Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

February 1-5, 2016

Hello Everyone,

We have officially made it into the second half of our year. Everyone has done so much and Poynter is moving along with tremendous positive energy. Our focus as we round into the second half of our year is rigorous instruction, active student engagement, positive behavior supports and making sure that all students know that middle school matters. You are awesome everyday. Keep up the great work through these next few months.


Have a great week,

Jon and Katie

Coach Corner

Encouraging structured discussion and movement can be a beneficial tool to use within any classroom. A strategy that I have found to be particularly successful is called “Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up.” Within this strategy, a question is posed to the class, followed by a short amount of time to allow the students to ponder the query. When prompted, the students then stand and put their hands up and then match up with another student around the classroom. Once they match up, they high-five and start discussing the question. You could use this as a review by using the questions that are on their Cornell notes or as a way to push kids to the next level with questioning. Check out the video below to watch this strategy in action!


“Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTLZm4dRvXg

General Information for all staff

*Academic Seminar this week--Principal directed: Cherylen, Roberto, and Cheryl will be doing a workshop on the differentiated learner.

*Nuts and Bolts meeting---After school on Wednesday. We will be presenting our new School Improvement Plan. A huge thank you to our team for helping with its new format and the great thought and care put into it.

*TELL Survey---Licensed staff...if you did not receive a TELL Survey form please see Jon this week.

*District Accreditation Visitation--We have been selected to be a visitation site for the district accreditation. I will be discussing this at Nuts and Bolts this week. The visitation will be on February 9th.

Current Week and February At A Glance

Monday-February 1

TEAM Leader meeting 7:45 am

Zone Basketball 3:15

Musical rehearsal 3:20

Trio 3:30


Tuesday-February 2

Yearbook Club 7:50-8:45

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

Attendance Team Mtg. 11:00

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Volleyball @ Brown 3:15-5:00

Musical Rehearsal 3:20


Wednesday-February 3

Academic Seminar--Principal Directed (Library for licensed)

7:50-8:50 Chess Club

1:30 CARE team

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

Nuts and Bolts meeting 3:20 (library)

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Zone Basketball 4:15


Thursday-February 4

Boxers/Vikings meeting 8:00-8:45

Equity Team meeting 3:30

Musical rehearsal 3:20

Bike Club 3:30

Zone Volleyball 4:15


Friday, February 5

SST 7:45

Department Coordinators 8:00

1st Friday Self-Manager Treat


Upcoming Events:

2/9 Parent Club meeting

2/9 Wildcats Tech Safety

2/9 Vikings high school clubs

2/9 District Accreditation Visitation

2/10 Band Concert

2/11Boxers Tech Safety

2/11 Valentine dance

2/11 Pilot high school clubs

2/15 NO SCHOOL-President's day

2/17 NAEP testing

2/20 Saturday School

2/22 8th grade Liberty class forecasting in science

2/23 8th grade Freshman night @ LHS 6-8 pm

2/25 VIP event during HR

2/26 8th grade Liberty forecasting sheets due


Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

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