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News for Staff: 9/15/14

Upcoming Dates and Events

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Madras Upcoming Events


Please bookmark these links on your computer, tablet, and/or phone. They will give you the most current information as we receive it, including any changes.

Support Madras at Chick-fil-A Tonight!

Support your Madras Eagles by dining at Chick-fil-A at Thomas Crossroads on September 15th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Whether you dine in or choose the drive-through, make sure to mention you're there to support the Madras Eagles, and a portion of all money earned will go back to the school and assists with instructional needs.
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Madras Students Compete at Auburn University

Madras students competed in the Middle School Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge (AMPC) this past Saturday. The competition is held each fall and is a problem solving challenge in which teams of 6 – 8 middle school students to work together to 'solve a crime' by answering real mathematical puzzles. The focus of Middle School AMPC is for students of all math ability levels to engage in math in a way that is fun, interesting, and different from a traditional math class.

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Upcoming Professional Learning/Meetings

Meetings are required by staff members. Please let an administrator know if you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from attending. Don't forget that district meetings and job embedded professional learning can count toward PLU's. :-)



  • Google Apps (voluntary); Taught by Kirsten Larson, Monday, 9/15 for 7th grade teachers. noon
  • Twitter 101 (voluntary): Tuesday, 9/16, 3:45; Refresher for those who need it; basics for beginners. Bring your device. Location TBA Please RSVP below so Mrs. J can plan the location accordingly. :-)
  • SLDS Training and Updates: Will be rescheduled
  • Grade Level Meetings: Wednesday, 9/17, 9:15, 12: 15, 1:15, 2:45
  • Google Apps (voluntary); Taught by Kirsten Larson, Wednesday, 9/17 for interested teachers, computer lab by café. Please RSVP below so Ms. Larson can plan the location accordingly. :-)
  • Science Department Meeting: Wednesday, 9/17
  • School Improvement Leadership Team: Thursday, 9/18, 3:45
  • Middle School District Social Studies Meeting: Wednesday, 9/24, at 4:00 at Werz (room SD1) This was just announced Friday afternoon and was the day our school's SS dept. was to meet. Please plan to attend the district level meeting.

Twitter 101

Tuesday, Sep. 16th, 3:45pm

Madras (room TBD)

(Please RSVP if you plan to attend.)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Google Apps

Wednesday, Sep. 17th, 3:45pm

Computer Lab by Cafe

(Please RSVP if you plan to attend.)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Classroom Walkthroughs

We're ready to start the second TKES walk-through.


During the second visit we are looking at Standards 2, 3, 4, and 8 (although you may receive feedback on additional standards). Sample indicators are listed under each standard. These were included in the laminated rubrics we gave you during preplanning. They are samples of performance but not an exhaustive list. If you have any questions at all....just ask us :-) Remember, it's' about learning and professional growth.


You may have documentation that you'd like to start uploading (especially if you're working toward a level 4 on a particular standard.) If you need help with this, let us know. We'll be talking about it at our TKES Cohort meeting next week.


Performance Standard 2: Instructional Planning The teacher plans using state and local school district curricula and standards, effective strategies, resources, and data to address the differentiated needs of all students.


  • Analyzes and uses student learning data to inform planning.
  • Develops plans that are clear, logical, sequential, and integrated across the curriculum (e.g., long-term goals, lesson plans, and syllabi).
  • Plans instruction effectively for content mastery, pacing, and transitions.
  • Plans for instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  • Aligns and connects lesson objectives to state and local school district curricula and standards, and student learning needs.
  • Develops appropriate course, unit, and daily plans, and is able to adapt plans when needed.


Performance Standard 3: Instructional Strategies The teacher promotes student learning by using research-based instructional strategies relevant to the content to engage students in active learning and to facilitate the students’ acquisition of key knowledge and skills.


  • Engages students in active learning and maintains interest.
  • Builds upon students’ existing knowledge and skills.
  • Reinforces learning goals consistently throughout the lesson.
  • Uses a variety of research-based instructional strategies and resources.
  • Effectively uses appropriate instructional technology to enhance student learning.
  • Communicates and presents material clearly, and checks for understanding.
  • Develops higher-order thinking through questioning and problem-solving activities.
  • Engages students in authentic learning by providing real-life examples and interdisciplinary connections.


Performance Standard 4: Differentiated Instruction The teacher challenges and supports each student’s learning by providing appropriate content and developing skills which address individual learning differences.


  • Differentiates the instructional content, process, product, and learning environment to meet individual developmental needs.

  • Provides remediation, enrichment, and acceleration to further student understanding of material.
  • Uses flexible grouping strategies to encourage appropriate peer interaction and to accommodate learning needs/goals.
  • Uses diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment data to inform instructional modifications for individual students.
  • Develops critical and creative thinking by providing activities at the appropriate level of challenge for students.
  • Demonstrates high learning expectations for all students commensurate with their developmental levels.


Performance Standard 8: Academically Challenging Environment The teacher creates a student-centered, academic environment in which teaching and learning occur at high levels and students are self-directed learners.



  • Maximizes instructional time.

  • Conveys the message that mistakes should be embraced as a valuable part of learning.
  • Encourages productivity by providing students with appropriately challenging and relevant material and assignments.
  • Provides transitions that minimize loss of instructional time.
  • Communicates high, but reasonable, expectations for student learning.
  • Provides academic rigor, encourages critical and creative thinking, and pushes students to achieve goals.
  • Encourages students to explore new ideas and take academic risks.

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans should be submitted on Monday morning in the folder box by the sign-in notebook. Your cohort leader responsible for your evaluation will be reading your plans this year. Please one of the formats emailed to you. (Dr. Betts created one last year specifically for several connections classes.) If you have any questions about instructional planning, ask any administrator. We're here to help!
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