Friday Focus


Reflecting on the Positive

I want to thank all of you, again, for taking the time to provide thoughtful and important feedback via the Google form that I sent out on June 1st. If you are one of the last few holdouts, please take the time to access the questions here and answer them before we leave for the year. I want to make sure everyone has a voice as we move into the new school year. I've already asked Mr. Ramsey to get the whiteboard paint out again because I need brainstorming space on my walls! I have been reviewing your responses in all three categories over the last two weeks, and there is quite a broad range of information to process. You've given me a lot to think about. You may think I sound like a loon, but I'm already so pumped for the potential of 2015-16! #nerdalert

I know we will all agree that it is easier, especially in June, to get mired in thinking about what we didn't achieve this year, that student that we just couldn't seem to reach, or that interaction with a parent that we'd like to do over. This is human nature. However, now is the time to start changing the narrative in schools. I am overwhelmed by the proud moments that you have talked about in your responses, and I think it is important for us to celebrate those DAILY accomplishments. Please let me know ASAP via email if you are absolutely opposed to me sharing your proud moments with the building. I promise to remove all personally identifying information, including your name and student names, but now, more than ever, we need to celebrate our good work.


Monday, June 15th
  • Blue/Gold 7 Awards, LGI, 1:00 PM
  • BOE Meeting, HS LGI, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, June 16th

  • Attendance Meeting, MOC, 8:45 AM
  • Admin Cabinet Meeting, HS LGI, 9:45 AM
  • Living Environment Regents Exam, Library, 12:00 PM
  • Red 7 Awards, LGI, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17th

  • Algebra I Common Core Regents Exam, Library, 12:00 PM

Thursday, June 18th

  • District Retirement Party, Morgan and Co., 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Friday, June 19th

  • Red 8 Awards, LGI, 1:00 PM
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Great Escape
  • Red/Gold 7 Field Trip to Ft. William Henry


  • Check out this article concerning a very interesting study out of Harvard that I recently came across on the power of quick weekly communication to parents. It's a short read. Here's a brief summary from the first paragraph: "A new study done by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University found that a single individualized message sent weekly from a teacher to a parent documenting the student's performance in school was enough to reduce student failure by 41 percent. Students whose families received messages that focused on what they needed to improve in class were almost nine percentage points more likely to earn course credit."

Chromebook Carts

Some good news for next school year regarding classroom technology - A big thank you to Alex Spada for managing to secure 7 new Chromebook carts for our building, one for each team! You are our EdTech Superhero, Alex. Please note: One person on the team will need to be in charge of storing the carts in their classroom, managing the sign-out of the cart, and plugging in and locking the cart at the end of every day. You should begin discussing this on each of your teams so that we have a plan for September. Colleen McCoy will not be able to manage the daily logistics of Chromebook cart usage. However, the iPad and Macbook carts will continue to be available for sign out through Colleen.

Thanks ATI!

Hopefully you had a chance to see the 8th grade lockers Friday and what our ATI leaders chose to do on their own Thursday afternoon (with permission, of course). Each 8th grader received a positive message on their locker as they arrived at school Friday. Below I shared the one that spoke to me the most. I doubt you'll be surprised.
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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

- Tim