The Patriot Periodical

Volume 26, 9.16.16

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Awesome Job!

Dojo is up and running! Great job to everyone who is fully implementing this!!! I've been giving (and sometimes taking) dojo's throughout the week. I am also trying to post pics and videos whenever I can to pages! You are all doing a wonderful job with dojo and the kids and parents really seem to love it!
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Book Fair & Grand Friends

Be sure to check out the teacher flyer that I posted in our google classroom. It has details about the fair and grand friends night!!!

Stage Passes

PLEASE be sure you are utilizing your stage passes in class. I know some of you have tied these to dojos, but it was initially meant to be used as more of a daily reward. It's great for kids to see other kids on the stage each day. It gives them something to work for. If you would like to tie it to dojo as a "special treat" we can come up with an idea as a school (maybe I go up and the kids come with me for a 30 minute reward)! I'm happy to do that!!!! If you need additional passes, just let Tina know. The kids are to put them in the basket on the stage and we will return them to your mailbox.

UbD ~ Time with me!

I was very excited at my PD yesterday. They shared a few new things that I really think will help us as we use the UbD template. I will be working in the media center on Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 on the template and planning process. I am going to share some new ideas and answer any additional questions that you may have. This is a paid PD, stop on by!!!
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STRIDE Check-in

Has everyone been able to log your students in to stride? Have you sent home the student half sheets? Are you having any problems with student log-in?? If so, check in with me or Dan, we both had some additional training and we are here to help! We will also be talking more stride at our faculty meeting on 9/29, so come with questions :)

UbD Planning for Module 2

Join teachers across WCPS to collaboratively engage in the Understanding by Design approach to planning for Module 2 of the WCPS PreK-Grade 12 Essential Curriculum.

Time: 4:00-6:00

Location: BOE Auditorium on 820 Commonwealth Ave

Kindergarten: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Grade 1: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Grade 2: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Grade 3: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Grade 4: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grade 5: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Register through ERO

Registration closes on September 27th with a limit of 25 Teachers per grade level

Teach Like a Pirate

If you did not get a book, we have a few extra in the conference room. Also, I am working with Joni Burkhart to put together a "class" that will allow everyone to earn 1 MSDE credit. If it is approved, you can use the credit towards your certification. The class will consist of everyone answering the q's in google classroom, that will be our evidence. If the MSDE is not approved, everyone who currently holds an APC will get 1 renewal unit (at a minimum)! If you want to earn the credit/unit, you must comment or respond to all of the questions throughout the year!

Student of the Month - Herald Mail


Herald-Mail Media is going to start publishing a weekly feature, focusing each week on a different Washington County student who has done something remarkable. We're not talking about straight As, which is an admirable achievement, nor does the achievement need to be school-based. But we're hoping you can help us spread the word because I'm sure teachers will know students they want to nominate for this new feature that will begin this fall.

Our sports department already writes features about stellar athletes, so we don't want to focus on a student's athletic achievements.

Here are some examples for these types of features:

-- A freshman who beats out upperclassman to be first chair for the school orchestra or band.

-- A youth who organizes a community fundraiser.

-- A youth who wins a rare honor or award. This student might be among a few in the state or county to receive such an honor or won an academic or career-tech competition.

-- An Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Awardee who did a project to benefit his or her community.

-- A student who came up with a brilliant idea that led to a change at school or a special project.

-- A student who mentors or tutors other classmates.

I'm sure there are plenty of examples we're not thinking of right now.

This feature would replace the student of the month and would be open to youths beyond just WCPS students. We are thinking about third-graders to 12th-graders because a reporter would interview the student, including an on-camera interview.

Can you please help us spread the word to teachers and other WCPS personnel who can send nominations to both myself at and to Managing Editor Terry Headlee at The nominations should include a description of what the youth has done to be worthy of the feature and contact information. We also would like to interview the person making the nomination since they often have the best insight as to what makes the student so special.

The stories, highlighting the positive achievements of students, will run in the newspaper, on our website and Facebook page, and will be placed in a prominent position for readers.

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Diversity Workshop

Our diversity workshops for this year have been scheduled!

Workshop #1 is scheduled for November 16th @ 2:30

Workshop #2 is scheduled for February 15th @ 2:30


- Attendance is STRONGLY encouraged. A message from HR: We know that life events will occur and some teachers and paras may have to miss this training. Please know that diversity and inclusion training is a priority for the Board of Education and the Superintendent, and we encourage you to let us know about staff that have to miss a session; we will reach out to them to see if they can attend a session at a neighboring school or one of the open sessions offered to all WCPS employees.

- Teachers and paras will be paid for their time through additional pay sheets.

PTA Dates

All meetings are at 6:30 in the media center

Sept. 15th - this date was miscommunicated by PTA. I believe it is now next Thursday :)

Oct. 13th

Nov. 17th

Dec. 12th

Jan. 19th

Feb. 16th

Mar. 16th

Apr. 20th

May 18th