissal
May 15 – Early Dismissal
May 16-17 – Staff Retreat
May 19 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 21 – Reading EOG 3-8
May 22 – Math EOG 3-8
May 23 – Math 1 EOC for 8th Graders
May 23 – 8th Grade Practicum Sharing (afternoon)
May 26 – Memorial Day Holiday
May 27 – 8th Grade Science EOG
May 27-28 – 7th Ropes Course
May 29 – 6th Grade Holocaust Museum
May 28-30 – 8th Grade Kanuga Trip

Professional Development
This brief article goes right along with our classroom management theme.  Be the CEO of your classroom and begin to unleash the power of positive relationships in your classroom!


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