LVJHS Weekly Bulletin 10/09/2015
Dear LVJHS Family,
Dave Berry once said the reason man kind will never reach its full potential could be described in one word: "Meetings." While I enjoy Dave Berry's humor and writing, we disproved his sentiment this week. Our faculty meeting on Wednesday was efficient, purposeful, and uplifting. Our elective teachers took on extra student supervision at dismissal to allow core content teachers time to study STAAR4ward learning videos, immediately upon student dismissal. Then, we came together as a staff and Mrs. Herley presented how to use "Socrative"--an incredible instructional technology for formative assessment. Next, we analyzed our STAAR Perfomance Data from last year with Phase I and Phase II standards. We shared our insights and perceptions of this data to build context for the importance of our next steps in improving our instruction with a focus on the Lead4ward Data Process. We left the meeting with a sense of purpose and a plan to address the challenges ahead of us. We have so much to accomplish this year, no doubt! Most importantly, always remember, our capacity to overcome our challenges is so MUCH GREATER than our challenges!!! Our teamwork will lead our students to extraordinary levels of achievement.
Thank you all for making LVJHS a great place for students!
La Vernia Junior High School
P.S. If you have not checked out the "Teacher Empowerment" folder in Google Drive under "LVJHS", please do so. There you can find information from Mrs. Spencer regarding "Restorative Discipline" and Mrs. Herley's Socrative presentation.
Link 1: Please watch the Lead4ward "Rocktober" Video. The video has some great advice about the importance of staying focused as educators in the month of October.
Link 2: Please check out Lead4ward.com to check out some powerful learning tools. Visit the link below to see some awesome instructional strategies. These are available in STAAR4ward in the Lead4ward website. You may check out STAAR4ward Resources in Lead4ward by using "learn2lead" in the password area.
Staff Spotlight: Nicole Powell
We are proud to announce our spotlight Junior High team member for the week is Mrs. Nicole Powell! From a staff member: "Mrs. Powell put together an incredible PBL on the periodic table. Then, she allowed students to showcase their work to each other and also other staff members!" Thank you for taking the time to showcase our students and their achievements.
Fundamental Five Focus...
Critical Writing is considered an essential good teaching practice and should be utilized in every discipline. “Writing is essential to learning. One cannot be educated and yet unable to communicate one’s ideas in written form” (Cain & Laird, 2011, 22). Plan at least two critical writing activities in each of your lessons!
LVJHS Staff Stands Against Bullying!
First Nine Weeks at a Glance
o August 24, 2015: First Day of School
o September 3, 2015: LVJHS Volleyball vs Yoakum (8th grade @ HOME)
o September 7, 2015: Labor Day - Holiday
o September 10, 2015: PEP RALLY * LVJHS Football vs La Grange (8th grade @ HOME)
o September 14, 2015: LVJHS Volleyball vs Cuero (7th/8th grade @ HOME)
o September 14, 2015: Progress Report grades due by 8:00AM
o September 15, 2015: Student Staff Pictures (English Classes)
o September 15, 2015: LVJHS OPEN HOUSE
o September 16, 2015: Sem 1 Cycle 1 (3wk) Progress Reports will be Issued
o September 17, 2015: LVJHS Football vs Somerset (8th grade @ HOME)
o September 29, 2015: PTO Meeting @ 9:00AM
o October 1, 2015: Pep Rally * LVJHS Football vs Navarro (7th grade @ HOME)
o October 5, 2015: Progress Report grades due by 8:00AM; Aim for Success Parent
Preview at HS Cafeteria 6-7 PM
o October 6, 2015: Aim for Success Student Program
o October 7, 2015: Progress Reports will be Issued
o October 12, 2015: Columbus Day – H Holiday
o October 15, 2015: LVJHS Football vs Cuero (7th/8th grade @ HOME)
o October 23, 2015: End of 1st 9 Weeks
o Ooctober 23, 2015: Grades are Due for 1st 9 wk Report Card by 4:30PM
o October 26, 22015: LVJHS Volleyball vs Mountain Valley (7th/8th grade @ HOME)
o October 29, 2015: LVJHS Football vs Pleasanton (7/8th grade @ HOME)
o October 30, 2015: Early Release/Staff Development