Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

November 16-20, 2015

Hello Everyone,

Wow what a busy but fantastic week we had this past week. First of all, a HUGE thank you to Liz and Zoraida in the counseling center for all their hard work this week getting all the report cards ready to go for Tuesday and Thursday night conferences. Also, another HUGE thank you to Linda, Yolanda and Paty for all their hard work getting the report cards for kids, maps and information for parents, food for teachers/staff as well as a thousand other details that I know I am missing. A deep thank you to Roberto, Norma, Stephan, Antonio and Elida for their help with translations. They were the voices for so many parents and teachers. And lastly to the teachers who did a fantastic job at conferences. We talked to so many parents who were grateful for the information you provided for them. It took the mystery out of middle school. We had nearly 400 parents/students come to conferences. That is outstanding!!! It signals a strong and healthy learning environment where parents want to be part of the team in their child's learning.

With deepest admiration,

Jon and Katie

Coaches Corner---Cherylen Marshall

November 14, 2015

Thank you for your collaboration on Thursday while learning and digging deeper into the 5 dimensions of learning. Every dimension is equally important; purpose, student engagement, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment for student learning, and classroom environment and culture. I would like to encourage you to look back at the vision statement you have chosen to focus on and reach out to someone that can help you achieve this goal. We will be referring to these vision while we do our instructional rounds. These could be useful when creating and supporting your SLGGs. During the next few weeks, please let me know if you would like me to come in and help you brainstorm ideas for your vision.

General Information for all staff

*No Gum policy information will be coming out this week. Please read it over carefully. Remember we stand united on this. The first couple of weeks will be rough but it will get better.

*Black ticket event for PBIS will be on Thursday. Information to follow.

*The week of Nov. 23-27 will be a three day week (Monday-Wednesday). Encourage school attendance.

*Quatama Crossing Apartment Conferences on Nov. 18 from 5:00-7:00 pm.---Katie, myself, counselors and few teachers will be at the Quatama Crossing Apartments to meet with parents and go over grades and information for those parents who may have missed our night conferences. If you are interested in joining us please see Jon or Katie. You will be compensated extended contract.

*AVID Info in 7th grade science---Joey will be coming to 7th grade science classrooms to talk about AVID

Current Week and November At A Glance

Monday-November 16

Gym Week: V-McIntosh, P-Molencamp, W-Sheldon, B-Rivas

International Day for Tolerance BE CONNECTED--Patriot Out! (Wear red, white, blue)

Play Rehearsal 3:25-4:45


Robotics 3:15-5:00 pm.

FLL Lego Robotics 5:00-7:00

Tuesday-November 17

Wildcat Slurpee Walk

AVID Info in 7th grade science

11:00 Attendance Team

Yearbook Club 7:50-8:45

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

Attendance Team Mtg. 11:00

MESA 3:15-5:00

Play Rehearsal 3:25-4:45

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Parent Club 6:30-8:00 pm

Wednesday-November 18

AVID info in 7th grade science

Academic Seminar--Principal Directed---Licensed 8:00-9:00 am

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

Robotics 3:15-5:00

Play Rehearsal 3:25-4:45 pm

FLL Lego Robotics Team 5:00-7:00 pm Team room

Quatama Crossing Apartment complex 5:00-7:00 pm.

Thursday-November 19

Boxers/Vikings 8:00-8:45 am

Play Rehearsal 3:25-4:45 pm

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Friday, November 20

8:00-Department Coordinator meeting

10:30-1:00 Picture Retakes

Upcoming Events:

11/26-27 No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

11/30 Canned Food Drive starts

Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace."