Week-At-A-Glance Mar. 28 -Apr. 1

The Minnie Howard Campus of TC Williams HS

Every student succeeds!

Welcome Back AWESOME Minnie Howard Staff & Welcome Spring!!!

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An Educator's Quote for the Week...

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Titan-of-the-Week & Minnie Howie Roaming Gnome Award

Titan of the Week:

Titan of the Week is Ms. Butler!!

Ms. Butler was caught rocking her College Gear (Vanderbilt University) last Friday. Thank you for showing your school spirit and Titan Pride!!! Enjoy the Titan of the Week premium parking spot! :)

How can you get the Titan of the Week Upper Lot Award? It is easy! Just wear Titan Gear or college wear on Fridays and your name will be entered into a drawing that morning. Each week in Ms Wood's Week-At-Glance the next week's winner will be announced.


Minnie Howie the Roaming Gnome Award

Goes to... Ms. Grier!

Ms. Silva writes...It is without a second thought, and without reservation that I nominate Amber Grier for the Minnie Howie Roaming Gnome of Excellence. Amber formerly taught in the ELL department of George Washington Middle School, and we are fortunate to now count her at Minnie Howard. Every time I am in her classroom, I am impressed by the way she is using art and transformative language and pedagogy to make English more accessible to our bilingual population. Her writing prompts urge students to think of the power of phrases such as "I am," and to tell the stories of their multilayered identities through poetry. At October parent-teacher conferences, I saw the fruits of Amber's work: a beginning level English language learner had developed, and read an original poem to her mother. Her mother cried at her daughter's progress in English, and I marvelled at Amber's work in nurturing this student, and all of her students. In addition to teaching the basic structures and vocabulary of English, Amber gives her students wings to transcend the more mundane aspects of grammar. She focuses not just on the language of biology and systems of life, but also on the gripping stories in her EAP English class, and nuances of being a survivor. These themes of identity, roots, and struggle truly resonate with our students, many of whom have completed their own Odyssey to arrive in Alexandria. Amber, you are incredible!

Thank you Ms. Grier for being AWESOME!!!

If you were wondering...

What is the Minnie Howie Roaming Gnome Award?

This award gives us another way to recognize and celebrate each other. Minnie Howie is passed on from person to person each week.

What do you do when you receive the Minnie Howie Roaming Gnome Award?

Prominently display the award in your classroom or office. You can even brag a bit and carry Minnie Howie with you when you travel the building.

When and how do you pass Minnie Howie to the next awesome colleague?

At the end of the week, write up a short celebration blurb in which you name the next awardee and share a few things about him/her that you want to recognize and share. Send the blurb to Ms Wood for her Sunday "Week-at-a-Glance." On Monday morning, deliver Minnie Howie to the awardee.

And the cycle continues...

Brought to you by Titans Succeed / Renaissance Committee in appreciation of all that you do to make this a great place to work and learn.

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Mar. 28th: MH SAC Mtg. @ 3:30pm in the Media Center

Mar. 30th: FYI Bus Evacuation Drill 8am in the rear parking lot

Show your Titan Pride and Support Spring Spirit Week 2016

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Tutor.com is available for student use...

Please see the Online Tutoring Email sent to teachers! This is a great resource for students to use when you are not around to support.

Use Brain Pop

If you don't know about https://www.brainpop.com/, it is a wealth of short content topic review videos, from Egyptian Mummy-Making, to fracions, to Mitosis, plus short quizzes your class can complete as a group. Check it out!

Username: acps
Password: acps16

If you don't know about https://www.brainpop.com/, it is a wealth of videos on content topics from fractions to contractions to chemical reactions. Check it out!
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Monthly Fire Drills

The monthly fire drills will be random. The team will no longer announce fire drills to ensure we are practicing what needs to happen in the event of a real emergency.

Please remember the following during each drill...
  • Please make sure you instruct all of you classes on the procedures and etiquette for fire drills.

  • Please remember to lead your class out of the room for the fire drill. Once the

    alarm sounds, give quick and concise instructions, name a student to close the door and lead students to the field.

  • Upon re-entry of the building, instruct students to go directly to the class of origin regardless of time and change of periods (attendance should be taken when the entire class has returned to the classroom). In the event of a period change during a drill or an actual emergency, the administrative team will release students via the PA to their next class.

  • Attendance must be taken before, during and after drills and/or emergency situations to ensure all students whereabouts and safety.

We are ONE and as ONE we work together!