Miner Minutes

April 9, 2016

This week's calendar

April 11: Report cards go home

April 12: Faculty meeting at 7:30am

April 13: Several students attend Special Olympics

April 14 at 7pm: CMS Chamber Music Concert for 6th grade

April 15: 3rd Q PBIS rewards; Honor roll ceremonies; Blackout dance 4-6pm

Friday's Events (more details to come, but wanted to provide overview)

Honor Roll
8th- 9:15-10:15
7th- 12:45-1:45
6th- 2:55-4:00

Spring Fever Beach Social
6th- 9:00-10:45
8th- 12:00-1:45
7th- 2:00-3:45

Tuesday's Faculty Meeting

Agenda: Equity discussions; vision/mission; some end of year planning. Please be on time at 7:30am! Thank you!

Tis the season!

All: We approach the season of big decisions about teacher placement for next year (grade level, subject, etc) as well as recruitment and interviews. Currently, we have EC positions open. We may have more. The absolutely BEST way to get amazing teachers is through YOU. If you know colleagues that you feel would be great fits here at CMS and would love on our kids, please send me their names, and encourage them to email me, as well.

Various Announcements and Reminders

Dr. Milam has announced her retirement as Director of Middle Schools as of July 1st.

Staff awards each month - you are ALWAYS welcome to make a nomination - just email me. Also, white activity buses will not be reserved for any trips past May 27th as per district rules. AND, if you are on Instagram, please follow the Concord Middle Media Center! And, it's almost time to do EVAAS roster verification! Most of you have done this before, and you know how important it is, so please just mentally begin preparing. :-)

Appreciating those we love...

It's that time of year where we try to take time to honor various roles folks play in education. National Assistant Principal Week is April 11-15! Also, we will have a Concord Middle School Custodial Appreciation Day on April 20th. National Administrative Professional Day is April 27, 2016. National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. National School Nurse Day is May 11, 2016. We've already had time to recognize our school counselors and our social worker. It's wild how many people we have at Concord Middle School that contribute to our students' every day success!

Enrollment Update and Rising 6th Grade Notes

Updated enrollment: 322 (6th), 241 (7th), 291 (8th)

I have almost completed my visits to all of our feeders (Weddington Hills is on Monday). Once I'm done, I will share all results with everyone, as I believe it's VERY important for us to understand the various school environments are students are coming from, even if you don't teach 6th grade yourself, they are still all of our kids. Of our 7 feeder schools, 5 of them are Title 1. We are the only middle school in CCS that has 7 feeders. Here's a small breakdown of where our students will come from next year:

R. Brown McAllister - 34 rising 6th graders (100% of 5th graders come to CMS)

Royal Oaks - 49 rising 6th graders (100% of 5th graders come to CMS)

Beverly Hills - 45 rising 6th graders (95% of 5th graders come to CMS)

Coltrane Webb - 15 rising 6th graders (100% of the neighborhood kids come to CMS, but this is STEM magnet in which apparently about 70% of the school is magnet and 30% of the school is neighborhood)

Irvin - 92 rising 6th graders (60% of the 5th graders come to CMS)

Wolf Meadow - 17 rising 6th graders (5% of the 5th graders come to CMS)

Weddington Hills - 17 rising 6th graders (5% of the 5th graders come to CMS)

Way to go, CTE department for CMS!

Just got a note from the editor of “CountyLines.” He’s using the article on Concord’s visit to the jail for the April issue. The publication is distributed statewide to members of the NC Association of County Commissioners.


Extended Calendar

April 18th: 1:1 implementation team at 745am

April 19: MTSS Leadership Team 7:30am; Elementary students visit Concord Middle (Coltrane, Beverly, R. Brown, Weddington, Wolf M)

April 20: Elementary students visit Concord Middle (Irvin & Royal Oaks)

April 25: Pizza With Police

April 26: Mentor/Mentee meeting at 7:30am; Grade level meetings

April 28: Parent Night: Rising 6th grade

April 27-29: 7th grade field trip to Outer Banks

May 3: SLT at 7:30am

May 5: Progress reports go home

May 10: Faculty meeting at 7:30am

May 12: Band concert 7pm

May 17: MTSS Leadership Team 7:30am

May 19: Chorus Concert

May 20: Retention committee meetings

May 21: 8th grade dance

May 24: Grade level meetings

May 25: EOGs (6th Math, 7th ELA, 8th Math)

May 26: EOGs (6th ELA, 7th Math, 8th ELA)

May 27: EOG makeups; 6th/7th grade EOY award ceremonies

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

May 31: EOG makeups

June 1: NCFEs (7th and 8th SS)

June 2: EOG/NCFE (8th grade science EOG; 6th Science NCFE); MC Silent Auction 6-8pm

June 3: NCFEs (6th SS and 7th Sci); Spanish 1 Exam

June 6: Math 1 EOC (8th grade)

June 7: SLT at 7:30am; Earth/Environment NCFE 8th grade; voting in auxiliary gym

June 8th: last day of school; 8th grade awards; EOY staff luncheon

June 9th: Capped workday

June 10: SIT Meeting

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