Miner Minutes

April 29, 2016

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Please remember that this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! We take the time to celebrate YOU and all you do for our students. This starts with a casual breakfast in the media center on Monday at 8:15am. It is come, eat, hang out, and go about your business (no formal program). We just want to start your week off beautifully! Also, please plan ahead for the PTSO lunch on Thursday, also in the media center. All other days you will find treats in your mailbox from the school and STUDCO. Also, I challenge each of you to take a moment to appreciate your colleagues. Take a few minutes each day and write at least one note of appreciation to someone that you work with. It's important that we take time to appreciate each other as well. There is a video at the end of this week's newsletter featuring Maya Angelou. She talks about the importance of being a RAINBOW in someone else's clouds. Please remember that YOU are the rainbow for so many of our students.

Monday Morning - important

All: The entire administrative team will be off campus for a school related mission on Monday until about noon. Dr. Milam will be at school from 8am until we return, and we have teachers that will serve as acting interventionists if there are issues in the classroom. Officer Seagraves will also be on campus in case a serious issue occurs, which we certainly do not expect. Dr. Milam, the teachers as interventionists, and our school counselors will all have access to walkie talkies if needed. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything. Thank you for working with us on this special situation.

This Week's Calendar

(National Teacher Appreciation Week)

May 2: Entire administrative team off campus from 8am-noon; 7th grade EVAAS meeting at 1:15pm; brief faculty meeting at 4:15pm

May 3: SLT at 7:30am; 8th grade EVAAS at 9:15am; 6th grade EVAAS at 2:30pm

May 5: Progress reports go home

May 9 week: spring spirit week (more details from Studco)

Afternoon Adjustment Required

Starting on MONDAY, all teachers in the building MUST accompany students during dismissal outside to the bus lot. Spring is here (in case you haven't noticed), and our students are getting spring fever. We must ensure we are safely returning them home as well as possible, and that requires added supervision. Please push students all the way to the buses rather than just stopping at the front doors. This will ensure a more efficient dismissal for all students, and it will not delay you too badly. 6th grade teachers are still responsible for remaining at the bus lot for supervision; we just need you to get them TO the bus lot safely, please. If you have any questions or concerns about this, simply ask an administrator.

Your feedback needed, please - deadline Friday, May 6th

The Cabarrus Health Alliance and the Cabarrus STARS program is seeking teacher feedback regarding school climate here at CMS. We greatly appreciate teachers taking the survey linked below. It takes about 20 minutes and is confidential. If you provide a personal email account, you will be entered to win a Walmart gift card for $15. Once teacher surveys have been completed, our school will be eligible to receive its yearly stipend over $1000 for its participation. We will also be able to access the data to determine areas of successes and challenges.

Please complete this survey by FRIDAY, MAY 6.

SURVEY LINK: http://uncc.surveyshare.com/s/aya9fka

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Katie Dight (STARS Program Manager) at katie.dight@cabarrushealth.org.

EOG Training - mandatory for all certified staff members - IMPORTANT

Meet in Computer Lab 330 on May 17th

9:00 - 8th grade

10:34 - Encore

12:40 - 7th

2:30 - 6th

Various Announcements

Bring in your box tops! This is the final week for the core one class competition! Also, a note that any personal belongings you have in your classroom (purse, wallet, cell, etc) really needs to be in a secure location. Please be sure all state testing dates are on your calendar as no absences will be approved unless there is an emergency. National School Nurse's Day is coming up on May 11th! Also, a special good luck to Kristen Truong as she officially begins her maternity leave for baby boy 2 on Monday! And congratulations to Mr. Randall Patton on his marriage celebration on Monday!

Planning Ahead for our Volunteer Luncheon

Our volunteer luncheon will be on May 26th around noon. More details will be shared soon, but we do want you to begin thinking of who should be invited. If you have any special volunteers that have helped you out this year, please send their names to Ms. Alicia Watson. Also, Ms. Eng (Kelley Carpenter's mother) will continue her tradition of fixing the lunch for our volunteers, but we will need dessert donations by our staff members. If you are willing, please also let Ms. Watson know. Thank you!


May 9 week: spring spirit week

May 10: Faculty meeting at 7:30am

May 12: Band concert 7pm

May 13: pep rally schedule

May 17: MTSS Leadership Team 7:30am; grade level meetings in 330 specifically for test training (9, 1034, 1240, 230)

May 19: Chorus Concert

May 20: Retention committee meetings

May 21: 8th grade dance

May 24: Grade level meetings; Chorus concert 630pm

May 25: EOGs (6th Math, 7th ELA, 8th Math)

May 26: EOGs (6th ELA, 7th Math, 8th ELA); Volunteer Luncheon at 12noon

May 27: EOG makeups; 6th/7th grade EOY award ceremonies (6th at 2:45pm and 7th at 12:45pm) Miner Code Event

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

May 31: EOG makeups

June 1: NCFEs (7th and 8th SS)

June 2: EOG/NCFE (8th grade science EOG; 6th Science NCFE); MC Silent Auction 6-8pm

June 3: NCFEs (6th SS and 7th Sci); Spanish 1 Exam

June 6: Math 1 EOC (8th grade)

June 7: SLT at 7:30am; Earth/Environment NCFE 8th grade; voting in auxiliary gym

June 8th: last day of school; 8th grade awards; EOY staff luncheon

June 9th: Capped workday

June 10: SIT Meeting

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Big 3 Goals

  1. Student learning
    1. PLC alignment
    2. powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
  2. Capture the hearts of students and staff
  3. Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)
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Dr. Maya Angelou: "Be a Rainbow in Someone Else's Cloud" - Oprah's Master Class - OWN