Miner Minutes

May 16, 2016

Grade Level Meetings

Tomorrow we will have grade level meetings for TEST TRAINING purposes. It is essential that you are there on time and ready to rock. We must take all testing facets very seriously. Also, we will have grade level meetings NEXT Tuesday as well (May 24th) for normal agenda items.


EOG Test Training

Meet in Computer Lab 330 on May 17th

9:00 - 8th grade

10:34 - Encore

12:40 - 7th

2:30 - 6th

This Week's Calendar Items

Special shout out to Ms. Tammy Redmond on graduating this weekend with her master's degree in instructional technology from UNCC! Please share a congrats with her when you see her!

Tuesday: MTSS Leadership Team at 7:30am; Test training during grade level

Friday: Just be nice day; CMS retention meetings all day (see previous email)

Saturday: EOG Boot Camp from 8am-11:30am; 8th grade dance

General Reminders - Important

Administrative surveys need to be completed by today at 5pm, please. EVAAS rosters are due Friday, May 20th! Please send volunteer names to Ms. Watson for our CMS Volunteer Luncheon. Please also let Ms. Watson know if you can provide dessert. Also, if you are interested in getting your GLEE (Gifted Local Education Endorsement), please let me know ASAP. Also, all books are due to the media center this week. Please place a green recycling bin outside each pod for students to place books in this week. They will be collected by our media center staff. This does include Encore teachers, too.

EOG Boot Camp Updates for All

We are ready to ROLL for Saturday! We have 120 students that have registered, which is AWESOME!!!! We have 14 teachers who are preparing engaging and hands on reviews for our students attending. We have had amazing support from the Glenn in making this happen. Cabarrus Health Alliance is also been fabulous in ensuring we have all items needed. And because of the number of students (and more than expected), now the CCS school nutrition program is helping out with breakfast. We are so grateful for this opportunity for our students. If you happen to get any more forms, please give them to Brewer, and if students are still interested in attending, you may tell them they can still submit a form. BUT we will not be advertising this. We just won't be turning kids away by any means. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

Reminder for Testing - Important!

*Cover or remove bulletin boards and/or instructional displays that contain content being measured or test-taking strategies.

*Cover or remove all reference materials (printed or attached) on students' desks.


This should be done by Thursday, May 19th. There will be a walk-through to make sure your room is ready.

Grant opportunity

On May 3, the White House announced that ASCD has received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to begin funding ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. The direct grants to teachers will help them fund teacher leadership projects in the 2016-2017 academic year.Applications for the grants will open on Monday, May 16 and close on Thursday, June 16. All other information can be found in the press release and the website.

Magnet Discussions

Some staff members have asked about if we are allowed to speak up with our opinions on the magnet program and how it can impact CCS middle schools. YES, you can write board members; you can sign up for public comment in the June meeting; and you can discuss with community members. But if you plan on putting anything in writing, or if you plan on signing up for public comment, I simply ask that you and I talk first just so we can ensure that you are still representing yourself positively as an employee of CCS.

Technology Update

As you may have seen, we are re-organizing all technology equipment in the school to ensure it's the most up to date possible for our students and staff and now that we have more laptops accessible for students. There will be one desktop per classroom except for EC resource classrooms and remediation classrooms (EC resource and remediation will have multiple desktops since they do not have laptop carts). We are dissolving the computer labs (since we no longer need them with the 1:1). The Miner Onliner will be turning into a "maker space" to be utilized by the Learning Commons (media center). In your classrooms, the computer connected to the smart board will need to be located on a computer table and not on your teacher desks. You can use your laptop at your desk. This way a student can still use that desktop if needed at times. If you have any questions about this, please see Ms. Redmond.

PLC Feedback Form (from C&I Department)

We believe that teacher voice is very important in the curriculum review process. Because we cannot have every teacher on a curriculum writing team, our curriculum writers depend on the feedback of all teachers to make sure that any changes made to the curriculum documents are representative. Please remind teachers to complete these feedback forms before the end of the year. The feedback forms are linked on the C&I webpage under the curriculum document table and can be found here:

Summary Evaluations for Certified Staff

Please expect to hear from an administrator soon on your summary evaluation. We are currently in process of working on these using all available data as resources. When you meet with your assigned administrator, you will meet in YOUR classroom so that you can access any pertinent data needed. Also, please remember that you always have the right to present artifacts as additional data if you feel necessary. During your summary, you will also discuss your end of year PDP and how you have met your goals for the school year. If you have any questions, just ask!

4th Annual Silent Auction

You are invited to our 4th Annual Silent Auction where proceeds go directly to impacting the Literacy Project at CMS. It is on Thursday, June 2 from 6-8pm in our Media Center. A list of silent auction items can be viewed on the CMS Media Center website. 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase necessary resources that are engaging, relevant, and appropriate for all students' learning needs.

Extended Calendar

May 24: Grade level meetings; Chorus concert 630pm

May 25: EOGs (6th Math, 7th ELA, 8th Math)

May 26: EOGs (6th ELA, 7th Math, 8th ELA); Volunteer Luncheon at 12noon

May 27: EOG makeups; 6th/7th grade EOY award ceremonies (6th at 2:45pm and 7th at 12:45pm) Miner Code Event

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

May 31: EOG makeups

June 1: NCFEs (7th and 8th SS)

June 2: EOG/NCFE (8th grade science EOG; 6th Science NCFE); MC Silent Auction 6-8pm

June 3: NCFEs (6th SS and 7th Sci); Spanish 1 Exam

June 6: Math 1 EOC (8th grade)

June 7: SLT at 7:30am; Earth/Environment NCFE 8th grade; voting in auxiliary gym

June 8th: last day of school; 8th grade awards; EOY staff luncheon

June 9th: Capped workday

June 10: SIT Meeting

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)
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