New Tech Weekly Update
Meetings and More
Students in Mr. Ulfig's class ROCKING the pledge and moment of silence after Mrs. DM / Mrs. Padilla had to make a difficult announcement on the PA to students and staff.
"Hola, Mrs. Sapp." Circle greeting put in to action first thing in the morning. There were many giggles and wow, the power in knowing your classmates names.......
Looks like, sounds like...
A couple of those "things" are as follows:
- Students cannot use the trust card to eat first in lunch line. I don't believe anyone has TOLD them this rather, they are trying to take advantage. What students are not realizing is that anyone with a trust card that gets to "eat first" means EVERYONE except 4 students right now get to eat first :)
- We need students to be on time to class. All classes.
- Trust Card cannot double as a picture ID, meaning... they must have both. They serve two very different purposes. I think that is something that we just need to teach students.
Forms - When a student is on "probation" with their card... or when their card is taken, they will have to complete reflection forms. I am currently working on setting up the TRUST CARD Course in Echo that will have all of this. All students will be added to their course. AND facilitators. I have tested this out with four students and think I have worked out some kinks. :)
Suspension. I have gone back and fourth about this. When a student is suspended, they will loose their trust card. I always send home a lengthy reflection form that they have to hand write (with criteria for scoring a 3.) I think that when they return, they should be on that probation status but I hold their card. HOPEFULLY, suspensions will be far and few between. We have had 1 up for expulsion, 2 with ISS, and 2 at 5 day suspension. I student is on a Form 16. In my opinion, they have to earn that card back when they return to school. However, is the time out "punishment" enough? Which leads me to another point..... I am working really hard to find natural consequences for students. You steal hamburgers, you make it right with all of the people you affected, pay for the burgers AND pay back to community. Putting kids out stinks. And it makes more work for everyone. Watching a student come up with the idea to apologize to 14 cafeteria staff members , stand there in tears while saying they are sorry, have them loose the cafeteria privilege, and then having them clean gum off tables for a week to pay back to community still allows them to be in your class. Everything is situational and I am always open to new ideas. Please know if I suspend, I send home things to be completed. It has also been nice to say, "You can log on to Echo from home and work through your project." There is one child that didn't have Internet and so I may bring him back to ISS Thursday and Friday to work ....because he now has to do the project solo.
Everything is situational and I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your patience.
Mr. Ulfig and Mrs. Sapp's class held job interviews. The questions that students asked of each other were phenomenal. I am actually TAKING some of THEIR questions and adding to my list of questions for teacher interviews. Impressive team!
Harry Potter Book Talk
Mrs. Troyer, Mr. Leaman, and Mrs. Hoover's class conducted book talks. Many students created a visual out of their own desire to do so.
Harry Potter Book Talk
Meetings this Week
Tuesday - New Tech Full PLC Meetings (all math, all SS, all ELA, all science)
Wednesday - Open / Pre Post conferences
Thursday - This is technically the fourth Thursday. We will communicate more with you in the next few days about Thursday morning. NT site visit
Friday - TGIF!
Team Meeting Time Agendas
Please send Terry, Renee and myself detailed minutes each day.
YOU MUST TAKE THIRTY MINUTES (OTHER THAN LUNCH) to yourself to get your stuff done.
We will be in touch as to where this will go from here.