North Oaks Middle School

WEEKLY MEMO 2/8/2016


MISSION: The North Oaks' staff will ensure high levels of learning for every student.

VISION: In order to achieve our mission, we function collectively as a professional learning community.

POP: To enhance and ensure consistency in our PLCs.

Information and Reminders

  • Congratulations to our chili cook-off winner, Mrs. Kingsbury! Once again, a big thanks to Mrs. Vasquez for organizing the event!
  • Thanks to those of you posting to our Facebook and Twitter accounts as you see opportunities on campus or at events. It is great to see comments from parents.
  • Please be sure to vote for Teacher of the Year by the end of this weekend. We have to send the name of the winner on Monday morning. Dr. Brown will be here to present on the morning of February 17th.
  • LoL will not meet this week.
  • We will begin our new electronics pilot on Monday. Please see e-mail for details.
  • Our bell system will change starting Monday to adjust for 6th period announcements. Please see email from Mr. Cook earlier this week with the new schedule.
  • There are no basketball games finalized as teams gear up for the district tournament this next weekend. We will send a schedule when we know.
  • Activity night this week. Please see duty schedule.










Please be aware that you are on-call for your duty spot. Since we are on the week before a break, please check in with an administrator to be sure we do not need you. Thanks!

Quote of The Week

I just started a book called, Mindset. It begins by describing two mindsets people have, either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I will continue to pull quotes from the book by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.:

"The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value."

The fixed mindset suggests that "your qualities are carved in stone and creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over and every situation calls for a confirmation of intelligence, personality, or character."

(As I think about this quote, I think about my job. Do I evaluate my effectiveness based on data, or evaluations, or affirmations, or criticisms? Yes, I think I do sometimes. How might I internalize this information and turn it into a challenge or an opportunity to get better at what I do? Good stuff!)

The growth mindset is "based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts- everyone can change and grow through application and experience."

(This reminds me about "persistence" and the "power of choice" described in The Traveler's Gift. A focus on results and a belief in your potential is essential to your success.)

Which mindset are you? More to come...have a great week!