Viking Charge April Edition

End of the Quarter

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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!

Be Great!

Mr. Grant, Ms. Boddie, Mr. Duncan, and Dr. Mitchell (The DREAM Team)


All I Do Is Solve (WSHS Math Rap Song)

Classroom Management Professional Development: Unlocking Secrets of Great Teaching

It is that time again! Everyone enjoyed the presentations from our last session on reflection. As we continue to move forward think about things that you are doing differently and how they are benefiting students. Though we covered reflection, it is still ongoing, and I encourage you all to continue to share your struggles and successes as we work together as a team to continue to move toward SUCCESS!

Next session will be on April 13th!

Topic: Shifting Mindsets, All students can learn!

See you there in room 121

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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:

-Informational Texts

-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.

Faculty Shout-Out!

Thank you faculty for your hard-work and support during the morning and afternoon transitions. Your presence really is appreciated as we ensure all students are going to class on time, each day! It truly takes a TEAM!

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)

"The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad... Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow."
--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!

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School SPIRIT Fridays and Faculty Social!

Every Friday (or in this case Thursday), students and all staff members will wear Maroon and Gold or your Lowe's Grove T Shirts, as a representation of our Viking Pride! We want want everyone to know how much we absolutely love being apart of Lowe's Grove Middle School family, the best school in Durham, NC...period!

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:

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