The Monday Message
Office of the Principal; Monday, October 19, 2015
Quote for the Week!
“Life will never be perfect for those of us who choose to teach. Children’s lives aren’t perfect either. But we can choose to be still, be patient, and connect. That’s the space where we discover empathy within for those who need us the most.” ~ Pamela Moran, Virginia Superintendent
The Week Ahead
October - LGBT History Month
Monday 10/19/15 - Admin Mtg (9-11:30, Cafe'), G20~SLT (3:50-4:50pm, Rm 401), SIC/PTSO Meeting (5:30pm, FCR)
Tuesday 10/20/15 - World Statistics Day, Dress to Impress Day (All Students and Staff), Chinese Delegation Visits IMS (9:00am, Designed Classrooms), Department Meetings (3:50pm, Designated Classrooms), Volleyball vs Dutch Fork (5:30pm, Gymnasium)
Wednesday 10/21/15 - Late Start for Students (8:45am; All Certified Staff ~ EL PD, 8-9am in the Media Center, Report time is 7:50), Principal's Meeting (11:30-4:30pm, DO), Jacket Walk (3:20pm), C-Team FB Game @ Dutch Fork (5:30pm, DFHS Stadium)
Thursday 10/22/15 - Smart is Cool Day, Bus Evacuation Drill (7:30-8:30am, Bus Loop), Crew Community Meeting (8:20-9:05; Cafe', Gym, Media Center), Magnet Video Filming (all day, designated classrooms), SAMR PD (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th; Media Center), C-Team Volleyball @ Chapin MS (5:30pm)
Friday 10/23/15 - Make-Up Pictures (Media Center)
Saturday 10/24/15 - United Nations Day, Volleyball PAC Tournament
Late Start Professional Development
Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 7:45-9am
IMS Media Center
Late Start Itinerary
7:50am – All Staff (Certified and Support) Report
7:55am – 8:45am Part 1 -7:55am – 8:20am Part 2 (8:20am -8:45am)
Early Arrival Duty in Café (Part 1) –DuPre, Clarkson, Cullinan, Eichelberger
Early Arrival Duty in the Café (Part 2) – Ayers, Clayton, Redick, Day
Early Arrival Duty in Front of School (Part 1) – Coston
Early Arrival Duty in Front of School (Part 2) – Tharp
Early Arrival 8th grade side (Part 1) – Jones
Early Arrival 8th Grade Side (Part 2) – Geiger
Early Arrival 6/7th Grade Side (Part 1) – Koon
Early Arrival 6/7th Grade Side (Part 2) – Stephenson
Early Arrival Gym Area (Part 1) - Hipps
Early Arrival Gym Area (Part 2)- McNeil
Early Arrival and Supervision of SPED Students - Remaining SPED Assistants
8:00am – PD Begins in the Media Center (Certified Staff)
8:45am – Buses Start Arriving – Certified Staff assigned to “M” Duty (Wednesdays) are dismissed from PD to report to their duty location
9:00am – Conclude PD, teaches dismissed to classrooms
9:10am - Teachers outside classroom doors
9:13am – Students dismissed to classes
9:20am – Classes begin, follow the modified schedule below or click the link here
Share Fair Nation (Rescheduled)
Saturday, March 12th 2016 at 9-11am
Irmo High School
March 12, 2016
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 (PK Jones PM Duty)
Tuesday - R Group on duty (G. Hutto PM Duty)
Wednesday - M Group on duty (V. Sava + D. Major-Murphy PM Duty)
Thursday - O Group on duty (N. Godfrey PM Duty)
Friday - I Group on duty (V. Sava PM Duty)
Tasks to Complete This Week!
Tasks to Complete This Week!
1. Teach like a champion every period, every day!
2. We are asking all teachers and staff to dress to impress Tuesday (Males; Shirts & Ties, Females: Dresses, Blouses, Business Suits),
3. Attend and actively participate in Tuesday's Department Meetings (Designated Classrooms)
4. Prepare your students for the Magnet Video Filming (Thursday). Make sure everyone wears their Crew shirts Thursday.
6. Make sure all gradebooks are updated. Contact the parents of all students who are underperforming/failing and provide a plan for remediation and assistance.
7. Everyone report to duty as scheduled. See roster here.
8. 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.
- Updating Gradebooks - With the end of the 1st nine weeks looming, it is critically important that all teachers update their gradebooks so that it accurately reflects current averages and assignments. I will be running a gradebook report by the middle of the week to assess our status and make the needed adjustments/contacts.
- Contacting Parents - If you have any students that are underperforming/failing, it is required that you contact parents and work with them to develop a plan for improvement/assistance.
- The Instructional Message - In an effort to improve district-wide communications pertaining to teaching, learning, and assessment, the Instructional Division at the DO has created a one-stop Google Site for all information. It is linked above and here for your review and follow-through. Please take a moment to review.
- Jacket Walk - In place of our annual fall pep rally next Wednesday, we will be having a "Jacket Walk" in which all of our fall athletes will participate in a parade around campus. Teachers will escort their 6th period class into the hallway at 3:20pm. Students will prepare for this event in Tuesday's Crew.
- Supervising Students - Disappointedly, I observed way too many students wandering the hallways Thursday and Friday. I need all teachers to keep students in class. If there is an emergency, please utilize your hall passes. Students should never be out of class the first and last ten minutes of class. If something were to happen to a student who a teacher let out of class, we would be dealing with a liability issue. Keep students in class so they can learn and achieve.
From Mrs. Young
Teacher Technology Integration Resources (Reminder) - In an effort to streamline your access to technology integration ideas and resources, the following tools are available:
Please add the Drive folder to your personal drive and bookmark the Sites page for your convenience.
Planning for students without devices - I have spoken with a few parents in the past few weeks who have concerns that their children are falling behind because they do not have Chromebooks. Please make sure that you are planning and making arrangements for those students without devices to ensure that they are able to successfully complete their work. By this time, you should have a good idea of which students in your classes do not have devices. If not, you can reference this spreadsheet.
Remember there are iPads in the media center that you may check out. Please contact Mrs. Williams or Mrs. Koon to reserve. Too, we do have a computer lab (812) and the media center lab that may be checked out. Please sign up on the media center calendar.
SAMR - Looking for a way to hit the R on the SAMR model and make some global connections? For one possible idea, read Alice Keeler's post.
Optional SAMR training will be held Thursday during 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6th periods in the media center. This training will give an overview of SAMR and provide some guidelines for transforming lessons using this model.
Google Review of IMS - With so many great things happening at IMS, it's important that we not only celebrate our successes internally, but also highlight those achievements for our community and the world. We encourage you to help us do this by writing a positive Google review. To do so, click here. In the box on the right with IMS's information, click the link for "Write a Review". You will have the opportunity to rate the school and provide comments. Your review will be posted on the web under your name.
Imagine this scenario: You teach at least 5 classes or 5 hours a day (this accounts for both elementary and secondary teachers). Each 1 hour block takes about 5 minutes to get started and ends about 5 minutes early.
This means that roughly 10 minutes out of every 60 minutes are underutilized. Over the course of the day, this means that roughly 50 minutes out of every 300 minutes are not focused on learning.
Over the course of a typical school year of 180 school days there will be 8,700 minutes not utilized for learning.
Now, let's be realistic and cut that number in half because we all know there are assemblies and other events that cut into learning time throughout the school year. That leaves us with 4,350 minutes of time not spent learning.
4,350 total underutilized minutes divided by a typical 300 minute school day =14.5 days per school year are slipping through our fingers.
Does every minute need to focused on learning, of course not. Are there times when kids and educators need a few moments to simply 'breathe,' of course there are.
It's unrealistic to think every minute can be focused on learning.
However, even with conservative numbers, almost three weeks of school each year are being lost. In other words, 8.3% of a student's year in a 36 week school year. And, there's one thing all educators can agree with... time is precious and we always need more of it.
Let's really focus on making sure we are maximizing the time we have. This can be done by fully planning your lessons and being intentional with unpacking Learning Targets with students and fully engaging them in the Debrief at the end of the lesson. To help with the debrief, I have included a list of protocols (here and below) that can be used at the end of a lesson.
Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal