Missile Message

Weekly Updates April 11 - 15, 2016

Martin's Musings

Welcome back!! I hope all had a restful and relaxing break taking a little time to sharpen your saw.

Just a quick note as we start back in our final push of the year. These next few weeks will fly by. To quote Muhammad Ali - "Don't count the days, make the days count."

As we are in this final push remember we must remained focused on aligned, engaging instruction each day. I know you are already looking at standards; thinking through what needs to be your focus in the weeks ahead. We will be having that exact focused data team conversation this week while looking at current standards. Questions to get you to thinking - How is your pacing? What are the critical standards still needing mastered? What are important strategies for learning we continue to teach students while covering the content? Do our students have the stamina they need to work independently? What are we doing to support stamina building? All of these are questions that will help our data team work stay focused while we move full steam ahead.

See you tomorrow morning!

Kudos!! Just wanted to share an example of how the great work you are doing is being recognized.

From Dr. Neihof's Notes (shared with board members and admin team):

Greetings – Last night I opened an email from Mr. Ray Leathers and read this: “I was invited to evaluate projects that had been developed by some of our 6th graders at East Middle this morning. I wanted to drop you a line and tell you how impressed I was with the students, their projects, the teachers, and the school. I have managers at my company that could not prepare better presentations than the ones that were presented to me. I was particularly impressed with the use of computers, software, analytical tools, and most importantly team work and leadership…..WOW! The students were articulate, engaged, and enthusiastic! The Staff at East Middle is to be commended for the professional and effective manner they are teaching our future work force.

My pride for our school system continues to grow with each encounter I have with students, teachers, and managers of Shelby County Schools. You should be very proud, and you must really enjoy your job…”

Mr. Leathers, President and CEO of Roll Forming, was talking about Project-based Learning. When we introduced PBL to our teachers last year, we had aspirations that it could be what I see it becoming. There is hardly a week that goes by now that I am not invited to witness students presenting projects, speaking with confidence, and displaying their competence through authentic application.

Just a few resources I came across over the break. Click each button if you are interested in reading more. Calendar is below.

Differentiating in PBL

For those of you working in PBL and even if your not, practical ideas to provide differentiation and promote student voice and choice.

Ideas for writing in all contents

Several ideas for published pieces but also for shorter content ideas as well. Several links.

Maker Space blog

A series of articles on Maker Space to support STEAM. It follows the journey of one school's maker space implementation. Interesting ideas. Our space needs to be up to full steam. Interested in helping lead?

Who? What? When? Where?

Admin. -

Martin - Mtg at CO 1:30 - 3:00 Wednesday afternoon

Hale -

Wilt -

Jury - Out Friday all day

Gift -

East Events

Monday - Team Leader's meeting 3:45 - 4:30

Tuesday - Faculty Meeting 4:00 - 5:00; SBDM Mtg. 5:15

  • Hoops for Heart kick of in gym - 8:30 a.m.
  • Girls Soccer away vs. CAL
  • Boys Soccer HOME vs. CAL @ athletic complex - 5:30


Thursday - East Middle hosts the board meeting 7:00.

  • KMEA District Chorus Assessment - Wish our chorus good luck!

Friday -

  • Club day during 1st period