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Principal's Corner

As we close out our third week of school, I’d like to take a few moments to highlight our areas of focus for the 2015-16 school year:

Reading and Writing Across Content Areas to create a school-wide culture in support of literacy. Our specific goals are to improve foundational reading and writing skills and increase PSAT and SAT preparation. Consider how you can include strategies such as write/pair/share, journals, learning logs, close reading and News ELA.

The Physical Education Department is planning a series of current event articles to use with their students to support reading and writing. The Music Department is incorporating written reflections into the curriculum. Every department can support our school-wide culture of literacy!

Learner Centered Instruction in support of critical thinking, analytical skills and personalized learning. Consider how you can plan instruction that ensures students have choice and voice and are at the center of their learning process.

The Math Department is doing some great work with learner centered instruction! Students have been accessing Discovery Education videos in Mr. Wynne’s and Ms. Plesniak’s class that are tailored to their instructional needs. In the World Languages Department, Ms. Coulson has students engaged in “I Can,” “I Kind of Can,” or “I Can’t,” statements allowing her to customize language instruction.

Consistence, Clarity and Communication regarding school procedures and expectations in support of a safe and positive school climate and a culture of academic performance. Our entire school community has done a tremendous job with new school procedures and expectations that all students can and will achieve!

Ms. Quinn has done an outstanding job updating our school website to enhance communication with parents. Don’t forget that you can also message students and parents in BCPS One and are encouraged to do so. Please also remind students and parents to review the SPHS Student & Parent Guide for important information on a variety of topics.

In Mr. Scalice’s class, students were encouraged to use their electronic devices for instructional purposes to supplement the textbooks. Expectations were clear that electronic devices were for instructional purposes only and students were using the devices appropriately.

Our students have been dressed for success! The Business and Career Studies are supporting our school wide dress code by sponsoring career dress for success days throughout the year. I have received positive feedback from students, parents and even our bus drivers about our students dressing for success!

Lastly, I’m forming a committee that will be charged with creating a school vision statement and revisiting our school mission statement. If you are interested in leading this committee, or being a part of it, please email me.

Enjoy a well-deserved three day weekend- see you all on Tuesday at 2:30 pm for our faculty meeting!

Sincerely,

Emily

Instruction In Action

Professional Learning

Pointer Profile : Edward Baldwin

Ed Baldwin started his teaching career in Claremont, New Hampshire where he taught for two years. From there, he has been a Baltimore County Employee (since 1978-- he offered that tidbit). He attended the following colleges :GMI, S.U.N.Y. at Morrisville, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, Loyola to earn his degree(s).

Ed has taught Industrial Arts, Consumer Math, Physical Education, and Technology Education, but he cannot pinpoint one specific, favorite memory of teaching because " he has loved it all," and he thinks that the one word his students will use to describe him when he retires is: "FINALLY!"

Raising children, hunting, fishing, and auto restoration are some of Ed's favorite hobbies and pastimes... as is teaching- just ask Charile or Daryl Wolinski.

Student Learning Outcomes and Teacher Development Plans

As you settle in to your first week back, start to think of your Teacher Development Plan goal that should come from Domain 3 (Instruction). Additionally, start to think about your SLOs (one in your content and one written around reading and writing to support Mrs. Caster's).


TDP Due Date: 10/2

SLO Due Date: 10/16


Please see the PowerPoints and resources sent out from Casey Bane from the Office of Staff Relations.


Please let me know how I can assist you with either one of these items.

Mark Your Calendars!

Homecoming Football Game

Friday, Sep. 18th, 7pm

SPHS Stadium

Come out and support your Pointers for the homecoming game and weekend events.

Happy Birthday To:


9/5: Danny Salemie

9/11: Laura Coulson

9/22: Brian Tidd

9/26: Conrad Snyder

9/27: Luanne Rusk

10/3: Lisa Westerman

10/11: Charlie Wolinski

10/12: Chris Langis

10/12: Lori Forsythe

10/16: Caitlin Brennan

10/18: Glenn Imirie

10/27: Laura Auffarth

Upcoming Dates/Events:


9/8: ILT Meeting

9/14: Rosh Hashanah - No School

9/15: Faculty Meeting

9/18: Homecoming Football Game

9/19: Homecoming Dance

9/23: Yom Kippur - No School

10/8: Parent/Teacher Conference Night- 5:00

10/16: Professional Development Day (Schools Closed for Students)

10/22: Ring Ceremony - 7:00

10/30: First Marking Period Ends

Leah Wolfe: S.T.A.T. Teacher

Please email, stop by, or use the S.T.A.T. Teacher form if there is anything with which you would like assistance.