On my end, I have to admit that last week got away from me. Between working out beginning of school kinks, Wednesday's excitement, and a rogue stomach bug that found me out of school on Thursday, it has been a whirlwind. That being said, there are a number of the things that have me excited about 2015-16. Our faculty meeting on 9/3 was a highlight, even if I did get put in timeout a couple of times!. I am truly looking forward to continue this work with you as we set a vision, mission, and goals for the future of our middle school. Three hours, which may have sounded daunting, went by quickly, and we have some great building blocks established. You can bet that we will continue to work on this in both our smaller Building Leadership Team and as an entire faculty as the year progresses.
A couple of other informational items:
- I have posted a white board calendar outside of my office that tells you (theoretically) where I might be with my "mobile office" on a given day. Looking for me? Check there first.
- Regarding my mobile office, it is up and running. Expect to see me, my rolling computer desk, and my Chromebook in the halls as much as possible.
- At the end of last week I shared our building's Google Calendar with all of you. This is a great resource. Please let me know if you'd like help adding it to your calendar list.
- Speaking of Google, now is the time to strike while the iron is hot. I am so proud of how quickly you embraced this resource last year. Let me know if you'd like help converting particular documents over to Google Drive as we embark on a new year. It's a perfect time to take stock of how we can communicate information through shared documents.
Thanks for a smooth start, and here's to a great school year!
Monday, Sept. 14: Fire Drills #1 (3rd Period) and #2 (8th Period)Tuesday, Sept. 15: Faculty Meeting - Kristine Orr to address APPR changes, 2:15, Library
Friday, Sept. 18: Teen Town, 7-9 PM
- A Middle Years Love Story - From a recent edition of AMLE magazine online, Summer Howarth connects the dots between telling our story as educators and setting the stage for our students to love learning.
- 5 Classroom Items I'm Glad I Ditched - An interesting perspective on changing the learning environment to change learning. Maybe one or more of these will resonate with you.
- Knock, Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power of Home Visits - I came across the NPR Ed report at the end of the summer, and I thought I would share simply as food for thought. I'm always interested to see how various schools think outside of the box when it comes to reaching at-risk populations.
- The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters - One of my favorite middle level bloggers and tweeters, Pernille Ripp (@PernilleRipp), writes a compelling article for Edutopia on building student trust and creating a classroom community.
Act With Respect Always
Pictures of the Week
I'm calling this one....
"The Highlight of My Week"
Amy and I picked up our new 11 month old rescue boxer in Connecticut on Saturday, and we're already in love. She's pretty awesome, as you can surely tell by this picture. This is her happy face, btw. Maybe next time, though, I'll put off adopting a young dog until several weeks into the school year!
Alex - Grade 7
Fortunately (for everyone), I forgot to get the name of his tailor.