Principal's Corner

MLK - "I Am King"

This Week at a Glance

Week of May 10 - May 14 , 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021:

  • Staff Check
  • Admin. Meeting - 9:00 -10:00 am
  • RTI Meeting - 8:30 --9:00 am
  • Admin EOY Conferences - Mr. Murray - 10:00 am and Mr. Smith 10:30 am
  • STEM Meeting w/ Ms. Wright - Ms. Dabney and Mr. Smith - 11:00 - 11:30 am
  • Spring in Person Testing Mtg. w/ Michelle - 2:00 -3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 11, 2021:

  • Admin review of PIP - Mr. Smith and Mr. Murray- 8:30 am
  • Community Engagement Mtg. w/ Dr. Harris - 8:45 - 9:15 am - Principal
  • Math and Literacy Coaches' Mtg. - 9: 30 - 10:00 am
  • Bi -weekly STEM Check -in - 11:00 - 11:30 am
  • Leadership Mtg. - 12:00 pm ?
  • Principal Advisory Meeting w/ Mr. Kamras - 4:00 -5:00 pm

Wednesday, May 12, 2021:

  • Community Engagement Meeting - 8:30 - 9:00 am
  • Edconnective Mtg. w/ Lyn - 9:30 - 10:00 am - Principal
  • STEM Team Meeting - 8:30 -9:00 am
  • Attendance Meeting - 9:00 -11:00 am
  • Faculty Meeting - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Score Committee Mtg. 2:00 -3:00 pm - Principal
  • Content Department Meetings - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Breanna Ivey STEM Discussion w/ Students - Mr. Smith - 10:05 ?

Thursday, May 13, 2021:

  • SPED Meeting - Ms. Pullen 8:30 -9:00
  • Home visit request forms are due to Mr. Murray and/or Mr. Thompson (by email)
  • Cluster 3 & 4 Principal Leadership Meeting - 8:30 - 12:30 pm
  • MLK IRR Walk-throughs - 11:30 - 12:30 pm

Friday, May 14, 2021:

  • Young Kings In Action Mtg. - 8:30 - 9:00 am
  • Early Voting - MLK is a Voting Center
  • Grade Level Meetings - 8th Grade Only
  • WIDA Testing - May 1 -29, 2021
  • PBL Planners are Due

Please, Don't Forget..

  • To refer to the student learning target, throughout the instructional delivery.
  • Celebration your students of the weeks
  • Contact parents about the testing survey.
  • Review students' goals that they created earlier in the year.
  • Review MAP scores with students and celebrate growth.
  • Contact the parents of students who are failed your class for the first semester. Use your parent logs for documentation.
  • Review academic school goals.
  • Review you student data frequently and share the data with your students.
  • Grade level meeting should take place during teachers' planning period.
  • English and math teachers, please make sure you are on pace for submitting the scheduled module assessments for your content areas.
  • Take student attendance daily. Mark absent students for each class period, update attendance daily with attendance notes in ASPEN.
  • Implement Mindfulness Moments daily.
  • Implement Community Circles/ Second Step activities daily - 9:15 - 9:30 am
  • Review the school's 3 core values and motto daily.
  • Review student expectations daily.
  • Contact at least 10 parents a week(maintain a parent call log) -Parent logs will be checked frequently by administration.
  • Be creative, think outside the box
  • Implement Fun Friday Routine...
  • Review the Teach Like a Champion Techniques for the Month of January.

End of the Year Student Recognition Events


  • Teacher, please start finalizing plans for EOY student recognition virtual events.
  • The school is planning a cook -out for students who have perfect attendance for the year, on May 9, 2021 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm @ MLK.
  • Please have all plans finalized by May 28, 2021. Send finalized plans to your grade level administrator and copy the principal.

Student Testing Options

Testing surveys are available for parents to complete on the RPS website. Please inform students that it is very important that their parent or guardian completes the survey, so that there is accurate information to prepare for testing.

Parents will have 3 options, please see below:

  • Students can take the SOL test in person at one of the assigned school hubs (this may change if a lot of parents opt - in for in person testing).
  • Students can complete a student progress assessment on line, at home.
  • Students can opt - out of both testing options.

School Re -opening Updates

Please read the current information on next year's school re -opening information:

  • We will start school on September 8, 2021.
  • Student will report to school in -person, 5 days a week.
  • There will be a virtual option for students.
  • RPS will provided a virtual option for grades K-5. RPS teachers may apply for the Virtual Academy through the RPS hiring process. Application posted for RPS teachers only -May 5 - May 14, 2021.
  • The Virtual option for grades 6 - 12, will be provided through the VDOE Virtual Academy. These students will still be counted as part of their zone school.
  • The virtual option for teachers will be through the VDOE Virtual Academy. RPS is not affiliated with this process. Teachers who are hired through VDOE, will no longer be employed by RPS.
  • For additional information, please contact HR.

Student Attendance

Make sure you are utilizing all the ways students can be counted present, to take accurate student attendance. If you have any questions about the different ways students can be counted present, please contact Mr. Clifton Murray.

Teach Like a Champion Techniques


  • TLC Technique: Seat Signal (from the original version, not 2.0 version) - Non - verbal signals created to meet the students' need, for example fist of 5. Each finger represents a need of the student. One finger could indicate bathroom break needed, etc. I will send out a separate email with specific directions for this technique this weekend.

  • TLC Technique Call and Response: As your class answer questions in unison from time to time, to build energetic, positive engagement. An example of this would be to use the motto, "I Am King" to bring the students back to order, by stating, : "I Am" and the students would respond by saying "King".

  • TLC Technique Cold Call (2.0 version): Call on students regardless of whether they raise their hand or not. Use the dip sticking technique to make the selection random.


Teach Like a Champion Blogs: Review this blogs on the internet. To find the blogs search the bold print words below. These techniques are new for online teaching, they can not be found in the book. A new book is coming that will be centered around online teaching

  • Dissolving the Screen (Online teaching)- is to heighten students' awareness of the back -and -forth exchange that still exists between their teacher and themselves so they feel it more strongly. The message to the students is, "I see the work you are doing and it matters".
  • Means of Participation (Online teaching) - A set of consistent procedures that describe clearly to students how they should participate in class at any given moment (3 types of questions - verbal, wait and speed).
  • Synchronous learning - Synchronous learning refers to all types of learning in which learner(s) and instructor(s) are in the same place, at the same time, in order for learning to take place. This includes live online meetings when the whole class or smaller groups get together with the teacher.
  • Asynchronous learning- Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that is based on the premise that learning can occur in different times and spaces particular to each learner. The teacher organizes opportunities for students to engage in curriculum at their own pace.


  • TLC Technique # 6: Affirmative Checking - requires that students must receive confirmation that their level of understanding is ...correct, productive, or sufficiently rigorous before moving on to the next stage, examples like exit tickets, speed questions, sticky note, etc.


  • TLC Technique #36: Show Call - building an incentive for students to do top quality work when writing or doing other independent practice. In a Show Call, a teacher who has just asked students to work independently for a short amount of time, Cold Call students by taking their paper and using a document camera to project their work for discussion ( in a virtual setting, the teacher would ask the student to present their work).


  • TLC Technique # 25: Wait Time - Delaying a few strategic seconds after you finish asking a question and before you ask a student to begin answering it. Minds work fast, and the amount of additional time necessary to improve the quality of answers may be small, but even 3 -5 seconds is the key to students success.
  • TLC Technique #12: Hook It - The hook is a short introductory moment that capture what's interesting and engaging about the material and puts it out front. The hook helps you introduce material while focusing on the exciting aspects of the material. The hook strategy is effective because it can motivate students to learn the material. There are 6 different types of hooks:
  1. Tell a short and engaging story to students that will lead directly into the objective.
  2. Use an interesting analogy that will connect the material to student's lives or to things relevant to students.
  3. Using a real prop to tell a story or explain an analogy will give students a visual into the material you're introducing.
  4. Use a form of media, such as a picture or video, to enhance the introduction to material. The media should directly relate to what your talking about, not be something else you have to explain.
  5. The strategy status means that the teacher introduces the lesson by describing something great and explaining why it is so great and highly regarded.
  6. Start the lesson by giving students a challenge, give them a difficult task nd let them try and accomplish the task.


  • TLC Technique # 11: No - Opt - Out - Supplying answer or cues. The goal of No -Opt -Out is to get the student to answer. One way to get him or her to do so is to get the answer from another student (or supply it yourself) and have the first student repeat the answer. This technique holds all students accountable and engaged with the instruction.


  • TLC Technique # 8 : A Culture of Error - A culture where mistakes are embraced as part of the learning process. The more comfortable your students are with taking risks, sharing answers, and making mistakes, the more reliable your check for understanding will be and, more importantly, the more your students will learn. The four key concepts of this technique are the following : Expect Error, Withhold the Answer, Manage the Tell, and Praise Risk -Taking.

April and May

  • Online Technique for Checking for Understanding - Implicit Assessment -

This online technique involves students checking their work against a model, usually with the understanding that the work will not be submitted. During a lesson, teachers might pause to allow students to complete a short assignment, then share an exemplar, highlight common errors, and /or explain how students should have arrived at the correct answer.

Motivational Quote of the Week

" Strive for consistent progress, not perfection" - Unknown

Thank you

I just want to give a huge shout -out to the following staff members, who joined the teacher celebration with our school board representative, Dr. Harris -Muhammed, on Friday evening. Thank you for representing MLK!

  • Kim Johnson - read a poem ( great job!)
  • Angela Menjivar
  • Travis Wilkins
  • Cynthia Dunlap
  • Zorioan Rinaldi
  • Davell Smith

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School - Mrs. Inett Dabney, Principal

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