Friday Notes

Dare to be Different!

Blog: The Opposite

Always thinking. That is what I strive to always do as a building administrator. If I am not 100% satisfied with something, what can be done to change it? Here is a reflective activity I go through fairly often that usually sparks some ideas. After identifying the issue I am trying to improve - in this case it was discipline - I think about how we are handling things currently and then identify the opposite of that. Here is an example:

Currently, if a kid misbehaves we write referral, the kids receives a pass, and then they come to the office to see an administrator. What if they didn't come to the office? What if discipline was proactive instead of reactive? What in the history of education happened that made us decide that referrals and kids coming to the office was the best way? Is it the best way? So, the opposite of how we handle discipline, to me, is to go to the student.

That was my thought this week you probably saw more of Rob, Amy, and myself. We each committed to not sitting at our desk, at all, for an entire day. The experience was a good one. We saw several students in the hallway and we were able to intervene and get them back in class. We were able to step into classes with a substitute and make our presence felt. And most importantly we saw several of our issues resolved without a student coming to the office....very little classroom time missed. We will reflect on our experience in our Monday morning meeting to identify what ideas we want to pursue further.

This type of reflective activity doesn't provide all of the answers, but truth be told nothing in this world does. All we can do is keep rising to the challenges that face us day after day. When you are faced with something that you are less than happy with try this activity. What is the opposite action you could take (the key word is action. We could obviously stop seeing kids for discipline, stop creating referrals, or any other host of ideas, but that is avoiding the challenge, not tackling it)? Try something that is in line, or partially in line with that action and reflect. I promise you will find at least one thing that will benefit you and your students.

Have a great weekend!

Sub Plans

I have subbed in several classes over the past couple of weeks. The overriding theme that I have encountered is that there is not enough work left. It is a struggle for a sub when the plans are good for 25 minutes, and then the expectation is that they sit quietly. Please leave way more than you think they need for 65 minutes.

Keeping our subs coming back is a group effort and this is one piece of the puzzle.


Check This Out!

What an awesome note! This is a testament to Kerra, Amy, and every teacher and student in our building.
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Choir Concert

Congratulations to Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Knapp, and all of our choir students on a fabulous choir concert Wednesday night! What a great way to kick-off the holiday season.
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Congrats to Mrs. Hewitt!

Congratulations to Mrs. Hewitt! She received funding her project "I Matter + We Matter = Our Lives Matter" via Donor Choose. Great Job!

Finals Schedule

We will be on a No PRIDE schedule December 13th-19th. See your department leader for details about finals. Please keep in mind that there should be no assessments scheduled during this window that require additional assistance to provide accommodations.

Bell Schedule

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Pacers Game

Save the date!! Grab your family and friends on Sunday Feb 11th at 5pm as FTMS East joins the Pacers, as they take on the New York Knicks! More info regarding ordering will be available in early December! Watch this space! Great Holiday gift for the whole family!

FTMSE PTC Facebook Page

Go give our East PTC Facebook Page a like to keep up with all of the cool fundraising efforts they put together.

Attendance Procedures....Just an FYI

Just an FYI as to what we communicate to parents about attendance.
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Internal Controls

Just a reminder that the Internal Controls Training, located in Safe Schools, is due by the end of the year. It is significantly shorter than the other trainings.

Thanks for taking care of this!


Please pay special attention to the instructions below. It is expected that the procedures set for the Chromebooks are followed exactly as stated. If you use the Chromebooks and fail to adhere to the information outlined, future use of the Chromebooks may be denied.

#1 - Review the document located at PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES. You must drop off the cart after use (between 2:15-2:30), and carts need to be picked up the DAY BEFORE they are used (between 2:30-2:45)

#2 - YOU MUST have a system in your classroom to determine what kid is using what Chromebook. As I have mentioned previously, I would just number your roster and require students to use that Chromebook. Why? When we need to track down what happened to a broken computer, or pull a log of what a student accessed, we have to have the Chromebook cart # and computer #.

If you have any questions about any of this let me know.

Counselors Corner

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

High School Transition Information

Current information about transitioning our 8th graders to the high school can be found here. Please read over it, and let Kyle or Sarah know if you have any questions or concerns.

Giving Tree

The Annual FTMS East Giving Tree is up in the office. Stop by the area between the main office and student services to check it out!

1. Stop by and take a tag. Please give what you can.

2. Purchase the item on the tag you have picked. Please include a gift receipt. If you do not enjoy shopping, you can always give your tag and money to Cherie Whitaker. She is our resident shopper!

3. Wrap the item you purchase and tape the tag to the outside of the wrapped item. (no need to wrap gift cards)

4. Return the wrapped item with tag to Kyle McClarnon or Sarah Ready by Wednesday, December 13th.

Counselor Sign Up Process

Counselor Request Forms are now 100% electronic. Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Chromebooks are set up in the office for students to make a request. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

Child Abuse & Duty to Report

An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect shall make a report to DCS or local law enforcement immediately. This applies to every staff member in the building. Please review the Child Abuse & Duty to Report information by clicking here.

High Ability Identification Process

The high ability identification process is outlined here. This process applies to current 6th and 7th grade students; with placement decisions for the 18-19 school year. Recommendations can be made from now until January 12th. If you have questions, please see Kyle or Sarah.

Tech Monday

Monday, Dec. 4th, 2:30pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Internal Controls Training Due

Sunday, Dec. 31st, 11:45pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN