The Knights’ News 9-15-2014

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

How is CHAMPS going in your room?  Are your students meeting your expectations?  Are you stating your CHAMPS expectations for each activity and transition?  Are you giving your students feedback on how they are doing in meeting your expectations?  Are you waiting for 100%?  That is a key component of classroom management.  Students learn very quickly that we will talk over them, go on without them, and allow them to opt out of whatever the expectation is. We are beginning our 4th week of school – and it is imperative that all students are on board and giving us the expectations we expect each and every class period, transition, activity and assignment.  What I have seen that really works – is those teachers who have a slide in their flip charts that has the CHAMPS expectations on it – that is the teacher reminder to set the expectations for each activity!  We must be super gritty about using the CHAMPS each and every day!  Final reminder:  We are in charge of everything that goes on in the classroom – we must have high expectations and then see to it that we influence our students to do what is expected.

ELL Strategies from Carol Salva:

I hope that our faculty meeting was of use to you on Wednesday.  For some of the returning teachers – it may have been a reminder – which is great – I should be seeing those strategies in those classrooms beginning immediately!  The beauty of what Carol shared is all of them are so easily implemented.  They were:

  1. Randomization when calling on students – Don’t call on students with hands raised.  You have to train kids and yourself not to call on these students.
  2. Visuals, pointing and gesturing
  3. safe/low risk environment
  4. Structured table talk, Elbow partner talk, structured stems
  5. not having students translate for others

Remember  – Our ELL students are our lowest performing students – We must move the needle on student achievement for them.  We have to make the curriculum accessible for them!  These are all strategies that will do that.  It is not an option!

Important Info to Remember:
It is critical that teachers take attendance every period.  2nd period is our Attendance period – but teachers are responsible for taking role each period – and advisory.  If you mark a student absent in 2nd period – the parents will get a phone call  informing them their child is not in class.  Attendance is so critical and our attendance is a legal document.  Please be sure you do this each and every period.  I receive an email from Skyward letting me know who has not done so during 2nd period.  I receive the email daily.  

This week we will begin to give detentions for students who are tardy or to students who have been repeatedly told to tuck in their shirts or repeatedly out of dress code.  Please use your best judgement on the dress code detentions.  6th grade students should be able to make it to class on time, you can use your judgement with the 6th graders as well.  Be consistent and follow the rules – kids figure out quickly who does and who doesn’t issue detentions – and then they are tardy to those classes!

NMS Open House Sept. 23
Families are invited to NMS for a very short Title 1 meeting – and then they follow the students’ schedule to see the classrooms and meet the teacher!  Roms should be organized, clean, and student work should be displayed. 

Shout Outs:
A shout to Minga, Kathy, and Lauren for working hard to make the first Back to School Dance a success!  It most definitely was!  The kids were awesome and I saw some teachers cutting a rug too!  Shout outs to:
Crystal, Andrea, Jen R., Ken, Angela, Gretchen, Rebecca, Sheena, Donovan, Isaac, Gail, Molly, Minga, Joe, Lauren, Steve, Natalia S., Chavon, Ashley, Elizabeth, Veronica, and Jamecia.   I hope I didn’t miss anyone – it was an awesome turnout – the kids love having you there!  Thank you contributing to such a positive atmosphere at NMS!  You all are appreciated!

Shout out to Mr. Dealy for being a very positive force on the team while Tracey is out!

Shout out to Crystal for being a great team leader for 8th grade while Tracey is out!

Shout out to 6th and 7th grade for making home visits!  They make a difference!

Shout out to Molly, Greg, and Lesli for a full and great day of planning on Friday!  8th grade SS is going strong!

Shout out to the electives teachers for being super flexible, positive, and working hard to make our SKY Partnership a big success.  You all really are the best!

Knight Football and Volleyball begins this week!  When you see that the games are at NMS or close – please make an effort to check out the games.  The football is never at NMS but Grob stadium is super close!  Volleyball does play at NMS and the 7th grade play at 5:00!   You can win kids hearts by coming to see them doing something they love!

Here is our week at a glance:

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
B Day
Progress report grades are due
7:00-8:30 Flu Shot Clinic – through AETNA shots are free
8:30 YES and NMS leadership meeting – conference room
1:30 ILT meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
A Day
8:45 Base Camp
12:00-1:00 Mentor Ice Cream Social in Parent Center
1:00 DC Meeting – conference room

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
B Day
No faculty  meeting
1:30 Val & Lesli @ meeting TTC
5:00 Volleyball @ NMS
5:15 Football in Alief

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
A Day
8:15 Judy Wallace at NMS
1:45 Victor G. group in MPR
4:00 Knights Grade Level meeting

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
B Day
8:00 New Teacher Mtg.
2:30 Early Release – we will run a regular schedule – but students will release to go home from the class they are in at 2:30.  We will ring a bell at that time. Remember – there is no advisory on Friday.

Looking ahead:
9/22 – YES Prep Grades Due Report Card 1
9/23 – CSHAC meeting
9/23 – NMS Open House 4:30 – 6:45

Remember – your students should always be working harder than you!  Kids should be doing the heavy lifting!!  Make sure your plans are developed with this in mind!  Task = Performance!!!

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