Bulldog News Week of 9.24.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

Being the Best at West Night – Thanks for all your preparation for Monday night! We’re looking forward to a fun night for all. We’ve given all grade levels leeway to do their own things Monday and we’re looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the parents. We want parents to feel welcome and invited so let’s not have parents waiting in the hallways to get in classrooms! Keep in mind:

  • Don’t let giving out procedural information get in the way of building relationships with parents. Take time to connect
  • We only have 120 minutes, positive conversations go further than blaming or criticisms. Take time to connect;
  • This may be the only time you see some of your parents so make the most of this encounter. Take time to connect.

Let’s have a great evening! And remember to wear you new Bulldog Wear!!

Our Changing Culture – The last two weeks we’ve had presentations on different views of data – whole school and achievement gap. With both of these we’ve tried to demonstrate a fundamental need in our school wide thinking in how we plan instruction and student support, involve data in all our structures and, most importantly, rethink what student centered instruction really means. A core piece of our data presentations is looking at how more of the same won’t generate different results.

Some important take aways from our data presentations:

  • we’ve been combatting the same achievement gap for years;
  • committing to all students can grow means creating more individualized talks for teachers.

While we know we have a great school, we all obliged to changing practices to achieve the culture we need:

  1. A Collaborative Culture – Schools that demonstrate high achievement and high growth do so by creating collaborative cultures where teachers view collaboration as an essential part of what they do and have real conversations about learning activities for students;
  2. A Responsive Culture – A culture centered on student practices not teacher practices. Focusing on what students know and don’t know then creating learning activities is a stark difference from page-turning instruction from a book or mapping out activities prior to knowing what students need. This also takes into account us dedicating to knowing our students, where they are and what they need.

This week, I saw some great examples of individualized instruction: 1) Mrs Brooks was having 1-on-1 conversations with students while using GoogleForms to innovate the process 2) Mrs Roach using blended learning to create opportunities for 1-on-1’s with her students, 3) after a class talk, Mr Kepley moving from group to group, sitting besides students he needed to have talks with. In all these situations, its clear from learning targets that collaboration with other teachers occurred.

Thank you for all you do in embracing the need for the change. This is the hard work but as we stress, we are not in this alone!

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Learning Targets and Greetings – We’ve come a long way with our learning targets and, with the adoption of Responsive Classroom, our greetings. We have a good understanding of both and we are proud to see implementation with both. As we move forward there are some fine points we need to remind everyone of:

  • learning targets should be written in learner friendly language
  • greetings should be heavy warm hearted and minor focus on procedures
  • 20170922_080002.jpglearning targets show the direction of the learning, not necessarily detailed agendas for the day
  • Greeting set the tone, they can be activity based!
  • While there are things we are looking for in both, they don’t have to be formulaic! As long they we can see the student centeredness, be creative.

Keep up the great hard with both!

#WRStrong Football Game – We are happy to announce and promote that the West Rowan High School Football game against South Rowan High is a West Rowan Community Event!

This night, all faculty are encouraged to come out in their #WRStrong T-Shirts to show our community pride. All staff and their spouses will get in free with their school ID and children will get in for $3.

Come out and support all the West Side Schools as we work to build up a stronger community.

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Collaboration and Accountability

It is great to see the students working together in the collaborative space.  Student have been working at the genius bars and hightop tables with integrity and purpose.  Teachers have been actively engaged with these students as they are working.  Make sure we continue these high expectations and continue to hold students accountable while they work in the collaborative spaces.

Pineapple Board – Thank you Mrs. Kohler, Mrs. McNeely, and Mr. King for signing up on the Pineapple Board the last two weeks.  Please remember to add your name inviting visitors into your classroom.  Also check the board so you can pop into a classroom during your planning to see what is going on.

Kudos to 8th grade for their whole group talk in the hallway! Start of with celebrations by showing their appreciation for, what they call, one of the best starts ever! Show kids love, get love back! Middle school students need to hear from how their classrooms are community, how their teams are community and how their grade levels are community! Let’s plan GRAND talks! And remember, we have GREAT kids!!

Grades – One way parents and teachers partner together is having a clear understanding of student performance and checking/monitoring grades is how that happens. We need to make sure we are entering grades once a week. Not only is that in RSS Board Policy it is what we and parents need to help coach students. Progress reports go home this week so we need parents to see the full scope of work that has been going on in your classes. Please consider, one grade a week does NOT reflect all the work a child does in your class. Give parents a look at what you are doing. In your collaborative planning, decide ahead of time what grades will be taken, how they will be scored. Grades takes planning just like learning activities.

If you need help with your gradebook, please see a teammat. If that doesn’t solve the problem then seek out help from school level support.

Flu Clinic – We’re having a flu clinic at WRMS on Thursday Oct 5 from 9:00 – 11:00. Mrs Thompson sent an email to the staff Monday giving details about cost for members and non-members. Below are the forms needed for participation.

DRIVE Workshop – Oct 27th we are fortunate to have DRIVE staff come out and provide training for us with working with our students. Many of you remember Jane and Charlie from year ago with Connected Schools training. They will help us in our efforts to move our school forward. On this early release day, all staff are expected to attend!

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Responsive Classroom Opportunity – This is an opportunity to learn more about Responsive Classroom. These workshops in Feb will provide an opportunity for deeper exploration for all teachers. We are doing a first come, first serve! Email Mr McCoy if you are interested.

 

Get Your Grub On – Bring your appetites! We are having food brought in tomorrow after school from Salsarita! We want you nice and full to receive parents and give them a great night!

#WRStrong Football – Come out for a great night of football and community! This Friday’s Football game against South Rowan High is our #WRStrong Community event. Let’s show our support for West Area Schools! Teachers and spouses get in free, with employee ID, and all students get in for $3.

MEDIA MADNESS

It has been an amazing week in the library with students learning and engaging in banned books talks and research! To hear their passion about defending books they have read but that have been challenged is truly heart warming!!

School picture day is rapidly coming up! Oct 10 th will be here soon! This year you will all have a small chalkboard to write a quote on that you will hold up in your picture!! Your quote can be funny or serious completely your call!!

8th grade teachers please continue to encourage your students to bring in one baby picture for the yearbook!

If you take any pictures in your class please share them with me so I can add them to our weekly shared album. Thanks! Here’s the link for this weeks album! Thanks to everyone who shared pictures! https://photos.app.goo.gl/JdzXIFDjYwLRQHhH3

Shout out to Mrs. Miller and Ms. Hough for their hard work on what is sure to be an awesome PBL using Weebly!!

INSPIRATION

Our data presentations have been about two things:

  1. the results of what we do with students and;
  2. what we need to do.

We can do it!

#WEstBulldogs

 

‘I saw my students constructing masterful narratives using rap’

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Loaner iPads – Loaner iPads will be delivered to the school on Wednesday.  These go to students if their iPad is damaged.  Students don’t get a loaner if they forgot their iPad at home or their iPad went dead.  If you need an iPad for those students please let me know.
  • Discovery Ed – The tech department will be doing a re-sync of all DE data this weekend in hopes to fix any rostering issues that we have seen thus far.
  • MathSpace – There is an issue with users being kicked out of the program. MathSpace is aware of the problem and is working towards a solution.
  • Updating iPads – It is okay for students/staff to update their iPad to iOS 11. However, a number of apps will have to be updated in order to work (Clever is one of these Apps, FYI).

GO-TO GIRLS

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus

Thanks for allowing NJHS to sell dance tickets in homeroom.  And a special thank you to all those who helped chaperone and serve at the dance.  A great way to bring in Autumn.

Enrichment time with guidance is going well!  We are touching on the compassion project and encouraging students to think about how they want to make a difference.  We are also dicussing how gossip and talking about others is hurtful and unkind.  We are using hands on demonstrations to show the impact that gossip can have, using a book (read via you tube) to show how you can never recapture the hurtful words you say, and allowng the kids to interact with each other by playing a game which exhibits how it is difficult to tell what is true and what is a lie.

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefanoWither

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday Sept 25, and 

  • Leadership Meeting with Exploratories
  • WRMS Staff Luncheon – 2:45
  • Bulldog Golf at Warrior Club 4:00 pm
  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30 [Get ready to share with families about what they can do to help their kids be successful at West Rowan Middle]
    • AIG Parent Information Session

Tuesday Sept 26

  • Progress Reports Go Home
  • 6th Grade Planning Day
  • 7th Grade Football vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Home

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football vs Southeast MS at Home
  • EC Department Meeting

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • Softball/Tennis vs Erwin MS Away

Friday Sept 29

  • Exploratory Planning Day
  • RSS Early Release Day
  • Poverty Simulation – WRMS and CGMS at CGMS
  • #WRStrong Football Event – WRHS vs SRHS

Monday Oct 2

  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade
  • SIT Meeting
  • NJHS Induction Ceremony @ 6:30 pm
  • Bulldog Golf @ Warrior Club

Tuesday Oct 3

  • 7th Grade Planning Day
  • WRMS 7th Football vs Erwin Away

Wednesday Oct 4

  • WRMS 8th Grade Football vs Erwin Away
  • Game Plan for life – 6th Grade Assembly during Exploratories

Thursday Oct 5

  • Flu Clinic – 9:00 – 11:00 [see Mrs Thompson for the sign up]
  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Away

Friday Oct 6

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Game Plan for Life – 6th/7th Grade

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

  • Training – New district benchmark tool during planning
  • Rounding Visit
  • 8th Football vs NRMS Away

Thursday 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

  • 8th Football vs Corriher-Lipe MS @home

Thursday Oct 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
  • 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

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, displaying innovative teaching] 4-6 pm
  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday Nov 8

  • Report Cards Go Home

Thursday Nov 9

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

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Bulldog News Week of 9.17.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

518VIrOymEL._AC_UL320_SR248,320_Enhancing Enrichment – Those who have been here for a while remember when enrichment first started. It has evolved over time but we have always had one vision for it – to provide a time that help inspire students to do better and fill in any gaps they may have. We have had lots of compliments about the current iteration of enrichment [thanks Mrs Hester]. We will continue to reflect on it effectiveness. This is the time to help with school wide initiatives like personalization [check out the entry on learning styles below]. Discuss with your accountability partner, ‘Is enrichment improving learning for WRMS students? If not, what can we do better?’

Middle-School-MotivatorsWe are rolling out the next iteration of enrichment Tuesday by sharing the schedule for the next month, that includes the full day planning schedule Mrs Hester worked up [we have added the pages to the WRMS Essentials spreadsheet in Google Drive].

In the schedule, you will see some time for ‘CV/RC/Intervntns’ – this time is to be used for Core Value lessons, Responsive Classroom Time and Intervention time for students. This is the time to plan out some difference making activities for students:

  • Core Values – This is what are school is about. Last year, we spent time developing lessons and activities around them. They are located in the WRMS Essentials Google Drive folder and also in the Schoology folder, look under WRMS Staff. We must take our time help focus on these school priorities
  • Responsive Classroom – Everyone has the Responsive Classroom resources shown above. Take time to use these GREAT resources to build community in your classroom. Plan with one of your grade level members who attended training for ideas and suggestions;
  • Interventions – This will require planning and communication with your team and/or grade level. This has to take place to fill in gaps for students who need it.

We have the resources to support efforts in this. We don’t have to spend a whole week on one area, plan what how to effectively space them out so that we keep student interest high and they are achieving at high levels.

img_00911-e1505590873658.pngLearning Styles Inventory – Its important for educators to know the students that make up their classroom. Its easy for the facilitator in the room to create learning opportunities leaning more towards their favored way of learning rather than addressing the needs of the room. Ask yourself do you like a quiet room with nominal noise and movement? Do you prefer to talk and get the work done? This can explain a lot about why classrooms are set up the way they are. But also consider that there are multiple learning preferences in the room and that learning styles can vary based on the activity. We have to make a concerted effort to get to know our learners.

This week we will be giving a learning styles inventory during enrichment. We have provided a copy of the learning styles inventory below. Mrs Henley also posted it in the WRMS Essentials Google Drive folder called Learning Styles and also in Schoology under WRMS Staff. This can be given as a digital activity, when you do plan an activity for all your class groups wherein they share, learn their classmates and learn about you.

We want to thank everyone for their attentiveness and good cooperation during the data presentation last week. Special appreciation to Mrs Henley, Hester and Mr Brown for their contribution in building it up. These talks are always difficult but as long as we ensure we are talking about building better practices and understandings, we are going to have a winning struggle.

We are better together!

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We are better TOGETHER!

Our past data talk, future gap talk, continued instructional planning, all collaborative efforts only work if we are all about the ‘us’ – not the ‘you’ or ‘me’.

Do you often think about the enormity of our responsibility? We have to make 100-140 students in our charge grow/leave us better academically/socially/emotionally than when they came to us. To make that happen you have to spark motivation, activate learning, differentiate/scaffold, hug and push, raise bars, create amazing activities, etc – that’s daunting! In truth, one person cannot do it alone. We have to be in this together.

Our Understandings help us make our great work about us, not a person. Its easy to say no or try to hold onto some past great that’s why we embrace A Bias Towards Yes – it reminds us to embrace a possibility, it empowers us to kindly encourage a colleague to try think forward and its a marker for us to remember that we can try something new and if we don’t get the results we want, we claim the victory in trying something new.

Think of Weigh in then Buy In. We want everyone involved in a conversation, planning or discussion. We need everyone to weigh in. The discussion is important but what is more important is what is understood when everyone leaves. Weigh in then Buy In means that when we leave room, there is no more ‘Your’ or ‘You’ or ‘I’ – there is only what WE believe and what we will do to help serve kids.

Keep talking about Our Understandings in your group discussions and let them help make guide the process of transforming our school from great to BETTER!

Great strategy from Mr Kepley’s room. He makes the 7th Soc St Planning Framework part of the class discussion. Check it out on his board. Transparency builds empowerment. Visit his room to see it activate learning

Coaching Conversations – We have recently began our informal and formal observations of teaching and learnings. For each informal observation, the facilitator in the room gets feedback immediately thru email. The formal observation comes from a follow up conversation from the NC Teacher evaluation system [this is from our training during preplanning]. To help us launch school well, we didn’t start any feedback or observations for the first nine days of schools. But now both are in full effect.

To enhance these experiences, we will have coaching conversations with teachers the last week of every month. These will be growth conversations between the individual teacher and instructional leadership team. For our first iteration, we will meet with ELA, Math and 1st/2nd year teachers. Invitations are being sent by email to all teachers being met with. These conversations are about growth and improvement. 

Building Our Culture – Our everyday work is to build a learning environment where our students can thrive and prosper. The measure of our success is determined by how well student are succeeding. In order for that to happen, we have to begin looking at students first.

Considering students first means doing things different in a lot of ways:

  • Allowing students to choose their projects
  • Allowing students to choose what they study
  • Empowering learners in the room
  • Redefining our roles, teachers vs facilitators

We have to make small steady steps in changing our culture to reflect this. This is deliberate and consistent work. Small victories and changes mean a lot. Embrace the work and the celebrations.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The weekly photo posts are picking up steam with our social media followers! If you take any pictures throughout the week in your classroom or at sporting events please share them with me. Every week I post a new album on our schools Twitter and Facebook account. Here is this weeks Photo Fun Friday album! https://photos.app.goo.gl/zaMGT7OOHqkrGHCO2
  • 8th grade teachers please encourage your students to bring in their baby pictures for the yearbook. This is a free thing we do for our 8th grade students as just a little something extra 🙂
  • 8th grade students will be voting for yearbook dedication soon. If you do not want your name on the list please let me know.
  • Mrs. Hege’s students spent a full day in the makerspace! Students had researched either 9/11 or Hurricane Irma prior to their visit. Once in the makerspace they took this knowledge the created an image based off of the information. They then where given a blank piece of paper, 2 pieces of cooper tape, led lights, and a watch battery to create a simple circuit. We discussed electricity and how circuits work! Here is some of their completed work!

INSPIRATION

Thanks to Anthony Johnson this week for sharing his personal story with us! Its important to remember that struggles have names and lives and reasons.

His instructional strategy for using stop motion animation is timely and needed. Here are some samples of other student work to help inspire some thoughts in your planning:

 

Henley’s Hurrahs

Thank you to all ELA teachers for your diligence in checking behind our kiddos making sure Achieve 3000 Level Sets are complete. I encourage all teachers to look at student data as often as possible to see how they are performing on activities. Reflecting on our data, we understand the importance of differentiation and ensuring our questioning and learning tasks are at a high level. Productive struggle is a good thing, that is when learning occurs.

Prior to beginning my post, I looked at activities completed by all grade levels from August 28th to September 14th, and noticed something…numerous College and Career Reading students are scoring below 75%. For many this was their first article of the year and not a precedent they should be setting for themselves. This is the perfect segue for a student conference. Remember this is a subgroup whose performance has been trending downward.

What about the student that completes eleven articles in two hours, yes that was the case for a student this week. Only two out of the eleven articles were at 75% or higher. What questions can you ask the student? What questions can you ask yourself?

Achieve is just one of several programs we have, and when used effectively is beneficial to our students. Vickie Smith said several things last year when visiting WRMS that resonated with me:

  • “Quality over quantity.”
  • “The introduction, vocabulary, and modeling of first two paragraphs should be non-negotiable.”

Remember, YOU set the stage for learning in your class through effective planning with colleagues, facilitating class discussions, sharing your wisdom, engaging your students in discourse and authentic learning tasks, and providing kind, helpful and specific feedback. Yes, we have amazing devices, websites, and apps but…

“Technologies should not support learning by attempting to instruct the learners, but rather should be used as knowledge construction tools that students learn with, not from” (from David Jonassen and colleagues in TechTrends, 1998).

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • iOS Update:  The new iOS update will be available this Tuesday.  Students are free to start downloading it when it becomes available.  On a personal note: if you try downloading it on your own phone or iPad its best to wait a day or two.  So many people try downloading it the first day that you get a lot of “error messages” saying the download was unsuccessful due to the high volume of downloads.
  • Loaner iPads: Loaner iPads “should” be delivered to our school this week for those students who have damaged iPads.
  • New Website: The new website is set to go live October 1st.  Mrs. Shue and I will be in charge of keeping the website current.  If you have news articles or pictures you want posted please email Mrs. Shue or I with your picture or a short little write up.
  • Mrs. Miller: Big shout out to Mrs. Miller for helping get the 8th grade setup with gradebook! You are awesome.
  • Problems with Schoology: If you are still having problems with the wrong courses showing up in Schoology please let me know.  I will explain what is happening it with it at grade level meetings.
  • Gradebook:  If you still need your gradebook setup please let me know so I can get it taken care of for you on Monday!

GO-TO GIRLS

“Your life has purpose.Your story is important.

Your dreams count. Your voice matters. You were born to make an impact.”

                                   -Unknown

Dance into Fall!  NJHS Dance this Friday, September 22!  Tickets will go on sale Wednesday during homeroom.  Chaperones are McNeely, King, Hough, Burns, Nussman, Powers, Horton, and anyone else who wants dance duty out of the way.

Thank you all for attending the Branching Minds training.  As our state moves toward full implementation of MTSS, this is what we will be using.  Please remember the first and third Friday of every month is reserved for student assistance team.  We need your voices!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday Sept 18

  • Leadership Meeting with 6th Grade
  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football vs Knox MS at Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Home
  • Learning Styles Inventory – 8th Grade and 7th Grade Pixel X Team [4 person team]

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football vs Knox MS at Home
  • Learning Styles Inventory – 6th Grade

Thursday Sept 21

  • Softball/Tennis vs China Grove Away
  • Learning Styles Inventory – 7th Grade Team Pixel Y [5 person team]

Friday Sept 22

  • DE Techbook Training – Math Teachers
  • NJHS Dance- 6-8 pm Please see Jenny or Melissa to get your chaperone duty out of the way 🙂

Monday Sept 25

  • Leadership Meeting with Exploratories
  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30 [Get ready to share with families about what they can do to help their kids be successful at West Rowan Middle]
    • AIG Parent Information Session

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 6th Grade Planning Day
  • 7th Grade Football vs Southeast MS at Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Home

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football vs Southeast MS at Home
  • EC Department Meeting

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • Softball/Tennis vs Erwin MS Away

Friday Sept 29

  • Exploratory Planning Day
  • RSS Early Release Day
  • Poverty Simulation – WRMS and CGMS at CGMS
  • #WRStrong Football Event – WRHS vs SRHS

Monday Oct 2

  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade
  • SIT Meeting
  • NJHS Induction Ceremony @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday Oct 3

  • 7th Grade Planning Day
  • WRMS 7th Football vs Erwin Away

Wednesday Oct 4

  • WRMS 8th Grade Football vs Erwin Away
  • Game Plan for life – 6th Grade Assembly during Exploratories

Thursday Oct 5

  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Away

Friday Oct 6

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Game Plan for Life – 6th/7th Grade

Monday Oct 9

  • Leadership Meeting – 7th Grade
  • Faculty Meeting

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

  • Training – New district benchmark tool during planning
  • Rounding Visit
  • 8th Football vs NRMS Away

Thursday Oct 12

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

Friday Oct 13

  • State Fair – 8th grade

Monday Oct 16

  • Leadership Meeting – 6th Grade
  • Department Meeting

Tuesday Oct 17

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

Wednesday Oct 18

  • 8th Football vs Corriher-Lipe MS @home

Thursday Oct 19

  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Away

Friday Oct 20

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 23

  • Benchmark/NC Check In
  • Leadership Exploratory

Tuesday Oct 24

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

Wednesday Oct 25

  • Science Benchmark
  • 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 must attend

Friday, November 3

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

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Bulldog News Week of 9.10.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

We are excited to announce that Marian Hough (with the help of Holly Brumley) and Raye Brothers have offered to help lead our students in YCI and Student Council. We are excited to see what amazing things these great groups will do.

If you are looking for a way to get your class motivated and engaged, you will want to take a look at ClassCraft. There are other digital tools that help with engagement and management but ClassCraft is different in that its game-based system is an appeal to more middle schoolers.

If you are looking for an in house master/teacher/user, please visit Mrs Kohler during your planning period. Her class really comes together with this tool.

Leadership Meetings – We are going to start rotating our leadership meetings during planning times on Mondays to meet during different planning periods. This is an effort to involve all team leaders in a school leadership meeting to hear school wide conversations and concerns and be heard. This Monday, we will meet at 9:45 to bring in 7th grade team leaders, the following week will be for 6th grade team leaders.

Day of Planning – During our PD on Wednesday, an idea was brought to the table again: What if the four core areas got an entire day to plan! We know that we have discussed this previously and we understand some of the concerns; however, wouldn’t it be phenomenal if you could be at school working on your entire next unit or two using the curriculum planning framework we discussed on Wednesday. Mrs. Hester is going to create a possible schedule and share it in WRMS essentials folder in Google drive. Please look at the plan and carefully consider how this could help you have some extra planning time with your planning partners as well as time to analyze data for your classes and create an extraordinary learning environment.

PowerSchool Gradebook – We know that some of you have had some difficulty setting up your PowerSchool Gradebook. Please make sure that you get it set up correctly and start putting in grades. We need to remember to update the grades weekly.

worksheetsThe Worksheet – We often refer to worksheets in our talks as means of providing a common basis for the type of student work we strive NOT to provide learners. Its a good common reference for us as adult learners because most of the worksheets we’re accustomed hit the lower part of Bloom’s/Level 1 on Depth of Knowledge. We apply a lot of pressure on students to complete this work in a specific time frame and look for high levels of accuracy. As a student, I was told this made me smart and I worked to get that accolade.

But as an adult who continues to study what learning is, I’ve come to accept that I need to change that thinking. I am unlearning what I thought learning was and am relearning a key fact – ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’ V. Lombardi [thanks Mr Pittman’s door frame]. We often get caught up in labels like AIG or ‘natural reader’ or ‘always good at math/numbers’ that we pigeon-hole students and begin accepting the grades and work we get from students. As our data presentation showed, this is to our detriment.

These worksheets, digital or print, teach to the middle. They don’t allow for productive struggle, they don’t allow students to own the learning, they don’t allow for any global or personal connection. They are so ingrained in how we think of education its hard not to imagine teaching without it. Its definitely hard to explain learning and teaching to parents without them. But as we turn the corner, we have to redefine worksheets and lectures; we have to rethink PBLs and explorations for students. We have to think about feedback and coaching and helping students understand the value of working hard.

Think about your classroom and what can be done. What can we do different as a school/grade level/team. Our journey for ‘better’ is our journey – no one else’s. And it will be full of hard work, learning and moving forward. D. McCoy, Proud Principal

 

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Our Pineapple Board needs you
We Need Your Greatness

We are excited about our new pineapple board. This is a great way for us to share the wonderful things we do at West Rowan Middle. We have great learning experiences being designed and students demonstrating learning in lots of different ways already, the one thing we need is YOU!

We need you to contribute to the board with an activity – LDC module, PBL, FAl, student presentation, centers, outdoor learning or any other great piece we can share with each other. Please share to the board so that we can grow together.

This is how our school gets better, sharing and connecting.

MEDIA MADNESS

wanted to start by saying thank you to all of you for your kind and positive words about the genrefication of the library! All of your positivity about is being felt by the students! This shows in our circulations statics being nearly tripled several days this week!

I’m posting weekly book shares on our YouTube channel and will start sharing those on schoology for the students to see soon! If you are interested in sharing a book you’ve read and think the kids might enjoy please let me know!

Please remember that every Friday I am posting a shared album to our schools social media sights. If you take any pictures throughout the week please share them with me so I can add them to our weekly album…thanks 🙂

INSPIRATION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk

Just as our relationships with students have the power and opportunity to build amazing things, our words and interactions can reinforce some harm or trauma students are experiencing at home. Please take time to watch this powerful video. Take time to consider the words you use, how you use them and what we do around students.

We are always two questions away from being blown away by learning something significant from our students. Let’s continue to help our school be the place that our students never feel like they have met the bear in the woods.

 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL-SrNJ0ZPg

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Changing Student iAM passwords: If you need to change your students iAM password this video will show you how to do this. Remember the students iAM password should be the first initial (Capitalized) middle initial last initial – last 4 numbers of school number. Ex. Jgp-1234 Click Here To See Video
  • App Request: So far these apps have been requested to be put in Self Service: Remind, Neu.Annotate+PDF
  • RSS Technology Handbook
  • Apple Classroom: Shout to Mrs. Reader and Mr. Bowman for getting Apple Classroom setup with their students!
  • Desktops: The desktops are now ready for you all to use in the library and computer lab. Please be mindful of who you are sending into the computer lab. The desktops took a lot of damage last year.
  • Loaner iPads: I was told that we should be receiving loaner iPads this week for those iPads we have to send off for repairs.
  • iPads (if students haven’t paid): If students haven’t paid for their iPad we will start giving them their iPad on Tuesday. They will be checking these iPads in and out with their homeroom teachers.

Henley’s Hurrahs

I am so excited about the upcoming Problem Based Learning experiences teachers are currently planning. Grade levels have back to back planning days set aside during Enrichment to begin the planning process. Additional planning periods allow teachers to focus on creating engaging scenarios to hook students. Meetings begin with an idea or a thought, and after 45 minutes of brainstorming the beginnings of an amazing PBL are in place. Integrating details, scenarios, guest speakers, and presentation criteria becomes an iterative process until complete.

Teachers have expressed “I just don’t have the time” for a PBL. While that is a valid concern, students do not have to “work on” the tasks and activities on consecutive school days. Example: the major focus of study for 8th grade Science during third quarter is:

8.E.1 Understand the hydrosphere and the impact of humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans.


Teachers craft a fuzzy, ill-structured problem based on the standard(s). Through out the quarter as instruction occurs, students get “more pieces to the puzzle” and work towards a solution. “Working on the PBL” can occur at strategic times through out the the quarter based on pre-planning.

Shifting our understanding of a PBL as an “end product” to a teaching and learning model in which intentional instruction occurs, is a gradual process. Problem Based Learning is a constructivist instructional model where people/students learn by making sense out of the world or make meaning out of what they encounter. Learning is an active process. Learning occurs as we encounter conflict or challenge. Most of all, according to constructivists, “learning is a social activity involving collaboration, negotiation, and in authentic practices of communities” (Reiser and Dempsey, 2018, p. 61).

  • Reiser, R.A. & Dempsey, J.V. (2017). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.

GO-TO GIRLS

Thanks to all teachers for being diligent about checking attendance. We have a new attendance policy this year for RSS which Mindy will be going over with you in the next couple of weeks. Expect her in a future grade level meeting do a short presentation on reporting child abuse and neglect as well. We want all of our students to be present, healthy and safe!

This Friday during grade level planning, each teacher needs to come to the Main Hall collaborative room for a Branching Minds update. Our new diagnostician, Matt Krome, will be here to present along with Jenny. Branching Minds is the online tool that all teachers will use to chart any and all academic and behavior interventions for your students. As our district moves towards total implementation of the state mandated MTSS (Multi Tiered System of Support), using Branching Minds and meeting with your Student Assistance Team about Tier 3 students will have us prepared to best serve struggling students. With a change to Branching Minds over the summer, the program allows us to completely chart everything on our laptops. No more weekly charts to copy and share! A video has also been added to the Schoology group “Courses” that you will be able to refer to at any time to help you navigate the site. Make sure to bring your laptops on Friday!

Friday, November 3 will be the day that the time capsule located at the flagpoles will be opened. The capsule was sealed the year the new building opened. The class of ’97 were 8th graders that year, and they will be having a class reunion that weekend. Former students and teachers will be in attendance. We will also be replacing the capsule with another to be opened in another 25 years. Each team will be asked to choose something to be placed inside to represent 2017. The capsule is the size of a file cabinet drawer. More information to come later, but please remember this date for it will be a fun and memorable community event. If you would be willing to help with the reception that will follow, please see Jenny.

#ChooseKind

UPCOMING EVENT

WithoutPassionKidsStruggle_Option2_version0.6Monday Sept 11

  • Faculty Meeting – Presentation from Anthony Johnson, charge iPad with app ‘Stop Motion’

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day
  • Branching Minds Training/Update during planning

Monday Sept 18

  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football @ Knox MS
  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Home

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Thursday Sept 21

  • Softball/Tennis vs China Grove Away

Friday Sept 22

  • DE Training – Math Teachers
  • NJHS Dance- 6-8 pm Please see Jenny or Melissa to get your chaperone duty out of the way 🙂

Saturday Sept 23

  • Bulldog Futbol Classic

Monday Sept 25

  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 7th Grade Football @ Southeast MS
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Home

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • Softball/Tennis vs Erwin MS Away

Friday Sept 29

  • RSS Early Release Day
  • Poverty Simulation – WRMS and CLMS at CLMS
  • #WRStrong Football Event – WRHS vs SRHS

Monday Oct 2

  • SIT Meeting
  • NJHS Induction Ceremony @ 6:30 pm

C6-B3CKWkAAwGwPTuesday Oct 3

  • WRMS 7th Football vs Erwin Away

Wednesday Oct 4

  • WRMS 8th Grade Football vs Erwin Away
  • Game Plan for life – 6th Grade Assembly during Exploratories

Thursday Oct 5

  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Away
  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Friday Oct 6

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 9

  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday Oct 10

  • School Pictures
  • 7th Football vs NRMS @ Home
  • Softball/Tennis vs Southeast MS @ Home
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30 @ WRMS Band Room

Wednesday Oct 11

  • 8th Football vs NRMS Away

Thursday Oct 12

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

Friday Oct 13

  • State Fair – 8th grade

Friday, November 3

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

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 9.03.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

EVAAS Access – Next week NC accountability data will be released by the state and we will begin exploring that data for use in our classrooms and departments. In preparation for that, please make sure your EVAAS accounts are up and you can access them. Use this link – https://ncdpi.sas.com – to access the site. If you don’t remember your login information, you can retrieve it with forgot username feature using your rss.k12.nc.us email.

To continue to improve our classroom practices, to personalize learning to make sure every student grows, we have to know where students are and this growth data is critical to that. Training will come over the next weeks but for now, please make sure you can login.

1g5bhGIv_400x400Faculty Meeting with Anthony Johnson – We are fortunate to have Anthony Johnson teacher from Isenburg ES and RSS 2016 Teacher of the Year join us for our Sept 11 faculty meeting. Mr Johnson is a highly distinguished educator and has spent this summer traveling the world sharing the great things in his classroom that’s reknowned as ‘Johnsonville.’

Of the many things that make his class next level, he is coming to share some of his work with stop animation as a form of demonstrated mastery. To help expedite the event, please do the following before the meeting:

  • bring your charged iPad
  • download the app Stop Motion

How We Keep Moving Forward

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Developing ‘Our Understandings’ last year was a true step in setting high expectations for our meetings and the outcomes of our meetings.

Meeting times are a precious commodity. We can’t have all the talks we need during the school to properly serve students and families and prepare for our teaching. So when we meet, we have to maximize our time. Our Understandings help with that.

Take some time to consider:

  • What being present looks like and doesn’t look like;
  • Are your contributions contributing to building knowledge?
  • Are we respectful of everyone’s time and contribution?
  • Are we settling for easy or what’s best for kids?

Read over Our Understandings and reflect on your productivity and the productivity of your group[s]. Our students and families and YOU deserve us creating be learning and meeting environments.

Restart Status – For our new staff members and as a reminder for our returning staff West Rowan Middle, like 3 other middle schools and several elementary schools, has been granted Restart status by the state after lengthy application process. Restart status allows schools that have been struggling with performance to have additional measures to help in areas schools normally struggle with. For instance, certification, schedules, professional development, etc.

We started having ‘What IF..’ conversations last year about things we can/want/should do at West Rowan Middle to make our school a beacon for student achievement and innovative design – thinking, learning and teaching.

We don’t need permission to do out of the box – as a school we are doing great things! This is a time to imagine different experiential things that can help WRMS serve our community better.

I remember one of the earliest talks I heard from Dr Moody was framed around a central topic of if Rowan-Salisbury Schools [US] doesn’t prepare students for a different workforce and forward thinking world, who in our community will. Think of what we do in the classroom and school. Let’s take this as an opportunity to rethink and redo ‘middle school’ to be the school we need.

Observations – The administrators are deliberately not starting observations for the first 9 days. This time is important for #relationshipbuilding. We have signed off on all PDPs at this point and will start conversations scheduling observations over the next weeks. As a reminder, all BTs get a pre-conference for their first observations. We will be setting dates and times for these first observations. All other observations don’t require one but we will start these visits next week.

We need to put these observations in good context. We do not want these observations to be about a dog and pony show. We are here to see good efforts at teaching and learning;

  • Is there an obvious plan in place?
  • When things go wrong [accept the fact that things will go not as planned] how well are we adjusting?
  • Do students no what’s going on?
  • What is happening for students who understand, kind of understand and don’t understand?

The best way to address all is good planning. Use the framework, plan for groups and focus on guided instruction allowing students to dive deep into content.

Big Changes to the PE – We’re happy that the PE department is envisioning big things and making plans that will really help with our school function especially at athletic events. The PE dept is moving the Cardio/Exercise room to where the health classes were previously taught. This will give ample room for equipment space for Coach Sweet to lead Crossfit Classes. The room where the equipment is now will serve as the new health class and part time studio for Coach Young’s Hot Yoga classes. The last shift will occur in the corner room where furniture is currently stored. This will serve as the new storage room and the future concession stand for the school.

These big moves will really help the school function better and give our PE teacher the space they need to help us all get healthier.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • The genre system is almost complete in the library! And the students seem to love it! It is such a great feeling when I am asked where are you scary books, or war books, or animal books all I have to say is look for the color dot and they actually go and find books and come show them to me! It is my hope this helps change our students views on reading and helps them to find books they are truly interested in other than just grabbing something off the shelf.
  • As this process continues I am doing everything I can to make this as easy for the students as possible. I am currently changing how they are logged with in out Destiny (card catalog system). Previously when a book was entered into the search computer it would give the basic information of the book and the students would have to look it up by authors last name. By changing up how they are cataloged it will now tell the students its location. So all they have to do is look at the color coding chart, find the color dot, and pick out their book!

    Our Makerspace is off to a great start! Several 6th grade classes visited this week for a brief orientation to the makerspace and all of the tools we have to offer them. During this time they were given the task to build an iPad stand that could hold my iPad mini both Portrait and Landscape. It was a very neat experience to hear the students work together and the language they used. I heard students saying things like we need to adjust this piece, the width needs to be different, it needs some more weight in the front, thats a good idea, etc.  Heres just a few of the pics from the classes that visited!

     

  • The video for library orientation is still posted on YouTube. Please make sure that students view it before visiting the library. After they have watched the video they will understand the layout of the library and how to check in and out their books!

INSPIRATION

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Some of The Best iPad Apps for Showcasing Students Learning http://bit.ly/2xF0XTs

As we come to understand that there are multiple ways for students to demonstrate learning and mastery, we also have to continue our learning and investigation of ways students can ‘show what they know.’

Writing papers and creating presentations are mainstays that we have keep in our practice but our tools keep growing.

Some of these are tools we’ve used before, some we haven’t. Our investigation and use of them has to continue for students to show deeper levels of learning. These are engaging ways that tap into student creativity and interest.

Commit to using them throughout the year and helping a colleague implement in his/her class.

The Work Now Pays Later

 

I’ve been receiving stories from lots of teachers about positive contacts and feedback from parents regarding the homeroom calls. If you haven’t started, trust me when I say this will be some great fuel for your internal engine when you’re having a hard time finding some positives later.

Our efforts to connect with students and families now:

  • show everyone you value the positive more than the problems;
  • truly WILL be remembered later by parents;
  • help ground students in remembering the positives and what things should look like;

Building relationships is the foundation of everything we do. Be intentional with these calls and your words.

Student Centered Collaborative Spaces

As a reminder, we talked during our meetings about what being student centered looked like in collaborative spaces.  We discussed students building trust and showing they are responsible to work in the hallways, genius bars, and collaborative spaces.  Make sure you are checking on students regularly and holding students accountable for the work they should be completing when they leave your room.  Being in the collaborative spaces is a privilege for students who are working with integrity and purpose.

Henley’s Hurrahs

Wow…what an amazing first week! I so enjoyed our “non-PD” time on Wednesday. Getting to know each other, aligning school wide and personalized PD with PDP goals, and understanding professional development is a collaborative, iterative process helps create a sense of community with colleagues as we begin a year of instructional growth.

Planning Problem Based Learning opportunities with 8th grade ELA and Social Studies this week was amazing!! Brainstorming “fuzzy” ill-structured scenarios to provide students with opportunities to creatively problem solve potential solutions is “half the battle” when creating a PBL. Looking forward to more planning sessions next week!

At present the tremendous need for gifted teachers across North Carolina has created two possible “pathways” for an educator to become AIG certified. Pathway one entails enrolling in four graduate level courses and upon successful completion the AIG endorsement is added to your license. Pathway two provides teachers the opportunity to receive a local endorsement. However, upon completion of the program when educator successfully  passes the AIG Praxis a state endorsement is added.

As an AIG educator,  I feel gifted teaching and learning models can be modified for all learners. All students should have the benefit of differentiated instruction!  Check out the PowerPoint for logistical information…it is an amazing opportunity.

RSS AIG LEEP presentation SHARE[1]

Please come to PD on Wednesday with your copy of Leaders of Their Own Learning and a printed copy of your first common assessment. No reading required before the meeting:)

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Clever – Achieve3000,  Discovery Ed, and MathSpace are now ALL rostering through Clever. This means that students and teachers need to sign into Clever to access these accounts. It can be found under the student section of the county website.
  • Apple Classroom – Shoutout to Mrs. Roach and Mrs. Brawley for getting Apple Classroom up and going in their rooms.  It will make a huge difference in the management of the iPads in your room as well!
  • Desktops and Laptops – Now that most of the iPads are out to students I will be working on making sure the desktops and laptops are ready to be used.  If you have a desktop in your room that you are unable to log into please let me know.
  • Schoology – There are some issues with Schoology sections being assigned to the wrong teachers across the district. The tech department is working with Schoology to fix this issue but please know this is not isolated to just one school, this is an RSS problem.

GO-TO GIRLS

Happy 1st week of school! We are having fun meeting new students and getting to see those that we already know well.  Please see us if you have any students that you feel need some extra support. We started the school year with less tears than usual which is a really good thing!

There will be a staff training for Branching Minds during your planning time September 15th.  We will meet in the main hall collaborative room. In the meantime, Jenny has contacted teams that have students needing interventions and will meet with them prior to that date.

This year, we would like to take each grade level on a visit to a college campus. We will coordinate with the high school and Crosby Scholars to make sure we don’t repeat schools that they plan to take students. These visits will hopefully give our students a sense of what college life could be like and encourage them to begin setting educational goals. We will meet with grade levels to begin planning.

Although not really school counselor related, the first dance will be September 22nd, sponsored by NJHS. If you would like to chaperone, please see Jenny or Melissa Powers.

Finally, we know that many, many people in the Houston area are hurting. Our school spent a lot of time last year with students working on Compassion Projects, so we know that we have students with big hearts. We also raised over $1000 for Hurricane Matthew that was donated to the American Red Cross. Over the holiday weekend, please think of ways that we as a school can make our students aware of the devastation in Texas and raise funds to help those who have lost so much.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Sept 6

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • 8th Football vs South Stanly MS at Home
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Monday Sept 11

  • Faculty Meeting – Presentation from Anthony Johnson, charge iPad with app ‘Stop Motion’

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day
  • Branching Minds Training/Update during planning

Monday Sept 18

  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football @ Knox MS
  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Home

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Thursday Sept 21

  • Softball/Tennis vs China Grove Away

Friday Sept 22

  • DE Training – Math Teachers
  • NJHS Dance

Saturday Sept 23

  • Bulldog Futbol Classic

Monday Sept 25

  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 7th Grade Football @ Southeast MS
  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Home

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • Softball/Tennis vs Erwin MS Away

Friday Sept 29

  • RSS Early Release Day
  • Poverty Simulation – WRMS and CLMS at CLMS
  • #WRStrong Football Event – WRHS vs SRHS

Monday Oct 2

  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday Oct 3

  • WRMS 7th Football vs Erwin Away

Wednesday Oct 4

  • WRMS 8th Grade Football vs Erwin Away
  • Game Plan for life – 6th Grade Assembly during Exploratories

Thursday Oct 5

  • Softball/Tennis vs Knox MS Away
  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Friday Oct 6

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Friday, November 3

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

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 8.27.2017

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 Thank you all for a GREAT Week!

Your hard work and contribution made this week meaningful!!

 

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Connecting with Families

Building trust goes a long way with anyone. For teachers that comes from good relationships with families. Its critical that as early as possible, we start positive communications with families.

Don’t just make your Sept 15th phone calls something to check off your list – make is about making a difference.

Google Drive and Calendar

Communication is critical. Not being well informed caused frustration and feelings of isolation. The WRMS Google Drive and Calendar are how we share information instantly and with open access.

Make sure you have unfettered access to this information. We want and need you to have access to the WRMS Calendar so you can see what is happening any given day or week. Its very easy to add to your phone. Make a point to check it everyday in the morning. The WRMS Calendar has all the sports, field trips, dances and a too many other school events to list.

Google Drive is also accessible on your phone. The WRMS Essentials folder contains schedules, important information from groups and curriculum sources you may need. It also has an Essential Information Spreadsheet that has tabs for the Enrichment Schedule, school phone numbers, birthdays and other critical information.  If you think of a folder we need in WRMS Essentials that will help the school, share that with an administrator, counselor, Pittman, Shue or #TeamLeader! It should be making a great difference in what you do.

#WEstBulldogs

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…and these are only the 6th Grade Families!

We have a great community! Our parents want to invest in school and they come out to see where their students are coming to. Our gym was almost full of 6th grade families and our school was brimming most of the night with our families.

Our parents want to get involved, they want to hear from you. They want to make sure their child is taken care of. Communicate that, build that environment promote what you do.

This year, let’s make #WEstBulldogs a living goal we strive for.

Focus on Building Culture, not Discipline

Its never too late to think our classroom environments. Consider:

  • What kind of class would you want to be in?
  • When education isn’t a priority, because life is happening, what can you do to make a safe space?
  • Is your work engaging?
  • Is it welcoming?
  • Is it challenging?
  • Are you consistent with expectations?

Your rules won’t make the difference or change a life. Even though they help you run a classroom, they don’t change mindsets. Its the relationships we build that people remember, that ultimately help build students up to be the people they will become.

Take time to build up a compassionate, collaborative environment.

Enhancing Security at WRMS

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  • Security Codes: ALL CURRENT CODES WILL BE DEACTIVATED MONDAY Aug 28. If you currently have a code, please see Mr McCoy Monday for a new code. Each department will be issued a different code so we can track different accesses to the building.
  • Rekeying the Building Exterior: This fall, all the exterior locks to the building will be changed. The school will only be issued a minimum number of keys and will not be allowed create new ones. For entry, our school will be given more badge entry systems for exteriors. As a school, we will have better control of hours and level of access for all teachers. Instead of some personnel having wide access, now ALL personnel will have ability to gain entry into the school.

We will communicate these changes to everyone as we implement these changes.

Enrichment

We have slightly modified the enrichment schedule. It has been moved from ‘Duties’ to ‘WRMS Essentials.’  The first two days are for everyone to make sure all students have what they need as well as understanding expectations, procedures, core values, etc.

Lunch

For the first week of school, we want to give the 6th graders and cafeteria workers time to acclimate to the procedures for lunch and the numbers of students.  Teams on the 7th & 8th grade just need to go 5 minutes apart.  Here is a lunch schedule for 6th grade to follow the first week (you may need to combine your recess with 3rd period to allow for more time to get through lunch):

Powers & Roach 10:25–10:55

Kennington & Dalton 10:30–11:00

Nussman & Burns 10:35–11:05

Sells & Hege 10:40–11:10

Duties

The duty lists have been updated and shared in google drive.  Winter and Spring athletic duties will be added very soon.  Please remember that if you are switching a duty with someone to include the people that are switching and Mrs. Hester in an email.  If it is an athletic duty, also include Mrs. Hoffman in the email.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • Genrefication of the library is complete! Over the summer I began the process of transitioning our library from the traditional system of Dewey Decimal to a Genre based system. After doing a lot of research I think this will help us create a strong culture of reading in our school. Now when students ask where are your scary books I can simply point them to the red dots. In all of the research I looked at most schools circulation numbers DOUBLED!!! Here is the link to one article I found that motivated me to make this change http://genrefication.weebly.com/the-case-for.html

Below are a few pictures of the process of transforming the library!

  • Library Orientation: I believe I spoke with all of the ELA teachers of the past few days. This year I will be creating a video to serve as the orientation to the library. The hope is that this will allow students to start checking out books on the first day of school instead of waiting for a time to come in! I will hold an orientation in the makerspace to introduce this space to all of our students very soon!
  • Makerspace: Over the summer I received two Donors Choose grants! We now have one Hummingbird Robotics Kit (Planning to write a few more grants to hopefully get a few more) and four Sphero’s! These are awesome coding tools and I will share with you all more about them as soon as they come in.
  • ****If you have old catalogs, paints, tape, Legos, Glue Sticks, paper towel rolls, scrapbooking supplies anything that can be reused in the makerspace that you are willing to part with I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Google Photos: Near the end of last school year I began taking pictures throughout the week and adding them to our schools Google Photo folder. These weekly albums were posted to our schools social media sites and are a great way for the community to see whats happening in our school as well as for parents to see their child enjoying their day at school. If you take any pictures in class please share them with me so that I can add them to the weekly album! Thanks 🙂

INSPIRATION

Its starts with us!!
Are you that teacher who says ‘I got this?!’

We ARE going to win this one!

Follow Baruti Kafele at:

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Henley’s Hurrahs

I am so excited for @westrowanmiddle students this year! Educators have so many high quality resources at their fingertips…amazing revised curriculum frameworks, LDC (Literacy Design Collaborative), MDC (Mathematics Design Collaborative), and each other when planning, creating, and implementing high-quality Problem Based Learning experiences. Last year, we dipped our feet into the pond implementing PBL’s located from multiple resources…this year @westrowanmiddle’s PBL instructional goal is for teachers to collaborate and create engaging problem based educational opportunities for our students.

At this point you maybe be asking the question, “If I can find a PBL already “done”, why re-invent the wheel?” I don’t know about you, but I surely do not want THE first wheel (invented about 5,500 years ago) on my car. When created, wheels were not used for transportation until about 300 years later. Different vehicles require different tires/wheels. “Found” PBL’s are either created by an educator were created for their students, PBL’s found on “vetted” websites are generic in nature and not personalized for your students.

Creating a quality Problem Based Learning lesson/unit plan is an iterative process. As you work through the process, you will find yourself revisiting components, revising and editing as you “think like your students.” Focusing on six simple steps will make the planning process easier:

1.What outcomes do you imagine? How will you assess students?

This step can include assessments of learning, rubrics, group contracts, peer/self  evaluation, and writing samples.

2. Design ill-structured or fuzzy problem scenario.

Teachers “step into the shoes of a student” and create a problem that will elicit high level thinking, discussions, and research.

3. Creating success for students.

As educators, we cannot assume students understand the “process”, so introducing the PBL, scaffolding support, and “walking” through the first experience is important.

4. Research.

Do students really know how to effectively use the internet?

5. Products.

Instead of “traditional” projects or presentations, students should synthesize research, learning, and solutions and present to an authentic audience.

6. How will students be assessed?

Summative “tests”, peer and self evaluation opportunities, collaboration, or rubrics.

As the school year opens, each content area (core and exploratory) has two back to back days during Enrichment to begin creating their first PBL. Refer to the Duties Google Sheet. I look forward to brainstorming and creating amazing inquiry based learning opportunities for our @westrowanmiddle students.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Name Tags – On Monday I will be going around trying to get name tags on all the iPads.
  • iPads – On Tuesday we will start handing out iPads to those students who didn’t pick up their iPad this week.  We will start with 6th grade right away in the morning and then move to 8th grade when they get back from exploratory.  On Wednesday we will start with 7th grade first thing in the morning.
  • Apple Classroom – Apple Classroom will help you dramatically in how you manage the iPads in your classroom.  A few teachers have expressed interest in using it so I will be helping them this week get it up and going in their classroom. Mrs. Brooks is a great resource on this topic as she had great success using it last year.  Check out this link for further information:  https://images.apple.com/media/us/education/2016/1e867897_5de3_45db_ac71_d635d1ccb5a5/inspiration/classroom-app/education-classroom-app-cc-us-20160427_r848-9dwc.mov
  • YouTube – There have been issues across the county with all YouTube videos that are links. A specific solution right now is to go into YouTube and search the name of the video specifically.
  • Curriculum pathways – This is a great resource that is free.  Check it out.  https://www.curriculumpathways.com/portal/
  • Laptops and Desktops – I will be working during the week on getting all the desktops and laptops in working order.  Once I have this completed I will send out a link for signing up for the computer lab and laptop cart.  Also, please don’t send just any student to the computer lab.  We saw a lot of damage to our computers and keyboards this year.  Thank you!
  • Currently Active Inspire is not in self service so you will have to install Active Inspire bydownloading it from the Internet.  When prompted to enter a license key use this one: 0016-6435-7535-1100-4061.  Once that step is done you should have access to the software. I will be glad to help you with this process, but I will be pretty tied up with iPads for the next couple days.  So I wanted to get this out for those who were anxious to start using it.
  • Here is a quick reference guide for the phones – https://docs.google.com/a/rss.k12.nc.us/document/d/1FbnTcpWUzRz1XpOYO_dx731vru1dlU2hxWLlCiaoCVI/edit?usp=sharing

GO-TO GIRLS

Your Cool Counselors are happy to be back in our original home! We are excited about the new year and look forward to getting to know all of the new staff members! Please know that we are available whenever you need us.

As students arrive, some may be lacking school supplies. We have basically anything that they may need stored in our office. Whatever they don’t have, we will find. Michelle Pender spent countless hours this summer preparing the uniform closet for our students. We utilize it daily. Please thank Michelle when you see her! This year, we have added a new feature to support our students. A supply closet for anything from deodorant to shampoo to Q-tips is in the process of being stocked, thanks to many generous donors. If you have any food insecure students that you are aware of, please see Mindy Muire about Food For Thought (back pack program). The Go-To Girls are ready to serve our students (even make sandwiches after school)!

Student Assistance Team will meet the first and third Friday during your planning. On Friday, September 15th we will have a Branching Minds update during the SAT time. Our new diagnostician will be here to help with the presentation. Please make every effort to attend. Branching Minds is our primary resource for academic and behavior interventions, and the more familiar you are with how to use it, the more effective it will be.

We will add more next week about our plans for this school year. Please come by and see us in our new/old offices 🙂

UPCOMING EVENTS

a8a2070816866a4b1a09a22e6c789e2dMonday Aug 28

  • First day of school
  • Meeting with all students at beginning of electives in gym
  • Enrichment – Individual Teacher
  • Faculty Meeting [Reflecting on 1st Day]

Tuesday Aug 29

  • Achieve3000 Level Set Begins
  • Enrichment – Individual Teacher

Wednesday Aug 30

  • Fire Drill – 2:00 pm

Friday Sept 1

  • BulldogWear Day
  • WRMS Pep Rally – Great 1st Week

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • Discovery Ed Training
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Monday Sept 11

  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day

Monday Sept 18

  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football vs Knox MS at Home

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Saturday Sept 23

  • Bulldog Futbol Classic

Monday Sept 25

  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 7th Grade Football vs Southeast MS at Home

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems

Friday Sept 29

  • RSS Early Release Day
  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems

Tuesday Oct 3

  • WRMS 7th Football @ Erwin

Wednesday Oct 4

  • WRMS 8th Grade Football vs Erwin Away

Thursday Oct 5

Friday Oct 6

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Friday, November 3

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

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Bulldog News Week of 8.20.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

Its here! Our first week back!

We’re here and in for an action packed week. Its been great to see so many teachers up to the school already getting rooms ready. We’ve tried to minimize our meeting times this week to give you as much time in your rooms as possible however there are meetings planned everyday. Please read the calendar carefully and make sure you know what’s going on and where you are needed.

#WRStrong – Monday Morning

Please report directly to West Rowan High School Monday morning. We’re beginning our community event with a nice breakfast. Everything starts promptly at 8:00 am. You can drive straight there or if you wanted to carpool, that would be a great opportunity to have a good 10 minute talk with your teammates.

This is the first event in the West Rowan Schools coming together to plan what we can do to make more of a difference in our community. #inaugural

Our first get together is a quick meeting to come together, have some good food and start a dialogue about some good goals for West Rowan. Below are the groupings for our 9:00 breakout. Please find where you will be meeting and be prepared to participate in the small group discussions.

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We’re Glad You’re Here Night!

Last year, and years before, we referred to these nights as Back to School Nights! We gratefully welcome families in to learn about our school and meet our WRMS Family!

We are going to shift the theme for this night. It starts with change in the name. Instead of hosting a Back to School Night we are now hosting ‘We’re Glad You’re Here’ Night!

We are going to welcome families to our inviting school, let them see our great learning environments and classrooms and assure them their treasures are coming to school everyday to a place we all know they are safe.

This is our opportunity show our community that we are committed to creating a positive, nurturing learning environment for our students.

Let’s make everyone truly feel ‘We’re Glad You’re Here!

Share Your Message

Let your students and parents know what you’re about and what you want your classroom to be about. This year, to accent our great new paint and look, we’re asking teachers to share an inspiring, uplifting or directional quote for our students! Find a quote or message to put on the top of your door that means a lot to you and shows what your classroom will be about!

 

We’ve got the supplies for you – bring a great message!

Survey

Returning teachers, if you have not taken the teacher survey, please take a moment to take the 7 question survey. Link here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XGRH6L3

RSS Back to School Conference

We are so excited about the Back to School Conference this Tuesday! If this is your first

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RSS Board of Education – Mr Allen, Wagner, Mr Hunter, Dr Miller, Ms Byrd, Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Cox

time, you are in for a treat. This is a great day of personalized learning at its best! Take some time to read over the agenda for the day, download the app here, and plan a great day of learning!

Some important points to remember that day:

  • All teacher of RSS will be at SRHS you should plan to carpool or join us on the bus. We will leave around 7:00 am. Traffic will be heavy
  • Download the ibook ahead of time [help available Monday at faculty meeting]
  • There will be a vendor fair at the conference
  • Say hello if you see a board member

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INSPIRATION

When I saw video last week it reminded me of Mrs Brooks and Ms Kennington – they make a point to greet every student at the beginning of each class.

There is power in recognizing every student with a smile that shows the promise of a new start every day, every period.

Capitalize EVERY OPPORTUNITY!

HENLEY’S HURRAHS

Hello all…returning and new educators! This week’s hurrah is short and sweet:) Middle school instructional coaches spent the summer revising curriculum frameworks,

updating resources, and vocabulary instruction. On Wednesday, each content area will meet for about 45 minutes to dive into the Middle School Curriculum Resources updates.

  • 8:30-9:15 Math
  • 9:15-10:00 ELA
  • 10:00-10:45 Social Studies/Bible
  • 10:45-11:30 Arts/CTE/PE
  • 1:00-1:45 Science

See you then!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Monday Aug 21

  • 8:00 – 10:00 – #WRStrong Community Building at WRHS [See flyer]
    • Report directly to West Rowan High at 8:00
  • 12:00 – 3:30 – WRMS Staff Meeting, Media Center
    • 1:40 – Total Eclipse of the Heart Party

Tuesday Aug 22

Wednesday Aug 23

  • 8:30-9:15  ELA with Henley 

                      Exploratory, Science & Math with McCoy

    9:15-10:00 Math with Henley

                      SS and ELA with McCoy

    10:00-10:45 SS with Henley

                        Science & Math with Hester

    10:45-11:30 Exploratory with Henley

                        ELA & SS with Hester

    11:30-12:15 Science with Henley

                        Exploratory with Hester

  • Bus driver meeting @ 9:00
  • Pick up buses — leave @ 10:30

Thursday Aug 24

  • Coaches meeting @ 9:30
  • Faculty RoundRobin Meeting 12:00 – 2:00
  • We’re Glad You’re Here 4:30-5:30 6th grade
  • We’re Glad You’re Here 5:00 – 6:00 7th/8th grade

Friday Aug 25

  • Faculty Meeting 8:00 – 12:00

Saturday Aug 26

  • WRMS Football Jamboree
  • Achieve3000 Level Set Begins

Monday Aug 28

  • First day of school
  • Meeting with all students at beginning of electives in gym
  • Faculty Meeting [Reflecting on 1st Day]

Tuesday Aug 29

  • Achieve3000 Level Set Begins

Friday Sept 1

  • BulldogWear Day
  • WRMS Pep Rally – Great 1st Week

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Sept 6

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • Discovery Ed Training
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Monday Sept 11

  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day

DHmLxiNXsAAcASxMonday Sept 18

  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Saturday Sept 23

  • Bulldog Futbol Classic

Monday Sept 25

  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 7th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems

Friday Sept 29

  • RSS Early Release Day

Friday Sept 1

  • BulldogWear Day
  • WRMS Pep Rally – Great 1st Week

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Sept 6

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • Discovery Ed Training
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Monday Sept 11

  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day

Monday Sept 18

  • Department Meetings

Tuesday Sept 19

  • 7th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Wednesday Sept 20

  • WRMS Community Roundtable 3:00 – 4:30
  • 8th Grade Football @ Knox MS

Saturday Sept 23

  • Bulldog Futbol Classic

Monday Sept 25

  • Being the Best at West! 4:00 – 5:30

Tuesday Sept 26

  • 7th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Wednesday Sept 27

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems
  • 8th Grade Football @ Southeast MS

Thursday Sept 28

  • 8th Horizons Visit – History Meets Stems

Friday Sept 29

  • RSS Early Release Day

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Bulldog News Week of 8.13.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

imagesWe are so very excited about our new year – it marks new opportunities to make new differences in ourselves and in the students and families we serve. We have a tremendous responsibility and honor – we can help shape the minds and futures of the community we serve! We understand that every day is a new day with students – every year is a new year with our community. Reflect on your goals for the year and where you want to see growth. Create an accountability partner to keep your 2017-2018 goals in front of you and drive towards growing and developing.

As we grow, our students win!

Welcome New Hires

  • Latasha Gaines (7th grade SS/SC)
  • Jessica Johnson (8th grade Math)
  • Kim Lyles (EC TA)
  • Marian Hough (8th grade SS)
  • Carrie Adams (8th grade Math)
  • Lori Talbert (Data Manager)
  • Asyia Hargrove (7th grade Math/SC)
  • Annick Dalton (6th grade SC)
  • Robert Seckler (EC Resource)

Pre-Planning Week

We want to encourage teachers to come to work in your rooms as early as possible.   Beginning August 21, we will have a very full week. Normally we try to reserve Wednesday and Thursday for your time but this year, we have to plan additional meetings to get ready for school. The school will be open and ready for teachers to work in their rooms Aug 14th and this year Optional Teacher workdays are Aug 17th and 18th. Please utilize as much time as possible to get your room ready! Remember we host our community Aug 24th!

And Speaking of Hosting our Community..,

Last year, and years before, we referred to these nights as Back to School Nights! We gratefully welcome families in to learn about our school and meet our WRMS Family!

We are going to shift the theme for this night. It starts with change in the name. Instead of hosting a Back to School Night we are now hosting ‘We’re Glad You’re Here’ Night!

We are going to welcome families to our inviting school, let them see our great learning environments and classrooms and assure them their treasures are coming to school everyday to a place we all know they are safe.

Let’s make everyone truly feel ‘We’re Glad You’re Here!

Survey

Returning teachers, if you have not taken the teacher survey, please take a moment to take the 7 question survey.  Link here –  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XGRH6L3

Dances/fundraising

If your club/organization is wanting to host a dance this school year, please let Mrs. Thompson know a day.  She has already had a couple of requests so please contact her soon.  Remember, the School Improvement team last year decided to only have a couple jeans days a month that goes to the school fund so a dance is one of the ways your group can raise money.

Bulldog Jamboree

We are also hosting a Bulldog Jamboree on August 26.  One of our football teams will be playing a couple other schools that Saturday morning.  Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Brothers  and our Bulldog Teams would really appreciate any help with concessions and gate.  We are also considering selling t-shirts there and doing a silent auction to raise some money for athletics.  If your organization wants to present an idea to raise some money for your group at this event, please see Mrs. Hoffman.  We would love for this event to be a great kickoff to our school year.

Nearpod

We are excited to announce an opportunity to get a trial of the Gold edition of Nearpod with some other options as well for 5-10 teachers.  I know some of you are familiar with Nearpod and we are looking for a group that wants to test out the use of it in the classroom to determine if we want to purchase an edition for a larger group in our school.  Here is a brief video if you are not familiar https://vimeo.com/200733843. Nearpod has improved some of its features and lessons.  Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in doing for the first quarter.

 

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INSPIRATION

Great message to listen to and remind us of the voices on the other side of preparing for school@

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday Aug 14

  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Tuesday Aug 15

  • Data group going to Freightliner with WRHS
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Wednesday Aug 16

  • New Teacher Breakfast
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Thursday Aug 17

  • Optional workday
  • RSS Breakfast w Middle School Principals and Maintenance
  • New Teacher Orientation, afternoon at WRMS

Friday Aug 18

  • Optional workday
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Monday Aug 21

  • 8:00 – 10:00 – #WRStrong Community Building at WRHS [See flyer]
  • 12:00 – 3:30 – WRMS Staff Meeting, Media Center

Tuesday Aug 22

  • Back to School conference

Wednesday Aug 23

  • Content PD
  • Bus driver meeting @ 9:00
  • Pick up buses — leave @ 10:30

Thursday Aug 24

  • Mini Sessions start @ 8:00
  • Coaches meeting @ 9:30
  • Open house 4:30-5:30 6th grade
  • Open house 5:00 – 6:00 7th/8th grade

Friday Aug 25

  • Staff meeting @ 8:00
  • Leadership meeting @ 1:00

Saturday Aug 26

  • Bulldog Jamboree 9-12
  • School Open – Available for work in classrooms 9:00 – 12:00

Monday Aug 28

  • School Wide Assembly 7:30 – 8:00
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45

Tuesday Aug 29

  • Achieve3000 Level Set Begins

Wednesday Aug 30

Thursday Aug 31

Friday Sept 1

  • BulldogWear Day
  • WRMS Pep Rally – Great 1st Week

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Sept 6

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • Discovery Ed Training
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Friday Sept 8

Monday Sept 11

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day

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