MS Weekly Staff Memo – March 22, 2015

What’s On My Mind:
The most beautiful part of our job is that it’s all about the relationships.  The most difficult part of our job is that it’s all about relationships.  With the passing of Alison Davies this week, I want us just to take a moment to stop and reflect on #whatmatters.  Tracie Bailey and I sat together for a few moments in our shock and sadness.  In that time, Tracie said it perfectly as she recounted the beautiful things she sees each day.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”  You know what, she’s right?  What if we went through the next week “not sweating the small stuff,” and assumed that everyone is doing the best they can?  How would that change our relationships?  How would that change our world?  So I’m going to try it this week and see what happens.  I’m sure I’ll fail miserably, but I know I can count on my wonderful colleagues to gently coax me back on track when I slip.  Let’s be intentional about enjoying each other – our students, their parents, our colleagues, our entire school community – and let’s be intentional about making each day count.  In memory of Alison, let’s try to emit that same peaceful sunshine she spread everywhere she went.  She’s the perfect example of leaving the world a little better than she found it, and I for one, want to follow in her footsteps.
Upcoming Events:
Monday, March 23rd
11:10 – 7th/8th grade teacher meeting about rising 8th grade students
11:30-12:00 – Juli and Leslie to meet with 6th grade LASS – Book Club Discussion/Brainstorm/Sharing
Tuesday, March 24th
Wednesday, March 25th
Juli off campus during morning for BTSP Peer Review with DPI & Corvian
Alison Davies Memorial Service (a.m.) – Thanks for pulling together and covering classes so that staff can attend.
Thursday, March 26th
Sara Keys Teacher Leader
Friday, March 27th
7th Grade SLC’s
8:00-12:00 – 8th Grade Civil Rights Museum
Early dismissal for 8th graders (due to 8th grade dance)
4:45-9:00 – 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance (dinner at Carrabas)  Huge thank you to staff serving as chaperones!
Looking Ahead….
3/30/15 – Ms Principal/Parent Coffee Talk – 8:30-9:30 in Media Center
4/3/15 – Snow Make Up Day
4/6/15 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
4/15/15 – Mandatory Testing Training at Staff Meeting – 3:30 in MS Gym
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 ( appointment)
6/3/15 – Last day of school!
6/4/15 – HS Graduation
6/4/15 – 6/6/15 – Teacher Workdays
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!
With warmer temperatures gracing our region, please remember that we ask that staff refrain from propping doors open.  We need all exterior doors closed at all times.  If you see a door propped open, close it!  Thank you for your help with this.
Please offer a few gentle reminders about dress code in Advisory.
For Fun:
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