January 29, 2016
Volume 3, Number 22
What's happening, WMS?
Starfish of the week...
From Shelly Kunkle to Carly Everingham. She is an enthusiastic, hardworking, diligent, and compassionate teammate who engages kids in learning on a daily basis. She helps make me a better teacher. Every. Single. Day. I am privileged to get to be her 7th grade LA teaching partner!
From Trent Beer to Dylan Ringler for adjusting well to a new job in an area outside of his major. He has also been an invaluable asset to the girls basketball team and has put in a lot of time helping us- all on a volunteer basis. We appreciate him very much!
WMS is officially a "B" for the 2014-2015 school year.
This is great news for WMS!
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
February 5-Team Leader Meeting at 7:15 in Chris Noel's Room
February 12-Fundraiser Basketball Show at SES from 1:00 pm-2:20 pm
February 24-IDOE Observation
Part 1 (Applied Skills)-Feb. 29 to March 11
Part 2 (Online Assessment)-April 18-May 6
February WMS STAFF BIRTHDAYS!
February 4 Darla Eberly
February 11 Darlene Brazel
February 16 Frank Bumgardner
February 28 Sandra Pierce
SMART START Wednesday's
All Smart Starts will start promptly at 7:40 am every Wednesday morning.
February 3-Data/Student Reflection Activity
February 10-Creating WMS Vision-"Who We Want to Be"
Homeroom Writing Prompt
Be sure to use the RATS Model (Emphasize the R and the A).
Upcoming Weekly Prompts: For the next 4 weeks!!!
2016 New Year's Resolutions"Think" Abouts
1-18 2-Name 2 things you do well and will continue to do.-DONE
1-25 0-Name something you want to stop doing.-DONE
2-1 1-Name one person you want to improve your relationship with.
2-8 6-Name six things you will do this year to step outside your comfort zone.
ACT Committee Meeting
The ACT committee was presented with the new logo for the corporation, that will be rolled out shortly to the public. The motto is “Empowering today’s minds for tomorrow's promise”. Look for the new corporation logo to start popping up in the future.
In gearing up for the AdvancED visit next year, the ACT committee is working on developing video presentations for the school staff the the visiting AdvancED team for what the standards look like here at Wawasee. We are going to highlight the important indicators for the staff to be aware of entering into the observation. We will be submitting three sets of dates for the visit, shooting for after the Christmas break and attempting to schedule around all of the assessments in the winter/spring.
From the Desk of .sJ
Some More Thoughts
With the doldrums and grey times of January, it’s an appropriate time to review items from earlier in the year.
If you are allowing a student to use headphones in your class, please remind them that when they (the students) are in the hallway, they are to only have one earbud in. Also, there maybe other teachers who do not allow that privilege. Please take a moment to remind students that just because they can do something in your room, does not mean it’s fair game in another classroom.
Hoods and hats are not allowed to be worn in school. We take all of these occurrences seriously as a hood and/or hat can represent a safety concern. As a school, we want to be able to identify our students by their faces and a hood and/or hat prevents us from accomplishing that goal.
When filling out a discipline entry, it is not acceptable to include other students names in the entry. If Billy is being written up, Billy’s name should be the only one listed. Also, a discipline entry is a formal entry. Language is to be professional, and stick to what is known. Refrain from language like “someone told me”, or “I think they were doing something wrong”, or “they were acting suspicious”. Keep the write-up to the facts as you have experienced them.
Computer labs must be shut down every nite. If you are the last group in the lab, shut the towers down all the way, and power off the monitors as well. Please do not leave in ‘standby’ mode, as there are always pennies to save and pennies now are dollars later.
School Safety Response #8
Last week’s School Safety scenario was about hearing students and smelling smoke in the bathroom as you walk past. The most appropriate response would be to immediately find assistance from another staff member. One staff member would be able to watch the door and monitor for students while the other staff member would be able to seek help from office. If no one else is immediately available, staying put, phone office and taking as many notes as possible would be appropriate. When students were coming out, staff member could corral the students and bring all to office. The key point would be to gather as many of the students as possible to bring to office.
Have a great weekend,Shawn J
Wawasee Middle School
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