NEWS for #701 Belair

February 1 - 5, 2016

#701 Vision

Through shared responsibility and life experiences, we will instill positive character traits and create pathways to success for ALL students SO that they become confident, independent, problem solving individuals.

#701 Mission

  • promote a sense of shared respect and responsibility between home, school and community
  • teacher reflection and collaboration will be an essential part of our growth and student achievement
  • optimal learning will exist in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment sustained through School Wide Positive Behavior and CharacterPlus
  • teachers will have high expectations for all students and provide them with a learning framework centered on critical thinking, problem solving, self-reflection, communication, collaboration, and real life experiences

Things to Note/Upcoming Events......

Monday, February 1 - Culture Team @ 8:10 (Dempsey's room); Monthly Assembly @ 9:15 (monthly assembly AMP schedule); Fire Drill - PM

Tuesday, February 2 - PLC Team @ 8:10 (Walk's room); JCPS Technology Team in lab to work with teachers during plan times on technology issues/assistance/implementation ideas, etc. THIS WILL NOT INTERRUPT LAB SCHEDULE - classes can still be in there. More info coming from Tammy Ferry.

Wednesday, February 3 - Tier 2 Behavior - 8:00 - location TBA; Interstate Studios will be on site for group photos/candids/staff picture - staff picture will be in gym at 8:30 with teacher dress; group photos will begin at 9:15; Scott Out AM for AC/DC

Thursday, February 4 - Mid-terms go home; Student Led conferences 4-8; Scott Out of District (during day)

Friday, February 5 - Team Time 8:15

Student Meetings: Friday - K. Mayfield @ 8:15

AMP Schedule: Monday - Red; Tuesday - Blue; Wednesday - Yellow; Thursday - Red; Friday - Blue

Library/Counseling Schedule: Maroon Week for counseling; library will be effected by Book Fair (refer to Cindy's schedule for visits to Book Fair and Open Borrowing).

Morning Duties: 8:30 - 8:45 Gym (Charlotte); 8:30 - 8:45 Cafeteria (Jami); 8:30 - 8:45 Car Riders (Sam)

Afternoon Gym Duties: Roberts, Vernon, Owen, Farris, Luebbering, Rackers, and Germer

Happy Birthday: Melissa Vernon (12th) and Brenda Bulson (26th)

Upcoming Culture/Belair Cares Events: 'Soup'er Bowl lunch next Friday, February 5th

Staff High Five's....

January JCPS Staff Appreciation Nominee - We would like to nominate Christina Yanis. She has been a great addition to our Belair family this year. She's kind and helpful to not only her students but parents and staff members as well. Her room is amazing, and should be featured in one of those fancy teacher magazines. She really takes pride in everything she does, and it makes Belair a better place to be and work. We are so lucky to have Christina on our Belair team!

February JCPS Staff Appreciation Nominee - Mercedes is a very important part of the JCPS community. She spends countless unpaid hours helping our ELL families so everyone is communicated with effectively. She goes to students homes, talks on the phone, attends field trips so all students can enjoy the tours, and translates anything that has been asked of her. These families look up to Mercedes and find comfort when she is around. They rely on her in the summer to get information for their child's birthday party and helping with documentation. She may go unnoticed to some (those that may not have ELL families) but to some teachers, students, and a large group of families in our community she is a little piece of heaven in Earth.


Infinite Campus Gradebook MUST be updated by the end of each Tuesday with the previous week's scores/standards recorded.

Data Cycle data to Scott upon beginning/ending each unit for math and writing.

Web page updated by February 29.

Required Annual Videos - reminder that staff members are required to annually watch training videos. All training videos must be watched and completion forms submitted by February 1, 2016. These training videos are required by state law and/or district policy, and you must annually provide confirmation that you have completed each of the training modules. Once you have finished watching all required videos, you will log in to TalentEd Records and submit the completion form that is in your "Needs Attention" task list. As a reminder, TalentEd Records functions best in Google Chrome. Your user name is your firstname.lastname and your password is what you use to log in to your computer each day. Let me know if you have questions.

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Quad D Lesson Examples

More QUAD D examples from North Elementary. Start sending me your Quad D examples and I will highlight them each week. Can't wait to share the great things going on at Belair with others!

QUAD D from Grade 4

How would you have handled the trouble with the Teton Sioux? How would you do it differently than Lewis and Clark? Why is your way a better way to have solved this trouble?

QUAD D from Grade 1

You are carrying a crayon box, scissors, a pencil, a book and erasers in your backpack. Your backpack is too heavy. Use a balance to put the things in order from heaviest to lightest. What should you take out of you backpack? Why should you take that item out of your backpack?
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Project Based Learning and Real Solutions Coming from Driving Questions

Great and interesting read as we focus on making learning rigorous and relevant!!

Do You Have a Fixed or Growth Mindset? BOOK STUDY OPPORTUNITY

If you are interested in being part of a book study this spring, please let me know by Friday, February 5th through email. I have included a couple of quotes and a review of the book MINDSET by Carol Dweck.

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

“What on earth would make someone a nonlearner? Everyone is born with an intense drive to learn. Infants stretch their skills daily. Not just ordinary skills, but the most difficult tasks of a lifetime, like learning to walk and talk. They never decide it’s too hard or not worth the effort. Babies don’t worry about making mistakes or humiliating themselves. They walk, they fall, they get”
Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area. (less)