The Monday Message

Office of the Principal; Monday, December 14, 2015

Quote for the Week!

"All students can learn and succeed but not on the same day in the same way." ~ William G. Spady

The Week Ahead

December - Human Rights Month

Monday 12/14/15 - ELA and Science Exams, Admin Team Meeting (9:00am, Cafe'), C-Team Basketball (H) vs. Meadow-Glen Middle (5:30pm, Gymnasium), G20-SLT Meeting (3:50pm, McCloy's Classroom), Chorus Winter Concert (7pm, IHS Auditorium), D5 Board Meeting (7pm, CATS)

Tuesday 12/15/15 - ELA and Science Exams, National Bill of Rights Day, Team Meetings (during plannings), Department Meetings (4pm, Dept. Chair Classrooms)

Wednesday 12/16/15 - Exploratory Exams, International Day of Reconciliation, Orchestra Assembly (8:30am, Gym), Principal's Meeting (11:30-4pm, DO Board Room)

Thursday 12/17/15 - Math, Social Studies, and Exploratory Exams, PTSO Hot Chocolate and Donut Bar, Orchestra Winter Concert (7pm, IHS Auditorium), All teachers and staff on duty (AM, PM; lunches according to schedule)

Friday 12/18/15- Math and Social Studies Exams, International Migrants Day, Dance Winter Concert (7pm, IHS Auditorium), All teachers and staff on duty (AM, PM; lunches according to schedule)

Mid-Term Exams (Year-Long Classes)

Monday, Dec. 14th, 8:15am to Friday, Dec. 18th, 3:30pm

6051 Wescott Road

Columbia, SC

Dec. 14th . . . . . . . . ELA and Science

Dec. 15th . . . . . . . . ELA and Science

Dec. 16th . . . . . . . . Reading Day and Exploratory

Dec. 17th . . . . . . . . Math, Social Studies, and Exploratory

Dec. 18th . . . . . . . . Math and Social Studies

* No other graded assessments are to be given during exam week. We want all students focused on exams. Also, all teachers must continue with daily instruction. Movies are not permitted (unless specifically align with the academic standards, and approved by the API).

Click here for Assessment Calendar

Duty Roster

Click here for the Duty Roster

Monday - I Group on duty (R. Jackson, V. Sava, PM Duty)

Tuesday - R Group on duty (Hutto, PM Duty)

Wednesday - M Group on duty (PK Jones, PM Duty)

Thursday - All Teachers on DUTY AM and PM, Lunches by Schedule (N. Godfrey, PM Duty)

Friday - All Teachers on DUTY AM and PM, Lunches by Schedule (All Admin PM Duty ~ D. Major-Murphy, Dance Concert)

Tasks to Complete This Week!

Tasks to Complete This Week!

1. Teach like a champion every period, every day!

2. Keep students in classes. We don't need kids wandering the hallways during exams.

3. Attend Tuesday's Team Meetings (During Plannings) and After School Department Meetings (department chair locations)

4. Prepare your classes for Wednesday's Orchestra Concert.

5. Incorporate at least one of the Global Themes into your classroom activities, lessons, etc.

6. Everyone report to duty as scheduled. See roster here.

7. Read the Monday Message in its entirety (including the articles linked and inserted). Also view the video clips, reflect, and adjust your practices where needed.

8. Wish all of your students and fellow staff members a happy and joyous holiday season.

December Staff Birthdays

Anna Inabinet, December 5th

James Eastman, December 6th

Barry Lee, December 7th

Robin Gary, December 9th

Sandra Jensen, December 10th

Adam Jones, December 16th

Rodney Paige, December 16th

Kerra Mays-Fowler, December 19th

Kathy Jackson, December 20th

Leisa McNeil, December 20th

Floyd Geiger, December 22nd

LaToya Young, December 24th

JaNette McKnight, December 26th

Joe Cioffi, December 28th

Vicki Williams, December 29th

Annette Farrell, December 31st

Please join me in wishing these amazing IMS staff members Selamat ulang tahun (Happy Birthday in Indonesian)!

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1. Ryan Crothers - This past week, Mr. Crothers and our choral learners put on their winter concert. Those in attendance were treated to an amazing array of selections. Our students sang in a majestical fashion and reminded us all, when we focus on skill building and character development simultaneously, we will get amazing results. iAM so proud of Mr. Crothers and our choral students for the amazing job they did last week and have been doing throughout the year. Please join me in recognizing Mr. Crothers and his students for demonstrating new thinking and new practices and acquiring improved results. Let's give them a huge iAM shout out.

2. Regan Moore, April Garrett, Tina Stevens, and Will Green - We had our fourth community meeting of the year. In preparation for this one, Mr. Green, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Moore, and Ms. Garrett and their respective Crews took on the task of facilitating the meetings. We received so many positive comments from students, staff members, and parents. We know our community meetings are getting gradually better because of stellar teachers. iAM so proud of Mrs. Moore, Ms. Garrett, Mrs. Stevens, and Mr. Green for the amazing job they did last week with the community meetings. Please join me in recognizing them for demonstrating new thinking and new practices and acquiring improved results. Let's give them a huge iAM shout out.

3. Joe Cioffi and Brian Hutchins - This past week, we had an instance where an employee had to leave early due to illness. Mr. Cioffi and Mr. Hutchins jumped into action making sure our students could continue with learning in the teacher's absence. iAM so proud of them for giving selflessly of their time for our students. These instances remind me that we are truly embracing a "Crew not Passengers" spirit. Please join me in recognizing them for demonstrating new thinking and new practices and acquiring improved results. Let's give Mr. Cioffi and Mr. Hutchins a huge iAM shout out.

4. Sheila Inabinet, Tina Stevens, James Fanning, Allison Redick, and Latoya Geiger - On December 11th, our guidance and advisement team completed twenty IGP conferences in one day. When our guidance team is able to work on counseling and career advisement, it enhances exponentially the services we provide for students and families. As we all know, our guidance team is absolutely terrific. iAM so proud of Mrs. Inabinet, Mrs. Stevens, Mr. Fanning, Mrs. Redick, and Ms. Geiger. Please join me in recognizing them for demonstrating new thinking and new practices and acquiring improved results. Let's give them a huge iAM shout out.

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Attendance (Staff)

Just a reminder to all IMS employees, leave cannot be used during the following periods of the year without written approval from the employee's site supervisor:

• the first five student attendance days of the academic year

• the last five student attendance days of the academic year

• in-service days

the day before or after the Thanksgiving, winter break or spring break holidays

Approval for leave during these days will be granted for emergencies and unusual circumstances, as determined by the site administration.

Staff Conduct - Social Media postings referencing school/district incidents - It has been brought to my attention that staff members have either inadvertently or intentionally published confidential school information on social media accounts. While I encourage staff members to share positive school information, there are many incidents that occur on campus that cannot be shared without an extensive vetting process and coordinator with our district office of public relations. Our board policy expects all staff members to refrain from posting inappropriate personal information and/or pictures on any social networking website which results in a disruption of the school environment or which adversely impacts the employee's credibility or performance. I am asking all staff members to comply with this request. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to speak with me in person.


Typically, during weeks preceding multi day holidays, student activity increases with an occasional few participating in disruptive behaviors. It looks like it began a tad bit earlier with Friday's incidents. This is a reminder to everyone to increase substantially all supervision efforts to curtail any disruptive behaviors. Immediately redirect any student acting inappropriately and immediately report matters of concern to your grade level administrator. During lunches and outdoor activity times, avoid congregating in teacher/staff clusters. Instead, spread out, keep moving, and keep your head on a swivel so you can actively monitor students.

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From Mrs. Young

No entry this week!

Closing Thoughts

Last week, we focused our blended learning on the Academic Mindsets statement #2: My ability and competence grow with my effort. We asked all staff members if they ever tried something and failed. What was their mindset? Did they attempt it again? What support were they provided? Did it help? We know all to well that this happens quite regularly with student and adult learning. As a result, we learned that when students believe and can state: I can succeed at this, they trust in their own capacity and competence and feel a strong sense of efficacy at a variety of academic tasks. They are able to see themselves as academic achievers and expect to succeed in their learning pursuits.

This week we will focus on the final two academic mindsets. They are as follows:

#3 - I can succeed at this - students are more willingly engage in tasks of any kind when they anticipate success. For students to expend the sustained effort necessary for learning, they must believe they can succeed at the task.

#4 - This work has value for me - For academic work to penetrate students’ consciousness and become a focus of attention, it has to mean something to them. Students value academic tasks and topics that connect in some way to their lives, their future educational pursuits/careers, or their current interests. When students value their coursework, they are much more likely to expend effort on completing it.

Here is the big takeaway: When students feel a sense of belonging in a classroom community, believe that effort will increase ability and competence, believe that success is possible and within his or her control, and see school work as interesting or relevant to his or her life, the student is much more likely to persist at academic tasks despite setbacks and to exhibit the kinds of academic behaviors that lead to learning and school success. Conversely, when students feel as though they do not belong, are not smart enough, will not be able to succeed, or cannot find relevance in the work at hand, they are much more likely to give up and withdraw from academic work, demonstrating poor academic behaviors which result in low grades.

Our school is a collection of classrooms and learning communities that must be inextricably connected to one another and feature commonalities that help to enhance our students academic mindsets. If we have one classroom or adult on campus operating differently, it will prevent us from maximize our performance. Think about the four academic mindsets and adjust your practices to reflect these four tenets.

1. I belong in this academic community

2. My ability and competence grow with my effort

3. I can succeed at this

4. This work has value for me

Have a wonderful week!

Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal

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