EAGLE MOUNTAIN NEWS & NOTES #20
JANUARY 20, 2015
Today marks the beginning of the third nine weeks & the second half of our year. I hope you enjoyed hearing Adam Saenz on Friday - what a great shot in the arm he gave us. I sincerely appreciate the positive feedback I have heard from you about his visit & the powerful message he left us with. Sandra will send an email out if you want to order his book. I thought his message was empowering, spot on & an inspirational way to help kick off our second semester!
IMPORTANT INFO FOR THIS WEEK!
· Our Eagle Mountain 25 Skill of the week is Rule #15 – If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door open for them.
· We have hired Glory Gilmore as our new lunch monitor & she will start either today or tomorrow. She’s a neat young lady & will be an asset to us. Please take the time to introduce yourself to her & welcome her to our campus.
· Angela Kennedy will be working with K-4 teachers on Guided Reading at our faculty meeting on Wednesday. If you don’t teach reading, you don’t have to attend this one…(Suzanne, 5th grade team, etc.) We will also be sharing information about Clubs on Wednesday. Kids will be selecting their clubs on Friday of this week.
· Thanks for the banners/posters you & your kids created for our school board members – I can promise you they will appreciate them!
· The training we had with Dr. Debbie Rhea last week concerning the Link Project was fascinating & our Kindergarten & first grade teams enjoyed a fun day of learning. We are excited about this project starting at EME in the fall & will be sharing more with the staff at a faculty meeting soon.
· I hope you will make plans to join us for our Literacy & Young Author’s Night next Tuesday evening. Regina will be sending you finalized information this week.
· The technology committee met recently & came up with the third nine weeks expectations, & I will be sending those out in a separate email.
REMINDER OF TECH DO'S THIS NINE WEEKS
1st WEEK – Try ClassDojo.com
2nd WEEK – Decide what you would like to do. (twitter or blog)
3rd WEEK – Twitter or blog should be ready to go
4th WEEK - Post at least one time to twitter or blog
5th WEEK – Set up a You Tube Channel
6th WEEK – Should be posting regularly to twitter or blog
7th WEEK – Post a video to You Tube
8th WEEK – Try to Flip one lesson9th WEEK – What’s Your Plan for the Next nine weeks?
Ten Pointers on the Use of Technology in Schools
In this District Management Journal article, John Kim and Kyla Wilkes list ten key reminders on the use of technology in schools:
- Take stock of what you have. Before investing in new hardware and software, use or redeploy existing resources.
- Stay focused on the district’s needs. What are the most pressing issues? How can technology best address them?
- Don’t fall for the latest fad. Ask if it’s the right fit.
- Don’t forget about the humans. Teachers and administrators need good training before they can use technology confidently and correctly.
- Deal with infrastructure. Fancy new equipment won’t work without it.
- Address technology management and support. This includes managing licenses, keeping track of equipment and mobile devices, and keeping everything in working order.
- Invest in management technology. Analytics and management information systems help a district run more efficiently and effectively.
- Don’t assume everything is being used with fidelity. Monitor implementation!
- Measure. Collect data and track costs to assess technology’s real value.
- Assess and modify as needed. Decide what to expand, make adjustments, cut back, or eliminate.
“Technology’s Promise” by John J-H Kim and Kyla Wilkes in The District Management Journal, Winter 2015 (Vol. 16, p. 12-27), www.dmcouncil.org
CLUB LIST with DESCRIPTIONS
Athletes go further, faster, stronger. We push our bodies to the edge and transform ourselves. We're dedicated to improving our physical abilities but we're driven by an inner fire.
BAKER - ROEST
Make it or Bake it and Take it Oh My!
Upon signing up you must have on file, a written statement of food allergies.
Cookies, candies, crafts and more,
It's all about the fun in store!
BIOLOGIST - WELCH
The biology club will take a closer look at the lives, structures and relationships of the living organisms of our world. We will study organisms from every kingdom of life through the use of microscopes, field studies, and dissections.
CARDBOARDER - SHIPP
The fastest way to make a physical prototype is to build it out of cardboard. We're experts at cutting, folding, and constructing any shape imaginable from this rigid, light, and free material.
CHEF - WITSAMAN
Chefs are dedicated to flavor and to the skill of cooking. We must be chemists, artists, and inventors all at once. An advanced appreciation for the deliciousness of food is what drives our passion.
CHEMIST - ABRAMS
Chemists examine how atoms attach, break apart, and reconnect to create different molecular structures. With our powers, we can create both really helpful and really horrible things.
CHILLER - BENNETT
Chillers are well-practiced in the techniques of relaxation and taking time out to recharge body and mind. In the Chillers Club, we will do activities like practicing body movement through techniques like yoga, going on nature hikes around the campus, and observing and writing about life around us.
DANCER - DECORTE
We will work on proper ballet technique and placement.
GARDENER - WELLS
The gardening club will be a hands-on experience centered around the preparation and maintenance of the garden boxes and the areas around them. The group will plan the garden area, plant, water , and enjoy the experience of working with plants.
CHEERLEADING - DUNN
Cheerleading club will be an introduction to basic cheer fundamentals. We will learn motions, chants, cheers, jumps, etc!!!
HOLIDAY HACKER - MULLEN
In winter, Holiday Hackers gather together to make things. Our mission is to build a magical world at home and around our town.
ILLUSTRATOR - GRIGGS
Illustrators tell stories visually with drawings and paintings. We portray emotions, explain concepts, and invent unforgettable characters.
GO NOODLE - HARLIN
KNOTTER - CATHEY
Knotters know the knots in times of need. With nimble fingers and a sharp memory, we loop, tie, fasten and secure.
LEGO MASTER - ADAMA
"Are you up for teamwork, creative solutions and building challenges? The Lego builder club might be for you. Join us as we design and create outside the box!"
MEDIC - MILLER
Burns, bruises, or broken bones – Medics are first on the scene. Sooner or later, everyone finds themselves in a great emergency, but while others may panic, we stay calm, at the ready.
CODING - DAMICO
Coders will learn about basic programming. They will complete lessons on Code.org.
PAINTER - WRZESINSKI
Painters are passionate about how the world appears. We get excited about little details of light, shadow, and color. We know our brushes, oils, watercolors, and canvas, but our most important tool is our eyes.
PAPER CRAFTER - MCBRIDE
The students in Mrs. McBride's Paper Crafting Club will be making different variations of paper airplanes. After making the airplanes, the students will be given the opportunity to test their creations to see which version flies the best.
PUPPETEER - TITTLE
Puppetry will consist of making sack, stick and sock puppets to retell and act out favorite stories. We will use our acting skills to portray characters and eventually write our own story to perform.
Where others just see boring stairs, handrails, curbs, and roads, we see a stage for awesomeness. Skaters reinvent the possible – with style, and some serious courage.
STITCHER - COPELAND
Stitchers are masters of needle and thread. Since the Stone Age we’ve attached materials together in this way. Clothing, books, shoes, puppets, sails, baseballs – where glue fails, a stitch holds strong.
TAPE NINJA - GASKAMP
Duct Tape is like the force – it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. The Tape Ninjas of our time have mastered this force. They ask not what can be done with tape, but what can't?
TRAVELER - HUNTER
Get out your map skills and traveling shoes as we learn how to travel together!
WIND ENGINEER - JONES
Wind Engineers have changed the world, first with great sailing ships and now with renewable energy. We harness a powerful force, with sails, kites, and turbines.
ZUMBA - NAVARRO
APP TIME K-2 - DICKERSON
If you are in kindergarten, first or second grade, come join the fun as we discover and play educational apps for ipads!
APP TIME 3-5 COOPER
Mobile learning with the iPad for 3rd-5th graders. Engaging content for you. Transform your iPad into educational fun!
YOGA - DARDEN
Introducing kids to the world of Yoga as we practice a series of fluid poses that can help our body and mind.
3D SNOWFLAKE - JOHNS
This activity will use paper to create beautiful 3D snowflakes. The students will cut, fold and glue to put together winter fun.
PUZZLE MASTER - MARTIN
Working puzzles is great exercise for your brain! Have fun while solving Soduko, Logic problems, crosswords, spotting the difference and hidden pictures.
ADVANCED ART - SKIDMORE
Advanced Art will teach students techniques including portrait drawing, ruler drawing, cartooning, and more!
CHESS - HOHMAN
The Chess Club gives students an opportunity to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment. Students of all levels are welcome to come, as help is given to those who need it.
SCIENCE - ENGLISH
We will explore and learn about life, earth, and physical science. The students will participate in hands-on science activities and labs.
ARTS & CRAFTS - MEADOWS
We will be creating as well as exploring unique pieces of art. You will be able to apply newly learned techniques throughout the projects we pursue and the best part is that all pieces made will be yours to take home and admire.
COMMUNICATIONS - MCLAIN
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday – Hope you enjoyed your Martin Luther King holiday
Tuesday – 2 PDAS evaluations, Rule #15 – If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door open for them. Scolliosis Screening, Deadline to submit your EME Club write up to Tim
Wednesday – 5th & 4th grade level meetings, Faculty meeting with Angela Kennedy on Guided Reading & a little information about our new EME clubs
Thursday – Grade level meetings for 2nd & 3rd grade, Fire Drill,
Friday – Eagles select their clubs, First grade grade level meeting, Eagles of Character Celebration – 1PM
- Hats off & Thumbs Way Up to Kelli, Regina & Beth for their work in creating our PLC room. They invested several hours last Saturday to paint & it looks fantastic! I appreciate the vision for this room & the Kinder & First grade teams enjoyed our first training with Debbie Rhea last week. Thank you Kelli, Regina, & Beth Carpenter!
- I also appreciate the work our technology committee did last week – we had a very productive meeting thanks to Tim, Kim, Donna, Janet, Karyn, Dedra, & Angela.
- Sandra Short is to be commended for working with me for several hours on her own time on Saturday. I really appreciate her willingness to come up & help get some things organized!