Team Bobcat News
MIS Weekly Update
Week of September 28 - Oct. 2
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
Instructional Spotlight - 5th Grade Math
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.
MIS Chick-Fil-A Night - Monday, Sept. 28 (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
MIS Mass Vision Screening - Tuesday, Sept. 29
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.