NMS Faculty Bulletin 1-24-2012

Great things I noticed last week!

I noticed this example of writing in a science classroom on #NMSKnights – It was a tweet from Mrs. Seelbach!  Her students are preparing each day for the writing portion of the TELPAS test by writing in science often as well as really cementing their learning in Science in the best way possible!!  Way to go Cassie!!

Cassie’s blog read, “it looks like an explosion of stickies! “

Here is some writing:

Lots of practice

Thank you Cassie for sharing your students’ writing on Twitter!  Great job on the writing! 

One more great thing I Heard about last week!
Coach Menefee’s advisory and Ms. Rangel’s advisory were told what great manners and how polite the students were on the field trip to the Guthrie Center and Ag Farm last week! That is what we have been working on and those two classes represented NMS very well! Outstanding and job well done!

Events this week:

Monday, January 23, 2012
A Day
8:45 Kid Team Meeting
9:15 ILT Meeting
3:00 Meet with Ropes trained teachers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
B Day
7:50 DC Meeting – conference room
9:00 8th grade Parent meeting – The Center
9:30 8th grade LA teachers meet with Alana Morris
1:00 SWHS meeting with 8th graders zoned to SWHS
3:30 Dr. Klussmann visits NMS – Jen Rivera’s classroom
4:30 Cross Country @ Nottingham Park
5:00 8th grade Parent meeting – The Center
6:00 Planning for 6th grade and Beyond – NMS Library

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Day
7:50 Faculty Meeting – upper library
9:30 Financial Literacy Parent Center
3:30 Discipline Committee Meeting
7A/7B v. Landrum @ NMS starting at 5:00pm
8B v. Spring Woods @ 5:45
8A v. Landrum @ NMS @ 7pm
v. Landrum @landrum starting at 5:00

Thursday, January 26, 2012
B Day
PIQE starts
Progress Reports due 11:00 pm
3:30 Come and Go Active Board Training
6:00 pm Fammily Literacy Night

Friday, January 27, 2012
A Day
8:30 5th grade Transition Breakfast
12:00 Awards during Lunch for Enthusiasm
2:50 Pep Rally – new gym

Nuts and Bolts:
Hey Team NMS! Finally Friday we started the vocabulary word of the day. That will continue each day. Maybe you can have a small section of your board dedicated to the words and will be able to write them on the board each day and then refer to them throughout the day. It will take all of us to help build our students’ vocabulary so that they can write and speak scholarly!

I got in a few rooms this week – and in those rooms I saw and heard teachers working on their pacing. Please refer back to the article and let’s raise the level of urgency in our students! The expectations are high and we must keep our students working hard, for long periods! Go team NMS!! We can do this!

Dr. Klussmann’s visit to answer your questions about Yes Prep is this week. Remember – this has not gone to the board yet to be voted on, but it is in the works. This is your opportunity to ask him questions and get clarifications. There may be questions he just doesn’t know the answer to yet, but he will let you know! There will be another visit in February. Thanks!!

NMS Weekly Vocabulary:
Monday – Conspired: . to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal: They conspired to kill the king.
2. to act or work together toward the same result or goal.

Tuesday – reproach: 1. to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
2. to be a cause of blame or discredit to.

Wednesday – solemn: 1. grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood: solemn remarks.
2. gravely or somberly impressive; causing serious thoughts or a grave mood: solemn music.
3. serious or earnest: solemn assurances.

Thursday – deprive: 1. to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.

Friday – pursue: to gain control of or exert influence over: an ad that captured our attention; a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience.
3. to take possession of, as in a game or contest: to capture a pawn in chess.
4. to represent or record in lasting form: The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s.

NNS – We will be the highest achieving Title 1 middle school in SBISD!

Have a great week!  Try out the pacing techniques if you haven’t already!


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