Monday Memo

Weekly Campus and Principal Update

We are midway through our first nine weeks~ Yippee!

Thank you for the lovely card and roses for my birthday ~ I will be planting them soon and will think of you when enjoying their lovely blooms! It is a blessing to work with such a great team!


**Reminder**We will have a staff meeting Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the Bubble!


In other news:

1. Progress Reports: All learners should take home a paper copy of their progress report to parents by the end of the week. Each team's Learner Liaison will provide a copy of the progress reports to the counseling office, and a failure list per grade level is to be submitted to the counseling office and to me. Our expectation is for learners to obtain a parent signature and return the signed report to you. In the event that a learner fails to return the progress report, AND the learner has a C or below in the course, please call the parent to follow up.

2. Substitute Clarification: If you know ahead of time that you will be absent and have turned in the absent from duty request form to me, you will need to secure a substitute IF your team will need an adult to assist with supervision AND/OR you need coverage for your club/satellite. Please leave instructions with Sharon C. for your sub or let her know to see a team facilitator for instructions for the day. If you have coverage, no sub is required.

3. We need your help!: Are you able to spend a few minutes before or after school supervising our fitness center? Please let me know as we begin to schedule coverage to support our learners' healthy lifestyle :0)

4. Open House: As a reminder, we will hold our Open House next Monday, 9/29 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Open House is a required event for our facilitators and is optional for our para-professionals. We look forward to each grade level showcasing student work for this come and go event. While it is optional for learners to attend, we encourage lots of learner presence to be able to share their projects with our families and community. Please wear your staff shirt for this special evening!

5. Satellite Activity: If you would like to share a Graduation Mindset activity with your learners on Wednesday or next week, here is a 5 minute inspirational video of a young man who demonstrates Grit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF3n9kHs5RU


This Graduation Mindset video shares with our learners an excellent example of GRIT as defined by Angela Lee Duckworth: [noun] - 1. persistence and perseverance in the face of adversity. 2. The most critical thing in predicting educational and professional success.

Angela Duckworth is a MacArthur Genius Fellow, TED Speaker, Assistant Prof. of Psychology at UPenn whose work in Grit as a measure for success has gained an enormous following.
Follow this link to a YouTube video of Cody Coleman which fueled a powerful discussion with our students encouraging them to finish the year strong! GRIT alligns perfectly with MINDSET ~ you will be inspired!
For your further discussion with your learners, here are some of characteristics or dispositions of Grit:
•Perseverance and Tenacity
•Deliberate Practice
•Ability to Delay Gratification
•Passion-Driven Focus
•Self Control and Self Discipline
•Long Term Goal-Oriented
•Stick-to-it-ness Under Difficult Conditions
•Consistency of Effort