Bulldog News Week of 05.20.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

Restart Update

  1. Last week, we began talks with people about the design team. Our goal is to have a conversation with everyone regarding their placement next year;
  2. A big part of the success for everyone next year is going to be the creation of the CBLs and PBLs for next year. With our ReStart launch next year, creating immersive learning experiences is going to take time, and while it could be done during planning periods it would likely be too much. We are close to finding a way to provide stipends for some teachers to come in this summer and create CBLs/PBLs for the school. Once we hear from our last meeting this week, I will share with everyone how we will proceed. This will be 8-10 days in the summer, planning with teams of interdisciplinary teachers in a number of areas. Would love to have you be part of the planning as we create new opportunities for learning;
  3. I’ve been asked to clarify a point about ReStart Schools in RSS. We, like 15 other schools in RSS, are capable of being ReStart school because of our low performing status. RSS made the collective application for all the schools to be ReStart. Being ReStart gives us flexibilities we couldn’t and would never have. I’ve used the phrase before ‘charter school-like flexibility’ – certifications, calendar, staffing and other things.  More importantly, we want them to be able to look differently at how we are ‘measured’ by our effort to teach. We are using them to create flexibility in how we are held accountable. [I will explain that at the next faculty meeting]. By removing some of these limitations, we can be creative and look at how . Even though we may not have liked this classification for how it came to us, it is still very much a gift and we will use it to our benefit. For example, we are able to use some of our flexibility with some teachers in-house right now – blessing, not a curse. So when [not if], WHEN we get off the low performing list, we are going to keep them. At the school level, we are going to change our practices to reflect learning needs of our students – Learning vs Covering. Test scores don’t determine if we are successful school or not – we make sure students are safe, we plan hard everyday to make sure there are good learning opportunities for students, we are working to improve our cultures and systems in our school – test scores should never have been the most important thing we seek for in our school. We do want a good accountability system and we are going to advocate for it and build it. Our ReStart flexibility is the beginning of our changing what we say and believe is REALLY important in education.              McCoy

Great Pep Rally

Thanks to Mrs Hege and all the teachers who helped make the pep rally a huge success. Its always good to celebrate students and let students see us in a different light as well. Special thanks to our hula hoop champs who gave it their best!

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Testing

  • Testing dates are on the school calendar and to the bottom of the blog under “Upcoming Events”.
  • Please continue looking for proctors.  We still need help for ELA (5/30) and Math (5/31).  Please ask friends, neighbors, church members, and community members. Last year, we had great success with teachers asking for one parent to serve as a proctor and we are going to do that again. Once you have your proctor, please share that name with Mr Brown and he will work our the calendar and arrangements for when they will help us out. #moreisbetter
  • Log In to https://center.ncsu.edu/ncauth/ You will need to reset your password.  Every teacher will need to know their username and password.  If you cannot login for any reason please see Bill Brown for help. Everyone should now be able to log in and see our school.
  • Thank you for all of your hard work on accurately and efficiently completing the roster verifications! This was truly a team effort.  All rosters have now been submitted for district approval.
  • Accommodations have been reviewed and are all on the TEST PLAN document.  Make sure you know where your students go and who you are supposed to have in your testing session.
  • On test days:
    • Pickup packets in Mr. Brown’s office
    • It will take everyone to get students logged in quickly, make sure you look at the test plan so you know where to go to get students logged in.
    • Use the orange testing sign and remove the sign as soon as you are done teaching
    • Leave doors unlocked and windows uncovered during testing.
    • Return all materials every day.

INSPIRATION

Normally, we try to share a video or visual here, but this week our Inspiration is in-house.

Hero Stories! – Last week our 6th grade teachers all came together to make a learner-centered decision. As you know, our Design Team was originally planned to be a Multi-Age Team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This team would our school’s deep immersion experience into CBL/PBL classrooms. We heard lots of common concerns about 6th graders being on this team and that’s what we heard – concerns. So here, I’d like to recognize Mrs Kennington and the rest of the 6th grade team. During our talks with 6th grade, she not only expressed concerns about what 6th graders on the team she took time to think of some of the goals for what the design team could have on the 6th grade hall while upgrading a mission of on-boarding our new students to middle school.
Creativity > Criticism
#alwaysforward

The shout out for the 6th grade team comes from their willingness to collectively step up, even though all may not have been totally ready for deep immersion next year. The original intent for the 6th/7th/8th Multiage Team was [and is still] to give us two years of implementation. This would allow teachers who need to see what this can be an in-house model to visit and learn best practices from the volunteers for the team. Volunteer is the key word here – forcing someone to do this is not the way. Choice and support are the real factors of success here. I’ve said before, over the last two years, we have had the training we need for immersive learning experiences, but if you feel you aren’t ready I don’t want you pushed. Having volunteers for this allows us to create time and a unique opportunity for training. The 6th-grade teachers have all agreed to build a design team for 6th graders together. They have all made their comfort level secondary to the true needs of 6th graders. #herotalk

Thank you all.

McCoy

Instructional Ideas & Information

Summer is the time for educators to relax, regroup, and recharge. It is also the perfect time to grow as an educator by reading professional literature, attending workshops, and learning individually with online, self-paced professional learning opportunities.

We will meet briefly on Tuesday, June 5th during regularly scheduled planning time so I can share several professional learning opportunities available to teachers this summer.

GO-TO GIRLS

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James

  8th grade teachers please send Jenny Horton a list of students that you feel should be kept seperate next year.  She will send this list to the high school.

  It’s a little early but let’s talk about cumulative folders.  Teachers after you get done with your student’s folders PLEASE Alphabetize your folders and put them Alphabetical order, that’s A-Z , by last name in the appropriate next grade level file cabinet.  Last year we had put folders away in the file cabinet when 2 different teachers from a grade level came and squeezed all of their folders in random spots, making it very difficult to find and fix the problem.   

Problem Solving Team B meets this Friday!!!

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • EC Dept Meeting

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, May 23rd

  • School Visit – UNCW Professors

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr. Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley
  • EOG – Reading

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr. Burns
  • EOG – Math
  • EOC – Math 1

Friday, June 1

  • NCFE – 8th Social Studies
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 6th Grade iPad Collection
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • EOG – 8th Science
  • EOG MakeUp Dates
  • NCFE – 7th Science
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th Ipad Collection

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th iPad Collection

Wednesday, June 6th

  • EOG MakeUp Day

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

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Bulldog News Week of 05.13.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Nothing better than a graduation selfie! Congratulations to Patti Miller for earning an M.Ed. in Middle School Social Studies from UNC at Charlotte! Go 49er’s! Two years of extremely hard work has paid off! [Now let’s hope the General Assembly reinstates Master’s pay!]

West Rowan Middle School was represented at the Solo and Ensemble MPA this weekend in Hickory, NC! Unlike previous MPA competitions, these students volunteered to prepare and attend on their own time! Alex Bouk (clarinet) and Emily (clarinet) & Caroline (flute) Mitchell earned a Superior rating for their ensemble performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Mac McNair was awarded a rating of Excellent for his performance of Londonberry on the Alto Saxophone. Rounding out the performances was Jackson Harris earning a Superior rating for Conqueror on the Baritone.

Follow Up ReStart Conversations

At Tuesday’s PD, it was asked that instead of staying after school Tuesday/Wednesday we continue our PowerStandards talk at the faculty meeting so we will be carving out some time Monday afternoon for our continuation talks. We had a great start to this planning. This is very needed – as Brown/Henley stated, we can’t continue to use this checklist method of covering standards that only goes an inch deep. This will help us prioritize what really needs so that we can be very creative in our CBLs next year [and remember, every class is a CBL class next year] and this will help our students be as creative as they can be.

More Questions about ReStart and WRMS design Team:

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Our CBL will come directly from our Learning Targets. Our planning process stays the same, this is another opportunity for creativity!
  • How does the Data Room fit into our new picture? We will talk more Monday about our new focus on test scores but we have to keep in mind that the work in our data room should not and should never be about just tracking test scores. Our data room should be about helping us in our efforts to improve student learning. Whatever data we use for that is entirely up to us, how we represent that data is entirely up to us. This is personalized for your classroom – you get to determine what data [visualization and representation] will help move the learning needle in your room.
  • How long will we be a ReStart School? Once we have opted in for the ReStart status, we will continue to be a ReStart School from here on. This will give us flexibility and options we have never had before. The pros far outweigh the cons.
  • How do we grade in a CBL classroom? The title ReStart applies to a lot of practices and beliefs we will be changing or re-evaluating and grading is one of them. In Leaders of Their Own Learning, we shared about standards-based grading – while we won’t be shifting to total standards-based grading, we will be employing the best of it. We will be coming up with ways to track the PowerStandards taught and how students are progressing with each.
  • Should I volunteer for the design lab? We have been preparing for this deep shift for three years. It has been our PD focus. Trying new things has been a focus of our training and talks. This experience is about putting our PD into practice – PBLs, Leaders of Their Own Learning, ISDs, Blended Learning, Gradual Release and more. Please understand, I understand you may have different feelings about your ability to do this but I simply don’t which is why this has to be voluntary. You have all the tools and knowledge you need. It’s just about putting it in motion now.

Great Day for #WEstBulldogs Athletics! Both Soccer Teams and our Baseball Team won their first round plays in their Saturday Tournament games. Girls Soccer plays Monday 4pm at Knox, and both Boys Teams play Tuesday at 4:00, Baseball at Erwin and Soccer at Knox! Show our students your support!

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downloadThanks to everyone who played a part in helping us celebrate Teachers Appreciation Week:

  • Mrs Horton, Mrs Muire, Mrs Stone and SRO Lindley
  • Band Boosters
  • WRMS Athletic Dept
  • WRMS Parents

It takes all hands to show how much we love our teachers!

Are You Ready for Game Night! We’re looking forward to our first Game Night! Building new experiences is always exciting. Please send your classes a Remind message about it this weekend!

MEDIA MADNESS

INSPIRATION

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Compassion Groups interested in helping the less fortunate raised a substantial amount of money for Rowan Helping Ministries. Lynsey Horn, RHM Volunteer Manager, was in attendance as students shared their Compassion Projects and present her with multiple checks! Overall, $768.74 was raised by The 2nd Annual Compassion Bass Bash and Mrs. Reeder’s Compassion group. Lynsey shared with us it only takes $300 to provide for a family for one month!! All the students’ hard work and perseverance truly made a positive effect on our community!

TECH AWESOMENESS

INSTRUCTIONAL INFORMATION AND IDEAS

  • Please check Achieve 3000 to verify all students have completed the level set- log into Achieve, select Assessment under the Reports heading, followed by Which one of my students have not taken the level set? Please have students complete by the end of the week.
  • Achieve 3000 survey-so far students have provided useful feedback on Achieve 3000. About half of each grade level has completed at this point. Please have students complete by the end of the week.

GO-TO GIRLS

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

REMINDER!!!! If you did not do it while your compassion groups were presenting you need to go into the Google Spreadsheet entitled “Compassion Project Presentations 2018” and put in a 100 for the students that did it or 50 for students who did not do it. This is needed information for Social Studies teachers. We are going to allow any student or group who did not complete their project the opportunity to complete it. Once it is done, they can present it to an administrator or counselor. We will notify the teacher of the change.
Also, if anyone’s compassion group has items that need to be delivered such as animal food to an animal shelter or food to Rowan Helping Ministries, please see Mrs. Stone to coordinate delivery.
Many times we have heard from you all what a struggle it is to keep students using iPads appropriately, keeping them off games and on task. This issue was discussed during 8th-grade problem-solving team on Friday. Here is a strategy that will hopefully be helpful. The first time you see a student inappropriately using an iPad, such as playing games or being off task,  write it up as a minor incident and submit it to be wiped. This is a warning. If it happens again, take iPad and submit it to be wiped write it up again in Educators’ Handbook. A decision will be made if it will be confiscated or restricted access will be given. If there are multiple students in the class that have their iPad confiscated and need paper copies, make 5 copies (maybe put in sleeve to protect them) for class to look at and have them do their individual assignment on paper.
Thank you 6th and 7th grade teachers!!! Mrs. Stone has received several lists of students who you feel need to be kept seperate when we are scheduling for next year. Thank you again!!! And please continue to share any other information you feel is helpful in scheduling next year.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting – ReStart Information and PowerStandards
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning
  • Spring Band Concert at WRHS

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Optional Teacher Workday

Thursday, May 17th

  • Pep Rally

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • Under the Stars Dance

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr. Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley
  • EOG – Reading

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr. Burns
  • EOG – Math
  • EOC – Math 1

Friday, June 1

  • NCFE – 8th Social Studies
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 6th Grade iPad Collection
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • EOG – 8th Science
  • EOG MakeUp Dates
  • NCFE – 7th Science
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th Ipad Collection

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th iPad Collection

Wednesday, June 6th

  • EOG MakeUp Day

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 05.06.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

Image result for teacher appreciationThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Nothing in a school gets done without teachers who are committed to the most important thing – our students!

Thank you for what you do. Every day you make a difference for every student you see and don’t see.

 

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Music Celebration

On May 5th, members of the 7th and 8th-grade chorus traveled to Carowinds to perform for a panel of collegiate professors. The students worked extremely hard and performed beautifully. They received a rating of an excellent for their efforts. Please congratulate these students on their hard work and come support them in their spring performance on May 21st at 7 at West Rowan High School!

The 6th-grade band also traveled to Carowinds for their music festival. This was their first full concert performance as well as the adjudicated event. This was their best performance to date and they came out with a rating of SUPERIOR!!!

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Follow Up ReStart Conversations

Last week’s ReStart followup conversations allowed us to answer some questions and address thoughts on ReStart in a smaller session. This has proved to be a great way to connect and get some questions at a closer level. This was so good we’re going to continue these voluntary meetings weekly. The last 15 minutes of planning didn’t turn out to be enough time so we are going to extend it to 30 minutes but everyone should remember that anytime you want to have a one-on-one meeting about this, any of us are more than willing to share what we have on the design lab. Below are some questions that came up in our talks:

  • Are we abandoning NC Standard Course of Study? How are we preparing students for EOGs/EOCs? – A key first step in our process is developing our Power Standards. Power Standards are the essentials of what must be taught in preparing our students. These Power Standards will be created from our NC SCOS, they are rooted in the NC SCOS. This means we will continue to prepare students for learning in NC and NC state assessments but our new creations will allow us to go deeper with standards [Learning vs Covering]. There is a resource below on Power Standards
  • 6th graders shouldn’t be with 8th graders – We want all students to be safe. The teachers on the team will have the autonomy to develop classes and interactions that limit 6th and 8th graders as they see fit. Of course, all classes can’t and won’t be mixed and they shouldn’t but for special events like debate or projects, interactions can happen. Power Standards will drive a lot of groupings. While some may overlap, there will still likely be a lot that is separate. Supervision + Expectations is the solution here.
  • What does Autonomy mean? – Autonomy here means the teachers on the planning team will come up with all aspects of the hall culture and instructional planning. They will come up with schedules and groups for the lab. Autonomy does not mean they will ignore agreed-upon Understandings or school expectations. They will direct and design learning in this lab.
  • Why the addition of the design lab since Friday’s ReStart Presentation? – This came from honest reflection and a great brainstorming talk earlier this week. We didn’t think about the design lab until that talk and as soon as we did we wanted to share. This year everyone had a PDP goal of implementing a PBL every nine weeks. We have seen the whole spectrum of executions from none being implemented to way more than the minimum, resulting in a change in some of our classrooms. When we began PD on PBLs, our end goal has always been total immersion, teaching standards through PBLs. Given results this year, we needed more and different if our students were going to get the immersive learning experience we planned for almost 2 years ago. This will design lab will give teachers who are ready try the immersive experience, regardless of the number of PBLs they’ve done up to this point. It also gives teachers who ‘need to see what this looks like’ a model and example. Our ReStart Implementation Plan has always been a Year 1, Year 2 design. Year 2 we are all in immersive PBLs. The design labs are a bridge
  • Should I volunteer for the design lab? – [This wasn’t an FAQ but it was a great conversation I had with a teacher] We have been preparing for this deep shift for three years. It has been our PD focus. Trying new things has been a focus of our training and talks. This experience is about putting our PD into practice – PBLs, Leaders of Their Own Learning, ISDs, Blended Learning, Gradual Release and more. Please understand, I understand you may have different feelings about your ability to do this but I simply don’t which is why this has to be voluntary. You have all the tools and knowledge you need. It’s just about putting it in motion now.

Derek McCoy

Compassion Project Presentations – A Google Spreadsheet has been added to the Compassion Project folder entitled Compassion Project 2018 – Dates, Locations, Coverage. If you type in the above title in your google drive it should come up easily. This spreadsheet has all groupings/students and their topics along with the group facilitators. This has been shared with all staff members. When you group is presenting, the facilitator should be responsible for entering information the Completed or Not Completed column. Students who don’t complete a project will be assigned a grade of 50 and those who do will receive a grade of 100. We want students to complete this Compassion Project, we want them to make a difference, so if they complete it after next week, their group can share the presentation and results with an admin or counselor and the grade will be changed from 50 to 75.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The large box of Crayola Thick markers is still missing. If it is in your room please return it to the Makerspace.
  • If you have supplies from various supplies left over from crafts or art projects at home and wouldn’t mind parting ways with the leftovers the Makerspace would be very grateful!
  • May 11th is Spring picture day! This is a pre-pay event only. Only students with money in hand will be photographed. On this day only students with money in hand for pictures may be dressed out of uniform.

INSPIRATION

Strategies For Boosting Classroom Rigor Infographic http://bit.ly/2FppwYl

 Instructional Ideas & Information

The district-wide Going for the Gold Achieve 3000 reading challenge concluded on Friday, March 4th and WRMS rose to the challenge:

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Your help is needed and greatly appreciated this week! A little more than a quarter of WRMS students earned the district Going for the Gold t-shirt and sizes are needed by Friday, May 11th. Please check the Going for the Gold Google Sheet for student names and after speaking with them add their shirt size! Thank you in advance! Yard signs will need to be delivered and your participation would be greatly appreciated!

Going for the Gold Students

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, May 7th

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Donuts and Coffee [Mr McCoy]
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Achieve3000 Level Set “opens”

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Lunch [WRMS Parents]
  • Professional Learning – Power Standards
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Lunch [WRMS Administration]
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations

Thursday, May 10th

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Lunch [WRMS Athletics]
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45

Friday, May 11th

  • Teacher Appreciation Week – Lunch [Mrs. Horton, Mrs. Muire, Mrs. Stone, SRO Lindley, Mrs. Shue]
  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Spring Pictures
  • WRMS ReStart Small Group Meetings – Afterschool
  • Problem Solving Team B

Saturday, May 12th

  • Solo and Ensemble MPA

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning
  • Spring Band Concert at WRHS

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 17th

  • Pep Rally

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • Under the Stars Dance

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr. Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley
  • EOG – Reading

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr. Burns
  • EOG – Math
  • EOC – Math 1

Friday, June 1

  • NCFE – 8th Social Studies
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 6th Grade iPad Collection
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • EOG – 8th Science
  • EOG MakeUp Dates
  • NCFE – 7th Science
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th Ipad Collection

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th iPad Collection

Wednesday, June 6th

  • EOG MakeUp Day

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 04.29.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Thanks to these ladies, we had a VERY successful day at the RSS Job Fair! Sharing their personal experiences as educators and at WRMS really help connect with our potential candidates! We’ve lined up some great follow up discussions because of them. Today was a great day for #WEstBulldogs!

 

ReStart Presentation – Thanks to everyone for being attentive and present at Friday’s presentation. It was a lot of information about the not-so-distant future of our school but it covered most of the bases we all have questions about next year. ReStart has had a lot of negative connotations and that brings about a lot of questions but this truly the opportunity our school has needed to remove shackles of what we have not liked about traditional school and embrace a different, better path.

I encourage you to take multiple looks at the presentation and have as many conversations as you can to generate questions about where we are going and what your role will and can look like.

Our WHY for this journey remains what it has been since we reimagined our vision and mission – “Learner-Centered” and “Empowerment”. The HOW’s will be our past PD experience and the freedoms granted by ReStart. How we put it all together will be our continued work and focus. We need everyone onboard and focused on our new vision.

Take some time to consider Responsive Classroom goals and strategies, shifting from PBLs to CBLs, covering vs learning, Leaders of Their Own Learning, our Core Values, building community and what you do to continue your learning. We are also working diligently to update the Staff Handbook to be available for sharing by mid-May. It will provide more details about ReStart as well as the day-to-day operational questions for the school.

This is an exciting and challenging time but like all things, we grow together.

Digital Strategy – Sharing Google Presentations

We have shared presentations in faculty meetings before but we haven’t talked in depth about the value of Google Presentations and sharing them with learners.

We all know the value of a good presentation

  1. You keep the Google Presentation in your Drive and don’t have to worry later about transferring it from one device to another
  2. Reviewing comments gives you quality feedback from your learners added to your own feedback
  3. You can also choose to present a Google Presentation in a format that gives the audience the capability to post questions in a format similar to NearPod or PearDeck [see attached picture]
  4. Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 5.44.44 PMSharing a presentation also eliminates a need for students to copy pieces of information – why should they copy the same information that is [or should be] shared with them. Instead of focusing on low-level copying, we can plan for higher level Generating. [see attached picture]

Summative Presentations – Please remember to complete your summative presentations this week. We will be having final conversations this week and they are part of these discussions.

Duties

Morning Afternoon
Gym Scearce Cafe Horton
Gym Miller Car Rider Bowman
Cafe Epps Car Rider Muire
Car Rider Spakes Car Rider Warren
Expl Bathroom Avery Library Pittman
Library Shue Buses Young
Intersection Hege
Buses Stone
Cafe 7:15 Lyles

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The large box of Crayola Thick markers is still missing. If it is in your room please return it to the Makerspace.
  • If you have supplies from various supplies left over from crafts or art projects at home and wouldn’t mind parting ways with the leftovers the Makerspace would be very grateful!
  • May 11th is Spring picture day! This is a pre-pay event only. Only students with money in hand will be photographed. On this day only students with money in hand for pictures may be dressed out of uniform.
  • Overdue notices have been sent out. Please encourage students to return all overdue books before the end of the school year. I will be running notices more frequently as the end of the year approaches in an effort to get all books in. Thanks!

INSPIRATION

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We all have things to unlearn and relearn in order to realize different and better breakthroughs. Sometimes unlearning is not entirely dropping something we know but incorporating something from old with something new – remember our BOLD presentation. The above infographic is a brave share and reflection from a teacher and her journey to doing things differently.

We talk a lot about what we have to unlearn and relearn but we also have to remember this applies to our learners and community. Be ready to be that voice for doing things better for our school.

TECH AWESOMENESS

 

GO-TO GIRLS

Planning for 2018-2019

 6th and 7th-grade teachers, you will receive paperwork in your box in the next couple weeks that your homeroom students will complete expressing their choice for their exploratory class.

 Teachers, please begin making lists for us of students who need to be separated next year as we are beginning to make schedules now.

Thanks again to everyone who helped welcome the 5th-grade students.  Here is one of the several thank you emails from the elementary schools:

“Thank you so much for the great tour last week and all the hard work that went into it.  Our students absolutely loved it, and I think they are a lot more excited about going to middle school now. “   -Laura Stracuzzi

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, April 30th

  • Leadership
  • Committee meetings

Tuesday, May 1st

  • Baseball and Tennis Home vs. China Grove
  • Soccer and Volleyball @ China Grove
  • Professional Development
  • Math 1 Field Test

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Enrichment
  • Red White and Blue Dress Down Day – Compassion Project
  • Math 1 Field Test MakeUps

Thursday, May 3rd

  • Baseball/Tennis @ NRMS
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs NRMS

Friday, May 4th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Saturday, May 5th

  • Band – Carowinds Trip

Sunday, May 6th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Hege

Monday, May 7th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade
  • Achieve3000 Level Set “opens”

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Professional Learning
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

  • WRMS Project Presentations

Thursday, May 10th

  • WRMS Project Presentations
  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45

Friday, May 11th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Spring Pictures
  • Problem Solving Team B

Saturday, May 12th

  • Solo and Ensemble MPA

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning
  • Spring Band Concert at WRHS

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 17th

  • Pep Rally

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • Unders the Stars Dance

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley
  • EOG – Reading

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr Burns
  • EOG – Math
  • EOC – Math 1

Friday, June 1

  • NCFE – 8th Social Studies
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 6th Grade iPad Collection
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • EOG – 8th Science
  • EOG MakeUp Dates
  • NCFE – 7th Science
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th Ipad Collection

Tuesday, June 5th

  • EOG MakeUp Day
  • 7th and 8th iPad Collection

Wednesday, June 6th

  • EOG MakeUp Day

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 04.22.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

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This has been a great week for our performing arts! Our Band place Silver at the Heritage Festival in VA with a magnificent performance Friday afternoon and our Chorus had a great performance at the RSS Arts Performance at East Rowan High. Let’s remember to congratulate all students on their performances this week when we see them.

Thank you immensely Mr Bowman and Mrs Spakes for your preparation and hard work! Our #WEstBulldogs really shined!

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The large box of Crayola Thick markers is still missing. If it is in your room please return it to the Makerspace.
  • If you have supplies from various supplies left over from crafts or art projects at home and wouldn’t mind parting ways with the leftovers the Makerspace would be very grateful!
  • Check out our awesome week here! https://photos.app.goo.gl/lc8Jd4fNXcu3MjJ72

INSPIRATION

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TECH AWESOMENESS

Instructional Ideas & Information

I was privileged to attend the UNCC Masters of Education in Middle and Secondary Education Rowan County Cohort research defense presentations on Saturday, April 21st. I was amazed at the diversity of cohort members (middle and high school, gender, ethnicity, and teaching experience). Also the variety of research topics including, Cultivating Growth Mindsets, Increasing Student Intrinsic Motivation, and Teacher Perceptions of Impoverished Students (I’m partial to this one:) In talking with Dr. Jeanneine Jones, one of the program directors, I was amazed to discover the program is “free.” Free meaning selected participants only pay for summer classes, books, and fees!! At present there are 15 applicants…what about you?! Click here for details. One resonating theme in all presentations, “Teachers can be agents of change!”

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GO-TO GIRLS

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Thank you to all staff who assisted with Career Day to those who monitored classes, to those who gave their class/office space, and to those who cleaned up and guided students!

Thank you to 6th grade teachers for giving the 5th graders a wonderful experience during their tour!

Thank you to 7th grade teachers for being so kind about the schedule changes that allowed us to have wonderful events!

Rising 6th grade orientation
We will welcome our rising 6th graders and their families on Monday, April 23 at 5:00. This is a time to welcome them, introduce them to middle school life, and show off our school. We will begin the evening in the cafeteria with a welcome and introductions then break into tour groups. Sixth grade and exploratory teachers can show off their classrooms and give group tours. If any other teachers are willing to assist, we would love to have you. The groups will end in 6th grade classrooms where teachers will share a video and Prezi presentation informing students and parents of expectations for next year.

Planning for 2018-2019
6th and 7th grade teachers, you will receive paperwork in your box in the next couple weeks that your homeroom students will complete to express their choice for their exploratory class.
Teachers please begin making lists for us of students who need to be seperated next year as we are beginning to make schedules now.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. “

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, April 23rd

  • WRMS Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation 5:00 – 6:30
  • Department meeting

Tuesday, April 24th

  • Baseball/Tennis vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, April 25th

  • 5th Grade Bulldog Bash
  • Enrichment Schedule

Thursday, April 26th

  • Baseball @ Mooresville
  • Soccer and Volleyball Home vs Mooresville

Friday, April 27th

  • Early Release Day
  • 12:30-1:30 Revised Math Standards Meeting
  • Problem Solving Team B

Saturday, April 28th

  • Happy Birthday Mr Brown

Saturday, April 29th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Stepp

Monday, April 30th

  • Leadership
  • Committee meetings

Tuesday, May 1st

  • Baseball and Tennis Home vs. China Grove
  • Soccer and Volleyball @ China Grove
  • Professional Development
  • Math 1 Field Test

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Enrichment
  • Math 1 Field Test MakeUps

Thursday, May 3rd

  • Baseball/Tennis @ NRMS
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs NRMS

Friday, May 4th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Sunday, May 6th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Hege

Monday, May 7th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade
  • Achieve3000 Level Set “opens”

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Professional Learning
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

  • WRMS Project Presentations

Thursday, May 10th

  • WRMS Project Presentations
  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45

Friday, May 11th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 17th

  • WRMS EOG Night

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Leadership Exploratory

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr Burns

Friday, June 1

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 04.15.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

Students Leading the Way

 

 

Our school-wide dive into student-led conferences was a great success! Throughout our planning periods and after school, we have had steady streams of parents and visitors in our school coming to hear from their kids about this school year and what their plan is to finish the school year strong. We’ve got good feedback from parents about the experience, both before and after the visit. A purposeful, learner-centered visit has brought our parents out in big numbers – we need to remember this when planning events for the future!

Thanks for your organization of these talks. They wouldn’t be successful without your efforts. Let’s also remember to thank the ladies in the front office, especially Ms Sifford, for receiving parents and making sure they get where they need to!

3 More Chances to Make a Difference

With Wednesday down, we have 3 more enrichments left. With the checks and balances and corrections and suggestions we put in place from feedback on our last iteration, we saw great improvement in numbers and students being where they need to be. We did have a few students not signed up but we got them registered and moved into classes. The problems in gym were all but eliminated. Soccer remains an issue with teachers writing notes/passes for students to join the group outside – we can’t do this with the number of teachers outside. Soccer and Basketball numbers have to be locked for this reason. When we cut this out, we should take care of our main problems.

We have to keep our focus and priority here on having small group growth conversations with students. These talks can’t be about completing missing work – it has to be about filling in learning gaps of the students who need us the most – and that happens best in small groups we are creating here. We will keep monitoring numbers and checking for students. We have 6 more 45 minute sessions to fill in gaps for students – let’s be those champions.

Testing

  • Testing dates have been added to the school calendar and to the bottom of the blog under “Upcoming Events”.
  • Now is the time to start looking for proctors.  Please ask friends, neighbors, church members, and community members. Last year, we had great success with teachers asking for one parent to serve as a proctor and we are going to do that again. Once you have your proctor, please share that name with Mr Brown and he will work our the calendar and arrangements for when they will help us out. #moreisbetter
  • Log In to https://center.ncsu.edu/ncauth/ You will need to reset your password.  Every teacher will need to know their username and password.  If you cannot login for any reason please see Bill Brown for help.

ACHIEVE3000

WRMS students have worked diligently this year to complete articles @75% or higher on the first attempt. Last year students who completed 80 articles received a yard sign rewarding their hard work throughout the year (there are still signs visible after a year on Woodleaf Rd 🙂 The cut-off date has been extended to May 4th🙂 This year’s prizes have expanded and students with 40+ articles are recognized:

Read 40+ articles: T-shirt for those that have not previously received one
Read 60 articles: Magnet
Read 70 articles: Magnet and Vinyl Cling
Read 80 articles: Magnet, Vinyl Cling and Yard Sign
We have SO many students on the cusp of reaching one or more of the goals. Although there was a decrease in the total number of articles read, 47 students were added to the 40+ article list posted in the main hallway. T-shirts are on order and the date of the next Achieve Party is on…..
Please take a moment and review the Google Sheet noting your kiddos who have just a few more articles to meet one or more of the levels above. Click here.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The large box of Crayola Thick markers is still missing. If it is in your room please return it to the Makerspace.
  • The Makerspace is out of supplies please do not send students in need of markers (until the get returned) paint, paint brushes, tape, popsicle sticks, construction paper, scissors, glue, yarn, etc until supplies are replenished.
  • If you have supplies from various supplies left over from crafts or art projects at home and wouldn’t mind parting ways with the leftovers the Makerspace would be very grateful!
  • Check out our awesome week here! https://photos.app.goo.gl/N49xqb70V09MSayj2
  • Video on why our students love the library! https://youtu.be/fKWJiyvOLkw Entire video is student made and created! Students in photography enrichment worked on taking different photos and editing them to create a beautiful video!
  • Marketing Team has been working hard to show all of the great things about our school. Here is a quick video about what it means to be a Bulldog! https://youtu.be/Mm113HOqlJQ

Duties

Morning Afternoon
Gym Poole Cafe Horton
Gym Stepp Car Rider Cox
Cafe Mrs Brown Car Rider Muire
Car Rider Reeder Car Rider Dalton
Expl Bathroom Avery Library Pittman
Library Shue Buses Young
Intersection Hargrove
Buses Stone
Cafe 7:15 Lyles

INSPIRATION

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Core Values

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Writing Prompts –  The New York Times list 1,000 writing prompts for students: https://nyti.ms/2GVaXgD
  • EOY Collection: Is tentatively set to begin June 5th.  More information will be coming out soon.

Instructional Ideas & Information

It’s hard to believe we are already a week into quarter four before we realize it EOG testing will descend upon us! From personal experience, I know the challenges of strategically “circling back” to re-engage previously instructed standards while continuing to address the current instructional pace. What about shaking things up? Plan a “Throwback Thursday” or “Fun Friday” instead of teaching a lesson, create an experience they will remember!

Once again, thank you to everyone who worked hard and “brought it” to the Leaders of Their Own Learning book study. Please stop by my room sometime this week and initial ALL remaining blanks on the SEA System roster.

GO-TO GIRLS

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”

College and Career Week 2018 is here!!!  

There will be several activities for staff to participate~

  • Decorate your door to represent your college (prizes awarded). The judging will take place Thursday, April 19.
  • Monday, Thursday and Friday~show your school spirit by wearing the attire of your college for undergrad, masters, etc…even where your children attend or parents attend. Share the legacy.
  • Tuesday~ dress like what your middle school/junior high self-thought your would be doing at that point in your life. Take a minute to explain what changed, to show how interested evolve and change…if you always wanted to be a teacher then just be yourself.
  • Wednesday~WRMS/Bulldog Wear day for staff (Career Day)
  • Wednesday, April 18 is career day!  Students will be hearing from 3 career professionals during their exploratory time that day.  7th grade will have a schedule change as 2nd block will be split in half so 2nd block will be 8:40-9:20 then 7th grade exploratory from 9:20-10:50 then 2nd block again 10:50-11:20 FOR 7TH GRADE ONLY.  

5th-Grade visit

  • April 19-20th we will be hosting our rising 6th graders from several feeder elementary schools from 9:45-11:00 am.  Please welcome them and their teachers. There will be a lot of traffic in the hallways at that time. Please be aware.
  • 6th and 7th grade will be switching schedules those days, Thursday and Friday.

Rising 6th-Grade Orientation

   We will welcome our rising 6th graders and their families on Monday, April 23 at 5:00.  This is a time to welcome them, introduce them to middle school life, and show off our school.  We will begin the evening in the cafeteria with a welcome and introductions then break into tour groups.  Sixth grade and exploratory teachers can show off their classrooms and give group tours. If any other teachers are willing to assist, we would love to have you.  The groups will end in 6th-grade classrooms where teachers will share a video and Prezi presentation informing students and parents of expectations for next year.

Planning for 2018-2019

   Believe it or not, it is time to begin working on schedules for next year.  Rising 6th-grade students will fill out their requested exploratory paperwork while they are visiting us next week.  6th- and7th-grade teachers, you will receive paperwork in your box in the next couple weeks that your homeroom students will complete to express their choice for their exploratory class.

Problem Solving Team A!!!

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
Walt Whitman

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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Jackie Robinson Day, April 25th!

Monday, April 16th

 

  • College and Career Week
  • Track @Mooresville
  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, April 17th

  • Baseball and Tennis versus Corriher-Lipe
  • Soccer and Volleyball @Corrier-Lipe
  • Staff Wide Survey – Data Room

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Career Day
  • Track @WRHS

Thursday, April 19th

  • Baseball and Tennis @Knox
  • Soccer and Volleyball versus Knox
  • 5th Grade Visits

Friday, April 20th

  • WRMS Band Williamsburg Trip
  • WRMS Bulldog Wear
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 5th Grade Visits

Monday, April 23rd

  • WRMS Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation 5:00 – 6:30
  • Department meeting

Tuesday, April 24th

  • Baseball/Tennis vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, April 25th

  • 5th Grade Bulldog Bash
  • Enrichment Schedule

Thursday, April 26th

  • Baseball @ Mooresville
  • Soccer and Volleyball Home vs Mooresville

Friday, April 27th

  • Early Release Day
  • Problem Solving Team B

Saturday, April 28th

  • Happy Birthday Mr Brown

Saturday, April 29th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Stepp

Monday, April 30th

  • Leadership
  • Committee meetings

Tuesday, May 1st

  • Baseball and Tennis Home vs. China Grove
  • Soccer and Volleyball @ China Grove
  • Professional Development

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 3rd

  • Baseball/Tennis @ NRMS
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs NRMS

Friday, May 4th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Sunday, May 6th

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Hege

Monday, May 7th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Professional Learning
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

  • WRMS Project Presentations

Thursday, May 10th

  • WRMS Project Presentations
  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45

Friday, May 11th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 17th

  • WRMS EOG Night

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Leadership Exploratory

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Wednesday, May 30th

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley

Thursday, May 31st

  • Happy Birthday Mr Burns

Friday, June 1

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 03.25.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

[This blogpost contains updates for the upcoming short week and the week we return from Spring Break.]

Thanks to Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Rabon, Mrs. Brawley and Ms. Hargrove for their organization and participation in the #WRStrong PBL Showcase Thursday night at the WRHS! This was a great showcase for our students who proudly talked about the work they have been engaged with.

 

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This was a great night to see the work our K-12 community. Our students are doing some amazing work. Creative demonstrations of learning were prevalent that night. It was a great inspiration to see how our students are growing.

@WRMS_Chorus rocked out at MPA

On March 20th, 7th and 8th-grade chorus students traveled together to Wingate University to perform for a panel of judges at MPA (Music Performance Adjudication). The students performed two pieces of music that varied in style: “Agnus Dei,” a Latin piece, and “Soon I Will Be Done,” a traditional spiritual. The students worked diligently on their music and were awarded an overall Excellent on stage for their performance! The ensemble also participated in sight reading at MPA and was given the grade of Superior for their efforts! These students have shown immense growth in musicality and their ability to read music! Please congratulate these students as you see them for all their hard work!

End of Year Summative Talks- We are entering our last round of observations for the year. The final part of the of teacher evaluations is summative evaluation and a good discussion about the PDP progress for the year. We will be doing things different this year. For these discussions, we’re asking teachers to prepare a brief presentation to address some minimum areas. Here is a link to the Google Slides Template we have created [please make a copy of the presentation and rename it]. There is a slide for each area we need to address. This will help accelerate our talks and also serve a great portfolio piece. We are sharing this with you so you can have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with this. We will start summative meetings after mid-April.

Wednesday, March 7th we met in the data room to talk about plans for a strong finish to the year. At that time, a Google Sheet was shared with each grade level, WRMS Standards Data by Student. It was requested each homeroom teacher edit student information to include: EOG level, percentile, and scale score from 2016 – 2017 and projected score for 2017-2018 prior to Spring Break.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The large box of Crayola Thick markers is still missing. If it is in your room please return it to the Makerspace.
  • The Makerspace is out of supplies please do not send students in need of markers (until the get returned) paint, paint brushes, tape, popsicle sticks, construction paper, scissors, glue, yarn, etc until supplies are replenished.
  • If you have supplies from various supplies left over from crafts or art projects at home and wouldn’t mind parting ways with the leftovers the Makerspace would be very grateful!
  • Thank you to whoever left a bag with some Makerspace supplies in my office!! 🙂 It is very much appreciated!! 🙂

INSPIRATION

#EdCampRowan was phenomenal! The best part…it was planned for teachers by Rowan-Salisbury School Student leaders. Not only did the student group plan the event, they led it…from the opening keynote to joining sessions with teachers and sharing their favorite apps at the final event of the day, the App Smackdown. Several members are former Bulldogs: Robert Yount, Daniel Garcia, Desire Cuthbertson, and Sage Staley. Each one of these students represented their #WRStrong roots exceptionally well. If you were privileged to have one or all of them as a student, each is destined for great things!

 

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TECH AWESOMENESS

  • iPad Cases – We have no replacement cases for the iPads.  Students have been coming and asking about them, and the technology department hasn’t provided us with any.  The 6th and 7th graders with cases that are broke I would assume those cases will get replaced at the beginning of next year.
  • Laptop Cart Checkout – (click here)
  • iPad Keyboard Checkout – (click here)

Instructional Ideas and Information

Hats off to Mrs. Johnson for sharing how to access individual student responses on IO Education for benchmarks and teacher created assessments:

  • Quick reports
  • Select assessment
  • Select reports – drop down tab – student responses
  • View student responses: list
  • Cut apart and give to individual students
  • Does not indicate correct answer, only indicates correct or incorrect
  • Excellent data for student-led conferences

GO-TO GIRLS

“Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!!!!!!”

We made it!!!! Spring Break!!!!

No Problem-Solving team this week!!!

College and Career 2018! Students will be coming around next week asking you about your alma mater to prepare for college and career week which is April 16-20. April 18 is career day! We will send you further information to assist signing kids up for this day. They will be hearing from 3 career professionals during their exploratory time that day. 7th grade will have a schedule change as 2nd block will be split in half so 2nd block will be 8:40-9:20 then 7th grade exploratory from 9:20-10:50 then 2nd block again 10:50-11:20 FOR 7TH GRADE ONLY.

April 19-20th we will be hosting our rising 6th graders from several feeder elementary schools. Please welcome them and their teachers. 6th and 7th grade will be switching schedules that day.

“Spring breathes new life into the world around us.”

MORNING DUTIES (6:50 – 7:15 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED):

GYM Sweet
GYM Davis
CAFETERIA T. Burns
CAR RIDERS Hester
EXPLORATORY BATHROOMS Avery
OUTSIDE MEDIA CENTER Shue
GRADE LEVEL INTERSECTION Hough
BUSES Stone
CAFETERIA 7:15 – 7:30 Lyles

AFTERNOON DUTIES

CAFETERIA Horton
CAR RIDERS Preston
CAR RIDERS Muire
CAR RIDERS M. Burns
OUTSIDE MEDIA CENTER PITTMAN
BUSES YOUNG
TUESDAY ASD 2:30 – 3:30 Preston
TUESDAY ASD 2:30 – 3:30 Davis
THURSDAY ASD 2:30 – 3:30 No School
THURSDAY ASD 2:30 – 3:30 No School

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, Mar 26th

  • 30 Minute Homeroom Schedule for Student Led Conferences
  • Leadership Meeting Exploratory
  • Committee Meetings
  • WRMS vs. China Grove, Corriher-Lipe, and Erwin Track @China Grove

Tuesday, Mar 27th

  • 30 Minute Homeroom Schedule for Student Led Conferences
  • Professional Development Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 8

Wednesday, Mar 28th

  • Early Release
  • Blended Learning Symposium Keynote Speaker @SRHS from 2:00-3:30

Thursday, Mar 29th

  • Required Teacher Workday

Friday, Mar 30th

  • Good Friday Holiday

Monday, April 9th

  • SIT Meeting @2:45 Media Center
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Tuesday, April 10th

  • Baseball and Tennis versus North
  • Soccer and Volleyball @North
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30
  • NO Professional Learning this week (Student Led Conferences)

Wednesday, April 11th

  • Enrichment
  • Track @WRHS
  • WRMS Data Meeting

Thursday, April 12th

  • Baseball and Tennis @Erwin
  • Soccer @Erwin
  • Volleyball versus Erwin
  • BT/Mentor Meeting @2:45
  • PTA Interest Meeting 5:00

Friday, April 13th

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear
  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, April 16th

  • College and Career Week
  • Track @Mooresville
  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, April 17th

  • Baseball and Tennis versus Corriher-Lipe
  • Soccer and Volleyball @Corrier-Lipe
  • NO Professional Learning (Student Led Conferences)

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Career Day
  • Track @WRHS

Thursday, April 19th

  • Baseball and Tennis @Knox
  • Soccer and Volleyball versus Knox
  • 5th Grade Visits

Friday, April 20th

  • WRMS Band Williamsburg Trip
  • WRMS Bulldog Wear
  • Problem Solving Team A
  • 5th Grade Visits

Monday, April 23rd

  • WRMS Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation 5:00 – 6:30
  • Department meeting

Tuesday, April 24th

  • Baseball/Tennis vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, April 25th

  • 5th Grade Bulldog Bash
  • Enrichment Scheduel

Thursday, April 26th

  • Baseball @ Mooresville
  • Soccer and Volleyball Home vs Mooresville

Friday, April 27th

  • Early Release Day
  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, April 30th

  • Leadership
  • Committee meetings

Tuesday, May 1st

  • Baseball and Tennis Home vs. China Grove
  • Soccer and Volleyball @ China Grove
  • Professional Development

Wednesday, May 2nd

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 3rd

  • Baseball/Tennis @ NRMS
  • Soccer/Volleyball vs NRMS

Friday, May 4th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Monday, May 7th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Professional Learning
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, May 9th

  • WRMS Project Presentations

Thursday, May 10th

  • WRMS Project Presentations
  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45

Friday, May 11th

  • WRMS Compassion Project Presentations
  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 14th

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • WRMS Game Night [EOG]

Tuesday, May 15th

  • Professional Learning

Wednesday, May 16th

  • Enrichment

Thursday, May 17th

  • WRMS EOG Night

Friday, May 18th

  • Problem Solving Team A

Monday, May 21st

  • Leadership 6th Grade

Tuesday, May 22nd

  • Professional Learning
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting

Friday, May 25th

  • Problem Solving Team B

Monday, May 28th

  • Leadership Exploratory

Tuesday, May 29th

  • Professional Learning

Friday, June 1

  • Problem Solving Team A
  • WRMS End of Year Dance 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, June 4th

  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership 8th Grade

Thursday, June 7th

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 12:30 – 2:00

Friday, June 8th

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 10:00

Monday, June 11th

  • RSS Workday – Required

Tuesday, June 12th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

Wednesday, June 13th

  • RSS Workday – Optional

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