Mishler Memo

December 18, 2015

Volume 3, Number 18

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What's new WMS?

Starfish of the week...


From Sarah Bauer to Cindy Jonsson. She always has a smile for students when they come to the office. I appreciate her gentle, calming spirit especially during stressful times.


From Carla Stone to Jason Scott ...for his willingness to dig in and do what needed to be done. I am honored to work with such a colleague.


Biztown

3 WMS JA Biztown students were captured and are being used to promote to other schools to use the JA Biztown Curriculum. Well done Clara, Colten, and Alec!!!

http://jani.org/programs/local-programs/ja-biztown

Secret Santa

Thanks to everyone that played along. The gifts and ornament exchange was a lot of fun.

WMS Students are Very Creative Thinkers

FROM WMS TEACHER:

We are working on process and design standards using paper airplanes.

Design - evaluate - modify/redesign, etc. One group was really struggling so they asked they could put their phone on "airplane mode" and throw it. While the answer was no, it is the most creative solution so far.

Whats New IDOE/ISTEP?

We will keep you updated on the latest. As of now, rescores are completed. WMS did not see any changes overall. Only 4 of our students showed an increase in their score. The state continues to battle with CTB and the testing/scoring concerns. Stay tuned...
FLIPBOARD

Updates posted regularly: Technology Hints and Tips and Teaching Strategies

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

1-6 Trimester 2 Mid-Term

1-7 Grades Due 3:30 pm

1-8 Faculty Meeting

1-8 Fire Drill 1:15

1-11 Athletic Grade Check and Progress Reports sent home

1-12 School Board Meeting

1-14 Student Led Conferences

WMS Athletics

1/7/2016 4:30 PM Girls 7th and 8th Basketball Home Milford MS 7th grade only

1/7/2016 5:00PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball Away West Noble MS

1/7/2016 5:30 PM Girls 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Home Lakeland C.A

1/11/2016 5:00PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball Away Manchester Jr Hi

1/12/2016 4:30PM Boys 7th and 8th Basketball Home Edgewood MS

January WMS STAFF BIRTHDAYS!

1-3 Jim Likens
1-5 Mary Vazquez

1-7 Gene Smith

1-11 Dawn Randall

1-15 Angie Bontrager

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.


After Christmas Break we will dive back into the 1:1 planning and preparing.

Homeroom Writing Prompt

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


Upcoming Weekly Prompts:


January 4

Name three positive words that you think should represent WMS.

From the Desk of .sJ

Extended Break Shut Down

Holiday Break is just around the corner.


With the extended break though, comes the reminder of Extended Break Shut Down protocols:

  • shut everything down - computers (teacher station and student stations), speakers, projectors, Smart Boards. In other words, make sure your room is ‘black’,

  • unplug as much as you can WITHOUT standing on chair - do not unplug stuff in the ceiling,

  • unplug and remove any extra holiday decorations that you may have brought from home (trees, wreaths, garland, etc)

  • I ask that someone from your team ensure that the grade level lab is shut down completely (towers and monitors completely off). Previous efforts with ‘automatic’ shut down are not working as designed.


And.....I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Enjoy your break with family and friends,

Shawn J

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Remind 101 (for delays/cancellation/important info)

text @e491 to (219) 312-1032


Flipboard (Collection of Educational Articles)

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY OR NOT, THE CHOICE IS YOURS!!!