Missile Message

Updates -- Feb. 8 - 12, 2016

Martin's Musings

"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends." - Brian Tracy


Continuous Improvement . That is the focus for the week that the Lighthouse team identified for us. Wow. If that doesn't fit perfectly with our journey at East Middle right now I don't know what does. Continuous improvement is about taking risks, failing forward, all the while using the growth mindset to keep moving forward. I see you doing this each day.


Almost every day this week I saw evidence of this. Our 8th grade teachers shared with us on Tuesday how they are continuing to use the purposeful planning through having students deconstruct standards and taking it to another level with the writing of rubrics.

As I visited classrooms I saw students working on chromebooks (at least when the wifi was working :-) ) This week I popped in Mr. Floyd's classroom and he was using Nearpod to facilitate learning. His students were taking a virtual tour of the Greece so they could build background knowledge and later compare their learning of the past with the present. Ms. Eden and Ms. Eden are working with designing and testing models in science. Mrs. McElroy was working with Quizlet for vocabulary and her students were helping her as they had learned from Ms. Price. I have heard many colleagues supporting each other with Schoology. I could keep going. Keep it up. Trying new web apps and tools to engage students.

REMINDER: Schoology Training Monday, Feb. 8 during planning - Room 407

What's happening this week.

Admin -

Martin - East all week ; SBDM Tuesday Feb. 9; visit to CO for standards work on Tuesday

Hale - East all week; out of office Friday

Jury - East all week; out of office Friday

Wilt- Out 1/2 day Tuesday; OVOP on Wednesday a.m.

Gift - Monday a.m. at West; Tuesday at CO all day for standards work


East Events-

Monday, Feb. 8 -

  • Boys Soccer Open Field 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer Conditioning/Open Field (in gym)- 7 - 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Faculty; SBDM meeting

  • Boys Soccer Open Field 4 - 6 p.m.

Wednesday , Feb. 10 -

  • Boys Soccer Open Field 4 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Valentine's dance 3:45 - 5:00; Thanks to those who have volunteered.

Friday, Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL

  • Boys Soccer Open Field 4 - 6 p.m.

A few moments from last week:

Happy Valentine's Day!!!