NMS Faculty Bulletin 10-21-2013

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Know our Kids, Meet their needs, Up the Mountain to T-2-4!

This week is going to be a little crazy!  It is Red Ribbon Week!  Students have the opportunity to dress up this week in their show for saying  No to Drugs!  At Northbrook Middle School, honestly, this can’t just be something we run through as a run of the mill week.  We have had many students in the past couple of years who have been caught with marijuana at school, or have come to school high.  Anytime you have the chance to talk to students about choices and what drugs can do to them, please do so.  Mr. Barry is doing some innovative consequences with some 6th graders who were caught high on campus.  DAEP is not always the option for drug offenses.  So, put some meaning into this week Red Ribbon Week – you never know what will stick!!

I told you on last week’s blog that I would be sending a morning update.  I will not be sending an update unless there is something pressing.  The less email you receive, the better.  

You have had a week or so, I hope you have had the chance to try out some of the tools in your backpack.  One good tool to remember – don’t start teaching until you have 100% and if part way through the lesson, if you don’t have 100%, be sure you get it back.  It is always best practice NOT to talk over kids!  If you need help with one of the strategies, let me know!  If you are having managment issues in just one of your classes, my advice would be to set up your ipad and video yourself.  That is a great to get a very objective look at what is going on in your classroom.  You don’t have to show it to anyone – just watch it yourself and make adjustments!  

Remember, October 23 is our Development School Visit.  There will be a team of administrators and teachers visiting NMS for the day.  Please read below for what this entails!!!  I sent this out in an email a couple of weeks ago, please read it and know our review is Wednesday!  

What is a “Day in the Life” Developmental School Review?

  • A team of educators holding a diverse set of roles spends a day in schools to review what’s happening in classrooms and throughout the campus
  • The Review Team looks for trends – what’s working and possibly what could improve; often, we find that areas to improve simply come from taking existing strengths and working to further strengthen them

 Will every school have one of these?

  • In the future, maybe.
  • This year, no.  We offered the opportunity to every school in the District this year, and 11 schools volunteered.  Those reviews will be conducted throughout the Fall and early Spring semesters.

Is this evaluative?

  • No.  This is designed to be formative and developmental.

 If I’m a teacher, what do I need to do?

  • Teach the way you would on any other day.  Although you may be observed some while you teach by people who don’t normally step into your classroom, this is a developmental process designed to help, not judge.

This is a great opportunity to get objective feedback!  I am so excited to get it!  The most important thing I can say to you for this day is that everyone be on DUTY where ever it is you are supposed to be and also during passing period!  Thank you in advance for being in the hallways!

Shout out to Leah for taking care of EXPLORE testing so efficiently!  It went off without a hitch!  Thank you 8th grade teachers for getting the job done!  

A Big Shout Out to all of the teachers who attended the dance!  I know that there were a lot of you there!  Thank you so much!!  Another big Shout Out to Lesli Brown and Tracey Reap – they have successfully completed testing all of our students who had to be tested on the TMFSA. This is a reading fluency test and an text analysis test for any student who didn’t pass the reading STAAR test.  There were around 300 students and Tracey and Lesli did just about all of the testing.  Snaps to you!

Here is the schedule for this week:
Monday, October 21, 2013
B Day
Math CBA – if the tests are delivered – otherwise we will reschedule it
Red Ribbon Week – Career day – dress up in your favorite career
8:30 Base camp
1:30 ILT Meeting
5:00 Volleyball
7:00 7B Football v. Spring Oaks @ SWHS

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A Day
End of 1st 9 weeks
Reading CBA
Red Ribbon Week – Pink Out
7:50 SS Planning – B117
9:00 Val @ meeting Board room
3:45 Math Team Entry Plan
5:00 Football v. SWMS @ SWHS

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
B Day
Red Ribbon Week – Nerd Day
7:50 Facutly meeting
Developmental School Visit
Science CBA
UIL Grade Date
1:30 SkY Principal Meeting @ Landrum
5:00 Volleyball v Spring Oaks @ NMS

Thursday, October 24, 2013
A Day
Red Ribbon Week – Twin Day
SS CBA grade 8
7:50 DC meeting
2:30 Nurse Training @ SHS
3:30 Grade level meetings
Volleyball Tournament @ NMS

Friday, October 25, 2013
B Day
Red Ribbon Week – wear your favorite sports team jersey or shirt
9:00 -3:00 Little Fiddlers in Theater
9:00 Kid Team meeting
10:00 Yes/NMS Office meeting

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Volleyball Tournament
9:00 – 4:00  NMS Arts Market

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