Miner Minutes

December 5, 2015

Student Expo Thank YOU!

Thank you all for facilitating a successful first student expo! We so appreciate your extra efforts in preparation, and we hope you saw the benefits for our students as they proudly displayed their learning to their families. We also appreciate our Student Expo committee fearlessly led by Ms. Amy Brewer in organizing the logistics and details. We will soon gather additional feedback on how to improve this Student Expo night for the future. Great work on behalf of our Miners!!!!!!

Movie and learning opportunity MONDAY

We have the opportunity to attend a free screening of the movie, Paper Tigers. This is a documentary that chronicles a Washington based high school's efforts to support its student population, the wide majority of whom experienced toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences. The film is a powerful testament to the need for positive school climate and the ability of schools to respond to students' needs through a trauma-informed perspective. Following the movie, there will be an expert panel discussing adverse childhood experiences and how our local schools and community resources can effectively respond. Entry is free and the first 100 attendees will receive free popcorn and a drink. There will also be several door prizes throughout the evening. This will be December 7th at 6pm at the Gem Theatre. This has been opened to all CCS employees. The school with the largest percentage of staff members there will get a prize!!!! You can also receive CARE credit.

Staff Holiday PARTY!!!!!!

Be sure to SIGN UP for the staff holiday party THIS FRIDAY, December 11th at 7pm. The signup is in the staff workroom. Last year was the largest turnout to date, so let's make it even better this year. Remember how important it is to take time to develop ourselves as a family, and great events like this are awesome opportunities to simply have FUN with each other, and to do it in a non-school environment! Hope to see you there!

Announcements from PTSO

Box Tops Completion-

· December 7th – January 15th , School-wide Competition in CORE 1 classes

· CORE 1 Class that turns in the most Box Tops will receive free time & technology time on January 26th during Miner Time.

Faculty/Student Basketball Game

· February 19th (We will follow a Fun Friday Schedule this day)

· Students can enter to play using minerbucks as their raffle tickets. (the more minerbucks they turn in, the more chances to play they have)

· Cost of student admission to the game is $2

· Students who do not pay to attend will remain in the classroom with one of the teachers on their team/pod.

Next PTSO Meeting: December 10th at 8:00am.

Welcome to Aaron Brandt

Mr. Brandt is our new science teacher in the 6th grade! He comes to us from Langtree Charter School, and before that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He is lateral entry, former military, and has had a variety of great experiences that he can offer our students. Please take a moment to introduce yourself!

Benchmark Data Reflections

Reminder to math, ELA, and science 8 teachers that your benchmark data reflections via google survey are due TUESDAY. If you have ANY questions, please let an administrator know. THANK YOU!

Tumbler Fundraiser and December 18 DODGEBALL GAME

Thank you for your support and assistance with the Tumbler fundraiser! We will definitely have them in before the Christmas break! Also, preliminary numbers show about a $3,000 profit to our school funds! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!! And, we will have our Student/Faculty Dodgeball game on Friday, December 18th in the afternoon. We will share more updates, soon, but if you are interested in playing, I need MORE faculty members to help!!!! Just send me an email if you're interested.

Calendar Items

December 8: faculty meeting at 7:30am

December 9: Cabarrus Arts Council Poetry Performance 7th grade 12:45pm

December 10: PTSO Meeting 8am

December 11: Staff Holiday Party 7pm

December 15: grade level meetings

December 15: chorus concert

December 17: Mentor/mentee meeting 730am; Band concert 7pm

December 18: dodgeball game

Big 3

Big 3 Goals for 15-16 School year

  1. Student learning
    1. PLC alignment
    2. powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
  2. Capture the hearts of students and staff
  3. Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)