The Dream Team

9/28/15 Weekly Memo 10

Strategic Priorities

Professional Capacity

Goal: We will build upon the knowledge & skills of all staff members

Parent, School, & Community Ties

Goal: We will engage ALL stakeholders in the school’s culture.

School Learning Climate

Goal: We will create a safe and orderly environment that promotes the sense of urgency required to climb the ladder of academic and behavioral excellence.

Uplift's Fall Appreciation Celebration!! We had a blast!!! Thank you all for taking time to celebrate your hardwork!

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Table of Contents

  1. Good Things
  2. PRIDE Heroes
  3. Duty Schedule
  4. Message from the Coach
  5. Absences
  6. Week at a glance
  7. Upcoming Events
  8. Early Release Bell Schedule

Good Things!

Mrs. Parks says:

Shout out to Mrs. Campistrano for being the Core Value Star of the Month!! We appreciate all that you do to help our school run smoothly! We see your commitment and dedication to the school. Your 'Whatever It Takes' attitude is very much appreciated!

Thank you Ms. Wallace for getting all of the teachers trained on the practices and protocol for CA testing.

Thank you Ms. Navarrete for making yourself available to our scholars!

Thank you Mr. Yater for working tirelessly, consistently, and without hesitation!

Thank you Mrs. Brown for your diligence and discipline in always putting scholars first!

Thank you to you all for making a difference!

Mr. Gardner says…

Shout out to Mr. Wright for receiving feedback and immediately incorporating strong concrete and abstract checks for understanding into his lessons.

Shout out to Mr. Yater for building great relationships with some of our most challenging scholars and being vigilant in seeing to it that they have a safe place/person to go to, and receive the quality education they deserve.

Shout out to Ms. Thomas for exhibiting brilliant vigilance on lunch duty, and tirelessly holding scholars to a high standard of behavior.

Shout out to Mrs. Navarrete for always taking every little rumor I hear about a possible scholar issue with the utmost urgency and gravity. I always feel secure in the knowledge that our scholars are receiving the best emotional and life counseling when I hand you a situation.

Shout out to EVERYONE for working so hard for our kids every day. All of our most valuable and rewarding moments go unnoticed by everyone except those that matter most: OUR SCHOLARS. You’re all amazing educators and even better people and I’m thankful and blessed to be able to work with each of you.

Congratulations to this Week's MS PRIDE Heroes!

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Reminder: Nominations for PRIDE Heroes- We Want to Hear from YOU!

You have the opportunity to vote for your fellow colleagues. Place your nominees name, core value that you've seen them consistently demonstrate, and your rationale for the nomination in the box in the library. We will continue to have scholars nominate staff as well as myself and Abbi. You must cast your vote by Wednesday each week. The PRIDE wall will be updated and the recipients of the awards will be given every Friday morning. No staff member is off limits.

Duty Schedule

Morning Duty- Proctors report to Ms. Wallace's room. Report to the gym at 7:50am to pick up your group.

Lunch Duty-

  • 6th Grade Lunch- Science Team Lead & Specials Team Member and Administration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Lunch- Spanish and Humanities Team Leads and Administration

All teachers must arrive to pick up your class from the cafeteria 5 minutes prior to the end of the lunch period.

After School Duty- All Staff at your assigned location until 4:30pm.

A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-

Today I leave you with a poem.

See It Through


When you’re up against a trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face;

Lift your chin and set your shoulders,

Plant your feet and take a brace.

When it’s vain to try to dodge it,

Do the best that you can do;

You may fail, but you may conquer,

See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you

And your future may seem grim,

But don’t let your nerve desert you;

Keep yourself in fighting trim.

If the worst is bound to happen,

Spite of all that you can do,

Running from it will not save you,

See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,

When with troubles you’re beset,

But remember you are facing

Just what other men have met.

You may fail, but fall still fighting;

Don’t give up, whate’er you do;

Eyes front, head high to the finish.

See it through!

The Dream Team Will Fight,


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Are you ready??? Let's Go For It!!



In the event of emergency or sickness, the staff member will notify the admin team and their grade level team no later than 11:00 PM via text message and staff will enter an absence in TEAMS. Three late arrivals within a six week period will result in a memo and a meeting with the director. If an absence is pre-planned, approval from the Director should be secured at least 14 days before the absence. All plans, class lists, and daily details should be left on the desk or table in a clearly labeled “Substitute folder”. Coverage for all duties should be coordinated by the person with the absence.

Scholars who are absent should get all work the first day upon returning (or earlier if the parent calls to pick it up). The scholar should have the number of days missed to complete the missing assignments. If tutoring is needed to catch the scholar up, the teacher will arrange this with the parent. If a scholar has been absent for more than 24 total days the director and attendance clerk need to be notified via email.

Week at a Glance

Monday, September 28th: A Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Writing CA

Lesson Plans Due (If you are using CTL plans- you must submit the modification protocol)

Abbi is Out

Parks is Out

Tuesday, September 29th: B Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Humanities CA

Wright's Planning Day

Wednesday, September 30th: A Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

CA Make-up Testing

If you have any shout outs or good things to share email David Gardner by 12 pm on Wednesday for your message to be in the memo.

Wednesday After School Schedule:

CA Grading for ELAR and Humanities @3pm-4:45pm

Science, Math, Spanish, & Specials update grades, help grade CA tests, all boards should be updated in every class.

Teaching Trust Absences:

Parks Out

Gardner Out

Abbi Out

Luna Out

Houston Out

Thursday, October 1st: B Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Science CA

Parks Out- Momentous Institute

Friday, October 2nd: A Day

Jeans and a Pink Shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Spanish CA

Lesson Plan revisions due on blackboard

Daverse Lounge @7pm

DaLayna Out

Gardner Out- Momentous Institute

Abbi Out- Momentous Institute

Coming Soon...

October 2nd: DaVerse Lounge@7pm departure from HP @6:15pm

October 5th: Math CA Testing

October 5th: DaLayna Out

October 6th: Reading CA Testing & Progress Reports Go Home

October 6th: Training with Mike Luckock @4:30-6:30pm (Dinner Provided)

October 7th: CA Make UPs--> ALL CA Grading Completed by 4:30pm

October 8th: Half Day for Scholars/ CA Norming Day--> End of Quarter 1

October 9th: No School for Scholars/Collaboration Day for Staff

October 11th: Teaching Trust Absences:

Parks Out

Gardner Out

Abbi Out

Luna Out

Houston Out

October 12th: Grades Must Be Final @8am

October 15th: Awards Ceremony @6pm ALL staff present

October 16th: $2 Dress Down

October 19th: Latin American Country Hallway Judging

October 19th: Internal School Review

October 19th: 8th Grade Parent Meeting directly after awards

October 21st: Campus Needs Assessment (during the day) & Parent Teacher Conferences beginning at 3:30pm

October 21st: Data & Desserts in the library (originally on the 8th)

October 23rd-31st: Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd: $2 Dress Down

October 26th: Parks Out for NHP's ISR

October 27th: Progress Reports Go Home

October 30th: Midnight Madness @8pm

Early Release Bell Schedule

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