The Dream Team

11/16/15 Weekly Memo 17

This Week Our HERO focus is...

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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

Week at a Glance

Monday, November 16th: B Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plans Due (If you are using CTL plans- you must submit the modification protocol)

Tuesday, November 17th: A Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25am

Progress Reports go home

Wednesday, November 18th: B Day

Jeans and House of Pride Shirts

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Pietroboni Out

MS Assembly in the gym during Enrichment

Staff Luncheon in the library at 3:15pm

PD beginning in the library at 3:45 whole group (you will need your laptop)

Break Out Sessions by Content

Math- Rm. 257

Science- Rm. 353

Humanities- Rm. 152

English- Rm. 142

Spanish- Rm. 258

Specials- Rm. 349

Thursday, November 19th: A Day

Professional Dress

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Peters Out

Smart Out

Friday, November 20th: B Day

Jeans and a Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plan revisions due on blackboard

DaVerse Lounge @6pm- 2 Volunteers Needed

Annotated CA due to Parks by 5pm

Smart Out

Coming Soon...

November 23rd-27th- Fall Break

December 4th- $2 dressdown

December 9th- CA #2 Testing Begins

December 11th- Whole School Skating Trip

December 14th-17th- 12:45pm Release & Blackout dates for Staff

December 15th- Progress Reports Go Home

December 17th-

Q2 Ends

Enrichment Showcase (Let Mrs. Parks know if your Pride Time will perform at the event by December 9th)

December 18th- Collaboration Day for ALL staff/Scholar Holiday

December 21st-January 4th- Winter Break

Instructional & Cultural Focus Area

We want to focus on three very specific areas.

1. Scholars speaking in Complete Sentences

2. Teacher to Scholar talk ratio

3. Checking for Understanding

Complete Sentences- we want our scholars to be able to communicate in any environment in which they are placed and that starts with their ability to speak.

We want to make sure that scholars are speaking in complete sentences in your classes and that scholars are holding one another accountable to this expectations by holding up the letter "C" with their hand.

Teacher Talk vs. Scholar Talk- decrease the amount of time you are spending lecturing to scholars in the INM & GP components of the lesson and have scholars own their own learning and think critically.

We want to increase the amount of scholar talk in the classroom and decrease the amount of teacher talk in the classroom. Consider scripting when scholars will speak in your class- planning this out helps to make this process more efficient. Scholars have to be able to think critically.

Checking for Understanding- it is imperative to check for understanding during every component of the lesson and prior to transitioning to the next component of the lesson. This provides you with an opportunity to see who has mastered what you've taught.

Focusing on these areas will increase our scholars' ability to communicate effectively.

Good Things!

Mrs. Parks says...

Thank you all so much for keeping everything together in my absence. It is really tough to be away and genuinely be away but I really appreciate each of you for steppping up and keeping things together!

Ms. Brown, thank you for spearheading the dresscode plan!

Mr. Houston, thank you for spearheading the teacher to teacher tool. I think this is a great way to improve our school's culture!

Ms. Fluker, Ms. Trachta, & Ms. Wright thank you for an awesome fall dance!! Everyone had an amazing time.

Ms. Pietroboni, Ms. Golledge, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Smart, & Mr. Shepherd thank you all for being there! Scholars loved seeing you dance!

Ms. Golledge says…

Shout out to Ms. Brown for being the best teammate EVER this week. Shout out to Mr. Houston, Ms. Iwule and the entire 8th grade team for doing everything possible to make the hallways perfect. Shout out to Ms. Smart for always looking to help me. Shout out to Mr. Parmer for being a great support for middle school!

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

Science Heroes say HELLO!

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A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-

Keep on Keeping on

by Michael Sage

We’ve all had times, when the going gets tough

The smooth ride suddenly, feels bumpy and rough

The good times are gone, it’s all rather gruff

You let out a sigh and exclaim – “I’ve had enough”

We are all entitled at times, to gripe and to moan

What’s happened to my life, you say with a groan?

My backpack seems weighed down, by a very big stone

How do I move away, from this miserable zone?

When a curved ball hits you, through a trick or a con

Remember the good days, when the sun always shone

Go forward with the belief, that you already have won

The best advice I can give, is to keep on - keeping on

I hope this helps you get through the tough times, days, and experiences that you may encounter. Just keep on- keeping on.

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.