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Week Ending March 25, 2016

Unit plans are due to me by March 25th. Please make sure that you are following the philosophy and format of the school. While doing so, please keep in mind that the majority of our students although very bright, have executive functioning issues and will quickly unravel and 'do nothing' without organization and changing up the activities every 20-30 minutes. Please limit your computer use and discussion time to 30 minutes each day.

On Wednesday, March 30th, Middle School will be having reflection day for the parents in the morning and will be meeting with teachers as well. Please make sure to have out your syllabus for this semester, work for each student, books you are reading (or at least the list) and have the students give one their most recent presentations to the parents).

March 31st we will be going on a field trip in the afternoon. Nora, Traci Haberland and Wendy will be chaperoning the students at 12:10. Not all of the students will be attending. Those choosing to stay behind will have a regular school day. Please use this as an opportunity to work with students one-on-one. Since we will not be done until 10:30/11:00PM at night, those students on the field trip will not have to come to school on Friday. All others will be required to be at school.

Please note that as of now, we do not have a middle school for next year. My daughter Jocelyn will be making a big effort during the next few months to recruit students for a self-contained 6th grade as she is certified to teach all subjects for this age group. If she is successful with her efforts, she will be the teacher for this grade.

Teacher Meetings With Wendy

Mondays - 10:30 - Jumana Lakdawala
Tuesdays - 10:30 - Tracey Rockett
Tuesdays - 11:30 - Rachel Klein
Wednesdays - 11:30 Nora Teitzman
Thursdays - 11:30 - Joyce Hawkins
Fridays - 9:30 - Tyler Smith

Professional Development Opportunities



Florida Humanities Council is offering several seminars this summer

Five Flags: 450 Years of St. Augustine June 13-17, 2016

Humanities in the Digital Age June 16-18, 2016

Civil Rights: The View from St. Augustine June 20-24, 2016

What Sustains Us? Florida Ecosystems in an Era of Rapid Change June 20-24, 2016

Calusa, Creeks and Crackers: Peoples of Florida June 27-30, 2016

Fluid Futures: Imagining Water in the 21st Century June 27- July 1, 2016

Civil War in Florida: Beyond the Battlefield July 7 - 10, 2016

Florida Water Stories: The Indian River System July 11 - 15, 2016

If selected, housing meals and the program itself is a cost of $100.

You must apply by March 31, 2016 to be considered


Summer Institute: Teaching the Humanities Through Art
Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year. Apply by April 3, 2016.
  • WEEK 1: Monday, July 11–Friday, July 15, 2016
  • WEEK 2: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2016
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