The Dream Team

1/18/16 Weekly Memo 23

Thank you all for being awesome! Quarter 2 Awards went smoothly because you all ROCK!

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This Week Our HERO focus is to identify those scholars who are going....

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Table of Contents

  1. Week at a glance
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Cultural & Instructional Focus Areas
  4. Good Things
  5. Duty Schedule
  6. Message from the Coach
  7. Strategic Priorities

Week at a Glance

Monday, January 18th: No School

Tuesday, January 19th: A Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plans due on Blackboard

Wednesday, January 20th: B Day

Campus Needs Assessment Meetings in the library at 10 am & 2pm with Parents

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Professional Development

3:05pm in the library

Break Out sessions: Houston & Golledge

Thursday, January 21st: A Day

Parent Mid-Year Check-in at 5:30pm

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Friday, January 22nd: B Day

Grades Close for Progress Reports at 8am

Jeans and a College/Hampton Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plan revisions due on blackboard

Coming Soon...

  • January 25th- Anti-Bullying Week Begins
  • January 26th- Progress Reports Go Home
  • January 28th (date changed from the 14th)- Science & Technology Night 6pm-8pm- (Teachers create activities for parents and scholars to enjoy, snacks will be provided- let your scholars know that this is not optional and they will receive a grade for participation in this event and if their parents come they receive a free dress pass)
  • February 1st- Annotated CA #3 due to Mrs. Parks by 4pm.
  • February 11th- Winter Dance 6pm-9pm

No time off will be approved for the 11th

  • **February 12th- No School (unless we have bad weather prior to this date)
  • February 15th- President’s Day, No School
  • February 16th- Progress Reports Go Home
  • February 18th- Math & PE Night 6pm-8pm- Parents Come out and enjoy the evening!
  • February 22nd - CA #3 Begins
  • February 25th- Black History Celebration- Celebrating Black History and African American culture in the United States.

Instructional & Cultural Focus Area

Aggressive Monitoring:

We have to be lasered focused on what our scholars are working on specifically during the first 10 minutes of class; as this sets the ton for the rest of the class period. Expect scholars to meet your expectations and reward them when they do (positive affirmations, tickets, & merits)

STAR Behavior:

As we come back after a 2 week break scholars are going to be relaxed. Hold them to our standard and require them to exhibit STAR behavior consistently.





Enrichment Showcase Video Coming Soon

Good Things!

Mrs. Parks says...

Shout out to Ms. Smart for leading morning meeting and for also sending in all of the 6th grade scholar award recipients before the deadline for the entire 6th grade team.

Shout out to Ms. Pietroboni for your continuous work on NJHS and your determination to get it right for scholars!

Shout out to Mr. Luna for demonstrating vulnerability in our conversations.

Shout out to Ms. Moutry, Mr. Wright, & Mr. Houston for their awesome CA #2 gains.

Shout out to Mr. Houston & Ms. Golledge for creating the STAAR success video and Mr. Luna for being our creative scribe.

Shout out to Mr. Gardner & Mrs. Brown for engaging scholars in Math and Reading respectively during intervention.

Shout out to Mr. Wilson for doing whatever it takes to invest our scholars in music.

Shout out to Ms. Thomas for a beautifully decorated awards ceremony and for engaging scholars in speed, distance, and time in class.

Ms. Pietroboni says…

Shout out to the Math team for being AWESOME *three flame emojis*

Shout out to Ms. Smart for being a daily inspiration and excellent mentor by the way she manages to break things down for scholars but also push scholars academically, AND for the way she holds them accountable for their behavior inside and outside of the classroom. I <3 you!

Ms. Golledge says…

Shout out to Ms. Brown for holding EVERYTHING down. Shout out to Ms. Pietroboni for getting the math team excited about intervention! Shout out to Mr. Luna with his data practices this semester. Shout out to Ms. Trachta for her amazing Carmen San Diego activity and Mr. Wilson for his lesson on beats.

Mr. Gardner says…

Shout out to Mrs. Parks for being a resource for all of my random questions and always helping me to grow and try uncomfortable situations.

Shout out to Ms. Landis for giving all scholars specific expectations and holding them accountable, as well as for using ridiculously amazing think-alouds.

Shout out to Ms. Golledge for always getting my back and stepping in wherever help is needed. Beast.

Shout out to Mr. Wright for always having 100% of schollars on-task, and for using data to push kids to IP as soon as they are ready and giving extra time to scholars that need more practice in small groups. Great differentiation.

Shout out to Ms. Thomas for being willing to step in Wednesday at a moment’s notice for morning meeting. Always willing to do whatever it takes.

Shout out to Ms. Pietroboni for having a creative gallery walk for scholars during GP and tracking exit tickets before scholars leave the classroom.

Duty Schedule

Morning Duty- See details in the body of the email

Lunch Duty-

  • 6th Grade Lunch- 6th Grade Lead, Specials Team Lead and Administration

  • 7th & 8th Grade Lunch- 7th and 8th Grade Team Leads and Administration

Lunch Duty- Teachers must arrive to pick up your class from the cafeteria at 11:39am (10:39am on Wed) for 6th grade and 12:23am (11:22am on Wed) for 7th & 8th grade teachers.

After School Duty- See details in the body of the email

A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-

Go for the gold as hard as you can.

Reach for perfection way deep down within.

Jump, soar, and sail, as high as you dare.

The sky's the limit to gravity's snare.

Aim, fire, straight and true.

Accuracy is in the mind; it's all up to you.

Plan your trajectory and follow-through,

Nail the landing for the judges to view.

Practice and perfect your every move,

Align your body in a perfect groove.

Study and sacrifice for the cause.

Push on forward without pause.

Relax and steady your fraying nerve.

Upset your competition with flash and verve.

Focus on the finish tried and true.

A thousand times over, this is you.

So, if you're lucky, and very good, too.

Gold will be waiting at the end for you.

But if you're not lucky, and things fall through,

It's the going, not getting, that counts in this venue.

So, go for it!

The Dream will Fight,


Strategic Priorities

Professional Capacity

Goal: We will build upon the knowledge & skills of all staff members

Parent, School, & Community Ties

Goal: We will engage ALL stakeholders in the school’s culture.

School Learning Climate

Goal: We will create a safe and orderly environment that promotes the sense of urgency required to climb the ladder of academic and behavioral excellence.