Middle School Principals Newsletter

March 2015

Present with Powtoons!


It helps you create an animated presentation that will WOW your participants! You will look smart and clever!

Let's Try Linoit!

Click here to post on our board. Write down three topics that you would like to discuss, one topic per sticky note

Assessment Links and Updates


Transition Timeline provides a weekly series of steps to prepare for the test.

Click here to see sample test items.

Direct Link to Grade Level Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks

Online Assessment Awareness for Teachers and Students

Additional information on M-Step

Spring of 2015 Testing Schedule

Calculator Policies

Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

New PSAT & SAT Practice Items


New SAT (Not Downloadable)

A practice PSAT for 8/9 should be available soon.

Top 12 Testing Breaks

Active Brains learn and test best! GoNoodle is a free educator resource that provides a variety of short activities to help students focus, de-stress, and refresh their minds for learning. Check out this top 12 list and share with teachers.
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Don't forget your Administrator Evaluation!

Here's a link to last year's newsletter that includes the details.

Resources to Share

Your March MASSP Checklist

"11 Lessons Learned from Michigan's Top High Schools"

Looking at new course materials to align with CCSS? Check out the FREE Achieve the Core Materials Alignment Toolkit

Research Says: Supporting Older Inexperienced Readers

"What should we consider when planning instruction for older inexperienced readers? Our first order of business is to realize we are dealing with individuals who have rich and complicated lives and to whom relationships and social worlds matter greatly. They will read more, read more proficiently, and more purposefully when we center our efforts on the social and motivational reality of their lives. Peter Johnston and I (Ivey & Johnston, 2013) found that low-scoring, previously inexperienced eighth-grade readers, when given access to compelling young adult literature dealing with issues that mattered to them, not only read enthusiastically, but also demonstrated many of the strategic reading behaviors we try to teach students explicitly."

Read more at the ILA (International Literacy Association) website.

Upcoming Conferences:


School Improvement Conference:

MDE/AdvancED Michigan Spring School Improvement Conference

March 16-17, 2015

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Across the State

The Michigan Reading Association's Pre-Conference features Dr. Robert J. Marzano: "Becoming a High-Reliability School"

The MiELA Network has announced its Summer 2015 Conference!

Professional Learning at GISD

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