Friday Review

Friday, November 4, 2016

What's New?

  • Homeroom Club lists were due to S. Brayboy by on Friday, November 4.
  • Fall Festival will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00pm. All staff members are expected to participate. Sign up for your participation slot at .
  • Make sure that you post your perfect attendance certificates in your rooms to showcase your monthly achievement! We appreciate you helping us to move towards our goal of 97% attendance rate for staff.
  • Christmas Cheer referrals are due by Monday, November 7 to Mrs. Fehlman or Mrs. Snell. It is crucial that referrals are made early to organize the list for the Angel Tree.
  • Science Olympiad is in need of a bicycle pump (to borrow) and empty 1 - liter bottles. Take donations to room 607.

  • Science Olympiad is fundraising with Fun Pasta! Our group link is . These make christmas gifts. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • MTSS Purple Folders, 2 per team is due to Mrs. Snell ASAP for the district MTSS audit.

General Reminders

  • November is National Career Development with theme"The Joy of Work: Positive Approaches to Work, Career & Life!" There will be special activities planned for students during this month that focus on College and Career Readiness.
  • BAND FRUIT FUNDRAISER began October 13th and will run through November 17th. Please see any band students or Mr. Bream to purchase as much fruit as possible...This is a great fundraiser for our band and has been going on for 30+ years. Let's help make this year a great success.
  • Please be reminded that monitors at games may be asked to step in a serve other roles as need. If you sign up for a monitor at a game and there is a need for help in concession, you may be asked to help when needed. We are in need of additional help for the SH vs. Carver game being played at the High School on November 9. We will share monitoring and concessions with CMS.
  • Please help the custodians keep your rooms clean. Encourage students to eat breakfast before they come to your room. All breakfast trash should be put in the trash cans in the hallway, rather than in your classroom trash can. Should you have a spill in your classroom, please call immediately for a custodian.

  • Mr. Bream is requesting bottles of nail polish to use at the Fall Festival. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

  • Grade level Restrooms: Please reinforce the use of grade level restrooms. If there are any questions or concerns, please see Mr. Smith.

  • PBIS Reminder: Homeroom teachers please remember that students can earn 5 tickets for perfect attendance each week, and they can also earn 5 tickets for using the Word of Week in a sentence or if they can give the correct definition.

  • Teachers please remember to take you AESOP information home with you just in case you need a Sub.


I hope that you all enjoyed the Growth Mindset training during the staff meeting. We would like for each house to create an 11" x 17" "Growth Mindset" poster with collaboration from all teachers within the house. We will have a 6th grade poster, 7th grade poster, 8th grade poster, and specials poster. This posters will be due on 11/22. We will post them all over the school and in classrooms.See examples below:
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Fall Festival

Fall Festival will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This fun family event is a great way to spend time with your colleagues, bring your family to Spring Hill to enjoy the fun, and get to know parents... and to make things even better, we have no school the next day, Friday, November 11 (Veteran's Day.)

Thank you to the following staff members for signing up to work our Fall Festival:

  • Heather Smith (Concessions)
  • Cassandra Johnson (Concessions)
  • Dee Motz (Concessions)
  • Pam Best (Concessions)
  • David Knauss (Cornhole)
  • Victoria Henderson (Cornhole)
  • Danny Gallagher (Basketball Shootout)
  • Kurt Oswald (Basketball Shootout)
  • Tod Frazer (Basketball Shootout)
  • Debbie Mears (Scary Hair, Hair Spray Paint)
  • John Whitehead (Football Throws)
  • Terrell Williams (Football Throws)
  • Whitney Green (Bowling)
  • Tonia Johnson (Bowling)
  • June Nance (Bowling)
  • Ruth Ann Harris (BINGO)
  • Dawn Salzlein (BINGO)
  • Melony Gore (Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss)
  • Gerald Jarmusch (Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss)
  • Jessica VanDeVelde (Mini Golf)
  • Robin Miller (Mini Golf)
  • Lorena Fehlman (Spider Ring Toss)
  • Christina Snell (Spider Ring Toss)
  • Mary Locklear ( Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin)
  • Katie Griswold (Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin)

We will need help running the Cake Walk, Balloon Pop Relay, Scary Hair (Hair Spray Paint), Uniform Race, Spiderweb Toss, and Ghost Darts. To sign up to work the Fall Festival, go to:

American Indian Heritage Month Activities at Spring Hill

As you know from the last Friday Review (and hopefully from just being an aware citizen of the world), November is American Indian Heritage Month. This year at Spring Hill, we will host a variety of activities to bring attention to the rich, vibrant, and living heritage of American Indians in North Carolina and the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

  • Visit and view the display case in the commons area. Check out the blankets, shawls, ceramic pieces, and books created by and about American Indians of North Carolina.
  • The Native American Student Association (NASA) will have its first meeting on Tuesday, November 14 from 3:45-4:30pm in the Media Center. Students interested in NASA must complete the application distributed in homeroom, on the Google drive at ???, or located in the Front Office. Students can return NASA applications to the front office.
  • NASA's annual "Rock Your Mocs" Day will be held on Thursday, November 17. All students are invited to wear their favorite pair of shoes that are or resemble moccasins. Did you know that moccasins are the footwear most often associated with traditional North American footwear? Depending on location and available materials, other types of footwear were also worn, for example- woven sandals, boots, and leggings were attached to shoes. The origins of moccasins undoubtedly originate in climates and conditions that made it necessary for people to make protective footwear. Wearing moccasins or boots would have been essential to keep feet from freezing. In warm weather and mild surroundings, protective footwear would be less important and people could easily go barefoot. The word "moccasin" derives from the Algonquian language Powhatan word "makasin" and from the Proto-Algonquian word “maxkeseni” (shoe). “Moccasin” traditionally referred to a shoe with a puckered u-shaped “vamp” over the instep. The name of the Great Lakes Ojibway tribe means “people of the puckered moccasin”. The southern New England Narragansett word for shoe is “Mocussinass” or “Mockussinchass”. Today the word moccasin, known by a variety of spellings, generally refers to all types of hard and soft soled shoe styles, with and without puckered toes, originating with Native Americans. [Taken from Crazy Crow Trading Post at]
  • Our annual American Indian Heritage Month Assembly will be held in the gym on Thursday, November 17 at 8:30am. We will operate on the morning assembly schedule that day, as noted in your Teacher Handbook. This year's presentation will be Storyteller, Kat Littleturtle and her grandson and dancer, flute player, and drummer, Kaya Littleturtle.
  • This year's traditional Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria will be served on Thursday, November 17 during all lunches. Our annual "Bring Your Parents to School Day" has been changed (from November 16) to this date to attract more participation. Lunch can be purchased in the cafeteria for $5.00 per plate and the menu will consist of turkey or ham, rolls, dressing, sweet potato souffle, green beans, peaches, cranberry sauce, and tea or juice. To learn more about the menu from the ORIGINAL Thanksgiving fest shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony in 1621, check out this article:

Curriculum Corner

Teacher Topic: “10/2,” or “Chunk and Chew”

Categories: Instructional Strategies, Learning, Student Engagement,Teaching Strategies

The 10/2 or “Chunk and Chew” strategy is highly effective in supporting students’ understanding of important concepts. The purpose of 10/2 is to ensure that students are not inundated with input from the teacher without being given appropriate time to process the information.

Research (Costa, 1981 and Long, Swain & Cummins, 1996) reinforces the importance of allowing at least two minutes of student processing time with every ten minutes of teacher lecture. It is the two minutes that supports comprehensible output, negotiating meaning, and a risk-free environment to try new vocabulary and concepts with someone the student understands — another student. Also connected to brain research is the idea of “chunking” information. People remember more if it is chunked (as with social security and phone numbers).

By focusing in short spurts on important knowledge and understandings, lessons are delivered in small, 10 minute, “chunks.” During this time, students listen and possibly take notes. Then, prompted by a reflective question to focus thinking, students are given 2 minutes to “chew” on the information by verbally sharing with a classmate or writing individually.

Friendly Reminders:

  • This upcoming week...Data Analysis conversations will be taking place with your counterparts and your teammates. See your Canvas for Data Analysis Review Sheets.
  • Please DO NOT forget...Content Areas are to meet WEEKLY and GLS forms should be submitted on CANVAS by Friday @5pm.
  • Lesson Plans are to be submitted to CANVAS by 8am Monday mornings!!! Have a GREAT Weekend

Support our Mixed Bag FUNDRAISER

Spring Hill Middle School 8th Grade: We’re selling tote bags, accessories, kitchenware & more through a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser!

There are two ways to order:

Instructions for Catalog Orders (These orders get turned into the Chair)

  • Add your contact info to your form. Our fundraiser ID is: 520753
  • Collect money with the orders. Don’t collect tax
  • Make checks payable to: Spring Hill Middle School
  • Turn in money with a copy of your order form to: by 30 November to front office
  • Keep a copy of your orders to easily distribute your customer orders!
  • Questions? Contact: Carrie Macy 910-369-0590 or

Instructions for online orders
(These orders are placed online and ship direct)

Tell friends & family to support us online at Make sure our ID number 520753 is added at checkout. Add the seller you are supporting too! Online orders ship directly to the supporter (anywhere in the US) & shipping is free on orders $75 & up!

Need more help? We’ll send out an email promoting your fundraiser for you, from you! Visit

Contact Mixed Bag Designs at 877.520.2247 or email

CTE News

  • National Career Development Month Poster and Poetry Contest –All students are encouraged to participate and entries are due to Dr. Goins by November 28, 2016. Every student enrolled at Carver and Spring Hill Middle is eligible to participate in the Middle Division of the Poster and Poetry Contest: Grades 6-8. Each entry should celebrate and inspire career development with a positive tone while emphasizing the national theme listed above. More information has been placed in your box regarding this contest.
  • 8th Grade 1st Semester Job Shadowing – November 30, 2016
    (Site selections are due no later than November 4, 2016)
  • November 16, 2016 “National Career Development Day." This day is set aside for students to “Dress for Success”. Students will learn more about college and career readiness by participating in soft skills activities, mock interviews, and workplace simulations.
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Project P.I.N.K. engaged in practicing Positive Self Praise by making "BRAG BAGS"

Project P.I.N.K. spent their last meeting writing positive/empowering messages to themselves and about themselves. When in need of a pick me up, they can reach into the bag and pull out some praise. Please encourage this practice in the classroom.


  • The gates for ticket sales will open at 4:45. All middle school staff/SRO's and our security need to be in place by 4:30.
  • Zero Quarter will start at 5:15. There will be 10 plays for each side.
  • Official Game will start at 6:00.
  • Main gate on home side will be open and tickets will be sold out of the ticket booth on home side.
  • Carver will be the home team and sit on the home side. Spring Hill will sit on the visitors side. Cheerleaders will be on track.
  • Mr. Hersey will print Spring Hill's sideline passes. Only people with sideline passes need to be on the sidelines!!
  • Buses will come in thru back gate and park on the visitor's side of the field house.
  • There will be a pep rally on Wed. to recognize Fall sports and to help energize our students!

We hope that you will come out and support our players and cheerleaders on their big night under the lights!


Saturday, November 6- Daylights Savings Time Ends 2:00am

Monday, November 7- Christmas Cheer Referrals Due; Administrative PLC 9:00am; CTE PLC 12:30 pm; GEAR UP Support at SHMS; EC PLC 3:45pm; PBIS Recognition in Greensboro

Tuesday, November 8- 7th & 8th Grades House and Team Meetings; 6th Grade Team Meetings; Electives Team Meeting; Election Day; Safety Meeting @ 3:30 in Conference Room; Zaxby's PTO Fundraiser Night 5:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, November 9- Principal Leadership at Central Office; Digital Facilitator, Debbie McPhaul, on campus; 7th and 8th Grade Content Level Planning Meetings; Football vs. Carver at Scotland High School (Admissions- T. Houston & D. Knauss; Concessions- M. Williams & X. McRael; Monitors- J. Bream, C. Macy and D. Blue; Administration- Dunham & Smith). FALL SPORTS PEP RALLY in the GYM 2:45 P.M.

Thursday, November 10- Business due to Mary Locklear for next SIT Meeting; Assistant Principal Leadership at Central Office; 6th Grade Content Level Planning Meetings; Fall Festival

Friday, November 11- Veterans Day- No School

Looking Ahead

Monday, November 14- Administrative PLC 9:00am; CTE PLC 12:30 pm; GEAR UP Support at SHMS; EC PLC 3:45pm; MTSS Team Meeting at 3:45pm

Tuesday, November 15-7th & 8th Grades House and Team Meetings; 6th Grade Team Meetings; Electives Team Meeting; All-County Band Concert 6:30pm; Native American Student Association (NASA) Meeting at 3:45 in the Media Center.

Wednesday, November 16- Wacky Wednesday; Digital Facilitator, Debbie McPhaul, on campus; 7th and 8th Grade Content Level Planning Meetings

Thursday, November 17- Bring Your Parents to School Day; "Rock Your Mocs" Day; Native American Heritage Month Assembly at 8:30 am (we will operate on the morning assembly schedule found in your Teacher Handbook); Band Fruit Fundraiser End; 6th Grade Content Level Planning Meetings; SIT Meeting 3:45pm

Friday, November 18- Clubs; 6th Grade House Meeting