January 8, 2016

Welcome Back!

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January Calendar Items

1/11/16 Spelling Bee

1/12/16 Data Day in PLCs

1/12/16 SIT Meeting @ 3:30

1/15/16 Grading period ends

1/18/16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Holiday

1/19/16 Teacher Work Day

1/21/16 Teacher Work Day

1/28/16 Report Cards

1/29/16 Mid Year PDPs due

1/29/16 Student Reward Assembly

Data Day-January 12th, During PLCs

Review student data in PLC on January 12, 2016 to evaluate class placements Students will move to new classes on January 28, 2016. Be prepared to discuss individual students.

Canvas Info For The End Of Nine Weeks

When CCTL and VPAC ended their terms, we ran into a problem with teachers not being able to easily access grades and assignments in Canvas when the grading period/term ends. I changed teacher access beyond the end of the grading period. Teacher access for the nine weeks is through the day Report Cards go home. Students will still only be able to access Canvas within the term or date set by the teacher.

Note: The sync between gradebooks only occurs during the term set in PowerSchool. If a teacher grades a quiz or assignment after the "official" grading period ends - it will not sync to PowerSchool. The grades will need to be manually entered in the PowerSchool gradebook.

Here are the term dates for Middle and High:

2nd nine weeks ends Jan. 15 - 2nd nine weeks access in Canvas until Jan 28.

3rd nine weeks ends March 24 - 3rd nine weeks access in Canvas until April 7.

4th nine weeks ends June 9 - 4th nine weeks access in Canvas until June 9.

Middle only:

2nd twelve weeks ends March 12 -access in Canvas until March 19

3rd twelve weeks ends June 9 - access in Canvas until June 9.

Leadership Opportunity

Technology Academy Conference Call for Presenters (2nd Session)

The second session of the Technology Academy will be on February 11th. Our first session was successful and our feedback was excellent! This letter is to inform you that we are once again continuing our search for interested teachers, media coordinators, coaches, or administrators to provide a 30 minute session that focuses on best practices and tricks to aid the use of MacBooks and iPads in elementary classrooms. This conference will be open to ALL elementary staff and will focus on the implementation of these devices. The format will be 3 concurrent sessions during 3 time slots that teachers can rotate through. You do not have to be working in an elementary school to provide best practices to your colleagues! A majority of our presenters from our last session were from the middle and high school levels! Elementary loved it!!! If you are interested in presenting please choose the link below to fill out a short application that will request your name, school, and a short synopsis of what you want to present. If chosen to present at this conference you will be contacted in the next few weeks so you can better prepare. The sessions start at 3:30 and run until 5 and the conference is held at the Unity Center. I hope to hear from you!

Thank you! Alan Warren

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Building Math Fluency from Conceptual Knowledge

“Research suggests that about two-thirds of high school juniors and seniors are still functioning at a concrete level of thinking (Orlich, 2000). Consequently, manipulatives can play an important role for a wide range of students to visualize multi-digit multiplication by using base-ten blocks to allowing older students to make sense of completing the square by using algebra tiles.” (Principles to Actions, pg. 83)

It is important to note that fluency from conceptual knowledge is an important part of building a full understanding of mathematics for students. The links below provide information about how developing fluency from conceptual understanding can achieve long term retention for more students.

What is the role of algorithms in mathematics instruction? (PBS)

12 Math Rules That Expire in the Middle Grades (NCTM)

Personal Learning Networks

2016 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 41st Annual Conference

It’s Time for Some R & R…

Rigor and Relevance!

March 6-8, 2016

Koury Convention Center & Sheraton Greensboro Hotel

Greensboro, NC

Use the following link for information regarding registration and proposals:

Professional Development Opportunities

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Endeavor STEM

  • Endeavor STEM - Click here to register for a no-fee, live, info session about Endeavor’s 100% online, STEM Leadership Certificates or “low-cost” STEM Master’s Degree programs. Cohorts begin: late-January.

  • NEW. NASA Space Act Agreement-- NASA scientists & engineers participate live with teachers.

  • NEW. January’s “Distinguished STEM Educator” designation, and the first new course (20+) in three years: Diversity and Equity in STEM Education.

Just for Fun

99 Reasons Teachers Rock-41-45

41. Teachers rock because they are the only professionals who are MULTIPLE professionals all rolled into one ~ Myree Conway

42. The number one reason teachers teach is because they want to help young people learn and develop. This has been true in every year NCEI has asked the question (1990, 1996, and 2005), and it is also true for teachers entering through alternate routes to teacher certification. The reasons teachers give for teaching are similar across age groups, gender, race, types of communities they teach in, and grade levels they teach, according to the 2005 Profile of US Teacher by NCEI.

43. Teachers are bulletin board artists.

44. Unlike most other professions, many teacher are required to continually take outside courses and professional development training – often at the own expense.

45. Teachers rock because they see the big picture! ~ Debra Torrison, @MrsTsWorld

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