Eagle News

2/3/14 - A Newsletter for the Haynes Bridge Staff

Happy Birthday!

February


2/3 -Lauren Seidman

2/8 - Stephanie Brand

2/10 - Karen Evitts

2/14 - Dani-Sue Boldus

2/15 - Caroline Johnson

2/16 - Susan Harper

2/17 - Sabrina Dean

2/19 - Molly Nigro

2/24 - Chris Chang

2/25 - Bridgette Rixman

2/27 - Ashlynn Dowell

Dates to Remember


2/4-Tuesday

  • Leadership

2/5-Wednesday

  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Public Detenion - Hooks/Sewell
  • Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting at Centennial HS

2/6-Thursday

  • Scoliosis Testing
  • Spelling Bee

2/10-Monday

2/11-Tuesday

  • 8th grade visit to Centennial
  • PTA Board Meeting
  • PTA Skyzone night

2/12-Wednesday

  • Math Department Meeting
  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Public Detention-Callaway/Sudu
  • Basketball @ Webb Bridge

2/13-Thursday

  • Career Day
  • Basketball @HBMS

2/14-Friday

  • Holiday

Principal's Points

Team,


I just want to reiterate how thankful I am to be part of our team. Everyone worked together and ultimately, we all arrived home. Some of our teammates are still recovering, mentally, so please lend a hand when you see someone that may need a pick-me-up. We debriefed with leadership tomorrow this week. If you have any input on what went well or what we need to improve upon, please send me an email with that feedback.


The good news is that we will not be required to make up the bad weather days. However, this did impact how much time we had to teach the units we were working on. If you have not already done so, please work out your calendars to determine what is essential for students to learn and where you can cut some things out.


Due to the days off, we have updated the TKES calendar. Mid-year conferences will be finished this week. We will begin our 3rd Walk-throughs the week of the 10th. You will have a different administrator than who has done your previous walk-throughs and formative observations. We will be observing for Standard 3 and Standard 4.


In order to make sure we are prepared for next week, we will be holding grade level meetings on Monday. Career day is Thursday and it is important we are all clear on the process for our day to be a success. Please plan accordingly and remind your colleagues.


Have you dreamed of being on TV? Well, here is an opportunity....see the note for 11Alive below.

To honor the Winter Olympics in Sochi 11Alive is planning an Olympic All Access Pass Newscast.

Date: Wednesday, February 12

Live Location: Wills Park, 11925 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009 (exact location in the park TBD)

Arrival time: 4:15pm

Broadcast Time: 5pm – 6pm

Date: Wednesday, February 12

Live Location: Wills Park, 11925 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009 (exact location in the park TBD)

Arrival time: 4:15pm

Broadcast Time: 5pm – 6pm



The more the merrier so please invite other organizations, friends, and family. Also, feel free to bring signs/banners/props that will be seen on-air!



Below is a link from when we took the show to the City of Dallas for the Summer Olympics.


http://dallas.11alive.com/news/news/129782-11alive-parties-dallas


Please let us know if you can attend so we can plan on how many people are able to join us! When you call, ask for Jenna Levetan or Erika Palmer.


Jenna Levetan, Producer, 11Alive News / WXIA-TV, Newsroom: (404) 873-9114

Weekly Team Time Assignments

Team Time Schedule


Monday-Math Challenge: Students will solve a word problem by creating a proportion or equation.


Tuesday-Character Education Writing Prompt: Students will practice and improve their writing skills by responding to a writing prompt centered on reflection of acts of kindness during our winter storm last week.


Wednesday-D.E.A.R., which stands for Drop Everything and Read. Students will read a book they have checked out from the media center and participate in the "arrive at 25" program managed by our media center.


Thursday Study/Organizational Skills

Topic: Work Organization

(This activity may take two Thursdays to complete)

Students will complete a rating quiz that will give them a numerical score which will translate into a specific organizational profile. Students will discuss with a partner their organizational strengths and weaknesses and create a list of goals for the remainder of this semester to strengthen their individual organization profile. These goals will be placed into their advisement files for follow up throughout the semester. The organization profiles can be viewed at the link below.


Friday Finish

Students should be given time to complete their assignments


To view the specific assignments for this week's team time click the link below:


Assignment Details

Assessment

Media/Technology Support

ONE-Did you know you and the students have 24/7 access to our databases? The passwords for the databases can be found on the media center page by clicking on Database Passwords. This page is password protected but the password is very easy to remember- EAGLES


TWO-Are you receiving wonderful projects from your students? Please share wonderful student work so students and other teachers can see the exciting, rigorous, and innovative work that is being done in our classrooms. Send to Jes O’Kelley okelley@fultonschools.org anything, including papers, posters, Prezis, Powerpoints, videos, models, artwork, and digital projects. She will return the projects to you quickly. We need work from every content area, and we would like as much as we can get! Send anything and everything you have. Click here is a sneak peak at the website!

Professional Development

Teaching Quote of the Week:


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
~Alvin Toffler



Upcoming PD


Professional development opportunities will resume next week.


Thought of the Week:


The district Professional Learning department will be sponsoring a month long competition beginning February 3rd for the individual and the school with the highest usage rates on PD360. Our goal is for each teacher to watch at least one PD360 video a day during the contest. At stake is an ipad mini for the winning individual in each learning community, and a catered lunch for the entire staff of the winning school. We can do this!


Here is the video watching guide for the week of 02/03-02/07:


Since many of you have asked for time management tips, and have expressed a desire to find ways to find a healthy balance between work and life, this series of videos on PD360 may be helpful. There are 8 videos in the series…if each of us watch them this week, it would be a great start towards winning the contest as well as helping to find that balance.


PD Videos>Program (under All Videos on left)>Frazzled Educator’s Health and Wellness Plan>Teacher Edition


Useful Resources:


Here is a list of the 101 most useful websites on the internet- at least by this guy’s opinion. There are a lot of useful sites listed that educators will find interesting and helpful in the classroom.


http://www.labnol.org/internet/101-useful-websites/18078/


Extra Help

Snowpocalypse? Snowmageddon? SnowJam?


How are you feeling about last week’s weather-related events? Did it make you a little anxious to drive the roads to the school today- the same roads you had to carefully maneuver on Tuesday night? Maybe you’re having bad dreams about those hours you were separated from your own children, unable to get to them. Maybe you’re questioning the school district’s, governor’s, or mayor’s response to the storm? Do you feel out of sorts? Fuzzy headed, exhausted, muscle tension, or headaches? You’re not going crazy. We experienced a traumatic event.


What you’re feeling is normal! The trip home Tuesday (and Wednesday) took a huge emotional toll on many of us. It might have even taken a physical toll. The good news is, after a traumatic event, most of us get back to “normal” eventually. It just takes time. Here are some things that might help your coping:


-- Share your story. Call and friend, family member or have lunch with a staff member to tell them about what happened to you. If you’re not a talker, write it out in a journal or send an email to someone you love.


-- Plan for if/when it happens again. After a traumatic event, part of healing is making sure you feel safe or better prepared next time. Pack a bag in your trunk, add more people to your child’s pick up list, talk about preparedness with your family, buy an extra cell phone charger, put a bag of sand in your trunk- whatever you need to do to assure yourself you’re prepared if it happens again.


-- Get lots of rest, eat well and exercise. You know, basic self-care things. All these things help restore your energy, clear your mind, and help your brain process what you went through.


-- Get back to your routine. This makes the event feel like just that, an event. It’s not a part of our every day lives. Thank goodness!


If you feel like you’re not getting back to “normal” or having trouble carrying out your daily responsibilities, reach out for help. You have 2 amazing counselors, a social worker, and a caring admin team at your disposal. We can direct you to resources for support. Also- don’t forget about the Employee Assistance Program- the free number you can call for counseling and emotional support. It’s 1-800-854-1446. You are part of a great team!