Weekly Update

November 30, 2015

Mark Your Calendars

This Week...

Tuesday, December 1

  • Health Heroes Flu Clinic
  • Eligibility Due

Wednesday - Friday, December 2-4

  • Jennifer @ State Conference, Brett Filling In

Thursday, December 3

  • Grade Level Meeting, 7:00 am

Friday, December 4

  • PTSA Fun Night, 5 pm (5/6) and 7 pm (7/8)
  • SPIRIT DAY - Dutch Day
  • MS SE Team Meeting, 10:15 am

And the Week After...

Monday, December 7

  • NWEA Testing Begins

Tuesday, December 8

  • Admin Meeting (Jennifer), 8:30 am - ??
  • Eligibility Due



  • It's good to be back! I hope that you had found time for family and rejuvenation over the holiday break. We had a tremendously joyful trip down South. The Gregg family descends upon Dexter, Missouri, from Michigan, Tennessee, and Louisiana. I'm the baby of 5 children and have 13 nieces and nephews as well as 25 great nieces and nephews (and counting...). We are quite the motley crew, but my boys have a blast with their cousins and every year seem to always meet someone new. =)
  • I will be at the state principals' conference from December 2-4 in Kalamazoo. Brett will be filling in during my absences.
  • Looking for significant contribution hours? The next Fun Night will be on December 4. I am unable to attend, but I'm confident that whoever steps up will do a fine job of supervising. =)
  • NWEA sign up here.
  • Did you know that we have a first response team here at the middle school? Team members include Matt Hall, Linda Underwood, Nora Baskins, Jennifer Mayes, and Heidi Huber-Stein. We'll be rolling out our responsibilities over the next few weeks, but generally we can assist with any emergency situation (anaphylaxis, serious injury, seizure, heart attack, etc.) until the professionals arrive. Note: If you ever witness an emergency situation, always call 911 first then call the office and have the team dispatched.
  • The TEN Survey (teacher evaluation network) should be completed during this week's grade level meeting. We need individual responses, not group ones. Thanks!
  • Here is a short article on how best to reach introverted students at school. Teachers are generally extroverted, and our American school system favors students with this inherent trait, especially with practices like "participation" grades. As a mom of an introvert (and it's NOT Grayson), I found the article quite interesting. I hope you do, too.
  • ITM / TIM - I am hearing some worry among the teachers about the TIM and the ITM. Let me help. The TIM (technology integration matrix) originated out of Florida. We saw this tool first when we went to Ada a couple of years ago. CBD evolved that matrix into the "Instructional Transformation Matrix," or ITM. The ITM had less of a focus on technology and more emphasis on best practices. When the ITM first came out, right or wrong, folks often referred to it still as the TIM--using the two phrases interchangeably. I hear now that there is a 2015 version of the ITM that is slightly different than the one we've been using for awhile. Please don't be concerned about whether or not you have the 2013 or the 2015 version this year. It won't affect your annual evaluation. This portion is self-reported (mostly) and based upon self-selected goals. If you selected goals for yourself from the 2013 version and you make movement, then awesome! If you had selected goals for yourself from the 2015 version and had made movement, that's awesome, too! You can't go wrong--unless you fail to work toward transforming your teaching altogether. If you continue to have concerns, come see me.


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Educational Excellence in a Caring Community

District Purpose:

Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.

School Mission:

To provide a secure, challenging learning environment which will empower all students to achieve their greatest potential. The MMS team joins the parents and community to assist students in developing skills necessary to become successful, responsible, contributing citizens.