Viking Charge May Edition

May 2016

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The End Is Near....

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

Teachers, thank you for all you do! Your hard work and dedication goes without notice. As a former teacher, I understand truly and honestly, the amount of effort, love, passion, and commitment that is put into each lesson each day. It truly takes a great deal of time and of one's essence to impact and change lives! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Be Great and continue to impact lives! ‪#‎educationislife‬‪#‎teacherappreciationweek‬

Let's continue to make progress and aim to succeed in all we do! The end of year is upon us and though it can be hectic, if we stand united as one, things will progress.

Be Great!

Mr. Grant

Sometimes We Need to Laugh!

Goofy - Teachers Are People

Classroom Management Professional Development: Unlocking Secrets of Great Teaching

It is that time again! Everyone enjoyed the presentations from our last session on reflection. As we continue to move forward think about things that you are doing differently and how they are benefiting students. Though we covered reflection, it is still ongoing, and I encourage you all to continue to share your struggles and successes as we work together as a team to continue to move toward SUCCESS!

Next session and last session will be May 11th!

Topic: The Principal In Me

See you there in room 121

Article Worth Reading...

Very, Very, Very, Important Reminders and Information (will change frequently)

Daily Test Strategies:

As we move closer to the testing window, actually 6 weeks until testing, please take about 10 minutes in each class to go over and review test taking strategies, in addition to having students complete practice test. You can find copies of previous released test on the NCDPI website.

Please use the attached PowerPoint detailing 15 strategies that you can use with your students. It is student friendly and a great resource.

Specifically, please have greater focus on these two areas:

-Informational Texts

-Building Stamina on Longer Passages

Gradebook and End of the Quarter:

Please make sure that we are posting a minimum of two grades weekly and following the document that was provided to you at the beginning of the year. It is important that we do this so parents and students can monitor their academic success and ensure they are completing all assignments assigned. Gradebooks will be checked each Sunday!

Instructional Focus Areas:

· Data Walls: Should be updated regularly to monitor student progress and inform decision in PLCs.

· Small Group Instruction: Should have an area in your classroom where this can occur. If you need a table let admin know!

· Distributive Summarizing: Should occur periodically within the lesson.

Faculty Shout-Out!

Thank you faculty for your hard-work and support during the morning and afternoon transitions. Your presence really is appreciated as we ensure all students are going to class on time, each day! It truly takes a TEAM!

Important Dates and Reminders:

Magnet Parent Night May 3rd from 6-7

Exhibition May 13th 11:00 to 12:30 (there will be a modified schedule)

EOG Parent Night 5-7

Assistant Principal Spotlight! ( and words of wisdom)

Mr. Duncan, 8th grade Assistant Principal.

Bio is coming soon! In the meantime, ask Mr. Duncan about his experiences and the awesome things that he enjoys! (hint, he loves to run)

School SPIRIT Fridays and Faculty Social!

Every Friday (or in this case Thursday), students and all staff members will wear Maroon and Gold or your Lowe's Grove T Shirts, as a representation of our Viking Pride! We want want everyone to know how much we absolutely love being apart of Lowe's Grove Middle School family, the best school in Durham, NC...period!