MMS Weekly Update

March 6, 2015

PLCs this week

We have Math PLCs on Tuesday and ELA PLCs on Thursday. As always, please plan appropriately!

Wednesday's Secondary Early Release Professional Development

We will be learning together with MHS and Woods on Wednesday. All teachers should be at the Magnolia Annex as soon as possible. Treats will be provided in the cafeteria, and the first session begins at 1:05pm. Our focus on this day will be on vertical alignment as well as closing the achievement gap. We will be working on similar activities within our PLCs and departments. More information will come from Dr. Mauney.

Optional Learning Walks are on FRIDAY!!!

Our last round of optional learning walks were cancelled due to snow, so we are ready to rock for this Friday's round! This is part of our school improvement plan in which those who choose can go on 30 minute learning walks to others' classrooms. This is a GREAT opportunity to learn from others and see the outstanding teaching we have occurring around our school. It also helps in providing all of us perspective. We will meet outside the SD room in the hallway at each of the following times to go walking: 9am, 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:30pm. Please remember that this is non-evaluative and merely to provide only positive feedback to any teachers visited.

Career Bridge Seminar

Students who attended the Career Bridge Seminar on Thursday will get extra credit in all classes if they complete the google doc. Teachers, please discuss in your PLC what kind of credit you will give, and small is fine. You will soon receive a list of names of students who completed the extra credit requirement in order to apply the points. I would recommend 5-10 points to a low grade. There was a GREAT crowd!

NCDPI Survey on Common Core Standards

NC public school parents and community members are invited to go online and give their feedback on the standards for English language arts and mathematics instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The survey is at and will remain available until April 30. Please take some time to provide feedback. Decisions are being made DAILY about what you teach and how, and practicing educators are not always the ones making those decisions! Change this practice now!

Celebrations, Care, and Concern in our Community

7th grade student Calean Nelson has qualified for the state geography bee! Please join our staff in welcoming Ms. Jaclyn Fostvedt McAllister to our family. She is a proud Mooresville graduate, has her middle grades math and science certification, and a masters degree in instructional technology. She will be teaching our Math Enhancement class beginning on Monday. She will be located in room 421. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her. We are thankful to have Ms. Kaiser back at MMS from her leave! Watson Adams and Mom, Heather, are doing well. Watson is still at LNRMC, and we are unsure on how long. Heather has been released to go home, but as you all know, she's at the hospital with her boy often! And, daylight savings time is this weekend - looking forward to longer days and warmer weather!

Support Mr. Mehall in the POLAR PLUNGE!!!!

On March 14th, Mr. Mehall will be participating in the 2015 Rowan County Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina. He joined a team in partnership with RCCC and plan to represent Mooresville Middle School and the Mooresville Middle School Athletic Department (as we are a member of the Rowan County Conference for athletics). This is a great organization that he has supported in the past. DJ has already paid the membership fee for the event and is in the process of raising funds for donations to Special Olympics.

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NC Social Worker Week

This week is the NC Social Worker Week. Many of us may not be aware of the behind the scenes work that goes into the social, emotional, and physical well being of a child to help them learn. Our school social workers are instrumental in this process. Crystal Fansler is the MGSD social worker that works with MMS students and families on a variety of issues from truancy to DSS concerns. Traci Willis works with our McKinney-Vento students (homeless children). They both have been wonderful for our children. Again, they work most closely with school counselors and administration, but please know that their impact is felt every day with our students. If you get a moment, please tell them Thank You!
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Duties for this week

Study Hall on Tuesday and Thursday: Sarver and Duckworth

Basketball on 3/12: Tulbert, Phillips, and Russell

3/10 Math PLC: Patterson and Adams covering Graney; Stapleton/Hildebran covering Piper; Phillips/L. Miller covering Wall; Haglan/Kosinski covering Jordan.

3/12 ELA PLC: Woodring/Szymanski covering Hudson; DeYarmon/Royal covering Brown; Johnson/Leazer covering M. Fulton; Wilson/McGrath covering Licitra