Weekly Warrior

Volume 9 Issue 8 April 17th, 2017

Important Dates

April 17th-Senior College Signing Banquet (Gear Up)

April 17th-Society of Character 1:00 in Auditorium

April 17th-Awards Day List Due from Dept Chairs to Teresa Reed (email electronic copy)

April 18th-Senior College Signing Banquet (Gear Up)
April 19th-Statewide ACT Make-up Day

April 19th-Department Meetings

April 21st-Career Fair (During 3rd)

April 21st-Senior Items delivered by Herff Jones

April 25th-Junior Scheduling through English Classes

April 26th-Faculty Meeting--Switched with PLC/Program Review

April 26th-JROTC Awards Ceremony at 6:00 pm

April 28th-JROTC Picnic

May 2nd-9 Week RTI Report Due to Department Chairs

Kagan Day 5 training is scheduled for August 3rd, 2017 with lunch on your own. Please bring your white Kagan Book with you to the training--Don't pack it up when you get your classroom ready for the summer! Use the link below to register for Day 5 training. Please note that if you haven't attended all prior days (in order), you will need to register for the next day that needs to be completed. Kagan training must be completed in order starting with day 1 through day 5. Also, the link will only take you straight to the registration if you login to CIITS beforehand.


SWHS Career Fair-Friday April 21st During 3rd Block

Southwestern is hosting a Career Fair in the gym for ALL students on Friday, April 21st during 3rd block. All teachers are asked to accompany their students to visit the career booths immediately following their assigned lunch period. Those teachers with last lunch may take their students to the gym at the beginning of 3rd to allow students time to visit with the fair vendors.

The Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with businesses and business people in our community. Many excellent careers will be represented (both local and regional), and some business want to hire students immediately upon graduation. Please encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Random Facts about Behavior Support that can be Helpful to us as Classroom Teachers:

  • Students are 40% more likely to comply with directions for the first 20-30 minutes of each class period if you greet them at the door.
  • Arguing/debating with adults is often considered a sign for need of approval.
  • The most effective teachers provide at least 1 Opportunity to Respond (OTR) every minute. These opportunities can be as simple as asking students to turn to a certain page, write down a specific answer, or think about a specific scenario.
  • Effective teachers provide some form of verbal praise at least 4 times every 10 minutes.
  • Check out Clemson's Creative Inquiry website for fun and unique activities for your students.

What is the purpose of PBIS?

  • Fewer disciplinary incidents
  • More efficient use of learning time
  • Equity among students
  • Equity among faculty
  • Reduces stress and increases job satisfaction in faculty
  • Increase likelihood of positive life outcomes for both students and faculty

Want to make PBIS more effective in our school?

  • Involve students in the process of choosing types of awards, rewards, and recognition
  • Be a part of a positive school climate by showing Commitment, Connectedness, Respect, and Relations

Top 10 Positive Behavior Support Strategies Parents and Teachers can use on Monday;

  1. First...Then (highlight strengths)
  2. Establish expectations
  3. Creating and analyzing the purpose of routines
  4. Anticipate challenges; plan accordingly
  5. Know triggers/reactions; be consistent
  6. Model behavior you want students to learn
  7. Set up for success with positive language
  8. Provide words, pictures, or signs to convey emotions or feelings
  9. Look behind the behavior to try to see what the child is telling you
  10. 5 to 1 positive reinforcement in the appropriate and right direction

Student Voice

Student Voice Survey Results are now available in CIITS. When you sign in, hover over Educator Development, and under Tools & Reports select My Student Voice Results. The % you will see reflects when the students chose the 2 positive answers out of 5--Mostly True or Totally True.

This score is not included as part of your evaluation, but can be used to formulate future Professional Growth Goals if you choose. As teachers, student voice feedback can be useful to help us find areas in which we can improve. Student Voice results are yours to do with as you choose. Hopefully we will all engage in self-reflection and strive to become better teachers because there is always room for growth.

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Success With Higher Standards

Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st century.