As in years past every student must take a paper and pencil semester exam next week. The format does not matter whether it is a writing assignment, multiple choice, etc. but anyone walking into your room should see every student working. If you are doing something different then you will need to have this approved by me through email by this Thursday, January 7, 2016.
If you have tutoring before school, keep students in your room until 8:38. This will decrease the walking around before school and help in determining who is legit and who is just wondering and/or roaming the hallways. The dreams that I have in store in my mind and I know. That I'm makin it. I gotta get mine.
As we begin closing off the first semester and beginning the second, there are a lot of items that need to be taken care of:
- New Trust Cards will be issued the Second Semester using the same system as last year. A student cannot receive a new card without relinquishing their first semester card. New Trust Cards will be traded out during Dragon Time on January 27th and January 28th.
- We will begin the second semester of Dragon Time with reteach lessons from the Fire Team. From there students will be working on one focused area which is either ELA or Math. As opposed to last year where Wednesday was ELA and Thursday was math. For example, students who have Mrs. Reuscher for Dragon Time will work on math for both days (Wednesday and Thursday). Students who are working with Ms. Bradford will work on ELA on Wednesday and Thursday. Dragon Time tutoring should begin on January 27th.
- Operation Success will begin the week of February 1st. For those of you who are new, Operation Success is our focused small group enrichment that takes place before and after school. The classes are usually topped off at around ten students who have academically struggled with state mandated assessment.
- Friday Night School will hopefully begin on January 8th as another option for students assigned Wednesday Night School. This isn't a good time. When would be a good time to call back, sir? I have no idea, why don't you give me your number and I'll call you back later. Umm, we're not allowed to do that. Oh, I guess because you don't want strangers calling you at home. Umm, no. Well, now you know how I feel.
Thank you to all of you for seeing through the process yesterday. The intent was to continue the great learning and conversations that we have had throughout the year, but by using a learning model that required a different form of engagement.
This is the last set of numbers on Durham's low socio-econimic population from December:
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