February 14th - February 20th
The Importance of Tone
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 is...it 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.
Data - Have I mentioned groundhogs are my new favorite animal!
ClassFlow - Lesson planning tool
Morning Duty Assignments
- What is your favorite movie? The Breakfast Club
- 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.
- 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.
- If I could travel anywhere it would be...Tuscany, Italy.
- My favorite music/artist is...Tom Petty and Kenny Chesney.
- Who would you like to interview next? Meggie Summers
Week At a Glance
Sunday, Feb. 14th, 7am to Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9am
12121 East 21st Street
Monday February 15th -
- Presidents Day - No School
Tuesday February 16th -
- Lang. Arts and Social Studies PLC's in Library
- ACCESS testing window continues all week
- Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30
Wednesday February 17th -
- Reading, Science and Math PLC's in Library
- Faculty Meeting - State Writing Test (8th grade teachers only)
Thursday February 18th -
- Detention/Tutoring - 3:30-4:30
Friday February 19th -
- RTI Schedule
- Faculty basketball
Saturday February 20th -
- Lesson Plans Due
Feb. 9th-19th - WIDA/ACCESS testing window
Feb. 24th - 8th grade writing test
Feb. 24th - Fire Drill @ 3:15