The Warrior Way

Week of February 15th

Vocabulary matters!

I sent a link to year earlier today and I also included a hard copy of the Academic Vocabulary for Response writing in your mailboxes. I recently read an article that reminded me of the importance of introducing academic vocabulary to our students on a consistent basis.

Too often students will take a test and they stare at the questions not knowing where to start simply because they are not familiar with the terms that are being used in the question. We need to consistently give our students exposure to a wide variety of academic vocabulary across all subjects so that they are able to truly show what they know when the MAP arrives in late April.

Thank you for all you continue to do for our students on a daily basis. They are growing each day and that is directly related to your hard work and dedication.

Proud to Be A Warrior,


Weekly meetings and Walk-thrus

Below is a picture of what I would like to start seeing in our weekly grade level meetings. I know this has been a changing format as we work through what will best support you in meeting the needs of our students. I know that due to different reasons each grade level is not at the same spot in this process. However, I would like to start our collegial walk-thrus. We will have a half sheet form that will have two stars and a question. The two stars are observations of either interactions with students, work that was being completed, a chart on the wall, anything that you see as a positive in the classroom. The question is your chance to ask the teacher about something great you see that you would like more information about. There is absolutely nothing evaluative or judgmental in this process. There are great things happening in all of our classrooms and I believe we need the opportunity to share with each other. We will rotate each month who you are seeing and my hope is in the future we may make adjustments to our schedule so we can see multiple content areas.

Following the walk thrus we will take a few minutes to debrief and think about how you could incorporate ideas into your own classroom.

This week:

Evaluate review

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If you have not already done so please follow the "your center" link below to add your thoughts to the group. I have a plan for using your ideas for our building.

Jobs for the Week!

Morning Announcements:Eise

Lunch count North:Bathe

Lunch count South: Dulaney

If it is your week for morning announcements please send 4 to 5 students to the office by 7:40 each day to assist with announcements.

Below is a link to a calendar of classroom jobs for the year. Please let me know if there any other classroom responsibilities that I should add. We may find the the need to add more throughout the year as well.


Pretty good attendance for the week with all the cold and flu bugs jumping around our building! I'm sure that you have noticed that DJ Presley is announcing our attendance each morning including classes with 100% attendance for the day. I am hoping that if we highlight this it might motivate some of our students to show up on a day they might think about staying home.

Please be sure to turn in your attendance by 8:00 each day. This greatly assists us in getting calls out to families in a timely manner.

Thank you for all you continue to do to make Winfield Intermediate a great place to be!

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Looking forward to a great week!

Monday February 15th: SNOW DAY

Tuesday February 16th: Tier 2

Bell Choir

Math club

Wednesday February 17th: Harlem Wizards assembly 9:00-Middle School gym

Early out with Sparcl

Thursday February 18th: Jeans day for those who donate $5 to Jump Rope for Heart

Math Club


Friday February 19th: Dress like Coach for those who donate $5 to Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope competition 1:00-Intermediate gym-Bring your A game

Keep Climbing!

Your job is difficult and this time of year can be extremely taxing. However, the rewards that both our students and staff will reap from this hard work are extremely valuable. I can not think of anything better than meeting the challenges we face each day head on and climbing to the top of the mountain together.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our students. I am seeing growth throughout our building.

Proud to be a Warrior,