Freshman Center Free Press

March 13, 2015

Quote of the Week

Ask yourself a question … ‘Is my attitude worth catching?’

~Zig Ziglar

The Good Stuff!

Have an AWESOME Weekend!

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and are able to get outside and enjoy the spring-like weather. Great job this week!!

Try Something New!

We have had MANY staff try something new this school year within their classroom or office space. This trend is inspiring and contagious! I encourage everyone to try something new in a lesson, with instruction, with technology, etc. before the end of the school year. You'll be amazed at how much you'll learn, grow and have fun in the process.

Since we returned from Holiday Break, I have been working hard to be more productive and efficient while at work.

Phase 1 was office organization - my old organizational system was broken. I needed a change as I was feeling buried. I discovered various apps, processes and websites that help me leave every day with ZERO paper on my desk and my email inbox (almost) empty. I feel good walking out the door and prepared for the next day!

Phase 2 is communication - being organized always helps with better communication. I also needed a change in terms of a staff newsletter as the one I was doing wasn't working for me anymore. I discovered this format and am excited to see how it pans out!

Phase 3 is better looks - any suggestions would be helpful...

Smooth Transition...

into Trimester 3! I hope you felt the THRILL of realizing the incredible impact you made on many students during Trimester 2 and the EXCITEMENT of a fresh start with Trimester 3. Only 53 more days to go! :-) Major KUDOS to all FC staff as everyone had a part in this successful transition!!

Incoming 9th Grade Orientation

As I stated in an earlier email, we had a tremendously successful orientation last week for incoming 9th grade students and parents. Major KUDOS to Mike, Deb and Ben for their respective parts of the presentation. Also, major KUDOS to our staff that took part in the RFC Elective Video that was presented. This video showcased all of the wonderful elective opportunities for freshman students. For those of you that would like to check it out, you can view it on YouTube at:

Next Week Events

March 16 & 17 - Counselors to Middle Schools for Incoming 9th Grade Registration

March 18 - Wacky Wednesday

March 18 - DPPD - Analyze Trimester 2 Exam Data within Departments

March 19 - Tornado Drill @ 12:10pm

March 20 - Staff Breakfast - Main Office

Upcoming Events

March 23 - Board Meeting @ Administration Office - 7:30pm

March 24 - Staff Appreciation Event - Chiro Health Chair Massages during Lunch

March 25 - Wacky Wednesday

March 27 - Staff Breakfast - Counseling Office

Educational Resources

Rockford Academic Practices (RAP)

If you recall, there has been a tremendous amount of work put into this resource to help teachers. It is an icon on your desktop (a pencil) and is a "one stop shopping" site. Items available to reference are things like: Common Core Standards, Best Practices, Curriculum Maps, M-STEP resources, Videos from PD, and many more. I would highly encourage you to check it out. You can find it on your desktop or click the button below and it will take you there as well.

Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Interesting and FUN Edutopia article by Dr. Lori Desautels, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Marian University, regarding quick brain break activities to do in class on a daily basis to help your students re-focus. Click the button below to view this article.

The Funnies