February 6, 2016
Faculty Meeting on TUESDAY
This Past Week
Our newest member of the family!
Welcome to Amber Zimmer! She will be starting with us on Thursday, February 11. She will be teaching 7th grade math. She comes to us from teaching elementary school in Richfield, NC, and she was also a member of the US Air Force. Please take time to welcome her to our Miner Family!
CMS Teacher of the Year - complete by Friday
It is that time of year again for Teacher of the Year. Below is a link for you to nominate someone at the school that you believe represents Concord Middle School. This person is someone that goes above and beyond for their students and works to help the school in any facet they are able to. All criteria for consideration is on the google form. Mr. Lord will contact the individuals that have been nominated to see if they would like to continue with the process. We will hold final voting the week of February 15th.
Next School Safety Module - CCS Requirement - due 2/22/16
Please use the directions below to get to the correct module:
1. Go to: http://cabarrus.nc.safeschools.com
2. Username: (use Time Keeper ID)
3. Password: first initial lastname (nlord)
4. Click on view more courses
5. Go to the Social Behavioral Section and choose Disruptive Student Behavior
Lockdowns - K9
As many of you know, we went into lockdown this week for a K9 search. This was a preventative measure in partnership with the Concord Police Department. It is a requirement to lockdown when this occurs because of the potential liability concerns if students were to interact with the K9s. It is ESSENTIAL that we follow the directions that no students nor teachers are permitted outside of the classroom when we go into lockdown. And if there are ever any situational questions, simply call the office to ask. Also, when we have K9s in the building, we will conduct 2 random classroom searches. It is always random, and we literally pull names out of a bowl. We search all student lockers and the PE locker rooms. We would like to have a K9 for a preventative search once every 9 weeks if possible, and we are working with the Police department on this, but we always want to be sure to keep you in the loop as much as possible so you understand the bigger picture. Please also know we are not permitted to share with staff the reasons for lockdowns when they occur. Just lock down. At anytime, if you have questions about this process, please see Officer Seagraves or an administrator.
Faculty/Student Basketball Game
· February 19th (We will follow a Fun Friday Schedule this day)
· Students can enter to play using minerbucks as their raffle tickets. (the more minerbucks they turn in, the more chances to play they have)
· Cost of student admission to the game is $2
· Students who do not pay to attend will remain in the classroom with one of the teachers on their team/pod.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM OR CHEERLEADING SQUAD, PLEASE CONTACT MR. MABRY!
Positive Principal Phone Calls
School Finance Reminders
- $$$ If you know your students have negative lunch accounts (charges), please do anything you can to help the students or the family know that there is a deficit. At the end of the year if there are negative charges, the school has to use OUR money to pay these charges, and this can be a huge kick in the butt. So PLEASE try to stay on top of this. If you want to know who has negative accounts, please see your grade level AP.
- $$$ The state of NC is now charging sales tax to schools for various items... our biggest hits will be concessions for athletics. Every "sale" we make we now have to pay sales tax. This will also be challenging in school fundraisers, band fundraisers, and chorus fundraisers. We will need to be cautious with future field trips as well. Ms. Culp is talking to folks about this as it comes up, but please know this will be quite a challenge moving forward in fundraising for school entities. Please be patient with us as we learn more about this process.
- There are a few food leftovers from the honor roll receptions. These will be put out on MONDAY for staff. Come hungry!
- Please close your windows if it's a windy day. Facilities tells us that the window hinges are vulnerable and will break.
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Also, we may have another opportunity for a CKH training in RALEIGH on March 22-24. If you are interested in this, please send me a separate email by this Friday.
February 24: Science mock NCFE
February 25: Social Studies mock NCFE
March 1: Benchmarks LA6, Math 7-8
March 2: LA 7-8, Math 6
February 8-12: Love the Bus Week
February 9: faculty meeting at 7:30am
February 12: Valentine’s Dance 4-6pm
February 15: regular school day (due to snow 1/22)
February 16: SIT meeting
February 19: Student/Faculty ball game (pep rally schedule)
Feb 19-21: PowerSchool maintenance weekend
February 23 at 730: Mentor/Mentee Meeting
February 23: SLT academic/behavior teams; grade level meetings; progress reports
Benchmarks/Mock EOGs: Feb, 24-25, Mar 1-2
March 1: SLT at 7:30am
Marth 8: Faculty meeting at 7:30am
March 8: Cabarrus Arts Council "I Have a Dream" Performance 2:45pm 8th grade
March 11: 6th grade field trip to Myrtle Beach
March 15: Originally a regular school day, but was changed to a teacher workday that is CAPPED. This day is taking place of the May teacher workday that was on the original CCS calendar.
March 22: Grade level meetings
March 24: Early dismissal
March 25: Teacher workday (uncapped)
March 28 - April 1: Spring break!
April 5: SLT at 7:30am
April 6-8: DC Field trip for 8th grade
April 8: Blackout dance
April 11: Report cards go home
April 12: Faculty meeting at 7:30am
April 12 at 6pm: Chorus Concert
April 14 at 7pm: CMS Chamber Music Concert
April 19-20: Feeder schools’ visit CMS
April 26: Grade level meetings
April 28-29: 7th grade field trip
Big 3 Goals for 15-16 School year
- Student learning
- PLC alignment
- powerful instructional strategies we haven’t tried before
- Capture the hearts of students and staff
- Structures for student success (MTSS, Behavior, Discipline procedures, Facilities, Communication internally and externally, CULTURE)