The Knights’ News 9-8-14

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

1.All students must be treated with dignity and respect.
2.Students should be taught the skills and behaviors necessary for success.
3.Staff members should encourage motivation through positive interactions and building relationships with students.
4.Student misbehavior provides a teaching opportunity.

These 4 statements can provide a reminder for the purpose of CHAMPs at NMS.   You have had 9 days to work with your students on your expectations for each and every activity that you do in the classroom.  When you transition from whole group to independent group you will CHAMP that transition so that students know what is expected of them.  Remember the cycle:

1. Teach your Expectations  2. Monitor student Behavior  3. Provide Feedback

“When your expectations are clear, students never have to guess how you expect them to behave.”

I have been in some classrooms and seen students using the Performance Traits:  Growth Mindset, Grit, and Self Control!  The 6th graders know the gestures and are using them!

Here are a few reminders:
*  All teachers, counselors, and school leaders must have the Reporting Child Abuse video completed by Sept. 30.  This is one of the Safety Videos. All other staff must have it done by Oct. 30.
*  Please be sure that you get your web site complete with your name, school contact information, short personal Biography and any other information pertinent to your course. If you have questions – please ask Mr. Maddock.
*  Thank you for checking to make sure that your classroom has an evacuation route posted by the door in your room.  If you do not have one – please email Steve to let him know you need one.
*  Thank you also for making sure you are teaching the Digital Safety information that Gail sent out on email.  This is a requirement for all teachers.  You must print out a certificate saying that you taught it and turn it in to Mr. Barry when you have completed all the lessons.
*  There is a new released STAAR this year – please do not use any of the questions with your students.  These questions will be used in a district wide test in the spring.

Here is the calendar for the week:
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
A Day
YES @ Content Day – no students
International Literacy Day – all students read the first 15 minutes of every period.  Dress up as your favorite book character!
1:30 ILT Meeting – conference room
4:05 Math Department Mtg.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
B Day
8:00 CIT Meeting
8:45 Base Camp
3:30 Val @ Program of Studies
4:00-8:00 Volleyball Night @ NHS
6:30 Kempwood Civic Association mtg. in cafeteria

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
A Day
8:00 Faculty Meeting – ELL with Carol Salva

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
B Day
7th grade YES Students Fall Trip
8:00 Val @ Principal’s meeting
8:00 Literacy Team meeting B117
8:00 Science Department meeting
4:00 Electives meeting – Band Hall
4:00 Knights Grade level meetings

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A Day
6th, 7th, & 8th grade YES students Fall trip
8:00 Val @ Region IV for meeting
8:00 New Teacher Meeting – 3C  Lindy Robertson’s room
9:00 SKY Tour
4:00-5:30 Back to School Dance in cafeteria – we need lots of chaperones!
5:30 YES Prep Northbrook has challenged 2 other YES schools – one of them is the Aldine Partnership, to a game of Kickball!  If you have a mean kick – please join!

Remember – as you work with students this week – Make Every Moment Count!!



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