Spaulding Middle News & Events

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Principal's Message

We had another great week in Tiger Land! This past week, students were administered mini- student growth assessments. We saw substantial improvements in many areas across core curriculum subjects which should make us feel really good. We also saw other areas in which students continue to struggle. Information from these min-assessment will help us better target specific areas in order to see the gains that we hope our students will achieve in all subjects.


Huge Shout Out to Coach King for all of his hard work in planning the annual Washington DC field experience. Students and Chaperones will be depart at 11pm this Tuesday night and will return around 10pm this Friday. We wish them all safe travels and hope they have lots of fun!


Spring is definitely in the air at Spaulding Middle. With that being said, let's remember to keep our students engaged and focused. Spring break will officially begin at the end of the school day this Friday. This well- needed break will give us all time to refresh, refocus, and relax before the final weeks of this school-year. I'd like for everyone to revisit Rita Pierson's video that I showed you at the beginning of the school-year to remind us all to be a champion for our students.


Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

~Rita Pierson



Have an awesome week making a difference!


Nicole Jones

Increasing Instructional Effectiveness Through Reteaching

Author, Dr. Madeline Hunter is best know for her book titled Mastery Teaching: Increasing Instructional Effectiveness. Dr. Hunter is also credited with introducing the term" Reteaching" within her framework for mastery teaching. Everyone needs to be reminded of this very effective instructional tool. Remember, Reteaching is simply responding to a learning problem right away using a different method. Many of the positive effects reported in research on formative assessments are actually connected to reteaching. Oftentimes assessments reveal the fact that students truly had misconceptions or errors in understanding material when it was first introduced. Although reteaching can be a powerful tool, it is also important to know that in order for it to be truly effective, you must use a different approach from the one that you initially used. Your new approach should build on the activities previously used and focus on errors in student thinking.

News from the Learning Commons

Congratulations to the 6th grade class for having 100% participation in AR this school year. A report last week revealed that every 6th grade student has read, taken, and passed at least (1) AR book since August. The report also showed a substantial increase in students reading since March 1st. Based on the increase that we have seen this school year, it is safe to conclude that AR Incentives work!


Please remind students that the last challenge will require them to pass each AR test with an 85% or higher, which is a 5% increase from the last challenge.

Spring Break Fun!

If you are looking for something to do during Spring Break, please come out to the Taste of Lamar - March 31st (see Ms. Grooms) and the annual Lamar Egg Scramble- April 1st- April 2nd.

Renovations

We are scheduled for student and faculty bathroom renovations this week. I will let you know which ones will be impacted this week when the workers arrive.