January 4, 2016
Happy New Year 2016!
We will continue our focus on leading a community of excellence with an emphasis on teaching and modeling our expectations for JMS students. Our school wide PBIS committee has some exciting initiatives to share which will impact all our students in a positive way! We will use our advisement schedule to support this initiative.
As a professional learning community, we will continue our implementation of the gradual release model with a focus on formative assessment this semester. An updated professional learning plan has been posted for your review. During the second semester, math and social studies teachers have the support of instructional coaches. In language arts, we will continue our work with The Units of Writing by Lucy Calkins. In science, we will look at formative assessments using eClass to support our work.
If we do not have any school closures, we will have another professional learning opportunity Monday, February 15, 2016. The focus will be on using Safari Montage to support instruction.
Professional Learning Day: January 5th
Grading & Final Exams
As you prepare to enter the final grades for your students, please look at the comparison between their performance on the final exam and their daily performance. Does the final exam reflect mastery of AKS for the student? Is this in alignment with their daily classroom performance? If not, what are the factors impacting this difference?
Please remember to score your Part B and input your scores into schoolnets. It is not necessary to post your scores for Part B in your gradebook.
Your grades are due by 10:00 AM January 5, 2016. Send email to Tim Keag upon completion!
January Advisement Schedule
You will have the following enclosures to include: Academic Assistance Letters (for failing students), Award Ceremony Information (for students receiving awards), Immunization Letters (for select students), Lunch Charge Letters (for select students), GMAS Individual Student Reports (for most students), and Student Enrollment Verifications for all students (need returned with changes, if applicable).
If you have a student new to JMS, please see your grade level clerk for a new report card envelope. We have a limited supply, and each student receives one envelope for the year.
Second Semester Schedules
It is important to make sure every student in your class shows up on your roster. If you notice at any time any discrepancies, please see your grade level leadership team member for a schedule change form.
End of the Semester Celebration 1/8/16
RBES Data Charts
Yearbook on Sale $35
Communique is the district's communication tool to highlight events in schools, the community, and share vital information. This week's communique highlights CGHS and Magic Wheelchair on the In Five segment.
Team Recognition Program
Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize in December!
Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!
Award Ceremonies in January
Mr. Keag will provide additional information on the training page along with applicable deadlines. We will design an invitation and program for each grade level event. The award ceremonies will be held in the JMS Cafe at 9:30 AM with all students attending and parents invited for students receiving an award.
6th Grade: January 26th
7th Grade: January 27th
8th Grade: January 28th
1/4/16: Building open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1/5/16: Professional Learning Day
1/6/16: Basketball & Cheerleader Practice Resumes at 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Advisement Schedule for the next 8 days, second semester begins (new schedules issued), 8th Grade Lesson Study with Debbie Johnson (math), SS planning with Mike Savage in professional learning room, verifications signed and returned to Tim Keag by 3:30 PM
1/7/16: Basketball vs. Shiloh @ Shiloh HS begins at 5:00 PM (need a score keeper for the table), Report card changes submitted to Tim Keag prior to end of the day
1/8/16: 1:30 - 2:30 PM First Semester Celebration (see email for schedule), Report Cards in mailboxes
1/9/16: Basketball vs. Trickum @ Parkview HS begins at 9:00 AM (need a score keeper for the table)
1/11/16: Report Cards go home
1/12/16: Collaborative Communities (Cyber Days with Sheri Gilbert includes connection teachers, and math with Debbie Johnson)
1/13/16: Collaborative Communities (SS)
1/14/16: ELL Vertical Team Meeting @ 8:15 AM, Basektball vs. Grace Snell at Central Gwinnett games begin at 5:00 PM (need volunteers, see Mrs. Brown)
1/15/16: iTalks with Mr. Keag @ 8:15 AM
1/18/16: Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no school)
1/19/16: WOW Day for SS
1/20/16: WOW Day for MA
1/21/16: WOW Day for SC, Basketball vs. Couch @ Grayson HS games begin at 5:00 PM (need score keeper for table), All State Chorus Auditions
1/22/16: WOW Day for LA, 100th Day of School
1/23/16: Basketball vs. Richards MS at Central Gwinnett HS (need volunteers, see Mrs. Brown), games begin at 9:00 AM