Weekly Staff Update

1/11/16 - 1/15/16


Calendar Highlights

1/11: Boys Basketball Home games

1/12: Victimproof Follow Up; School Improvement Meeting (Testing; Curriculum Maps)

1/13: T.H.E. Program

1/14: Lockdown Drill (3rd hour); JAZ Tutoring

1/15: 6th Grade Writing Club (Lunch)

*All Month: Board Appreciation Month

These events are subject to change AND available on the shared Google Calendar

Timed Pair Share

Steps for the Strategy

1. Students are paired and work in pairs.

2. Present a problem to the students.

3. Provide them with a specific amount of time to write their answers.

4. Students discus their answers with either their face or shoulder partners.

5. Call on students to share with the class the answer they have developed with their partners.


• Instead of sharing out with the class, they share with their answers with the other team at their table. This is called Timed-Pair-Square.

• To increase equal participation, after think time, make the students share their answers in a Round Robin format at their table.

Management Tips

1. Model good listening skills.

2. Model how pairs discuss instead of just one member answering the question Social Skills

1. Active Listening

2. Appropriate noise level.

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Instant Engagement Demo: Timed Pair Share

More SIP Info


MSTEP Update

For the Spring 2016 M-STEP administration, the mathematics assessment will continue to contain performance tasks at grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but there will no longer be classroom activities to administer. The updated ELA assessment will contain performance tasks at grades 5 and 8 only, which will no longer require classroom activities.


Jessica Freehling

I live in Croswell with my husband, Greg, and two children. We have Zach who just turned six and Abbigail who is three. We also have a dog, two cats, a parrot, and an albino frog. This is my seventh year teaching at Yale Junior High. Before Yale, I taught at an elementary school in AuGres, MI. I taught 5th grade for four years, and 4th grade for one year. I also taught for one year at Baker College. I then was hired in Yale as an 8th grade teacher, teaching science and language arts. I taught that for one year then have been teaching 6th grade every since. I currently teach 6th grade math and science. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University (Go Chips!) and my Master's Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Some day, I plan to obtain a Doctorate Degree. I love learning and teaching others!


Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes

Favorite TV Show: No Favorite

Favorite Vacation: Florida

Favorite University/College: CMU

PTO Trip Raffle

Monday, Feb. 1st, 7:30-7:30am

198 School Drive

Yale, MI

This is our biggest fundraiser attempt. It could raise over $13,000! Please help us by selling tickets, buying tickets, and/or promoting with family and friends!


Yale Junior High PTO

1. Download Shoparoo to your mobile device. You will scan any grocery, fuel, or non-grocery receipt. We also have a Yale Junior High PTO page on Facebook, please like us!

Be sure to select Yale Junior High

2. Please donate ANY AND ALL used ink cartridges and cell phones (even if they are damaged) by bringing them into the office. We will be recycling them and receiving money for our media center in exchange!

3.VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME! JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING or assist us in counting Vinckier Rewards or Aunt Millies labels.

“Like” us on Facebook – Yale Junior High PTO (click on 'YJH PTO' above to link to the page)

Vinckier Receipts

This program is done until September. We appreciate all those who particpated. We were able to purchase Physical Education equipment. Thanks again for your support!
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