Mondays Matter

Bay Shore MS's Practitioner's Guide on What Matters Most!

We Believe...

Children are our most precious commodity and the holders of our future. To see them reach their full potential - we commit to our continuous learning and the learning of our students so that each learning activity is engaging, culturally responsive, and prepares them for their futures.

Week of September 7, 2015

9/8

PFA Meeting

MS Book Fair Begins


9/9

Sexual Harassment Assemblies

Periods 1-2 - Grade 8

Periods 4-5 - Grade 7

Periods 8-9 - Grade 6


9/12

MS Family Fun Day - Postponed

Monday Message

The Difference a Teacher Can Make - A True Story

Dear MS Family,


The September calendar has helped us ease into the start of another great school year. Despite all the uncertainty in the political arena and the change of guard in the State Education Department, here at Bay Shore Middle School, we'll continue to do what we know is best for our children - for our community. Every day - we Aim High! so that our children are prepared for their future and ready to meet the challenge that tomorrow will bring for them. Read about the difference that one teacher made in the life of this child...


Pat, a twelve-year-old boy, was about to be lost forever by the U.S. education system. Remarkably, he could read, yet, in spite of his reading skills, Pat was failing. He had been failing since first grade, as he was passed on from grade to grade. Pat went unnoticed...until Miss G.


He never did his homework, and he was always in trouble with Ms. G. His heart would break under her sharp words, and when he was punished for not turning in his homework, he felt just miserable! Still, he did not study.


One day, Miss G's impatient voice broke into his daydreams.


"Pat!!" Startled, he turned to look at her.


"Pay attention!"


While reviewing the results of a recent exam, Ms. G shared, "...the smartest boy in the seventh grade is failing my class!" Pat dropped his eyes and carefully examined his fingertips.


Ms. G. wouldn't give up!


"You're smart enough! You'll see a change - one week." Nothing fazed him.


"Give yourself a chance! Don't give up on your life!" Nothing.


"Pat. Please! I care about you!"


"Wow! Suddenly, Pat got it!! Someone cared about him? Someone CARED ABOUT HIM??!!


From that moment nothing was the same for Pat. He discovered that not only could he learn, but he was good at it! He discovered that he could understand and retain knowledge, and that he could translate the things he learned into his own life. Pat began to excel! And he continued this course throughout his school life.


- Adapted from Jaye Lewis, 2003


One word, one look, one smile can change a child's life. We hold the key to make a difference!

Learning Targets

Learning targets should be posted in every class for each lesson. Research shows that when students know where they are going, they are able to self-assess their attainment of that goal. "Rather than the teacher taking on all of the responsibility for meeting a lesson's objectives, learning targets, written in student-friendly language and frequently reflected upon, transfer ownership for meeting objectives from the teacher to the student."

- Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. elschools.org

How to Create a Learning Target

Growth Mindset

The way we think can have a profound impact on the way we act and our success. The MS Book Club began reading Carol Dweck's book - Mindsets. Throughout the year, we'll take a look at her work and its impact on student achievement. Take a look at this video on how the words - not yet - can change a student's view of his/her progress.
Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Calendar

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Upcoming Events

9/14-15

Rosh Hashanah


9/17

MS Open House


9/23

Yom Kippur


10/2

Interims Due