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….

Success 3.54.15 PM

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