TMS Weekly Updates

February 7, 2014

Celebrate Good Times!

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Mac Book Airs are coming soon!

The IMPACT Grant is aiming for all teachers to receive their computers before the ERPD in March. The first wave of student distibution will start at the end of March. As we dicussed in PLCs, we knew that TMS would not be one of the first schools to receive the student computers, and that is a good thing. The timing of when our students will receive their computers depends on how the distribution goes with the first wave schools. They will work out all the bugs on the first 4 schools, so that the distribution will go much more smoothly forTMS and the rest of the schools. As alway, as I receive more information, I will pass it along to you.


Please start uploading anything you want to save to Google Docs or to a usb drive as soon as possible. ISS will collect your teacher laptops on 4/17/14. I am happy to help you with this process during your planning. I will also hold 8 open sessions, after school, on the following Wednesdays, until 4:15, to help you with the transition of your documents: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16.

TMS Leadership Team Minutes 2/5/14

Click here to go to the TMS Wiki. Click on download to view the page.

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Data for TMS Weekly Update- January 31, 2014

This is the data we recieved from Smore for the TMS Weekly Update-January 31st edition:

  • 10 people spent less than 1 minute on the Update.
  • 9 people spent 1 minute on the Update.
  • 3 people spent 3-5 minutes on the Update.
  • 3 people spent 5-10 minutes on the Update.
  • 4 peope spent 10 minutes or more on the Update.

  • 5 people clicked on the button for the TMS Leadership Updates.
  • 1 person clicked on a Blended Learning tool.

You are missing a lot of important information if you do not read the weekly update and Leadership Team minutes: Duty rosters, know and do, calendar items, useful links, teaching tools, etc. Please read your updates.



From TMS

  • Monday, 2/10: 360 Survey completed by end of day
  • Tuesday, 2/11: Required benefits presentation in the MC. Classified @ 2:30, Certified @3:30
  • Wednesday, 2/12: Early Release Day-Lunch provded by Paslay
  • Thursday, 2/13: Data Day
  • Friday, 2/14: Dance

From the District:

NCDPI ‘MOOClet’ Launches in February (From Rtt Weekly Updates) (All Teachers)

  • In February we introduce a new online learning option called the MOOClet. While you may be familiar with a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), our MOOClet will foster a broader community of learners across the state who interact online during the course and develop relationships and spaces that allow interaction to continue after the course is over. While preserving some of the advantages of facilitated courses such as instructor involvement and feedback, the MOOClet allows a larger number of participants to share ideas and learn from one another.
Start Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5 Duration: 6 Weeks (20 hours) Credits: 2 CEUs
What is the focus of this course?
This course is intended for K-12 classroom teachers and instructional personnel. It focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning, enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state in their subject and grade level. In this course, we will look at the 4Cs - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration - keystones for the 21st century classroom. We will collaboratively investigate digital strategies that can be used to enhance teaching and learning.

Blended Learning Webinar (sponsored by Education Week) (All Teachers)

  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

    Michael Golden, education strategist and CEO of Educurious, discusses how school leaders can create profound impacts on student learning and teacher development using:

    • blended project-based learning,
    • technology,
    • professional development, and
    • connections with real-world experts.

    Golden's proven integrated solution targets middle and high school students with courses in English/language arts aligned with the Common Core State Standards and biology courses that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. These courses facilitate the development of 21st-century learning and engage a community of professionals to help students create powerful networks for the future.
    Golden has found that students "rise to the occasion" when they work with professionals and understand how what they are doing in school has meaning in the world around them. In this webinar, he will address some of the challenges educators face and provide strategies to facilitate school change.

  • Support Materials for the World Language Essential Standards (From Rtt Weekly Updates) (World Language Teachers)

The World Languages Collaborative Team is in the process of crafting additional tools for teachers and administrators to use as they implement the World Language Essential Standards. Recently, a set of proficiency outcome posters were posted to the World Language wiki, at This can be used in classrooms or in communication with stakeholders to illustrate what students will be able to do with the language being learned once they complete a course. This spring, a set of Administrator Briefings are being drafted which will include a short overview of a World Language program paired with an observation form aligned to the NCEES standards.


  • Complete 360 survey by the end of the day on Monday, 2/10/14.
  • From Steytler: Jaye and I have been working on the ERPD agenda, it is not finalized yet as we will be receiving more directives from the district required content. One of the activities is teams going on a "tour" to other grade level classrooms and assessing the level of district requirements posted in rooms, primarily focusing on all the components of the PDSA that are posted.

360 Survey

Please click on link to complete survey by 2/10/14

Assigned Duties

Week of 2/10-2/14

  • Breakfast: Deal
  • AM Car Riders: Ciletti
  • PM Car Riders: Lemings, Lerg
  • PM Buses: Miliron, Pozega

Week of 2/17-2/21

  • Breakfast: Evans
  • AM Car Riders: Smith
  • PM Car Riders: Reep, Stiles
  • PM Buses: Lampe, Sursi

Symbaloos for TMS

Coming Soon!

New mixes for Wheel subjects and for the Olympics
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