SMS Weekly Update 4/11- 4/15

“One school, One voice, One family ~ All Together”

Mission, Vision, Core Values & Smart Goals



SMS Vision Statement:

“Sedgefield will be a premier middle school that produces globally competitive leaders.”


SMS Mission Statement:

“Our Sedgefield faculty is committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe and personalized learning environment.”


SMS Core Values:

INTEGRITY
SAFETY

EDUCATION

ACCOUNTABILITY

LEADERSHIP

GRIT

RESPONSIBILITY


2015-2016 EOG GOALS

40% 4/5 - ELA

35% 4/5 – MATH

55% 4/5 –SCI.


Weekly Meetings


Monday- DDI meetings will be held for each grade level & our elective department.

Electives: 11:15-12:00

7th grade: 12:45-1:30

8th grade: 2:00-2:45

6th grade: 3:15-4:00


Tuesday- Grade Level Department Meetings: Collaborative lesson planning


Wednesday- General Staff Meeting (Professional Development) 7:45-8:30

Grade Level Meetings: Facilitated by Grade Level Administrators or

Grade Level Chairs (conducted during planning

periods)


Thur. & Fri- Individual Teacher Planning

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Lesson Plan & Instructional Action Plan Next Steps

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to analyzing your CIA 3 data and completing your Instructional Action Plans for the next 6 weeks. Below are the school-wide steps we are taking to ensure that our Instructional Action Plans are "living" documents that act as our instructional road maps over the next 6 weeks.

1. Post a printed copy of your 6 week instructional plan along with your daily lesson plans near your classroom door. Both documents should be easily accessible to administrators and facilitators visiting your classroom.

2. Administrators and facilitators will provide feedback on alignment between daily lesson plans and instructional action plans during our classroom walk-through visits.

3. Mastery Connect will be reviewed on a weekly basis (Saturdays) to ensure that student learning trends from the previous week are being assessed and tracked in our designated data management platform. This data, along with other formative assessment data you've observed in your classroom should guide your week to week planning between April 11-May 20.



Also remember

1. Major areas of instructional focus (by standard & objective) between April 11-May 20. Please be strategic about which standards you prioritize over the next 6 weeks.

2. Small Group Instruction vs. Whole Class Instruction (what will you teach whole class and what data points will be used to create small groups?)

3. Specific remediation strategies / activities that will be implemented for standards not mastered (less than 80% on CIA 3)

4. Specific extension strategies / activities that will be implemented for scholars who are ready to move on.

5. In-class formative assessment schedule between April 11-May 20.


We will not conduct a school-wide mock EOG in April or May. The 6 week instructional plans will take us right up to our end of year testing.

Report Cards Distribution Wednesday 4/13/16

Report cards will distributed on Wednesday 4/13/16 during 5th period. Teachers will receive report cards in sealed envelopes no later than 12:00pm on Wednesday. The envelopes will contain report cards, Spring MAP reports & academic support plan notification forms (if applicable).
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TNTP Spring Survey Window Opens Monday April 11

In partnership with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), we’re again administering the TNTP Insight (Instructional Culture) Teacher Survey to classroom teachers. On Monday, TNTP will begin sending classroom teachers electronic invitations to take the survey. The survey window this spring will be from April 11th – 29th. Some important details to keep in mind are:

* TNTP’s Insight (Instructional Culture) Teacher Survey is different and distinct from the
K-12 Insight Employee Engagement Survey.
* The survey is administered online and each classroom teacher has a unique sign-in just
for them.
* Teacher responses are 100% confidential. CMS does not see or have access to
individual teacher responses.
* The survey typically takes about 25 minutes to complete.
* Insight is administered twice a year, once in the Fall/Winter and again in the Spring.
* Each school will receive a report for administrators and another for teachers if a
minimum response rate of 40% is reached.
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WLC Principal's Meeting at SMS on Tuesday 4/12/16

On Tuesday we will host the April West Learning Community Principal's meeting in our media center. Administrators & support staff from the West Learning Community office and schools will be on-site from 8:00-12:30pm. During the meeting we will visit classrooms, speak with scholars and teachers and discuss strategies to improve academic achievement throughout the West Learning Community. Teachers whose classrooms are visited will receive constructive feedback from administration afterwards.
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School Leadership Team Meeting Tuesday 4/12/16

On Tuesday, April 12 we will hold our school leadership team meeting in the media center from 5:00-6:00pm. Please join us as we review our school improvement plan and discuss recommendations to adjust and update the improvement plan.

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Youtube & Netflix Update

Use of YouTube during instructional time has become a major challenge in CMS. Teachers and school leaders have shared numerous concerns about students accessing inappropriate content and/or videos not directly related to instruction. Technology Services charted usage; the bandwidth report indicated YouTube used 7.8 Terabytes of data in one day and is the application with the highest usage in the district. Netflix has also become an issue and is a drain on CMS bandwidth.


Such high usage of YouTube and Netflix is contributing to the slowness of computers. We shared the challenge with Cabinet, Learning Community Superintendents, school technology contacts, and the Superintendent's Teachers Advisory Committee (STAC) and have decided to make an adjustment. Protecting students is our highest priority: we must comply with Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and we want to protect students from inappropriate content. School districts are required by federal law to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy and process to address access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet.


Therefore, CMS will implement Google-filtered YouTube (YouTube Restricted Mode) effective April 11 for students only. All adults will retain the same access they have currently provided they are signed into YouTube with their CMS Google Apps for Education account.


Google-filtered YouTube has huge resources; however, teachers may want to use content outside of this library of filtered content. If so, teachers can approve videos that are not in Google-filtered YouTube; but should do so judiciously, carefully reviewing any video outside the filtered ones for appropriate content.

Any videos created within CMS by teachers or students will need to be approved by an adult before they can be viewed. For additional information and to access directions for approving content outside of Google-filtered YouTube, click here.


In addition, Netflix will be blocked for all students/all staff effective April 11.

We will monitor this change through the rest of this school year and seek feedback from principals and Learning Community Superintendents at the Summer Leadership Conference, from tech facilitators at summer training sessions, and from STAC.

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CASTLE Learning is Available to ALL 6-12 CMS Educators

What is Castle Learning?

An online program that creates assessments using questions aligned to the content standards. Castle Learning offers custom pre-tests and post-tests to show growth and it also analyzes data to differentiate instructions within your core curriculum.

How do I get access to Castle Learning?

All 6-12 CMS full-time educators have an account. Additional accounts can be added as necessary by contacting the district administrator for Castle Learning, Michael Pillsbury.

Link to Site: www.castlelearning.com

How does Castle Learning Support Procedural and Conceptual Learning In Your School?

Castle Learning can support your core instructional process by:

· Providing a variety of questions addressing state standards that can be filtered by difficulty and type.

· Providing real-time feedback and support on leveled questioning for students.

· Providing a variety of selection and delivery methods, while automatically scoring items for educators.

· Provides comprehensive reports to allow educators to make data driven instructional decisions.


Who Do I Contact?

For Access: Email Michael Pillsbury, Castle Learning District Administrator (michael.pillsbury@cms.k12.nc.us)

For Professional Development Opportunities: Go to the Sign-Up Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a48abae2ca64-201520161

For Troubleshooting Issues: Email Michael Pillsbury, Castle Learning District Administrator (michael.pillsbury@cms.k12.nc.us)

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2015-2016 Middle School Honorariums

I'm asking that our FAC convene to determine the plan to select honorarium recipients for the 2015-2016 school year. Below is additional information outlining the purpose, intent and general guidelines for awarding honorariums.

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Honorariums are designed to be paid to individuals in Teacher Level Positions. In some instances, these duties are performed by the Principal or Assistant Principal. Although this is appropriate, those positions are not eligible for honorariums.


The intent of the honorarium is to recognize teachers who work directly with students outside the regular duty hours for teachers. It is not to be used for cafeteria duty, bus duty, grade level or department chair duty, TAC, PTA Board, or chaperones for school dances or athletic events. In addition, no points may be assigned to any activity for which an individual receives a supplement, extended employment pay, or payment through athletic receipts.


Final decisions at each school must be made by the faculty advisory council of the school. The plan prepared by each faculty council must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Zone Superintendent.

Wednesday Bowling League at AMF Centennial Lanes

AMF Centennial Lanes located at 4501 South Blvd. is offering a semi-competitive bowling league on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. The cost is $9.00 for 8 weeks. If you are interested in joining our school bowling team to compete in the league, please sign up outside of Mr. Turner's office. The league starts on 4/13/16 (this week) and this is a great opportunity for fun, fellowship and competition with our school family.
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6th Scholars Extend Learning to the Aquarium

On Friday several of our 6th grade scholars and team members visited the Aquarium at Concord Mills as an incentive field trip. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the field trip a great experience for our scholars.
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Character & Exposure Clubs this Friday 4/15/16

Our spring clubs will continue this Friday. The purpose of character and exposure club time is to reinforce school-wide character expectations, provide opportunities for academic support and to allow our scholars to build trusting relationships with caring adults in our building.Friday we will be on our modified club schedule and each grade level is expected to add a structured tutorial / academic remediation component to their grade level club options.
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PD Corner

In today's PD Corner we have another great video from The Teaching Channel. This video discusses strategies to teach Mindfulness in the classroom. Also included in the PD corner is The Marshall Memo. The Marshall Memo is a weekly summary and synopsis of education related articles from our country's top educational magazines, chronicles and journals. I hope you enjoy & find the information useful!!

Soccer & Baseball Games on Monday & Wednesday. Track meet on Thursday.

This week our baseball & soccer teams are back in action. On Monday we travel to Kennedy Middle School & on Wednesday we host Waddell Language Academy . Our track team will take on McClintock and Eastway Middle at Eastway on Thursday. Please come out and support our talented scholar-athletes this week.