Week of October 17th 2016
Monday, Oct 17th
- 7th grade DC Trip Worlds Finest Chocolate sale continues
- United Way Pajama Day for $1
- Fall Chorus and Band Concert 7:00
- Exceptional Children Mtg. 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, Oct 18th
- Attendance Meetings
- Soccer away @WJMS / Volleyball @ Home
- Discovery Education Training Dates HMS 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, Oct 19th
- Grade Level Meetings
- LDC/MDC First Timers Mtg. Central Office
- Football Home vs Liberty (PEP Rally planned Tentatively). More info Monday
Thursday, Oct 20th
- Art/Music/CTE Gear Up PD Charlotte
- Soccer @ home VS Liberty/ Volleyball @ Liberty
Friday, Oct 21st
- United Way Hat Day for $1
- $25 OBX Trip Deposit Due
EVAAS and Evaluations.
Oct 18th marks the end of the first round of evaluations. We will be by to get those last few remaining snap shots completed next week.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Student work, Lesson Plans
Professional Learning Communities, Journals
School improvement planning, Student Handbooks
Membership in professional organizations, Class Rules and Procedures
Service on committees, TWC Survey completion
Formal and informal mentoring, National Board Cert.
Relevant data, Disipline Records, Surveys
Our FOCUS this year
Our focus this year will revolve around the Instructional Core. We will look at the connection between student engagement, teacher knowledge, and content rigor and relevance, and more importantly, the task that students are asked to complete!
To assist with our initial focus, we will utilize, analyze, plan and reflect data to help us make sure students are learning the standards set forth by North Carolina. We will look at EOG data, benchmark data, Reading Plus data, and STARmath data to help us best serve students.
We will also focus on providing excellent customer service to all of our stakeholders within our school and community. Our ultimate goal is to build great, lasting relationships in order to push HMS to the next level.
Your digital data walls
1. Be a good listener
- This is number one because it is the most important. Students, parents, colleagues...they sometimes just want to be heard. I spend a large part of my day listening to people who aren't very happy with an experience at HMS. Listening is the first step to ensuring that they feel appreciated. Take the time to listen to your students and their parents. This will go a long way!
- We all make mistakes. We are human. We have bad days. We say things we shouldn't. But knowing how to apologize is crucial when building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. Sometimes that is all that needs to be heard. It isn't a sign of weakness, it is a sign of reflection.
- What may seem as a small part of your day, can be a huge deal to your student and their parents. Take a moment to look through their lens and perception of the situation. Show compassion. Your answer may not change, but your customers should know that you have taken in all the information and that you understand their concern.
- We are all busy. Lessons to teach, papers to grade, data to peruse...but our business is kids and forming those relationships with students. Make time for your students. If they have a question, answer it. Even if you have answered 5 times before. If they need to speak with you, make time so that you can give them your full attention. Same goes with parents. Make sure parents don't feel like you are rushed to answer their questions. If it isn't a good time to talk, set up a time that you can call them back (within 24 hours) so that they feel that you are taking them seriously.
- Smile when you greet parents in the building or out in the community. Smile when you talk to them on the phone. It can be sensed and can help ease a tense situation.
District Initiatives for 2016-2017
- Customer Service
- Advocate for all students through the lens of equity
- Ongoing and Specific Professional Development: technology instructional use, instructional rounds, Ed Camps, Developing district leaders via a Leadership Academy: Principals, Teacher Leaders, Beginning Teachers, assistant principals, and aspiring principals
- District wide Anti-Bullying program
- Utilizing the Central Office Instructional evaluation for 2016-2017
- Establish BCPS Foundation with Charter Board members
- Continue to promote Burke County Public Schools: Family Magazine, VideosSee video, Postscripts, Putnam’s Pen, BCPS Website, Twitter, Facebook, & Accentuating the positive highlights . New promotion methods for 2016-2017: Movie theater advertisements, New Billboards, 1st Annual BCPS Foundation Golf tournament Corporate sponsors: Chartwells, Pierce, Pepsi, 1 st annual BCPS 5K race
- Introduction to Project Lead the Way: Engineering in Patton and East Burke
- Pilot Video Conference/Virtual classrooms: From Freedom High School to Draughn and East Burke High Schools & Heritage Middle to Hallyburton Academy
- Continue to improve Child Nutrition program with Chartwells
- Continue to promote staff education and certifications to add value to BCPS
- Continue to work with local partners to prepare our students for the work force and for further secondary education
- Seek input from Parents/Community/teachers via surveys on academic competitions: What to keep and what to go!: Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Speech Contest, Battle of the Books, Robotics, 3D printing, and others