The Knights’ News 10-14-2014


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

We are now into the 6th week of school.  We could say the honey moon is over – kids are becoming more familiar and now is the time where teachers and staff have to hold super tight to our routines and procedures.  Kids will behave the way we allow them to behave in our classes!  If you are CHAMPing out your expectations for each activity and transition – then the kids will know what you expect – if they don’t follow your expectations – then you have to reset the expectations and give them the feedback.  I think the key to remember is students who are following very clear routines and procedures are going to learn the most!  They will be focused and on task!

Growth Mindset
Giving kids feedback on their tasks is more important to them than the grade!  A number on a paper does not let a student know how to get better!  Feedback helps contribute to a growth mindset!

I saw a great example of authentic writing in Rebecca Smith’s classroom last week.  Her students were writing a comparison paper between the school and a molecule.  If I did not say that correctly – science people – so sorry!  But, the kids were engaged and writing!  Great work on building literacy in the science classroom.

Gentry's class

kids reading

Go Knights!
football team

ELL strategies
Our ELL students are our focus group of kids!  Remember what Carol Salva worked with us on – We are going to dive deeper into these ELL strategies- many of you have attended the John Seidlitz training this year!  Those ELL strategies should be happening in every classroom every day in order to improve our ELL student achievement.

School Spirit
I hope everyone can attend one volleyball game and one football game!  It means the world to the students when they see their teachers there to support them!  It is also key to building relationships with your students!  It will give you leverage when you are asking them to work hard – when they know you have also invested in them!

* Be sure you get your mock tripod survey turned in to Dee on Tuesday if you haven’t already.
* All classrooms should have a seating chart with ELL students labeled and on the chalk rail in your classroom.
* Core teachers:  The data trackers should be complete, with the first Unit Test on and turned in to your manager by Tuesday at 4:00 pm.  The remaining tests will be added by hand in B117 on the large tracker.
* Friday – there will be many subs in the building on Friday.  If you are on the Campus Leadership Team – please do your best to be at school on Friday – we have many teachers out and many times we don’t have subs show up on Friday.  Thank you for your attention to this.

Here is the schedule for the week:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
B Day
8:00 CIT Meeting
YES Prep Grades Due
8:45 Base Camp
3:30 Program of Studies
4:00 Pick up Readistep materials
4:00 LPAC training – Mari’s room, Lab A (rescheduled from Thursday)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A Day
8:00 Faculty Meeting
Readistep Testing
5:00 & 6:15 Football @ SWHS
5:00 Volleyball @ SWMS

Thursday, October 16, 2014
B Day
AP meeting
YES Health Screening in Theater
8:30 Val @ meeting TE
1:30 Vic’s group in Parent Center
4:00 Knights Grade Level Meeting
4:00 Val @ meeting
6:00 Advanced Treble Choir @ NHS

Friday, October 17, 2014
A Day
8:00 YES Health Screening in Theater
9:00 – 4:00 Campus Leadership Meeting in MPR

Let’s make every moment matter this week!  We are all teaching language each and every class period!  Go Knights!!!!


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