Sequoia Middle School Monday Memo

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Weekly Updates

Team Sequoia,

Congratulations on making it to May and extra congratulations as we celebrate all teachers with Teacher Appreciate Day/Week/Month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Day and May 1 through May 7, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Week. I call upon students, parents, and all Americans to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Nation's teachers and to observe this day and this week by supporting teachers through appropriate activities, events, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


On behalf of all the students, parents, and community stakeholders I would like to thank all of you for your tireless dedication, your commitment to our students, your flexibility and your great work every day in our classrooms at Sequoia Middle. We appreciate you!!

Teacher Appreciation Week/Month:

Wednesday, May 4th - Treatboxes from PFC

Thursday, May 5th - Cinco de Mayo Luncheon from Admin

Wednesday, May 11th - Frozen Yogurt Bar at Staff Meeting (From PFC)

Friday, May 13th - Happy Hour at Jack's

Wednesday, May 18th - Staff Luncheon prior to Open House (from PFC)

CAASPP Testing:

Thanks to all of our CAASPP proctors for coming to our meeting last week. Reminder to all that we start testing on May 2nd with 8th Grade ELA and 7th Grade Math. Jamey sent out a reminder email regarding the test schedule as well as the moving of Chromebooks between classes. If you have any questions, please ask, or let us support you during the testing window.

I-Ready Assessment Data:

Big shout out to our Math 8 team (Fred, Adam and John) for quickly finishing up the three 8th grade math assessments in two weeks. More importantly, was the great growth with our I-Ready Math Data from September to the end of April. There are great things happening in our classrooms!!

We are looking forward to celebrating our student growth in all grade levels in June!

Color Window 1 (Sept) Window 2 (January) Window 3 (April)

Green 45% 54% 61%

Yellow 33% 32% 27%

Red 21% 14% 12%

MDUSD Sports:

Our football season continues with two games on Monday, May 2nd as the mighty Sequoia Giants host the Pleasant Hill Middle Rams. Free Admission.

Meetings this week:

Tuesday - PAC Meeting 2:45 pm

Tuesday - ELAC 6pm

Tuesday - PFC 7 pm

Wednesday - Department/PLC 1:20 pm

Shared Folder on Google Drive:

We are continuing to build our SMS Staff Resource Folder on Google Drive. Please feel free to add to it, or let me know if there is anything that you would like to have electronic access too.

Duty Schedule- Week of April 25th

Team 2 (Amerson, Brenal, Guzman, Lynch, Deatsch, Byle) you are up. Thanks for keeping our kids safe.

Homework Club Schedule, Upcoming Events, Principal Goals, Calendar

Homework Club Schedule 2:45- 3:45​

Monday – Warholic – A-3

Tuesday – Perlberg – C-7/English Learners Amerson - B4

Thursday – Sutherland - C-3/English Learners Enloe – B4

Principal Goals for 2015-2016

· Improve Communication/Outreach to all Sequoia Stakeholders

· Continued growth and implementation of Common Core Standards across the curriculum (rigor, writing, conceptual understanding, critical thinking)

· Create Meaningful Collaborative Opportunities for Students, Teachers, Schools

· Develop High Expectations for All Students (Support Students to Meet Them)

· Use Technology to Extend/Re-Define Learning Opportunities for Students

What I am working on:

- CAASPP Support

- Finishing Teacher Evaluation Process

- ​Interviewing for the last staff positions.

- Finalizing staffing for 16-17

- Master Scheduling building

Weekly Calendar of Events -

May 3rd - PAC Meeting, ELAC, PFC

May 4th - Department/PLC Meetings

May 6th - Leadership Staff vs. Students Basketball game 3pm

June 10th - Friday, Promotion/Last Day of school

Click below for Master Calendar