Bulldog News Week of 01.14.18

INSPIRATION

As you begin your week, remember Your Why, Your Purpose.  We all need to continue to send positive energy to our Bulldog community for an amazing week!

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BULLDOG NEWS!

2nd Quarter Benchmark Testing

We will be giving Benchmark and NC Check-In testing this week.  Mr. Brown has emailed the testing plan on Friday 1/12/18, please make sure you read the plan carefully.   There are multiple tabs at the bottom which has the daily schedule, accommodations for each test, accommodated sites, and the testing rooms.  Homeroom teachers please make sure you tell students where to go if they have accommodations.  If you are giving an accommodated test please verify you have all your students and providing the required modifications.

Everyone has a bag of testing supplies in Mr. Brown’s office which will need to be picked up between 6:30 and 7:10 each morning.  This bag will have everything (except pencils) you will need for that day’s test, including; directions, test manual, class roster, and paper.  Many teachers kept the pencils from the last round of testing.  If you returned them, there will be additional pencils for you, but we do not have enough for everyone.  All testing materials must be returned when you are finished with testing. This includes paper (please separate used and unused) and test manuals.

If you have students that do not have an iPad please have them use the desktop in your classroom, or a desktop on your team if possible.  We are very limited on the number of laptops we have available and we do not have an extra teacher to test in the computer lab.

Please see Mr. Brown with any testing questions.

Marketing Team Committee information — Our marketing team wanted to share our goal for our committee:
To proudly promote and inform all members of our West Rowan Bulldog family about school wide functions.

Over the next couple of months, you will be hearing about some upcoming events/incentives to help promote our #WEstBullogs on Social Media (especially Twitter).  We want to encourage our students, teachers, parents and other community members to follow West Rowan Middle (@westrowanmiddle) on Twitter.  We want you, our students, parents, and community members who are taking pictures at events and sharing our Bulldog news to use #WEstBullogs.  Anytime you want to share the great learning that is occurring in your classroom, the success of your teams, clubs, or concerts/shows please use #WEstBulldogs.  We wanted to remind you that we haven’t had a single student in our school to “opt-out” of being on any type of social media representing our school; therefore, you are free to post pictures or videos of your students.

We have some exciting ideas that our committee members have come up with to show our community what a great school we are!  We are looking forward to sharing & developing those and seeing what you share on Twitter or any other social media sites.  Please remember to use #WEstBulldogs!  If you have any ideas that you would like to share with a committee member, please contact one of the following people:  Tara Hoffman, Emily Shue, Jerry Pittman, Holly Brumley, Timothy Kepley, Marian Hough, Taylor Spakes, Mark Sells, Jenny Horton or Tricia Hester.

images-1Priorities Moving Forward

As we move into the second half of the year we should reflect and commit on our actions and efforts to help support students in finishing the year ahead of where they came to us. Growth is achievable for all students. There are many things that we bring to our collective attention – things that we learn and grow on that help students learn at high levels:

  • Planning – committing to growth conversations during PLCs/Protected Planning involves a lot of things that help with student achievement [staying on topic with an agenda, bringing in data and student work, identifying skills students need and standards to be taught and what we will do for the students who got it, kinda got it, and don’t got it];
  • Guided Instruction – intentional planning for conversations to have with students at all levels of learning and need in our classroom;
  • Building relationships – Students who know you care, will jump keep trying to reach higher than what’s in their grasp;
  • Connecting with home and families;
  • Reviewing and enhancing classroom practices as needed;
  • Distinction between what we need to teach vs what we want to teach.

We all have a lot to do and these are some of our focuses and priorities. As we keep learning and moving forward, what helps us maintain is knowing we are in this together and growth for all students is possible.

Bridge Program from Horizons – Wednesday at 2:00 in the media center, personnel from Horizons will be out to meet with all students from the Horizons Program. We are working on getting a comprehensive list of students to share with you ahead of time.

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Keeping Parents Informed

This picture was taken Friday afternoon after dismissal. Mrs McNeely took a couple of minutes to call parents before heading out. Its critical that we are letting parents know about student progress. Being proactive and contacting parents is an impressive way to build community. A big part of that includes updating grades in a timely manner. Lastly, please make sure to respond when parents contact us within 24 hours – this includes all communication. Giving a few minutes makes a big difference to the lives of our students.

#WRStrong Arts Showcase – If you missed the #WRStrong Arts Showcase Thursday night, you missed an evening of our students stepping up and showing their talent and courage displaying hard work from months of coaching and passion. This was a big turnout for K-12 community as families came out to see performances from all levels.

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Thanks to Ms Spakes  and Mr Bowman and their students for their performances and Coach Epps for helping submit pieces from our talented students.

#WEstBulldogs

 

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Website: If you haven’t seen the county website recently one of the pictures we had posted on our own website is now featured on the county site.  We are posting new pictures and content to our website constantly.  If you have any good pictures or would like anything posted to the website please send these items to Mrs. Shue or myself.
  • Live: If you have something awesome going on in your classroom… big projects, great lesson, great student product, etc…that you would like for your parents or community to see we can use Facebook Live to show your and your students awesomeness.  If this is something that you are interested in let Mr. Pittman know!
  • Self Service: Many of you have been experiencing issues with some students being able to download apps while other students cannot. Here is the reason why. Before the break, a change was made in our purchasing process for app licensees. This change was strongly recommended to be made and assurances were made that this “small” change would not affect the current app purchasing process. After the break, we began to notice that students were unable to download certain apps. Upon further diagnostics, we found that the change that was made was indeed the cause of the problem. We began to work on a solution, that was when the JSS decided to go down for a week. Now that the system is back up and running we are working on getting the app licensees issues resolved. However, we do not think this will be a speedy fix. Please know that barring semester one testing, this is our top priority. We will be working to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. In the meantime, you will continue to see that some students can download apps while others cannot, but this should get better as the week progresses.

Instructional Information

January PD reminders:

  • No scheduled PD Tuesday, the 16th & 23rd
  • Please use the time to analyze benchmark performance using the Benchmark  Data Analysis Document
  • Intervention groups should be created prior to January 30th

Achieve 3000:

  • I Love Reading challenge began on January 12th and continues through February 12th.
  • Students completing 20 articles at or above 75% will participate in the Success Celebration the last Enrichment block on February 14th
  • A new shipment of class rosters just came in…drop by my room and pick some up!
  • Student cards for the “I’m Achieving” wall are organized by homeroom will be in your mailboxes Tuesday morning
  • Homeroom teachers can determine the number of articles read at 75% or higher with just a few clicks:

Tap the “hamburger” at the top left of the screen, select performance, How are my students performing on activities?, set the date from August 28th – January 16th, which activity types? Activities that factor into Lexile adjustments, view report

  • Students can share their current progress towards the 40 and 80 article goal by displaying their card in the appropriate location

 

GO-TO GIRLS

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” – Dalai Llama

Thank you for your attention during our Friday meeting.  We look forward to ongoing collaboration during our Friday meetings.

Remember after a student has been absent for 3 days, please contact the parent.  Then if absences continue please let Mrs. Muire know as soon as possible, so we can check on these kiddos.

Pasta 4 Patients!  Money collection for the fantastic charity will be Wednesday.  NJHS members will be collecting from you during their first enrichment.  Wednesday will also be a dollar or more for jeans day.  Encourage your students to participate as each dollar will go into your total.  Jenny will put stickers in your box to hand out to student who participate.  We will announce the leaders the following day.

Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.” – Zig Ziglar

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New A3K District Challenge! Share with your students!

UPCOMING EVENT

Saturday Jan 13

  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS

Monday Jan 15

  • Martin Luther King Holiday

Tuesday Jan 16

  • ELA Benchmark
  • JV Basketball vs Erwin MS @ home
  • Department Meetings

Wednesday Jan 17

  • Math Benchmark
  • Bridge Meeting [Horizon’s Science Program] 2:00 in Media Center

Thursday Jan 18

  • Science Benchmark
  • JV Basketball vs CLMS Home

Friday Jan 19

  • Social Studies Benchmark
  • Early Release

Monday Jan 22

  • Teacher workday
  • Marketing meeting 8:00 am
  • Math professional development 1:00-2:30

Tuesday Jan 23

  • 6th Grade to Horizons
  • JV Basketball @ China Grove

Wednesday Jan 24

  • 6th Grade to Horizons

Thursday Jan 25

  • JV Basketball @ Mooresville

Friday Jan 26

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • All District Band Clinic (half day)
  • Exploratory meeting with guidance in Collaboration room
  • Sign up genius sign ups–last block

Monday Jan 29

  • Grade Level Awards during Exploratories (students DO NOT dress up/parents are invited)
  • JV Basketball vs Knox @ Home

Tuesday Jan 30

  • Professional Development/PLCs

Thursday Feb 1

  • JV Basketball @ North Rowan

Friday Feb 2

  • WRMS Data Visit (8-8:50 am)
  • Good Bulldog Award Party (1:30-2:30)

Monday Feb 5

  • 8th grade leadership meeting
  • SIT meeting
  • JV Basketball vs SE @ home

Tuesday Feb 6

  • 8th graders go on High School visit
  • PD for grade levels and exploratory

Wednesday Feb 7

  • RSS Data meeting @ 7:45
  • WRMS Community Roundtable
  • JV Basketball vs North @ home

Thursday Feb 8

  • BT/Mentor meeting
  • JV Basketball @ Erwin

Monday Feb 12

  • Leadership 7th grade
  • Faculty meeting
  • JV Basketball @ Corriher-Lipe

Tuesday Feb 13

  • PD for grade levels and exploratory
  • Band Booster meeting

Wednesday Feb 14

  • Success celebration
  • 8th grade to Norvell Theater

Thursday Feb 15

  • JV Basketball vs China Grove @ home

Friday Feb 16

  • Early Release

RESOURCES

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Bulldog News Week of 01.07.18

INSPIRATION

We hope you picked 3 things from the 20 Tips for a Positive New Year from last week’s blog as a focus for this year!   Two of the tips were to use the words “get to” rather than “have to” and no complaining.  We know that it is often difficult to stay positive as the school year progresses so here are 5 tips to further help us stay positive from Jon Gordon.

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Check the email from Wed for the support links!

BULLDOG NEWS!

Wednesday Enrichment – The rosters will be updated for enrichment.  We had several students sign up for enrichment on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please make sure you check roll with the updated rosters.  If you have students who do not show up, please email absences to Brown & Hester for your 3 enrichments (preferably in one email).  If you have a student who is in your class and not on the roster, please send him/her to the intersection so they can be sent to their correct location.

For the remainder of the year, we have four enrichment cycles that we will be using.  The dates are listed in the table below.  During Cycle Two & Three, we will be incorporating the Compassion Project.  Each teacher will have a Compassion group during the first time slot beginning February 7.  For those cycles, teachers will need to decide based on data from benchmarks whether they will be teaching remediation for the other two sessions or just one remediation sessions and one enrichment session.   We will be doing sign ups for Cycle Two on Friday, January 26, so please let Mrs. Hester know your classes for remediation (based on benchmark data).

Cycle One Cycle Two
January 3rd

January 10th

*January 17th — no enrichment due to benchmarks

January 24th

February 7th

February 14th

February 21st

Cycle Three Cycle Four
February 28th

March 7th

March 14th

* March 21st — no enrichment due to benchmarks

*March 28th — no enrichment due to early release

April 11th

*April 18th — no enrichment due to Career Day

April 25th

May 2nd

*May 9th — no enrichment due to Compassion Project Presentations

May 16th

Reading challenge–We will be starting our next reading challenge January 12 and it will end February 12.  We appreciate your input during your PD this week on ways to promote these reading challenges.  We will be announcing it during our grade level expectation meetings, and we need your help in promoting it as well.

Reflect back on the Winter Break reading challenge, which only had 11 winners.  How close were students in your homeroom to meeting the requirement of reading 15 articles?  What could you have done to help promote this within your homeroom?  Help us to increase the number of winners with this “I LOVE READING” challenge.

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Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days– Last year, our school was selected to pilot a Virtual Learning Day in anticipation of the school system shutting down for inclement weather. We had lots of talks and preparation for how to best support students in our effort to continue learning when staff and students are engaged at home. Overall, our virtual learning day was successful.

It is very likely that if we have an inclement weather day this year we will also be able to do virtual learning from home again [the RSS BOE will vote Monday]. This is a great opportunity – these days are counted for staff and students.

Please talk with new team members about your experience with this last year. We will have a work talk Tuesday after school to get everyone ready and operating with consistent understanding of how to maximize this great day of learning.

Feedback helps us grow!

Data room–Our data room is beginning to take shape!  We’re set to have our first meeting in our new data room, the start of a new way of framing conversations to help make sure students are achieving and growing at high levels. Make sure that your data is up and ready to share by the end of the day Monday, January 8.  We want the data room to be available for use by all PLC groups on their protected planning days.

Mrs. Hester’s ISD on data will be in the data room on Tuesday as well all grade levels and exploratory meetings on Friday, January 12th.  Please bring your class rosters and have access to individual student data for both days.

Keep in mind our data dives should be the start of conversations about improving our efforts, not indictments of our intentions! We grow together by keeping our own feedback protocols in the forefront – Be Kind, Be Helpful, Be Specific.

Duties–There have been some updates made to the Athletic Winter Duties list.  Please make sure that you check for the upcoming games.  The changed dates have been highlighted.  Spring duties will be added this week.

Grade Level expectation meetings on Thursday, January 11– Due to the delay on the first day back to school, we moved this meeting to Thursday, January 11.  Mr. McCoy will be meeting with students at the beginning of exploratory in the gym to talk about expectations and the next reading challenge.  This should be a brief meeting.  Teachers, please walk your classes down to the gym at the beginning of exploratory so that we can start each of these meetings as soon as possible.   Grade level Teachers, please plan to be in attendance for your grade level meeting.  Exploratory teachers will also need to be there so you can take your classes back to your respective room at the end of the meeting.

Rounding visit Wednesday, Jan 10–Our second rounding visit will be this Wednesday.  Please be prepared for some district visitors.  They visit classrooms, talk to some staff and students.  Encourage our students to be great bulldog greeters and share with our visitors the great learning that is happening in your classroom.

West Fest

Fine Arts Showcase–Some of our students’ artwork will be showcased along with other students from schools in the West area on Thursday, January 11 from 5-7 pm.  Please come out and support our students!  What a great time to meet families and show support to all our West area students.  If you take pictures, post them using these three hashtags:  #WEstBulldogs #WRStrong #WestFest

MEDIA MADNESS

  • Weekly Google album https://photos.app.goo.gl/s7VBzkS1QpAntnn83
  • Please help us spread the word about trying to start a Boosters Club! booster club flyer
  • If you have any supplies for the makerspace at home that you are willing to donate I would greatly appreciate it! This can be things such as; paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks, old Legos, pieces of of old scrapbooking paper, beads, etc! The sky is really the limit! Anything you can think of that can possible be used to create something new!

TECH AWESOMENESS

  •  The system that we use to setup iPads and for students to download apps from Self Service has been down most of the week.  Hopefully it will be back up Monday.  I will let you all know if it is.  Once it is up,  I have a good amount of iPads that have come back from repairs to return to students and new iPads to give out to our new students.
  • I need three or four good and dependable students for the Bulldog News.  If you have any recommendations please let me know!

Instructional Information

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January 16th – no PD due to benchmark testing

January 23rd – no PD to allow teachers time to analyze benchmark data, determine standards for reteaching, and grouping students

January 30th – PD time used for planning focused, targeted instruction for Enrichment Cycle 2 (February 7th, 14th, and 21st)

Leaders of Their Own Learning:

Just as when planning instruction for our kiddos, once they are “hooked or engaged” with an appetizer, the entree is the “meat and potatoes” or important content students need to understand, process, and apply in a different context. Chapter presentations/discussions should include key points from the chapter, opportunities for discussion, and real life applications in the classroom.

  • February 6th – Chapter 5 Student Lead Conferences (8th-ELA, 7th-ELA, 6th-Math, Exploratory – Hoffman & Poole)
  • February 20th – Chapter 6 Celebrations of Learning (8th-Math, 7th-ELA, 6th-Math, Exploratory- Hoffman & Poole
  • March 6th – Chapter 7 Passage Presentations with Portfolios (7th-Math, SS-6th, Exploratory – CTE)
  • March 20th – Chapter 8 Standard-Based Grading (7th-Math, 6th-SS, Exploratory -CTE)

Chapter Presentation Exception 8th Grade:

  • March 6th – Chapter 8 (Science)
  • March 20th – Chapter 7 (Social Studies)

GO-TO GIRLS

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

If you have a student we are currently doing interventions for whether behavioral or academic please keep Branching Minds up to date!  We are meeting weekly with these students and need the information we work with them on to be accurate in order to provide sage guidance.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens

Remember after a student has been absent for 3 days, please contact the parent.  Then if absences continue please let Mrs. Muire know as soon as possible, so we can check on these kiddos.

Pasta 4 Patients!  First money collection for the fantastic charity will be Wednesday.  NJHS members will be collecting from you during their first enrichment.  We will announce the leaders the following day.

“Be kind”
Jesus…[you know he said it]

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday Jan 8

  • Faculty Meeting–Tina Mashburn will be speaking
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Varsity Basketball @ NRMS

Tuesday Jan 9

  • ISDs – PLCs
  • Inclement Day/Virtual Learning – Media Center, 2:45
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday Jan 10

  • RSS Rounding Visit
  • Varsity Basketball vs Knox MS at Home

Thursday Jan 11

West Fest

  • Grade Level Expectation Meetings – Exploratories [Exploratory Teachers should be present]
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • JV Basketball @ Knox MS
  • #WestFest – Fine Arts Show @ WRHS 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Friday Jan 12

  • Grade Level & Exploratory Meetings – Data Room

Saturday Jan 13

  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS

Monday Jan 15

  • Martin Luther King Holiday

Tuesday Jan 16

  • ELA Benchmark
  • JV Basketball vs Erwin MS @ home
  • Varsity Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Wednesday Jan 17

  • Math Benchmark
  • Varsity Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Thursday Jan 18

  • Science Benchmark
  • JV Basketball vs CLMS Home
  • Varisty Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Friday Jan 19

  • Social Studies Benchmark
  • Early Release

Monday Jan 22

  • Teacher workday

Tuesday Jan 23

  • 6th Grade to Horizons
  • JV Basketball @ China Grove

Wednesday Jan 24

  • 6th Grade to Horizons

Thursday Jan 25

  • JV Basketball @ Mooresville

Friday Jan 26

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • Sign ups for Cycle 2 enrichments
  • All District Band Clinic (half day)

Monday Jan 29

  • Grade Level Awards during Exploratories (Students in school uniform/homeroom teachers should call all parents of students being awarded that day)
  • JV Basketball vs Knox @ Home

Tuesday Jan 30

  • Professional Development/PLCs

Wednesday Jan 31

  • JV basketball vs Erwin @ Home

Thursday Feb 1

  • JV Basketball @ North Rowan

Friday Feb 2

  • WRMS Data Visit (8-8:50 am)
  • Good Bulldog Award Party (1:30-2:30)

Monday Feb 5

  • Leadership with 8th grade
  • JV Basketball vs Southeast @ Home
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday Feb 6

  • Chapter Presentations on Student Led Conferences

Wednesday Feb 7

  • RSS Data meeting
  • JV Basketball vs North Rowan @ Home
  • WRMS Community Round table

Thursday Feb 8

  • JV Basketball @ Erwin
  • BT/Mentor meeting

Friday Feb 9

RESOURCES

 

Bulldog News Week of 01.02.18

BULLDOG NEWS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

INSPIRATION

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As we begin 2018, we wanted to share 20 tips for a Positive Year from Jon Gordon, a motivational speaker and author of leadership books, including The Energy Bus, The Power of Positive Leadership, The No Complaining Rule, etc.  What are your top 3 tips you need to focus on to make your year more successful? We all need reminders of what we need to do in order to be the best leaders in the school that we can be.  Teachers are the most impactful leaders in a school and if we all strive to improve on some of these 20 tips, then we can have a great 2018 at WRMS.

REWARDS FOR OUR STUDENTS

In our efforts to reward students for positive behaviors, we are having a couple of reward days at the beginning of the New Year.

  • Reading incentive Thursday in gym—If a student read 15 Articles (over 75%) over the Winter break, then students will receive a popcorn party on Thursday afternoon, additional prizes go to the top 3 readers!
  • Low Absences, no major discipline & iPad check reward day– Students who have 3 absences or less in the first semester, no major discipline issues,  and no breakage will receive a reward day on February 2.

To continue to promote behaviors that we want at school, we will have random iPad checks during the second semester.  We are looking for students to have no breaks and their iPads charged to 75%.  These students along with no more than 2 absences and no major incidents in the third quarter will have a reward day at the end of the 9 weeks.

  • Grade level recognition January 29 during exploratories–To conclude our first semester, we will have grade-level awards on January 29 during exploratories.  Students will not be dressing up for this occasion.  Students will be recognized for Attendance, Highest Benchmarks/NC Check-ins,  Most improved scores/grades, Highest A3000– Most articles read, All A’s Bulldog, Core Value Exemplars, Student Athletes, Band and chorus recognitions, and any other team award designated.  Parents are invited to attend.

 

Staff Development/PLCs–We will have professional development on Thursday, January 4 this week.  Different groups are presenting their chapter from the book this Thursday.  We look forward to hearing these presentations.  Exploratory teachers will present their information on Friday due to  Achieve Awards in the gym at 1:30 on Thursday.

We will not have professional development on January 16 (Benchmarks) or January 23.  On the week of January 23, please use your time to look over your data from Benchmarks to establish small groups that are needed to enhance and review student learning.  We will be doing sign-ups for the new round of Wednesday enrichments on January 25/26 so that data information will be needed for students to know what they should select for classes.

AfterSchool Obligations – We have very busy lives and are tugged in many different directions. It is a lot to keep organized to make everything work well. Fulfilling obligations at school is a necessary part of our job – parent conferences, meetings with other teachers, scheduled and unscheduled school meetings are a part making sure students learn and achieve at high levels. Please make sure that you are attending all after-school meetings that relate to students in your class/grade level and responsibilities to the school including faculty meetings. We should not only be in attendance but we should be present for the entire meeting, mind, and body. If you have to leave early, please contact an administrator to get this cleared.

As a reminder, our leave time every day is 2:45, again unless arranged with an administrator.

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  • Bell to Bell Learning is the key, this includes the last block of the day. Students are expected to be in class every minute for precious instruction
  • We should have a presence in the hallway during class changes. Monitoring hallway activity reduces the need behavioral intervention and referrals.
  • Building Community in your Classroom – There are two books in Mr. McCoy’s office, Teach Like a Pirate and Mindsets in the Classroom that will be Spring and Summer reading but can provide some great insight and suggestions that can help with engagement strategies now. If you would like your copy, please stop by – some teachers have already picked up a copy. All staff were also given resources from Responsive Classroom that provide specific resources, talks and activities to use with learners. Make the most of these resources – engagement/empowerment and building relationships are fundamental to student learning and growth
  • Announcements – Please make sure you are giving your morning and afternoon announcements to the front desk in a timely manner. We have resolved to do afternoon announcements everyday at 2:20.
  • Updates/New Additions to Google Drive
    • Planning Framework Folder – This is a new folder in the WRMS Essentials. It has 2 pdfs different sizes and 2 Word documents that are downloadable and editable
    • WRMS Alternative Plan for Learning – This is the form students and families submit if they plan on getting days away from school approved as Excused. This form has been updated

downloadFunding Incentives – Its great to see so many teams coming up with different incentives for students – behavior, work completion, Achieve3000, etc! A good incentive does not have to be at cost – the best things in life, especially to students, are free! But every once in a while, somethings need to be bought. There is always opportunity to think different about generating some money. What’s something new your team/grade level can do on Valentines? What can we do differently on a Friday? What do your students want? [Can you make a PBL out of this?] There is opportunity here, just make sure you connecting your grade level administrator to keep them in the loop – they will provide the big picture.

Grade Level expectation meetings on Tuesday, Jan 2– The first day back, we will be having a brief meeting for all grade levels in the gym at the beginning of exploratories.  Teachers, please plan to be in attendance for your grade level meeting.  Exploratory teachers will also need to be there so you can take your classes back to your respective class at the end of the meeting.

Data room meeting (7th & 8th grade on January 5th, 6th grade on January 12th)–We will start with a grade level meeting at the beginning of planning and then split into teams.  We will be looking at Branching Minds, classroom data, and individual students in regard to SAT.  Please make sure you bring your class rosters and have access to individual student data.

Wednesday enrichment–We begin our second round of Wednesday enrichments this Wednesday.  On Tuesday, please make sure that your homeroom students have 3 classes.  Also, make sure that the students that need to be in your remediation classes are in there.  

When you have your classes, please make sure to check your roll.  We had some students that attempted to attend different classes or didn’t sign up correctly.  If they are not in the correct class, then the front office has a difficult time finding students when needed.

Link Wednesday Enrichment 1.3.2017 [Please make sure to check that all your homeroom students have 3 classes and make sure that you have the necessary students in your remediation classes]

MEDIA MADNESS

  • New Year New Books! Thanks to our recent book fair and its success new books are in the library! And more are to come thanks to our wonderful students who collected money for the library!
  • Several of our students have overdue books, please encourage them to turn those in and check out something new in our library!
  • Several of our students are really enjoying Sphero Coding during their lunches. Please encourage students to check schoology for various Makerspace lunches.
  • With the new year soon to be in full swing I would love to meet with anyone who is interested in connecting our tools in the makerspace into your classrooms! Please let me know when you are free and I will be happy to show you all of the great tools we have available and share with your ways they can be used to increase engagement in your classrooms!

 

TECH AWESOMENESS

Instruction Information & Ideas

After almost two weeks of Netflix and YouTube bingeing, a BootCamp reboot is just the thing to review instructional practices and expectations for student success. Choosing an instructional focus ((click link) and integrating content reinforces student expectations and positively affects classroom culture.

As you prepare for learning for your students, take a moment and reflect on your BootCamp implementation at the beginning of the school year: What worked? What didn’t? How can I adjust? WRMSBootCamp was shared during back to school meetings as a guide or framework for intentional planning and implementation of classroom procedures and expectations. Please make sure to copy to your drive before editing.

2017-2018 RSS BootCamp iBook and other resources are located in the Schoology Middle School Curriculum Resources Group:

  • Log in
  • Select Resources on the left of the screen
  • 10 Day BootCamp (pink folder)

 

GO-TO GIRLS

“In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry.” Sela Ward

“One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger.  35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.” Jeff Bridges

Bulldogs can make a difference in our community!  We realized there were many things happening pre-holiday, so we are extending the Freeze out Hunger Food Drive.  We can make a difference for people facing hunger in our community.  Homeroom teachers we will give out new flyers and tally sheets next week and will put information on schoology for kids.  But our students often need a reminder.  All teachers please help us encourage our students to bring in food.  We can show them that they can make a difference in this community.  Also, the winning homeroom will receive a prize.  Thank you for helping the needy among us in West Rowan!

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

 

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

― Charles Dickens

 

 

UPCOMING EVENT

Tuesday Jan 2

  • SIT Meeting 2:45
  • Grade level expectation meetings during exploratories
  • Protected planning

Thursday Jan 4

  • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Book Presentations–PLC
  • Winter Achieve3000 Reading Challenge 1:30 – 2:30 in Gym
  • 7th Basketball vs Southeast MS Away
  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS Home

Friday Jan 5

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast
  • Exploratory Book Presentation
  • 7th & 8th grade meetings in data room
  • Cheer Camp – Gym

Saturday Jan 6

  • All District Band Auditions

Monday Jan 8

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • 8th Basketball @ NRMS
  • 7th Basketball vs NRMS at Home

Tuesday Jan 9

  • Professional Development/PLCs
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday Jan 10

  • RSS Rounding Visit
  • 8th Basketball vs Knox MS at Home

Thursday Jan 11

West Fest

  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 7th Basketball @ Knox MS
  • #WestFest – Fine Arts Show @ WRHS 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Friday Jan 12

  • 6th grade meeting in Data room

Saturday Jan 13

  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS

Monday Jan 15

  • Martin Luther King Holiday

Tuesday Jan 16

  • ELA Benchmark
  • 7th Basketball vs Erwin MS @ home
  • 8th Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Wednesday Jan 17

  • Math Benchmark
  • 8th Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Thursday Jan 18

  • Science Benchmark
  • 7th Basketball vs CLMS Home
  • 8th Basketball Tournament @ Southeast MS

Friday Jan 19

  • Social Studies Benchmark
  • Early Release

Monday Jan 22

  • Teacher workday

Tuesday Jan 23

  • 6th Grade to Horizons
  • 7th Grade Basketball @ China Grove

Wednesday Jan 24

  • 6th Grade to Horizons

Thursday Jan 25

  • 7th Grade Basketball @ Mooresville

Friday Jan 26

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • All District Band Clinic (half day)

Monday Jan 29

  • Grade Level Awards during Exploratories (students DO NOT dress up/parents are invited)
  • 7th Grade Basketball vs Knox @ Home

Tuesday Jan 30

  • Professional Development/PLCs

Thursday Feb 1

  • 7th Grade Basketball @ North Rowan

Friday Feb 2

  • WRMS Data Visit (8-8:50 am)
  • Good Bulldog Award Party (1:30-2:30)

RESOURCES

Bulldog News Week of 12.10.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

downloadNearpod – Those of you that signed up for Nearpod,  we will have onsite training!  Our trainer will be coming Wednesday December 13 during your planning to show you all what Nearpod can do for you and your classroom!  This week we will be having ISDs – two will be Tuesday and this one will be Wednesday. So if you attend Nearpod training, then you do not have to attend an ISD on Tuesday; however, we would love to have some both!

The trainer has asked that people wanting to attend fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNUHVcLF5NRPpl3Ml3Toezs3vxi-XeGSTo6clCzzWktDoYZg/viewform

There are still some available licenses for you to use Nearpod in your classroom.  If you are interested, please let Mrs. Hester know so she can add you to the list.

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Make sure you thank Mr Gillon and Ms Pender for their hard work in making our data room a functional place!

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Recognizing our Students

Mr Holt brings me candy everyday and it makes me feel great.

I am recognized and I have a conversation with him everyday about his life and his sacrifice. I know this man cares because he only brings me my favorite candy.

Do you recognize your students? How do they feel about you and your leadership efforts to build community in the classroom? This is an essential part of our job.

We will be having conversations about this in our upcoming coaching sessions. One way to make sure we empower students is building a community in the class where they know they are supported and challenged and, most importantly, valued.

Make them feel great too!

Next Reads!

We mentioned Teach Like a Pirate in the last blog, it will be a Spring/Summer read for us. These two books will be great resources in our continued journey for creating a student centered school. We read Carol Dweck’s Mindset’s my first year here. It was a great introduction to the concepts of fixed vs growth mindset and work. Mindsets in the Classroom is the educator’s practical guide.

When you are ready for your copy, I have both in my office for you. They are good reads that will leave you with good resources, steps and inspiration.

MEDIA MADNESS

  • Here is a visual chart you can share with your classes about our new reading incentives. The link for the book summary has been posted on their Schoology page. If they are struggling to locate it you can share it as well. https://goo.gl/forms/HvgBRXrOnj1T11223

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  • If you are interested in doing a book tasting in the library to introduce your students to new topics and various genres please let me know. Mrs. Powers came to me with the idea and her students all found at least one new book they were interested in! Its a fun and simple way to introduce students to titles they may not normally seek out.
  • Coding with Sphero will take place this Tuesday and Thursday in the makerspace during student lunches. Space will be limited due to a low number of Sphero’s so it will be first come first serve. This will be posted on all grade level Schoology pages.
  • This weeks shared album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/A6X7auR20iJoeoFR2

INSPIRATION

You will probably reflect on a couple of things as you learn about Richie Parker:

  • Experiencing pure admiration and joy for his story
  • Wondering what was school like for him and do you have a classroom where he could thrive?

I got very emotional when I first heard his story and began researching him. At the end, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t feeling sorry for him but was being a support and challenge in his life. Would we be the teachers he remembers later in his life that were a part of ‘barrier-overcoming mentality’ development.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Keyboards for iPads – Within the next month we will have keyboards that can be attached to the iPads for students to use.  We are hoping to have a class set for each grade level to use.
  • Shattered Screens – Please remind students that if they come to me with a shattered screen that they will most likely be charged a $50 fee.  The iPad screen will not shatter if it falls off their desk.

Instructional Information and Ideas

Thank you to all Chapter 3 presenters…what a variety of presentations, platforms, engaging discussions, and takeaways. Several important concepts resonated with me while reading this past week:

  • Establishing a school-wide data culture is needed to promote student growth mindset and ownership of data, #empowerment is the key!
  • Choose a data source students can show rapid improvement, celebrate successes, then establish more ambitious goals.
  • Make the data matter – “is it worthy of being counted?”
  • Develop a usable system for teacher and student to gather, analyze, and present data

Odds and Ends:

  • Please add True Blue Bulldog winners to Google Doc by Friday, December 15th
  • Popcorn Party and Free Jeans Day planned for Wednesday, December 20th. Report for articles read @75% or higher will be generated on Monday, the 18th…please encourage your kiddos to continue reading and complete a book summary for each book read (link shared by Mrs. Shue via Schoology grade level groups)
  • If you ARE NOT participating in Nearpod training, select an ISD for Tuesday at the following link: ISD Options
  • Research validates the importance of the first and last five minutes of a class period in reference to student understanding and knowledge…in a nutshell the first and last part of instruction or class have the most impact on student achievement
  • Warm-ups, bell ringers, logic problems, or a Do Now…engage students as soon as they enter the room:) Check out a few below:
  • Estimation 180   Which one doesn’t belong? Logic Puzzles (any content)

GO-TO GIRLS

“In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry.” Sela Ward

“One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger.  35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war.” Jeff Bridges

We can make a difference for people facing hunger in our community.  WRMS is having a food drive which started December 6 and lasts until December 18th.  Homeroom teachers you were given a flyer and tally sheet last week, and students were given information on schoology.  But our students often need a reminder.  All teachers please help us encourage our students to bring in food.  We can show them that they can make a difference in this community.  Also, the winning homeroom will receive a prize.  Thank you for helping the needy among us in West Rowan!

 

It is not too late to participate in Santa Paws and bring some Christmas cheer to some of our students.  If you are out shopping, pick up athletic socks, cute socks, fast food gift cards, Wal-Mart gift cards, or some candy, and you will bring a smile to a Bulldog child.

 

Don’t worry; a little snow won’t stop us from rocking around the Christmas tree.  We moved the dance to Friday, December 15 from 6-8.  Proceeds will go toward the student need account. Please help us raise money for uniforms and other student needs by encouraging your students to attend the dance.  Dance in the holidays!

 

Like wearing jeans?  Everyday?  Now you can do just that AND help some of our students who struggle.  For a mere $15 you will be helping our student need account and earn comfy clothes.  

 

Anyone interested in participating in staff secret santa, let Jenny Horton know.  We will draw names on Tuesday and the exchange will happen Monday, December 18-Wednesday, December 20.

 

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

 

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Charles Dickens

 

RESOURCES

  • Eliminate Fear from the Classroom Must read! This article, which is a review of a book chapter, talks about ‘well-intentioned’ efforts that actually create fear in the classroom. No matter where it comes from, its harmful. Let’s be reflective and  intentional about the practices in your room that are actually instilling a fear culture.

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday Dec 11

  • 7th Grade Horizons Trip
  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • Wrestling vs China Grove Middle Away
  • 8th Basketball vs China Grove Middle Home
  • Faculty Meeting at 2:45 – Please make sure you access your Panorama Survey before the meeting. Everyone received an email with instructions

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 Home
  • Band Booster Meeting

Friday Dec 15

  • Student Assistance Team (SAT) during planning

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament at WRHS

Monday Dec 18

  • 8th Basketball vs EMS

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Wednesday Dec 20

  • Popcorn Party and Free Jeans Day

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Jan 1

  • Happy New Years

Tuesday Jan 2

  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Jan 3

  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • 7th Basketball @ Southeast MS

Friday Jan 5

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast w/ Dr Moody

Saturday Jan 6

  • All District Band Auditions, Southpoint High School

Monday Jan 8

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • 8th Basketball @ NRMS
  • 7th Basketball vs NRMS at Home

Tuesday Jan 9

  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday Jan 10

  • RSS Rounding Visit
  • 8th Basketball vs Knox MS at Home

Thursday Jan 11

  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 7th Basketball @ Knox MS

Friday Jan 12

  • WRMS 8th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 9:00 Gym
  • WRMS 7th Awards Ceremony 10:00 – 11:00
  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 12:00 – 1:00

Saturday Jan 13

  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS

Bulldog News Week of 12.03.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Its an exciting time to be a Bulldog and work in the West Area. We have several upcoming #WRStrong events coming up and they are some great events and opportunities for students and staff!

  • Dec 8 #WRStrong Basketball Night WRHS vs Central Cabarrus HS 6:00 pm
  • Jan 11 #WRStrong Fine Arts Night! Art showcase and stations, Band/Chorus Performances
  • PBL Showcase – This spring, West Area Schools will be having a PBL showcase. This will be a opportunity to put

Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 4.39.56 PMBook Reads for 2018 – We are planning our book reads for 2018. Right now we are taking our time with Leaders of Their Own Learning to make sure we have a good collective focus. But as we finish, our next dive will be an inspirational, fun read to get you motivated, thinking differently about what we do!

Teach Like a Pirate has been around for several years and is still a favorite for educators! As we near the finish for Leaders, we will dive into this #TLAP! I have your copy in my office if you would like to get a head start in December! I’m excited about our continued focus to rethink how we serve students.

 

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The Good Noise on Enrichment

This Wednesday was our first iteration of our rethinking enrichment, providing a more student-centered approach and overwhelmingly, feedback has been great. Lots of teachers have said the smaller numbers, more concentrated focus for remediation, and high interest enrichment groups went very well. Even with some teachers being out, our combined classes never went over 30. Overall, there are no major fixes but there are some things we need to fine tune moving forward:

  • Always check your roster – A lot of frustration happens when we have a large number of students show up that aren’t on our roster. Unless you’ve heard from an administrator about combining classes, you should redirect students to an administrator or person on duty so we can help them find where they are supposed to be
  • Sub plans – This is will be tricky. If you are going to be out that day, as best you can, please leave plans for your groups that a sub can follow. Your team can help you with this as well
  • Variety – There has been so much success with remediation that we don’t want to lose sight that this is probably THE time to awaken a known/unknown passion in our learners. The interest stories we’ve heard with the Civil Rights Study Group and Cursive Writing Groups is incredible. They want to be facilitated. These areas help us connect with students and we cannot take for granted the value of building relationships with students
  • We also need to adjust our Wednesday schedule in order for our grade level combined classes to meet like normal.  This is also in our google doc under WRMS Schedules.Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 9.52.36 PM
  • As we prepare for the next round of Wednesdays, please go to the google doc and change the topics that need to be adjusted for remediation and add anything you may want for enrichment.  Here is the link to add or delete for Wednesday enrichment in January:  https://goo.gl/RVxnT3. Please make sure that you go to the January tab.

Some areas that students had mentioned before that we weren’t able to provide:  cosmetology, mechanics, cooking/food, etc.  Think of what some of your students may be interested in.  Popular ones that you may not have originally considered: cursive writing, coding, MakerSpace [think of a specific creation focus], space exploration, hip hop dance, skit creations, animals, etc.  And the always popular games, sports, arts, etc.  Again Be Creative and think like a middle schooler 🙂

Weekly Meetings

Because of we are revamping Wednesdays [we need a new name] we are going to adjust up our weekly meeting schedule:

  • Monday – Team Meeting, Grade Level Meeting, Parent Meetings, IEPs
  • Tuesday – Teacher PD
  • Wednesday – Protected Planning
  • Thursday – Protected Planning
  • Friday – SAT, Team Meeting, Grade Level Meeting, Parent Meetings, IEPs

We cannot make a schedule set times for grade levels, team planning, parent meetings – given how each week is different and parent meeting needs vary, that is a decision for grade levels and teams. We do need you all meeting as a team and grade level weekly. Keep in mind that occasionally, meeting after school may be a necessity but communication, collaboration and setting a purpose for meetings will help streamline talks in meetings.

Grades Let Us Know

Conversations about students, grades and gradebooks are ongoing. Parents rely on grades and updates to have conversations with students about what needs to be done. It is an easy conversation to have when information in gradebooks is accurate and updated. Below are a couple of considerations to keep in mind:

  • Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 5.24.35 AMPlease make sure your title of assignments in PowerSchool and Schoology match
  • While it is district policy to update grades weekly, our commitment to update them regularly should be above policy, we should want to keep parents informed about what is going on in classes so they can help us help students;
  • There are built-in features on PowerSchool Gradebook that allow you to leave information for parents if work is “Late” or “Missing”. You can even leave a “Comment” on a grade, explaining a low mark. Giving a shout out to Mrs. Kohler who was being praised for doing this so well. This are great practices to keep parents informed and to answer questions before they are asked. Please see Mrs. Kohler or an administrator if you need help with this.

DATA ROOM

The data room is almost ready for you!  Now it’s time for you to show off what data you have been planning to display.  This week various groups are presenting the data chapter from our book study,  Leaders of Their Own Learning.  We are looking forward to hearing how this chapter can help us to drive change in our teaching and instruction.   We will also start talks on how our data room can help us to better meet the needs of our students and strengthen/focus our Wednesday enrichment times.

There is one whiteboard and one cork board for each grade level core area, PE, Arts, CTE, EC, Bible, Media, Guidance, and Admin.  Remember you can be creative and you can refer to the data video.

Nearpod

Those of you that signed up for Nearpod:  we will have onsite training!  Our trainer will be coming December 13 during your planning to show you all Nearpod can do for you and your classroom!  Let Mrs. Hester know if there is something in particular that you would like for the trainer to cover.  There are still some available licenses for you to use Nearpod in your classroom.  If you are interested, please let Mrs. Hester know so she can add you to the list.

Wrestling Tournament

We are hosting a wrestling tournament on December 16.  This event is the culmination of our wrestlers’ season.  We want to make this memorable for all and a pleasant experience for our visitors.  Some of you have volunteered to help as well as cook for this event.  We still need more help and food!  If you have an hour or two that you can help at the gate, concessions or in the hospitality room, please see Mrs. Hester or Mrs. Hoffman. Anyone willing to bring anything for the hospitality room is much appreciated!  We will be providing food for staff, coaches, officials, and volunteers.  Thank you again for all you do for WRMS and we want to show everyone WRMS is a great place to be!!

MEDIA MADNESS

  • Bookfair will be open on Monday. This is the last day of our book fair, if you have remind set up for your classes please send out a message reminding students and parents that it is the last day to purchase items from the bookfair. Bookfair is a great way to raise money for new books for the library and I really appreciate all of your support this past week!
  • Epic books is a great FREE way for students to have access to audio books! Their book selections are current and things our students love to read. https://www.getepic.com/ Ill be happy to show you the site and all of its many features!
  • Comics in the library!! In an effort to reach all of our readers we are now offering comic books for check out!! We have a great selection for all of our students! Please help me in spreading this exciting news!
  • This weeks shared Google Album! https://photos.app.goo.gl/VsRw1Uf0iPsfUFWv1

INSPIRATION

This TedTalk has been around for a number of years and its message is timeless. After listening to it, reflect on what and how you plan for learning in your classroom. We can do some great things to tap into our students creativity and imagination!

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Christmas Gifts: With Christmas right around the corner, many of you have asked about an educator’s discount for Apple products. It is easier than ever. All you need to do is go to this link and make your purchase.  https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop
  • iCloud.com: Just a reminder if you go to iCloud.com you can access and work on Pages, Keynote, etc. from anywhere the same as you do Google Drive.
  • Private Browsing: Just so you are aware some students have figured out a way to access private browsing.  They go into Safari, hold the pages or tabs icon in the upper right corner, and then open a new private tab is a choice for them. This is another way for them to access games and other nefarious sites!
  • Connect Directly to Your TV: Sometimes, unfortunately, your Apple TV just doesn’t want to cooperate.  There is a cord you can purchase for about $10 that connects your laptop directly to your TV. Might be something you want to look into: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074J2BY9Z/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Instructional Information and Ideas

November data has been updated on the Achieve 3000 wall. Several students have met and exceeded the 40 article goal and other students are rapidly approaching. Grade level lists of students meeting the Achieve 3000 component of the reading incentive will be shared at this week’s data meeting on Tuesday. Logistics, including date of popcorn party and free enrichment, will also be shared.

Winners of the Achieve Thanksgiving Reading Challenge were announced on the Bulldog News, but only one student has come by my room for their coupon. Please see the link for student names:

Thanksgiving Reading Challenge Winners

A big shout out to Ms. Kennington for sharing Quizalize  At first glance, it resembles Quizizz and Quizlet, the data disaggregation is much more user-friendly! No more spreadsheets, columns, and rows! Student performance is easily analyzed and teachers can use results for instant grouping for guided instruction. Each account has up to three free classes but is “attached” to an email account. Using @rss.k12.nc.us and @rssed.org provides you with six free classes. Sharing with colleagues is also an option.

GO-TO GIRLS

 ***URGENT***8th grade teachers turn in all recommendation forms for early college by this Tuesday, December 5.***

I just want to DANCE!   We are hosting a dance this Friday, December 8 from 6-8.  Proceeds will go toward the student need account. Please help us raise money for uniforms and other student needs by encouraging your students to attend the dance.  Dance in the holidays!

We have been meeting with students to discuss grades and try to address some of the issues that have led to poor grades.  Thank you to those who have helped us locate these students so that we can provide interventions to improve student success.

FYI we will be having the Bulldog Freeze Out Hunger food drive from December 4-15th.  Details to follow.

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away
  • Wrestling vs Knox MS Home

Wednesday, Dec 6

  • Wrestling vs Mooresville MS at Home

Thursday, Dec 7

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

WRStrong GameFriday, Dec 8

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • NJHS/Student Council Dance 6:00 – 8:00
  • #WRStrong Basketball Night at WRHS – Central Cabarrus HS; Employees and Spouse get in w badge, Students get in for $1

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

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  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament at WRHS

Monday, Dec 18

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

Tuesday, Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday, Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday, Jan 1

  • Happy New Years

Tuesday, Jan 2

  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 3

  • 8th Basketball vs Southeast MS at Home
  • 7th Basketball @ Southeast MS

Friday, Jan 5

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear
  • RSS Teacher Breakfast w/ Dr Moody

Saturday, Jan 6

  • All District Band Auditions, Southpoint High School

Monday, Jan 8

  • Leadership 7th Grade
  • 8th Basketball @ NRMS
  • 7th Basketball vs NRMS at Home

Tuesday, Jan 9

  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30

Wednesday, Jan 10

  • RSS Rounding Visit
  • 8th Basketball vs Knox MS at Home

Thursday, Jan 11

  • #WRStrong Fine Arts Show, 5:00 – 7:30 at WRHS
  • BT Mentor Meeting
  • 7th Basketball @ Knox MS

Friday Jan 12

  • WRMS 6th Awards Ceremony 8:00 – 9:00 Gym

Saturday Jan 13

  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament, 8:00-3:30 Southeast MS

Tuesday Jan 16

  • ELA Benchmark
  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament

Wednesday Jan 17

  • Math Benchmark
  • RSS 8th Basketball Tournament

Thursday Jan 18

  • Science Benchmark
  • 7th Basketball vs Corriher Lipe MS at Home

RESOURCES

  • What Guides the PLC Process?  – Only one MUST read resource this week! This gives a good guideline for what happens in our planning talks.

Bulldog News Week of 11.26.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Welcome Harmony Bella Warren! Glad you and Mom are well!

Reading Incentive Program

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Please remember to discuss this schoolwide incentive program with your students! Take some time to find out where your classes are! Have a discussion with your team about which class you will discuss this with and while you’re discussing make sure you are sharing what your TEAM/CLASS incentive plan looks like.

Our New Enrichment

This week we are implementing our new Enrichment schedule. As a reminder, we are on the full schedule Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday, we go to the half day schedule and then our new enrichment the second half of the day. To get information to you in a timely manner and work out logistics, we are going to be creating/logging into SignUp Genius and selecting classes all on Monday.Below are some key points to remember:

1) Schedules – We have made a slight adjustment to the schedule (mainly 7th & 8th grade) in order for some of our classes to not have a conflict and to finish lunch earlier.  Here is a quick picture and a link to the Google Document:

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Wednesday, we will run the early release schedule.

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2)Sign up Genius Monday – In order for students to effectively sign up, each student needs to have a sign up genius account.  Their login should be their rssed.org Google email and password should be their student ID.  We are seeing that most of the 8th graders accounts are still intact and of course our 6th graders don’t have account from last year but suprisingly our 7th graders’ accounts are not there. Either way sign up and login won’t take 10 minutes.

  • Please have them go to www.signupgenius.com
  • 6th & 7th grade click on Create Sign up and use google email and student ID as login and password. We will be on the 6th grade hall during 2nd block from 8:30-8:45 and 7th hall from 8:45-9:00 to assist.
  • 8th grade try to login.  If they are unable to do this, then have them create a sign up. We will be on the hall from 9:15-9:30 to assist.

Again, this should not take long. An important part of this is monitoring so we need you all to make sure all students log in.

Again, we will be available during 2nd period to help.

3)  If you are wanting certain students to sign up for one of your remediation classes, please tell them or write it down for them.  15 remediation spots will be reserved for you unless you specifically tell Mrs Hester different.  The other classes may have more slots.

Teams may need to discuss two/three classes that some students may need to have so they don’t have one student being told to sign up for everyone’s remediation. Mrs Hester will come to all planning periods share these details as well as signing up for classes. Please bring your rosters with you ready to discuss student needs.

4) Monday afternoon during 4th period ALL STUDENTS will login to Sign Up Genius and register for their Wednesday afternoon remediation classes. Each grade level has a different sign up.  A link will be provided and they also may have received an email linking them to the sign up.

Please have students show you that they have signed up and clicked sign up so that it says ‘Thank you!” If they did it properly, then they should receive an email telling them what they signed up for as well as being able to log out and back in and see their classes. You should look for two things – the confirmation email and the ‘Thank You’ notification. Again, monitoring this is important, it helps us all if you monitor and look for these. One of us will be on every hallway to help with this process.

New Coaching Cycles We will begin new coaching cycles next week. We started with all ELA/Math/1st year teachers the first month then the remaining staff the second month. For this cycle, we will do 6th and 7th grade for the month of Dec and the remainder of the school when we return.  This time, these informal discussions will have a more focused on certain target areas.

Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 12.12.28 PMWorking on the Student Work – This Wednesday for PD, we will do another round of looking at student work. This is proven process of reflecting on the quality of our planning and expectations in our classrooms. For our first round of this, we had separate conversations in each department about recent work, this time we will be be doing this as a whole group in Mrs Henley’s room. So on Monday and Tuesday, please gather some student work of your choice – essay, presentation, worksheet, etc – for the discussion. This time, we will have a group protocol in place for this activity. Again, this is for growth and reflection. All the feedback we give is given to help all the students on our grade grow.

Just as we teach and remind students about what giving quality feedback looks like, this is our time to reflect and practice giving effective feedback. Remember, the feedback we give helps students grow!

INSPIRATION

As we prepare for next year we will be focusing on not just students diving into projects but what they do when they are in projects – thinking and problem solving and understanding the problem.

This video does a great succinct job of exploring the 5 steps in the Design Thinking process. This is a framework for many in business and the world at large.

Do we use the best teaching practices that help the brain learn best?

Do we maximize opportunities for creativity? Resilience?

Learning doesn’t happen with a grade or event, it’s about a process. We need to focus on the best learning experiences for our students.

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 or is on their way to the uniform closet; you can ask to see their pass to confirm.  We will be asking them for passes from you all before we allow them to stay in guidance unless you contact us prior.  

 

FYI we will be having the Bulldog Freeze Out Hunger food drive from December 4-15th.  Details to follow.

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Remember to have this discussion on your team!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, Nov 27

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

Tuesday, Nov 28

  • Wrestling vs Southeast Middle at Home

Wednesday, Nov 29

  • Student Work Samples
  • ISS Closed for the Day
  • Wrestling vs Ellis Middle at Home

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

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 6.40.04 AMSaturday Dec 2

  • 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

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

RESOURCES

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.

Screen Shot 2017-11-10 at 6.11.49 PMUPCOMING EVENTS

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

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 6.40.04 AMSaturday Dec 2

  • 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

RESOURCES