Jordan Journal

September 28, 2015


It is each individual teacher's responsibility to take attendance within the first ten minutes of each class period including homeroom. As a professional, we are expected to perform this responsibility on a regular and consistent basis (performance standard 9). The leadership team will meet with individuals who are struggling to meet this expectation.

Jordan MS Dedication

Our dedication will be on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. This is a large community event celebrating our school. We have several opportunities for everyone to get involved in this event. We need individuals who are creative and can help make our decorations. Individuals who love to make pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate with gold sprinkles. How about building an Oreo tower? Maybe you like driving a golf cart? Maybe you enjoy mingling with The Jordan Family? We need your talents. We have opportunities on Saturday, October 17th to help decorate, set up, and cook. Please use this link to share your talents, RSVP, and be a part of a great event!

Early Release Conference Data

Please use the link below to complete a 3-questions survey by Monday. I only need ONE submission per team, and I'll need to know the number of conferences held on early release days and the number held on other days. Thanks!

Student Safety

Students are not to be sent out of class and asked to report to the grade level office for discipline purposes. If you have a disruptive student and need support, please push your call button. Often, our offices do not have anyone available to receive unannounced students. This is a safety concern, as the students are unsupervised and the receiving party is not aware of the student in transit.

Academic Contracts

Please make sure to notify parents who were unable to attend a conference and acquire a parent signature. Upon collecting all your parent signatures, please turn in your academic contracts to your grade level leadership team member. The assistant principals will review the contracts and sign. We will file the originals in the permanent records. If you would like a copy, please ask your grade level clerk to make you a set after all signatures have been acquired.

Vision Cohort 7: Great Opportunity!!!

The Offices of LA , MA, and SC are partnering to offer professional development that promotes a workshop model classroom and encourages cross curricular reading and writing. Our learning topics this year include the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the craft of reading and writing, and learning through inquiry. Middle and high classes will have a language arts and science literacy focus; Participants with at least 80% attendance will earn two PLUs; participants with 100% attendance will receive copies of all professional and mentor texts used in their grade level class during the Vision sessions.

What: Vision Cohort 7

When: 8:00 - 12:00 on the following Saturdays: Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, and Jan. 30.

Where: Peachtree Ridge High School

Participants must register in the PD&E tool no later than October 9. Participants should register for the section number appropriate to their grade levels.

6th gr- #21389

7th gr- #21390

8th gr- #21391

9th/10th gr- #21392

Social Skills of Academic Interaction

We have a great resource available for you in the professional library to help teach the academic routines necessary to be successful in the gradual release model. Everything is premade, ready to access, and online! You can easily implement. Check it out! (need password from page 35 in book).

GTES Professional Learning Opportunities

This professional learning is designed to provide a focused learning opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of the Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System (GTES) Standards.

Participants will engage in interactive activities to aide in defining expectations, building knowledge, and applying that knowledge to practical school-based situations.

During these courses participants will: explore the key characteristics of the standards, examine the rubric connected with the GTES, complete a self-assessment identifying current practices, observe teachers in action, and identify next steps for their practice.

To see the full list of GTES Standard Trainings login to the GCPS Portal and select the PD&E icon. To begin searching and registering for the courses type GTES in the Search Box.

SD - GTES - Communication Standard 2015-2016 (Face to Face)

When: October 19, 2015 - November 5, 2015 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Course# 14787 Section# 20925

Where: ISC – 1.106/1.107/1.108

Register by 10/09/15

SD - GTES - Academically Challenging Environment Standard 2015-2016 (Face to Face)

When: October 20, 2015 - November 2, 2015 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Course# 14786 Section# 21861

Where: ISC - Berkmar/Parkview

Register by 10/14/15

SD - GTES - Academically Challenging Environment Standard 2015-2016 (Online, Self-Paced)

When: All Year, Until you complete. Course # 15250

Where: Online, Self-Paced

Registration open all year

SD - GTES – Positive Learning Environment Standard 2015-2016 (Face to Face)

When: November 17, 2015 - December 1, 2015 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Course# 14788 Section# 21862

Where: ISC – Collins Hill/Dacula

Register by 11/11/15

SD - GTES – Positive Learning Environment Standard 2015-2016 (Online, Self-Paced)

When: All Year, Until you complete. Course # 14926

Where: Online, Self-Paced

Registration open all year

SD - GTES – Instructional Strategies Standard 2015-2016 (Face to Face)

When: November 18, 2015 - December 2, 2015 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Course# 14785 Section# 20929

Where: ISC – Meadowcreek/Brookwood

Register by 11/09/15

SD - GTES – Differentiated Instruction Standard 2015-2016 (Online, Self-Paced)

When: All Year, Until you complete. Course # 14985

Where: Online, Self-Paced

Registration open all year

Bridging the STEM Educational Gap for Latinos in Georgia Conference

The GoSTEM-Georgia Tech program in partnership with the Latin American Association would like to invite the teachers at GCPS to participate in a free professional development conference for K-12 teachers that will be will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 9:15am-2:15pm, at the Georgia Tech campus. This conference will focus on issues related to culturally sensitive strategies for teaching Latino students, involving Latino families in school, and effective practices in STEM education. The event will include light breakfast, lunch with keynote lectures by Latino leaders in STEM (Dr. Julián Rímoli, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and Ms. Luz Rivas, Founder and Executive Director of DIY Girls in Los Angeles, CA).Registration is limited to 150 folks.

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:15 AM - 2:15 PM

Where: Georgia Tech • Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 266 Ferst Dr Atlanta, GA 30332

ISS Scheduler

Did you know that you need to be in your Lotus Notes email to use the ISS database to submit assignments? You cannot access this information from the portal. You can have access to your Lotus Notes from home, by logging in your laptop to your home wi-fi. Then, use the VPN (world icon) to connect. This will allow you access to the H: drive, Shared Driver, and your Lotus Notes.

Grade Level on October 8th

We will meet with the county nurse for our required annual training (epi-pen, etc). Everyone needs to be trained, so you can drop in with a grade level at the following times: 9:30, 10:45, 12:30, and 2:45. In addition to the medical training, Mr. Kasler will provide the SST/RTI training. Thanks!

Picture Day: October 2nd

Students must have the envelopes with them at picture day on Friday, October 2nd. We are finalizing the schedule (will be published on training page). We do not handle the money. Our photography company is Magic Moments. Envelopes went home with report cards, today.

Jordan MS Spiritwear

We have three (3XL) ladies black charter member polos and two (XL) ladies black charter member polos available for purchase. Each polo costs $40. Please see Mrs. Brown, if you would like to purchase.

Jordan MS T-Shirts

We have $12 T-Shirts with JMS logos. Samples are in Mrs. Gilbride's office. Please see Mrs. Gilbride for purchase. Thanks!

First Quarter Celebration

We will provide our students with a walk & talk celebration at the end of the nine weeks. Ms. Williams is preparing an informational sheet to be shared with teachers and students. The basic criteria for participation will be: C average in all classes, C average or higher on district assessments, and no discipline referrals. Every teacher has the option to use a "teacher invitation" to include students who have shown improvement. More details will be forthcoming.

Jordan MS Yearbook

We would love to offer a yearbook to our students! In order to do this, we will need a yearbook sponsor and/or yearbook club. If you are interested in serving in this role, please let me know so I can work with a company to provide this service to our students.

UPDATE: Central Gwinnett Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade applications are on the training page. Students are required to have a permission slip (on the training page in the packet. The parade will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 6:00 PM.

Coke Rewards

We are a Coke Rewards school, so save your bottle tops and carton tops from the 12 packs. It is easy, you can drop off your items in a collection box located in the cafe and mailroom. Or, you can make an account and donate your points to Jordan MS!

Box Tops for Education

Our Care Team supports students in need. At this point, we are extremely limited in our direct support to students, as funding is through donations and fundraising. You can donate $0.10 each time you cut out a Box Top and drop it in our collection box. It is easy and adds up quickly! Please encourage your students and families to support this fundraiser. We have collection boxes in each grade level office and the mailroom.

Donors Choose Katrina Roman

We have several students who want to be involved in the fine arts program, but have financial hardships. We also have a very limited number of instruments available for students to use during instructional time. Please consider supporting Mrs. Roman's project on Donors Choose to purchase two more cellos for her classroom. Matching funds are available for a few more days! Double your donation, now!

Upcoming Dates

9/21/15: Early Release Conference week, can schedule conferences all week before/after school, as well as during planning

9/22/15: Math professional learning during planning with Debbie Johnson

9/23/15: Early Release @ 1:15 PM, late day conferences until 8:00 PM, 3 on 3 basketball only for registered team members (Coach Diaz will provide list)

9/24/15: Early Release @ 1:15 PM, conferences until 5:00 PM , 3 on 3 basketball only for registered team members (Coach Diaz will provide list)

9/25/15: Vertical Team Meeting @ 8;15 AM in professional learning room, After school 3 on 3 Championship Game, spectators allowed with admission ticket, dance following championship

Let's Celebrate.....

Berline Beaubrun 9/28

Patricia Austin 10/5

Diep Nguyen 10/5

Suzanne Roque 10/7

Wes Wooten 10/13

Aleshia Ingram 10/25

Nicole Finley 10/26

Team Recognition Program

Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize in September!

Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!

Team Recognition Submission