Faculty Focus

Richlands Primary School January 18-22, 2016

The Leader in Me

Chad Smith from the Covey Institute will be with us on Wednesday, January 20 to officially begin our process in the Leader in Me. Visit http://www.theleaderinme.org/ to find out more about the Leader in Me.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. Distinct in several ways, The Leader in Me:

  • Starts from a powerful premise—that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. This premise shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child.
  • Integrates leadership development into existing school programs, curricula, and traditions. More than a program, The Leader in Me serves as a foundational operating system for the school, helping to improve relationships, transform culture, and highly motivate staff members and students.
  • Helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. In short, The Leader in Me helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.
  • Impacts all stakeholders, starting first with the staff of a school, then expanding to students, their families, and the community at large. This Inside-Out Approach is a key ingredient to successfully creating positive change in a school.

The Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

The Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal-accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision of their ideal school. This shared leadership increases engagement and enables students, staff, and families to be self-confident and self-reliant, work effectively with others, and make meaningful contributions.

The Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, schoolwide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture.

For more information about The Leader in Me, visit www.theleaderinme.org.

At-Risk Students

Teachers, in order to document your at-risk students, I am going to send you a link to an Office 365 Excel Worksheet through a calendar invitation. Please indicate your name (last name is fine) student's name and if he/she is below in reading, math or writing. Please also indicate if a PEP exists for the student.

I would like to have this information by Thursday, January 21.

This is my first attempt at utilizing the "share" feature in Office 365. I am hopeful that it will work. Please email me if you are not able to access the Excel Worksheet.


Tim Joines

Child Nutrition State Inspection

Our school cafeteria will have their Child Nutrition State Inspection the week of January 25 - 29. It is vitally important that the inspection goes smoothly. We could be fined thousands of dollars if we are not in compliance.

Please note that NO children should be in the staff lounge the week of January 25-29. Instructional assistants that utilize the lounge for Sonday will need to find a different location that week. Students cannot have access to vending machines during the school day. Even though there is an adult in the room with them, we could still get marked down for that. This also includes staff member's children from the middle and high school.

The Relay chocolate will also be relocated from the front counter to the kitchen area in the office during that week as well. Students are not to be in the kitchen area in the office.

This is a very serious inspection Friends, Please do all that you can to ensure that our cafeteria passes with high marks.

Excellence in Education Award Process 2015-2016

During the 2014-2015 school year, Onslow County Schools began the process of recognizing school teachers and administrators in the areas of AVID, Global, STEM, and Tech Savvy. These recognitions were meant to highlight the excellent work of teachers from across Onslow County Schools. This year, OCS is also including a recognition for Student Support Educator of the Year and Arts teacher/administrator of the year.

Schools may select a nominee in any category for which they have a qualified candidate. The categories are:

· STEM Teacher/Administrator of the Year

· Tech Savvy Teacher/Administrator of the Year

· Global Teacher/Administrator of the Year

· AVID Teacher/Administrator of the Year

· Student Support Educator/Administrator of the Year

· Arts Teacher/Administrator of the Year

We will open our nomination process next week, most likely through a Google Doc. We will then create a ballot for voting on the nominees. We must submit our nominees by the end of the month.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to acknowledge your co-worker's strengths!

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Mark Your Calendars!

January 18 - MLK Holiday - No School

January 19 - Teacher Workday - Not locked-in

January 19 - CiCi's Pizza Night

January 20 - Locked-In Teacher Workday

January 27 - Report Cards Go Home

January 27 - Peer Observation Training - Media Center - 3:30

January 29 - All Day Principals Meeting - Joines

February 3-4 - Joines to Raleigh for AdvancED Re-acreditation Visit

February 9 - Joines AM Principal's meeting

February 9 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

February 10 - SLT Meeting Media Center 3:35

February 11 - 2nd/3rd Grade PLC RES Media Center 4:00

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 15 - Teacher Workday

February 16 - Space Station Conversation 1:25-2:35 Multipurpose Room

February 16 - CiCi's Pizza Night

February 17 - BT Meeting Media Center 3:35

February 23 - Interim Reports Go Home

February 23 - HWY 55 Character Ed. Trip

February 24 - Early Release

February 24 Jump Rope for Heart Multipurpose Room 9:00

February 26 Class Picture Day

February 29 Joines AM Principal's Meeting

June 8 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4 (location TBD)

June 9 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4

June 10 - 7 Habits Training, Launching Leadership 8-4

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CUBS Care!

Birthday Wishes to the following Staff Members!

January 28 - Martha Howard

February 2 - Jonathan Wisniewski

February 3 - Alysia Baysden

February 7 - Mary Frazelle

February 12 - Betty Jones

February 14 - Dawn Kinsey

February 17 - Joy Lewis

February 20 - Julie Ervin

February 21 - Michelle Huffman

February 28 - Vee Lumley

Supporting our RPS Family!

Please continue to keep AJ Byrd, her mother and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to:

Kelsey Metts and her husband!

eleot Scoreboard

The Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (eleot) focuses on seven key learning environments that promote effective learning and student success:

  • equitable learning

  • high expectations

  • supportive learning

  • active learning

  • progress monitoring and feedback

  • well-managed learning

  • digital learning

The observer is focusing on student behaviors. Observations range from 10 - 15 minutes in length (20 min. maximum).

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