Missile Message

January 4 - 8, 2016

Martin's Musings

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

Over the past few days, I began to think about my first Missile Message for 2016 and I wasn't sure where to start. I want to look forward to a new year but I also kept thinking about the road we have travelled since last January. As I thought about is all I could think is WOW! You are phenomenal with the leaps and aggressive changes you are embracing for our students. If you take a minute and think back to last year and move into this, you have all embraced:

  • revisiting Purposeful Planning through standards deconstruction and assessment writing.
  • standards based grading with remediation and retesting,
  • technology integration including GAFE training and implementation
  • innovative scheduling to begin to look at how we can meet student needs and provide for more opportunities
  • Leader in Me/GRIT

Many of you have also embraced project based learning, self-paced learning, the HiQ math grant, and other personalized learning opportunities. As I look to where we are headed in less than 2 weeks, we will be 1:1 device for every student. And we were recently trained on Schoology as an LMS. See. "WOW" is what comes to mind. You are working hard for our students and families.

The quote above says exactly what it needs to do about the past year and where we are beginning with 1:1 on Jan. 12. The possibilities for East Middle are endless. We are truly finding our greatness! Keep working, leap growing regardless of the growing pains, and keep dreaming! You are all phenomenal.

Team Meetings cancelled for Monday, Jan. 4. Look for new calendar invite. Now - keep reading!