Wildcat News

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Purpose of Wildcat News:

This will be a weekly newsletter that will include upcoming events and news for the week, as well as instructional highlights.

Mission Focus Of The Week: A Pep Talk to Power You Through the End of Quarter 1

Wheatley's Mission:


By working together, we will develop student ownership that will lead to successful and competitive college graduates. We will provide a safe learning environment and tools for academic success by fostering a community of academic excellence.


What will you do or change this week to ensure you are working towards achieving the Wheatley mission? How are you making the world more awesome?

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

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Attendance Awareness

Students "On The Floor" This Week:


Semaf 6 day at 72%

Da'Shon 7 day at 76%

Anthony B. 8 days at 72%

Ro Bi Na 6 days at 79%

Elijana 3 days at 78%

Rita 3 days at 78%

Ghenai 6 days at 60.36%

Anthony M. Late or absent 13 days

Tylan Late or absent 9 days

Jayden M 6 days at 80%

Jewells Absent 5 days, tardy twice since

Jesse O. 68%, missed 9 days

Mario P. 66%, tardy or absent 11 days

Alondra R. Missed 6 days

Jaheime 63%

Eduar 80%

Jama Salat

Ashley S Late on 9.16 and hasn’t missed since; 78%

Arlet 50%; missed 18 days

Isabel 80%

Zhakia Tardy frequently; 75%

TLAC Strategy of the Week: Right is Right (Technique #2)

What is it?


"Right is right" basically means that when a teacher asks a question, they hold out for a complete answer, or one that would be acceptable on a test. In other words, you ask the class "What is a peninsula?" and a child responds "It's where the water indents into the land." If you respond, "Right, but it's kind of the other way around. It's the land indenting into the water," you have inadvertently reinforced the wrong answer. A better way would be to say, "No, that's a bay. You are right that it is a geographical formation. Can anyone else describe a peninsula?"


Four Characteristics of "Right is Right"

Hold Out for All the Way: Good teachers reward for effort, but don't confuse effort for mastery. So, if a number needs a negative sign, you don't say, "Right, John, but you need to be sure there is a negative sign." No, it's not right. You say "John, you seem to have done the math right but you have the answer wrong. Let's look--is this greater than zero, or less than zero? Less? Right! What do you need to make the answer correct. That's right, a negative sign."

Answer the Question: Sometimes students know they can get you off the subject by introducing something that is true, but doesn't actually answer the question. Say, you ask a question about setting and the student, who isn't quite sure what the setting is, answers "That reminds me of something that happened in our neighborhood." By relating it to the story, the student gets off the hook. A great teacher would respond, "That's really interesting, Juan, but I need you to tell me the setting of the story. What is setting? The place where it happens. So, where did the story happen."

Right Answer, Right Time: Some students who want to show that they already know how to solve a math problem, may come up with a solution while you're still asking for one of the steps. Back them up and have them just name the step you wanted. Teaching is not about the right answer. Teaching is about getting to the right answer.

Use Technical Vocabulary: The answer for an addition problem is a sum. Be sure your student know that. Ask "What is the sum?" and encourage students to say "The sum is 14."

PD in 3 minutes or less:

Teach Like a Champion 3 Right is Right Mr Armstrong
Teach Like a Champion Technique 2 - Right is Right

#ShoutOuts

#ShoutOuts:


Mr. Tito and Coach Hodgson : for winning employee of the month for August and September


Mr. Stegall: for all his flexibility as we work to complete NWEA testing in his lab


Ms. Niner and Ms. Quigley: for being co-emcees at the assembly


All Staff - Who volunteer their time to assist in the lunch room and during their plan time to build relationships and/or in order to ensure a smooth environment for all students