The Mustang Minute
October 12, 2018 - Issue 6
School Improvement Plan 2018-2019
Our plan has three major goals for the school year:
Goal 1: Improving students’ social emotional capacity at school to create a positive and safe school climate.
Middle school is more than an academic endeavor and students grow in a variety of ways during this crucial time period. In alignment with the Massachusetts State improvement plan and the Norwood district initiative we plan to integrate social emotional learning into the daily lives of middle school students. This will be done through explicit teaching, development of a PBIS program, and increasing teacher capacity through professional development.
Goal 2: Integrating technology across the curriculum in order to create a blended learning environment.
As the district moves towards 1:1 level of technology at the middle school it is imperative that we ensure that our teachers have the skills needed to use this investment in a manner that changes instructional practices to benefit all students. We will begin a long and continuous process of using technology to increase students’ access to the curriculum by providing supports to those that struggle while offering challenges to our highest performing students. This goal will be tied to goal number 3 as the increase in access to technology will lead a greater capacity to improve programming and engage students in their learning.
Goal 3: Improving programming for all middle school students that provides engaging content, rigorous material, and relevant skills.
The goal for middle school is to engage students in learning while providing them with the skills needed to successfully navigate high school and beyond. Over the course of the year we will focus on improving the level of rigor across the curriculum while ensuring that more students are able to successful access the curriculum and make educational progress on an individual level. Additionally, we know that students having choice in their learning leads to greater engagement and motivation, therefore we will look at ways to increase student choice at a class and school level.
In the complete SIP, these goals are broken down into specific actions taken throughout the year. We will post the SIP to the Coakley web page next week. We are very excited to undertake the challenging and rewarding work ahead of us over the course of the next school year. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.
2017-2018 School Council
Stacey Bernritter - Teacher
Laura Donlon-Ribeiro - Teacher
Seth Wyman - Parent
Kim Miller - Parent
Julie Shore- Parent
Olivia Connor - Student
Grace DiLeo - Student
Shannon Gover - Student
Kayla Horton - Student
Alexia Martinez - Student
Erin Reen - Student
Washington DC Parent Meeting
If you missed the parent meeting on Tuesday we have forms with all the necessary information in the office and I have attached one to this newsletter. The PowerPoint is available on our webpage. We do have some need based scholarships available, please have your student come to the main office for a form.
Registration Deadline: November 15th
Scholarship applications Deadline: November 1st
Please note that we will start a wait list at 140 students to 180 students to avoid an increase in the cost of the trip. Over 75 students have already registered!
Grade 8 baby Photos
The Yearbook Club is collecting baby photos and blast from the past photos for the 2018-2019 yearbook. You can email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or send in the originals with your students name and homeroom on the envelope or bag. They can give them to their homeroom teacher to give to the club advisers. The hard copies will be returned to you ASAP. These are due by December 21st. Thank You!
Bilingual Parent Liasions
Big Y Points
After School Activities
Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.
Artist Circle: meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1 starting Wednesday, October 3rd.
Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101
Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School. Interested 8th graders should email Dr. Crowley directly at email@example.com before September 28th at 5pm to register.
Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th
SEARCH The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.
Yearbook Club: We will meet every other Thursday at 2:15 starting September 27th in room 211.
The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEXT MEETING IS October 11th!
Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!
Cherrydale Fundraising Starts: October 15
Gray Out Day for Brain Cancer: October 19th
Breast Cancer Denim Day: October 24th
Metrowest Health Survey: October 24th
School Council Meeting: October 24th
Picture Day: October 25th
Blue Hills/Norfolk Aggie Assembly: October 30
Music Concert Dates
Thursday, December 13: 7th Grade Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)
Tuesday, December 18: 8th Grade Winter Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)
Thursday, January 10: 6th Grade Chorus and Honor Ensembles Winter Concert
Thursday, January 24th: Festival of Bands Concert at NHS (6-8 band)
Thursday, January 31st: All Town Orchestra Concert at NHS (6-8 orchestra)
Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)