SMMS STAFF NOTES

WEEK OF 4 APRIL 2016

We Got Mission Momentum

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TEACHER RESOURCES

I'm Putting This Link In The Lead Because It Has AWESOME Ideas.

NCEA

"IT'S NOT OUR FAULT, BUT IT'S OUR PROBLEM."

What a brilliant quote. This comes from David Coleman, the President of the College Board, who spoke at NCEA. I love it because it illustrates ownership. There are so many times that we can throw up our hands and blow stuff off because someone else is to blame.


For example, the changing demographics of our city, the less than stellar economy, and the rise of Charter schools are not our fault, but they're our problem. A child coming to our school in the morning after watching tv until midnight, waking up to her parents violently arguing and not eating breakfast is not a teacher's fault, but it's his problem.


Ultimately, fault is irrelevant when it comes to solving problems and getting things done.

Some Data Shared At NCEA

  • Eighty-five percent of Catholic school graduates attend four-year universities, compared to 38 percent from public schools.


  • Catholic schools served nearly 24,000 fewer students than last year although 14 new schools opened across the country.


  • Closings and consolidations led to a total loss of 43 schools this academic year.

Spring Issue Of NCEA Mag

DUAL LANGUAGE

From The U.S. Department Of Education

My favorite quote from this talk: "If we give students the gift of bilingualism, of multilingualism -- if we give students the gift of those skills and those opportunities -- they have a better sense of themselves, their community, and their future, and a better appreciation for our diversity as a country."

GROWTH MINDSET

Business Gets On Board The GM Train

THE CRAFT

NUTS & BOLTS

STUDENT AWARDS

These will be handed out on Wednesday. Rosie will be out the next few days, so please make Virginia's life considerably easier by getting these to her by tonight via email.


To clarify: there should one child for both months, February and March. So just one student each grade level per award. For example:


4th Grade Student of Month: Araceli Rangel

4th Grade Self-Discipline: Davian Guevara

4th Grade Growth Mindset: Enrique Ramirez

MASS

Back to you, 8th Grade!

Wednesday Meeting

Let's plan on a full staff meeting, though I'm not totally sure we won't have clusters instead.