SMS Weekly Update 01/11-01/15

“One school, One voice, One family ~ All Together”

Mission, Vision, Core Values & Smart Goals

SMS Vision Statement:

“Sedgefield will be a premier middle school that produces globally competitive leaders.”

SMS Mission Statement:

“Our Sedgefield faculty is committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe and personalized learning environment.”

SMS Core Values:







2015-2016 EOG GOALS

40% 4/5 - ELA

35% 4/5 – MATH

55% 4/5 –SCI.

Weekly Meetings

Monday- Data Meetings (during planning periods) 7th: 12:45-1:30

8th: 2:00-2:45

6th: 3:15-4:00

Electives: 11:15-12:00

Tuesday- Department Planning Meetings

Wednesday- General Staff Meeting (7:45-8:30) "Monthly Professional Development"

Grade Level Meetings (as determined by GLA)

Thur. & Fri- 1 on 1 Check-ins with facilitators or GLA) individual planning time

Quick Note From Principal Turner

Good afternoon SMS Family,

Last week we welcomed back our scholars and each other as we got off to a positive start to 2016. We had several community field trips that exposed our scholars to places such as the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and to Phillip O. Berry High School. Our Montessori team did an awesome job promoted our Montessori program at the School Choice Fair on Saturday and even made the Channel 14 News. A variety of community partners ranging from the Charlotte Optimist Club to Carolinas Healthcare have contacted our team requesting to work with our scholars. But most important of all, there was phenomenal teaching, learning and relationship building taking place in every classroom on each grade level throughout the campus last week. I appreciate your efforts to truly connect to our scholars and to make your content relevant and exciting.

As we go into our final exam week please seek each opportunity you have to use your content area and your past experiences as a platform to motivate, inspire and push our scholars to finish out the semester strong and to do their very best on their exams.

Thank you for being amazing leaders and continue to press onward Spartans!!!

First Semester Exams (CIA 2)

Our first semester exams will be held this week from Tuesday-Friday. We will operate on a modified schedule during this time so that we can simulate an End of Grade Testing environment. The schedule was sent out last week by Mr. Bloom but is also attached to the email that contains this newsletter. The first semester exams are also our 2nd Common Interim Assessments. Please continue your efforts to review and prepare our scholars for success on the exam. We will use this data to target scholars for extended day tutoring as well as to inform our other instructional interventions as we move forward.
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PDP Mid-Year Review & Updates

Review progress towards established goals and complete signatures in MyTalent for all teachers and licensed support staff (NCEES & CMS) by January 12th.
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Carmel Middle School 3rd Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

SMS has been invited to compete in Carmel Middle School's 3rd Annual Black History Quiz Bowl. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 20th, 2016. If you are interested in coaching or supporting our scholars to prepare for the competition, please contact me.
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PTSA Meeting on Monday January 11th

On Monday, January 11th we have our first PTSA meeting of the New Year. The meeting will be held in the media center from 5:30-6:30pm. We need your input and support as we continue our efforts to grow our PTSA.

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School Leadership Team Meeting (Tuesday 1/12)

Tuesday, January 12th we will hold our first school leadership team (SLT) meeting of the new year. The meeting will be held in the media center from 4:45-5:45pm. Please join us as we review our school improvement plan and discuss recommendations to update the school improvement plan.
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Winter Dance Recital (Tuesday January 12th)

Immediately after our school leadership team meeting we will have our Winter Dance Recital beginning at 6:30pm. Come out and support our scholars as they kick off 2016 with a great display of talent and style.
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January 25th is a Required Teacher Workday

Monday, January 25th is a required teacher workday. We will begin the day in the media center with a brief overview of our Winter Insight Survey Results. Afterwards, team members will be able to work in their classrooms or throughout the building.
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Girls & Boys Basketball This Week

This week our undefeated boys and girls basketball teams and our cheerleaders are back in action. We have an away game on Monday versus Kennedy and a home game on Thursday versus Waddell. Our boys will play first and the start time is 5:00pm. Come out and show your support for our talented scholar athletes this week.

PD Corner

Below is our weekly professional development tip from the Teaching Channel. This week's tips center around formative assessment "best practices". Also included in the PD corner is The Marshall Memo. The Marshall Memo is a weekly summary and synopsis of education related articles from our country's top educational magazines, chronicles and journals. I hope you enjoy & find the information useful!!
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