LRMS: Week at a Glance

September 8 - 11, 2015

Sayings from Skinner

I hope you are each reading this AFTER a long and restful 3-day weekend, and that you each had an amazing Labor Day! It is so hard to believe that we have already completed a month of school, but you all have already done some amazing things in our openings days and weeks, and I know it is a precursor of the great things to come. I hope you had a lot of fun during our College Kick-off Day -- and I certainly enjoyed many of the yummy treats you all brought to share. I would love to think we can make this one more annual tradition of fun at Radloff --- I look forward to hearing more ideas about ways we can strengthen our community, celebrate our collective efforts, and grow and bond as a caring, learning center!!!! Please give me or any of your Faculty Senate reps your feedback about ANY of the events during Pre-planning and the first month of school --- we want to get better and better as an organization--so your input is truly valued!!!


As we move into this next week, please remember that 4-1/2 week progress reports will go out on Friday, September 11. If any child is failing (or in danger of failing) any class, an Academic Contract should be opened. Also, keep pushing our magic "83," which is part of the Radloff Way, and an indicator of whether students are truly READY for College and Career (or the next step on that journey).


I know you are anxious about the final count, and I will inform you of any changes as soon as all numbers are in and final decisions are made. Please know how much I value each of you --- and what you have given to our school and will give to our students. Y'all are simply awesome! Have a great week!!!!!

News You Can Use

1) Kudos, Congratulations, and Other Matters of Good News:

Please let me know all that's going on --- anyone have KUDOS or congratulations to share???? Just email them to Sarah


***Congratulations to our NEW Cheerleaders: Caliyah Beasley, Marielena Castillo De La Rosa, Kylee Keys, Dharriana Lopez, Aaliyah Neely,Damesha Riley, Joceline Pardo-Rodriquez, and Nhadiyah Walker. Congrats and best wishes to coaches Jordyn LaVoie and Holli Krieger -- can't wait to see our girls in action!

***BEST WISHES AND FINGERS CROSSED -- for our school to receive a Fab Lab Grant! We're still in the running -- and thanks to April Mitchell, Julie Scharnell, Brad Zickefoose, Pepper Price, Wayne Dail, and Lisa Wells for getting this application together --- let's hope we make it -- but know how awesome it is that we're getting our name out there and seeking more ways to build our school up!!!!

Kudos to Wayne Dail, Dawson Devitt, Marcia Ellington-Lopez, and Maya Kirk for your leadership of the STEM/eClass and Literacy Consortia -- these are truly EXCITING committees -- and the future of Radloff is bright with your leadership!! THANK you to EVERYONE who has volunteered to be a part of these two "think tanks" and really help set the path for Radloff's journey for the next 5 years! If you are still interested, please speak to one of these leaders!

From Holly Hall: "I want to give a shout out to Mr. Cicchetti -- he's been really awesome about providing great writing support to the 8th grade SS team so that we can work smarter not harder and team with our LA teachers to really build a foundation for great writing for our students."

From Amy Winkeljohn: "Kudos to Karen Slough!!!! Through Radloff Reads (and the book Lemonade War), she raised over $50 selling lemonade for Alex's Lemonade Stand! Their mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. She got the kids hooked and excited for reading and community service!"

THANKS to everyone who contributed to Friday's Tailgating Goodies -- all the treats were super-yummy!!!

AWESOME PBIS Team -- y'all are the best!! Another successful round of Raider Round-ups!! The kids had a blast -- and how awesome it was to celebrate the vast majority of our Raiders!! THANK YOU for ALL your extra work and dedication!!!


2) eClass Excitement!

When looking at the district's reports, it is evident more teachers AND students are logging in to the C&I pages -- keep it up!!! For a glimpse of how we have started the year, check out the attachment in the email that gives you a visual of the report and how Radloff is doing with eClass implementation!!!


3) Visitors/Parents Coming to See You? Meetings Being Held with Outsiders?

Please let Miriam Johnson (at our front desk) know. She can help direct parents and guests to you -- but only if she's aware of what's going on and where it is occurring!! Many times our guests arrive and they don't know where a meeting is --- please help Miriam help all of us!


4) Faculty Senate -- YOUR means for getting your voice heard!

Don't forget that the Faculty Senate meets once a month -- they just held their first meeting and discussed MANY interesting and important topics --- the reps. will be reporting out their discussions and recommendations at the next grade level meeting. If you have other items or issues you wish to have addressed, please see these folks and share your concerns! Feel free to share your "keep doing this" ideas as well!! They need to hear what things to preserve or extend as well!!


5) 4 1/2-week progress reports:

These go out on Friday, September 11 -- look at your email directions for the "how to's" -- and make sure parents are receiving them (look for signed envelopes to come back and follow up if they are not returned)! We need to make sure parents are aware of students' progress and our envelopes are one of our best forms of parent communication documentation!

6) Need to Have an Announcement Made or Make Sure Everyone Knows?

A) Send any announcements via email to "637 Announcements" and Sarah Craig will make sure it's on the news. Write the announcement EXACTLY as you want it read! And shorter is often better!!

B) Email the information to Sarah Skinner to include in the "Week at a Glance"

C) Send the information to Amanda Sparks to include in the School-wide Calendar

Louise Radloff Middle School

Radloff Reads, Radloff Reaches, and Radloff is READY!!!

Events of the Week

Monday, September 7 -- LABOR DAY HOLIDAY!!!

Tuesday, September 8

FINAL Enrollment Count Day -- be VERY careful and count EVERY body!

8:00 a.m. -- Dance Team Try-outs (Returning Dancers Only)

8:15 a.m. -- Intervention Team

Field Trip -- 6th grade BizTown/JA Discovery Center (1-2 teams per day)

9:30 a.m. -- ELT

MA/LA CAT-PLCs during Planning Periods

4:20 p.m. -- Step Team Try-outs (6th - 8th graders)

Wednesday, September 9

8:00 a.m. -- Dance Team Try-outs (Returning Dancers Only)

8:15 a.m. -- Morning Tutoring

Field Trip -- 6th grade BizTown/JA Discovery Center (1-2 teams per day)

9:30 a.m. -- Raider Pride Advisement

4:20 p.m. -- Step Team Try-outs (6th - 8th graders)

Thursday, September 10

8:15 a.m. -- PBIS -- meet in Staff Development room

Field Trip -- 6th grade BizTown/JA Discovery Center (1-2 teams per day)

Field Trip -- GTRI Navy STEM Summit

9:30 a.m. -- ELT

SC/SS CAT-PLCs during Planning Periods

4:20 p.m. -- Step Team Try-outs (6th - 8th graders)

4:30 p.m. -- Dance Team Try-outs (6th - 8th graders)

4:45 p.m. -- Local School Council Meeting (Media Center)

Friday, September 11 -- 4 1/2 week progress reports go out!

8:00 a.m. -- Faculty Meeting

Field Trip -- 6th grade BizTown/JA Discovery Center (1-2 teams per day)

9:30 a.m. -- ELT (8th grade Raider Round-up)

11:40 a.m. -- Collaboration Meeting Connections

1:00 p.m. -- 8th grade Teachers meet for CogAT training

4:30 p.m. -- Dance Team Try-outs (6th - 8th graders)

Future Events to Come:

Tuesday, September 15 -- ILT -- 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, September 16 - Tuesday, September 22 -- 8th grade CogAT

Wednesday, September 16 -- 6:00 p.m. -- College and Career Readiness Night -- for all students and parents (Faculty are encouraged to attend!)

Friday, September 18 -- Staff Development during all Planning Periods

Saturday, September 19 -- 10:00 a.m. -- Saturday with Skinner

Wednesday, September 23 - Thursday, September 24 -- Early Release Conferences

Friday, September 25 -- Caps for a Cure Fundraiser; Raider Palooza #1

Sunday, September 27 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Astronomy Family Night

Tuesday, September 29 --- SCHOOL PICTURES!

Thursday, October 1 - Friday, October 9 -- BOOK FAIR