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!

irish-blessing

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