Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

May 9-13, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Happy Mother's day to all our moms. I called my mom this weekend. For those of you who don't know, my mom is a teacher and probably the number one reason I went into education. She knew I would be a teacher long before I did. :-)

On Wednesday, May 11 our own Katie Thomas will be returning to Poynter. She is excited to be returning to her role. Please stop by and see her and welcome her back. I am sure she will be out and about on her first day back reconnecting with staff and students.

Nabil's last day will be on May 20th. Katie and Nabil will be transitioning the Assistant Principal job during this time. Nabil will be returning to the district office for a short time after May 20 before he assumes his new position as Principal of Farmington View Elementary School. Congratulations to Nabil on his new role.

On Friday, I stopped in a few times on the PBIS summit and heard about the AWESOME things planned for 2016-2017. Their meeting was extremely productive and thoughtful. Great work PBIS team.

Have a great week ahead and enjoy this awesome weather,


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Poynter Middle School community invests in every student to help them develop skills for high school with progress towards college and career readiness.




  • attendance increases through tracking, responding, and communicating with students and families
  • multiple pathways are utilized for school to home connection such as phone calls, emails, postcards, home visits, school community events (back to school nights, parent conferences, ice cream social, AVID family nights, Latino Family Nights,
  • relevant extracurricular activities (such as clubs, sports, performances) are offered and available


  • rigorous instruction from bell to bell by all staff is a priority
  • Professional Learning Communities create common assessments and examine data to drive reflective instruction
  • explicit academic language instruction is a priority through strategies such as sentence frames, scaffolding, direct instruction, Depth of Knowledge, Constructing Meaning, FIELD
  • teacher training and implementation of strategies are supported and is part of the culture of Poynter Middle School
  • students are taught to become better organized through the use of AVID strategies


  • equitable supports focusing on individual needs are implemented within our academic teams
  • fostering a culture of respect, safety, and being connected are a value


Every student will develop skills for high school with progress towards college and career readiness.


Middle School Matters

General Information for all staff

*Academic Seminar this week---Principal Directed in the library.

*A Huge Shout-out to our Track team and Coaches. A huge thank you to John, Tyler, Shelby, Shannon, and Dan B. for all their hard work coaching our students in Track this year. The kids did great and Poynter had a tremendous turnout at the final track meet last week.

*Huge Thank you to John, Tyler, and Joey for jumping in and re-starting the Variety show. Auditions are this week.

Current Week and May At A Glance

Monday-May 9

3:20 Musical Rehearsal--tech week

3:30 TRIO

Tuesday-May 10

Grading Window Opens

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

11:00 Attendance Team

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Musical Rehearsal--tech week 3:20

Variety Show auditions 3:30-4:45

Wednesday-May 11

Academic Seminar---Licensed--Principal Directed in the library

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

1:30 CARE team

Musical Rehearsal--tech week 3:20

Nuts and Bolts 3:20

Migrant Parent Mtg. 6:00-7:00

Thursday-May 12

Boxers/Vikings meeting 8:00-8:45

Bike Club 3:30

Musical Rehearsal--tech week 3:20

Equity Team Meeting 3:30

Friday, May 13

Musical Opens--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 14

Musical--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

May 13--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland Opens @ 7:30

May 14--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 19--Play Teaser

May 20---G3 Event--Dance and Winter Guard from LHS

May 20--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 21--Saturday School

May 21--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 27--Spirit Assembly

May 30--No School--Memorial Day

May 31--June 3 Spirit Week

Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

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