Monday Morning Message (5/16/2016)
Every Child - Everyday!
Good Morning Everyone!
Whew, testing is done. I would like to thank Ms. Hoffman for the hard work that she does in keeping us compliant and making sure that everything is smooth. She is truly awesome. I would also like to thank her "A Team" for helping her. Her "A Team" consists of Espree, A. Clark, and L. Ward. Thanks ladies!
We have 1 more Monday to go! As we approach the end of the school year, continue to keep all students focused and engaged with meaningful instruction. The administrative team will visit classrooms to ensure that we are keeping the work exciting to avoid having an increase of inappropriate student behavior. We do not want to see students doing worksheets all day. Reminding students of appropriate behavior expectations may be helpful. Close student supervision is needed at this time!
These last few weeks of school can be challenging, and it is understandable that both students and teachers would be tempted to "slack-off" a bit. However, it is important for the future of our students that we actually “step up" the quality and intensity of what is happening in our classrooms during this time period. We need to engage students in meaningful learning, encourage them to read books to each other, engage in text discussions based on questions teachers have prepared for them and continue to share their thinking when solving math word problems.
Students could work in groups using chart paper to solve a math problem and orally present to the rest of the class. They could also research a specific topic and share their topic via an oral discussion and power point presentation. Students can reflect on these two questions, turning their answers into posters that can be hung around the classroom as reminders and shared with each other:
- What are three things you can do to help finish the school year strong academically?
- What is one thing you can do to help your classmates finish the year strong academically?
Let’s end the school year with no major incidents!
See you around the campus!
- Grades - Make sure that you are inputting 2 daily grades per week. The administrators will check on Tuesdays to verify grades have entered.
Reminders & Information
- Dress Code: Do not allow students to sit in your classroom out of dress code. If you allow them to bend this rule, they will attempt to bend others. Check 1st period for dress code and correct it.
- Time Clock - Remember to clock in and out each day. Missing a clock in or out once or twice is okay, but if it is a persistent problem it may affect your PDAS appraisal.
- Please be at your door during transitions. If you are on your conference period please come out and help to monitor the hallways.
- Remind your students to walk on the right side of the hallway during the passing periods.
- Do not let students out of class without a pass that includes their name, destination, time, date. We are trying to reduce the amount of time that students are out of the classroom and we would like to be able to quickly determine where they should be.
- Remind students of the "lending grant" chromebooks that we have that are available to check out and go home with them.
- Remember to follow the discipline ladder with students in your classroom. Try different interventions and parent contact before sending a student to the office. If it is a level 3 offense, send them to the office immediately. If you have any questions, please ask Ms. Smith or Mr. Swacker.
Weekly Discipline Incentive
There will be no incentives this week.
Remember, we are the Best school with the Best students and the Best faculty and staff. Good, Better, Best!!! Never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better gets best!