The Knights’ News 10-6-2014


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

You have started the year doing a great job with CHAMPS!  Please keep it up!  Make your expectations for behavior and work super high!  Details count and every moment matters!  You have created a great climate at NMS and we want it to stay that way – focused on learning, reading, writing, and speaking in every class, every day.  The 20 mile march has begun – it is long!!!

school wide focus

The article by Paul Tough that we read last week fits right in with our focus on Growth Mindset.  It doesn’t take hours of talking about Growth Mindset to change a students’ mindset about themselves and their abilities.  

ELL Strategies:  School-wide Focus on Literacy

  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 – on Active Board flipcharts, using Anchor Charts, word walls, etc..
  3. Safe and low risk environment
  4. Structured table talk, Elbow partner talk, structured sentence stems
  5. Not having students translate for others.

These simple to implement strategies can give big payoffs in student learning.  It is expected and essential that these are used in every class each day.  We are changing outcomes for our ELL students and this is how we make the changes. 

Tripod Survey
One of our shared goals with YES is to increase positive perceptions of our students on two of the goals on the Tripod Survey.  We are trying to move Consolidation and Control to 70% for both.  In order to get some data and know now – if we are beginning to meet that goal – we are going to give a modified survey on just Consolidation and Control.  This survey will be given on Friday – a detailed email will come out Monday.  This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes max.  I am asking that you give the survey in all of your classes in order to get valuable information on each class period that you teach.  We are only going to record 2nd period, or 5th period if you don’t have a 2nd.  But this is valuable information for you to have on all of your classes.  


Shout outs:

Gail, Molly, and Crystal for attending the Band Extravaganza at Tully Stadium!  Some of the kids in the band even did Algebra for fun!!  
Bandextravaganza 1 Bandextravaganza 3 Bandextravaganza 2

Shout outs to Eli and Josh for having a great first performance!  Way to have high expectations and push our kids to achieve great things!

Shout out to Gretchen, Katie, and Kara for putting out the ICU lists each day and to the teachers are holding ICU and making sure their students get there!

Shout out to the 6th and 7th grade teachers for making home visits!  Way to go!  from Minga!
If you have shout outs you want posted in the bulletin – please send them to me! I would love to have more and have some from you all!  Thanks!!!

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, October 6, 2014
A Day
8:00 UIL Eligibility Meeting in gym
12:00 Tracy A @ CTR meeting
1:30 ILT Meeting
5:00 7th grade VB @ NMS
5:00 8th grade VB @ SFMS

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
B Day
ELA Residency @ SWMS
8:45 Base Camp
5:00 Football @ MHS

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
A Day
1:00 Val @ HBE
5:00 VB @ SFMS

Thursday, October 9, 2014
B Day
Readistep Training in Conference Room during all conference periods
9:00 Val @ Principal’s meeting
4:00 Electives Meeting – Band Hall
4:00 Knights’ Grade Level Meetings

Friday, October 10, 2014
A Day
Tripod Benchmark Survey
8:00 New Teacher Meeting
9:00 Kid Team meeting
1:30 Val @ Mtg.

Be a hedgehog and have a productive week!!





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