Dolphin Dispatch

Week of January 11, 2016

A Word From Ms. Haynes

Well, a whole week in the new year has gone by already!! Time is truly passing quickly. I hope that you and your students have adjusted well and are back into a routine. As we continue to move forward, let us remain focused on working smarter, not harder. Begin with the end in mind and plan your lessons from that vantage point.

In the upcoming weeks, our intermediate students (grades 3-5) will be doing midpoint assessments to see where they need to put their focus as we approach the Florida Standards Assessment and the Science FCAT 2.0. As you see those students around campus, please give them AND their teachers words of encouragement. Primary students will also be taking assessments soon.

Thursday, we have the opera coming once again. In the past, students have dressed up for the occasion. If you would like to encourage your students to do so you may. It is NOT mandatory that they do, but we've done this in the past to create a theater like environment.

Finally, on Wednesday we will have a full faculty and staff PLC Meeting to cover a variety of topics, including a debrief on our Code Red Drill last week as well as other safety procedures. There are also a few other things I want to personally say to ALL staff members so IF everyone can attend, that would be wonderful.

Have an AMAZING week!!

Website of the Week: Rock 'N Learn

One of the 20 Strategies to Engage the Brain that was mentioned at the workshop on Friday was the incorporation of music into your lessons. Dr. Tate mentioned a website that has great music called Rock 'N Learn. Take a look at the website and let me know if you see anything that would be worthwhile adding to our resource room.

Also check out Warren Phillips' website on Sing a Long Science for other music ideas. You may be able to find something similar on You Tube like what's below. As always, preview all videos before showing to your students. If you need help changing your proxy settings so you can access You Tube at school, please see Mr. Bellevy.
The Three States of Matter Song (NEW Video) | Silly School Songs

From Good to GREAT....A Culture of Discipline (Part 5 of 7)

In a Culture of Discipline, it is important to be careful not to allow the enthusiasm and visionary zeal of an organization to turn into mediocrity. Many start ups are fueled by imagination, excitement, and creativity, but what keeps them from blossoming into great companies is when they hit the wall and trip over its own success.

When companies create bureaucratic processes for the purpose of managing a small group of people within the organization (for example: strict rules and procedures, mandates, micro-managing, etc.) it drives away the RIGHT people on the bus. It kills the creative spirit that empowers employees by creating an environment where no one knows what to do and everyone is afraid to make a decision and people only do what they are TOLD to do.

However, when a company has a Culture of Discipline, there is freedom AND responsibility. This type of culture has self-disciplined people who are willing to go to great lengths to fulfill their responsibilities. These people are driven by the need to excel and each individual finds a way to do so that is in line with the vision and mission of the company.

At Welleby, this is the type of culture I am seeking to create. In order to move from good to GREAT, we need individuals within the organization who are self-motivated and willing to go that extra mile to move us forward. People who WANT to be empowered to make decisions in the best interests of the students that align with the vision and mission of the school. As the leader of this school, I stand committed to provide the support and guidance to help each and every member of this staff be successful which in turn, will help our students be successful---taking us to the ultimate goal of increased student achievement.

YOU have to believe that WE can. YOU have to believe that TOGETHER we can achieve greatness. We can't get there with a "crab in the bucket" mentality. We have to stick together. I hope you believe as I believe and that you stand WITH me as we move from good to GREAT!!


I hope you all saw the email from Mr. Walsh!! Check it out and order your supplies!!!

Happy Birthday to You!!!

Welleby Warriors Fitness Group

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2:15pm

Media Center

Let's meet in the Media Center to formulate a plan for the workout group. All ideas are welcome. We want to start next week! I'm not an instructor, just a participant!

The Week Ahead

January 11th
  • Anti-Bullying Assemblies (PK-2nd and 3rd-5th)
  • Please wait to be called

January 12th
  • Leadership Team Meeting

January 13th
  • Kindergarten Field Trip
  • PTA Meeting: 8:15AM
  • PLC Meeting: 2:15PM

January 14th

  • Opera Assemblies (PK-2nd and 3rd-5th)---wait to be called
  • Report Cards Due to Team Leaders (refer to email sent 1/7/2016)

January 15th
  • PTA Fundraiser Dollar Day: No Uniform
  • Writing Assessment: 4th & 5th Grade
  • Dolphin Depot Day (PK-2nd grades)
  • Jump Rope for Heart Assemblies (PK-2nd and 3rd-5th)

Kudos to You!!!

Ms. Hunt: worked to secure several Donors Choose Projects for our After Care Program as well as for our school--Mr. Cruz is extremely grateful. We thank her for continuing to go over and beyond reaching out to her network to secure the funding for these projects. She also received an Adopt the Classroom grant.

Mr. Jordan: continues to write Donors Choose projects that will help him in his role as math coach.

Mr. Satran: has been making himself available to help teachers pass the computer competency test so that we may achieve the 21st Century School designation. Thank you for your support.

Ms. Atelus: was hard at work coordinating a group of teachers and support staff to complete the requirements to have a team of assessors for the ACCESS administration for ESOL students and for beginning the monumental task of test coordination by getting out the information about the upcoming mid-year assessments.

Mr. Favata and Support Team: managed the Code Red Drill nearly flawlessly in my absence; thank you all for holding down the fort.

Marcia Tate Attendees: thank you for coming and I truly hope the experience was valuable for you. It is my wish that you walked away with a different perspective and the desire to engage in the Project Based Learning Challenge Dr. Tate put out. I would love to come see the results!
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Coming Soon....

No Name Calling Week: January 19-22

January 18th
  • NO SCHOOL: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19th
  • Health Screenings: K, 1st, and 3rd

January 20th
  • Health Screenings: K, 1st, and 3rd
  • Report Cards Due (Haynes: K-2; Favata 3-5)
  • PLC Meetings
  • Menchie's Day

January 22nd
  • Dolphin Depot Day (3rd-5th grades)

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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