Friday Review

Friday, November 10 2017

Thoughts from Mrs. Lewis....

  • Required FACULTY MEETING: On Tuesday, November 14, Jamie Synan will provide training on CPI. This is a requirement from the state/district.

  • POVERTY TRAINING will be offered on Friday, March 23 (optional teacher workday) for any teachers who have not previously had it. (From Cabinet Notes)

  • CALLING PARENTS: Are you calling parents??? [Make sure to get teachers involved in calling parents regarding attendance concerns (and document such). When we go to court, it helps when we can show ALL the contacts that have been made from the school (not just from PowerSchool letters and Social Worker contacts) (From Cabinet)]

  • COLLABORATIVE PAIRS: Please ensure that you implement collaborative pairs with roles within your lessons. This will be looked for in walkthroughs and observations. Ms. E. Johnson provided an article with details. Utilize to help with implementation.

  • UPCOMING HOLIDAYS: Please be reminded data indicated in 2016-17 that our discipline increased around the holidays. What are you doing to be proactive to eliminate behaviors. What are your extra incentives in your class, team or grade level? (Extra TLC, computer time, double scans, pizza party, slushy parties, etc.)

  • Programs (Flocabulary, BrainPop, Gizmos, and Scope have been submitted for approval) If purchased, these will be requirements for usage within appropriate subject matters. Hopefully an answer will be given soon.

  • SIT TEAM: Please be reminded that you should be collecting data that must be collected and shared at our next SIT Meeting; MTG Nov 20

  • Student Government Election Information coming soon!

  • TLC GRADE LEVEL CHAIRS - Before your next TLC, please discuss with your grade level strategies to prevent issues; You may want to offer inside activities and outside, decide for teams to take TLC at different times and/or provide alternative TLC for high flying students that can't handle so much free time.

  • On November 20th, A and A/B honor roll students will be celebrated. More information to come!

  • STUDENT KNOWLEDGE: Do your students know discipline goals and incentives? Do they know academic goals? What are they shooting for?

What's New?

  • DEADLINE CHANGE: Spring fundraisers are due to the Central Office by November 22. Turn these in to Ms. Brayboy by Friday, November 17.

  • SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM MEMBERS: Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will have the SIT Meeting on Monday, November 20 after school.

  • Teachers: If you call a parent, please inform the front office. We are getting a lot of phone calls from parents and the office has no clue of who has called. Please help!

  • On November 20 and November 21, students will have the opportunity to watch campaign speeches for Student Government Officers and VOTE. More information to follow!

  • HR Newsletter:

  • December 5, 2017— Pearson Test Training in PD‐2 at 3:30 p.m. This training

    is for any K‐6 Teacher who needs to pass any of the 3 Pearson Tests.

    Training will last until 5:00 p.m. Contact Lolita Hargrave for more information.

  • UNCP will offer a M.Ed. in Reading Education program at the Sandhills Hoke campus.If you are interested, please apply today for the Sandhills Hoke Cohort as the applications are due November 15, 2017.

  • Common assessments cannot be a part of the student’s grades. These assessments, like benchmarks, are to be used to inform instruction. The upcoming dates for Common Assessments are listed below. November 28-30, 2017, February 13-15, 2018, and April 23-25, 2018.

Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Jeffery Quick, Candice Eley, Leigh Carter, Andrew Wedlock, and Brooke Hasty for setting up their own classroom stores in PBIS Rewards.
  • Thank you the following teachers for being leaders and presenting PD at our faculty meeting: Sharyl Gross, Theresa Houston, Melony Gore, Andrew Wedlock, Tonia Johnson

  • Shout out to the Sunshine Committee for the birthday party at our Faculty Mtg complete with balloons; Also, for the little goodies here and there to make us feel special!

  • A big shout out to Estella Johnson for coordinating PD for our instructional day and faculty meeting PD.

  • Woot Woot to Mr. Bream for your presentation at the faculty meeting and the PBIS team for all of your hard work in helping our school be more successful with discipline!

  • KUDOS to SHMS: Thanks to you all for making safety a priority. Since our SIT meeting, we have had 0 fights. Keep up the great work by ensuring students are supervised and adults are positioned strategically to avoid fights.

  • Shout out to the 6th grade for an awesome grade level trip to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh this week.

  • Shout out to staff members who worked the after school dance on Thursday evening.

  • Shout out to staff members who went bowling on Thursday night. We had a great time!

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More on Collaborative Learning

This week during our monthly staff meeting, we discussed “Collaborative Learning” vs. “Group Work”. In today’s world, collaboration is imperative. Even social media requires students to interact and talk to others. Students must be equipped with the skills necessary to solve problems, acknowledge and understand opposing viewpoints and to deliberate through processes. As facilitators of learning, teachers must offer these opportunities to students and one of the best ways is through collaborative learning.

During our PD, we watched a video about how a school accomplishes collaborative learning and groups. Please review the attached article with the video and other information. The article gives steps on how to build a classroom where collaboration is the center of learning and there are resources to help with the process. These resources and strategies can be used on ANY grade level with ANY content.



For extended information on collaborative work:

General Reminders

  • November is Native American Heritage Month. Our statewide celebration will be held in Raleigh on Saturday, November 18 at the NC Museum of History. More information on this FREE event is located at: If you are interested in incorporating American Indian history and culture in your lessons this month, please see Ms. Brayboy or Ms. Dorman for resources. We would be glad to help!
  • Veteran Teachers (25+ years on a teacher's license) You should have seen a $385 bonus in your paycheck. If not, contact the finance dept.
  • Instructional time missed- Don't miss the opportunity to build a relationship and an opportunity to teach. If a student asks to speak to administration, screen the situation to find out details of the problem, first. There have been a lot of students coming up to the office and once admin speaks with the child, it turns out to be a very simple issue that could have been resolved in the classroom. Example this week: A student reported that another student hit him in line at the bathroom.
  • We are still collecting United Way Pledge Cards. Let's get 100%! $1 counts as a donation.

  • A list of grant opportunities is located:

November 2017

November is American Indian Heritage Month

Saturday, November 11: Robotics Competition in Greensboro

Monday, November 13: 6th Graders to Visit ROARmart
Tuesday, November 14: 7th Graders to Visit ROARmart; ELA/SS/Science Planning; Cross Country Championship; Staff Meeting (CPI Training with Synan)

Wednesday, November 15: House/Grade Level/MTSS Meeting (as needed); Football Championship; Wacky Wednesday

Thursday, November 16: Math Planning

Friday, November 17: SPRING SEMESTER FUNDRAISERS DUE; Clubs; United Way Cards Due; Common Assessments Due to Lewis/E. Johnson, Classroom Spelling Bee Winners due to Mrs. Harris

Saturday, November 18: North Carolina's American Indian Heritage Month Celebration in Raleigh

Monday, November 20: Spelling Bee @ 10 am, A and AB Honor Roll Celebration, SIT Meeting 3:45 pm

Tuesday, November 21: ELA/SS/Science Planning; Possible SHMS Intramurals

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 28: ELA/SS/Science Planning; All County Band and Arts Showcase; Common Assessments

Wednesday, November 29: MTSS/House Meetings (as needed); Safety Committee Meeting @ 3:45pm; Common Assessments, Select AIG Teachers to visit Dr. Phinnize J Fisher Middle School

Thursday, November 30: Math Planning; Common Assessments

Saturday, December 2: Laurinburg Christmas Parade - SHMS Band to participate

Items for the Friday Review are due to Ms. Audrey Kingston every Thursday by noon.