Sequoia Middle School Monday Memo

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Weekly Updates

Team Sequoia,

Kudos to our FAB 5 staff members (Jamey, Will, Ernie, Fred and Becca) for taking down the students in Friday's charity basketball game. The students did a great job in organizing the event and it was lots of fun to be a part of. Hopefully there were no injuries as well.

Click the link below for 14 seconds of riveting action

Thanks to many teachers who alerted us of a possible physical altercation on Friday afternoon. Between texts, calls, and emails we were well prepared for anything after school. Hopefully it was just a rumor and our students were all safe. Thanks to our Friday duty crew and PE teachers for looking out for the kids.

Week 2 of Teacher Appreciation Week continues ( See Schedule below). Thanks for all you do to support our students!

Teacher Appreciation Week/Month Continues:

Wednesday, May 11th - Frozen Yogurt Bar at Staff Meeting (From PFC)

Friday, May 13th - Happy Hour at Jack's - Starts at 3:30

Wednesday, May 18th - Staff Luncheon prior to Open House (from PFC)

CAASPP Testing:

Thanks to all of our 8th GRADE ELA Team + History and 7th Grade Math Team + Science for the great proctoring. We are back at it again this week with 7th Grade Core and 6th Grade Math along with 8th Grade Science CST. We appreciate everyone's support and sharing to help make this assessment schedule work. We will be starting make-up testing on Wednesday for the next three weeks.

At our PAC meeting on May 31st, we will review the schedule and see if we need to tweak the schedule any way. Please share with your department chair or me if you have any thoughts.

Technology Ordering:

We are finalizing our order for Classroom Technology Enhancements (CTE) this week. Included in the order our 35+ new teacher machines for all staff, 25 65' TV's, 20 Wireless Access Points, 10 IMac's for tech center, docu cams, projectors and other miscellaneous items. Additionally, we have put in for 160 more chromebooks. I am optimistic that we will be starting the 2016-2017 school year with everything in place. Stay tuned.

Single Plan for Student Achievement:

We will be reviewing our 2015-2016 Single Plan and discussing our 2016-2017 plan at our staff meeting on Wednesday. Documents will be coming your way by Tuesday in the am.

MDUSD Sports:

Our football season continues with two games on Monday, May 2nd as the mighty Sequoia Giants visit the Riverview Vikings at 3:30 and 4:30. Free Admission.

Last week we tied 20-20 and lost 15-14 to PHMS.

Meetings this week:

Wednesday - Staff Meeting 1:30 (End of the year schedule, SPSA, Yogurt and fun)

Shared Folder on Google Drive:

We are continuing to build our SMS Staff Resource Folder on Google Drive. Please feel free to add to it, or let me know if there is anything that you would like to have electronic access too.

Tweet(s) of the Week


Which of these 7 beliefs are a part of your educational philosophy?


Duty Schedule- Week of May 9th -

Team 3 you are up. Thanks for keeping our kids safe.

Homework Club Schedule, Upcoming Events, Principal Goals, Calendar

Homework Club Schedule 2:45- 3:45​

Monday – Warholic – A-3

Tuesday – Perlberg – C-7/English Learners Amerson - B4

Thursday – Sutherland - C-3/English Learners Enloe – B4

Principal Goals for 2015-2016

· Improve Communication/Outreach to all Sequoia Stakeholders

· Continued growth and implementation of Common Core Standards across the curriculum (rigor, writing, conceptual understanding, critical thinking)

· Create Meaningful Collaborative Opportunities for Students, Teachers, Schools

· Develop High Expectations for All Students (Support Students to Meet Them)

· Use Technology to Extend/Re-Define Learning Opportunities for Students

What I am working on:

- CAASPP Support

- Finishing Teacher Evaluation Process

- ​Interviewing for the last staff positions.

- Finalizing staffing for 16-17

- Master Scheduling building

-Single Plan for Student Achievement

Weekly Calendar of Events -

May 3rd - PAC Meeting, ELAC, PFC

May 4th - Department/PLC Meetings

May 6th - Leadership Staff vs. Students Basketball game 3pm

June 10th - Friday, Promotion/Last Day of school

Click below for Master Calendar