EAGLE MOUNTAIN NEWS & NOTES #22

February 1, 2016

EAGLE MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY

I have a lot to say. I hope you're listening.
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REAL QUICK:

I cannot begin this week without mentioning how incredibly impressive each team’s mini-Rise presentations have been! Each team exceeded our expectations & went the extra mile. We’ve had teams use power points, prezi’s & Emaze presentation tools. We’ve had teams use humor & demonstrate the camaraderie that’s prevalent on our teams. Every team has done a commendable job of highlighting their students & their teams’ priorities. Each team has also conveyed that they have grown from this experience. So, although we know it was time-consuming & stressful, please know that you can be VERY proud of the results, & Kelli & I thank you VERY much for putting your best foot forward! Thanks for shining!


We look forward to second grade’s presentation this week & fifth grade’s soon. Then we will finish with our Block/Specials team & our Math Coach & Literacy specialists & our Special Ed. Presentation. Again, THANK YOU for the amount of work you put into your mini-rise presentations – we really want to share them with Dr. Chadwell, Dr. Parker & Daniel Gallagher after everyone has finished presenting.


This week is National Counselor’s Appreciation week. Please take a moment & let Drew know you appreciate the work that he does. He just returned from a conference that he learned a lot from – ask him about it!

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Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There’s nothing here I can use! I don’t have time to learn anything new! But these same teachers who have such high demands of those who teach them — go into the classroom and deliver a lesson that could bore the ticks off a hound dog. No pizzaz! No joy! No intrigue! WE CAN DO BETTER. Listen now.
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Essential Questions: Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

  • How do we consider what learning looks like to the students?
  • What is an important question principals should ask themselves?
  • What is the pathway to create better schools?
  • How do we need to get past a growth mindset?
  • How can schools create a culture of innovation and not just have a few teachers who are on fire for learning?
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Important Information this week!

· This week we will have important benchmark testing going on in fourth & fifth grades. Thank you for taking them seriously!


· Our enrichment clubs went well on Friday, so please know that you are making a difference for kids & the feedback I’ve received about our Clubs has been overwhelmingly positive.


· Please take time to update your web-sites this week.


· Grades are due next Monday – Progress reports will go home next Tuesday

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TOP TEN "FIRST IN MATH" AT EME AS OF 1/23/16

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WORDS OF THE WEEK

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOCAB IS IN THIS SMORE

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TECH DO'S

WEEK 3: MINI-RISE

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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday – PTA Board meeting, PLC’s meet, Drew is out today & tomorrow for a Counselor’s convention, Happy Birthday Kristin Mullen, 1st & 3rd grade CARE Team Meetings


Tuesday – Happy Birthday to Drew, Bryan out for EDGAR Financial Training at HCTC, Kinder & 2nd for CARE Team Meetings


Wednesday – Benchmark Testing 4th grade Writing, 5th grade Reading


Thursday – Benchmark Testing 5th grade Math, Dr. J’s Fundraising Assembly – 2PM


Friday – Amber will train you today during your planning periods, Clubs 1:45 – 2:30

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NOTEABLE QUOTABLES:

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SHOUT OUT!


  • Kudos to Dedra Jones for the excellent Quad D presentation she delivered to us last week at our faculty meeting. The strategies she shared sound great, & I hope you will make an effort to try them in your classes. Dedra is a strong presenter & does a terrific job of leading our Quad D efforts/movement.


  • Thumbs us to Sandy Hunter for leading the activity that correlated with our book study Mindset. Great activity Sandy!


  • I sincerely appreciate the work our Design Team is doing! We met last week & are working on some ideas for next year that we will share soon that I think will help ensure that EME continues to move forward!


  • Bravo to Leslie Hooe for leading the honor choir! They did a sensational choir performing at Boswell HS on Friday night. Leslie is doing some amazing work with our choir!


  • Hats off to Drew this week for the great job he & Betsy O’Hara did of organizing our Dads Day on Saturday. We had an unbelievable turnout & our dads’ comments reflected their appreciation for the job we are doing with their kids. Thank you Drew for being a builder & for all you did to ensure that the event was successful…we are fortunate to have you at EME!
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