KP Monday Memo

January 11 - Week 22

Upcoming Events

January

  • 12th - 8th Grade Hall Presentation of Studies - periods 1, 2 & 3
  • 12th - Faculty Meeting
  • 13th - CAS Student Leadership (select students) - 7:45am - 1:15pm
  • 13th - CSI - Building 2:00-4:00pm
  • 13th - Grade 6 Concert - 7PM
  • 15th - Garnet/Diamond Service Club Dinner - 6:30 - 7:45pm
  • 18th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- NO SCHOOL
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Staff POTLUCK

It is that time of year, when we have the opportunity to enjoy one another's company and good cookin'! Please join us for our Chili/Soup Potluck Meal on Wednesday, January 13th from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Certified staff will then head to their book talks from 3:10pm-4:00pm (facilitators, please let your group members know the meeting space). You can sign up for your contribution here. Please plug in crock pots in the multi-use room to simmer in all that goodness.

Building CSI Time Adjustment for 1/13 and 1/20

Dear Colleagues,


For these two sessions, we will adjust the time to 2:00-4:00pm. The 13th will allow proper time for set up and drop off for food items to begin and enjoy, and the 20th is needed for the session we have planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



Joy

Have Your Say on our Technology Spending Plan

TECH Committee meeting on Thursday 1/14 3-4 in room 224 - to discuss ways to spend our TECH Refresh $$ for next year. Please complete this from to share your input for 16-17 spending.

Free Write About this App Raffle --click on raffle link below if you are interested--use your school email

Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. 125 categorized images & 375 text+voice prompts included!

Great for language learners and verbal pre-writing

WE LOVE TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE WRITING!

www.WriteAboutApp.com @WriteAboutThis pinterest.com/WriteAboutThis

http://www.writeaboutapp.com/category/middle-school/

GRADE DUE DATES

END OF QUARTER - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2016

GRADES MUST BE IN POWERSCHOOL - FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 BY 8:00 A.M.

CHECK SHEETS DUE BACK IN THE OFFICE - MONDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 8:00 A.M.

REPORT CARDS DISTRIBUTED - BY ADVISOR - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016

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Teacher of the Year (TOY) Update

Thank you for nominating some wonderful teachers from KP! All nominees will be sent packages by Jan. 14th where you can decide to accept or deny your nomination. We hope you consider this very honorable position within our town and represent KP! Congrats ahead of time for the nomination and good luck if you choose to accept!


Marnie and Matt (TOY Reps)

Wellness News

Passing of the Rocks

Jessica Kerelejza is passing the Staff Wellness rock on to Pete Gustafson who supports staff wellness by ensuring that KP continues to honor the memory of our beloved colleague, Paul Duquette. Paul meant so much to each of us, and we thank you, Pete, for taking on this difficult task.


Alana Cosgrove is passing the Student Success rock to Anne Higgins. Anne always goes above and beyond to support the needs of our students no matter how difficult a situation. She is constantly finding creative and innovative ways to problem solve while establishing trust and rapport with every child she works with. Her positive, encouraging and calm demeanor promotes a safe environment for both students and staff members at KP. Thank you Anne!



Maile Aleksa is passing the Community Engagement Rock to Marianne Murawski. I recently had the pleasure to get to know Marianne out at morning bus duty. When I listen to her stories, it is clear that she has been involved in her community whereever she has worked. (ie. New York police detective, and teacher). Here at KP, watching her at bus duty and throughout the school, she is fully engaged with the students in the building, student walkers, bike riders and parents. In the morning, Marianne makes the student drop-off process a safe one which isn't always an easy task and does this with a smile. Thank you Marianne for being apart of the KP community.

Loaves and Fishes Ministries Thank You to The Diamond Team

Things noticed . . .


  • A French teacher completely differentiating a lesson to support student learning utilizing five Disney classics.
  • Teachers in the hallway monitoring traffic and behavior of students during transition times.
  • Science teachers formatively assessing students by asking them to represent in drawings their understanding of biomes.
  • Students and teachers excited about the upcoming musical.
  • Team leaders working closely and cooperatively with the administration and staff members to facilitate team problem solving and student success
  • Students using scaffolding to research and organize information for writing a research paper.
  • Science teachers formatively assessing students by asking them to represent in drawings their understanding of biomes.
  • Math students demonstrating their knowledge and skill using station rotation to solve systems of equations using substitution, graphing and elimination.
  • Seventh Grade Language Arts students gaining background knowledge as they learn about historic events/world issues through research.

You're a GEM

  • Carey Poetzch from colleague Marc Kotler for covering a colleague's bus duty on the coldest day of the new year.
  • Kathy Zerra from colleague Marc Kotler for covering bus duty for a colleague who has been under the weather.
  • From colleague Kathy Shoemaker to Cynthia Asal for buying and wrapping the prizes for the National Geographic Bee and to Brian Jones for setting up the sound system for the Bee.
  • Shoshana LaPointe from Justin Gusy for going out of her way to support and counsel a student who is benefiting from the increased attention.
  • To Brian Jones from KP Administration for introducing our students to the CCSU Male Acappela group Divisi by including our school as a Winter Tour spot, and demonstrating that one's love of music can continue even though your major is in a totally different field.
  • To the KP Social Studies Department and Dr. Chad Ellis from KP Administration for coordinating the GEO be and making it cool to know geography.
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Just Because Resources

Personalized Learning Book Study Starting on Monday (1/11)-- Connect with other educators

Explore Like a Pirate Book Study --happening on Twitter Wed. @7pm

Wondering about Educational Twitter Chats and looking for an area of interest? Here is the calendar.

In case you missed CCSU's Divisi when they were here

CCSU Divisi- "Mercy" (opb. Duffy)

Check out our Family Newsletter: The KP Connection