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February 14, 2020

Words of Inspiration

"It isn't stress that makes us fall--it's how we respond to stressful events."
-Wayde Goodall

A Special Applause to...

This week we met with the Subject Leaders. The agenda was set and we were prepared to dive into the numbers. Mr. Meno added an item before we started For the Good of the Order. At first, the responses seemed limited. I thought, who is going to share what they really think? As the discussion progressed, we had great, deep conversations about students. While I believe numbers matter and they can help us guide a learning experience for students, they aren't all that matter. We talked about the current state of our students. We talked about the trends we have seen, not in student achievement, but in mental well being of our students. I applaud the Subject Leaders for advocating for students and bringing to light the grind of teaching. This time of the year is tough. They got me thinking about how we can provide additional support to the adults so you can better support our students. No one could ever ask you to work harder. Our mission now is about how we can work better together to support students. Thank you to the Subject Leaders for your continued advocacy for students and being a strong voice for the staff.

PD on the Fly...

This week's article comes just in time. The author provides practical tips on how to support your students. As we know, learning happens in the context of where the application occurs. Social Emotional Learning is no different. Sometimes we need to go slow to go fast. Here are some strategies you can squirrel away for when students aren't ready for the academic demands of school. Enjoy!


https://www.edutopia.org/article/5-ways-incorporate-sel-middle-school?__twitter_impression=true

Information for the Staff

Staff Concerns Follow Up

Thanks to Ms. Waldbillig for sharing the concern. You can click HERE to see the response sheet. I reviewed the protocol for calling into rooms with the office staff. Also, teachers need to check their mailboxes in the morning and afternoon to check for passes for students. We made the change to call phones after a focus group with students showed a pervasive feeling of anxiety when calling on the PA. When a student is called on the phone, please understand this feeling and be discrete. Here is the protocol we will use:


Based on the number and variety of calls that the office makes, we will be using the PA system for certain messages and the telephone for others, as follows:


  1. Student dismissals: Office will call over the PA system to dismiss a student.

  2. Calls to/request for teacher: Office will call on the telephone for a teacher

  3. Request for student to report to office, another room, etc.: Office will call on the telephone to deliver items and messages to students/teachers right before lunch and dismissal.

  4. Items dropped off (lunch, homework, instrument, etc) - we are currently exploring student runners for 3rd and 7th bells

Fashion for the Cure - Jean Week - March 1-6

Hi! My name is Eva Armbruster and I am a senior at Sycamore High School. This year I am the chairman for Fashion for the Cure. If you have not heard of this event, this is our 7th annual fashion show benefitting The Dragonfly Foundation. The Dragonfly Foundation is a local nonprofit that provides comfort and joy to children and their families going through cancer or bone marrow transplants. Last year we were able to raise $48,000 for this wonderful organization.

In past years we have had a “Jean Week” fundraiser throughout the district. The idea is that any staff at the schools can pay $10 to wear jeans to school for the whole week instead of dressing more formally. All money raised will go directly to The Dragonfly Foundation. Jean Week will be held the week of March 1st - March 6th as our show date for 2020 is March 6th.

If you are interested in supporting our fundraising efforts by participating in our fundraiser, I have attached a PDF of a flier below. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, or to let me know that you have chosen to participate. Thank you!

Eva Armbruster

evaarmbruster110@gmail.com


Staff, there is an envelope on Martha's desk for $ and to sign up for Jean Week.

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For the Week of February 17, 2020

February 17 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

February 18 - Tuesday (C) day

  • Staff Meeting - Tabletop Exercise - Media Center - 7:20 - 8:00 am
  • Gifted Meeting - 7:20 - 8:00 am -MPR
  • OELPA - Individual Testing - all day
  • OML Contest - 8:00 - 10:15 am - Cafeteria (8:22-9:07 - Gray/Purple; 9:09 - 9:54 - Blue/White)
  • FT - STRIVE - Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank - 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • JH mails rising 7th grade course planning sheets to 6th grade families
February 19 - Wednesday (D) day
  • OELPA Individual testing all day
  • Grief Group 8:25-9:07 am - Rm 70
  • 3rd Quarter Aviator of the Month Ice Cream Social - lunchtime on Cafeteria Stage
  • Better Babysitters class - 3:00 - 5:30 pm - MPR

February 20 - Thursday (A) day

  • Author Visit - Shelley Pearsall - Staff Welcome Reception - 7:20 am - Media Center
  • Author Visit presentations - Media Center - please refer to schedule from Mrs. Sloan
  • Media Center classes will take place in the Multi Purpose Room
  • OELPA Individual Testing - all day

February 21 - Friday (B) day

  • SPED PLC Meeting - 7:20 am
  • Author Visit - Writing Workshops - Media Center - please refer to schedule
  • Media Center classes will take place in the Multi Purpose Room
  • OELPA Individual Testing - all day
  • FT - Overbeck - Kroger - 10:00 - 11:15 am
  • FT - Overbeck/Sutton - Wendy's - 11:15 - 12:30 pm
  • BWB/ Eco Team meeting - 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Cafeteria


Coming up soon...


  • Tuesday, February 25 - Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation/Academic Fair at the Junior High School - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 27 -Full Band and Orchestra rehearsals per schedule from Mr. Graulty
  • Friday, February 28 - Full Band and Orchestra rehearsals per schedule from Mr. Graulty
  • Saturday, February 29 - Pancake Day - Come enjoy pancakes and listen to our Bands and Orchestras! 8:00 am - 5th Grade Band; 8:30 am - 5th Grade Orchestra; 10:00 am -6th grade Band; 10:30 am - 6th Grade Orchestra.


Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Announce to Students

Monday, February 17 - NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENTS' DAY

Tuesday, February 18 - C Day

  • OML Contest - 8:00 - 10:15 am - Cafeteria
  • STRIVE FT to Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank - 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Partners' Club - 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Mrs. Herron's Art Room
  • Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym

Wednesday, February 19 - D Day

  • 3rd Qtr. Aviator of the Month Ice Cream Social - 10:54 - 12:17 - Cafeteria Stage
  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Better Babysitters- 3:00 - 5:00 pm - MPR
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Card Club - 3:15 pm - Room 24

Thursday, February 20 - A Day

  • Author Visit - Shelley Pearsall - all day - Media Center
  • Media Center classes will be held in the Multi Purpose Room
  • Greene Machine - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Room 66- Choir Room
  • Volleyball Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Old Gym
  • Girls' Basketball - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - New Gym
  • Art Club - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room
  • Makerspace Club - 3:10 - 4:00 pm - Media Center

Friday, February 21 - B Day

  • Author Visit - Shelley Pearsall - all day - Media Center
  • Media Center classes will be held in the Multi Purpose Room
  • FT - Mrs. Overbeck -Kroger - 10:00 - 11:15 am
  • FT - Mrs. Overbeck/Mrs.Sutton - Wendy's - 11:15 - 12:30 pm

Happy Birthday!

Jill Pihl - February 25

McCristy Gould - February 26