Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

January 18-22, 2016

Hello Everyone,

This coming Monday is the holiday dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday is a reminder to the great works of a man of peace. Be Connected week is a good example of Dr. King's vision of how we are all connected to create and live in a peaceful world. If you have never seen the "I Have a Dream" speech, take sometime to view it. It is quite moving. Here is the link on Youtube for his speech:


Have a great week,

Jon and Katie

Coach's Corner-Cherylen Marshall

I had the opportunity to watch a lesson this week from 8th Grade Science teacher Sue Peters that incorporated several instructional strategies, including levels of questioning based in Depth of Knowledge (DOK) principles. She started out by reviewing the previous day’s lesson, asking the class a question: “What is a rock?” Following the question, the students were prompted to research the three rock types for the day. As they moved forward, Sue posed another level-one DOK question in order to access prior knowledge: “What is a sedimentary rock?” Students accessed their rock-types foldable to revisit the information, followed by additional time to pair-share once again in order to ensure that students had the answer written and were able to verbalize it. After cold-calling on a student using individually named sticks, she then elevated the DOK to a level two question, asking the same student, “How is it formed?” When the student could not answer, she had the entire class return to their pair-share partner to collaborate on finding the answer, after which she returned to the same student for a response, and they were able to provide the correct answer. I really liked the fact that Sue used the “no opt-out” method in this instance. She knew that her students had the concrete understanding and that it was time to dial up the level of questioning. This is a great technique to push students towards more depth – great job, Sue!

Being Connected

For some of our students, finding a connection isn't just in the academic day. It lies within those clubs or activities we provide and the adult interaction that comes with it. This interaction can be a very strong motivator for many students. Below is a picture of our Bike Club lead by John Sarrazin. Good work John on making that great connection with kids.
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General Information for all staff

*Jon out on Tuesday-I will be out on Tuesday for a personal day. If you need to reach me you can do so by cell phone. 503-894-2273 or by email.

*Academic Seminar this week--Principal Directed-Katie will be presenting SBAC information on Wednesday. This is a critical meeting to be trained on the SBAC assessment and what we will need to do to be most successful in administering it.

*BE CONNECTED WEEK--Awesome is the word to describe the BE CONNECTED program. I heard kids talking about what they saw and discussed. I stopped in one session briefly and was moved by the 8th grade video. Powerful work. The work continues as we need to make sure that students stay connected with each other and our school. Great work BE CONNECTED team!!!

*Gum Policy--After meeting with Team Leaders, it was decided to continue the no-gum rule until the end of the year. It is working and we have seen a significant drop off in gum related issues.

*Coffee Drinks---Students are to finish their coffee drinks prior to coming into the hallways and classrooms. Katie, Mackenzie and I will work harder to enforce this policy. Please remind students they are to finish them prior to coming into the building and not to put them in their lockers.

*Hallways---Katie and I will be making a greater effort to be in the hallways. Please remember to stand in your doorway during passing periods. This has a significant impact on student behavior during this VERY unstructured time.

Current Week and January At A Glance

Monday-January 18

Gym Week: No Gym Week

Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday-January 19

Dental Screening in C-2 all day (students will be called out of class)

Black Ticket Event during homeroom

Musical Auditions start

Yearbook Club 7:50-8:45

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

Attendance Team Mtg. 11:00

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Volleball 3:15-5:00

Wednesday-January 20

Academic Seminar--Principal (in the library)

7:50-8:50 Chess Club

1:30 CARE team

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

Zone Basketball vs. SMMS @ PMS

Musical Auditions Continue

Thursday-January 21

Boxer/Viking Team Meeting 8:00

Bike Club 3:30

Volleyball 3:15-5:00 vs. SMMS @ PMS

Choir Concert

3:30 Equity Team meeting

Musical Auditions continue

Friday, January 22

BE CONNECTED--PATRIOT OUT (wear red, white, and blue)

Upcoming Events:

January 25, Grading window opens.

January 27, End of Semester

January 28, No school teacher prep

January 29, No School Grade prep

January 29, Grading window closes

Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity."

Albert Einstein