TOAST Weekly Newsletter

Week of April 27-May 1st, 2015

Last Week in April...WOW!

Well, April is just about over and we will be welcoming May by the end of the week. I hope that means the end of snow flurries and cold days as we saw last week! The last 2 months of school are always exciting for our scholars, but it can also bring out some anxiety for others as they prepare for the next school year. Plan accordingly and take time to talk with our scholars about how they may be feeling. There is nothing more important than the relationship you have with your scholars. No test can measure that. How you make them feel, how they view your relationship with them, and how you model expected behaviors are the things that stay with a scholar for a life time. I was not a perfect scholar by any means when I was in school, but I still remember and talk fondly of the teacher leaders I had that always believed in me. It wasn't just their words, but their actions that demonstrated that to me. They always made time to talk with me about my trials and tribulations without excuses. They helped to make me the building leader that I am today and I will always be thankful that I had them as my educators and teacher leaders. Here's to a great week!

NWEA Spring Benchmark Begins

This week NWEA Spring Benchmarking begins. Schedules have been sent out for both Reading and Math. Please refer to the schedule for your classes exact time and date for both benchmarks. Please note that our ELL scholars will be testing as well for their NYS Language Exams. If you are taking scholars for recess or any place that may take you away from the main learning environment, please inform the office so we can assist families and scholars who may be looking for the class.


Do You Believe?

Last week I asked staff to work in teams to breakdown the data that was provided to us regarding our school thus far. There were many fantastic insights and questions that came forth. This helps to enable our school to move forward as we look into the questions posed as well as take a moment and celebrate the success that some staff brought forward within the blog. I do want to make sure that I acknowledge the blog comments regarding "surviving" as well. I make no apologies when I state that we all chose a career of servitude, all chose to work in an urban school district that has the same concerns as every urban school districts in the US, and every choice made it to support the continued success of our scholars who are moving from good to GREAT! I am very honest when I say that I have my own utopia of what education should be and will not allow anyone to take that away because I DO BELIEVE. I also am committed to making sure our scholars have every fighting chance at success that other districts provide. The video below is just a reminder of what the work is all about. It is not about politics, it is not about "surviving", it is not about is about the scholars that sit before you and those yet to come. So I ask you....DO YOU BELIEVE? Actions always speak louder than words. We are TOAST! We need to be champions for our scholars. Nothing more, nothing less. Enjoy the video!
10 year old intellect, Dalton Sherman's keynote speech

**REMINDER** School Review: DTSDE

Monday, May 4th, 8am to Tuesday, May 5th, 4pm

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology, Albany, NY, United States

Albany, NY

Just a reminder that TOAST will be having it's School Review next week. Any items for the tenants being addressed should be given to the members of the school review team by now. I will be sending out an email requesting evidence of planning for any staff members who have not provided this for the review from the first request. Members of the review will be unavailable for these 2 days. Members of the review team are:

Mr. Costello, Mrs. Simon, Mrs. Sands, Mrs. Niro and Mrs. Pleat

District level administration as well as a representative from NYSED will be participating in the review as well. They will be visiting classrooms and collecting information needed for the review. Our own TOAST staff will not be participating in any class visits.

Last, but not least....Scholar Responsibility!

Here's to a great week. I wanted to share with you a video that is mainly for our scholars. In a time when it feels as if the only person to blame for the lack of scholar success is the school and everyone within it, President Obama has made sure our scholars know that they play a role in their own success. If you would like to share this with your scholars, let mw know. I would love to be part of the conversation with your class.

Have a great week everyone!

Obama's Motivational Speech to Students

RtI This week!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2:45pm

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science & Technology, Albany, NY, United States

Albany, NY