Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

January 11-15, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe we are already into our second week of January and semester 1 is coming to a close? This week we are heading into BE CONNECTED week. This theme goes beyond just this week. It really is a central part of what we believe at Poynter. You are all so very instrumental in making sure kids stay connected. During this week in particular, please keep your eyes and ears open for those students who are really needing that extra attention. Thank you for everything you do for all our students.

Have a great week,

Jon and Katie

Accommodations and Modifications

A huge thank you to our Special Education Department on their presentation on Accommodations and Modifications. This is not an easy topic as instructional practice, grading, accommodating/modifying and differentiating can be tricky as the standards increase and become more complex by content. Accommodations and Modifications can be done for any student (ELL, Special Education, TAG, etc.). Below are some helpful visuals for your use on Accommodations and Modifications. We will be doing a follow up on this topic at a February Academic Seminar.

Lego Robotics Team

Our Lego Robotics team, The Trash Busters competed on Saturday at Liberty High School. They competed against 60 other teams. They didn't make it to the next round but they did a great job representing Poynter Middle School. Congratulations Trash Busters!
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General Information for all staff

*2016-2017 master schedule committee--I have 1 or two openings for this committee. If you would like to be on it please sign your name up on the sheet outside of my office.

*Academic Seminar this week--Teacher Directed (Team)

*Classified Academic Seminar on Wednesday--The district assistive technology team will be here to do a presentation on assistive technology. Teachers are invited but required.

*BE CONNECTED WEEK--As Joey mentioned on Wednesday, kids may be a little heightened in awareness to their feelings and everything that comes with it. Remember that Thursday has no Homeroom and is on a Mon/Fri schedule.

*Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King jr. Day--“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King believed in serving to give back to the community. This is a great week to talk about Dr. King and the thought of giving back in service to community, family and school.

Current Week and January At A Glance

Monday-January 11

Gym Week: Macintosh, Griffiths, Keniston, Rivas


Basketball 3:15-5:00

Tuesday-January 12

Yearbook Club 7:50-8:45

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

Attendance Team Mtg. 11:00

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Volleball 3:15-5:00

Parent Club meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday-January 13


Academic Seminar--Teacher (team)

8:00--Classified Academic Seminar in the library.

7:50-8:50 Chess Club

1:30 CARE team

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

Zone Basketball vs. Evergreen 4:15 at Evergreen.

Thursday-January 14

BE CONNECTED WEEK (no homeroom today)

Boxer/Viking Team Meeting 8:00

Bike Club 3:30

Volleyball 3:15-5:00

Friday, January 15

7:45 Team Leader mtg. in Jon's office

Upcoming Events:

January 18, No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 19, Black Ticket event

January 19, 20, 21-Spring Musical Auditions

January 22, Be Connected Patriot Out day

January 25, Grading window opens.

January 27, End of Semester

January 28, No school teacher prep

January 29, No School Grade prep

January 29, Grading window closes

Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou