The Dream Team

12/7/15 Weekly Memo 19

This Week Our HERO focus is...

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Table of Contents

  1. Week at a glance
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Cultural & Instructional Focus Areas
  4. Good Things
  5. Duty Schedule
  6. Message from the Coach

Week at a Glance

Monday, December 7th: B Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plans Due (If you are using CTL plans- you must submit the modification protocol)

Tuesday, December 8th: A Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25am

Wednesday, December 9th: B Day

Jeans and Hampton/Motivational Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

SEL Surveys for scholars during Phoenix Time

Let Mrs. Parks know if your enrichment class is performing in the showcase

Wellness Wednesday

Out for Teaching Trust

Parks Out

Houston Out

Gardner Out

Gardner Out

Luna Out

Thursday, December 10th: A Day

Jeans and Hampton/College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Friday, December 11th: B Day

High School College March at 8:30am (more information will come from HS and Parks will share with you all)

Fly Away Trip

Staff Staying Behind: Each of you will have a group of scholars that you will stay with for the two hours that we are on the trip.

R. Thomas

D. Gardner

C. Brown

K. Gracia

D. Luna

C. Miles

Jeans and a College Shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Lesson Plan revisions due on blackboard

Parks Out PM

Coming Soon...

December 9th- CA #2 Testing Continues

December 11th- Whole School Skating Trip

December 14th- Grades close at 8am.

December 14th-17th- 12:45pm Release & Blackout dates for Staff

December 15th- Progress Reports Go Home

December 16th-

Staff Winter Celebration at 2:30pm!!!! El Cortazon

White Elephant Gift Exchange ($20)

December 17th-

Q2 Ends

Enrichment Showcase (Let Mrs. Parks know if your Pride Time will perform at the event by December 9th)

December 18th- Collaboration Day for ALL staff/Scholar Holiday

December 21st-January 4th- Winter Break

Instructional & Cultural Focus Area


1. Start with an exemplar response.

2. What are the basic pieces of information scholars need to give you an exemplar answer?

3. What questions can you ask for scholars to discover or tell you the basic pieces of information?

4. Restate the original question and have scholar re-piece all the basics to give you the exemplar response.

STAR Behavior:





Really Awesome Strategy that scholars would love!

Hit the Quan
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HP Flash Mob

Good Things!

Mrs. Parks says...

It is great to see the entire staff working collaboratively to create an environment in which everyone feels safe.

Ms. Pietroboni, you are awesome! I appreciate your energy and commitment to making our school the best with each committee that you have started!!

Ms. Trachta, Ms. Landis, & Ms. Mack- thank you for holding scholars accountable to the cultural and instructional focus areas.

Ms. Golledge, thank you for being my right hand lady!

Ms. Thomas & Ms. Fluker, thank you for all of your hard work ensuring that the scholars participating in the science fair have everything they need.

Ms. Golledge says...

Shout out to the entire Dream Team for having high expectations for all scholars as we returned from the break.

Shout out to Mr. Houston and Ms. Pietroboni for jump starting the Sunshine committee.

Shout out to Mrs. Parks for the amazing flash mob idea!

Shout out to Ms. Bell for helping Mrs. Parks and I count all of the field trip money.

Shout out to Ms. Brown for observing and coaching teachers to be their absolute best.

Shout out to Mr. Gardner for the amazing Personal Passion project and its detailed plans.

Mr. Gardner says…

Shout out to Ms. Brown for taking charge of uniforms! We can see the difference.

Shout out to Mr. Wright for using teacher presence, fast pace, and timers to increase scholar engagement so that 100% of scholars are on-task and showing all of their work in math class.

Shout out to Ms. Pietroboni for spearheading the formation of a campus Birthday Committee to make each of us feel unique on our special day!

Shout out to Mr. Houston for continuing to show leadership by creating the colleague survey and encouraging us all to do them each day!

Duty Schedule

Morning Duty- See details in the body of the email

Lunch Duty-

  • 6th Grade Lunch- 6th Grade Lead, Specials Team Lead and Administration

  • 7th & 8th Grade Lunch- 7th and 8th Grade Team Leads and Administration

Lunch Duty- Teachers must arrive to pick up your class from the cafeteria at 11:39am (10:39am on Wed) for 6th grade and 12:23am (11:22am on Wed) for 7th & 8th grade teachers.

After School Duty- See details in the body of the email

A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-

Read the poem entitled, "Heart of A Teacher" by Paula J. Fox

This is a great poem and directly relates to what we must remember each day! Continue to place the dots (content) on the page (brains of scholars) for scholars to connect. It will all be worth it in the end! You just have to believe!!

The child arrives like a mystery box…

with puzzle pieces inside

some of the pieces are broken or missing…

and others just seem to hide

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out…

and help the child to see

the potential for greatness he has within…

a picture of what he can be

Her goal isn’t just to teach knowledge…

by filling the box with more parts

it’s putting the pieces together…

to create a work of art.

The process is painfully slow at times…

some need more help than others

each child is a work in progress…

with assorted shapes and colors

First she creates a classroom…

where the child can feel safe in school

where he never feels threatened or afraid to try…

and kindness is always the rule

She knows that a child can achieve

much more when he feels secure inside

when he’s valued and loved…and believes in himself …

and he has a sense of pride

She models and teaches good character…

and respect for one another

how to focus on strengths…not weaknesses

and how to encourage each other

She gives the child the freedom he needs…

to make choices on his own

so he learns to become more responsible…

and is able to stand alone

He’s taught to be strong and think for himself…

as his soul and spirit heal

and the puzzle that’s taking shape inside…

has a much more positive feel

The child discovers the joy that comes…

from learning something new…

and his vision grows as he begins

to see all the things he can do

A picture is formed as more pieces fit…

an image of the child within

with greater strength and confidence…

and a belief that he can win!

All because a hero was there…

in the HEART of a teacher who cared

enabling the child to become much more…

than he ever imagined…or dared

A teacher with a HEART for her children…

knows what teaching is all about

she may not have all the answers…

but on this…she has no doubt

When asked which subjects she loved to teach,

she answered this way and smiled…

“It’s not the subjects that matter…

It’s all about teaching the CHILD.”

The Dream will Fight,


Strategic Priorities

Professional Capacity

Goal: We will build upon the knowledge & skills of all staff members

Parent, School, & Community Ties

Goal: We will engage ALL stakeholders in the school’s culture.

School Learning Climate

Goal: We will create a safe and orderly environment that promotes the sense of urgency required to climb the ladder of academic and behavioral excellence.