Tiger Tales

SHS Faculty and Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin

March 9, 2015 ................Edition # 28

Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI’s. If anyone needs to disseminate information to the entire faculty, please send your information to Ms. Dean by 12:00 p.m. Friday.


This publication, in total, is for faculty and staff member’s use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly. All information in the bulletin is deemed important and faculty and staff members should be cognizant of deadlines, meetings and events.

Quote of the Week

Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault

March Birthdays

Click here to enjoy your March birthday video!


Mar 4 ..........................Andre Griner (Math Teacher)

Mar 4 ..........................Justin Ludley (Assistant Principal)

Mar 10 ........................Lindsey Johnson (Foreign Language Teacher)

Mar 11 ........................Mary Moore (Math Teacher)

Mar 14 ........................Shannon Bridwell (Substitute Teacher)

Mar 21 ........................Kenneth Gause (AFJROTC Instructor)

Mar 22 ........................Maggie Blackwell (English Teacher)

March 18th South Carolina Day!

Did you know that every classroom must celebrate, by state law, the history and accomplishments of our state! Attached to Tiger Tales is a chart with activities for South Carolina Day on March 18.



Did you know that what appears to be a "moon" on the state flag is NOT a moon? Perhaps you could ask students to research what it really is!


Oh, and did you know that most botanists do NOT consider the Palmetto Tree to be a "tree"? And when the trunk is cooked, it is said to taste like cabbage. (Why would anyone try eating the tree trunk?) To read more: http://www.sciway.net/sc-photos/charleston-county/palmetto-moon.html


The General Assembly adopted the current version of South Carolina’s flag on January 28, 1861. This version added the Palmetto tree to the original design by Colonel William Moultrie in 1775 for use by South Carolina troops during the Revolutionary War. Colonel Moultrie chose a blue color which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps.....(to read more go to http://www.scstatehouse.gov/studentpage/coolstuff/seal.shtml )

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8th

Two Weeks in Advance:

Monday, March 9:


12:00 pm ...........US History EOC Team Meeting

2:01 pm .............Alg EOC Team Meeting

***Registration postponed until March 10th



Tuesday, March 10:......Registration Begins


10:30 am ...........English EOC Team Meeting

4:00 pm .............Faculty Council Meeting

4:00 pm .............Triple A and GE Tutoring


Wednesday, March 11:


4th period .........Character Education Sessions

4:00 pm .............Department Meetings

............................Lindsey Johnson's Baby Shower



Thursday, March 12:


2:30 pm .............Crisis Drill (Tornado/Fire)

4:00 pm .............Triple A and GE Tutoring



Friday, March 13:


3rd period.........Black History Program Assembly (Auditorium)

...........................CPR/AED Drill (for 1st Responders)


Fri, Mar 13 &14 ..Drama Club Musical: Putnam County Spelling Bee



Monday, March 16:....Computer Refresh Installation


12:00 pm ...........US History EOC Team Meeting

2:01 pm .............Alg EOC Team Meeting



Tuesday, March 17:....Computer Refresh Installation


Duty Periods......Professional Development (OR)

4:00 pm .............Tech Tuesdays PD Google Classroom II

4:00 pm .............Triple A and GE Tutoring



Wednesday, March 18: ..... South Carolina Day


4:00 pm .............Faculty Meeting & Survey



Thursday, March 19:


4:00 pm .............Triple A and GE Tutoring


Friday, March 20:


..............................District Talent Showcase

In the near future:

March Highlights:


Mar 10 ...................Faculty Council Meeting

Mar 16 & 17..........Technology Refresh

Mar 17 ...................Duty Period PD

Mar 17 ...................Tech Tuesday PD Google Classroom II

Mar 18 ...................Faculty Meeting

Mar 18 ...................South Carolina Day

Mar 23 ................... School-wide textbook scanning

Mar 24 ...................END of 3rd Quarter

Mar 27 ...................Grades & Scoresheet Report deadline

March 30-April 3...Spring Break



For all Regularly Scheduled Meetings & P.D. refer to the 2014-15 P.D. Brochure

Black History Program

The Black History Program will take place on Friday, March 13, during 3rd period in the auditorium for those teachers who signed up to attend.


· Teachers are expected to sit with their class or stand in the aisle near their class.


· Students are required to sit as a class in a designated area.


· Students must remain quiet.


· Food and drinks are prohibited.


· If a teacher is absent on the day of a scheduled assembly, he/she will need to obtain clearance from his/her administrator prior to having the class attend the assembly/program.


· Teachers should escort their class to the auditorium when the appropriate hallway is called for dismissal.


From the desk of

IEP Season

March is the beginning of IEP Season and it continues throughout the middle of May. The following information is imperative for team members to be mindful of, in order to be able to conduct smooth and time appropriate meetings:


1. It is required by law that a general education teacher be present at every meeting. The general education teacher is part of the IEP team as it is related to developing and reviewing a student’s IEP.


2. Case managers will send event invites via email through the outlook calendar. Please make note of the date and time of your meeting. Please arrive on time. Calling around to locate teachers results in delayed start times. Beginning a meeting anywhere from 5-10 minutes or more, slows the process. This puts us in danger of being unable to complete the meeting in a timely meeting. Teachers will be invited during planning period times. Extenuating circumstances may require us to pull a teacher from a class, but coverage will be provided. The plan is to get you back prior to your next period class. However we do not plan for a meeting to run over, but we do want to address the parent’s concerns regarding their child’s academic progress. If a meeting runs over, we will make provisions for you to be dismissed.


3. Some teachers will be asked to come to more meetings than others. This is due to several factors. We must work around the student’s and parents’ schedule, other meeting times, and fellow team members. We will have approximately 100 meetings to hold in a short period of time.


4. Please come to the meeting prepared to speak about the student's progress and performance in your class. Bring all related and necessary materials. Speak briefly about these items. If you have other outstanding issues, please arrange another meeting with the parent.


5. The general education teacher should plan to stay for the entire meeting unless needing to go back to a class with no coverage.


6. If you are aware of a future absence when there is also an IEP meeting scheduled or if you have an emergency absence to come up, please communicate this with the special education teacher in a timely manner, so that a replacement general education teacher can be found. It would be helpful if you could find a teacher to cover for you in circumstances as such.


7. If all else fails, communication is the key. Please contact me.


There will be several meetings conducted throughout this process and your cooperation is needful for us to be successful and in compliance with district, state, and legal regulations.


Freshman Academy Updates

Upcoming Academy Events!


· March 11………… Character Education Session – Resilience


Triple A Tutoring:


Triple A tutoring will continue every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Please let your students know they may attend tutoring each Tuesday and Thursday (bus transportation and snacks are provided).


Tuesdays: Math, English, and Social Studies/Science help will be offered


Thursdays: Math, English, and Assessment Make-up/Retake help will be offered


Vocabulary!

Did you know that you or your students can:

  • sign up for a daily email with a new vocabulary word from Vocabahead website?
  • download a Vocabahead app?
  • watch short vocabulary video clips?
  • make your own vocabulary video?


Each new vocabulary word of the day email comes with an illustration and a link to watch a short video clip.

Ready to sign up? Go to: http://www.vocabahead.com/Home/tabid/37/Default.aspx

Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Grade Reporting

Teacher Support Website

Kathleen Stables, CRT


3rd Quarter Ends Tuesday, March 24th

Be sure to let students know that 3rd QUARTER ENDS Tuesday, March 24th and all assignments and make-up tests/quizzes/projects should be turned in prior to that date.


Grade Reporting deadline: 9:00 am Friday, March 27th (3rd Quarter grades)

Please have your grades finalized and scoresheet reports printed, reviewed for accuracy, signed and submitted by 9:00 AM on Friday, March 27th.


Reminders:

  • teachers with SEMESTER-ONLY Classes: the 9th grade floor of 61 applies to the 3rd Quarter
  • teachers with YEAR-LONG Classes: all students receive a floor of 50 for the remainder of the year



Grades & Scoresheet Report Deadlines for the 2014-15 school year printable pdf

Grade Reporting Grade Reporting Website & Calendar


Tech Tuesdays Professional Development To prepare for the arrival of the new Chromebooks, teachers should attend the Google Classroom II Workshop on Tuesday, March 17th from 4:00-5:00 pm with Jennifer Bowning in the Media Center O.R. and bring your laptops!

STUDENT REGISTRATION SCHEDULE

The student registration schedule is attached to the Tiger Tales email. Please save a copy of the schedule.

Faculty Facts

Athletic Announcements

Be sure to come out and support Southside Tigers!

2014-15 Sports

SHARE WITH STUDENTS

BYOD Reminder Please remind your students that BYOD personal devices are not to be used when the teacher is absent; Personal devices will be confiscated: if they use it, they could lose it!


Seat Time Recovery Remind students that they are allowed to miss five (5) days in semester courses and ten (10) days in year-long courses. Any absences over these allowances must be medically excused. In order for students to be eligible to attend Seat Time Recovery, they must have passing grades. If students do not make up time for the unexcused absences, they will receive an FA (failure due to absence) instead of passing grades.