Panther Notes

Week of Oct. 19

Quote of the Week

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.
Clay P. Bedford


Thank you for the acknowledgments, cards and gifts for Mr. Roberts and myself on Friday for Bosses Day. We really appreciate you!

Expectation Reminder

  • Teachers should be here by 7:10 a.m.
  • Everyone must sign in daily.
  • Students should not be in the halls without a pass. Teachers should be using their agenda books.
  • Grades should be updated weekly.
  • Lesson Plans should be on your desk daily.
  • Parent phone calls should be made weekly about behavior and academics.
  • Students should not be left unattended for any reason.

Do you have a word wall? Why Do you have one? How do you use it?

Word Walls: A Support for Literacy in Secondary School Classrooms Introduction

Each year students must learn and use thousands of new words in their various subject discipline studies. They are required to perform complex tasks using new vocabulary.

The use of a word wall in a classroom can be a highly effective teaching strategy to improve literacy skills.

  • Word wall activities encourage active student participation.
  • Gestures, such as pointing to key words during a lesson, offer visual reinforcement which can be very helpful for students.
  • Word wall activities engage students while they learn key vocabulary, whether it be learning to explain a word, to compare it to other key concepts, or to spell it.

What is a word wall? How do I use it?

A word wall is a group of words that are displayed on a wall, bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard in a classroom.

The words are printed in a large font so that they are easily visible from all student seating areas.

These words are referred to continually throughout a unit or term by the teacher and students during a variety of activities.

Presenters Needed for the District

November 18th is our first of two DISTRICT Early Release Days.

The Department of Leadership & Professional Development in collaboration with The Office of Teaching & Learning is excited to announce our plans for our districtwide teaching and learning conference.

The theme for our conference is OUT OF THE BOX: Using High Yield Strategies to Maximize Student Success.

Because all instructional personnel in the district will be involved in sessions on November 18th , there will be a great deal of planning involved to accommodate the over 2500 participants.

The district's commitment is to ensure we provide a variety of sessions aligned to our Instructional Framework and that incorporate one or more of the high yield strategies we are focusing on this year as a district.

As leaders of the district, we know you have staff members in your school who are superstars and we want to highlight their talents and give them a great opportunity to shine! If you are interested contact Ms. Boone by the end of the week for more details.

Remember one of your teacher standards for a teacher's evaluation is teacher leadership. This is a great artifact for that standard.

Professional Development Opportunities

Free Registration Offer for NCCTM Math Conference

This year’s theme is Principles to Actions in Action and will be held Nov. 5-6 at the Koury Center in Greensboro. The conference offers informative sessions and opportunities for teachers to broaden their professional network with other math teachers from across the state. The Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Department will be funding three DPS middle school teachers to attend. For more details on how to receive the funding click here. For more information about the conference, please click here or email Chanel Sidbury with questions.

Dates To Remember

October 19

We Appreciate Our Differences Day- Wear Mix Match Clothing

Staff Meeting

PD on Word Walls.

Please bring pictures of your word walls with you to the meeting.

October 20

TAKE a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes- Wear two different shoes to school

Football Game @ Carrington MS

Soccer & Volleyball @ Lucas MS

October 21

Red Ribbon Day- Wear red to show you are against drugs

Early Release Day

Professional Development is required in the media center at 1:30 p.m.

October 22

Team Up Against Drugs- Wear your favorite team (NFL, College, Shepard, etc)

October 23

Orange Out Day- Wear Orange to show your support for Anti-Bullying Week

End of the First Nine Weeks


October 26

Teacher Workday

October 27

An Evening with Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Northern High School 4:30-6:30

October 28

8th Grade is have a parent conference night. 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

November 2

Visit from the Superintendent .

Superintendent will be visiting your classes.

November 3

Municipal Elections

Shepard MS

November 7th

Magnet Fair 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.

Shepard Social Committee News

The Shepard Social Committee has put together these dates for staff gatherings. We would like all staff to participate if possible. There will be incentives for teams who have the most people present at each event. We are also asking all to donate a one time contribution of $15 to fund some of our celebrations and events (birthdays, parties, etc). Please see Ms. Wiggins for details on payments.

Please mark your calendars. Come out and have some much needed fun!

Dates for Outings

November 20th


December 10th

·Basketball Game (Tail gate in a classroom)

December 11th

·Christmas Party

January 29th

·Karaoke Night

February 29th


March 21st

·Dave and Busters

April 29th

·Laser Tag

May 2-6

Teacher appreciation week

·GAG Awards

Teachers and staff vote on each other for funny awards

June 10th

·End of Year Celebration

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

It’s a time to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention! You will be emailed activities and ideas to support schools with morning announcements, weekly themes, resources for short videos, story books, lesson plans, conversation starters, etc.

Red Ribbon is a national campaign to create a drug free America. provides free downloads and materials to support a drug free school.

Thank You

Thank you to Ms. Wiggins and Mr. Perkins who planned a wonderful tailgate opportunity for our staff at our last home football. It was enjoyed by all who attended. Also I would like to give a shout out to all teachers who participated and contributed items. Special Thanks to Mrs. Mitchell for supplying the grill.


Friday, Nov. 20th, 6pm

AMF Bowling Lanes 4508 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

We would to invite you to go bowling with your fellow Panthers Staff and family members to have fun and enjoy your colleagues. Please mark your calendar so that you can join in the fun.