Viking Charge April Edition
End of the Quarter
The END is Near!
The last nine weeks are upon us, yes this is a great time, however, it is also a very busy time. Please continue to BE GREAT, each and everyday, and hold students accountable for their actions and their learning. As we continue to move forward please adhere to the policies and procedures and enforce them with fidelity. Though it is the end of the year we still want to be a united front and have a smooth remainder of the school year. Please check out the attached videos, articles, and powerpoint for additional strategies and encouragement. The powerpoint can actually be used in all of your classes as you begin test prep. If you have or need anything, do not hesitate to ask an administrator, we are here to support you! Let's finish STRONG!
Mr. Grant, Ms. Boddie, Mr. Duncan, and Dr. Mitchell (The DREAM Team)
ALL WE DO IS SOLVE!
Classroom Management Professional Development: Unlocking Secrets of Great Teaching
Next session will be on April 13th!
Topic: Shifting Mindsets, All students can learn!
See you there in room 121
Article Worth Reading...
“When they are able to see where they came from and where they got to it is very powerful for them.”
Very, Very, Very, Important Reminders and Information (will change frequently)
Daily Test Strategies:
As we move closer to the testing window, actually 6 weeks until testing, please take about 10 minutes in each class to go over and review test taking strategies, in addition to having students complete practice test. You can find copies of previous released test on the NCDPI website.
Please use the attached PowerPoint detailing 15 strategies that you can use with your students. It is student friendly and a great resource.
Specifically, please have greater focus on these two areas:
-Building Stamina on Longer Passages
Setting the Expectation “Moving into the fourth quarter”:
As the quarter comes to an end, please continue to work with students on understanding expectations and procedures, especially, as the end of the year approaches.
Gradebook and End of the Quarter:
Please make sure that we are posting a minimum of two grades weekly and following the document that was provided to you at the beginning of the year. It is important that we do this so parents and students can monitor their academic success and ensure they are completing all assignments assigned. Gradebooks will be checked each Sunday!
Instructional Focus Areas:
· Data Walls: Should be updated regularly to monitor student progress and inform decision in PLCs.
· Small Group Instruction: Should have an area in your classroom where this can occur. If you need a table let admin know!
· Distributive Summarizing: Should occur periodically within the lesson.
Congratulations Mrs. Faison-Johnson on being named one of the finalist for Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year!
Important Dates and Reminders:
Monday, April 4th Faculty Meeting
Tuesday, April 5th PLC/ Home Game Against Neal
Wednesday, April 6th Grade Level Meeting
Saturday, April 9th Transfer/ Teacher Job Fair
Next week is Case 21 Testing Monday thru Wednesday
Fifth Grade Tour Dates:
April 12th and April 19th from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Exhibition April 29th 11:00 to 12:30 (there will be a modified schedule)
Assistant Principal Spotlight! ( and words of wisdom)
--Ivan Welton Fitzwater
Did you know:
Mrs. Boddie was a Social Studies teacher at Hillside High School. In addition, she worked at Southwest Elementary as an API and several other schools. She is married and has one son, Malachi. She is also a member of the FIRST and the FINEST organization in the NPHC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Skee-Wee) If you have any questions about Social Studies, Lockers, building relationships with students and parents, or just to talk, stop by her office or pull her to the side!
School SPIRIT Fridays and Faculty Social!
April Faculty Social: RSVP BY FRIDAY
Dates and other information will be shared once a decision on the event has been made.
Our next faculty social will be TEACHERS CHOICE, so please let me know what you would enjoy doing. Included in this email is the link for you to cast your vote for our April Faculty Social. Please let me know what your preferences are and how many you will be bringing to the event so I can accurately make accommodations. If you have any questions please see or email me directly!
Link for voting: http://goo.gl/forms/HegSzryuhl