Friday Flash Forward

Focusing on the Future - February 8th to February 12th

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  1. The Look - Use your "look"; most stop with this

  2. The Gesture - Use non-verbal cues

  3. The Approach - Silently approach the student in a non-threatening manner to have proximity to the student

  4. The Name - calmly and quietly say the student's name

  5. The Command - give a precise command


  1. Never describe the behavior while it’s occurring.

  2. Don’t ask why questions.

  3. Never argue with a teenager.


Monday, February 8th

  • B Day
  • 1:51 - SIT Meeting - Hamlet 124
Tuesday, February 9th
  • A Day
  • 1:51 pm - CPT

Wednesday, February 10th

  • B Day
  • 1:51 pm - TDT
Thursday, February 11th
  • A Day
  • 2:15 pm - Connected Teacher Study Group - Lab 106 Hamlet
  • 4 pm - 6 pm - Valentine's Dance - Hosted by Team 8-1
Friday, February 12th
  • B Day
  • 8 am - Student of the Quarter Celebration - Be sure to write a message on the white board for your student




Office Referrals - Do's and Don'ts

PowerPoint from November's Faculty Meeting

Do Include:

  • Student name

  • Home Room

  • Date

  • Time

  • Teacher name who is writing up the referral
  • Include only the facts in the description section and use a bulleted list
  • Be specific

Don't Include:

  • Opinions

  • Commentary

  • Student complaints

    • Use Student Incident forms and submit to the office in a timely manner

  • Other student’s name on the referral of another student

Must send a referral by the end of the period for all students that had to be removed by administration. If referral is not sent student will be returned to class/depending on severity of student action.

Reminder: Please make sure your Categories for Q3 and Q4 are set up in your Skyward Gradebook. All assignment dates must be within the Grading Period. If you need help, let Katie know.

Pennies for Patients

Sign up now in the main office if you haven't done so already. We hope to surpass last year's amount raised.

Professional Learning Community - Everyone Holds a Piece of the Puzzle to School Improvement

Click here to read What is a Professional Learning Community article by Richard DuFour

Big Idea #1 - Ensuring that Students Learn

Big Idea #2 - A Culture of Collaboration

Big Idea #3 - A Focus on Results

Registration open for conference February 27 on African-American history in R.I. - Cost $10

In honor of the work of the 1696 Historical Commission, Rhode Island's Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators Epsilon Chapter and Rhode Island College's Feinstein School of Education and Human Development invite you and all teachers to attend:

First Steps: An Exploration of African-American History in Rhode Island

Saturday, February 27, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rhode Island College, Alger Hall 110

Through a series of interactive workshops, First Steps will provide teachers with resources and strategies they can use to integrate African-American History into their instruction. The schedule for the day includes:

8 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration

8:30 - 9 a.m.: Welcome

9 - 10 a.m.: Workshop I: Using Online Sources Integrating African American Topics in the Study of US and Rhode Island History, by Keith Stokes

10:05 - 11:05 a.m.: Workshop II: Using Drama and Storytelling in Teaching Youth History, by Valerie Tutson and Sylvia Soares

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.: Workshop III: Introducing an App to Engage Youth in an Interactive Study of African American History,by Theresa Moore

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, Commissioner Ken Wagner

Participants will have the opportunity to attend all three workshops. Each workshop will consist of a presentation followed by time for group and team discussions. Please use the Registration Form found here to register each team member.

RIDE is asking Educators to participate in survey on NGSS

In 2013, our state was the first to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As we approach the end of the third year of implementation, it is an appropriate time to take an inventory of the level of progress that educators have made in each of the components of NGSS implementation. RIDE has developed the RI State NGSS Implementation Survey to collect that information.

The purpose of the RI State NGSS Implementation Survey is to gather information from central administrators, building leaders, science instructional specialists, and teachers of science (elementary teachers, middle-school and high-school science teachers) to find out how we can best support educators in establishing a high-quality, NGSS-aligned science program in their classroom, school, or district. Survey questions will gather information about such topics as: vision and understanding of NGSS, curriculum alignment, instructional shifts, professional development, and materials and resources.

This survey is anonymous, and results from the survey will be used only to help RIDE and LEA leaders determine how to best support educators so they can fully implement the NGSS in their districts, schools, and classrooms. Although participation in the survey is voluntary, the greater the sample size, the more likely the survey results will represent the voices of educators from across Rhode Island. RIDE will share district-level information with individual districts. Please answer all questions as honestly as possible so that the collected information gives an authentic picture of NGSS implementation and the needs of LEAs in Rhode Island.

Here is the link to the survey:

RI State NGSS Implementation Survey.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Simone Palmer, at


Released Items - Can use with students for them to get used to the format of the questions

Educator Resources

Online Practice Tests - For use with students to practice taking the test on the computer

Tutorial Practice - Begin to have students do this so that they know how all the tools in the online test work.

Test Administrator Manual - All staff need to begin to read. Be sure you download 2016 Grades 6-8 Computer Based

Black History Month Ideas from Teaching Tolerance

Civil Rights Webinar

Join us LIVE on February 9 at 4:30 p.m. CST for a new webinar! Register now forTeaching the Civil Rights Movement With Perspectives, and learn how to combine critical literacy and historical thinking with a new graphic organizer. You'll also get great suggestions for putting learning into action through a selection of Do Something performance tasks. Can't make that date or time? Register anyway, and watch later on demand.

Black History Month

Prepare for Black History Month withPerspectives! Use readings from the Central Text Anthology to celebrate and deepen students’ understanding and connections to African-American lives and legacies. Consider texts like Margaret Walker’s “For My People” or RuNett Nia Ebo’s “Lord, Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?” Pair your selections with Write to the Source tasks like The Pages of My Life 6-12.

Anti-bias Activities

Our forthcoming pre-recorded webinar(coming to you February 16) features video footage of educators teachingPerspectives advisory activities. Fun Activities for Anti-bias Education offers ideas you can try tomorrow to improve school climate and teach students the value of Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action. Curious about other Perspectiveswebinars? Browse them all in one place!

It is important that you revisit these memos throughout the week. It is a living document and can be updated as needed.

Free Webinar on Reading for Meaning: Fluently - Click Below