May 16, 2016
Grade Level Meetings
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
EOG Boot Camp Updates for All
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.
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.
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.
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
4th Annual Silent Auction
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
- Student learning
- PLC alignment
- powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
- Capture the hearts of students and staff
- Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)