Miner Minutes

January 8, 2016

Faculty Meeting on Tuesday

Please make sure you read your assigned article for next Tuesday! Our computers will be coming very soon, and we need to ensure that we are ready!

PBIS Reward for 2nd Quarter - Coming soon!

We will be doing the PBIS reward for 2nd quarter very differently this time, as you may have seen in the leadership notes. The reward will be on our half day, January 15th. We will be hosting the reward here at school, so no buses nor as much of a loss in instructional time will occur. More details will be sent soon, but you will want to plan ahead for this in your lesson plans.

January 20th - Student Expectations Assemblies

On Wednesday, January 20th, the official start of the 3rd 9 weeks and 2nd semester, each grade level will meet with their grade level administrator during Encore in the auxiliary gym to go reiterate our student academic and behavioral expectations. We are planning on about 20-30 minutes, so although Encore teachers will bring their classes, all grade level teachers need to attend their grade level assembly, please.

PTSO Reminders, Announcements, and Heads up

Box tops! Core 1 class that turns in the most Box Tops will receive free time and technology time on January 26th! And the teacher with the winning class may be receiving a little something, too!

Student/Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser: February 19th at the end of the day on the pep rally schedule. Students can enter to play on the student team using minerbucks as their raffle tickets (a box specified for this will soon be placed in the cafeteria). The more minerbucks they turn in, the more chances to play! Cost of student admission will be 2$. Students who do not pay to attend will remain in the classroom with one of the teachers on their team/pod. Please start hyping this up! And staff, think of ways you can participate to make it even more exciting!

Goldminer Gala: Our athletic department and PTSO will be collaborating on a fundraiser where all funds will go directly to athletics. We are in need of a FREE and awesome and crowd drawing speaker. Anyone know anyone that knows anyone that's a famous athlete? If so, please contact Mr. Hooven with your ideas! You know, so maybe Cam Newton can come hang out in Miner Country... This will be in conjunction with a sports banquet for all of our student athletes, and this will be held sometime at the end of the school year. More info soon! But those of you with connections... we need you!

Cabarrus County Schools Transfer Process - From Human Resources

(Sidenote - as your Principal, I do ask that if you put your name on this list, please let me know before I see your name on the list. This is simply the professional thing to do.) As Human Resources prepares for the upcoming year, we are requesting that you indicate your interest in returning to Cabarrus County Schools next year, or notify us if you plan to retire or resign. This is also your opportunity to indicate a school preference for involuntary transfers if your school and your position are impacted by allotment changes. You may also use this opportunity to request a voluntary transfer for other reasons. Your preferences will be considered as we plan for next year. This window is open December 18, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Please see email from Glenda Jones dated 12/18 for additional information.

Welcome to our newest staff member!

Ms. Ruhi Brelvi will be joining us in 8th grade EC. Ms. Brelvi is a Cabarrus County Schools' graduate! She also went to UNCC for undergrad and NC State for her graduate degree. She worked at Central Cabarrus High before she went to Malaysia on the Fulbright Scholarship. While in Malaysia, she worked with disadvantaged students to improve their English speaking. Ms. Brelvi just returned from Malaysia, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our Miner Family. Please introduce yourselves as you see her next week. Thank you!

Various Announcements and Reminders

As some of you may have heard, Ms. Bennie Fisher, 8th grade school counselor, will be retiring as of February 1. We will honor her (as well as any other retirements) at the end of the school year officially, but please make sure you take a few minutes to wish her well at this very exciting time for her!

Math teachers - please be sure to sign up for a day to take your students to the Math Lab for an introduction (co-taught with Ms. Brewer). This is a GREAT resource, and this room has been created just for math!! Please take advantage of it! This needs to be done by the end of the semester (your introduction to the Lab).

Please remember that we have a wonderful resource available to our school community now in Mr. Caleb Morgan, our technology assistant and interpreter. Please email him for any needs you have. He is a proud CCS graduate, and he wants to help our school community! Remember, he is part time, and works usually 2-4 Monday-Thursday and all day on Friday.

Literacy credits are a very important part of your licensure renewals! You must have 3.0 literacy credits when renewing.

Your teacher voicemails: Please make sure you have deleted old voicemails. There are several teachers with full mailboxes. Please also be sure you are checking your voicemail daily. We have high expectations for communication with parents, and some parents have reported not receiving phone calls or emails back. Our expectation is that you return all parent communication within 24 hours. (excluding weekends, of course).

Please submit names for the Positive Principal Phone calls! Use the link provided, and I always try to make the calls at the end of the week. Thank you!


Calendar Reminders

January 12: Faculty meeting at 7:30am

January 15: End of 9 weeks; early dismissal and professional development

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

January 19: Teacher workday (uncapped); grades due at 4pm

January 25th week: winter spirit week

January 26: grade level meetings; report cards go home

January 27: winter pep rally at 3:15pm (tentative)

January 29: Krispy Kreme Sales

February 1: Book fair all week

February 2: school leadership team at 7:30am

February 5: honor roll ceremonies (schedule similar to November)

February 9: faculty meeting at 7:30am

February 15: uncapped teacher workday

* PowerSchool maintenance weekend has been rescheduled for February 19-21.

February 23: SLT academic/behavior teams; grade level meetings; progress reports

February 16: SIT meeting

February 19: Student/Faculty ball game at the end of the day

February 22 through March 4th: Benchmark testing

March 8: Cabarrus Arts Council "I Have a Dream" Performance 2:45pm 8th grade

March 15: Originally a regular school day, but was changed to a teacher workday that is CAPPED. This day is taking place of the May teacher workday that was on the original CCS calendar.

Wednesday (during planning): PLCs- ELA, SS, Enhancement classes

Thursday (during planning): PLCs- Math, Science, CTE, health/pe

Big 3

  1. Student learning
    1. PLC alignment
    2. powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
  2. Capture the hearts of students and staff
  3. Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)
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