Cardinal News

February 14th - February 20th


At East Central Junior High we are committed to preparing students academically and socially to be self-sufficient, contributing members of the community with plans for a successful future.

The Importance of Tone

Happy President's Day,

I hope everyone is taking time to enjoy the beautiful weather and to relax and recharge on this three day weekend.

Last week we had the opportunity to showcase our school again during my monthly portfolio meeting. These meetings are a time for principals to learn and share from each other in order to continually grow so we can replicate best practices that we see in other schools. During this visit I had the opportunity to show off our structured transitions, silent halls and 12 of our classrooms. It was noted in the debrief afterwards that there was a trend of seeing teachers demonstrating positive tone during the quick visits. I really appreciated this feedback because as important as tone can often get overlooked in the daily grind of our work. Here is an article I came across on why tone is important and how we can set the tone of our classrooms both verbally and non verbally. Of course, tone was not the only thing we discussed, but it was one that really stood out for me and for the other portfolio principals.

The visits also bring about a lot of questions, especially around the structures that we have in place to ensure a safe learning environment for our students. I love these questions because this is my opportunity to talk about you all because without each and every one of you giving it your best each and every day, none of this would work. I also talk about how we sweat the small things and that we decided to define our culture instead of letting our culture define us. Finally, there is always a little luck that comes into play. An example would be when the wiring to our school bells was cut. As the famous quote says though, "Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity" and we were definitely prepared to meet this challenge head on and now it is just one more thing that makes our school unique.

A couple of things to remember this week:

  • Teacher Perception Survey window is open
  • Faculty meeting is Wednesday this week (State Writing Test training)
  • Friday with be another RTI day
  • We have 38 instructional days until OCCT Testing begins.

I hope everyone has a great week and thank you for being the most amazing group of people to work with.

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Data - Have I mentioned groundhogs are my new favorite animal!

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ClassFlow - Lesson planning tool

ClassFlow at a Glance

Morning Duty Assignments

Foyer- Seng/Meyer

Cafeteria - Mueller/Oglesby

Gym - Partridge/Rhodes

Snack/Machine -Honkala/Pippin

Emily Partridge

  1. What is your favorite movie? The Breakfast Club
  2. What do you do to relax? Spend time outside with Sam and our dog Lucy, watch sports (football and lacrosse), and cook with friends and family.
  3. Who inspires you? My youngest sister Claire inspires me. She has experienced a lot of hardship in her short life and is the smartest, most caring person I know.
  4. If I could travel anywhere it would be...Tuscany, Italy.
  5. My favorite music/artist is...Tom Petty and Kenny Chesney.
  6. Who would you like to interview next? Meggie Summers
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Week At a Glance

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 7am to Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9am

12121 East 21st Street

Tulsa, OK

Monday February 15th -

  1. Presidents Day - No School

Tuesday February 16th -

  1. Lang. Arts and Social Studies PLC's in Library
  2. ACCESS testing window continues all week
  3. Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30

Wednesday February 17th -

  1. Reading, Science and Math PLC's in Library
  2. Faculty Meeting - State Writing Test (8th grade teachers only)

Thursday February 18th -

  1. Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30

Friday February 19th -

  1. RTI Schedule
  2. Faculty basketball

Saturday February 20th -

  1. Lesson Plans Due

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9th-19th - WIDA/ACCESS testing window

Feb. 24th - 8th grade writing test

Feb. 24th - Fire Drill @ 3:15