North Oaks Middle School

WEEKLY MEMO 2/15/2016


MISSION: The North Oaks' staff will ensure high levels of learning for every student.

VISION: In order to achieve our mission, we function collectively as a professional learning community.

POP: To enhance and ensure consistency in our PLCs.

Information and Reminders

  • Don't forget-Monday is a professional development day. We have sent email information about locations. District PD is in the morning and Campus PD is in the afternoon. We will take advantage of this time and have STAAR training at 1:15. The remainder of the day will be work within your departments. Please let me know if you have questions and don't forget to sign up in Eduphoria.
  • Thanks to those of you continuing to post to our Facebook and Twitter accounts as you see opportunities on campus or at events.
  • Dr. Brown will be here to present our Teacher of the Year on the morning of February 17th.
  • LoL will meet this week.
  • Remember our Tuesday Chik-fil-A fundraiser. 20% comes back to the school! Please see e-mail from Mrs. Evans for details. You msut have your money to the office by the end of the day Monday.










Please be aware that you are on-call for your duty spot. Since we are on the week before a break, please check in with an administrator to be sure we do not need you. Thanks!

Quote of The Week

I just started a book called, Mindset. It begins by describing two mindsets people have, either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I will continue to pull quotes from the book by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.:

"The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value."

The fixed mindset suggests that "your qualities are carved in stone and creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over and every situation calls for a confirmation of intelligence, personality, or character."

(As I think about this quote, I think about my job. Do I evaluate my effectiveness based on data, or evaluations, or affirmations, or criticisms? Yes, I think I do sometimes. How might I internalize this information and turn it into a challenge or an opportunity to get better at what I do? Good stuff!)

The growth mindset is "based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts- everyone can change and grow through application and experience."

(This reminds me about "persistence" and the "power of choice" described in The Traveler's Gift. A focus on results and a belief in your potential is essential to your success.)

"The fixed mindset makes you concerned with how you'll be judged; the growth mindset makes you concerned with improving."

(So, when you consider feedback from data, surveys, and evaluations...which mindset are you?)

More to come...have a great week!