Wm. Adams Middle School

Faculty and Staff Newsletter • Oct. 3, 2016

Faculty Meeting Wednesday

Among the items we will discuss is our Olweus Anti-Bullying Program and Student Led Conferences. Please be present.

Morning Duty This Week - October 3-7, 2016

Please remember to be at your duty station by 7:58. Morning Duty ends at 8:12.

Mari Rios - Station 1: Outside main entrance

Jackie Ruiz - Station 2: Corridor to the gym

Jesus Saenz - Station 3: West entrance

Orlando Sendejo - Station 5: 200 wing between 207 and 209 (monitor from 207 to 216)

Chris Watts- Station 6: Outside Library by tables

Patricia Mejia - Station 7: 300 wing between 303 and 306 (monitor from 303 to 301)

Haylee Payne - Station 8: 300 wing between 312 and 314 (monitor from 312 to 316)

Luis Ramirez- Station 9: 400 wing between 404 and 406 (monitor from 406 to 401)

Ludy Resendez - Station 10: 400 wing between 409 and 414 (monitor from 407 to 416)

Pam Rodriguez - Station 11: Outside 400 wing by east entry

Karen Vickers - Station 12: Bus Stop

*If you know in advance that you will be absent, please alert administration in order to have someone monitor your station in your absence.

Afternoon Duty This Week

Afternoon Duty This Week

Mary Rios - Station 1: Flagpole

Jackie Ruiz - Station 2: Outside near the gym doors that face east

Jesus Saenz - Station 3: Outside near the covered walk

Clarissa Salinas - Station 4: Outside near the covered walk

Orlando Sendejo - Station 5: Outside near the covered walk

Chris Watts -Station 6: Outside the cafeteria

Patricia Mejia - Station 7: Outside the cafeteria

Haylee Payne - Station 8: Outside the gym on the south side

Luis Ramirez - Station 9: Bus Stop

Ludy Ramirez - Station 10: Bus Stop

Pam Rodriguez - Station 11: Bus Stop

Karen Vickers - Station 12: East Exit

Hallway and Lunch Concerns

We have noticed that not all students are following our procedures in the morning. They are to sit outside their advisory classroom until you bring them into the room. You may bring them in early if you wish. We have also noticed that students are not walking on the right side of the hallway and are not staying in line against the wall as they wait to enter their classrooms. Please help us by reinforcing our PBIS procedures.

Each wing should have a rotation schedule for lineup to lunch. It is important that everyone follow this schedule so that all students and teachers have an equal opportunity to line up first. Please follow this schedule. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Finally, please remember to stand at the corner of your entrance during passing periods so that you can see down the hallway. Teachers' presence makes a tremendous difference in student behavior.

Grades, Grades, Grades

Our district grading guidelines require a minimum of two grades entered in the grade book each week. This gives students and parents six grades by the 3-week progress mark. It is very difficult for us as administrators to help you with parent concerns when the grades are not there. The bottom line is that it is a district requirement which we are expected to follow. This information is not new; it was shared with you when we met at the first of the year and again on August 25th when you were emailed the grading guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines will be documented and addressed. If at any time you have an issue that prevents you from meeting these requirements, please let Dr. Holmgreen know.

Charting Student Progress

Are your students charting their goals and progress? It is a powerful tool for them. Please be sure that you discuss goals for each unit and that students are tracking their progress individually. Class trackers can also be a powerful tool that promotes friendly competition. We look forward to seeing these charts as we make classroom visits.

Student-Led Conferences

We will have our first student led conference of the year on October 10th and 13th. Following are some things that need to be happening now so that students have what they need in order to discuss their progress with their parent(s):

•A portfolio of their work. This can be a manila folder in which their work has been collected, or it might be their composition book/journal where they have collected their work.

•A sample "script" for students. One will be provided for you.

•Work with students to hold mock conferences during Advisory and/or Enrichment period prior to the conferences so that students have a solid idea of what is expected to happen at these conferences. More information will be provided at our Faculty Meeting on Wednesday.

Middle School Student-Led Conference

High Yield Strategies - Lead4Ward app


We have shared conversation about student engagement in the classroom, and we have talked about the multiple benefits this has for students and teachers. The link above will take you to a very thorough list of instructional strategies you can explore and use in your classroom.

You administrators will be looking for implementation of these strategies as they conduct their walkthroughs. Send photos of students engaged in them to Dr. Holmgreen for a chance to win a prize!

Please check out the Lead4Ward app that was referenced in last week's newsletter. It is a great way to keep these strategies and more right at your fingertips. It's FREE!

Progress Monitoring Forms in Eduphoria

You are required to fill out the above forms on certain students. These can be found in Eduphoria. Go to AWARE, Analyze, My Student Groups, scroll down to Student District forms, then Click on Student Monitoring 16-17, and a list of students will come up. For each student you have for whom progress must be monitored, you will need to fill out a form. To do this, click on students name, click on FORMS tab, click on Add Form, click on Student monitoring form 16-17, click "Add." The form will be added and you click on it and fill it out. Once filled out, remember to save it. (All entries in future six weeks will be added to this form; you do not need to create a new form each six weeks.) Then move on to the next student.

We know that you monitor progress for all students but this is REQUIRED by the district for our students in particular student groups. Please watch your email for these instructions for navigating through Eduphoria that you may wish to print for quick reference.

Attendance Update:

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Last Friday was our second worst attendance day. Both grade levels had 93% attendance with about 25 students absent in each grade. Let's get creative and think of some special incentives for Mondays and Fridays where we are tending to see a slump in our attendance. Please be handing out those Coyote Bucks to students, too. On Fridays we have our drawings for prizes and incentives and we need those Coyote Bucks to do that.

Thank you for your consideration and attention to this.

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