Mondays Matter

Bay Shore MS's Practitioner's Guide on What Matters Most!

We Believe...

Children are our most precious commodity and the holders of our future. To see them reach their full potential - we commit to our continuous learning and the learning of our students so that each learning activity is engaging, culturally responsive, and prepares them for their futures.

Week of September 21, 2015


School Closed - Yom Kippur

Monday Message

Open House

Dear MS Family,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This year's MS Open House was a huge success! The halls were filled with parents who were excited about what the school year would bring for their child(ren) this school year. You could feel the positive energy and our Superintendent, Mr. Bond, and the board members in attendance expressed praise for the evening's events. Take a look at this article on innovative ways Open House is held and continue to Aim High!

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As you know - Ms. Kristina Holzweiss was named the school librarian of the year by Scholastic (See the announcement here - This tremendous recognition comes after a national review of librarians from across the world. We are tremendously proud of Ms. Holzweiss and all that she has done for the students and staff of Bay Shore Middle School, but did you know Kristina is also receiving the...

Innovation in Technology Award from BOCES. This award recognizes an educator on Long Island who demonstrated a creative, unique and resourceful use of technology. Kristina will receive this award for the development of Genius Hour on October 21, 2015 being held at the Melville Marriott. Read more at


2015 NYSCATE Outstanding Teacher for implementing and/or demonstrating the use of technology to improve education. This award will be presented on November 22, 2015.

Congratulations Kristina! We are so proud of you...and I know what you would say - it's the work of your colleagues and their children that make this all possible! You couldn't do it without them.

Together Everyone Achieves More!

Learning Targets

Power of Learning Targets

The key to any learning target starts with the students. Can they clearly define what they'll be learning in your class today?

This document can guide you...

As you watch this video - think about...


  • How does Mrs. Cjekaj explain how she uses learning targets to be sure that everything aligns?
  • How are Mrs. Cjekaj’s posted learning targets more than just classroom décor?
  • How did Mr. Wright take FIP school-wide and then district-wide?


  • What actions do you take to align your learning targets, activities and assessments?
  • What would your students say about their understanding of the learning targets?


  • What strategies will you deploy to be sure that your posted learning targets are more than classroom décor?
  • As a teacher and/or a school leader, how will you spread the word about high-impact formative instructional practices?

ODE FIP Series: Power of Clear Learning Targets

Growth Mindset

Failure is an Ugly Word...

Teach children how to take risks and that when they fail, it doesn't mean they aren't successful. Encourage children to pursue their passions and in doing so, teach them that failure is part of the process. When they don't understand, teach them to be persistent and to never give up. Give children opportunities to make up the work they don't understand. Grit is an essential element of success and it involves persistence, determination, and sometimes it involves falling down. Help them get up and show them the importance of moving ahead despite the challenge.
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Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Tech Tips

This addition to our newsletter will feature technology applications and programs that you can use in the classroom. Technology is changing the way we teach and learn! The children that we teach have grown up with technology in their hands - to help them prepare for their future - it's imperative that we find ways to teach them how to use the tools responsibly and as a way to deepen their learning.


An added bonus comes when the technology makes our lives as educators a little bit easier. One of those tools is Plickers ( We shared this tool at a faculty meeting last year, but its power makes it one of the must use tools of the year.

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets a teacher collect real time data on what the students know and understand. Want more information on how easy and practical it is to use Plickers - talk with Brad Obloj! He's made Plickers a part of his classroom experience and the children love it.

How to Use Plickers in the Classroom


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