KP Friday Focus
January 16, 2015
The Half Way Point
Enjoy the three day weekend and I hope in the busyness of life, you will have time to reflect on Dr. King's legacy of hope, justice, and service and how we can live that out personally and in our school community.
THIS WEEK WE NOTICED:
- Teachers using technology in creative ways by assessing student knowledge with Kahoot it and Explain Everything.
- Space breaks between assignments so students can refocus on their tasks.
- Students actively engaged in exploring various mediums of art and engaging in art dialogue with teachers and their peers.
- Teachers supporting one another during this rash of stomach, cold and flu viruses by covering classes/duties, picking up plans, and supporting subs.
- Morning Advisories committed to our Kindness Challenge through reading and discussing Wonder.
- Visual and auditory reminders to change from one activity to the next which helped students focus.
- Students demonstrating critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity as they visualized their thinking, participated in group projects, and shared their understanding.
- Teachers greeting students enthusiastically every morning as they enter the building and Morning Advisory.
Teachers acting as facilitators monitoring student work by checking in with each student as they worked and modified lesson as needed.
Twinsie Tuesday - January 20
Please come to the first meeting of the Community Service Club on Thursday, January 22 at 7:15am in room 219. Our first event will be Friday, February 20! We will serve dinner in West Hartford and will need 15 people to help! Email Nancy Barlow if you want to serve at the dinner but cannot make the meeting.
A message from Staff Wellness
FAQs about Reading Services
Cindy Rodriguez and Jennifer Slifer created this document of Frequently Asked Questions about Reading Services. If staff can read it ahead of time, they will do a brief overview and then answer questions at Tuesdays Faculty Meeting instead of going through all of this information during that time.
Gem Award to:
- Susanne Torcasio, Deanna Johnson, and Karen Walsh from colleague Joy Wright for all you do to help me set up for our CSIs and Faculty Meetings. Thank you for helping me put my best foot forward.
- Liz Anderson from colleague Justin Gusy for her extraordinary thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and sensitivity to a family's needs in a complicated case.
- Kathy Condon from colleague Justin Gusy for explicating a rare student issue so that instructional staff can better understand and work with the student.
- Maile Aleksa, Alana Cosgrove, Erin Rauseo, and Cheryl Pacyna from colleague Joy Wright for demonstrating the ultimate in grace and professionalism during a student meeting when conditions were not optimal.
- Cynthia Asal and Matt Bannon from colleague Kathy Shoemaker for helping with some of the more time consuming details of the Geo Bee. Their help was greatly appreciated.
- Alana Cosgrove from colleague Marc Kotler for developing innovative and patient ways to deal with "challenging" circumstances.
- Kate Kiesewetter from colleague Marc Kotler for being an ALLY for a student who was having difficulty coping with a stressful situation.
- The Garnet Team from colleague Marc Kotler for organizing students and parents/guardians to deliver and serve dinner at a homeless shelter.
- Denise deMello from colleague Marc Kotler for her assistance in helping to create and publish MA surveys.
school counselor intern is in her second year of the school counseling track at CCSU. Melissa is pursuing dual certification in mental health counseling. When she's not at KP, she works on campus, teaches swim lessons at Hospital For special Care and loves spending time with her two dogs.
paraprofessional in special needs room 20 comes to KP from the Simsbury School District where she worked at Tootin' Hills and Central Elementary Schools. She is excited to work as a Special Ed Paraprofessional in the middle school, as she is a mother of a 7th grader. Carolyn is a graduate of St. John's University and enjoys movies, theatre, and college sports.
special needs TA in room 21, She will be here for about a month. Prior to coming to KP, Jackie worked at Bristow MS as an interim 8th grade special education teacher. She really likes to read and hang out with friends and family and loves going to the beach.
- Martin Luther King Day - no school, offices closed
- School Improvement Committee
- Department Supervisor Meeting - Bldg
- Study Skills in room 224 - 3:00 to 4:00pm
- 6th Grade Concert - 7:00pm
- Team Leaders - Full
- CSI - Department
- End of Q2
- Community Service Club - room 219 - 7:15am
- Homework Club - 3:00 to 4:00pm
- Grades in PowerSchool - 8:00am
- Lunch and Learn -Socrative
Knitting to be Kind - A Community knitting/crocheting event to create baby items
St. Agnes Home in West Hartford provides residential care and supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants.
If you have basic knitting or crocheting skills, please plan to join us on January 22, 2015, 4:30-6:15 PM, at King Philip MS. This is an invitation to all teachers/staff, students, parents, grandparents, guardians and friends of KP. We will focus on creating baby hats or squares to be sewn into baby blankets. We will have patterns and some supplies, but if possible, bring your own knitting/crochet tools and machine washable yarn. Squares for baby blankets will require worsted weight washable yarn. This is a great way to use up that stash!!!
To help us plan, please RSVP by email or phone to Cheryl Pacyna (ext 5261) or Kathy Shoemaker (ext 2276). Let us know how many people will be attending and if you need supplies or will be bringing your own.
Lunch and Learn - Socrative --January 26th available during all lunch waves Instructor: Kate Pearson
If you think Kahoot it is cool, then increase your instructional tool box and learn about Socrative. http://www.socrative.com/
Socrative is an online student response system that can be used with Chromebooks, iPads and student BYO Devices. Teachers can create polls, quizzes and other exercises to engage students and monitor their progress in real time. Quizzes can be set to "teacher-paced" or "student-paced". The program will collect the student data and send it to your Google Drive. "Quick questions" and polls are other great tools to enhance your instruction. Socrative is already being used by several KP teachers with great results and student excitement. Come join the fun!
Sign up with Susanne.
Professional Learning Opportunities This Summer
The University of Connecticut, in collaboration with The Penn Center, Georgia Historical Society and other Sea Islands sites, announces Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations, two one-week NEH Landmarks of History and Culture Workshops to be held in Savannah, GA July 12-17 and July 19-24, 2015. Gullah Voices will examine the artistic expressions of the Gullah people, whose history, stories, beliefs, and creative expressions are critical antecedents to African-American culture and the broader American mosaic, as we know it today. We invite K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators and home schooling parents to apply. Participants will be awarded a $1,200 stipend toward the program costs. Application deadline is March 2, 2015.
Visit us on Facebook: Gullah Voices
For program description and application visit: www.gullahvoices.org
ISTE Conference --June 28-July 1
We'd love for 2-4 representatives from KP to attend this conference to further our integration of technology. We are able to cover the registration cost and mileage for a carpool vehicle. Wondering more about why I think this is such a cool conference then check out these presentations and if you want to know more about what is offered then click here. Time is of the essence. Let Joy know by Feb. 20th.
FAQs about Reading Services