Team DCMS Super Heroes 2018

Super Me, Super You, Everyday Heroes Make Dreams Come True!

2018 - 2019 School Theme

This year is going to be a "Super" year! We are fully staffed and ready to go! Our theme for the year is Super me, Super you, Everyday heroes make dreams come true!

Why a theme? Well, I thought we needed something to hook our thoughts, beliefs, and actions to... a way to deliver what we stand for in a package to the students and to each other. So, our theme was born. Next spring, I will ask all of you to develop our theme for the 2019 -2020 school year.

People are attracted to Superheroes because of what they represent: kindness, compassion, selflessness, commitment to values for the good of others. While Superheroes most often known to fight “evil” in order to protect the world, there are also another kind of Superheroes out there, the kind that WE all can be.

Superheroes are defined not by the capes that they wear, the symbol on their chest, or the weapons they carry. Rather, Superheroes are defined by their compassionate actions toward others. However, what makes these Superheroes stand out are their actions and morals – no matter what it takes, Superheroes are known to fight for what they believe is right, to help those in need, and to instill hope.

What do Superheroes mean to us? They inspire hope, encourage us to overcome struggles, inspire us to be kind to others. While they don’t always wear flashy capes, there are everyday superheroes living among us.

Let's commit to being Super me, Super you, being Everyday heroes making DCMS dreams come true for our students, families, community, and one another!

Action Item: Please Do ASAP

Find out which superhero you are most like by taking the quiz below. I am amazingly most like the Incredible Hulk. Grrrrrrrr.

Email Marsha your result ASAP at Please put "Superhero" in the subject line of the email.

Meet our New Superhero Teammates

Be Ready! Meet the Teacher on August 6th

On our first day back, Meet the Teacher will take place in two sessions. Please remember this as you select your clothing for the day. I suggest business dress or business casual dress for Monday the 6th.

Session 1 will run from 1 PM to 4 PM, and session 2 will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

The expectations for the sessions are that you be in your classrooms to meet and greet any parents and students who stop by to see you. Between drop-ins you may work in your rooms in preparation for the first day of student attendance.

You are not expected to make a formal presentation. It is expected that you have the following information available to parents and students in a packet or brochure format. In addition, suggested items follow.

Expected Information in a Brochure or Packet:

  1. Tell a little about you.
  2. What standards are covered?
  3. What materials are needed if not included with the supply list?
  4. Where will they find out about homework and grades?
  5. How do students get extra help if needed?
  6. How can parents reach you? Provide email or phone number and give them a sense of your turn around time.


  1. Have a copy of your curriculum available for parents to peruse.
  2. Layout in plain view a copy of the textbooks, reference materials, and any special equipment students will use.
  3. Have a notepad handy so you can jot down what you promise to do or any notes you need to take.
  4. Place any sign-ups on the tables around the room to let parents sign up to help in your classroom. Place each volunteer opportunity on a separate table to prevent a bottleneck at the door.

The most important thing to remember is what most parents want to know: (1) You’re going to treat their child fairly; and (2) You are committed to teaching both the curriculum and other skills well, including how to stay organized, study for a test, take notes, make a mistake and recover from it, and become a lifelong learner. Parents want reassurance that you’ll listen to them as a valued partner in their child’s school year. You don’t want to give them the impression that you’ll do anything they want, but you do want them to know you are available to hear their concerns.

Meet the Teacher Materials from Teachers Pay Teachers

I purchased several items from Teachers Pay Teachers to help you to prepare for the visits. Please check out the editable materials available to you at the following:

Agenda for August 6, 2018 - Teacher Day 1

DRESS IS BUSINESS CASUAL. First impressions are lasting impressions!


  • Teachers will gain clarity on expectations for the school year.
  • Teachers will understand school programs and their roles within them.

8:30 – 10:45 – Presentation & Activities

  • Warm Up Activity
  • Celebrations - Marsha
  • Introductions – Marsha
  • Activity - Compass Points: An Exercise in Understanding Preferences in Group Work
  • General Expectations & Goals - Marsha, Brandon, Melissa
  • Evaluation & S2S
  • School-Wide Student Management, Cell Phone, & Tardy Plan – Brandon & Dave
  • Positive Behavior Support - Marsha
  • Bully Prevention & Other Counselor Items – Counselors
  • School Safety - Dave
  • First Day/Week Expectations – Brandon, Nancy, Kim, & Laura
  • Important Dates & Meeting Schedule
  • Anna Hopkins Stuff

10:45 – 11:30 – Department Meetings

11:30 – 12:15 - Lunch on your own.

1:00 – 4:00 - Work Time in Rooms Meet the Teacher Session 1

4:00 – 5:30 – Dinner Break

5:30 – 7:30 - Work Time in Rooms Meet the Teacher Session 2

Agenda for August 7, 2018 - Teacher Day 2


7:30 AM – District Breakfast @ Danville Community High School

9:30 – 10:15 AM – Climate Activity in the Training Room

10:15 – 11:30 AM – PLC Work Time in the Training Room

11:30 – 12:30 PM - Lunch on your own

1:45 – 3:30 –Teacher Work Time/Grade Level Meetings*

*Meetings as determined by individual groups such as grade levels or special education.

Open ECA Positions: Want one?

  • Math Club
  • 5/6 Student Council
  • Assistant Swimming
  • Assistant Wrestling
  • Assistant Track

If you are interested in serving as the superhero sponsor for one of these positions, please send Marsha an email of interest.

What's New?

  • This year will also be the start of the site, "Think Tank," for helpdesk and leave requests.
  • You will learn more about a new resource called Schoology, which is a learning management system our district will begin using. It is a one-stop shop for assignments, communication, etc. for students and families.
  • Curriculum organization work has begun. Several teachers met this summer to begin organizing our curriculum in one location.
  • ILEARN will replace ISTEP this year. We will learn more about what to expect once our year gets going.
  • All GOAL classes (with the exception of the intervention classes, 2D Art, and WTTV) will be Study Halls ...strict study halls. Students do not leave class unless one of the B's is met: Bleeding, Barfing, Burning, or Broken.
  • Character Ed lessons will be delivered on Fridays instead of Mondays this year to help set the tone in Study Hall for Monday through Thursday. More information will be coming.

Our Superhero Staff Guidelines

I have revised the staff handbook. Please find it here: Please read and understand its contents. I will have a sign off form for each of you to verify that you have read it. The purpose is to make certain everyone is clear of the expectations, procedures, and guidelines that help make things run smooth as silk. I will send it out as soon as I have the revisions complete. I plan to link the forms you will need/want to that document. Thanks in advance for reading it!

Our Superhero Staff Mission & Collective Commitments

Living Mission

We are a collaborative group of educators committed to ensuring high student achievement.

Collective Commitments

  1. Focusing on student proficiency of Indiana College & Career Readiness standards, not just coverage of material.
  2. Working collaboratively to benefit all students with a focus on results.
  3. Join forces to learn by doing on a daily basis.
  4. Using frequent common assessments that inform and drive our instruction.
  5. Providing intervention and enrichment based upon the formative data.
  6. Furthering a culture that uses value-added language, encourages one another, and celebrates successes.

Key Professional Development Focus Areas

1. Professional Learning Communities

  • Lesson Refinement - To develop lessons to get "best, first-time instruction"
  • Student Achievement - To allow no student to fall through the cracks through formative assessment and responsive intervention

2. Teach Like a Champion Techniques

  • Building teacher capacity through the use of the 62 techniques as applicable
  • Developing a common language for our craft
  • Increasing student cognitive engagement and rigor of instruction

3. Our Culture (Staff to Staff, Staff to Student, & Student to Student)

  • Character Ed
  • Commitment to our theme, commitments, and mission
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Due By Wednesday, August 8


Fill out forms and turn in to Tisha Lucas

1. Favorite Things

2. Complete Google Doc Emergency Contact Info Sheet (sent out by Diane Petersen).


  1. To wear jeans & a professional shirt on Fridays, you may pay Eva weekly or with a single payment (check or cash) of $38 for the school year.
  2. Donations to the Care Fund are appreciated. The Care Fund is used to provide items of support for staff who deaths in the family. Typical donations are in the $15 - $20 range, but any donation will be appreciated greatly.

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