Mishler Memo

January 15, 2016

Volume 3, Number 20

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What's new WMS?

Starfish of the week...

From Mary Vasquez to Deb Connett for always being willing to go above and beyond for the teachers and staff.

From Lauren Allen to Janet Farrington. I admire her dedication with the kids who sometimes struggle with the different meanings of our English language. She always makes sure students understand what is expected of them. She's a wonderful colleague to work with.

Random Acts of Kindness-SUCCESS CLUB

Success Club starting a new school wide event next week called the “Random Acts of Kindness Event.” Our goal is to raise student moral and promote positive behavior between all the grades. More information sent to you in an email from Kevin Hite.


ISTEP dates to put on your calendars:

ISTEP Computer Stress Test-Jan. 20

Part 1 (Applied Skills)-Feb. 29 to March 11

Part 2 (Online Assessment)-April 18-May 6

IDOE Outreach Coordinator Lisa Dercach will be visiting WMS on Feb. 24 and doing classroom walk-throughs.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we are doing grade level ISTEP question examples during lunch. Students who participate submit their answers into a drawing. It their name is drawn and they have the correct answer, they get to select a prize. On Fridays, we will be playing motivational video clips.


Updates posted regularly: Technology Hints and Tips and Teaching Strategies


1-20 ISTEP STRESS TEST from 10-11 a.m.


1/18/2016 4:30PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball vs. Westview (7th Home, 8th Away)

1/19/2016 5:00PM Girls 7th and 8th Basketball @ Lincoln

1/19/2016 4:30PM Girls 6th Basketball Home vs. Milford

1/21/2016 4:30PM Girls 7th and 8th Basketball @ Bethany Christian

1/23/2016 8:00AM Girls 7th Basketball Tourney @ Whitko

1/23/2016 9:00AM Girls 8th Basketball Tourney HOME


1-18 Julie Burlingame

1-29 Susan Mishler

1-30 Ashleigh Fredrich

SMART START Wednesday's

All Smart Starts will start promptly at 7:40 am every Wednesday morning.

For the next 2 weeks, we will be:

Data Work with LA/Math/SPED teachers (NWEA/ISTEP/Remediation)

SS/Sci/ENCORE-Supporting Literacy across all content areas "Writing to Learn"

Homeroom Writing Prompt

Be sure to use the RATS Model (Emphasize the R and the A).

Upcoming Weekly Prompts: For the next 4 weeks!!!

2016 New Year's Resolutions"Think" Abouts

1-18 2-Name 2 things you do well and will continue to do.

1-25 0-Name something you want to stop doing.

2-1 1-Name one person you want to improve your relationship with.

2-8 6-Name six things you will do this year to step outside your comfort zone.

From the Desk of .sJ

Random Thoughts

For this week’s installment I tossed around a number of ideas that I believe are critical, but did not want people falling asleep reading my words…..again. So, what I decided was to focus on a few words about a few different items. Enjoy!

  1. Discipline - when making discipline entries, it is best to use your non-mobile device (use your computer, not your phone). The mobile version of Skyward does not allow for ‘classroom’ referrals.

  2. If you are putting items on the walls for display, use masking tape (best) or blue painters tape. Scotch tape will not secure items to the painted bricks.

  3. Athletic Grade Check - a follow up grade check for athletic participation will occur on 2/25. This is the 2 week check up for students who earned 1 F on the midterm. There is nothing you have to do for this event, except have your grade book up to date.

  4. Tardies to class - teachers should be recording student tardies to their classes. If a student has a pass, they are not tardy. Please keep records up to date. Progression for tardy consequences are located on page 13 of student handbook. When a student has excessive tardies outside of team expectations, discipline referrals should be entered.

School Safety Response #7

Last week’s School Safety scenario was about being unable to lock your door during an intruder situation. The most appropriate response would be to immediately improve your position. Improving your position may include: moving students to another classroom, evacuate the building through any means necessary, put up barricades to classroom. Along with this physical move, communicating your moves to as many people as possible is appropriate. Not posting to Twitter or Facebook, but telling the office, telling a fellow teacher, telling a friend who can relay the message. This situation is difficult because it does offer ‘grey’ responses, but remember its the conversation right now that is most important.

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