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January 9, 2014

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING - Starting Class with a Greeting

Annnnnnd we're back! Welcome back NP3! Arrrrgh!


As we return to a new semester, we think about how we will begin the week. How will we welcome back colleagues and students? How will we start a new semester in PE, science, social studies, math, English, advisory, enrichment, and intervention? We think about how we will re-address expectations, norms, and procedures. Will there be changes or will they stay the same as last semester? Will each period have varied expectations, or will they stay consistent throughout the day? There are many aspects to consider when beginning a new part of the school year and each component is important. It all starts with the beginning of class.


The beginning of class is an important part of the period. It is where we start our communication and connection with our students. It is important to be clear and concise with expectations during this time, as students need direction and expectations to work toward. Students not only need clear and concise expectations, but they also need practice with meeting these expectations. This means the teacher is in control of setting the bar and accepting if the students achieved it or not. It is equally important to consider how you present yourself and the energy you want to convey, as students feed off of this and it can influence them. Consider being a student yourself. Imagine entering three of your class periods; your first period has Kramer as your teacher, another has Bob Ross, and another Lieutenant Dan. How would their different tone and energy affect your choices during class?


It is clear that NP3 staff has been thoughtful and purposeful about how they greet students. Amazing things are happening! Some classes begin their class outside, with a quiet and organized line, teacher greeting and beginning instructions. Some classes begin inside, with a set routine of how to enter the class. Other classes use a routine warm-up or do-now that is prepared in advance for students to begin as they enter class. Way to go NP3!

Class with a Greeting at NP3!

The video below shows an example of beginning class with expectations and tone.

NP3 Announcements Mateys!

For Teachers Only:


  • NP3 Website! Don't forget to keep your website up to date with class and advisory information, announcements. A suggestion: when sending out emails to parents, also include a link directly to your site for parent ease!
  • HWC! HWC will be back up and running Monday January 13th.
  • Tutoring! KAP tutoring will be back up and running Wednesday January 29th. Nancy needs you to send her the names of your students attending and what they should be working on as soon as you know, even if they are returning from last semester.
  • Second Semester Enrichment! Starts this Friday! Lists will be given to you for you to direct your advisory students where to go. Please do not send them to Taniia and Allyson if they don't like their enrichment, but do email us if you think there is an issue!
  • Second Semester Intervention!-Starting Monday Jan 13th.
  • Career Fair! Friday January 17th is Career Fair put on by 7th grade. During grade level the counselors will pass out info on your time slot to take your advisory. This is an ALL ADVISORY afternoon. There is NO enrich/intervention.
  • DRA! DRA is scheduled for Thursday Jan 16 8am-1pm.
  • Tom visits 8th grade! Tom will be visiting 8th grade advisories the week of January 27th-31st. Please look at your Outlook to see what day and location your advisory is slated for. There is also a HS parent night this week for incoming 9th graders on 1/29.
  • ATS testing! All sign-up forms need to get back to Taniia to reserve a spot. Please email me any parent questions as well. The testing date is Friday Feb 7th.
  • 6th Celebration! 2pm in the amp this Friday.



Share with Advisees:


  • DRA! DRA is scheduled for Thursday Jan 16 8am-1pm.
  • Discount Cards! 6th is selling discount cards for local Natomas stores to raise money for Sci Camp from 1/9-1/30.
  • ATS testing! All sign-up forms need to get back to Taniia to reserve a spot. Please email me any parent questions as well. The testing date is Friday Feb 7th.
  • Tom visits 8th grade! Tom will be visiting 8th grade advisories the week of January 27th-31st.
  • Shadow Days! 8th graders will be shadowing 9th grade the week of Feb 10th, specifics to come soon!
  • HWC! HWC will be back up and running Monday January 13th.
  • Tutoring! KAP tutoring will be back up and running Wednesday January 29th. Nancy needs you to send her the names of your students attending and what they should be working on as soon as you know, even if they are returning from last semester.