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MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 30, 2014

Great Things I Noticed This Week

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Students, parents and teachers coming together to prepare for the 8th Grade Dance – What a special night!  Kathleen McMillan summed it up perfectly in her beautiful Facebook post:  “Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.”

New teachers who have made great strides in honing their craft.  It’s so exciting to watch excellence take form! (Little tiny claps)

Colleagues coming together to support one of their fellow colleagues and dear friends during a time of crisis.  Krista, please know you are in our hearts, and we are surrounding you with thoughts of comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Preparations for next year are in motion.  The student scheduling process has begun and new classes are taking shape!  Woop!  Woop!

Teachers going to great lengths to individualize learning and prepare their students for upcoming EOG’s.  You all are SO inspiring!

Upcoming Events
Monday, March 31
11:15-12:15 – 7th Grade Team will work on 8th Grade Advisory lists for next year.

Tuesday, April 1
April Fools – Just kidding!  (No I’m not)

Wednesday, April 2
Wait-List Tours – Expect some visitors in the building this day.  I will be doing the tours, myself, so if you call for my assistance, I may not be able to get there right away.  Thanks for your patience and understanding with this.
11:15-12:15 – LASS Team Meeting – I would love to take this time to check in with individual LA teachers about their students’ pre-EOG test results and see what I can do to support the EOG prep process.
3:30-5:00 – Staff Meeting – This will be a follow up to our previous staff meeting on Classroom Management.  This week we will share how our proactive and interactive strategies are going.  We will also engage in discussion and brainstorming about “consequences.”  Can’t wait!

Thursday, April 3
1/2 of 8th Grade at Finance Park
Dorothy Pagan -Teacher Leader
Juli in classrooms. 🙂

Friday, April 4
1/2 of 8th Grade at Finance Park
No Practicum b/c of Finance Park – core rotations instead
Juli out – Beth Knight Teacher Leader

Other Upcoming Dates….
March 31 – EOG Prep begins this week
April 3 – MS Drug/Alcohol Awareness Parent Workshop with Jim Anderson 7:00p.m.
April 3 & 4 – 8th Grade Finance Park
April 7 – 7/8 Dance Class Sharing in MS Gym
April 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
April 7 – Master Calendar Planning Meeting – 6:00-8:00 at HS
April 9 – Ed Leadership Seminar – Teacher Leader Discussion
April 10 – 6th Grade Drama Class Sharing in Black Box
April 11 – 7th Grade SLC’s
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
April 25 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project Field Trip
April 25 – CSD Junior/Senior Prom
April 28 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 1 – 6th Grade Dance Class Sharing in Black Box
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
June 2-3 – 6th Grade Field Trip to UNCC Botanical Gardens
June 2 – 8th Grade Moving Up Rehearsal
June 2 – State of the School Address/Volunteer Appreciation 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
June 3 – 8th Grade Student Led Conferences (at HS with HS staff)
June 4 – Last Day of School – 5 & 8 Moving Up Ceremonies, 6/7 Dance
June 5-6 – Teacher Workdays
June 5 – First Ever CSD HS Graduation!!!  Belk Theater, Charlotte 7:30 p.m.

Professional Development:
With this Classroom Management theme, I think we are on to something!  I have received SO much positive feedback about our last staff meeting that I have decided to ride this wave for a while.  Several of you have expressed interest in pursuing a summer PD Focus group that would dig into reading about and discussing Classroom Management techniques and expectations of overall student behavior.  Of course, this would not be complete without a “side study” focused on pre-adolescent development (ages 11-14).  We would aim to conduct our discussion sessions on Thursdays at school when childcare is provided.  If you are interested in participating or learning more about this possible opportunity, please sign up by clicking here:
https://docs.google.com/a/csdnc.org/document/d/19vUFT_LiJl04tKwNU1fqoLBKHcBnz7NN39LzTXg9Nhk/edit?usp=sharing

To Ponder:

Although I had a million reminders this week of what incredible people our students are, I saw this cute poster and it reminded me of something very important.  I think we all need to be reminded of this from time to time – myself being at the top of the list!  And I feel certain that none of you ever fall into this category. 🙂  To my fellow trouble-makers:  you ARE changing the world, no doubt.  Love you!

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MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 23, 2014

Spring is on the way! (I think)
Mystreet Upcoming Events

Monday, March 24

Tuesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 26
11:15 – 12:15 – Electives Team Meeting with Juli

Thursday, March 27
Beth Knight Teacher Leader

Friday, March 28
8th Grade Optional Early Dismissal (to get ready for 8th Grade Dance)

 
Other Upcoming Dates….
March 28 – 8th Grade Dance – 11:30 dismissal for 8th grade students
March 28 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 31 – EOG Prep begins this week
April 3 – MS Drug/Alcohol Awareness Parent Workshop with Jim Anderson 7:00p.m.
April 3 & 4 – 8th Grade Finance Park
April 7 – 7/8 Dance Class Sharing in MS Gym
April 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
April 7 – Master Calendar Planning Meeting – 6:00-8:00 at HS
April 9 – Ed Leadership Seminar – Teacher Leader Discussion
April 10 – 6th Grade Drama Class Sharing in Black Box
April 11 – 7th Grade SLC’s
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
April 25 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project Field Trip
April 25 – CSD Junior/Senior Prom
April 28 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 1 – 6th Grade Dance Class Sharing in Black Box
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
June 2-3 – 6th Grade Field Trip to UNCC Botanical Gardens
June 2 – 8th Grade Moving Up Rehearsal
June 2 – State of the School Address/Volunteer Appreciation 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
June 3 – 8th Grade Student Led Conferences (at HS with HS staff)
June 4 – Last Day of School – 5 & 8 Moving Up Ceremonies, 6/7 Dance
June 5-6 – Teacher Workdays
June 5 – First Ever CSD HS Graduation!!!  Belk Theater, Charlotte 7:30 p.m.

Professional Development:
A provocative piece about student freedoms – I need these reminders sometimes.
http://mbteach.com/?p=1220

To Ponder:
This theme has surfaced more than once over the past week, so I thought you might find this visual useful when helping kids to understand the difference.

Equality vs equity

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MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 16, 2014

Great Things I Noticed This Week
Kudos to the 6th grade students and teachers for great success on the 6th Grade Holocaust Play!  As always, these productions have their ups and downs, but I am constantly reminded that these experiences are about the process, not necessarily about the product.  Think of all the opportunities for growth that have occurred for these students over the last few weeks.  While in the midst of it, we sometimes wonder whether or not it is worth it, I think we always come out on the other side knowing that it was.  Thank you for your incredible patience and dedication to the mission and vision of CSD.  My hat is off to each of you!  You make me very, very proud.

Upcoming Events
Monday, March 17
Spirit Week Theme – Spartan Blue day, but be sure to add a touch of green for St. Patrick’s Day! 
8:30-10:00 – CyberSafety Workshop for Parents (led by Dana and Kathleen) in MS Music Room
11:15-12:15 – Juli and Dana will join 8th grade team meeting
3:30-5:30 – BK Writing Class
6:30 – CSD Board Meeting – Teacher Leader’s present to Board

Tuesday, March 18
Spirit Week Theme – Pajama Day
8:00 – MS Lead Teachers meet in MS Media Center to retrieve NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey access code – Elementary meets at 8:15, so please be on time.

Wednesday, March 19
Spirit Week Theme – Tacky Day
11:15-12:15 – Science Vertical Team Meeting
3:30 – Complete NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey in lieu of Staff Meeting – complete by 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 20
Spirit Week Theme – Neon Day
Teacher Leader – ?  I have lost track….

Friday, March 21
Spirit Week Theme – Super Hero Day and bring a canned good to school to show how to be a real super hero!
2:00 – MS Pep Rally – (Winter and Spring Sports combined due to previous inclement weather day)

Other Upcoming Dates….
March 21 – *Regular School Day – Snow make-up
March 28 – 8th Grade Dance – 11:30 dismissal for 8th grade students
March 28 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 31 – EOG Prep begins this week

April 2 – Wait-list Tours and Open House
April 3 – MS Drug/Alcohol Awareness Parent Workshop with Jim Anderson 7:00p.m.
April 3 & 4 – 8th Grade Finance Park
April 7 – 7/8 Dance Class Sharing in MS Gym
April 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
April 7 – Master Calendar Planning Meeting – 6:00-8:00 at HS
April 9 – Ed Leadership Seminar – Teacher Leader Discussion
April 10 – 6th Grade Drama Class Sharing in Black Box
April 11 – 7th Grade SLC’s
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
April 25 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project Field Trip
April 25 – CSD Junior/Senior Prom
April 28 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 1 – 6th Grade Dance Class Sharing in Black Box
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
June 2-3 – 6th Grade Field Trip to UNCC Botanical Gardens
June 2 – 8th Grade Moving Up Rehearsal
June 2 – State of the School Address/Volunteer Appreciation 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
June 3 – 8th Grade Student Led Conferences (at HS with HS staff)
June 4 – Last Day of School – 5 & 8 Moving Up Ceremonies, 6/7 Dance
June 5-6 – Teacher Workdays
June 5 – First Ever CSD HS Graduation!!!  Belk Theater, Charlotte 7:30 p.m.

Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
Monday is Saint Patrick’s Day.  We want students to enjoy the holiday and have fun.  However, in middle school, the pinching can get out of control.  Please offer a proactive reminder to your advisory during morning attendance to please keep hands to themselves.   No pinching at school. 🙂

Warmer weather is upon us, and with warmer weather means increased outside time.  Yay!  Please remind students to NOT prop open doors as this poses a serious safety concern for our school.  If you see a door propped open, please close it immediately.  Remember – safety always trumps convenience.  Thanks for your help with this!

Professional Development:
Joy sent out a great article via email, but I feel so strongly about this topic that I have decided to post it here as well.

The Power of Introverts:  An Essential Understanding for Teachers – www.edutopia.org/blog/power-introverts-essential-understanding-teachers-elena-aguilar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-ambiverts-ascd 

Some people may not know this about me, but I am actually an introvert.  This in no way means that I am shy.  This just means that I need lots of “alone time” to restore my energy.  As much as I love what I do, I find the day-to-day part of my job to be draining.  I am sensitive to other people’s energy, and interacting with lots of people in a busy environment depletes my reserves.  This is why you often see me jetting for the door as soon as carpool is over.  It’s not that I dislike my job or the people I work with; it’s more about my energy reserves being depleted at the end of the day.  And just like the desire to quench thirst with water, at the end of the day, I long for stillness and quiet.  I think it’s important that you know this about me, and that we share these things with each other in order to establish and maintain healthy working relationships.  It’s very easy to misperceive the actions of our colleagues and students, so that’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to let you in on my little secret (in case you didn’t already know it).  I also want you to think long and hard about the children in our school who are like me and find themselves needing silence and solitude in order to think, process, and create.  While it is super important for us to teach children social skills and how to work together productively, we must be careful not to send the message that group work is more valuable than solo work.  Rather it is dependent on one’s personality, and everyone’s style and contributions are different, yet of equal value.  Pay close attention to all of your kids (and colleagues), and make sure to strive for building a classroom environment that supports all – extroverts, introverts, and ambiverts.  Lots to ponder here!

Inspiration:
I hope that my favorite Irish blessing is bestowed upon each of you!

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MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 8, 2014

What’s Been on My Mind….

maya-angelou-ive-learned-that-people-will-forget-what-you-said-people-will-forget-what-you-did-but-people-will-never-forget-how-you-made-them-feelDr. Angelou is one of my favorites.  Her wisdom and grace continually astound me.  This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes.  I have found it to be true time and time again in my life.   Typically, I do not have a strong memory for detail.   I oftentimes have a hard time recalling the specifics of what was what said, the sequence in which things occurred, or who was around, etc…  But I have a strong sense of remembering exactly how I felt when exposed to specific people in particular instances throughout my life.  This is especially true of folks who evoke strong emotions in me – both good and bad.

I have been thinking about this a lot since the admin team’s meeting with the CMS folks.  While there are still many unanswered questions and lots of things still yet to be determined, one thing is for sure.  They are wowed by us.  During our talk with CMS representatives on Thursday, Dr. Valerie Truesdale gave us what I consider to be the ultimate compliment.  She said the culture in our school is extraordinary, practically tangible, and she pointed out that this doesn’t come from just speaking with the staff, it comes mostly from speaking with the students.  Yes, I think they are impressed by our educational practices and our approach to whole-child development through a student-centered experience, but I think what resonated most deeply with those folks sitting around that table was the culture of CSD or how they felt as they walked the halls of our building.

While this is a wonderful compliment that we should all be proud of, this is also a huge responsibility that none of us should take lightly.  This type of culture does not happen by accident.  It also cannot be created by a sole individual.  It takes all of us working together towards a common goal.  I believe that “tangible” energy Dr. Trusdale described can all be boiled down to one thing.  Relationships.  Relationships that have not sprouted from chance, but rather relationships that have been cultivated through lots and lots of conscious, deliberate effort on everyone’s behalf.  But here’s the deal; relationships are fragile.  I once heard Joy liken a relationship (a marriage in particular) to a beautiful glass ornament.  When handled properly, it provides beauty and wonder for all those around.  But if handled carelessly, within a moment’s notice, it can come crashing to the floor to be reduced to a million tiny pieces that can never be put back together again.   Our relationships with one another are the key ingredient to our culture at CSD, and while none of us are perfect and we will make mistakes, we need to always make the effort to handle them with extreme care.  This extra effort is what people feel in our buildings, and this results in the type of school culture I believe we are being called to perpetuate.   Let’s be honest.  Years down the road, kids may not remember our jaw-dropping lessons or the way we taught a particular concept, but they are highly likely to remember how we made them feel.

So as we move forward into this new week, let’s take some time to “sit where our students sit.”  Let’s take some time to walk where they walk.  Let us be cognizant not only of what they are learning (or not learning), but also of how they are feeling (or not feeling).  Are we giving them the message that they are loved even when their behavior might not be so lovable?  Are we giving them the message that we truly believe in them and with enough time and persistence they can accomplish anything they put their mind to?  Are we giving them the message that we are on their side rooting for them despite their setbacks?  I sure hope so.  Because as Dr. Angelou so eloquently said, “They will forget what we said, they will forget what we did, but they will never forget how we made them feel.”

Upcoming Events
Monday, March 10
11:15-12:15 – Juli and Dana will join 7th grade team meeting
4th Quarter Explore Electives begin today

Tuesday, March 11
*Juli out of building this day.

Wednesday, March 12
11:15-12:15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in elementary gym
3:30-4:30 – Ed Leadership Seminar – Teacher Leader Discussion in MS Media Center

Thursday, March 13
Beth Knight – Teacher Leader

Friday, March 14
6th Grade Holocaust Performances all day in Black Box
8:45 – Section 310:00 – Section 412:30 – Section 11:45 – Section 2

Other Upcoming Dates….
Week of March 17th – 7th Grade SLC’s
March 17 – MS Parent Workshop Series:  Cybersafety 9:00-10:00a.m.
March 21 – *Regular School Day – Snow make-up
March 28 – 8th Grade Dance
March 31 – EOG Prep begins this week
April 3 & 4 – 8th Grade Finance Park
April 5 – MS Show Choir Competition
April 7 – 7/8 Dance Class Sharing in MS Gym
April 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
April 7 – Master Calendar Planning Meeting – 6:00-8:00 at HS
April 9 – Ed Leadership Seminar – Teacher Leader Discussion
April 10 – 6th Grade Drama Class Sharing in Black Box
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
April 25 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project Field Trip
April 25 – CSD Junior/Senior Prom
April 28 – BK Writing Class 3:30-5:30
May 1 – 6th Grade Dance Class Sharing in Black Box
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
June 2-3 – 6th Grade Field Trip to UNCC Botanical Gardens
June 2 – 8th Grade Moving Up Rehearsal
June 2 – State of the School Address/Volunteer Appreciation 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
June 3 – 8th Grade Student Led Conferences (at HS with HS staff)
June 4 – Last Day of School – 5 & 8 Moving Up Ceremonies, 6/7 Dance
June 5-6 – Teacher Workdays
June 5 – First Ever CSD HS Graduation!!!  Belk Theater, Charlotte 7:30 p.m.

Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
As discussed in vertical team meetings, please make sure you are all set to administer diagnostic EOG’s sometime in mid-late March.  If you need any help whatsoever, please let Juli know asap.  And as we enter this season of testing, please keep in mind that it is very difficult to “undo” test anxiety.  Therefore, we need to keep things as low-stress as possible.  Reminders to parents are helpful as well (see Shannon Davis’ email sent out by Joy via email earlier this week).  A big part of this process is a mind game.  The more confident kids feel, the better they do.  So thanks for doing your part to keep everyone calm.

Please remember to get ALL movies approved by Juli in advance.  The admin team feels strongly about this.  I am happy to explain our thinking, so be sure to ask me in person if you have any questions.  I will also try to remember to explain in an upcoming staff meeting, but if I forget, somebody remind me!

Be sure you read the Tornado Procedures email that was sent out earlier this week.  We do not formally practice this drill with out students, but we want all staff to be aware of our procedures in the case that we encounter this type of event.

Staff, please be cognizant of cell phone use during school hours.  While we understand emergencies arise and calls sometimes need to be accepted or made, we expect this to be a rarity.  Our full attention and focus should be on our students during the instructional day.  It gives the wrong impression to our students, parents, and other visitors if they see us texting or talking on our cell phones during the school day.  Thank you for putting students first and for refraining from using your phones for personal reasons in front of students during class time.

It is that time of year when students could use a few reminders/brush up’s on the rules.  Please address the following with your Advisory either at attendance meetings or lunch.
-Cell phones are not to be used during the school day which includes carpool.  Please see a teacher if you need to contact your parent.
-Empty lockers are not to be used.  Each student is issued one locker.  It has been brought to our attention that some students are storing things in the empty, unassigned lockers.  Mrs. V plans to remove all items found in these lockers this week, so if you have belongings in these unassigned lockers, be sure you remove these items promptly.

Professional Development:  
Speaking of how our students feel, I ran across this and was reminded of this powerful practice.  Asking students for their feedback on how we are doing as teachers can be tremendously effective as we strive to grow as educators.  Although it takes a lot of courage and perhaps an extra layer of thick skin, engaging in this type of exercise can have tremendous benefits.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/30/teacher-how-my-9th-graders-graded-me/

Inspiration/Just for Fun: 
I am sharing this for two reasons.  1)  I love this song and can’t quite seem to get enough of it.  2)  I want to remind you to sing and dance with your kids.  Talk about feeling good.  Talk about connecting.  Nothing does it quite like singing and dancing.  🙂  I want to see you be BRAVE!

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MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 2, 2014

Great Things I Noticed This Week
I want to give a shout out to all staff involved with Les Miserables and Dear Edwina!  These performances were spectacular and such a great way for our kids to learn, grow, and expand upon their talents.  These types of productions, while extremely rewarding, are also very taxing on staff members, students, and their families.  Thanks to ALL of you who made these events possible.  CSD is better because of your leadership and your selfless commitment to our students!

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One Day More! – Les Miserables – Act 1 Finale

Upcoming Events
Monday, March 3rd
11:15-12:15 – Juli and Dana will join 6th grade team meeting
7:30-8:30 – Parent Advisory (at the High School)

Wednesday, March 5th
11:30-12:15 – LASS Vertical Team Meeting in Juli’s office
3:30-5:00 – Staff Meeting – We will start of as K-8 with Joy talking to us about some decisions we need to make for next year.  Then we will break off into elem and ms.  MS Topic this week – Exploring the Concept of Neurotypical.  Alison Erskine and the self-contained/inclusion EC team will field some of our questions as we explore this topic.

Thursday, March 6th
Beth Knight – Teacher Leader
1:00- Admin Team to meet with CMS representatives about possible lab school.  More to come….

Friday, March 7th
10:00-12:00 – Joel Gillard to visit K-8
6:00-9:00 – MS Show Choir Competition – BREAK A LEG!

Other Upcoming Dates….
Week of March 17th – 7th Grade SLC’s
March 17 – MS Parent Workshop Series:  Cybersafety
March 21 – *Regular School Day – Snow make-up
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 – 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

Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
As discussed in vertical team meetings, please make sure you are all set to administer diagnostic EOG’s sometime in mid-late March.  If you need any help whatsoever, please let Juli know asap.  And as we enter this season of testing, please keep in mind that it is very difficult to “undo” test anxiety.  Therefore, we need to keep things as low-stress as possible.  Reminders to parents are helpful as well (see Shannon Davis’ email sent out by Joy via email earlier this week).  A big part of this process is a mind game.  The more confident kids feel, the better they do.  So thanks for doing your part to keep everyone calm.

Professional Development:
I loved reading this post, and it was exactly what I needed to hear as we enter this very long month of March.  Please know that I see this enthusiasm as I go in and out of your classrooms.  As Linsin states, “Keep your focus on your students. Keep your focus on the act of teaching, on the celebration of teaching, on creating a learning experience your students love being part of.”
http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2013/08/31/instilling-a-love-of-school/

Remember….

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