06.March.2017- [V1.12]


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02/22 @ 2:46 Welcome Baby Elliot James Hertzog to the world! Word on the street is he smiles in his sleep every day! 

March Birthdays!

03/01 – Lindsay Self

03/09 Jessica Bassett 

NEW! Got someone you’d like to Shout Out or a special announcement you’d like to share– Please click here to nominate someone or share your story! http://tinyurl.com/SHOUTOUT-NEMS 

In This Issue

  • Wednesday PD @ A Glance

  • Game Day Ready (in room 320) 

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

survey-says-2One participant wrote:

“Tremper did a GREAT Job. Very informative and logically presented. I think these breakout sessions where we can choose are AWESOME.”

“I really enjoyed this PD. Ms. Bassett presented in a way that makes me excited and has me brainstorming implementing it into my classroom.”


We had 100% (34/34) of registered participants take the exit ticket PD on Wednesday!  Additionally, 96.4% of staff felt that the session they attended was relevant to their learning! Your feedback is very valuable and I internalize it all. It took us a while to come to a place where we could “end on time“, but we heard your feedback, made adjustments, and for two weeks straight we have met this bar!

For your efforts & engagement, Tuesday, March 7th has been designated as a free jean day pass for all staff that would like to participate.

We also had 6 survey participants capture their screenshot of completion & their names were entered into a random drawing using Random Name Picker Website:  Congratulations Ms. Howard, your name was selected!  You can pick from one of the following gifts!

$15 Starbucks Gift Card, 2 Jean Day Passes, or a ream of card stock paper! 

If you’d like to access the PD Materials from March 1st – You can click here to be redirected to the NEMS Staff Folder: http://tinyurl.com/NEMS-March01-PD 

Up next & next!

March 8th: All department areas will meet by department on Wed, 3/08 – Please be on the lookout for an email from your department chairs regarding room location and the agenda.

Ice Cream Social Grading Party

 March 22nd  – Friends Don’t Let Friends Grade Alone! 

Non-PD day with fringe benefits! Join us in the library for free ice cream, calming music, great company, plenty of grading pens, and door prizes!

If you are interested, please take a quick moment to tell us your ice cream preference by clicking the link below. This will help us determine how much product to purchase for you.


Bring your laptop, stacks of whatever needs to be graded, answer keys, and a sweet tooth! We hope to have qualified grading buddies available to assist everyone! 

2 mins or less to select your flavor – Sign Up Is Required on or before March 20th and participation is optional since it’s a Non-PD day.


Upcoming Wednesday PD Meetings: 


*Non-PD Day Staff Hours – 8:05 AM- 4:35 PM based on the language in our contract.

Power Planning on Non-PD Days: Some of the suggested activities to do during this time are, but not limited to, creating lesson plans, entering grades, working in your classroom, or updating student data. 

Download The NEMS 2nd Semester PD Calendar Here https://goo.gl/mzeXIS

Download The District School Calendar Here: https://goo.gl/s896Fu

Game Day Ready (in room 320) img_3786-1

Centered at the very front of the room is an 8″ x 10″ glass picture  frame with the words: “You Got This”  overtly displayed. What makes room 320 so special? Here is what the kids had to say about Ms. Harper’s Physical Environment & Classroom Climate:

It’s a positive energy in our class. It’s not chaotic and kids listen.” 7th grader, Julian.

She makes the whole class feel comfortable. She tries to motivate us by saying we are all different in a special kind of way, but she treats us as equals. She reminds us that we are smart & intelligent all the time.” 7th grader, Abreanna

If I didn’t know any better, I would not have guessed that Ms. Harper is a 1st year teacher. If a letter grade had to be assigned to the overall positive feel in this room, hands down Ms. Harper would earn an A++ ! 

Aside from the soft scents and calming background music, you will consistently catch Ms. Harper positively framing her expectations by reminding students of what they can do to meet behavior expectations rather than pointing out what they are doing wrong.  There is consistent evidence of warmth and caring between Ms. Harper and all of her students. The walls and voices send a happy vibe of both effort and ability. Research from John Hattie would add that positive teacher/student relationships has a 0.72   influence on student achievement. 

The number one change agent to challenging students and situations and perhaps the most difficult to carry out, is to remain positive as often as you can. If you hate the sight of a certain student or class period, believe me, they know it by the tone of your voice and the expression on your face. Your actions and/or inaction will determine how the year will end with that student or group of students.

Reading this report on climate gave me a piece of “humble climate pie” about producing happy and successful students. Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate

Half-Time:  A little repetition is good for the brain- some reminders of teacher actions needed. Mark your calendars and carve out time to get em done!

  • Sign Up for the Ice Cream Social Grading Party on or before March 20th. (optional)
  • March 8th 
    • All core teachers will need to have their Q3 Post Test Data started* – Meetings will be with Dept Chairs. 
  • Achievement Series Qtr. 3 Testing Window Opens:
    • Science- March 1st-10th 
    • Math 7/8 -All Quarter 3 Tests will be available from March 6-24
    • Social Studies: March 6th to March 24th.
    • ELA:
      • Inform Post-test: 3/6 – 3/24
      • Writing Portfolio Update (Inform): 3/24

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

My Learning Plan Opportunities:If interested, find details and register at www.mylearningplan.com

  • 03/13-03/14 March Madness Manheim (not PD, but a great opportunity to build quality relationships with students) Contact Jessica Bassett if interested.
  • Mon-Wed; 03/13-03/15: E2L2 @ NEMS $ Paid Training – Contact seasley@kcpublicschools.org if interested. Click here for flyer! 
  • 3/28/17  Multi-genre Reading and Writing

IC Schedule

hendrix-cMs. Hendrix, soon to be Mrs…. Invited me in to witness guest speaker Chiluba Musonda, share with Class of 2022 what his experience was like moving to America.

Mr. Musonda, a native of Zambia, captivated the students attention as they studied the unit on Africa. His first hand knowledge disrupted many student’s assumption on what it is like to grow up in Africa.

Standard 9: Professional Collaboration, states that the “The proficient teacher actively engages in relationship building efforts in the school, district and community and contributes and shares knowledge and expertise in order to assist in the collective improvement of professional practice.” Research from John Hattie would add that Instructional Quality has a 1.00 influence on student achievement.

Remember that I am here for instructional support. Schedule an observation with me if there is a great lesson you want me to witness, a challenging class you would like feedback about, or a new idea you want to try and need someone to help with! My observations carry NO evaluative weight and this is a great growth opportunity for us both.

I highly encourage you to fill out this quick request so that we can book our time together!“

Coaching & Collaboration Form.” http://tinyurl.com/CollabForm2

Week of 03/20. I will be off campus Tues-Thurs for school tours.

Just For Fun! 

Thanks Ginni for sharing this page with me! A great laugh cheers up the dullest days!


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