NMS Faculty Bulletin 8-26-2013

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NMS’s Rally Cry:   Know our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

Ready, set, Go!  The kids are coming!  I am so excited to see them!  It was awesome seeing the new 6th graders yesterday!  They put a smile on teachers’ faces!  I am thrilled for this year to begin!!  

from val….
I just wanted to say Thank you for the great work you did this week!  We looked at our scores, we had a small moment of celebration – Yeah NMS!  Two distinctions!  We talked about our EFFECT and what kind we will have on student achievement.  We looked at Hattie’s research and what has the largest impact on student achievement.  Teachers! Teachers!  Teachers!  We also looked at the dysfunctions of teamwork and wrote some goals to begin to create super high functioning teams! Remember the Pit Crew video and the Mr. Everest article!  Teamwork is critical to our success. We briefly talked about character, character traits, and culture!  In all – we identified and have now begun our journey over, up, and around our 3 big rocks!

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Achievement – Teamwork – Culture

You all made an extensive list of what excellent teaching looks like and sounds like!  Remember – that list is on the Wiki!  Lastly – we talked about routines and procedures.  Cendie sent me this next piece of information and I thought it was very clarifying – 

Rules and Procedures Simplified:
*  A rule regulates a serious offense.
*  A procedure is simply a way that you want something done in your classroom – the same way, every time.
*  When a student breaks a rule, a consequence follows.
*  When a student does not follow a procedure, you remind him of the procedure and practice it with him if necessary.
*  You should never have more than five rules.
*  You should have many procedures.
*  An example of a rule:  We agree not to hit each other. (Fighting is a serious offense)
*  Examples of procedures include how to walk to lunch, how to ask permission to speak, how to get into and out of groups, what to do if you need a pencil sharpened, and how to pass in papers.

I thought these were awesome examples and put so simply!  Our focus for the year:
Know Our Kids: relationships, data, trackers, learning styles, etc…
Meet their Needs: small groups, individual help, varied delivery methods, rigorous and relevant instruction, focused on what I can influence, etc…

Things to Note for this week:
ICU – will NOT start this week, the flipchart from last year has incorrect information about ICU.  Please explain to students that ICU is a place to stay after school, complete Homework of classwork, and it NOT a punishment,  It will NOT be in the theater this year.  That’s all the students need to know for now.

Dress Code Update – This year, students will be allowed to participate and wear spirit wear if they have no absences for the week and have not been in ISS or detention during that week.  ICU does not affect whether students can wear spirit wear.  A list will come out each Thursday afternoon.  Be sure you explain this to your students while talking about dress codes.

Tutoring – Each of the 4 contents will have a tutoring day.   Two teachers from that content could manage the tutoring each week – there could be a rotation set up so that every teacher isn’t staying for tutoring every week.  Some teachers choose to tutor during lunch.  Each department can make a schedule so that all teachers participate in the after school tutoring – but it won’t be weekly.   We will have a DC meeting Wednesday morning to choose those days, as well as to choose the department planning days.

Homework – We will discuss the frequency of HW at the DC meeting this week.  

Teacher Dress – The first day of school will be regular professional dress for teachers.

I intend to come to visit each class on Monday!  I would love to be able to say a few words to each group of kids – so thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to speak to your class!  

Routines and Procedures – I feel like I need to say it again.  Please take as long as necessary to teach your classes the routines and procedures that will allow your class to run smoothly and for all students to achieve!  Front load the learning these next couple of weeks and it will pay off for you the rest of the year!  If you need any help, an extra set of hands or eyes or both, please let any of us know!  Tracey, Kathy, Steve, Lesli  and myself – we are here as support!!  Your schedule for the week is below!  Here is to the best first day and week of school ever!  

Monday, August 26, 2013
A Day
1/2 day in Period 1
after all lunches – run mini-schedule

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A Day

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
B Day
7:50 DC Meeting

Thursday, August 29, 2013
A Day
3:45 Grade Level Meeting

Friday, August 30, 2013
B Day
9:00 Kid Team Meeting
2:00 Val @ meeting @ ad bldg.

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Know Our Kids, Meet their Needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

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