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Week of September 28 - Oct. 2

Good afternoon!

September is coming to a close and we are half way through the first 9 weeks of school! As we enter the backstretch of our first nine weeks our data points to an increase in student absenteeism and discipline referrals. Although we cannot completely control the decisions made by students and their families, we can control our mentality and perspective during the next few weeks. We are ultimately in control of the environment we create! Please consider the below excerpt and reflect on how this simple strategy can benefit you personally and professionally as well as the culture of our school!

Let's have an AWESOME week!

Take more breaks. In one of my favorite books, Stephen Covey tells a story about a woodcutter whose saw gets more blunt as time passes and he continues cutting down trees. If the woodcutter were to stop sawing, sharpen his saw, and go back to cutting the tree with a sharp blade, he would actually save time and effort in the long run.

  • The analogy is an easy one to remember but harder to put into practice. Here's what Covey says about sharpening the saw in your life:
  • Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
  • Sharpening the saw is a great habit to get into in all areas of your life, but I think it can be especially beneficial when it comes to work and helping you avoid burnout.
  • On average, your brain is able to remain focused for only 90 minutes, and then you need at least 15 minutes of rest. (The phenomenon is based on ultradian rhythms.) By taking breaks roughly every 90 minutes, you allow your mind and body to renew--and be ready to fire off another 90-minute period of high activity.
  • For some people, 15- to 20-minute breaks might be tough to pull off, but taking short breaks throughout the day can still help you to refresh your mind and reset your attention span.
  • This excerpt was taken from "5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder"

Quote of the Week: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the true goal of education" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Curriculum Night Presentation

Thank you all again for your time and assistance with our students and parents at Curriculum Night on Thursday! Below is the link to the presentation I shared with parents when they arrived.

Instructional Spotlight - 5th Grade Math

Recently, 5th grade math teachers engaged students with math manipulatives as part of "volume" stations. Students were able to use manipulatives to provide a 3-Dimensional perspective of volume while also connecting with bodily-kinesthetic and tactile learning styles. Students were taught "volume" as a whole group mini-lesson and then gradually released into center rotations where they used digital tools (ixl/10 marks, manipulatives, task cards, and iCurios videos).

Please continue to seek opportunities to utilize manipulatives when teaching math standards across grade levels.

  • Below, is a link to EngageNY with two PDF charts at the bottom providing visuals of a variety of manipulative and the appropriate grade level/standard for them to be used.


At-Promise/ISS Teacher

I am excited to announce Mr. Jamel Sloan will be joining our MIS family on Monday as our new At-Promise/ISS teacher. Mr. Sloan is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and is a native of Iredell County. Please take a few minutes this week to welcome Mr. Sloan to our team!

MIS Chick-Fil-A Night - Monday, Sept. 28 (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Our first MIS Chick-Fil-A night is tomorrow evening. Please sign up in the office for a shift if you are available to volunteer. Also, our students are being encouraged to wear "school spirit" colors to this event.

MIS Mass Vision Screening - Tuesday, Sept. 29

Please review the below email sent by Nurse Reena...

Good Morning!

Please review the upcoming schedule for our vision screenings for next week (September 29th.)

If you are bringing a teammate's homeroom instead of your own, please let me know ASAP via the form. **In parenthesis next to your name, please indicate which homeroom you are bringing with you!** We want to have the appropriate rosters ready for when you come, so it is imperative for us to know which class you are bringing.

Early Release Day - Sept. 30 (1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Thank you so much for your intentional focus and collaboration at our last Early Release Day on Sept. 16. Please review the link for this week's ER day agenda.

Interim Reports - Thursday, Oct. 1

Interim Reports will be completed on a new "triplicate" form. I will receive these from the district level at the beginning of this week and will provide more information once they are ready for you. Please make sure to send these home on Thursday.

CFA's and Grading - IMPORTANT

Recently, I've received inquiries from teachers at each grade level concerning CFA's and the "policy/process" we will follow pertaining to grading. Since this is a whole school issue, I will send this to our SIT team to determine our unified approach moving forward. Please be on the lookout for an email concerning our decision in the coming days.


This is a friendly reminder that we are NOT giving students "0's". In the past, our district has been clear that we are to give students a minimum grade of 60. Since we are now on the 10 point grading scale a 50 serves as the same number that 60 once represented. The purpose of this philosophy is to provide students an opportunity to recover from individual assignments throughout a grading period. Statistically, it takes multiple 100's to make up for a "0". At the end of the day, a 50 is still considered a failing grade but is in the best interest of the student as we build in them a mindset that hard work and perseverance can afford them and opportunity to improve and be successful.

School Improvement Team - Agenda Shared

The ongoing SIT team agenda has been shared with all staff members for you to view at your discretion. This is a requirement as part of the whole school Title One process.

MIS Curriculum Night!

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