RMS Weekly Event Calendar
August 28 - September 1
What's going on this week?
What a great week we had at Russellville Middle School! Thank you all for your help in making our Solar Eclipse day a huge success. I know it was quite stressful and took a lot of time and effort, but I know it is a day both teachers and students will remember forever.
We are off to a great school year! I am very excited to see all the fabulous things going on in the classrooms each day. As I visit classrooms, I see us moving away from the traditional classroom where desks are lined up in rows, to a more cooperative classroom where students are engaged with each other in solving problems, sharing ideas, and supporting each other in the learning process. Keep up the great work!
I am also excited to see all the teacher learning taking place! When teachers learn, so do students! We had two teachers who attended AMSTI science training last week and as you can see from the picture below, we had three 7th grade math teachers spend the entire day with Lunetta Reyer who is a math specialist with AMSTI. These teachers worked very hard in digging into the standards, planning units and designing instructional activities to improve student engagement and achievement. Research indicates that the teacher is the most important determinant in student academic achievement so the more you learn, the better equip you are to teach your students each day. I read the following article, which I thought summed it up:
Why is Teacher Development Important: Because Students Deserve the Best
"It is critical for veteran teachers to have ongoing and regular opportunities to learn from each other. Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture." (Edutopia, March 16, 2008, https://www.edutopia.org/teacher-development-introduction)
We will begin a school-wide book study this week. It is a very short, but powerful book on five things that can take place in the classroom that have a huge impact on student learning. I am looking forward to spending the time with you and listening to your input and ideas as we grow together!
Career Prep A
The students in Mrs. Townley's Career Prep A class are teaming up to plan a skit about getting a job. As you can see, Mrs. Townley is providing feedback and assistance as the students design and prepare to present to their classmates.
6th Grade Math
Mrs. Phillips is hard at work helping her students understand the "whys" behind the math. She is a using variety of math manipulatives and instructional strategies to help her students comprehend what numbers really mean.
Teachers are Learning!
7th grade math teachers spent the day with Lunetta Reyer, AMSTI Math Specialist, and worked together to design units and learning activities that are engaging for students as well as rigorous.
Career Prep A
6th Grade Math
Monday, August 28
- Scantron Testing - Odom (Mobile Lab), Phillips (Mobile Lab), Vallejo (Library Lab)
Tuesday, August 29
- Scantron Testing - Malone (Library Lab)
- SADD Meeting - Cafeteria - This meeting will be an informational meeting. Students will attend during mentoring period.
Wednesday, August 30
- Fundraiser Kick-off - 8th grade - 1st period, 7th grade - 2nd period, 6th grade- 3rd period
- SADD Meetings (6th & 7th Grade) - Cafeteria - This meeting will be for students to pay their dues, etc. - Students will attend during their mentoring period.
Thursday, August 31
- Instructional Meetings - We are going to begin a short book study on the book, The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction. All faculty please plan to attend during your instructional period.
- SADD Meeting - (8th Grade)- Cafeteria - This meeting will be for 8th grade students to pay their dues, etc. - Students will attend during their mentoring period.
- RMS Volleyball vs. Haleyville - Away - 7th grade @ 4:30 p.m. and 8th grade @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 1
- RHS Football vs. Deshler - Away - 7:00 p.m.