SMS Bulletin 10.27.15

Show Respect-Make a Difference-Set the Bar High

Mission and Vision

At Schmucker Middle School we strive to cultivate a thriving and safe learning community that promotes academic excellence, lifelong learners, and socially responsible and productive citizens.

With the first quarter coming to an end, I believe it is good practice to reflect a little on the beginning of the school year. I want to thank everyone for the hard work that is required daily to meet the needs of our students and this school. I believe SMS is a great school and I believe that our students are thriving in this environment. I am very pleased with the level of technology integration I am observing in classrooms. Just think how much we have all grown professionally since this time last year with respect to technology integration. Thank you for believing in a growth mindset and that we can all learn new things.

During the second quarter, we will begin our growth mindset lessons. Please see the details below for more information.

Moving forward, I am happy to share that we will be piloting an online 5 Star curriculum with all students. As many of you know, we have around 100 students currently participating in this after school program. The online program fits perfectly into our advisory curriculum. The first season focuses all on Respect which is our first SMS expectation. We will begin on 11/9 with these lessons. I would like all teachers to view the 5 Star teacher training video (linked below). This can be done during read days prior to 11/9.

Check out this link for a few images from our Sparty Party. Kevin did an awesome job organizing this fundraiser and celebration. The students did a great job and had a lot of fun.

To do list

1. Ask students to close their Chromebooks during announcements

2. Read this bulletin

3. Watch 5 Star Teacher Training video during Read Days (6th Grade advisory teachers can watch on 11/4 and finish by the end of next week) 5 Star Teacher Training (38 min)

Professional Reading

1. Growth Mindset Article

Questions to Move Us Forward

  • What is the most effective way to increase students' ownership of the work they do in your class and/or school?
  • How do you help students gain a growth mindset who may believe that other kids are inherently smarter or more talented?
  • How do we as adults in a school model (or not) a growth mindset for our students?

Advisory Period

Week 11:

Advisory will be longer on T/W/TH as we are having class meetings. 6th grade advisory classes will begin Brain Lessons on Wednesday. 7th/8th will be reading most of next week.

*During read days, please ensure all students are reading and not on their Chromebooks. I have walked by many rooms where I see students playing games during read time. If they are reading a book that is online, this is permissible. Please monitor this.

Week 11 (Modified schedule for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) for class meetings. Click this link to see the schedule Modified Schedule

10/27: 7th/8th READ, 6th Class Meeting

10/28: 7th READ, 6th Brain Lesson 1, 8th Class Meeting

10/29: 6th Brain Lesson 2, 8th READ, 7th Class Meeting

10/30: 6th Brain Lesson 3, 7th/8th Read

During READ days, teachers start to watch 5 Star Online Training (Video) during advisory class. Here is the video: 5 Star Teacher Training (38 min)

Please access the link Advisory Resources for information regarding our 2nd quarter Advisory curriculum. This folder is shared with all teachers.

Staff Bios with return next week

I was inspired by a recent Tedtalk video by Simon Sinek. Thought I would share. You can view the video if you are interested. The video is 15 minutes long.

Are students learning or inspired in your classroom by what you do or by why you do it?

Cheers for Peers

It’s back!!! For the 2015-2016 school year we can continue to use this document linked below to congratulate and cheer on staff members at SMS. For those new to the building, if you ever want to make everyone else aware of the great thing(s) a colleague has done, please share it here. Just add it to the top of the page.

Cheers for Peers

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