The Monday Message
Office of the Principal; Monday September 7, 2015
I proactively seek and consider diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives.
I seek first to understand , then to be understood.
I take care of myself, others, and the environment. (Leave no trace)
I embrace a mindset that promotes my own and others’ learning.
I address conflict directly, productively, and with compassion. Assume best intent.
- I seek opportunities to show gratitude and celebrate with colleagues.
The Week Ahead
Monday 9/7/15 - Labor Day, no classes for students or staff
Tuesday 9/8/15 - International Literacy Day, Admin Meeting (9-11am, Cafe'), District Leadership Meetings (4:00pm, Various District Locations)
Wednesday 9/9/15 - No Team Meetings this week. District Magnet Meeting (1-3pm, DFES), Data Team Fishbowl Pre-Planning Conference Call (1:30pm)
Thursday 9/10/15 - Optional Tech Training in Media Center every block: (Creating Email Groups and Helping Students Create and Share Folders), District SLO Training (9-10:30, DO Board Room), Team Leader Crew Lesson Mtg (3:50-4:50pm), C-Team Football (5:30pm, at Laurens HS)
Friday 9/11/15 - US Patriot Day (9-11 Remembrance Day)
Data Team Fishbowl
Thursday, Sep. 24th, 2:30-3:30pm
Irmo Middle Media Center
Thursday September 24th, we will be visited by Melissa Biggerstaff and a D5 Team for our Data Teams Fishbowl exercise. 8th Grade Math will be inside the fishbowl. 7th Grade Math will be on the outside of the fishbowl. The fishbowl exercise will be held in the Media Center. All teachers will receive shared documents to help us prepare to shine. Finally, we participate in a conference call with Mrs. Biggerstaff (Wednesday September 9th) to help us prepare. Below are the final readiness documents. If you have any questions, see me or Mr. Hutto!
New Link Readiness Materials - Important Information!!!
Thursday, Oct. 8th, 4pm to Monday, Oct. 12th, 11:45am
6051 Wescott Road
Share Fair Nation
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 9am-2pm
Irmo High School
November 14, 2015
Save the date! Share Fair Nation is coming to District Five!
Join us at Irmo High School on Saturday, November 14th, for a transformative—and fun—learning adventure! We’re helping teachers bring innovation and technology into their classrooms, and we’re teaching kids to love STEAM—science, technology, engineering, the arts and math—with hands-on, interactive activities and experiments.
Join us for this (optional) FREE, exciting event!
Monday - Labor Day - no supervision required
Tuesday - R Group on duty (Hutto and Mays-Fowler PM Duty)
Wednesday - M Group on duty (Smiley and Mays-Fowler PM Duty)
Thursday - O Group on duty (Godfrey and Mays-Fowler PM Duty)
Friday - I Group on duty (Jackson and Mays-Fowler PM Duty)
Tasks to Complete This Week!
Tasks to Complete This Week!
1. Teach like a champion every period, every day! Also, take attendance every period.
2. Attend and actively participate in Tuesday's District Leadership (if applicable). If you are not on district leadership, use this time to get caught up in your classroom.
3. Everyone report to duty as scheduled. See roster here.
4. Read the Monday Message in its entirety (including the articles linked and inserted). Also view the video clips, reflect, and adjust your practices where needed.
5. Your diplomats should be up and running this week. We will be visiting classrooms to engage with them and observe the highlighted classroom consistencies.
6.. Review your emergency preparedness procedures. Especially your fire drill procedures.
September Staff Birthdays
Robert Jackson – 9/1
Sharon Moore – 9/4
Kim Waters – 9/5
Tamika Battle – 9/6
Ryan Crothers – 9/8
Ann Weaver-Clark – 9/8
J. Aram Olson – 9/15
Keela Davis – 9/20
Brittany Fronhoeffer – 9/20
Pete Bobb – 9/26
Margaret Lewis – 9/30
Please join me in wishing these staff members a happy birthday.
2. Joe Cioffi - This past week, Mr. Cioffi created a learning target tracker and reflection sheet (included here and below) to guide instructional practices in his classroom. It is an excellent document that all teachers can (and are encouraged to) use in their classes daily. I want to take a moment to extend a huge iAM shout out to Mr. Cioffi for this LT Tracker. iAM so proud of him for being an example of excellence this week. Please join me in recognizing him for obtaining new results from his new thinking and new practice. Let's give Mr. Cioffi a huge iAM shout out.
3. Clare Bellucci and Barry Lee - At a time of year when the work that we do in schools becomes a clear reality, we have teachers who go above and beyond in sharing the workload and getting the job done. Mr. Lee and Ms. Bellucci attended a voluntary 7th grade SS textbook training after school yesterday from 4:00-5:30. I want to take a moment to extend a huge iAM shout out to Mr. Lee and Ms. Bellucci for their dedication and interest in learning more about our next SS textbook. iAM so proud of them for being examples of excellence this week. Please join me in recognizing them for obtaining new results from their new thinking and new practices. Let's give Mr. Lee and Ms. Bellucci a huge iAM shout out.
4. Christine Cozzoli, Haley Calore, Mrs. Battle, Ms. Goeckner, and Bryan Winfree - This past week, we had a teacher to get ill and needed to seek medical care. As a result, that teacher had to leave early which required classroom coverage. In a true team fashion, Ms. Cozzoli, Mrs. Calore, Mrs. Battle, Ms. Goeckner, and Mr. Winfree jumped at the opportunity to help and voluntarily gave up a portion of their planning to cover the teacher's classes and duty. iAM so proud of them for being examples of excellence this week. Please join me in recognizing them for obtaining new results from their new thinking and practices. Let's give Christine Cozzoli, Haley Calore, Mrs. Battle, Ms. Goeckner, and Bryan Winfree a huge iAM shout out.
This initiative goes live this week. Make sure your diplomats know who they are and that they greet all visitors to the classroom. Guidelines are here.
Emergency Preparedness (repeat; priority)
We will begin our random (unannounced emergency drills - required by state law and board policy). In preparation for those drills, please review the procedures and make sure you practice them with your classes. During evacuation drills, everyone must be out of the building and in their assigned areas in ninety seconds. Let's hustle to safety in an orderly fashion.
Teaching and Learning
As leaders, we believe in inspecting what we expect and reporting results in a transparent way to monitor our progress. In that light, we will be visiting all classrooms this week and will be looking for classroom consistencies. To ensure that this is not perceived as a gotcha, I am frontloading this information and including another copy of the consistencies with the highlighted areas that we will be observing for implementation.
In a recent analysis of survey data both students and teachers at IMS indicated that global issues are rarely (if ever) connected to classroom experiences. Returning teachers, if you recall from our MSAP compliance visit, one of the improvement priorities was to increase the dosage of our international theme. In an effort to help us reach that goal, I am providing everyone with a list of global issues that you can review and decide which one can become a launching platform for your classes, lessons, projects, etc. Each one has resources and supporting links to help your planning. Also, as an added resource, here is a list of Ted Talks on global issues.
Let's have an amazing week of teaching, learning and assessment.
Join me in our pursuit of excellence by embracing new thinking and new practices so you can get new results.
Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal