The Friday Forecast

Office of the Principal; Friday March 14, 2014

Quote for the Week!

“The thing we fear, we bring to PASS.” ~Elbert Hubbard

The Week Ahead

Black Week Schedule 1-2-3-4-5-6 PASS Writing Exams

Monday (17th) - St. Patrick's Day, G20 Mtg (3:50pm)

Tuesday (18th) - PASS WRITING EXAMS, G40 Student Government Meeting (7:30am), Administrative Meeting (10:30-12:00), SIC Mtg (5:30pm), PTSO Mtg (7:00pm)

Wednesday (19th) - PASS Writing EXAMS, CHP Parent Mtg (6:30pm),

Thursday (20th) -International Day of Happiness, CREW Visitation to River Bluff HS, PASS Writing (Make-Ups), Combined Tornado and Fire Drill, CHP Parent Mtg (6:30pm)

Friday (21st) -International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, PASS Writing (Make-Ups), Band Assembly (Gymnasium)

Tasks to Complete This Week!

1. Monday, wear green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

2. Monday, put final touches on preparing all students for PASS Writing (click here). In addition, prepare all rooms for PASS testing. Check your TAM's for the criteria.

3. Tuesday and Wednesday, administer/monitor PASS Writing Exams

4. Daily, put into action, interventions with your bubble kids and discuss during data team meetings.

5. Participate in Thursday's "combined" Tornado and Fire Drill!

6. Plan for and attend Friday's Band Performance. Talk with your students about proper concert etiquette and sit with them during the performance to ensure complete adherence to these expectations.

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Upcoming Major Events

PASS Writing

Tuesday, March 18th, 8:30am to Wednesday, March 19th, 11:30am

6051 Wescott Rd

Columbia, SC

8 days and counting until we administer this assessment.

Data Team FishBowl #2

Monday, April 7th, 10:15-11:45am

Irmo Middle School Staff Development Rool

April 7th, Irmo Middle will participate in our second Data Team FishBowl. Again, we will be visited by Melissa Biggerstaff, Christina Melton, and Reggie Dean for our Fishbowl exercise. 7th Grade Science will be inside the fishbowl. 8th Grade Science will be on the outside of the fishbowl. The fishbowl exercise will be held in the staff development room. All teachers were given handouts to help us prepare to shine during our January PD workshop. Mr. Hutto and I visited Data Teams on 1/9/14 to answer any questions and assist with the preparations for these visits. We will again be participating in a conference call with Mrs. Biggerstaff (Tuesday April 1st) to help us prepare. Below are the updated "final" readiness documents. If you have any questions, see me or Mr. Hutto! Next week, Mr. Hutto and I will visit the data teams involved to answer any questions and assist in the readiness process.

New Link Readiness Materials - Important Information!!!

Expeditionary Learning Summer Institute at IMS

Monday, June 9th, 8:30am to Wednesday, June 11th, 3:30pm

The Center for Advanced Technical Studies (Multi-Purpose Room)

Because of the make-up day from the snow, our EL Summer Institute will be 2.5 days (beginning on June 9th) instead of three. We will only work until 11:45 on 6/11/14.

March Staff Birthdays

Tammie Hardy, March 11th

Judith McCray, March 24th

Carol Worley, March 24th

Amy Brown, March 25th

Brandi Clarkson, March 25th

Marilyn Constance, March 31st

Please join me in wishing these staff members a happy birthday.

Duty Roster for the Week

Duty Roster

Monday - I Group

Tuesday - R Group

Wednesday - M Group

Thursday - O Group

Friday - O Group

Nuts and Bolts

Attendance (Staff)

Attendance meetings have been extremely productive. I want to reiterate how absolutely critical it is that everyone to make every possible effort to be at school every single day. I will join you in the effort to be here daily for our students and staff. I certainly understand that when major events arise, it will necessitate an absence. When you absolutely have to be out, you are asked to follow the proper protocols (subfinder, subplans, departmental communication) so learning can continue while you are absent. Remember, if you are on duty, that needs to be communicated to your substitute as well. In particular, I want us to watch Monday/Friday absences where we are normally short on subs across the district. When this happens, we will have no choice to start using teachers to cover (unfilled sub classrooms). Make every possible attempt to be here every day.

Class Changes (Reminder)

Thanks so much to everyone for standing at your doors between class changes. An area to pay close attention to is the hallways from 8:13-8:20 and dismissal at 3:35. We must unite and be consistent with this practice. Remember, not only do we control the classrooms but also the the campus common areas as well. Students should not be loitering, hanging out, visiting vending machines, or using this time to socialize. They only have five minutes to get to class. We are not doing a good job of ushering students to class as evidenced by the 604 referrals that have been written for tardies (38%). As it relates to lunch dismissals, make sure you follow the approximate time frames for the beginning and ending of each lunch period.


Remember, all contracts this year will be disseminated electronically. Ms. Cullinan will be sending out the next steps via email. I do have to inform the DO (by March 19th) of anyone that will not be coming back next year. If you know for certain that you will not be returning, please let me know so I can inform the district office.

Master Schedule (14-15)

My meeting with Dr. Melton was very productive. We will now make the final edits and present the schedule to the G20 during Monday's meeting. To add additional planning, class sizes will increase. There is simply no way around that. Some will be a little higher than others but we appear to be in very good shape.

PASS Writing Test Administration

We have one day until the PASS Writing exams. Our goal if for 78% + to score met and exemplary. We will not get there if everyone is not helping to prepare students.

March 18 Writing Test, Day 1 extended-response item (writing prompt)

March 19 Writing Test, Day 2 multiple-choice items

March 20-25 Make-up tests may be given on these days.

Here is the information that will be in the newsletter and that has been disseminated to parents via our social media system.

Snow Day Make-up

The general assembly has agreed on H.4576 that gives school districts the flexibility to forgive school days missed due to the winter storms. Before the days can be forgiven, each district must use all of the make-up days in their 13-14 calendar. A proposal will be submitted to our board of trustees during the March 25th meeting to forgive all days missed in Lex5. June 6th will now be a school day (1/2 day). The last three days will be half days. We will use the morning of June 7th as our check-out day for all individuals who cannot get checked out by 5:00pm on June 6th. The assessment calendar previously distributed will be revised this week and sent out to everyone (by Mr. Hutto) via email.

Student Dress Code

As the weather warms up a little, we will see an increase in students violating the dress code. I want all enrichment classes to review the following expectations:

1. Getting to class on time (Tardy Policy)

2. Dress Code

3. Class Behavior

Closing Thoughts

This week's Friday Forecast contains a calendar to guide our week ahead and events on the horizon. This week, everyone must have a laser like focus on PASS Writing, and making sure our exam administration is free from all disruptions. Convey to students, we will simply not tolerate any disruptions whatsoever. They must perform their very best on the PASS Writing Exams and do not have time for any foolishness.

Remember your Test Administrator and Monitor duties. I need every staff member present on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is critical that we perform them in an exemplary fashion and remember to refrain from any violations of test administration, monitoring, and security.

It is my hope that the calendar entries and reminders will allow you to plan accordingly and carry out all your teaching, monitoring, and supervisory responsibilities in an exemplary fashion. "Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." -- Mary Kay Ash

Let's stand by each other and remain #IrmoSTRONG!

Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal

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