Bulldog News Week of 10.22.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Testing

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

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

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

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  We will announce when to generate the code for the test (there is a window of time before the code is no longer valid).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

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

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

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If Its Not Measured, It Won’t Improve!

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

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

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

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

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

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

#WEstBulldogs CAN do it!

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

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

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

MEDIA MADNESS

INSPIRATION

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

Compelling teacher CREATE magic!

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

TECH AWESOMENESS

 

Instructional Ideas & Information

A few important notes:

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

 

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GO-TO GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday, Oct 23

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

Tuesday Oct 24

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

Wednesday Oct 25

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

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup – Social Studies

Friday Oct 27

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

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday
  • District Workshop – Carson High School

Tuesday Oct 31

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

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Thursday Nov 2

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

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, Nov 4

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

Monday, Nov 6

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

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

Wednesday Nov 8

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

Thursday Nov 9

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

Monday Nov 13

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

Tuesday Nov 14

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

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

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

Friday Nov 17

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

Monday Nov 20

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

Monday Nov 27

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

Thursday Nov 30

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

Friday Dec 1

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

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  • Dodgeball Tournament

Monday Dec 4

  • SIT
  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Thursday Dec 7

  • 8th Basketball vs KMS Away

Friday Dec 8

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

Monday Dec 11

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

Tuesday Dec 12

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip

Wednesday Dec 13

  • WRMS 7th Grade Horizon Trip
  • EC Dept Meeting

Thursday Dec 14

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

Saturday Dec 16

  • RSS Middle School Wrestling Tournament

Monday Dec 18

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

Tuesday Dec 19

  • Winter Band Concert

Friday Dec 22

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

RESOURCES

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Bulldog News Week of 10.15.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

What Makes West Great!

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

Enrichment!

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

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

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

Bulldog Spirit Week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Achieve3000 Training

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

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

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

Coaching Cycles

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

Learning vs Memorization

Watch Your Count

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

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

 

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MEDIA MADNESS

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

INSPIRATION

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

 

TECH AWESOMENESS

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

Instructional Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

GO-TO GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENT

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

Monday Oct 16

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

Tuesday Oct 17

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

Wednesday Oct 18

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

Thursday Oct 19

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

Friday Oct 20

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

Monday Oct 23

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

Tuesday Oct 24

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

Wednesday Oct 25

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

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup

Friday Oct 27

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

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  • RSS Workday

Tuesday Oct 31

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

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, Nov 4

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

Monday, Nov 6

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

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

Wednesday Nov 8

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

Thursday Nov 9

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

Monday Nov 13

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

Tuesday Nov 14

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

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

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

Friday Nov 17

  • 8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS

Monday Nov 20

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

Monday Nov 27

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

Thursday Nov 30

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

Friday Dec 1

  • Bulldog Wear Day

Resources

 

Bulldog News Week of 10.8.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

Our Day of Planning

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

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

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

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

SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD – Nominate Students today!

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

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

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

Imagine ­ watching students in your schools:

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

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

C6AHeVoU0AAxrGvA Note from Band [get it?]

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

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

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Greeting was too cute NOT to share!!

Hacking SchoolNet and Common Assessments

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

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

SIT Survey

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

INSPIRATION

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

FYI – Their graduation rate is now 94%!!

TECH AWESOMENESS

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

Instructional Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

All About Me custom portraits via Apple Teacher and Keynote…

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GO-TO GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING EVENT

Monday Oct 9

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

Tuesday Oct 10

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

Wednesday Oct 11

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

ab32cd1ca4d76e00c4f367466e998f45Thursday Oct 12

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

Friday Oct 13

  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • State Fair – 8th grade

Monday Oct 16

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

Tuesday Oct 17

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

Wednesday Oct 18

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

Thursday Oct 19

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

Friday Oct 20

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 23

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

Tuesday Oct 24

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

Wednesday Oct 25

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

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup

Friday Oct 27

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

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday

Tuesday Oct 31

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

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, Nov 4

  • Wrestling Scrimmage

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 7

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

Wednesday Nov 8

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

Thursday Nov 9

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

Monday Nov 13

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

Tuesday Nov 14

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

Wednesday Nov 15

  • Data Visit
  • WRMS Community Visit

Thursday Nov 16

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

Friday Nov 17

8th Grade Band Night @ WRHS

RESOURCES

 

Bulldog News Week of 10.1.17

BULLDOG NEWS!

downloadWE ARE FULLY STAFFED!

With the clearing of our last two teachers, our family is complete. Please take some time to go on the 7th grade hall and meet and high-five or hug Mrs Davis, 7th math and Ms Preston, EC Max Resource. It takes time to build family and we need to celebrate when we do.

Resources for National Anthem Protests – This is a current and very real topic of discussion that we need to be prepared for IF it comes up in class or one that we need to prepare for proactively. This is by no mean an exhaustive list of resources but it is does have links to many sources. Its better to be prepared probable conversations.

New Teaching Resources On National Anthem Protests http://bit.ly/2xAVGiV 

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We’ve been having a great time during our coaching talks this week. Lots of affirmation and confirmation about the good hard work we are in engaging in. One common thought shared among all teachers is that their current students are great kids! There’s no equivocating at all, we are all happy with our students this year!

Just as we are happy with their behavior, we HAVE to come up with ways to encourage them to continue their good behavior and celebrate how good things are. A popcorn party, listening to some music outside for 20 minutes or any other measure you can come up with is needed. They should know you appreciate their good works and why you are doing the things you are doing.

Our celebrations will only increase their motivations! Let’s talk about grade level plans at leadership meetings.

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Day of Planning

We had our day of planning for 6th grade and exploratory.  We heard many success stories about what teachers were able to accomplish and were excited to hear all the great planning that was accomplished for our 6th grade students.   We know that it makes for a long day of coverage and we hope that when your full day of planning is done,  you will see the benefits of covering so your colleagues can plan together.

7th grade planning is this Tuesday followed by 8th grade next Tuesday.  We want to remind you all to work with the Framework that has been provided.  For some, it is a different way of planning (beginning with the end in mind); however, if we know where we need to go, then we will have a clear understanding of what it will take to get there.  Thank you for all your hard work!

YFL

THANK YOU to the teachers and students that came out to help with concessions at YFL on Saturday and to those teachers that helped get the field ready and concession stand prepared for the day!  A special thank you to Mrs. Hoffman(Brown) for arranging this fundraiser and working tirelessly to raise money for our student athletes and coaches.  This is a huge fundraiser for athletics.  There is another YFL day on Saturday, October 28 which some teachers have already said they are available to help.  THANK YOU! If you are available for an hour, two, three or all day, please see Mrs. Hoffman (Brown) or Mrs. Hester.

INSPIRATION

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Lee County Middle School students create app aiming to prevent Zika http://bit.ly/2xK4dyw

Our students are capable of so much.

A hard part of our job is creating opportunities and platforms for our students to be as creative as they can with things they are passionate about. The true work comes in tying that to our standards.

This article is on just that – students being given the opportunity to change the world with a project tied to their science curriculum. This obviously means a lot to the students who got to own this project and lead talks.

Take some time and think and share and collaborate with your planning partner[s]. What big questions can we put in front of our students that will help empower them to have learning opportunities like this.

Our students can do it – let’s be the teachers who help them realize that.

INSTRUCTIONAL IDEAS

It’s hard to believe the end of the quarter is just around the corner… Take a moment and think about adding a new tool to your instructional toolbox:

  • @BreakoutEDU – Oodles of new Breakouts for every content area (including Health/PE and Fine Arts) all the locks, boxes, and resources are ready for use!
  • Not ready for a “full on” Breakout session? Choose one component as a warm-up or hook at the beginning of class. What about a homework pass or extra credit coupon for the winners?
  • Philosophical Chairs – Post a question on the board/Apple TV…students choose for/against, pro/con, or undecided. Goal… pros and cons convince undecideds to choose for or against…must use text evidence in their arguments.
  • Which One Is Not Like the Others? This is a flashback to Sesame Street for those who are of the “generation” to remember. As students enter the room give them a colored index card, sticky note, etc. Allow a minute or two to look at four pictures, or read four words, phrases, sentences, etc. Choose a color and have those students share which doesn’t belong and why…there are no “right or wrong” answers! Get the conversation started.
  • Scoot! is a whole-class educational game that your students will love. Place a question card on each desk in your classroom. To play, students move around the room, from desk to desk, answering questions for any content.
  • Do you have a favorite instructional tool? Please take a moment and share, collaboration with colleagues in one of the best ways for teachers to add tools to their tool box.
  • Favorite Instructional Tool

Media Madness:

Our weekly Google album is a great success! Thank you to Mrs. Reeder who sends me a few pictures of the awesome things happening in her class every week! Here is the link to this weeks album! https://photos.app.goo.gl/rYGUD4sPzVEUIAw92

I will be announcing the start of a book club this week. This will be open to all students and staff who are interested! The first book will be Everlost by Neal Shusterman!

“IT BEGINS WITH AN ACCIDENT.
Nick and Allie don’t survive the crash, and now their souls are stuck halfway between life and death in a sort of limbo called Everlost. It’s a magical yet dangerous place, where bands of lost souls run wild and anyone who stands in the same spot too long sinks to the center of the Earth. Frightened and determined, Nick and Allie aren’t ready to rest in peace just yet. They want their lives back, and their search for a way home will take them deep into the uncharted areas of Everlost. But the longer they stay, the more they forget about their pasts. And if all memory of home is lost, they may never escape this strange, terrible world.” http://www.storyman.com/books/everlost/

8th grade teachers please encourage students to bring in their baby pictures for they yearbook! Thank you!

 

GO-TO GIRLS

Come out to cheer on your kids!  The National Junior Honor Society 2017 induction ceremony is Monday at 6:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to the ceremony in the gym.  Please come out to celebrate this great accomplishment for your students.

West Rowan FFA has issued a challenge to all West area schools to fill flood buckets for hurricane flood victims.  The school with the most money collected will win a Pep Rally with the West Rowan High School cheerleaders and football players.  NJHS is adding an additional challenge for our school.  The two homerooms with the most money raised will receive a full breakfast!!! Each homeroom teacher will have a cup.  Please have a responsible student tally the money each day, record on the sheet given on Friday morning, and turn the money and the sheet into the guidance office daily.  Please display the flyer in your classroom and encourage students to be kind and help others through this humanitarian act of generosity.  Thank you for your help and support!

Reminder!  Mrs. Stone is the concussion coordinator for our school.  This does not mean she will be giving out headaches.  It does mean you must let Stone know if a child has a concussion.  It does not matter where the concussion was obtained; we must follow Return to Learn protocol.  Coaches still follow Return to Play protocol, but Stone has to start the Return to Learn protocol, so she needs to know immediately if a student gets a concussion.

Teachers, when a student is absent for consecutive days and you haven’t received any reason as to why they are absent, if you could please make a contact with the parents or whoever the child is living with to check on them. A teacher calling to check on a student is the best first contact when a child has been absent. If you are unable to reach anyone ,Mrs. Muire is glad to try and make contact. Please let her know if you have attendance concerns about a student.

Student Assistance Team will meet this Friday at the beginning of each grade levels planning period.  If you have students you want to discuss, please complete the survey on Branching Minds prior to the meeting in order to expedite the process.

Time Capsule celebration Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am.   Each team is asked to choose and artifact to bury in the new capsule that represents 2017.   If you were a teacher at WRMS when the new building opened, please see Jenny this week.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

UPCOMING EVENTS

screen-shot-2017-09-13-at-12-02-07-amMonday Oct 2

  • Leadership Meeting – 8th Grade
  • SIT Meeting
  • NJHS Induction Ceremony @ 6:00 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
  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 1 Discussions

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

  • Rounding Visit – District personnel visits
  • 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

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  • Bulldog Wear Day
  • State Fair – 8th grade

Monday Oct 16

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

Tuesday Oct 17

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

Wednesday Oct 18

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

Thursday Oct 19

  • Softball/Tennis vs North Rowan MS Away

Friday Oct 20

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day

Monday Oct 23

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

Tuesday Oct 24

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

Wednesday Oct 25

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

Thursday Oct 26

  • Make Up Pictures
  • Benchmark Makeup

Friday Oct 27

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

Monday Oct 30

  • RSS Workday

Tuesday Oct 31

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

Wednesday Nov 1

  • Leaders of Their Own Learning – Chapter 2

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, Nov 4

  • Wrestling Scrimmage

Monday, Nov 6

  • Wrestling at CLMS
  • SIT Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 7

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

Wednesday Nov 8

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

Thursday Nov 9

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

RESOURCES

 

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
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  • 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

RESOURCES

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

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