NMS Faculty Bulletin January 30, 2012

Great Things I Noticed Last Week:

Last week we had visitors from Yes Prep to NMS to see technology in use in the classrooms.    We saw stations, blogging, Edmoto, Active votes, and more.  Plus, we saw some awesome instruction – great pacing and engaged students.  NMS is turning up the HEAT!  I know it is hard right now for all of us to integrate techn0logy in our classrooms because we don’t all have technology!  It is coming!  Here are some pics of what we saw!  Great job teachers!!

Students doing the thinking!

The teacher was working with a small group while these students practiced their skills. Fantastic!

Thank you againt to J. Rivera, Crystal, Eric, Cindy, Tricia, and Diana H. for allowing the visitors to come in! 
 
Events this week:
Monday, January 30, 2012
B Day
No Tutoring during advisory this week!
8:45 Kid Team Meeting – conference room
9:15 ILT Meeting – conference room
11:00 Val & Lesli @ meeting @ SWHS
1:00 Social Studies Protocol Training – Area 7
1:00 Michele Hilberth visits NMS from SOC – 8th graders in theater
3:30 Very quick CIT meeting in conference room
Schedule for 8th grade Math Released STAAR Testing:
8th graders report to designated testing area when bell rings.
Testing from 8:30 to 12:30-1:00
8th graders will eat lunch at regular time – 8th graders will be held in cafeteria until all 8th graders are finsihed testing, 6/7 grade students who eat 8th grade lunch will be sent to advisory at regular time.
Once all 8th graders have eaten lunch – they will be walked to theater for assembly.
8th graders will most likely be moved to 5th period between 1:45 – 2:00 pm. 
8th grade testing teachers – DO NOT come to assembly – please take this time for a break after testing.  Please go to your room when assembly is over and announcement is made.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A Day
No Tutorials during advisory this week!
8th grade Reading Released STAAR
9:00 Student Handbook Review – Val’s office
6:00 p.m. GT Parent Review
Schedule for 8th grade Reading Released STAAR Testing:
8th graders report to designated testing area when bell rings.
Testing from 8:30 to 12:30-1:00
8th graders will eat lunch at regular time – 8th graders will be held in cafeteria until all 8th graders are finsihed testing, 6/7 grade students who eat 8th grade lunch will be sent to advisory at regular time.
Once all 8th graders have eaten lunch – they will go to Intramurals – this will be a break for all testing teachers
8th graders will most likely be moved to 5th period between 1:45 – 2:00 pm. 
8th grade testing teachers – DO NOT come to intramurals – please take this time for a break after testing.  Please go to your room when announcement is made that intramurals are over.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
B Day
7:50 Faculty Meeting  One more note – you were given two article on Monday morning in your box – please have both of the articles read for our meeting Wednesday morning.  We are also going to use the article on Pacing which you all have already read.  You can bring that one too!  Here is what you will bring to the meeting:
Don’t Prevent Students’ Mistakes, Prepare for Them
In Praise of Far Less Praise
Article on Pacing
9:30 Financial Literacy in Parent Center
 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A Day
Ground Hog Day
8th grade course selection with NHS – more info coming
9:00 PIQE – cafeteria
6:00 p.m. PIQE and Family Literacy Night
 
Friday, February 3, 2012
B Day
Regional Choir Clinic/Concert
8:00 PTA Board Meeting – Val’s office
8:00 Kid Team Meeting 8th grade teachers
8:30 Lesli @ Icoach meeting
 
Let’s use every minute wisely!  Our kids don’t have any time to waste!  NMS will be the highest achieving Title 1 school in SBISD!  Let’s make it happen!!  Remember:  It is about the Learning – not the teaching!  After each lesson – how do you know your students mastered what you taught?  What is your evidence? 
 
Nuts and Bolts:
There was a great suggestion put out in email on Friday regarding the Scholarly tickets.  Please sign your tickets when you hand them to a student, not before.  There have been a few stolen tickets, so we will only accept them when they have a teacher signature on them.  Also – on Friday, a couple of students came down with Scholarly tickets that had someone elses name on it.  The students would tell us that “so and so gave it to me.”  If everyone would take a minute and speak to their advisory about this.  Students may not give their ticket to anyone else.  The student that earned it may use it or not, but no one else may use it.  We are checking names at the doors.  Thanks for the suggestion!
 
I wanted to say Kudos to all the advisory teachers who have the most wonderful Compassion projects going on!  There are some really special things happening!  We are working on a way we can share with everyone the great projects being developed and implemented.  I thing this will be one of those consume, critique, and produce moments! 
 
Dr. Klussmann’s visit:  Thank you to everyone who came to visit with Dr. Klussmann about the Yes Prep partnership.  He was so excited about the very thoughtful questions that this staff had prepared.  Great job!  He wants to be asked, and he wants to hear from you all!  Lesli put out another google Doc, so please have more questions ready for the February meeting.  Awesome work!
 
Just in case you forgot what the gym attire should look like:  Thanks for the demonstration Mr. Barry!!  Lol!

What to wear while in gym! I am not sure those are appropriate gym shoes!

NMS Weekly Vocabulary:
 
Monday:  Contradict:  To assert the contrary or opposite of, to imply denial, to speak or declare against, to oppose
Please do not contradict what your parents say about your curfew.
 
Tuesday:  hinder:  to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty, to prevent from doing, acting, or happening.
The storm hindered our progress, She hindered a man from committing a crime.
 
Wednesday:  associated:  to connect or bring into relation,  as a thought, feeling, or memory, ex: Many people associate dark clouds with depression
to join as a companion, partner, ex: to associate with, to unite and combine
 
Thursday:  dispose:  to have a tendency to, His attitude disposed him to argue with people, to put in a suitalbe or particular place: The lamp was disposed on a table near by. 
 
Friday:  perspective: a picture employing technique: An architects perspective of a house, the state of one’s ideas or the facts known to someone – You have to live in my neighborhood to see the local conditions in perspective. 
 
Have a great week!!
 
 
 
 
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