Miner Minutes

December 13, 2015

Expectations for this Week

It's crazy to believe it's almost time for Christmas break! Structure and consistency is so important for children this week. And if the structure changes, be sure to tell students BEFORE and communicate to them the expectations with that structure change. Keep kids engaged with instruction that is focused on our curriculum and allows some fun as well. Time is precious, and we should never waste it!

Holiday Celebrations at CMS

We will have our staff Christmas luncheon on Wednesday. It will be during your regular lunch time. Responsibilities are still being divided, but you will soon here from your grade level chair how you can contribute. Thank you for being willing to help celebrate with our school family! The chorus concert is on Tuesday and the band concert is on Thursday. Please try to make it to at least one of those special performances by our students. It's a great way to celebrate the season with your family, and it will mean SO much to your students! And I hear there's a special guest performer at the band concert... could get crazy! And finally, on Friday we will have our student/staff dodgeball game at the end of the day. We will follow the pep rally schedule, and ALL students will be able to watch. Students that sold a certain number of items will be able to participate (we will communicate directly with those students). Also, the faculty dodgeball team will be the following: Gillis, Kluttz, Borque, Whedbee, Russell, Johnson, Patton, Webb, Hogan, Abercrombie, Lord, Irving, Clifford, Block, McNeill, Referee Berryman. We need some more ladies!! And we're still taking volunteers!

Announcements from PTSO

Box Tops Completion-

· December 7th – January 15th , School-wide Competition in CORE 1 classes

· CORE 1 Class that turns in the most Box Tops will receive free time & technology time on January 26th during Miner Time.

Faculty/Student Basketball Game

· February 19th (We will follow a Fun Friday Schedule this day)

· Students can enter to play using minerbucks as their raffle tickets. (the more minerbucks they turn in, the more chances to play they have)

· Cost of student admission to the game is $2

· Students who do not pay to attend will remain in the classroom with one of the teachers on their team/pod.

Student Perception Surveys from NCDPI this spring!

NCDPI is excited to announce the implementation of Student Perception Surveys during the 2015-16 school year. In his research, Dr. Gary Henry of Vanderbilt University found that “both teachers and principals want more information on how teachers can improve their practices.” Student Perception Surveys offer teachers unique feedback from students with hours of direct classroom observation.

Testing Released Items from NCDPI

  • Released forms of EOCs, Science EOGs, 8th Grade ELA/Math EOGs, and recently expanded NCFE released item sets are available in the NCTest Chrome App.
  • 7 ELA/Math, 4 & 5 Social Studies NCFE, and 4 Science NCFE will be available in the spring.
  • Please share this information with your teachers so that they may use with students as appropriate.

Positive Principal Phone Calls

Please take a moment to submit a name to this list! I will make calls every Friday. The parents have been so thankful to hear a "good thing" when they least expect it. Thanks to those who have already submitted!


Various Announcements - important!

Miner Math Lab: It's READY for use!! Please see Ms. Brewer if you're interested. Also, ALL math teachers need to sign up for a day to take their students in the math lab for an introduction (Co-taught with Brewer). This needs to be done by February 1.

Literacy credits for licensure renewal: You must have 3.0 literacy credits when renewing. This is already in effect. There are several opportunities online in the PD modules in NCEES as well as CCS items. As they become available, we will be sure to share them.

It's FINALLY happening... after much hemming and hawing with our technology department at the central office level and our finance representatives, we have officially ordered more laptops so that we can be 1:1. YAY!!!!! We sincerely hope they will be ready for student use at the semester, and we are pushing as hard as we can to make that happen. We have also placed the order for document cameras. Special shout out thank you to Ms. Redmond for all of her help and communication to make this happen for us! We will keep you updated as much as possible! (and special shout out photo cred to Ms. Horgan for the rockin' parking lot pic at the end of the newsletter!!!!)

Words to Ponder

"Children need to hang around a teacher who is asking bigger questions of herself than she is asking of them.” - Donald Graves (article “Teacher: A student told me I ‘couldn’t understand because I was a white lady.’ Here’s what I did then.”)

Calendar Items

December 15: leadership team meeting (behavior and academic teams); grade level meetings; chorus concert

December 16: Staff Christmas Luncheon

December 17: Mentor/mentee meeting 730am; Band concert 7pm

December 18: dodgeball game (pep rally schedule)

December 21: teacher workday

January 5: School leadership team meeting 7:30am

January 7: PTSO Meeting

January 12: Faculty meeting at 7:30am

January 15: End of 9 weeks; early dismissal and professional development

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

March 19: Teacher workday/professional development (uncapped); grades due

January 25th week: winter spirit week

January 26: grade level meetings; report cards go home

January 27: winter pep rally at 3:15pm

January 29: Krispy Kreme Sales

February 1: Book fair all week

February 2: school leadership team at 7:30am

February 5: honor roll ceremonies (schedule similar to November)

February 9: faculty meeting at 7:30am

February 15: uncapped teacher workday

February 23: SLT academic/behavior teams; grade level meetings; progress reports

February 16: SIT meeting

February 19: Student/Faculty ball game

February 22 through March 4th: Benchmark testing

March 8: Cabarrus Arts Council "I Have a Dream" Performance 2:45pm 8th grade

Big 3 Goals for the Year

  1. Student learning
    1. PLC alignment
    2. powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
  2. Capture the hearts of students and staff
  3. Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)
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