Weekly Bulletin December 15-December 20

First Semester Reflection

The first semester is almost over and it is a perfect time to reflect on how we can grow in our profession. An article that I recently read titled, "The Importance of Teacher Reflection" it stressed that teachers should reflect on what went right and wrong in the classroom each day, after each unit, and at the end of each semester. The article also suggested that when reflecting on what went right and wrong to also do the following:

1. Celebrate your successes and build on those successes.

2. Identify areas of improvement and why things failed.

3. Create a plan for improvement and implement it

4. Make adjustments to the plan as needed.

But this reflection can be applied to any position or situation and not just to classroom teachers. So, I hope each of us will take some time to reflect on this past semester and continue to do what was successful and have a plan on areas we want to improve on for the second semester.

I have also attached another article on reflection.

Enjoy the weekend!


PLC: Contents will either analyze FTM 2 or review recent Unit test data.

CWT: There were numerous engaging activities this past week.

6th grade science team (Brock, Hutzler, Norment) stations on Energy Transformation

7th grade science team (Hutzler, S. Kirtland, Penlerick) stations on Primary and Secondary Successions of different environments

8th grade US History (Kaspryzk, Cozart, Schoenert) stations on foreign and domestic issues of presidents Washington through Monroe

7th grade ELAR students demonstrated summarization skills by summarizing various multi-media clips shown.

Megan Aguilar's 4th period class of 7th/8th grade students taught Erin Aschenbeck's 6th grade students how to print-screen. The 7th/8th grade students had to develop lessons plans to teach the students. It was amazing to watch the students peer-teach.

I know there are more great things going on each day so do not forget to let us know to come by and visit!

Fundamental Five-Recognize and Reinforce

In October, all FMS students took the Gallup Student Poll that measured their hope, engagement and well being . In reviewing the results with the Leadership Team, an area that stood out was that a very small number of students said they had received recognition or praise for doing schoolwork in the last seven days. This brings us back to Recognize and Reinforce of the Fundamental Five.

During the January 5th staff development, we will share how recognition and reinforcement is implemented in the classroom. Then each content will create a list of targeted student behaviors or accomplishments to recognize and reinforce in the classroom.

Also, the Pride committee will work on a lesson for teachers to have a discussion with the students on their definition of recognition and praise and how and what they want to be recognized or praised for. More information will be give at the January 5th staff development.

Staff Member-Spotlight of the Week: Rhonda Bourland

From Staff Member: Your dedication to your AVID kids and their success is absolutely amazing. You have gone above and beyond to help these kids out and ensure that they are the change in their future.

See Mrs. Flores for a special snack. You also get to park in the reserved parking space. To nominate a Staff Member for Spotlight of the Week email a Cross the Line Form to Mrs. Gonzales

Picture and Caption-Week of January 5-Crystal Trinidad

Submit your picture and caption(2 to 3 sentence) to John Hineman and Mrs. Flores by Thursday, January 8.

Christmas Faculty Dress-Up Contest

December 15: Ugly Sweater

December 16: Santa's Helper-Dress up like an Elf, Reindeer, etc.

December 17: Your Favorite Christmas Song

December 18: Dress Up Like a Present

December 19: Santa Day

You can wear jeans with any of these outfits above!

Christmas Staff Luncheon, Thursday, December 18th

Please join us for lunch on December 18th. Tamales will be provided and do not forget to bring a side dish.

Quote of the Week

" Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed." ~Marva Collins


December 15-Checkpoint ELAR 6, 7

December 16-Checkpoint ELAR 6, 7,8, 8th SS, Math 6, 8

Tom Turner's Retirement Reception MS Library 4-5:30

December 17-Checkpoint Math 7,8 Science 6, 7,8

December 18

Staff Christmas Luncheon (sign up to bring a side dish)

Symphonic Band at Elementary Campus 2pm

Secret Santa Reveal at 4pm-Workroom

December 19: Early Release Students and Staff

Perfect Attendance Basketball Game

December 20

Jaguar End of the Season Basketball Tournament-HS Practice Gyms 9am-3:00pm

Dates to Remember

January 5-Staff Development

January 6-Teacher Workday/Grades due at 12