Friday Notes

Dare to be Different!

Blog: Paralysis by Analysis

We have been gone a lot this summer. In fact, I don't recall a weekend where we were at home all day. As a result my landscaping isn't what I would like it to be. The backyard is particularly bad to the point I hate going back there. I am sure I will have a free Sunday coming up and thought of going back there and cleaning up will cross my mind. I will think about ALL of the things that need to be done and get overwhelmed by it. I have to mow, trim the bushes, sweep the deck, pull the weeds, edge the garden beds.....too much, I'll just sit here instead. In totality there are a lot of things to do, but individually they are simple tasks.

A lot of times in our life we become paralyzed by the overall analysis of what we have to do, when in reality a simple step forward is all we need. It isn't mowing and trimming, it is get the mowing done. It is not trim and sweep, it is just trim. This happens to us in education in a very similar way. We want to be SO AMAZING, SO INNOVATIVE that we get paralyzed by the size of what needs to be done. We then drown ourselves in the negativity of, "I can't believe I have to do this.....who else has to do this....this is stupid." All that time spent talking could have been spent taking the first step towards being amazing and innovative. Coach yourself up...."what I am going to do about this? What step forward can I take right now?"

Take action. It is either one day or day one, you choose.

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Breakout EDU

Have you ever heard of BreakoutEdu? Check it out:

Sam has a version she made herself in our media center. Pretty cool stuff!!!

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Thanks for all your work in getting students going during PRIDE. As a reminder all PRIDE classes should be striving to be an environment conducive to studying. Headphones are required when students are listening to music, and devices should only be used for that purpose.

Also, please do not send students to the library during PRIDE to checkout/return books. The library is solely for research during PRIDE. See Sam if you need anything.'

Upcoming Dates:

8/7-Acceleration classes will start on Monday with Language Arts and Math teachers

8/28 - PRIDE Shuffle

*Pride Attendance will be taken through Infinite Campus at this time. When the PRIDE shuffle takes place on 8/28 then we will revert back to the DRIVE to take attendance.

The PRIDE guidance document can be found here: PRIDE Guidance Document

Homework Document

The homework document will go live to parents on Monday. Please make sure that it is filled out every day. Parents are quick to notice when blanks occur often.

This document is great for parents AND great for kids. Thanks for taking the time to fill it out.

***Amy will have the next two weeks up and running by this afternoon.

Dare to be Different

Ms. Christiansen has been talking with her students about Daring to be Different. This showed up on her desk at the end of the day Wednesday.

Thanks to everyone for getting our students to buy in to our theme. THEY ARE GETTING IT!

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August Discussion Thread

The August Discussion Thread is up in Canvas. Check it out, respond, and then check out some your colleagues responses. Good ideas worth sharing!
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New Computer Labs ****If you check-out the lab you must pick up a Chromebook cart key from Nikki!

When you sign up to use the computer labs in the new wing please pay attention to the care instructions next to the marker board wall. Markers and cloths compatible with these instructions have been placed in the cabinets in the room. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER MARKERS ON THE WALL.

Thanks for helping us keep our new areas looking new.

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Counselors Corner

Students can sign up to speak with a counselor from any device that has internet access. Teachers: you can save this link on your computer or ipad, and students can sign up directly from your room! No need for student to leave the classroom and miss instruction!

As always, if a student is in crisis they will be seen by a counselor immediately.

Kyle McClarnon

All 6th Grade

7th Grade Last Name A-M

Sarah Ready

All 8th Grade

7th Grade Last Name N-Z

Tech Mondays

I just received confirmation that Mark will present on Monday, August 7th on Modules. This will be a rare occasion where we will meet as a whole group on a Tech Monday.

A full list of PD days can be found in the Staff Folder in Drive.

Back to School Night

Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 5:30-8pm

10440 Indian Creek Road South

Indianapolis, IN

Additional Information on Back to School Night can be found in the Staff Folder in DRIVE. I have linked it below as well:

Back to School Night