MS Weekly Staff Memo – February 22, 2015

What’s On My Mind
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The Daffodil Principle – Read this quick parable to be reminded of a powerful lesson.
I ran across this story accidentally while simply scanning the web for imagines of daffodils. Daffodils have been on my mind a lot lately.  I long for the day when I round the corner and see one peeping it’s shoots out of the semi-frozen ground.  I chalked this desire up to a raging case of Spring fever.  But maybe my intuition is trying to tell me something else.  I love this reminder of making progress one step at a time, and the notion that in time, all of those steps do add up to great progress.  With that in mind, never doubt your contribution to CSD.  From my view, I see each of you plant daffodils every single day, and while we don’t always get to witness them blossom to maturity during their time with us, I assure you the bulbs eventually creep through the ground and open up into beautiful flowers that inspire hope in others.  So never stop spreading your magic and never doubt the influence you have over these students.  You are absolutely making a difference.
Upcoming Events
Monday, February 23rd
8:30- Principal/Parent Coffee Talk in Media Center
Juli meeting with electives teachers at 11:00 to discuss next year’s structure and offerings
11:00 – Welcome Baby Merithew Gathering in 7th Grade Resource Room
4:00 – CSD Lottery at HS Black Box
3:30 – MS Dance Team Try Outs
 
Tuesday, February, 24th
Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
Wednesday, February 25th
Beth Knight Teacher Leader – Juli in classrooms conducting observations
Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
Thursday, February 26th
Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
Friday, February 27th
Looking Ahead….
2/23/15 – MS Principal/Parent Coffee Talk – 8:30-9:30 in Media Center
2/23/15 –  MS Dance Team Try Outs – 3:30
2/23/15 – CSD Lottery – 4:00 p.m. at HS Black Box
2/24/15 – Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
2/25/15 – Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
2/27/15 – Joy registering rising 9th graders for HS in Leslie’s office
3/2/15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Chinese New Year!  YUM!
3/2/15 – Parent Advisory 7:30 p.m. at HS
3/6/15 – 6th Grade Play
3/6/15 – MS Show Choir Competition in Hickory
3/12/15 – Snow Make Up Day; (We will come up with an alternate plan for 7th Grade SLC’s. More to come…)
3/13/15 – Snow Make Up Day
3/16/15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
3/19-3/22 – MS Musical – Starmites
3/20/15 – 7th Grade Asia Day
3/27/15 – 8th Grade Civil Rights Museum
3/27/15 – 8th Grade Dance
3/30/15 – Ms Principal/Parent Coffee Talk – 8:30-9:30 in Media Center
4/3/15 through 4/12/15 – Spring Break
4/13/15 – Classes resume
4/13/15 – Parent Advisory at HS – 7:30 p.m.
4/14/15 – K-12 Waitlist Tours
4/17/15 – CSD Prom
4/20/15 – CSD Board Meeting – 6:30 CSD HS
4/21/15 – Miles to Go Drug Prevention Parent Lecture – 8:30 and 7:00 – Elem Gym
4/22/15 – 7/8 Dance Sharing in MS Gym
4/24/15 – 6th Grade Field Trip to UNCC Botanical Gardens
4/24/15 – CSD Golf Tournament
4/29/15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
4/30/15 – 6th Grade Dance Sharing in MS Black Box
5/2/15 – Spartan 5K
5/6/15 – MS Drama and ShowChoir Show Case in MS Black Box
5/7/15 – MS Band Concert – 6:30 in MS Gym
5/8/15 – Teacher Workday – Kindergarten Screening
5/15/15-5/16/15 – CSD Staff Retreat (arrive by 10 on Friday and leave at dinner time on Sat)
5/18/15 – 8th Grade Science EOG
5/19/15 – Reading EOG
5/20/15 – Math EOG
5/22/15 – Math 1 EOC for 8th graders taking Math 1
5/22/15 – Practicum Sharing Celebration
5/25/15 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
5/26/15 – 5/27/15 – 7th Grade Ropes Course
5/27/15-5/29/15 – 8th Grade Kanuga Trip
5/27/15 – 6th Grade Holocaust Museum
6/1/15 – 7th Grade Change Project
6/2/15 – State of the School Address and Volunteer Appreciation 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at HS Black Box
6/2/15 – 8th Grade SLC’s (p.m.by appointment)
6/3/15 – Last day of school!
6/4/15 – HS Graduation
6/4/15 – 6/6/15 – Teacher Workdays
Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
This topic has been rescheduled to our next Staff Meeting – March 4th
We are excited to have Connie join us for this week’s staff meeting as she goes over some key points and issues dealing with Technology at CSD.  This will be a K-8 meeting occurring in the elementary gym.  In an attempt to answer any questions you may have regarding technology at CSD, we are asking that you submit questions ahead of time by filling out this quick google form.  https://docs.google.com/a/csdspartans.org/forms/d/1Qiy01X0276JaYg8e4dg7K4UahiF_8tfKx8aM4zJW99g/viewform?usp=send_form
EOG Prep – Please keep in mind that we will begin an intensive EOG review and prep period six weeks prior to the test (the week of March 30th right before Spring Break).  That means that diagnostic pre-tests need to be administered prior to this prep-period so we can use that data to inform our instruction and help students devise specific learning goals so they can attain mastery by year’s end.  I will be meeting with all teachers of tested subjects in the next couple of weeks to touch base about EOG Test Prep plans and see what I can do to help!  Please remember that while we want students to take these tests seriously and perform to their fullest potential, we are committed to maintaining a low-stress environment for both students AND teachers!  I only put this reminder out there so these dates don’t creep up on us and we call all be thinking ahead!
In Closing…
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