McAllister Minutes

Week of: November 12 - November 16

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McAllister Minutes

Happy Friday! This week has been great - Book Fair, Veteran's Day Performance, Solid Instruction and a week of lots of learning!

This weekend be sure to rest, relax and recharge. Monday will be here before we know it! You rock!

Below I have listed a few updates and reminders to activities planned for the week ahead:

  • Friday, November 16 - "Heroes Overcome" - This presentation will directly tie in with our 7 Mindsets and be a memorable reminder. My hope is that you all will enjoy this experience!
  • (3rd-5th: 8:00 - 8:45) - Begin movement toward gym after announcements. Bleachers will be pulled out.
  • (PK-2: 9:00-9:45) - Begin movement toward gym at 8:50. This is a large group, bleachers will be pulled out and the floor will be accessible on the far end of the gym.
  • Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Break - Be Thankful, Eat Some Turkey, Get Some Rest & Spend time with the ones you love!

***Traveling on a field trip soon? We recently purchased an ice machine for your convenience - it is located in the gymnasium - Coach Moon and Anderson can point you in the right direction if you need a hand.***

With an intentional focus of consistency on being curious & crazy for kids you will ALWAYS find a culture that is student focused!

Have a WONDERful Week!

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Lesson Plans & Gradebooks

Lesson Plans

Each week, the administrative team holds a weekly PLC. As the instructional leaders of the school, our PLC will always have an instructional focus. As you know, we have made a commitment this year to improve lesson planning and meeting the needs of ALL levels of learners through appropriate instructional strategies, planning and assessment. With this comes a commitment to review lesson plans and provide feedback. Moving forward, we will choose a grade level, resource area, or specials area each week to review and communicate this at least one week in advance. This coming week (11/12), K lesson plans will be reviewed by the full administrative team, including our ILT; the week following the week after Thanksgiving Break (12/3), we will review Special Areas lesson plans. Lesson plans are submitted to the teacher specific Google folder. Nothing is hidden, nothing is secret. Clearly, this isn’t a “gotcha” since you are being told which plans are being reviewed. But, much like anything, if you aren’t regularly practicing the skill, that will become evident when it is intensely reviewed. The expectation is that every content/course is preparing, submitting, and using lesson plans weekly. Some of you write unit plans - GREAT! These still should be reviewed and put into a weekly plan. Much like a monthly budget, if you prepare it and look at it just once in a month, you will never be (financially) on the best track.


Gradebooks, first and foremost, are a form of communication. Communication is an area in which we should always strive for improvement. And, some of you are really needing to improve your use of PowerSchool gradebook as an effective form of communication. Every teacher should be in his/her gradebook EVERY week at least once, making sure grades that are recorded are up-to-date. If you stop and think about the gradebook being a form of communication, it makes sense that it could be considered as a tool to improve student achievement and progress. As the principal, and as the instructional leader here, I have a strong expectation that all gradebooks accurately and effectively communicate a student's progress.

Lesson Plans and Gradebooks – “The Connection”

You plan your instruction, and you plan your assessments. Assessment results are then recorded in the gradebook in PowerSchool. If your gradebook isn’t being updated regularly/properly, it is probably because you aren’t planning regularly/properly. If the PS gradebook is going to be an effective form of communication, then you must use it efficiently and effectively. This includes reporting grades in a timely manner. How, exactly, are stakeholders to use the grades (communication) to positively impact the student achievement? Right? How are stakeholders going to help us support the work in classrooms and our school if student achievement is either not being reported or being reported late? So, I am adding gradebook reviews to our weekly lesson plan reviews - when we review your lesson plans we will also review your gradebooks.

If there is something more about our expectations regarding lesson planning and grading that you believe should be better communicated by me, please let me know.

If you need help with lesson planning, your gradebook, or communication, ask me, please. Or, maybe you just want to talk about some point in this information- that is fine, too. If I am not a good go-to for you, how about your grade chair, ILT or supervising AP? Let's work together to make sure the foundational elements of our instruction are solid.

We do so much very well, and for that I am always thankful. I can truthfully say that there is not a day that I am not thankful that I am at MES with such talented educators. Thank you, all, for your commitment to excellence and success. And, for your commitment to being better.

Happy Birthday to You!

11/13 - Veronica Mock

11/14 - Tiffanie Fincher

11/15 - Adam Wickline

11/17 - Kathleen Congdon

11/28 - Theresa Poinsett

Making Moves at McAllister

Use this form to acknowledge the good hard work your peers around you are doing - these will be posted weekly as a form of encouragement/acknowledgement. Because after all - You ALL deserve it!
  • From Ima B. Sweating - Say what? We have knowledgeable fitness instructors, (with motivational music) come to MES, for FREE? Our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits are very THANKFUL to have this opportunity each Monday and Wednesday!!! #HarderBetterFasterStronger-TOGETHER!
  • From Mona Lisa - I see you Mrs. Nearhoof, and am VERY impressed by the extraordinary artwork you inspire. Keep igniting that WONDERful Wildcat creativity with your 3-D magic making!!! #CrackingASmileOnTheDaily
  • Ms. Roberts pulled together a tremendous Veteran's Day Performance! Just when you think it could not get any better - it does!
  • Ms. Shultz, Ms K and ALL volunteers pulled off an extremely successful Book Fair under the Big Top! Readers are leaders and these young ladies are equipping our kiddos for the future!
  • Did you notice the letters to Veteran's in the main hallway? Way to organize these efforts Ms. Pickett!

Click here to Make it Known

7 Mindsets

Weekly updates will be posted in this section. I look forward to the impact that 7 mindsets is going to have on our school community! If you are ever planning to be out on a Mindset Monday or just need a hand in delivering a lesson - the administrators and counselors are more than happy to help. Use this link to find the lessons click here.

  • PK-2 - Lesson 3.4 Mindset in Action- My Dream Team
  • 3-5 - Lesson 3.4 Lead with Value
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McAllister Staff Guide

In a school of over 135 it can be hard to know everyone's name...Have you had a chance to look at the staff directory where pictures of our staff members can be located?

Have you checked this # Lately....#MESrocks

Click this link to see all of the awesome things our teachers have posted on twitter this week. Always remember to use the #MESrocks when posting to keep these items united!