Friday Review

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week

Monday, March 13- Administrative PLC 9:00 am; GEAR UP support on campus; CTE PLC 12:00pm; MTSS Meeting at 3:45pm

Tuesday, March 14- 8th Grade AIG team visit to UNCP, 7th Grade House Meeting; Elective Team Meeting 1:00; Soccer at Home vs. Anson [Admissions- W. Green & L. Francis; Concessions- M. Gore; Monitor- M. Williams & J. Bream; Administration- Brayboy]

Wednesday, March 15- Wacky Wednesday; P.I.N.K. meets during Spartan Time; ELA/SS Content Level Planning; SIT Meeting at 3:45pm

Thursday, March 16- Math/Science Content Level Planning; Soccer at Rohanen (dismissal at 2:20); Baseball and Softball at Home vs. Hamlet at 4:15 [Admissions- D. Blue & C. Macy; Concessions- T. Houston; Monitors- RA Harris & V. Henderson; Administration- Dunham]

Friday, March 17- Character Education; 6th & 8th Grade House Meetings; Math and Science Common Assessments; All District Chorus and Art Night

Looking Ahead

Monday, March 20- Administrative PLC 9:00 am; GEAR UP support on campus; CTE PLC 12:00pm; Baseball and Softball at Anson (dismissal at 2:15); Soccer at Hamlet (dismissal at 2:40)

Tuesday, March 21- 7th Grade MTSS Meeting; 6-8 Mathematics Benchmarks (Adjusted school-wide schedule); Softball and Soccer vs. Carver at SHS [Admissions- A. Boutwell & G. McNeill; Concessions- A. Jarvis; Monitor- J. Odom; All Administrators]

Wednesday, March 22- 6-8 English Language Arts (Adjusted school-wide schedule)

Thursday, March 23- Students who test over 2 days ELA; Other Make-Ups; Baseball and Softball at West Hoke (dismissal 3:10); Soccer at East Hoke (dismissal 3:00)

Friday, March 24- 8th Grade Science (8th Grade adjusted schedule); Students who test over 2 days Math


What's New?

  • URGENT Notification!!! SCS is offering a Professional Development Session on BreakoutEDU and have allotted 2 slots for Spring Hill Middle School. Session 2 has open slots and will be held on March 28th from 4:15-5:30pm. Each participant will receive a kit to bring back to share... so the first 2 to sign up will get to attend...Don't miss this opportunity
  • The most recent SCS 411 can be viewed here:
  • The SCS College and Career Readiness bulletin can be viewed here: There's lots of good info and teaching strategies!
  • Summer Work Opportunities: There are two wonderful opportunities this summer for Lead Teachers for UNCP Summer Camps. There is a new camp: Engineering Camp Pembroke, as well as, another year of SAT Camp. For more information:

    Engineering Camp Pembroke:

    College Bound: SAT Summer Institute:

  • Teachers if you are going to be in the building after 6pm on any given day.... you must relay this information to a custodian.

Who Needs AT LEAST 88% of their Students to Retain Information???

Graphic Organizers are MUST SEES in every lesson. Not a million graphic organizers a day, just select one that will address the thinking skill of the standard you are teaching. OUR students NEED to USE these...complete and summarize, complete and summarize, complete the GO and have them Summarize the information!!! Utilize your $1,000,000.00 Thinking Maps Notebook effectively. If you need help, please Jamilia Williams... she is more than willing to help!

6 Ways to Decrease Disciplinary Issues in Your Classroom

Posted on February 2, 2017 by David Franklin

Many educators indicate that mastering classroom management is one of the most difficult parts of the profession. Teachers who struggle with poor classroom management skills will never get their students to learn at their highest potential. Their students are seen off task, talking to their friends, defiant, and disrespectful. These students are often assigned consequences for their actions that do little to change their behavior. These consequences include benching students at recess, after-school detention, parent/teacher conferences, sending students to the office, and Saturday school. The goal in these situations is to change the behavior, not to continuously battle for power with a child in the classroom. Sending them out of the classroom only gives in to what some of them ultimately want.

Here are six ways to decrease disciplinary issues in the classroom.

1. Know The Home Environment of Your Students

It is important to know your students on a deeper level than just their existence in your classroom. You might see a particular student for an hour or two a day if you are a secondary teacher, and up to eight hours per day if you teach a primary grade level. A lot happens to a child throughout the rest of the day. It is important that you know about the environment they go home to at the end of the day. A child who goes home to an challenging home environment might not get a lot of attention from their parents, get little sleep because they share a room with their siblings, and likely comes to school without a good breakfast or breakfast at all. This child will have trouble staying on task and following directions due to environmental control outside of the teacher’s control. Punishing that student won’t change anything. We need to get to know them on a personal level. We need to show empathy, caring, and understand. That connection can change everything.

2. Get Students to Respect You, Not Fear You

Never confuse fear and respect. Students, who are compliant in the classroom out of fear, do not have respect for their instructor. We often tell students that respect is earned, but don’t hold this notion true for ourselves. We must earn the respect of our students, not expect it from day one because we are their teacher. Respect is earned from getting to know your students on an individual basis and showing that you respect them. Show them you care about them and not look down upon them. Never use power to command respect. Chances are, they have enough people in their world that do that already.

3. Set Clear and Concise Classroom Expectations

Long behavior contracts or classroom rules with complicated language will due little to quell disruptive behaviors in the classroom. Make your expectations simple and clear. I believe that the follow three rules encapsulate most expectations for a classroom:

4. Treat others as you would like to be treated

Respect other people and their property

Be responsible for your own learning

There is no need to over-complicate this process. When a child breaks a rule, let them know which rule they broke, why it is important, and how they can make a better choice in the future.

5. Address Student Behavior Individually and With Discretion

During the course of the day, teachers will have to redirect students and address behaviors that are in conflict with the expectations of the class. Instead of addressing the misbehaving student in front of the entire class, pull the child to the side of the room when appropriate or go up to them and address their behavior in a discrete manner. Addressing them in front of the entire classroom will only humiliate them and make them angry with you. Remember, you want them to respect you, not fear you. Above all, never make a child call their parent from the classroom phone during class in front of everyone. Humiliation at this level will only make their behavior worse in the long run.

6. Create an Engaging, Innovative Classroom Environment

The best way to decrease off-task behavior is a good offense. Instead of always focusing on consequences, create a classroom environment that they want to be a part of. Students who are excited about learning are likely to be on-task, respectful, and will rise to your high expectations. Instead of having students sit quietly and listen to a lecture or work on individual tasks, create a learning environment of collaboration, project-based learning, and instructional technology. Many disruptive behaviors will disappear when you allow them to move around the classroom and engage with other students. This is even more important at the end of the school day when children have been sitting in desks for hours and hours already.

Dr. David Franklin, CEO of The Principal’s Desk, is an experienced school administrator, education professor, curriculum designer, and presenter.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science (including computer science) educator may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2017. This date gives the nominated teacher enough time to prepare an application prior to the application deadline. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2017, for secondary school teachers (grades 7–12). Elementary school teachers (grades K–6) are eligible to apply during future cycles.

General Reminders

  • DO NOT leave your classroom of students unattended. If you have to exit your occupied classroom, call the front office for assistance.
  • If you have a substitute and need for them to login to a laptop so they can show students, feel free to provide the sub login for them so you don’t have to give them yours. It is: USERNAME=shmssub PASSWORD=shms1234!

  • Mark your calendars for important upcoming PBIS dates and information. The numbers to participate in the 3rd quarter PBIS celebration are: 2-man team: 120, 3-man team: 160, 4-man team: 200) by March 30. Student names are due to Michelle Williams on Friday, March 31 and the event will be held on April 4.
  • The 10 Non-Negotiables poster is to be posted in all classrooms, near your planning area. These posters are important for you to review when lesson planning to ensure the 10 Essentials are used in each lesson. They are not intended as a room decoration. They are a reminder to include ALL 10 in every lesson. Therefore post them near your desk or planning area. Administration will come by all classes and check for posters on Monday after their PLC. If you do not have a 10 Non-Negotiables poster, please let Ms. Brayboy know. This is an easy "A"....
  • The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans or Federal Stafford Loans. If you have PLUS loans only, you are not eligible for this type of forgiveness. For more information, go to
  • Teachers, please try to ensure that your All-County Choir students use their time wisely and practice the music using the YouTube channel. Please encourage students to follow this link and listen to the music with headphones (the lyrics to the songs are shown on the video). We did not make CD's for every student. Some teachers are making CDs on request for students who do not have internet access outside of school. We would like to encourage as many students as possible to use their time wisely (computer lab resource time, 7:30-8:00, or end of the day) to practice and learn the words. Link: