Middle School Principal Newsletter

May 2015

Feedback can give us Closure...

Things can seem out of control at the end of the year with activities, events, testing, reports, submissions and everything else!

As the year is coming to a close, don't forget to get feedback from staff, parents and most importantly the students. Sometimes the students are the last stakeholder group we ask when improving programs and services. Interesting that those that we serve everyday are sometimes the last to be asked for feedback.

Have a great month!

What We Do Matters!

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
Educators + GoPro: What Does Love Look Like?

And Just for Fun...

Bingham Academy- Teachers dance party

Building our Capacity for Leadership...

Our last Leadership in Action workshop in the series is scheduled for June 24th with two sessions for your convenience. Remember to remind your building leadership as well.

We hope that this last session will be a good wrap out to the series this year.

School Improvement/Program Evaluation Technical Assistance Support

Remember, the technical assistance sessions are OPEN. Come when you want, leave when you want and bring who you want.

Friday, May 18, Noon-4:30 p.m. Room C&D

Monday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. Room C&D

Friday, June 19, 9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. Room 101

Friday, June 26, 9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. Room C&D

Assessment Links and Updates

SAT Apolooza!

Don't miss out on a GREAT opportunity to find out all of details of the SAT/PSAT first hand with the College Board presenting! Click HERE to register.

New PSAT & SAT Practice Items

Khan Academy and College Board Practice Site Sign up for free SAT practice and other materials

PSAT Practice Test

New SAT (Not Downloadable)

A practice PSAT for 8/9 should be available soon.

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MDE Updates:


Adoption of the NGSS is delayed until Fall 2015. In the meantime, James Emmerling will continue to work with district science leaders and provide PD related to effective practices.

Social Studies

In January, MDE was presented with an overview of the updates being made to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework with Social Studies Standards. This presentation was shared at an MDE Committee of the Whole Meeting in March 2015 to address assessment considerations with regard to social studies content and practices.

Resources to Share

Improving Learning: What Works?

Reaching all High School Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach-this profile and "how-to" is useful for all secondary level programs to consider.

How to Implement MTSS at the Secondary Level

ASCD Resources for Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences

Video Interview: Transactional or Transformational Change?

Professional Learning at GISD

Tentative Offerings for 2015-2016

Working on your School Improvement Plans and professional learning needs? Check out the live working draft of PD offerings at GISD.

Remember, our consultants are available for onsite customized sessions!

Summer PD Opportunities


Coding/core training 1, 2, 3, bridge to other programs such as middle school content standards in science and content standards in Algebra. Curriculum guide and "swag bag" provided by code.org. Registration limit is 60 people - minimum to offer training is 15 people

Numeracy Strategies for MS/HS Students

Across the State

The MiELA Network has announced its Summer 2015 Conference!

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