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February 8, 2019

Words of Inspiration

"If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around."

-Jim Rohn

A Special Applause to...

I have been bombarded (in a good way) with students in the past week who want to talk about the projects they are working on in classes all over the building. They have ideas about indoor recess, the lunch menu, our roof issues, and the current master facilities plan. The energy and passion these students show is amazing! Thank you to the teachers who inspire students everyday. They love your class and it shows!

Staff Shout Out!

I want to give a special staff shout out to one of our teachers. She is so humble that she would never share this on her own. This staff is incredible! There are so many stories of the impact you make both in and out of the classroom. Here is one that was shared with me. Enjoy!


https://today.cofc.edu/2019/02/04/education-scholarship-teaching/

PD on the Fly...

I found this article very interesting. Student engagement is something all teachers think about. The author writes on one hand, "Student engagement is the Mega Millions of education: When you hear about it, it seems so easy to win..." When dealing with middle school students, you never know what you're going to get. Some the the best designed lessons don't go well because of things outside of our control. Other times we stumble upon powerful teachable moments that we never saw coming. At the end of the article, the author acknowledges, "Virtually all teachers already use these techniques to some degree. But they become much more powerful when we view them as part of a coordinated, intentional strategy to boost student curiosity."


Continue to sharpen your saw. Enjoy!


https://amp.edutopia.org/article/7-ways-spark-engagement?__twitter_impression=true

For the week of February 11, 2019

Monday, 2/11 - B Day

  • Greene Wellness Week begins
  • Mr. Staggs' Science Labs - 10:40 - 2:40 pm - in MPR through Thursday
  • final portfolios/ new IPDPs due to Andrea Dorko

Tuesday, 2/12 - C Day

  • Professional Development Meetings, 7:20-8:00 am - 3 locations (go w/your group)
  • February Licensure Meeting
  • 6th grade teachers - turn in completed course selectors for JH to office
  • OELPA group administration - 8:30 - 10:30 am

Wednesday, 2/13- D Day

  • OELPA group administration - 8:30 - 10:30 am
Thursday, 2/14 - A Day
  • 7th grade course selectors sent to JH
  • FT - Mr. Rains - Fernald/Rumpke - 8:30 - 2:00 pm
  • OELPA Group administration - 8:30 - 10:30 am
  • FT - Green team - WGUC public radio - 9:15 - 11:30 am
  • Orange Wing Party - 11:40 am

Friday, 2/15 - B Day

  • All STAFF Meeting - 7:30 am - Media Center - Introduction of new school-based therapist
  • FT - Green team - WGUC Public Radio - 9:15 - 11:30 am
  • Mentor Lunch (re-scheduled) - 10:00-12:30 pm - Media Center

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Info for the Staff

Use of Essential Oils

Essential Oils in the classroom for aroma therapy, etc. that may be causing irritation to students. We do not permit these type of products in the classroom due to the potential risk of creating an allergic reaction or irritating a health condition. This includes plug in air fresheners (which are prohibited by the fire department) and the devices that mist air freshener into the air.


If you have these items in the building they will need to be removed before students arrive on Monday, February 11, 2019. District Office has asked our custodial staff to remove these items from the building after that time and date.


Rising 7th Grade Course Selectors

I had a question about how 6th grade teachers will know the class the JH scheduled students into for next year. They are not going to print or send course verification sheets to Greene. Here is their response: We are going to place students in exactly the classes put on the spreadsheet, so they can still use that to answer parents calls. The only changes will be students who newly qualify for Accel Math classes.


Staffing Information

As staffing changes occur, I will keep you up to date in the Boarding Pass. I am sad to inform you of the first change. We are losing a great math teacher as Aleshia Reinhart has accepted a transfer to the junior high. She will be teaching math up there next year.


Upcoming dates for your calendar:

February 8 - Interim report cards went home today

February 8-24 - Yearbook orders (online)

February 11-15 - Greene Wellness Week

February 20 and 21: Author Visit - Gordon Korman

February 27, 28 and March 1 - Band and Orchestra Rehearsals (see schedule below)


Yearbook info:

Yearbook ordering informational flyers went home today. Orders for the 2018-19 Yearbook are done online at ybpay.lifetouch.com through February 24th. The code is 1592719


OELPA testing will be administered to all EL students according to the following schedule:

Feb. 12 - 14: All ELs group testing (reading, writing, listening)

Feb. 19 - 22: Individual testing (speaking)


Feb. 25: Make-up testing


Band and Orchestra Pancake Day rehearsals on Wed., 2/27; Thurs., 2/28 and Friday, 3/1:

6th grade Band Rehearsal - 8:30 - 10:41 - Cafeteria Stage

6th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal - 9:09 - 10:41 - Orchestra Room

5th Grade Band Rehearsal - 12:30 - 2:45 PM - Cafeteria Stage

5th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal - 12:30 - 2:02 pm - Orchestra Room

Wellness Week, February 11-15

Our Wellness Committee has come up with some ideas for our upcoming Wellness Week, February 11-15. Here is an outline.



WELLNESS WEEK 2018 - FEBRUARY 11-15th


Daily Announcements : Monday-Friday who will present each daily initiative.

•Casie and/or a “student health ambassador” you pick

•introduce board idea for Friday drawing and can we have space to hang up somewhere, drop off throughout week


Mindful Monday: Amy Combs- leads a 3-5 min Mindfulness activity on announcements.

MINDFUL MONDAY: http://healthymonday.syr.edu/mindful-monday/

“Research conducted by the Monday Campaigns shows that Monday is seen as a day for a fresh start and if people begin the week with a positive frame of mind, they are more likely to maintain a better mood throughout the week. The Monday Campaign’s DeStress Monday initiative contains great resources from Monday refresh tips to guided audio incorporating evidence-based stress reduction techniques of deep-breathing, mindfulness and positive affirmation.”


Tuesday:

•Techfree Tuesday (can send info to Kelsey to send out/post) even ask to go an hour without

•Taste it Tuesday:If trader joes comes


Wednesday:

“Workout Wednesday” during Flex time

• Can staff wear workout clothes and or sports teams with students (get approved)

•come up with easy 5-10step work out for flextime )

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/elementary-exercises.html

https://youtu.be/Pgyh5mgZc_E


Run/walk laps at recess (weather permitting)


Thursday:

THANKFUL THURSDAY (Act of Service day)

•”Kindness Tree” post-its. Student can take off a post-it but add something they are thankful for


Friday:

IN MY FEELINGS FRIDAY (focus mental health)

•maybe have one of the counselors read a funny poem from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” on the announcements

•show a few boards from students, share a few journaling techniques and make themselves available if needed (second semester is a time of change as students are thinking of next year ect)

•do raffle (raffle items TBD)


Grande Finale:

•Music/Dj or Play Just Dance YouTube video at lunch to end week

https://youtu.be/_RDbGaQ-1qM


Misc ideas:

•can you do a school assembly to start the week off or end week?

Let’s Celebrate the end of Wellness Week at Greene!

You don’t have to give up desserts to eat healthy. Share your favorite “healthy” dessert and the recipe on Friday, February 15th, in the Staff Lounge. No judging... just tasting! Please cut the dessert into small bite size servings so many can get a taste. Some examples are no carb brownies or mini fruit bites. Get on Pinterest! Get online! Let’s dig in to some healthy alternative desserts. The wellness committee will post the recipes for you after we taste them.

Transition

We will use this section to keep you up to speed as we transition students from the elementary schools and to the junior high.


Rising 7th Graders


Course Selector information needs to be completed by Greene School teachers before February 14. HERE is the sheet if you are looking for it.


6th grade tours to the Junior High - Change of date: The orientation/tour/lunch at the Junior High for 6th graders will now be on Friday, February 22, 2019. ALL 6th graders will go at the same time and details will be forthcoming. This will take the place of the original tours that were scheduled for April 24 and 25.


The JH counselors will be meeting with every 6th grade student on March 4th (Gray and White) and 5th (Blue and Purple). Each day they will work with two teams. Students will be pulled out of social studies class for a short period of time as the three counselors work one on one with students.



Rising 6th Graders

We are making an adjustment to the process used to place students on teams. Here is a message that will go out to parents in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions.


At the Greene School, we place a high value on relationships and believe that placement with at least one friend assists our students with the transition to the intermediate school. Students are placed by academic, social, and emotional needs. We collaborate with fourth grade teachers and parents to gather information. In addition, we ask parents to list six friends on a student information form that you will receive in February. While we will not be taking parent requests for specific teachers or teams, we will be taking requests for placement with a friend. This friend will be in your child’s homeroom and with him/her at lunch and recess, providing a familiar face throughout the day allowing for continued relationship building at Greene. We do offer a variety of Project Based Learning experiences at the Greene School. Your child will be placed in a team that uses a PBL approach one of the 2 years at Greene.


Rising 5th Graders


We have a transition timeline in place to welcome the rising 5th graders to the Greene School. HERE it is if you would like to take a look. I also want to let you know that the 4th grade teachers have been getting questions about how we place students and what this PBL stuff is all about. I shared a document with those teachers to help answer questions from parents. Thanks to the Green Team for helping to create talking points. HERE is the document.


I caught word this week that the elementary media specialists are planning a fun activity to help with transition. I don't have all of the details of how this will work. Students will be creating a video on Flipgrid to introduce themselves to their Greene School peers. The media specialists are going to arrange students by team so they can virtually get to know classmates from other elementary schools before the school year starts.

Big picture


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SYCAMOREATHLETICBOOSTERS.COM

Announce to students

Monday, 2/11 - B Day
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 pm - New Gym
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball Club (start) - 3:15 - 4:45 pm - Old gym
  • Greene Machine
  • Lego League - 3:00 -5:00 pm - Room 65

Tuesday, 2/12 - C Day

  • Art club - 3:00 pm Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 pm - New Gym
  • Lego League - 3:00 pm - Room 65
Wednesday, 2/13 - D Day
  • Makerspace Club 3:10 pm - Media Center
  • Aviator Academy Volleyball club - 3:15 - 4:45 pm - Old gym
Thursday, 2/14 - A Day
  • Bowling Club - 2:50 - 4:30 pm - Ringo Lanes
  • Art Club - 3:00 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - New Gym
  • Kidz Home Alone - 3:00-5:00 ppm - MPR
  • Lego League (Astrogroots) - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Room 65
Friday, 2/15 - B Day
  • Mentor Luncheon - 10:40 - 12:30 - Media Center
  • Advanced Orchestra Rehearsal - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Room 61
  • Lego League - 2:50 - 5:00 pm - Room 65

Happy Birthday!


Corey Bogdan - February 11

Rose Schnieders - February 16

Jill Pihl - February 25

McCristy Gould - February 26