NMS Faculty Bulletin 11-4-2013

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

This second 9 weeks goes really fast!  It concerns me, because it doesn’t feel like we really get 9 weeks to work with our students.  It is critical that we all use our time very wisely and efficiently!  Create a sense of urgency with your students – time them – use your ipad as a timer – and create that urgency in your class that there is much to do and we have to work hard!  Every moment does count!  

Remember – be thinking about the lesson cycle!  What is your “set”?  How are you engaging your students in your lesson?  Get creative and get those kids involved in your lesson!!!  Be sure that you are modeling, and guiding them through the practice before you turn it over to them to practice independently! The final piece to the lesson cycle is closing the lesson!  Go back to your objective – and ask the students, “Did we accomplish our task?”  Get the students to reflect on what you did that day!  

Community Night – at Hollibrook tonight from 5:00-7:30 in the cafeteria!  Students get $10 added to their paycheck if they or a parent sign in with their first period teacher!  

I want to thank you all for the teamwork last Thursday at our faculty meeting!  The ELA and math teachers were very grateful for your help!  It is a priveldge to work with such fine people! That data is a piece of “Knowing our Kids” – so thank you!! Together – we really can do anything!  

Culture   8th Culture: Props to all the 8th Grade Team for the tremendous amount of grit that they have all shown in helping get the 8th graders back on track. Tardies have slowed down and many of the attitudes are changing. Our knights are not there yet …

 As Gandhi said, ‘The future depends on what we do in the present’. Keep the rigor strong in the classroom. Continue to build relationships. Challenge the kids. Keep them on their toes!!!    We are changers… 

Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday, November 4, 2013
B Day
5:00-7:30 Community Night @ Hollibrook
6:15  7B Football v. SFMS @ NHS

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Election Day
A Day
AFT visits
2:50 Pep Rally in new gym
5:00 8A Football v Landrum @ NHS
6:15 7A Football v Landrum @ NHS

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
B Day
7:50 Faculty Meeting
8:00 Leah and Jan @ Counselor’s Meeting
5:00 & 6:00 Volleyball v. Landrum @ NMS

Thursday, November 7, 2013
A Day
UIL Gain/Loss YES Prep
3:30 Grade Level Meetings
All Day Chick Fil A Day for SKY Partnership

Friday, November 8, 2013
B Day
UIL Grade Check
8:00 New Teacher Meeting
9:00 Kid Team Meeting

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