TCMS Update

December 6, 2015

News and Upcoming Events

December 7 and 17: The TCMS concert season continues with evening performances at 7:00 PM. Check in the enews for groups and locations.

December 7: Faculty Meeting: We are moving to the cafeteria for faculty meetings and will have food and social time from 2:45 until 2:55 and then start the meeting. We will showcase a student talent, review meeting norms, talk about educating students in poverty, learn about 9th grade program planning, hear about a new club and compare first ¼ grades from the last five years.

December 9: Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, Jungle of Bones and Petey will be here to speak with all of our student at three grade level assemblies. See the condensed schedule attached to this email for all the times.

December 10: Holiday Party at TRATA. Be sure to let Erica Oliveri know if you can make it, so she can get an idea of how much food to order. Please try your best to stop by after school and have some fun with your friends and colleagues!

December 11th Early Release Day: Students are dismissed at 10:45 and I’d like to have lunch together (Pot Luck/Dish to pass), do a short, fun activity; check in on our "group to a team" progress, give you time to work on TCRS and time to work as a grade level department. Plan on department time from 12:30 PM until the end of the day. Check out the attached condensed schedule featuring 17 minute periods...and hold on to your hats Friday!

December 16, 17 and 18: The 8th grade teams will be taking their students to the Memorial Art Gallery after 8th grade lunch until the end of the day. Please join a team as a chaperone if you can. This trip coincides with and supports the 8th grade book read, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt.

Staff Update: Welcome back Carol Price! The students, staff and I can’t wait to see you next week!

Danielle Edmunds Selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert

Our very own Danielle Edmunds was recently recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert joining the more than 5,600 educators in the MIE program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other through a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. Congratulations Danielle!

Cathy Bambury won trivia last week! The next NYSMSA conference is in Watkins Glen.

Update Trivia Question

Who is the recently retired teacher, pictured below, who was the lead chaperone for the 8th grade, 1975 Washington DC trip?