The DCMS Bat Signal: 9/24/18

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PD Refresher: What does a good Do Now/Review Now look like? pages 161 - 164 of TLaC

Do Now/ Review Now - a short warm-up activity that students can complete without instruction or direction from you to start the class every day. This lets the learning start even before you start teaching.

4 Keys to an Effective Do Now/ Review Now

  1. The Do Now should be in the same place every day so it becomes a habit for all your students. Keep it consistent.
  2. Students should be able to complete the Do Now without any direction from you, without any discussion with their classmates, and in most cases without any other materials other than what you provide.
  3. The activity should generally take 3 - 5 minutes to complete and should require putting pencil to paper. There should be a written product to assist you in holding accountability as well as allowing you to use student responses as checks for understanding.
  4. The activity should generally preview the day's lesson or review a recent lesson.

Thank you for all you do. Our staff is an amazing staff. You are appreciated!

The Secret Life of a Do Now: page 163 of your TLaC book

See the picture below from a math teacher's Do Now. If you look closely, you'll notice that there are actually two layers of notation. The first layer consists of the notes the teacher made to herself before she started class. They included the answers to the problems, the "shown" work for problem 1, and a note to herself to look for the number lines on problem 4. Layer two consists of notes she made as she circulated during her Do Now time. She noted how many students got number 1 right as well as the four students who did not get it right. Your Do Now can be used to collect useful data to help you instantly drive instruction and lead to meaningful rich PLC discussion. See image below.
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Upcoming Events

  • College Go Week - Dress up days 9/24 through 9/28 - See Laura Tice's email for deets.
  • School Board of Trustees Mtg - Monday, 10/8, @ 6:30 PM at South Elementary cafe
  • Band Concert - Tuesday, 10/9, @ 7 PM in the MS gym
  • Quarter 1 IC Window Opens to begin Posting Grades - Wednesday, 10/10
  • End of Quarter 1 - Friday, 10/12
  • DCEF Teacher Grants - Don't forget the grants are due by Friday, 10/12.
  • Quarter 1 Grades Due for Posting - Monday, 10/22 @ 3PM
  • Fall Break (No School) - 10/15 - 10/19
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - (2 Evenings) 11/1 & 11/8, 4:30 - 8 PM
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Upcoming Meetings

  • MS BST Mtg - Monday, 9/24, @ 3:30 PM in the Admin Conference room
  • Department Mtg – Tuesday, 9/25, @7:25 AM in locations TBD by Department Heads
  • PLC – Wednesday, 9/26, in The Bat Cave @7:25 AM
  • PLC - Wednesday, 10/3, in The Bat Cave @7:25 AM
  • Faculty Mtg - Tuesday, 10/9, in The Bat Cave @7:25 AM
  • PLC - Wednesday, 10/10, in The Bat Cave @7:25 AM
  • Department Mtg - Tuesday, 10/23, @7:25 AM in locations TBD by Department Heads
  • PLC - Wednesday, 10/24, in The Bat Cave @7:25 AM
  • NO PLC on 10/31 to allow for Parent-Teacher Conference Preparation

When You Need a Substitute

Contact the principal or designee before 6:30 AM but no later than 10:30 PM. A text message is fine. In the event the principal is unavailable contact the assistant principal. In the event that all administration is unavailable contact Tisha Lucas.
  • Marsha Webster: (317) 607-3000

  • Dave Rector: (317) 443-6308

  • Tisha Lucas (317) 644-9543

  1. CALLING IN SICK: If the absence is determined the night before the school day, please have sub plans in your “DCMS Sub Folder.” Your subfolder should be located on top of your desk. It should easily be identified or found if needed. Provide Mrs. Lucas with the location of you sub-folder.
  2. PREARRANGED ABSENCE: If your absence(s) is prearranged or is a professional leave absence, please have sub plans in your “DCMS Sub Folder.” All sub plans should be completed and your sub folder should be left with Mrs. Lucas before leaving the day prior to your prearranged absence.

It is not appropriate to contact the district substitute coordinator directly. Thank you!


  • Marsha will be out on Friday, 9/28 and Monday, 10/1. Dave will hold down the fort.
  • Fire Drill - We will hold a fire drill this week when it is not raining. Be prepared, please.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming. Reminder! This year each Core teacher will schedule his or her individual parent-teacher conference time slots to ensure all parents get an opportunity to meet with a teacher. For one or two really tough kiddos, it is appropriate for more than one teacher to participate when meeting with parents; however, the norm should be one teacher with a parent/parents. Related arts teachers will make positive calls again this year for students who are making all A's and B's and whose parents do not schedule a conference. Plan time for covering student progress, student strengths/growth areas, ways to improve, resources available, and share the ILEARN parent infographic. Infographic found here - The big key is for parents to sense that you know and care about their child. If any teachers have any parent meeting between now and conference time, feel free to count that as your parent/teacher conference. Please just document the meeting. If you want Heather, Laura, Dave, or Marsha to attend any of your conferences, then let us know. Marsha will provide dinner for the Teachers on 11/1 and 11/8. Please bring your own drinks.
  • PT Conference Scheduling - We will use again. More information will be coming with expectations for scheduling your conferences.
  • Cell Phone Violations Procedures are found here at the following link. Please familiarize yourself with the process.
  • Friday School / Detention Supervisor Sign-Up – Please sign up to supervise a Friday School or Detention for the good of the school culture using the links below. Detentions will now be on Thursday AM and Thursday PM.

Detention -

Friday School -

About Us: Mission & Collective Commitments

We are a collaborative group of educators committed to ensuring high student achievement.

We commit to…

  1. Focusing on student proficiency of Indiana College & Career Readiness standards, not just coverage of material.
  2. Working collaboratively to benefit all students with a focus on results.
  3. Join forces to learn by doing on a daily basis.
  4. Using frequent common assessments that inform and drive our instruction.
  5. Providing intervention and enrichment based upon the formative data.
  6. Furthering a culture that uses value-added language, encourages one another, and celebrates successes.