The FRIDAY Review

September 20, 2019

The Grass ISN'T Always Greener

It's a natural thing...we always dream of a better place and situation. We sometimes envy the lives of others or think that the majority have it better than we do. To have this mindset only keeps happiness at bay. The constant desire for more sometimes clouds the most wonderful things that we have going for us. How often do we stop and think how lucky/blessed we really are?


There is a better saying...The grass is greener where it is watered. If you take a moment to look at the pictures below, you will see how awesome the staff, students and instruction is in our building. Are you taking the opportunity to water our grass? Are you the very person that is nurturing our students? Are you supporting a teammate that is struggling? Are you contributing in a positive manner? Are you providing our students the nutrients, water, care and love that will make them grow and prosper?


The grass isn't always greener. Nourish what you have within your reach, now, and then step back and see how your hard work, time and effort has payed off.


Keep up the good work, Spartan Family. You're the best!


PL : )

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From Mrs. Lewis...

    • 70s Parent Night - REQUIRED Sept 26, 6 - 7:30 Arrive by 5:45pm to your assigned room/ station. Come dressed in your 70s attire and compete in our costume contest. More details to come. If you didn't sign up, we took care of you.
    • HUDDLE TIME: You deserve a break. Find a place for you and your colleagues to enjoy lunch. Drop off your kids in the cafeteria and be sure to pick up on time. : ) 6th grade: Sept 24; 7th grade - Sept 25; 8th grade - Sept 27;
    • SHS HOMECOMING PARADE - Anyone interested? (Thanks to the Queen Steppers! Any other takers?)
    • EC TEACHER MTG - Wednesday, Sept 25 3:45 Pull Out Room in Media Center
    • PDPs and Self Assessments DUE - September 25 (See Attached Email Directions)
    • SAFETY: Please make sure you have discussed safety procedures with your students, this includes a lockdown and fire drills. Mrs. Tippett will be meeting with the district safety officer to modify our crisis plan where needed.

    • COACHES: Please establish a way to communicate with your parents. Be sure to let them know when you arrive at away games and when you leave the location to return to school.

    • TEACH on YOUR FEET: Please be up and circulating while teaching. Small group instruction is the only time we should be seated.

    • OFFICE REFERRALS: 6TH - 20, 7TH - 9, 8TH - 7

    • MEDIA CENTER: There are two book companies in the Media Center with displays for teachers to purchase. Please come by and take a look to see if there is anything you're interested in purchasing.

    • PBIS: Remember, when a student is bounced a phone call should be made to the receiving teacher so they are aware that they will be getting a student. Please go over the bounce form with your homeroom (especially 6th grade) so they know what to do.
    • LETTERS HOME: Please send home the testing letter from the district on Monday, September23. Copies will be in your box Monday Morning. Also, a parent letter informing parents about Dr. Livingston.
    • PROGRESS REPORTS- OCT 2
    • SPORTS DUTY: 2-3 more people are needed in concessions for our football game against Blenhiem at the high school. Those that register for an additional duty time will receive 2 hrs. of comp time to goes toward a teacher workday. Please email Mrs. Tippett ASAP if you are willing to help. THank you!


    • EXPECTATION for EC, Elective, Science, SS and ELA Teachers - At least 1 reading selection must be included in each Learning Focused Lesson Plan that teaches Text Structure with a graphic organizer.
    • EXPECTATION FOR MATH TEACHERS - Writing Standard listed in plan, but not explicity taught. A writing activity should be included in learning activities/assessments. EVERY assignment should have a writing component.
    • CHROMEBOOK LINK: Here is a link to the google form that shows who has paid/turned in both forms. You might want to save it as link on your drive so that you can reference it periodically. Students will continue to turn in forms and pay for their chromebooks. Ms. Harris will send receipts to homeroom teachers so that they can remove blue dots, as needed.
    • https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qQyoJeDJg8Xl5gxv33pywvkrnHZmMZOzhRsrA1W3_iY/edit?usp=sharing

      • EMERGENCY LESSON PLANS DUE - Sept 27th Please include a copy of your schedule, basic instructions, and information pertaining to students. Basic BIP or accommodation can be shared, but ensure that you write confidential. Even when there is a substitute, students should receive accommodations and BIPs followed.
      • LOCKS - Please ensure students close their locks to prevent anyone else from stealing from their lockers. All lockers must have a lock on it, even if it is not being used.
      • BULLYING AWARENESS INPUT: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RGvnuN0CRUIiJrcV0US3mDVRr7kstvYMI3fMggQy6OM/edit?usp=sharing
      • BUS DISMISSAL: Beginning Monday, Sept 23, 2nd load buses will remain in the classroom until their bus is called on the intercom. At 3:40, remaining students will be escorted to the cafeteria by their teacher.

      • BUS DISMISSAL: Power Time would be a great strategy during bus dismissal. IT IS VITAL THAT STUDENTS ARE QUIET ENOUGH TO HEAR BUS NUMBERS. IF STUDENTS MISS THEIR BUS, THE TEACHER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING PARENTS AND SUPERVISING THE STUDENT UNTIL HE/SHE IS PICKED UP.

      • EXCITING NEWS - We're Famous!: On Oct 2, Secretary Regan from the Dept. of Environmental Science will be visiting our school from 8:30 - 12:00 to deliver school supplies, to visit Leigh Carter's class and to tour the school. Be sure that you are meeting expectations with classroom instruction and reinforce respectful student behaviors.


    REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK:


    • STUDENT CELL PHONES -When a phone is confiscated and submitted to the front office, be sure to make contact with the parent. CAUTION - When confiscated, please ensure that you secure the phone in a locked drawer/cabinet so that it is not damaged/stolen.

    • PURCHASES- In the event you need to purchase school related items, you must first see Ms. Audrey for a Purchase Approval form. Mrs. Lewis will then need to sign for approval. Submit the form to Ms. Audrey and then purchase your items. Once the purchases have been made, submit the receipt to Ms. Audrey.
    • STUDENT SUPPORT SMORE- https://www.smore.com/rb4tf
    • EXTRA PAPER - We have odd-sized computer paper if you need some for class projects, foldables, etc. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS PAPER IN THE COPIER. Let the front office know if you need paper.
    • ARE PARENTS IN THE KNOW? Are you communicating with your parents, weekly? Each team must have a method of communication established and routinely used to keep students in the know. Picture, quotes, upcoming dates are so helpful to our parents!
    • STEM (6th & 7th Grade) - At this point, ALL teachers/teams should have completed a STEM activity to explain the problem solving process. WHEN is your NEXT required STEM content specific activity?
    • COMP TIME: The number of games scheduled each season is more than the number of teachers we have on campus. If you are willing to work another sports duty within a season, you will 2 hours of comp to use on opt. workdays. See Mrs. Tippett.
    • CLASSROOM TELEPHONES - The front office staff is going to try to use the overhead intercom in communication that needs to be made that is not confidential. Please refrain from allowing students to answer classroom phones.
    • Updating Powerschool in a timely manner - Don't forget grades should be updated frequently to ensure parents have current info
    • PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT NOTES HOME MUST BE APPROVED BY ADMINISTRATION BEFORE SENDING HOME: This applies to team newsletters, sports reminders, Elective notices, library notices, parent meetings, community letters from outside the school, etc
    • NON-NEGOTIABLES - (teach on your feet unless you are conducting small group instruction, cell phones away while students are in your care, while on duty and/or during professional meetings, Praise in public - reprimand in private, SHMS is a no yell zone, students should be supervised at ALL times, the Friday Review and all emails will be read in a timely manner)

    Upcoming Dates

    September 2018

    • September 23 - Volleyball @ Home

    • September 23 - Sunshine Members wear Jeans

    • September 23 - 27 1st Quarter Common Assessments Window

    • September 24 - 6th Grade Huddle Time (Duty Free Lunch)

    • September 24 - Golf @ New Century

    • September 25 - Football vs. Blenheim @ SHS

    • September 25 - Volleyball @ Home

    • September 25 - 7th Grade Huddle Time (Duty Free Lunch)

    • September 25 - PDPs and Self Assessment Due

    • September 26 - 70s Parent Night 6 - 7:30pm

    • September 26 - Dental Van

    • September 27 - Emergency Lesson Plans Due to Estella

    • September 27 - 8th Grade Huddle Time (Duty Free Lunch)

    • September 27 - Emergency Lesson Plans Due to E. Johnson

    • September 30 - Volleyball @ Sandy Grove

    • September 30 - Golf @ Bayonet

    Friday Review information is due to Pam Lewis by Thursdays at 4:00pm at plewis@scotland.k12.nc.us