Bulldog News Week of 11.19.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Collaboration is Hard Work

We can take collaboration for granted. Its easy to think that allowing students to sit together with classwork in front of them is the same as collaboration. It isn’t. Collaboration has to be taught and modeled and revisited often.

We see a good example of collaboration [or a lack of it] when students have to create projects together and someone doesn’t fulfill their part. Collaboration is labor and thought intensive. We have to define it, set expectations and revisit regularly.

Work for Students Without iPads

This year we are having an unusually high rate of iPad breakages. As a school we are taking a serious look at what we can do address this. We will be bringing this up in SIT and other groups looking for suggestions so please think of some ideas of how we can motivate students to better take care of their iPad. In the meantime, if you have a student who doesn’t have an iPad, we have a responsibility to make sure they have access to a device or they have print alternatives for the assignments given. School wide there are less than 35 students without devices. Per teacher, this doesn’t mean a lot copies for this type of work but it will take some advance planning and knowing/tracking who is without a device.

The school system is working on our replacements but we can step up our efforts to make sure students aren’t getting penalized for not having devices.

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Parent Portal

We have a growing number of parents accessing student work and grades on Parent Portal – and we want this! We need them informed to help us in this partnership. As such, we need to be good partners and have good, up-to-date information they can use as home to help us make sure students know the work we expect.

Even though there is a county policy on hand about weekly grading, this message can’t be about policy – this message has to be about our desire/need to help families help children. If parents don’t know, they can’t help – its that simple. Please make sure you are getting your grades in on time [weekly] and accurately. We have some great digital support in grading, take advantage of what we can do.

Incentives

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We’re going to be meeting with teams Monday 11.27 to discuss your plans for incentives with students. What do you do, on your team, to celebrate Achieve3000 victories? Grade Increases? Core Values? Others? These meetings will be no longer than 15 minutes – look for the invitation.

For our school, SIT and Admin have developed some incentives for all students to focus on Achieve3000 and to encourage reading of books as well.  We hope you all will share this

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Follow this link to the Google Doc of the full plan – Achieve Incentives Plan

 

Please keep Coach Young and Mrs Wilkinson in your prayers.

Data Room

We are so excited as our data room develops over the next couple weeks.  The room has been a real team effort from Mr. McCoy painting the room, Mr Brown boards [and challenging our concept of ‘straight lines’], and Mrs Hester and Mr Pittman creating our awesome video below – we want this to impact move to be about making a difference in our learning and teaching.  We have gotten tables and are adding wheels so we can move them around to create different types of work spaces.  We have ordered white boards that should be in very soon, and we are also creating 2×3 ft bulletin boards for you all to use for your data. BE CREATIVE!

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MEDIA MADNESS

  • On Monday I will be coming around to take pictures of each teacher team for the yearbook.
  • This weeks weekly photo album https://photos.app.goo.gl/7kc9jvhLD5KLHs6q2
  • If you are interested in sharing a book you have recently read and participating in our weekly book share I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Some exciting news! This week the library had 312 books circulated!! Way to go!!
  • Our first book fair this year will be starting the Monday we come back from Thanksgiving break!
  • https://www.getepic.com/ is a great FREE site for teachers! Free e-book and audio books for student use! All audio books are read aloud to the students and with the print book they can follow along! For those that are not audio books the students can click on every single word and it will read a definition to them. I plan to make simple tags on all of the books I have available in the library that correspond with the free audio book. This will be great for students during our reading enrichment. The books are current books and books that our students love such as Big Nate, Goosebumps, 39 Clues, and nonfiction! https://www.weareteachers.com/want-to-support-student-readers-have-them-listen-in/

INSPIRATION

After listening to this, have a conversation with your teammates, planning partner, admin or someone you haven’t seen in the building in a while.

Here are some great words to share with students about their beliefs and attitudes towards trying and keeping at it.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Laptop Cart: If you have any laptops that belong in the laptop cart please return them to Mr. Pittman.  The district is completing the buyback process and needs these devices back.  We are currently short 7 laptops in the cart.  The district will be replacing our laptops with 20 new devices.
  • Apple TV: If your screen isn’t showing up on your Apple TV then shut your computer all the way down and start it back up.  This will fix that problem.  Your laptops need breaks every once in awhile too :).
  • Bulldog News: We start our Bulldog News program everyday after announcements.  Make sure you have logged in the school systems filter page to access YouTube before hand.  Here is the link to our school YouTube page: Click Here

Instructional Ideas & Information

Kudos @westrowanmiddleschool teachers!! Comparing September and October Achieve 3000 data reflects your diligence in purposeful integration versus “today we are doing Achieve!”

September

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October

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For us “old timers”, we know the initial rollout of Achieve was wrought with confusion, inconsistent expectations, and IS NOT literacy instruction. Many of our students will complete a task or activity simply because it is “what you do.” In a recent meeting, Dr. Morrow stressed the importance of using Achieve 3000 not as a station, something to put kids on, and something you do, but must be used with fidelity.  Achieve used in isolation versus integrated into multiple curriculum components – close reading, writing in all content areas, strategic questioning – can be viewed as an add-on instead of high-quality informational text.

Achieve 3000 articles have multiple resources, including the Curriculum Key. Use the template to plan and implement Achieve with fidelity.

Achieve Lesson Template

GO-TO GIRLS

***8th-grade teachers turn in all recommendation forms for early college by December 5.***

Remember the importance of doing attendance daily so we can have an accurate record of who is present and who is not. If court action gets initiated it is critical that attendance is accurate. Please let Mrs. Muire know of any attendance concerns. Thanks!

We have been meeting with students to discuss grades and try to address some of the issues that have led to poor grades.  Please continue to let us know of students who are failing, that we can provide interventions to improve student success.

Teachers starting after Thanksgiving if a student has been to guidance they will return to class with a pass from us.  So if a student claims to be coming from one of our offices; you can ask to see their pass to confirm.

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Monday Nov 20

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home

Tuesday Nov 21

  • 2 Hour Early Release

Wednesday Nov 22

  • Annual Leave, 10 Month Employees

Monday Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Wednesday Nov 29

  • Student Work Samples
  • ISS Closed for the Day

Thursday Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning
  • Woodleaf/Cleveland Dance @ WRMS

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Wednesday December 6

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning, Chapter 3, Using Data with Students
  • 8th Grade facilitators – Math
  • 7th Grade facilitators – Social Studies
  • 6th Grade facilitators – ELA
  • Exploratory facilitators – Sweet & Young

Thursday Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast with Dr Moody
  • Wrestling vs Mooresville MS at Home

Friday Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

DN-yJL6X0AYBIT5Monday Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home

Tuesday Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday Dec 14

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs CLMS
  • Band Booster Meeting

Friday Dec 15

  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show
  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

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Bulldog News Week of 11.12.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

Teacher Centered vs Student Centered

  1. Teacher centered classrooms focus on control, student centered classroom emphasize the learning objectives and who has mastered them
  2. What is Teaching vs Facilitation
  3. What does the brain really needs helps us keep learning?
  4. Checking completion vs Checking understanding
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This Bulldog gets it!

Reading During Enrichment

Between now and Thanksgiving, we’re going to be adding two days to enrichment where we are just reading for pleasure. Students can read materials of their own choice – books, magazines, Achieve3000 Articles – anything they want to dive into for the 40 minutes. These days are Wednesday 11.15 and Monday 11.20.

We should remind students daily about our reading days, post reminders in the room. Building up our reading culture means building these opportunities to read for pleasure. The main difference between this and DEAR, Drop Everything And Read, is our level of engagement. Just as we have circle up talks or community building talks with students at the beginning and/or end of class, we are going to have a quick starring and/or ending conversation with the class about what they read, why they were interested in reading it, what they think different now or any other interest building questions. Think Responsive Classroom meets Literacy Circle. Don’t overthink this – we’re just building a interest in reading.

Welcome our newest Bulldog, Amelia Lynn Bowman! Mom, daughter and smiling dad are all great!

Procedural Reminders

As the year moves on we need to remember some key things in order to have smooth operations:

  • Work for ISS – Too many students are having to leave ISS to get work from their teachers. Please make sure that work is being sent to students. This is a great time to have extra practice in place. Digital tools like MobyMax and others would be great resources at this time. Mr Avery will also be adding a requirement that all students successfully complete 3 Achieve3000 articles everyday they with him, above the work sent by teachers.
  • Students picking up items in office – Throughout the day, we have students called to the office to pick things up that parents or family members may drop off. Please keep in mind that students don’t have to go to the office immediately, they can wait for lunch or returning from exploratories to pick things up. In case front office forgets this, its ok to ask ‘Does the student have to come right now?’
  • Leaving classes unattended – We all need the occasional restroom break during class, can’t fight nature but as of late there have been a lot of teachers out of class running errands, having conversations, making copies or other things that take them out of the classroom where supervision is needed. Nothing beats preparation – please make sure we are supervising students at all times. We all want an need to trust classes but we also don’t want to have ‘that’ incident in our rooms because we weren’t there.
  • Reviewing Classroom Expectations – We should be prepared to go over expectations regularly with students. ‘Told does not mean taught.’
  • Rigor – Word search, word finds and crossword puzzles are not acceptable work on any day. Collaboration is the solution for solution
  • Class Changes – Our teams are clustered close together for many reasons but a main one is to cut down on transition time. There is a lot of time with students in the hallway when classes are only a few feet away. Please make sure your team is reviewing class change times and all are aligned with that plan
  • Its important that we guard our weekly meeting times and needs. Monday and Fridays are grade level and team meeting times – there is something going on everyday and every week that should warrant meeting and quality discussions for each of these. There shouldn’t be anything going on Tuesdays and Thursdays other than high level planning – data discussions, talks with Henley/Shue/Pittman/Admin, resource planning. PD on Wednesdays is how we grow together. We add variety to it because our learning should be a dynamic as the students.
  • We’ve made it though our first round of coaching. It was worth this time to have 1-on-1’s with everyone. Our next round will be at the end of this month/Dec.

A Great PBL Experience

Mrs Brooks and Mrs Wilkinson planned a PBL for their students that involved one of their culminating experiences to a visit to Catawba College. Several staff members had pleasure of visiting seeing the final presentation of the students. It was easy to see the impact the visit had on the students. This took looking and planning for college from the abstract to impactful. Great PBL planning ladies.

Making Enrichment Better

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The goal of enrichment has been to sacrifice time from our regular classes in order to provide students with additional time for remediation in subjects they are struggling with or to give students not struggling in a class the opportunity to explore different areas. Recently there has been less remediation/benefit for our students who need us the most. Other concerns we’ve noted include:

  • current system has remediation efforts with large class sizes, at least 25. [By using everyone in the school, we’ll have decrease numbers for everyone];
  • Teachers are using this time for students to ‘catch up on homework’ but often students are not working and teachers are doing other tasks;
  • We are missing student choice.

A proposal for enrichment change has been to limit to a half day and going to full schedule on the other days. On the one day, we would go to our half day schedule and have 3 choice slots for students. Students will HAVE to pick classes they are struggling in [up to 2]. To clear up some misconceptions that go with it:

  • This is not a free for all, students have to pick sessions.
  • If they are struggling in 2 or more they will have to pick 2. This might be motivation for some to do better
  • Additional preps – This is a common misconception. There is no prep here. These remediations can’t be subject wide, we have to focus them on concepts. Example – Ms Hough and Mrs Miller [8th Grade Soc St] won’t list ‘8th Social Studies’ for an enrichment group, they will list ‘Primary sources – Political cartoons’ or ‘Causes of WW1 and WW2’. These would have been topics for guided instruction in the class. There is no prep for this, we are spiraling back to high needs areas of student understanding. Think of what will help fill in gaps. You may even assign students here. Instead of ‘7th math’, ‘Solving 2 step equations’; instead of ‘6th science’, ‘States of matter’. This of this as extended guided practice.

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Lastly, we need teachers to host activities students will love but absolutely tie into their curriculum:

  • Visiting businesses to understand unit rates
  • Bringing in speakers to talk about erosion
  • Coding
  • How to Green Screen like a GIANT
  • Reading/Writing Teen Fiction
  • Yoga and Mindfulness [we need LOTS of this]
  • Running

We will be polling students to get some ideas for sessions. Hopefully these talking points will help provide you with a better picture of the proposal. The goal here is to improve this time to make sure all students are learning at a high level. If you have any questions, please see an administrator.

#WEstBulldogs Pep Rally Time!

Thanks to Mrs Hege and Mrs Roach and all the faculty and students that helped with our pep rally.

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Pep rallies bring smiles to middle school students faces!

Data Room

wrhs 20171592196868..jpgAs we work to make our data room our own, keep in mind WHY we do it – we are doing it for our students.  We all want all our students to be successful.  One way we help our students grow is to see where their gaps are. Collecting data will help us define those gaps and fill those holes – think of the growth we would all see.  

In the next week, you will be sent a video to view showing some different ways to display your classroom data. These pictures are to jumpstart your group thinking, to help you generate creative ideas in selecting which data will have the most impact for you and how you can display it. Every group will be given a 2×3 foot white board and cork board to create your display. (All 4 grade level core subjects, PE, CTE, Arts, Admin, Tech, Guidance, EC, Bible)

img_0202593895193.jpgWe know some of you have already begun to track student data to drive your instruction, create teams, and plan guided instruction. Think about this – is that data you are collecting what you need to improve student learning in your classroom?  We want every core class to collect data on common assessments and another piece of data that will help your subject grow our students. If you don’t teach a core subject, what data will show you the gaps in your classroom or the growth that your students are making.  Everyone has data we can evaluate to help West be the best it can be.  Let’s make this data room a telling story of the growth our school will see this year!  

INSPIRATION

Let’s redefine failure.
Think of a great message our students need to hear.

TECH AWESOMENESS

INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATION AND IDEAS

Whew…what a busy week! My instructional toolbox is bursting with new ideas! Last Thursday and Friday, I attended the NCCTM (North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics).  RSS middle school instructional coaches presented at the national AMLE (Associate of Middle-Level Educators) in Philadelphia. Understanding the benefit of attending a wide variety of sessions, as a group we “divided and conquered” gathering as many authentic applicable instructional ideas, awesome resources, and brain breaks.

If you are a veteran RSS teacher, I am sure you remember the middle school energizers shared with teachers. Engaging the middle school student was a HOT topic @AMLE. Understanding the effects of sitting for an extensive amount of time during professional development, attendees were students and participated in fun, quirky, and engaging brain breaks. Multiple studies researching the psychological and physiological changes middle school students experience from ages 11-14 validated the importance of and need of allowing students the opportunity to step away from academics for short periods of time (1-2 minutes) so they can recharge and refocus on the task at hand.

Conference week wrapped up with the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children). While looking through my session notes I noticed several themes:

  • strategic and prepared questions by teachers to elicit critical thinking by students
  • planning engaging instruction is possible and does not take a lot of time

Looking forward to sharing awesome instructional ideas from these amazing conferences.

GO-TO GIRLS

Any 8th grade student that is interested in early college needs to sign up for more information in the guidance office.  Mrs. Horton will bring them more information and the registration packet.  Please encourage any students you feel would be a good fit to come by to hear more about it.

***8th grade teachers should turn in all recommendation forms by December 5.***

Huge thanks to all who helped make the Time Capsule celebration a success!!!

As we get close to the end of the first quarter, more conversations are occurring with students and parents about attendance issues. Remember the importance of doing attendance daily so we can have an accurate record of who is present and who is not. If court action gets initiated it is critical that attendance is accurate. Please let Mrs. Muire know of any attendance concerns. Thanks!

Teachers we know grades are not where you want them to be for all students.  We are here to help with academics too.  Please make a spreadsheet or email a list of your students that are failing and we will be glad to meet with them to try to address some of the issues.

Speaking of being here to help…all of our Crosby Scholars must do 2 community service hours.  Some of them have difficulty getting off campus to complete these.  If you have something you need done around school, please send Mrs. Stone an e-mail and include how many students you could use and hours they would receive.

UPCOMING EVENT

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  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday, Nov 14

  • 8th Grade Planning
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS 3:30 – 5:30
  • Boy Scouts Sign Up in Main Collab Room 5:30 – 6:30

Wednesday, Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit
  • Enrichment – Reading

Thursday, Nov 16

  • 8th Grade Planning
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS
  • RSS CTE Career Day – 8th Grade

Friday, Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

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  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home
  • Enrichment – Reading

Monday, Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Wednesday, Nov 29

  • Student Work Samples
  • ISS Closed for the Day

Thursday, Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday, Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning
  • Woodleaf/Cleveland Dance @ WRMS

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday, Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Thursday, Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast with Dr Moody
  • Wrestling vs Mooresville MS at Home

Friday, Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday, Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home

Tuesday, Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday, Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday, Dec 14

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs CLMS
  • Band Booster Meeting

Friday, Dec 15

  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday, Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show
  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

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Bulldog News Week of 11.05.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

A Great Event

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Superhero pose for a superhero organizer!

Friday was a great day for West Rowan Middle, a day when staff and students from the first year the school was opened came to join us for a great event – our time capsule ceremony!

This was a great day of connecting and reminiscing, nothing but smiles and appreciation and laughter all day!

This was made possible by a lot of people, staff and students alike, but we need to thank the main organizer, Mrs Horton for bringing her vision to bear!

Below are some links to different videos and captures of the day as well as some of the pictures taken for the event! What a great day for proud Bulldogs!

Thanks Mr Pittman for this video!

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Thanks Mrs Shue for these pictures!

Rowan Partners for Education MiniGrants

Here is a great opportunity from the generous support of Rowan Partners for Education. All staff members are able to apply for mini-grants to support innovation at your site.  If you would like to learn more, see previously awarded grants, or apply for a mini-grant, please click the following link: http://www.partners4education.org/mini-grants.html

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Checking for Work vs Checking for Learning

Using blended learning and guided instruction effectively is our on-going work. Not just for the evolved teaching practice we have to learn but also because they help redefine learning by giving us new opportunities to connect with students and fill in gaps they may have.

Blended learning helps us get beyond creating simple stations in rooms and enhance teaching opportunities. Guided instruction allows even more.

In our recent coaching conversations, a common theme has emerged about the conversations we are having during guided instruction. Learning is enhanced when we  effectively use this time to gauge what students know and don’t know, have differentiated conversations with students who got and don’t got it [yet], get to know how our students feel about the work and what will make them better equipped about the work.

Part of our evolved teaching practice is moving from the teaching role we understand from our own learning practice, checking work, working the checklists, low level questions and work, to the facilitator role our students today need – coaching, monitoring progress. We will still have plenty of work to do because, after all our students will always be 11, 12, 14 but we have to get away from the mindset of what learners aren’t doing and make it about what we need to do to fill in the gaps?

Changes to PD for November

We’re making a slight change to ISDs for the month of November. Instead of having ISDs this month, we will be using these Wednesdays, Nov 8 and Nov 29, to extend our talks about planning preparation for learning.

During your planning period, we need you to bring your most recent student work products – playlists, presentations, rubrics – to Mrs Henley’s room for a discussion on how we can dive deeper into learning by making the most of our presentation talks.

These talks are not deconstructive, we only build up our efforts for designing the best learning for our students. If you have specific questions about any work samples, please ask any administrator, we’re glad to help


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MEDIA MADNESS

  • Here is the link to our weekly shared album! A lot of fun Halloween pictures and time capsule pictures this week! https://photos.app.goo.gl/EDxRohuoogkqwP0B3 If you take any pictures of your class or at sporting events throughout the week I would greatly appreciate if you would share them with me! Thanks!
  • Every week I post a book share. If you have recently read a book that you loved and would like to share it with our students please let me know! Or if a student is reading a book they love send them to me so they can share!
  • I will be starting Sphero (coding) classes during lunches next week in the makerspace. Dates will be posted on each grade level schoology group!

INSPIRATION

TECH AWESOMENESS

Holiday Fun! [Is the zombie recruiting or is Prince expanding backup? RIP]

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade

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  • 8th Grade Visit to Catawba College
  • What Makes West GREAT! [Parent Night, highlighting innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting – 6:30 pm

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • Bring Student Work Samples
  • Pep Rally – End of the Day

Thursday Nov 9

  • 6th Grade All Day Planning
  • Wrestling at Mooresville Middle
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs Mooresville at Home

Friday Nov 10

  • Veterans Day

Monday Nov 13

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday Nov 14

  • RSS 8th Grade Career Day
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

  • 8th Grade Planning
  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS

Friday Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Monday Nov 20

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home

Monday Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Wednesday Nov 29

  • Student Work Samples

Thursday Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Thursday Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Friday Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Woodleaf/Cleveland Dance @ WRMS

Monday Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home

Tuesday Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday Dec 14

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs CLMS
  • Band Booster Meeting
  • Friday Dec 15
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show
  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 10.29.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

An Inspiring Message

We’re excited to hear from one of actual Freedom Writers Monday Oct 30. As a reminder for the day’s agenda:

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  • Buses 66 and 366 will leave from back parking lot at 7:30 [Thanks Coaches Brown and Sweet for driviing]
  • We need to be seated by 8:25
  • After the keynote, we return to WRMS. We can anticipate being here around 10:30

Classified Staff

  • Bus will leave at 10:30 to arrive at Carson High at 11:00
  • Registration will be from 11:00 – 11:25. Find our table and register
  • Keynote Speaker Manny Scott 11:30 – 12:30
  • Lunch [will be provided] and Vendor Fair – 12:30 – 1:30
  • Break out Session – 1:30 – 2:20
  • Closing Keynote in Gym w Dr Moody 2:40-3:30

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True Blue Recognition!

We have great kids!

In an effort to share some love and shed the spotlight on some of our students, we are bringing back an award – True Blue Bulldog! We are aligning these recognitions to our five Core Values. Students were asked to vote the first three weeks of the month then teachers would make final selections the last week.

Coaching Rounds

This week we’ll be starting our second round of coaching sessions. We’re looking forward to speaking to the remainder of the staff about various topics. This week, EVAAS has released the individual teacher data. We will be incorporating this EVAAS data into our talks for this round and then will have talks with teachers not on this round very soon. You will be able to access this information on Nov. 2.

Congratulations to our UNDEFEATED Championship Teams!

Congrats to our players, coaches and families that all lead and supported all our teams this year. Success comes from effort #WEstBulldogs

Surveys

From Nov 1 – Nov 11, Rowan-Salisbury School will be giving a student and teacher survey. Last year it was a pilot experience at several schools, this year it will be for everyone. This week, administrators will be shared information to give to staff.  We will set the date for giving the survey at WRMS for Monday 11.6. Students will take it during PE [thanks PE teachers] and teachers will take it that day during their planning periods.

Teachers will be given 5 questions covering topics like pedogogical effectiveness, class climate, rigor expectations, engagement, student teacher relationships. After the survey is complete, teacher will have access to their data and school averages through an online dashboard When we get more information and details about this survey, we will share it with you.

DRIVEn to Improve!

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The next time we see Charlie and Jane, let’s remember to thank them for a great day of sharing. Conversations like the one from Friday are needed jolts to help us remember what is most important. We need great messages like this reminder about focusing on engagement [Relationships, Autonomy, Master, Purpose] to help students achieve at high levels.

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  • Developing engaging activities is work BUT ITs WORTH IT! Share the workload
  • I want to be one of the three people engaged in work. That’s the good purposeful work and conversations we need to have.

We will see DRIVE later for next rounds in helping us be better for our students.

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How We Use Tech Matters

This infographic was shared with principals.

Key questions to ask:

  • Is technology enhancing what I do as a teacher?
  • Is technology helping students learning and demonstrate learning at higher level and in a more unique way?
  • Do we [grade level, planning team, school] understand each of these dynamics roles in classrooms?
  • When is blended learning more appropriate to employ than just having a tech-rich environment?
  • Which of these applies to my room, more days than not?
  • What do I need to implement blended learning more effectively?

New Board Policy

We are empowering our students to create and evaluate content so that they not only be critical thinkers but also be a part of quality content and movements. RSS has created a policy to provide guidelines for students, advisors and teachers for students as they create works including publications, plays and other expression forms that may have personal or political beliefs. We want student to express their opinions and beliefs in a manner that is safe for all of us.  Please take some time to read this policy carefully. BOE Policy 3630

Enrichment – Filling in the Gaps

Our next cycle of enrichment starts Tuesday, the new schedule for it has been uploaded in WRMS Essential Information.

At the next SIT, we will be discussing our plans for Enrichment and what we can do here to make sure we are serving students needs. To help with these conversations, please consider the following and share with your SIT rep:

  • Is this time/model sufficient in allowing me to help students with most need?
  • Are we challenging all students sufficiently?
  • Are students on fire about this time?
  • Are you excited about enrichment time?

Buried Treasure – Time Capsule

We’re excited about our event this Friday! We’re going to be joined by former Bulldog students, teachers and administrators in our celebration.

MEDIA MADNESS

INSPIRATION

 

 

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • 7 iOS Features for the iPad Classroom: http://technocation.blogspot.com/2017/09/7-ios-11-features-for-ipad-classroom.html
  • Remind: Just an FYI students at other middle schools are creating “classes” in the Remind App to send nude pics to each other.  I have not heard of that happening at our school but just stay on the look out.
  • Schoology and the Future:  I will be talking at grade level meetings about Schoology’s future 🙂

Instructional Innovation and Ideas

Thank you to all staff for your patience with IO Education this week! A big shout out to 7th grade for accommodating the hiccup when administering the Science benchmark. This was our first school-wide implementation and even with the “pop up” issues, overall we were successful!!

Several teachers have inquired about using IO Education for assessments beyond benchmarks…yes, it is very user-friendly. Items are categorized by standard and DOK, therefore determining standards for re-teaching and selecting students is possible with a few clicks of a button.  However, as we discovered for Social Studies and Science item banks are not as plentiful as teachers would prefer, but as usual, ELA and Math have many more options:) Creating a test on IO Education for ELA and Math for common assessments takes just a short time, but after students complete teachers have a wealth of data to use when differentiating instruction.

When creating an assessment via IO Education teachers have several options. As mentioned above, creating a test using provided items or creating a test key uploading a PDF. You may be asking, “why would I go to the trouble if I can do the same thing on Schoology?” The benefit…dissagregation of data by student, item, and standard. See the links below for step by step procedures in assessment creation.

Creating a Test Key

GO-TO GIRLS

Last chance for United Way!!! Please get your contribution forms into Mr. Brown or Mrs. Muire by Thursday, November 2nd!  Many agencies benefit from United Way donations, and these agencies help many people in our communities.  This is your chance to make a big difference in our community.

Any 8th grade student that is interested in early college needs to sign up for more information in the guidance office.  Mrs. Horton will bring them more information and the registration packet.  Please encourage any students you feel would be a good fit to come by to hear more about it.

***8th grade teachers should turn in all recommendation forms by December 5.***

The Time Capsule celebration is Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am!  All social studies teachers please get your Time Capsule contributions to Mrs. Horton by November 2nd.

As we get close to the end of the first quarter, more conversations are occurring with students and parents about attendance issues. Remember the importance of doing attendance daily so we can have an accurate record of who is present and who is not. If court action gets initiated it is critical that attendance is accurate. Please let Mrs. Muire know of any attendance concerns. Thanks!

Teachers we know grades are not where you want them to be for all students.  We are here to help with academics too.  Please make a spreadsheet or email a list of your students that are failing and we will be glad to meet with them to try to address some of the issues.

Speaking of being here to help…all of our Crosby Scholars must do 2 community service hours.  Some of them have difficulty getting off campus to complete these.  If you have something you need done around school, please send Mrs. Stone an e-mail and include how many students you could use and hours they would receive.

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday
  • District Workshop – Carson High School

Tuesday Oct 31

  • WRStrong Canned Food Drive
  • WRStrong Trunk or Treat @ West Rowan High

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Thursday Nov 2

  • 7th Grade Planning
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast – Wallace Forum

Friday, November 3

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • WRMS Time Capsule Opening and Celebration with the WRHS Class of ’97
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) will not meet this day- see message above under Go to Girls

Saturday, Nov 4

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling Scrimmage at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade

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  • 8th Grade Visit to Catawba College
  • What Makes West GREAT! [Parent Night, highlighting innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting – 6:30 pm

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • ISD – Achieve300 ELA, SAMR, Poverty Book Study, Open
  • Pep Rally – End of the Day

Thursday Nov 9

  • Wrestling at Mooresville Middle
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs Mooresville at Home

Monday Nov 13

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday Nov 14

  • RSS 8th Grade Career Day
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS

Friday Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Monday Nov 20

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home

Monday Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Thursday Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Thursday Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Friday Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Woodleaf/Cleveland Dance @ WRMS

Monday Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home

Tuesday Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday Dec 14

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs CLMS
  • Band Booster Meeting
  • Friday Dec 15
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show
  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

RESOURCES

 

Bulldog News Week of 10.22.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Testing

We’re benchmark testing this week! Thanks for being attentive during training so we can make sure we have a smooth experience for students.

NC Check Ins and Benchmark testing begin Monday.  Please remember to refer to the testing information in google at this site:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y7Ewj4v28_MmlBxRx9IidDV9faDOIKlq1JiE6SMvki4/edit#gid=122803223

For teachers giving the NC Check Ins, there are materials that you need to pick up in Mrs. Hester’s office.  You will find a roster, accommodations for those giving them, blank paper, pencils, and the Security form to be signed.  Please return the papers and pencils immediately after testing each day.

We will be working quickly to get all 6th & 7th grade students entered into the testing on Monday and 6th grade on Tuesday.  If you are not giving an NC Check In then please have students go to the website, http://www.eadms.com.  If you have testing questions, please refer to the sheet given out in PD on Wednesday.  When you are giving a district benchmark, please make sure students have the ID they will need.  We will announce when to generate the code for the test (there is a window of time before the code is no longer valid).  Please write the code on the board for students.  We will then announce for students to go to their accommodated sites.  IT IS IMPORTANT that students going to their accommodate sites have their ID and the Testing Session code.

If students do not have a working iPad, please use the iPads and computer available in your room.  We have been talking to teachers – at this point, grade levels feel they have enough devices [desktops and teacher iPads] to cover, but we still need to plan for iPads with low charges. We will walk around to rooms to hand out computers for those that still need them.

These are new testing processes for us but we are confident we will be just fine. Thank you for all you do for our students.

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If Its Not Measured, It Won’t Improve!

Shout out to Mr Sells here for his creative board for measuring Achieve3000 student progress.

Its so important to know where our students are so we can coach them well on where they need to go.

Showing What They Know – One of the most substantial changes we’ve made in the last couple of years is our focus on students demonstrating their learning. This is a journey. We are shifting our common acceptance from students creating posters to students creating compelling visuals like infographics and other using other digital tools that is relevant to their future as communicators.

Its been great to see the recent student presentations in multiple classes wherein they are showing off their research and research-based opinions on different matters. This is how we challenge students and help our students build skills to be critical communicators and thinkers.

One thing we stressed heavily the second half of last year, was making sure students were well practiced in speaking without relying on handwritten notes or text written on slides. When students are reading, they are not telling a story. We have to help them connect to the audience by making eye contact and telling their great story.

Below are two great examples of our students rising to the task. They are shining examples of how students rise to the challenge when we set the expectation. Setting the expectation means: 1) making guidelines clear; 2) modeling what we want them to do; 3) allowing them time to practice and 4) giving them good feedback. 

#WEstBulldogs CAN do it!

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We are having a one of a kind experience in RSS on Oct 30th!

On this workday, all classified and certified will attend a day of learning at Jesse Carson High. Our featured speaker of the day is Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers from the movie with the same title. He is a compelling speaker with a great message for all of us.

There will be a bus available for the day to drop off personnel at Carson at multiple times, certified early morning and then classified at near 11:00. All WRMS Classified personnel will meet in room D230 from 1:30 – 2:20 to debrief that day.

MEDIA MADNESS

INSPIRATION

‘If you’re not making someone else’s life better, you’re wasting your time.’

Compelling teacher CREATE magic!

Don’t make it about degrees or old notions of learning! Make it relevant for your students!

TECH AWESOMENESS

 

Instructional Ideas & Information

A few important notes:

  • In lieu of PD on Wednesday, content area teachers will navigate NC Checkin’s and IO Education disaggregating data (see image below for dates).
  • Teacher created benchmarks in IO Education DO NOT have the read-aloud option, if you have not already, please email Henley a hard copy.
  • How is your PBL (Problem Based Learning) planning going? Remember, the goal is one per quarter beginning the second quarter.
  • Social Studies (all grade levels) have created and implemented (or in the process of)  three very different, yet relevant, inquiry-based learning experiences (hit them up for some ideas:)
  • Wednesday, November 1st is the next chapter of Leaders of Our Own Learning.
  • Chapter Two – Checking for Understanding during Daily Lessons
  • 6th Grade – Science, 7th Grade – Science, 8th Grade – ELA,  Exploratory – Fine Arts

 

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GO-TO GIRLS

It’s not too late for United Way!!! Please get your contribution forms into Mr. Brown!  Many agencies benefit from United Way donations, and these agencies help many people in our communities.  This is your chance to make a big difference in our community.

Any 8th grade student that is interested in early college needs to sign up for more information in the guidance office.  Mrs. Horton will bring them more information and the registration packet.  Please encourage any students you feel would be a good fit to come by to hear more about it.

***8th grade teachers should turn in all Early College recommendation forms by December 5.***

Happy Holidays are right around the corner!  Don’t worry, you still have time to shop.  But others are not so fortunate.  Teachers if you know of a student or two in your classroom that you think would be in need this Christmas and could use some extra cheer, please let one of the guidance staff know.

Time Capsule coming soon.  All social studies teachers please complete the Google Doc that was shared with you titled “Time Capsule”.  Thank you Pixel Y team for being so proactive and completing this already!  The Time Capsule celebration is Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am.  

As we get close to the end of the first quarter, more conversations are occurring with students and parents about attendance issues. Remember the importance of doing attendance daily so we can have an accurate record of who is present and who is not. If court action gets initiated it is critical that attendance is accurate. Please let Mrs. Muire know of any attendance concerns. Thanks!

Teachers we know grades are not where you want them to be for all students.  We are here to help with academics too.  Please make a spreadsheet or email a list of your students that are failing and we will be glad to meet with them to try to address some of the issues.

Speaking of being here to help…all of our Crosby Scholars must do 2 community service hours.  Some of them have difficulty getting off campus to complete these.  If you have something you need done around school, please send Mrs. Stone an e-mail and include how many students you could use and hours they would receive.

Each staff member will be receiving a Bulldog sticker from NJHS to place on your laptop.  Directions for how to put it on are on the back of the blue sheet.  Show your Bulldog Pride!

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, Oct 23

  • Benchmark/NC Check In – ELA
  • 6th Grade Cheer Tryouts
  • WRMS ELA Teacher Meeting – Media Center 2:45 in Media Center
  • Bulldog Golf @ Warrior Club

Tuesday Oct 24

  • Benchmark/NC Check In – Math
  • 7th Grade Football vs Mooresville Away
  • 6th Cheer Tryouts

Wednesday Oct 25

  • Science Benchmark
  • Independent Learning Walks
  • 8th Football vs Mooresville Middle Away
  • 6th Cheer Tryouts

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup – Social Studies

Friday Oct 27

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • End of 9 Weeks Grading Period
  • RSS Early Release Day – Parent Conferences
  • DRIVE Staff Training – All Staff Attend

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday
  • District Workshop – Carson High School

Tuesday Oct 31

  • WRStrong Canned Food Drive
  • WRStrong Trunk or Treat @ West Rowan High

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Thursday Nov 2

  • 7th Grade Planning
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast – Wallace Forum

Friday, November 3

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • WRMS Time Capsule Opening and Celebration with the WRHS Class of ’97
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) will not meet this day- see message above under Go to Girls

Saturday, Nov 4

  • Wrestling Scrimmage @ China Grove Middle [We need cheerleaders!]

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling Scrimmage at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade

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  • 8th Grade Visit to Catawba College
  • What Makes West GREAT! [Parent Night, highlighting innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting – 6:30 pm

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • ISD – Achieve300 ELA, SAMR, Poverty Book Study, Open

Thursday Nov 9

  • Wrestling at Mooresville Middle
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs Mooresville at Home

Monday Nov 13

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday Nov 14

  • RSS 8th Grade Career Day
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS

Friday Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Monday Nov 20

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home

Monday Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Thursday Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Thursday Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Friday Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Woodleaf/Cleveland Dance @ WRMS

Monday Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home

Tuesday Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday Dec 14

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs CLMS
  • Band Booster Meeting
  • Friday Dec 15
  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show
  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 10.15.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

What Makes West Great!

Nov 7 is our next Parent Night! We want this year to be the year we really let our community know how great our school is – with our dynamic caring staff, challenging learning and great community feel! What Makes West Great Night is about showing off some of our dynamic learning experiences we are building for students. Make this night about showcasing the great learning experiences you and your planning teams are creating.

Enrichment!

Remember, we’re on a full schedule the week of 10.16 – no enrichment! Please plan accordingly. Part of the benefit here is this time can go back in the classroom. Use this time to plan for some deeper extensions for your lesson.

We need to take this time to talk about enrichment for the 2nd 9 weeks. This first 9 weeks enrichment cycle has been a pleasant change, providing planning opportunities and some time for us deliver some specialized talks to students. But are missing a critical part here – student voice. Giving students the opportunity to select their own learning and support topics creates a chance for them buy in. Creating these opportunities is important.

We have several options for this – a half day schedule one day a week where students can select from numerous options or choosing topics in our current schedule. Please talk about this in your groups. If you come up with other options, please share those with your grade level and an administrator. We want to consider as many options as possible!

Bulldog Spirit Week!

Thanks to Mrs Horton for organizing our Spirit Week! We’re looking forward to some creativity and individuality to come out on this week! The theme for each day is listed below:

Monday~ Superhero vs. Disney Character (dress or wear a tee shirt to represent your favorite superhero or Disney character. It will be fun to see who most people respresent)

Tuesday~ You Be You Day! (dress in a way that shows your personality or interests~ cowboy, athlete, sports fan, etc.)

Wednesday~ Pink Out (Wear as much pink as possible for our last home home football game and Breast Cancer Awareness month)

Thursday~ Camo vs. Neon (dress in either camo or bright neon colors. Lets see what is the most dominant at WRMS)

Friday~ Blue Blow Out (All West Rowan and All Blue! Show your school spirit!)

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Achieve3000 Training

We are fortunate to have had the A3000 trainings up to this point. This past week, some great points came back up with this cycle of training:

  • Our students have to do a minimum of 8 articles of month. Does your team have a clear understanding of how many each is responsible for?;
  • We have to make sure that students are doing the articles, not just going through the motions. What does monitoring look like in your planning?;
  • Are we talking about our A3000 reports in our planning?
  • Do our students see us celebrating efforts to work at reading?

While we don’t want to make Achieve3000 just a numbers game, we have to improve our efforts and actions in making a critical part of classroom instruction.

Coaching Cycles

Our next round of coaching starts in several weeks. This cycle, we’ll be talking to the all teachers in the school we didn’t talk to last cycle. The goal is to share and make sure we all moving in the same direction. Support and connecting is how we all move forward together.

Learning vs Memorization

Watch Your Count

We have roughly 4000 copies/person for the year. With our dwindling budget, copier counts get more critical every year. Last year, we went over this count substantially causing us to have to pay for this out of our already tight budget.

We can’t go over like we did last year. Please watch your counts

 

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MEDIA MADNESS

  • Our makerspace is being use often this year! Please have talks with your students about respecting our makerspace. At the start of the school year during library/makerspace orientation I discussed with all of the students the importance of cleaning the area up and not leaving supplies such as paint and markers open. I am working on a video to post onto all of the schoology pages about proper care of our makerspace. If you would please have talks with your students about making sure the makerspace is cleaned up after they use it I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Makerspace lunches will start this week. Dates will be posted on grade level schoology pages.
  • Here is the link to our shared weekly album https://photos.app.goo.gl/BuxUUCSYwp0VeB942 . If you take any pictures in your classroom or at sporting events please share them with me so I can add them to our weekly albums. Thank you 🙂

INSPIRATION

Thanks Coach Young for this suggestion! This is a great 10 minutes!

 

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Using Split Screen on the iPad With Achieve 3000: Some of you may already know this but iOS 11 allows you to do a split-screen view. This is very useful for student’s doing Achieve articles, so they can see the article and the questions at the same time. The TF at Enochville Elementary made a screen recording to show student’s how to do it and thought I’d share with all of you.How-To Video:
    (THE SOUND DOES NOT WORK IF YOU PLAY THE VIDEO IN GOOGLE, YOU MUST DOWNLOAD IT)  Click the download button (down arrow in the top right)
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B08FTepoSJ1gXzEzV0YxNExxa1E/view?usp=sharing

Instructional Ideas

Each time we have an Achieve 3000 trainer I am amazed at the multitude of resources, instructional ideas, and best practices the company has tirelessly created, vetted, and provided for educators.

In each grade level, the discussion of data chats with students was a hot topic. Students need to “own” their data, and if it not gathered, presented, and analyzed in a cohesive,  understandable format…it has no meaning and its value is lost. Attached is the data tracker Shannon discussed in your sessions.

TrackYourActivityScore_data chats

Quality student conferences analyzing performance and setting goals should be a team vs. teacher effort. Responsive Classroom/Invention days per the Enrichment schedule is the perfect time for homeroom teachers to have meaningful, focused conversations with their students.

It goes without saying, close reading is important and reading with a purpose…just like quality planning UbD (beginning with the end in mind) after “hooking” students and completing a vocabulary activity reference the thought question. Establish the purpose for reading. Graphic organizers aligned to each article (Mrs. McNeely:) are excellent resources for students when close reading, and when complete have information for the thought question and activity.

Thank you, Mrs. Brawley for sharing your frustrations when searching for articles aligned to specific standards. Shannon shared a much easier alternative:

GO-TO GIRLS

The guidance department is going to Laurel Pointe this Monday, October 16.  We will be having an information session for our many families who live at Laurel Pointe.  From 4-6 pm we will invite parents to come meet with us individually to speak about their children, how to keep in touch with us, and gain pointers for how to help their children succeed at West Middle.  If there is anything you want us to relay to parents, let Jenny, Mindy, or Stone know by Monday morning.

Do it today! United Way!!! Please get your contribution forms into Mr. Brown! They are in your mailbox.  Many agencies benefit from United Way donations, and these agencies help many people in our communities.  This is your chance to make a big difference in our community.

Buck for Buckets!  Homeroom teachers please encourage students to bring money for Buck for Buckets to help those affected by the Hurricanes.

Any 8th grade student that is interested in early college needs to sign up for more information in the guidance office.  Mrs. Horton will bring them more information and the registration packet.  Please encourage any students you feel would be a good fit to come by to hear more about it.

It’s almost time! All teams please pick your artifacts for the time capsule.  The Time Capsule celebration is Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am.   Each team is asked to choose an artifact to bury in the new capsule that represents 2017.

Happy Holidays are right around the corner!  Don’t worry, you still have time to shop.  But others are not so fortunate.  Teachers if you know of a student or two in your classroom that you think would be in need this Christmas and could use some extra cheer, please let one of the guidance staff know.

UPCOMING EVENT

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These two ladies borrowed the green screen – what magic did they create for learners!?

Monday Oct 16

  • Superhero vs. Disney Character (dress or wear a tee shirt to represent your favorite superhero or Disney character. It will be fun to see who most people represent)
  • Leadership Meeting – 6th Grade
  • Department Meeting
  • Bulldog Golf

Tuesday Oct 17

  • You Be You Day! (dress in a way that shows your personality or interests~ cowboy, athlete, sports fan, etc.)
  • WRMS 7th Grade Football vs Corriher-Lipe Middle @ Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs China Grove MS Home
  • RSS Volunteer Training – WRMS Media Center

Wednesday Oct 18

  • Pink Out (Wear as much pink as possible for our last home home football game and Breast Cancer Awareness month)
  • IOEducation/NC Check Ins – Training
  • 8th Football vs Corriher-Lipe MS @home

Thursday Oct 19

  • Camo vs. Neon (dress in either camo or bright neon colors. Lets see what is the most dominant at WRMS)
  • Great Southeast Shake Out! – 10:19
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Away
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Let’s keep building our skills

Friday Oct 20

  • Blue Blow Out (All West Rowan and All Blue! Show your school spirit!)
  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 23

  • Benchmark/NC Check In – ELA
  • Leadership Exploratory
  • 6th Grade Cheer Tryouts
  • Bulldog Golf @ Warrior Club

Tuesday Oct 24

  • Benchmark/NC Check In
  • 7th Grade Football vs Mooresville Away

Wednesday Oct 25

  • Science Benchmark
  • Independent Learning Walks
  • 8th Football vs Mooresville Middle Away
  • 6th Cheer Tryouts

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup

Friday Oct 27

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • End of 9 Weeks Grading Period
  • RSS Early Release Day – Parent Conferences
  • DRIVE Staff Training – All Staff Attend

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  • RSS Workday

Tuesday Oct 31

  • WRStrong Canned Food Drive
  • WRStrong Trunk or Treat @ West Rowan High

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Friday, November 3

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • WRMS Time Capsule Opening and Celebration with the WRHS Class of ’97

Saturday, Nov 4

  • Wrestling Scrimmage @ China Grove Middle [We need cheerleaders!]

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting
  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade

What Makes West Great.pngTuesday, Nov 7

  • What Makes West GREAT! [Parent Night, highlighting innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting – 6:30 pm

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • ISD – Achieve300 ELA, SAMR, Poverty Book Study, Open

Thursday Nov 9

  • Wrestling at Mooresville Middle
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs Mooresville at Home

Monday Nov 13

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday Nov 14

  • RSS 8th Grade Career Day
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS

Friday Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS

Monday Nov 20

  • Leadership 6th Grade
  • Wrestling @ Erwin
  • 8th Basketball vs Erwin at Home

Monday Nov 27

  • Leadership – Exploratory
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle Away

Thursday Nov 30

  • Wrestling vs North Rowan Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs North Rowan MS Home

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day

Resources

 

Bulldog News Week of 10.8.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

Our Day of Planning

Tremendous success and feedback from our 6th and 7th grade teachers. The payoff of covering is well worth it!

  • Make sure the planning framework is the vehicle that drives conversations and planning talks
  • Remember, Mrs Shue and Mr Pittman are available to help for planning
  • FALs, LDC Modules, PBLs, BreakOut EDUs are all essential learning components that have to be brought into discussions.

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We will be participating in The Great Southeast Shake Out October 19th at 10:19am. All RSS schools will participate.

Here is a resource link  for your classroom – https://www.fema.gov/earthquake-information-businesses-and-other-organizations

SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD – Nominate Students today!

It is that exciting time of year to recognize students for their service!

We all know students that are involved in service. It is up to us to recognize them. The nomination form is simple to complete and the reward is that you will be impacting the life of a child forever! In our leadership meetings, we’ve been discussing our unique opportunity to nominate students some of our students from last year whose Compassion Projects were exemplary! What great opportunity we have to show how our school is making a difference!

Nominate Today!!  Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/2fZzCIC.  It only takes a few minutes of your time to complete a nomination form.

Imagine ­ watching students in your schools:

  • Walking across the Catawba College stage
  • Receiving a framed certificate
  • Shaking hands with the Superintendent
  • AND having a photo taken with Santa!!
  • They may even receive a cash award with a match for your school! 

Don’t Wait – Nominate Today! Let’s have some good conversations about students worthy of this and help them celebrate! Deadline is November 8th! See Attached Flyer

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For woodwind musicians, a good reed is key to making a quality sound on their instrument. This reed we are working toward getting for all of our 6th graders is both quality and durable. Instead of students having to purchase a $40.00 box of reeds every other month or so, this plastic reed will last them all through middle school and will not need to be replaced. This will ensure that the students can always have something to play and will not make their cost for band go up! Please consider donating to this cause so our students will be able to continue on their path to building success and musicianship with great equipment.

We are currently about halfway to our goal needing about $350 more. If you are able to donate to this cause, make sure to use the code LIFTOFF and Donors Choose will match your funds up to $50.00! Here is the link – http://bit.ly/2xnlFHd

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Hacking SchoolNet and Common Assessments

Let’s give Mrs Wilkinson a shout out! She has figured out a very easy and reproducible hack for us to create assessments on SchoolNet.

SchoolNet is our best easily, ready source for rigorous and EOG-level questions. It is a statewide resource known for its validity. One barrier to use for it is that its hard to select multiple questions for one reading selection/passage. Mrs Wilkinson has figured out the HOW and recorded it in this very short video. This hack applies to subjects not just ELA [excluding math]. Take time to watch and rewatch! Use this resource as you are building your common formative assessments. Thanks Mrs Wilkinson!!

SIT Survey

We are continuing to work on our climate and culture. Students learn and achieve best when we are working in a supportive, collaborative culture. To go along with one of our SIT goals, we have created this very short survey for all staff members. It is anonymous, no emails are collected here. We want honest, reflective feedback – this is how we help our school grow. Again, your email is not recorded here but you will need to make sure you are in your rssed.org email to participate. Thanks in advance! Survey link – https://goo.gl/forms/5yxVD00UTPLGfoXt2

INSPIRATION

Schools make a difference in the lives of our students and the community at large. Here is a great story of how changes to a school affected the community and fundamentally shifted the trajectory of a disenfranchised student.

FYI – Their graduation rate is now 94%!!

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Loaners – We currently have 10 loaners at school to give to students if their iPad is damaged. I have requested more loaners but there are still three elementary schools with no loaners at all.  With that being said if you still need a desktop for your room for those students who do not have a device please let me know. \
  • Mathspace – I just recently had a meeting about Mathspace.  For our new math teachers it is a wonderful program to use with your students. Please let me know when would be a good time to meet to either introduce Mathspace or for our veteran teachers review Mathspace.

Instructional Ideas

Thank you to all our wonderful Chapter One presenters! Each session had terrific takeaways, points to ponder, and great discussion. Remember PD is on Thursday, October 12th and Wednesday the 11th is your PLC time. 

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Module 4: Leveraging Data to Support Fidelity of Implementation Participants will be able to: • Analyze data in Achieve 3000’s usage and performance reports to develop action plans to accelerate student growth • Construct a plan for ongoing monitoring of student usage, performance, and the quality of student work
Module 4 was selected (by a landslide) for Achieve 3000 PD next Thursday. As we know, Achieve is not typically “math friendly,” however all teachers are asked to attend the session as its focus is accelerating student growth. In addition, Achieve student data chats is also on the agenda.

Our Achieve wall is updated with September data. This year’s recognition is focused on acknowledging grade levels, classes, and students with the highest number of articles read at 75% or higher. District trainers have stressed the importance of quality versus quantity. However, in looking at the data, our target of 75% or higher should mirror the number of articles read:

  • 6th Grade 423 out of 789 = 54%
  • 7th Grade 312 out of 431 = 72%
  • 8th Grade 308 out of 461 = 67%

Incorporating Achieve 3000 as an instructional component using the 5 – step literacy routine versus a station, time filler, or substitute plan is a best practice. Many times the thought question is bypassed or glossed over and not included as the final step. Mrs. Burns mentioned last year in an ISD session, “different Lexile levels have different thought questions.” So true, but that is the perfect opportunity for teachers to model the 5 step routine and use the grade level thought question or one of their own. What is your purpose for students reading a particular article? What knowledge do you want them to gain during the reading process?

All About Me custom portraits via Apple Teacher and Keynote…

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GO-TO GIRLS

United Way!!! Please get your contribution forms in to Mr. Brown! They are in your mailbox.  Many agencies benefit from United Way donations, and these agencies help many people in our communities.  This is your chance to make a big difference in our community.

Homeroom teachers please encourage students to bring money for Buck for Buckets to help those affected by the Hurricanes.

All teams please pick your artifacts for the time capsule.  The Time Capsule celebration is Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am.   Each team is asked to choose an artifact to bury in the new capsule that represents 2017.

Teachers if you know of a student or two in your classroom that you think would be in need this Christmas  and could use some extra cheer, please let one of the guidance staff know.

The guidance department is going to Laurel Pointe on Monday, October 16.  We will be having an information session for our many families who live at Laurel Pointe.  From 4-6 pm we will invite parents to come meet with us individually to speak about their children, how to keep in touch with us, and gain pointers for how to help their children succeed at West Middle.

Thanks to Mrs Horton and Mrs Powers for arranging an incredible event for our new National Junior Honor Society inductees!

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UPCOMING EVENT

Monday Oct 9

  • Leadership Meeting – 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting
  • Bulldog Golf @ Warrior Club

Tuesday Oct 10

  • RSS Rounding Visit – 8:00 – 8:45 am
  • School Pictures
  • 8th Grade Planning Day
  • 7th Football vs NRMS @ Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs Southeast MS @ Home
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30 @ WRMS Band Room

Wednesday Oct 11

  • Rounding Visit – District personnel visits
  • 8th Football vs NRMS Away

ab32cd1ca4d76e00c4f367466e998f45Thursday Oct 12

  • BT/Mentor Meeting 2:45 @ Mrs Brawley’s Room
  • Softball/Tennis vs Mooresville MS Away
  • Achieve3000 Planning Day
  • BT/Mentor Meeting

Friday Oct 13

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • State Fair – 8th grade

Monday Oct 16

  • Leadership Meeting – 6th Grade
  • Department Meeting
  • Bulldog Golg

Tuesday Oct 17

  • WRMS 7th Grade Football vs Corriher-Lipe Middle @ Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs China Grove MS Home
  • RSS Volunteer Training

Wednesday Oct 18

  • IOEducation/NC Check Ins – Training
  • 8th Football vs Corriher-Lipe MS @home

Thursday Oct 19

  • Great Southeast Shake Out! – 10:19
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Away

Friday Oct 20

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 23

  • Benchmark/NC Check In
  • Leadership Exploratory
  • Bulldog Golf @ Warrior Club

Tuesday Oct 24

  • Benchmark/NC Check In
  • 7th Grade Football vs Mooresville Away

Wednesday Oct 25

  • Science Benchmark
  • Independent Learning Walks
  • 8th Football vs Mooresville Middle Away

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup

Friday Oct 27

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • RSS Early Release Day – Parent Conferences
  • DRIVE Staff Training – All Staff Attend

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday

Tuesday Oct 31

  • WRStrong Canned Food Drive
  • WRStrong Trunk or Treat @ West Rowan High

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Friday, November 3

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • WRMS Time Capsule Opening and Celebration with the WRHS Class of ’97

Saturday, Nov 4

  • Wrestling Scrimmage

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 7

  • What Makes West GREAT! [Parent Night, highlighting innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home
  • ISD – Achieve300 ELA, SAMR, Poverty Book Study, Open

Thursday Nov 9

  • Wrestling at Mooresville Middle
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 8th Basketball vs Mooresville at Home

Monday Nov 13

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45
  • 8th Basketball @ China Grove MS
  • Wrestling vs China Grove MS at Home

Tuesday Nov 14

  • RSS 8th Grade Career Day
  • All-County Honor Band Auditions at WRMS

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

  • BT/Mentor Meeting
  • Wrestling vs CLMS @ Home
  • 8th Basketball @ CLMS

Friday Nov 17

8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS

RESOURCES