The Monday Message
Office of the Principal; Monday, October 12, 2015
The Week Ahead
October - LGBT History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month
Tuesday 10/13/15 - International Day for Disaster Reduction, Faculty Meeting (3:50-4:50pm, Cafe'), G40 Installation (6pm, Media Center), Volleyball vs White Knoll (5:30pm, Gymnasium)
Wednesday 10/14/15 - World Math Day, PSAT Exam (8-11am, Cafeteria), C-Team FB Game @ Meadow Glen (5:30pm, MGMS)
Thursday 10/15/15 - International Conflict Resolution Day
Friday 10/16/15 - World Food Day, River Bluff Students Visit IMS
Share Fair Nation
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 9am-2pm
Irmo High School
November 14, 2015
Save the date! Share Fair Nation is coming to District Five!
Join us at Irmo High School on Saturday, November 14th, for a transformative—and fun—learning adventure! We’re helping teachers bring innovation and technology into their classrooms, and we’re teaching kids to love STEAM—science, technology, engineering, the arts and math—with hands-on, interactive activities and experiments.
Join us for this (optional) FREE, exciting event!
Monday - I Group on duty (V. Sava PM Duty)
Tuesday - R Group on duty (L. Young PM Duty)
Wednesday - M Group on duty (G. Hutto, N. Smiley PM Duty)
Thursday - O Group on duty (Godfrey PM Duty)
Friday - I Group on duty (Jackson PM Duty)
Tasks to Complete This Week!
Tasks to Complete This Week!
1. Teach like a champion every period, every day!
2. Attend and actively participate in Tuesday's Faculty Meeting
4. Contact the parents of all students who are underperforming/failing and provide a plan for remediation and assistance.
5. Everyone report to duty as scheduled. See roster here.
6. Read the Monday Message in its entirety (including the articles linked and inserted). Also view the video clips, reflect, and adjust your practices where needed.
Contacting Parents (Reminder) - I received my first of several complaints of parents this week related to teachers contacting parents when students demonstrate a level of underperformance/failure. I want to remind all teachers of the following:
1. Update all gradebooks weekly. Parents are checking the parent/portal and need to see their student's progress in order to help.
2. Contact all parents of students who are in danger of failing or have grades that indicate failure. During that conversation, develop a plan to assist that student in mastering core knowledge and skills.
Rescheduled Events - Due to the floods coupled with our week away from school, we were forced to reschedule several events. The following events have been postponed and will be rescheduled:
- Community Meeting - was scheduled for 10/15. Is being rescheduled
- Magnet Recruitment Filming - was scheduled for 10/15. Is being rescheduled
- Parent Teacher Conferences - was scheduled for 10/8 & 10/12. Is being rescheduled as a report card pick-up night on Thursday October 29th from 5:30-7:30pm
Re-Teaching Expectations - As our students have been out of school for five days, it will be imperative that we re-teach all rules, expectations, procedures so that we can re-establish culture, climate, and norms in all areas of campus. For those classes that were difficult, this is a perfect time to start all over and re-establish your expectations.
Empathy and Caring - Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. Learning groups are small in with a caring adult looking after the progress and acting as an advocate for each child. Older students mentor younger ones, and students feel physically and emotionally safe.
Service and Compassion - We are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others. The primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.
if you want CHANGE, you have to be WILLING to be UNCOMFORTABLE (just like the students) Let's have an amazing week of teaching, learning and assessment. Join me in our pursuit of excellence by embracing new thinking and new practices so you can get new results.
Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal