Mustang Message

3/23/2015

Message from the Principal

Welcome back! I hope that you had a restful week and found time to take care of yourselves and re-energize, although sometimes that is hard to do, especially when educators tend to always give to others. Before you know it the end of the school year will be upon us. On Monday, there will be bagels, fresh fruit and coffee in Mustang Alley starting at 8:00 a.m. Stop by for a quick bite and a chat with your colleagues before you start your day.


We kick off of the week with a visit from Dr. Myra West, team leader, for the COE Accreditation team. She will be spending the day touring the school, meeting staff, reviewing narratives and exhibits, and providing feedback to help us prepare for the COE Accreditation team visit on April 13th-16th.


Lin Flood and her Dental Assisting students spent Saturday, 3/21 volunteering at the Special Olympics Area 9 games at Golden Gate High School . More than 360 athletes competed in track and field, cycling, soccer, and tennis events.


Also, I am proud to announce that we have been named a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) "Gold" Level Model School by the Florida DOE for the 2013-2014 school year. We are one of only two high schools in Collier County to be awarded the top level. A PBS:MTSS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS:MTSS in their respective school. Specific characteristics of PBS:MTSS Model Schools are their consistent methods of: (1) utilizing their data to better serve the students and staff, (2) teaching PBS:MTSS to new students throughout the school year, (3) creative and engaging reward systems, (4) extending PBS:MTSS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and (5) including PBS:MTSS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. PBS:MTSS Model Schools have made a commitment to both PBS:MTSS and to their schools and it shows here at LWTHS. Congratulations to the committee (Anne Genovese, Jackie Hagerman, Donna Lang, Dulcie Neiman, Dawn Peck, Lisa Perez and Darlene Crete) and to all of you for your continued support and dedication to helping our students be the best they can be.

Tech Corner

Note-taking APP - There are a number of note-taking apps for our mobile devices - PaperPort Notes came recommended in a class I am taking. It is FREE! And it allows for recorded notes as well as typed and using a stylus. You can also add stickies, highlight and annotate. In addition, it has a feature to ‘translate’ image to text (though you do have to register for an account).


Instructional Strategy - Using a relatively easy graphic design online tool, Canva, you can help students examine similarities and differences (Marzano’s element #17). with posters in a creative fashion. Based on Discovery Education SOS, Things That Make You Go Hmmm, students would view Are Electric Cars Sluggish? (will need to log in to Discovery Education) and read this Popular Mechanics Mythbusters article, they will research for facts and implications to design their own Canva poster demonstrating their knowledge. My sample is Gas v. Electric Vehicles.


Missed Tech Tool Tuesday? Need help creating YouTube Playlists? Check out this webpage for a short video and link to some tips and tricks! Then send email me the link to your playlist for MIP point. This Tuesday, March 24th @2:35pm in 2-233, we’ll look at some additional features of YouTube to enhance your teaching/learning environment.

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Photo Credit to Amy Bluhm on Flickr

HAPPENINGS

  • Our team leader, Dr. Myra West, will be here Monday, March 23rd to tour our school and review the status of our COE report. Please welcome her when she visits your area. Please note the seven member team will be on campus from April 14-16. They will randomly speak to your students so please make them aware of this important visit.
  • Please join is in welcoming Larry Croy, our new HVAC instructor. He will begin Tuesday March 24th, and his location is Building 7.
  • This week we say good-bye to Melissa Casanova who has taken a position as an executive secretary to the executive director of facilities. Tuesday will be Melissa's last day with us. She will be greatly missed.
  • On Tuesday, March 24th, Dr. John Meyer, Dean of School of Business and Technology, will be visiting students from digital design, networking, computer systems, business, entrepreneurship/marketing and drafting to speak to them about career laddering opportunities at Florida South Western.
  • On Tuesday, March 24th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN) will be will be taking a tour of the campus and Dr. Patton will be speaking to them about the current issues in education. Make sure you leave you rooms in order as they will be walking throughout the campus.

REMINDERS

  • Student Services is busy working on planning LWIT’s graduation ceremony for May 28, 2015. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to stop into Student Services for assistance..

  • We need your help! Please do not park in the visitor parking spaces. Many elderly customers have to walk long distances for services because the lot is filled by student vehicles. We don't want our customers to become discouraged and stop coming to our school because they need to park so far from the building. There is plenty of parking in the high school lot for students. Please help us keep visitor parking available for our visitors as it was intended.
  • Please be visible in hallways during transition times as this will help to alleviate any potential misbehavior. It is also a great way to welcome students as they enter your classroom.
  • LWTHS Teachers -If you don't already have bathroom sign-out procedures in place, please do so as there have been a couple of incidents that have taken place recently in student restrooms.
  • Your classroom doors should be locked at all times as a precautionary measure. Please don't place garbage bins, stoppers or other items in doorways. Also, the windows on classroom doors should not be covered with paper or other items.
  • March PLT reflections are due on 3/31.
  • LWIT Teachers - Please remind your students that completing the FAFSA is NOT a one time thing. They must reapply for financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year. Now is the time to do so!

Kudos to . . .

  • Lin Flood and the Dental Assisting students who volunteered at the Special Olympics Area 9 games on Saturday, 3/21
  • Melissa Casanova, Angie Imbriale and Denise Duzick for diligently working on COE last week
  • The PBS Committee: Anne Genovese, Jackie Hagerman, Donna Lang, Dulcie Neiman, Dawn Peck, Lisa Perez and Darlene Crete for their hard work and dedication to our positive behavior support initiatives. You ladies, rock!
Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse Style!

Happy Birthday

Heidi Duff

Diane Long

Jack Izbicki

Pat Metcalf

Bruce Peters

Staff Meetings and Trainings

  • 3/23 LWIT Leadership Meeting, Conference Room, 2:30-3:30pm
  • 3/24 LWTHS Leadership Meeting, Conference Room, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 3/24 Tech Tuesday, 2-233, 2:35 p.m.
  • 3/24 LWTH PLCs, 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Student Events

3/23-3/31 Candy Sale, Joann Cassio