Team Bobcat News

MIS Weekly Update

Week of May 9th - 13th

To all the moms:

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Happy Birthday!

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Mary Kenyon - May 12th

Upcoming Important Dates

Mon. 5/9 - Tickets go on sale for the End of Year Luau Dance Party

Wed. 5/11 - MIS New Teacher Support Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.

Wed. 5/11 - Thurs. 5/12 - MIS Talent Show Tryouts

Thurs. 5/12 - PTSO Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (Coverage is Required)

Thurs. 5/12 - Flex Tech PD - Digital Presentation Tools (LAST ONE!)

Fri. 5/13 - All Pro Dad @ 7:15 a.m. (Last one of the year)

Fri. 5/13 - PBIS Water Balloon Fight (for PBIS - students with 100 or more tickets)

Wed. 5/18 - Early Release Day; 6th Grade Gateway Project Presentations

Thurs. 5/19 - End of Year Luau Dance Party

Mon. 5/23 - EOG Test Training for teachers with planning times between 8:45-11:00 am

Mon. 5/23 - Chick-Fil-A Night - The class with the hightest attendance wins a prize! (5-8 PM)

Tues. 5/24 - EOG Test Training for teachers with planning times between 12:45-2:15 pm

Tues. 5/24 - Science EOG Test Training 3:15 pm in Ms. Smith's room

Thurs. 5/26 - 5th Grade Science EOG

Mon. 5/30 - No School - Memorial Day

Wed. 6/1 - ELA EOG

Thurs. 6/2 - Math EOG

Mon. 6/6 - 4th Grade Field Day (Afternoon)

Tues. 6/7 - 6th Grade Field Day and Cookout

Tues. 6/7 - 5th Grade Awards Ceremony (Morning) - 9:00 a.m.

Tues. 6/7 - 4th Grade Awards (Afternoon) - 1:00 p.m. / 5th Grade Field Day (Afternoon)

Tues. 6/7 - MIS Talent Show - 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 6/8 - 6th Grade Final Awards Ceremony - 9:00 a.m.

Wed. 6/8 - Last Day of School - Dismissal @11am

You are appreciated! See below for important dates in which we will show you how much we appreciate all you do for your students and as an MIS family!

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Important Reminders

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We are in need of proctors for the Upcoming EOGs. Please include the link below in any newsletters and emails you share with your students' parents!

MIS Talent Show Tryouts: MIS will be hosting a talent show on the evening of June 7. Tryouts for the Talent Show will take place on May 11 and May 12 at MIS. Please contact Jennifer Lindsey if you have questions.

MIS End of Year Luau Dance: Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 9 for the final dance of the year. The dance will take place after school on Thurs. May 19.

Instructional Highlight

Global Connections

Students love it when they can connect what they are learning or doing in school to the world around them!

Tech Tool Spotlight

GoNoodle for Brain Breaks!

"Exercise breaks, also known as “acute exercise,” have also been shown to boost cognitive and brain health. In one study (Hillman et al., 2009), students performed tests of cognitive control and academic achievement.Then, half of the children walked on a treadmill for 20 minutes. The other children sat quietly. Next, all the children took the tests again (once heart rate returned to within 10% of pre-exercise levels in the exercise group).The children with the short exercise break showed:

Improvements in cognitive control!

Improvements in academic achievement!

Changes in brain waves!

And what’s more, these exciting acute exercise-cognition results extend to children with ADHD (Pontifex et al., 2013). These studies suggest that even a short amount of physical activity has positive effects: immediate brain benefits after a brief period of moderate movement." Want to know more? Check out the rest of the research here!

So what is GoNoodle? Check out the video below!

GoNoodle: 101
Interested in trying brain breaks and/or GoNoodle in your classroom? Click here to go to the site. Remember though, there are lots of short, fun videos floating around on YouTube as well! If you have exhausted the resources on GoNoodle or don't think your students would be into them, there are lots of short dance videos for students there as well!

Kagan Refresh

Remember, Kagan structures don't have to be complicated. The point is to get students thinking and talking! You can use shoulder partner or face partner discussions any time you pose a question to the whole class. This allows every student to think about and talk about the answer versus only the students who always raise their hands!

In the pictures above, students were working on their "Math Talk" tasks with their shoulder partners!

Kagan Structures Posters