Mishler Memo

January 8, 2016

Volume 3, Number 19

"Celebrate your failures! Learn from your students."

What's new WMS?

Starfish of the week...

From Cindy Jonsson to Mary Vasquez. She is always so great with the kids she works with. When she comes in the office, she always has a smile which is very contagious.

From Jason Scott to Lauren Allen for being a great help and support for our students and willing to jump in and do whatever needs to be done. It's been great having someone who cares so much for the students we work with!

Random Acts of Kindness-SUCCESS CLUB

Success Club starting a new school wide event next week called the “Random Acts of Kindness Event.” Our goal is to raise student moral and promote positive behavior between all the grades. More information sent to you in an email from Kevin Hite.


ISTEP dates to put on your calendars:

ISTEP Computer Stress Test-Jan. 20

Part 1 (Applied Skills)-Feb. 29 to March 11

Part 2 (Online Assessment)-April 18-May 6

IDOE Outreach Coordinator Lisa Dercach will be visiting WMS on Feb. 24 and doing classroom walk-throughs.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we are doing grade level ISTEP question examples during lunch. Students who participate submit their answers into a drawing. It their name is drawn and they have the correct answer, they get to select a prize. On Fridays, we will be playing motivational video clips.


Updates posted regularly: Technology Hints and Tips and Teaching Strategies


1-11 Athletic Grade Check and Progress Reports sent home

1-12 School Board Meeting

1-14 Student Led Conferences


1/11/2016 5:00PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball Away Manchester Jr Hi

1/12/2016 4:30PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball Home Edgewood MS


1-11 Dawn Randall

1-15 Angie Bontrager

1-18 Julie Burlingame

1-29 Susan Mishler

1-30 Ashleigh Fredrich

SMART START Wednesday's

All Smart Starts will start promptly at 7:40 am every Wednesday morning.

SAMR continued with examples

Homeroom Writing Prompt

Be sure to use the RATS Model (Emphasize the R and the A).

Upcoming Weekly Prompt:

January 11

What is one thing you can do differently to be more focused in your classes?

From the Desk of .sJ

Progress Alerts

Progress Alerts at WMS are upon us again. Although we talk about Progress Alerts as ‘taking grades’ and that ‘grades are posted’ at a particular time, this is a snapshot of how a student is performing in their classes. If students have work to complete and it falls within the window of make-up, they can still make up the work. Progress Alert grades don’t change, but they are not reported in any formal matter outside of Wawasee Middle School.

There are no special instructions for you to complete. At the predescribed time, the computer will record your grade book at that moment, and save that snapshot. We are then able to refer to that snapshot over time. One specific use is for Athletic Eligibility.

For a student to be athletically eligible, they must meet certain academic criteria. If a student has 1 F at grade reporting time, they are unable to compete in contests for two weeks, but are able to practice. After two weeks, a grade check is performed again. If that particular grade is improved to D- or better, they are back to full participation, if that particular grade is still an F, that student is ineligible for participation until the next grade reporting period.

If a student has more than 1 F at grade reporting time, they are ineligible to participate in athletic activities until the next grade reporting period.

School Safety #7

Please discuss what you would do during team meeting and work together on what would be a good plan for you and your students. This is not an opportunity to talk about "what-if's" or complaints, it is a serious reflection of "what you would do" if presented with the scenario:

You are in the middle of teaching a lesson, when over the PA system comes Mrs. Jonnson. She announces that there is an intruder in the building and all teachers should lock down in your classroom. Your students move to the appropriate spot, the classroom is quiet, the lights are off, the shades are drawn, you go to the door to lock it, and your key breaks off in the lock, preventing you from locking your door. What do you do?

Remember to log discussion of School Safety responses in your team meeting minutes.

Have a great week,

Shawn J

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