Monday Minute-Thursday Edition!

April 18, 2019

The Newsletters are Coming, the Newsletters are Coming!

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The IMLEA spring print newsletters were delivered to the mailing service; hopefully, members will receive them within the week. Our president's column by Jessica Tubbs is a timely message about testing. In addition to usual features, this edition includes articles on PE, social studies, libraries, opportunities through Indiana Humanities, and, of course, more information on our conference, including some of the sessions!

Champions Together: Congratulations to Tri-West Middle School!

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Tri-West Middle School was the first school in the country to earn the Champions Together 50th Anniversary Special Olympics Banner!

Spring, and track in particular, is a huge area of involvement for Champions Together. This could be an ideal time to consider your participation for next year. Does the high school in your district participate? Are you near any of the IMLEA members who are already involved?

-Rochester MS

-South Ripley JH

-Brownsburg West

-Shelbyville MS

-Mt. Vernon MS

-Lowell MS

-Tri-West MS

You might consider contacting schools and observing a competition. We plan to offer trainings in the fall for those interested, but feel free to email Susie Highley now for any questions and if you would like to get started. We have a section devoted to Champions Together in the Middle on our website. And, we would love to observe some of these events ourselves!

Gimkit: More Engaging Than Kahoot & Quizziz?

Teachers across the county have been raving about Gimkit, an interactive game with more wrinkles than Kahoot and Quizziz. Friends of mine have said, "It's more engaging," and, "My students played all the way to the end." Interestingly enough, Gimkit was created by a high school student in Seattle. You can create five "kits" or games for free, and there is a premium version. You can import existing games from Quizlet, add gifs, have teams, and even have games where students submit questions for use. There are strategies involved for achieving higher scores. It integrates with Google Classroom rosters. Here is a sample "kit" I created as a homework assignment, due April 30. Play as much as you would like! (I don't know how long it would actually take to earn $500K!) You can also try it out on their homepage.

INFOSYS Deadline Extended

The deadline to attend the Pathfinders Program in Bloomington this summer has been extended to April 30. Although the program includes having participants provide part of the funding, every individual last summer who applied had that funded by Donors Choose. The deadline to apply for that funding is May 14. You can access the variety of courses available and more information on their website.

Nominations Open for Shining Star Teachers and Students!

IMLEA and Horace Mann have partnered for the last several years to recognize students and teachers for outstanding contributions in support of their school. The Shining Star Award is open to any student in grade 5 – 9, or any teacher with any number of years of experience. Any certified staff member from an IMLEA member school may nominate a student or a colleague, but the nomination form must be signed by a building administrator.

Teachers designated as "STAR" winners are recognized in honor of Dr. Roger Boop, a retired professor from the education department at Butler University and long time friend and supporter of IMLEA. You can find the applications and more information for both on our website. Nominations are due May 1.

IMLEA Conference, September 29-30

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Our conference website is now live. You may register your staff members (no price increase) and make hotel reservations (an increase of only $3 from last year.) Stay tuned for more information on the breakout sessions that will be offered!

The Thank Yous That Keep Us Going

A great piece of advice for beginning teachers (or any teacher, for that matter) is to keep a file of all of the notes and items of appreciation that you receive from students, parents, and others. You never know when you will have "one of those days" and can benefit from reminders of why you do what you do. A recent post from MiddleWeb echoes this, along with some other suggestions.

Middle School Students "Doing Good"

Steve Hartman always manages to find "feel good" stories to share on CBS News. Here's a recent story about a "pack" of middle schoolers making a difference. It would be great to share with your students; maybe they've done similar things!


Here are some recent updates from DOE, filled with many resources. Several of you have already subscribed on your own, but just in case...

#INspirEDlit for April

#INspirEDmath for April

Aspire Higher (High Ability & AP) Newsletter for April

School Counseling News You Can Use

STEM Opportunity at Purdue, July 23-26

INSPIRE3 Update-Includes Graduation Pathways!

This week's update also includes a service project from Mt. Vernon HS in Fortville, and resources for upcoming events, including Earth Day, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day. You can find these and more information on the INSPIRE3 page of the IMLEA website

Times Up!

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Sorry for the delay in this week's newsletter. Coming next week, in honor of testing: a special "Brain Edition!"