MS Weekly Staff Memo – May 26th

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What’s On My Mind…
First off, I want to offer a sincere thank you to ALL of you for your help during EOG/EOC testing.  While testing, itself, is hard enough, it’s just as hard (maybe harder?) to keep kids quiet in the building while others are testing.  Once again, our space issue in middle school presents plenty of opportunities to practice out-of-the box thinking and positive attitudes.  My hat is off to all of you as you always rise to the occasion.  Two more days of the testing madness (tomorrow and Wednesday), and then we are free until next year.  Heaven help us!

Along those same lines, we all know the end of the school year can be a very trying time.  Everyone is tired (kids and adults alike) and we are all itching to get the school year behind us so we can settle into the joys of summer break.  However, please remember that this can also be a very special time, both for students AND teachers.  Ask yourself, “Am I just trying to manage the chaos and survive these last few days or am I creating meaningful, out-of-the box experiences for my students to partake in the magic of our school community? Here is a great blog post on this very topic.  I hope it inspires you to make the most of these last few days.  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2013/05/response_ways_to_use_class_time_during_the_last_two_weeks_of_school.html

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Upcoming Events
Dismissal – 100% of the participants in the school dismissal time survey responded that they are in favor of a 2:30 dismissal time for the remaining days of school. Therefore K-8 carpool will start each day at 2:30.  Those of you with grade level distribution lists, please communicate this with parents.  Make sure they know that if this is an inconvenience for their family, they can pick up their MS child at 3:00 on the tail end of K-8 carpool.  Thanks!

Be sure to check out the May Calendar.   https://docs.google.com/a/csdnc.org/document/d/1UjmpmjwFza-2n0kJnXbck2J4QBWtk6NoE5Ore19Im4Y/edit?usp=sharing

Take Note Of…..

End of Year Staff Meeting – Advisory Focus
Our End of Year MS Staff Meeting will occur on Thursday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m. in the 8th Grade Math Room.  At this time, we will review CSD’s vision of Advisory and spend some time reflecting on how we can continue to strengthen this incredibly important component of our middle school program.  A great place to start is by reading this article Ms. Joy sent out to staff a few weeks ago.  I look forward to thinking and dreaming with you!  http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/AdvisoryAdvocacy/AdvDet/TabId/179/ArtMID/694/ArticleID/279/Culture-of-Connectedness-through-Advisory.aspx?_cldee=cndvcm1lbGlAY294Lm5ldA%3d%3d#.U3vCgF6M0w8.twitter

Some of you have mentioned that you would like a few moments during the workdays to sit and chat with me about various things (from brainstorming about next year to professional development to reflecting on things that happened this year).  Please know I would love to meet with you!  If interested, please take a moment to select one of these times for us to “sit and chat.”  Please feel no obligation as this is only for staff members who choose to do so.http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C4BA9AF2DA02-endofyear 

We are in the process of reviewing the Summer Close Out Document, but in order to get an idea of close out procedures, click here to view last year’s document:  https://docs.google.com/a/csdspartans.org/document/d/1LhOMRtGgWF3CBizTmXbK8QA1xjUMay4NWZPsZLPqGC4/edit

Summer Thursday Classroom Management Schedule/Agenda coming soon!  Stay tuned!

MS Report Cards are due by May 30th for admin editing.  

Juli and Dana will be out of the building on Wed-Fri as we are traveling with the 8th graders to Kanuga.  We will miss you and are praying for calm days.  🙂

In Closing…
I just want to extend a BIG, warm thank you to all of you for being so flexible during this crazy month of May.  Testing is almost over, and Holocaust Museum is right around the corner.  Please do all that you can to help out your colleagues during this hectic time.  In that same vein, do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.  It truly takes all hands on deck and lots of healthy adults to pull all of these opportunities for magic together.  Never underestimate the #csdpowerofwe!

stay strong

 

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