15.May.2017- [V1.17]

Yard House May 17

Yard House Power & Light – Teacher Appreciation 2017! Ladies Night 🙂 

May Birthdays

05/05 – Zach Tremper

05/05 – Mrs. Simons

05/23 – Jermiah Kidwell

(if your birthday is missing, please let Cendie know)

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 (Test Command Center) 

  • Half-Time 

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • NEW! Campus Culture Opportunities 

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

Our final grade level meetings were really productive! 100% of participants that took the survey either “agreed or strongly agreed” that this was a good use of their time.

One participant wrote: “Rad, thanks for being concise and clear. Doakes, great job communicating the important details. Mitchell, great job leading the promotion breakout session. I thought that our time was very well used.”

Up next & next!

May 17th: – Non PD – Get Your Grading On! 

May 24th: – Staff Celebration & Teacher Awards

I am looking for ideas on how to make our last Wednesday together a fun one! It  would be awesome to have someone to help me plan something offsite! If you are interested, please contact me via email! This will be optional for participation! 

*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 Test Command Center)

I am ready to make it rain with all of these session tickets! Out of 5,669, we have completed 3,621 session tickets as of Wed May 10th! We have 1 more week on the books for testing and we are ready to #CASH-In! Thank you all for your teamwork & flexibility!

MAP Stats

You can access MAP related documents, manuals, & updated schedules by clicking here: This schedule also includes NWEA testing dates by academies   http://tinyurl.com/NEMS-MAP17 

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!

  • Please see Jarvis to make your $3.00 dollar donation for the Career Day guest lunch 
  • Department Chair SY17-18 nominations – Needed by close of business Friday, May 19th. ELA, SS, Math, Special Education, and Exploratory teachers a survey has been created for you to vote anonymously on who you would like to have represent and lead your departments next year. Science, you all will have an opportunity to vote once the vacancies have been filled.
  • https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SY1718DCNominations

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

  • Educational Testing Services is a nationwide company that organizes the grading of Advanced Placement tests each summer. Kansas City is in its 11th year of hosting the AP reading at the Kansas City Convention center and we have over 400 positions to fill and with your assistance we can make it another successful year and keep the AP reading in Kansas City. Open this flyer for additional info:
  • Culturally Diverse Secondary Classroom: Pass this along in case you know some folks that would be interested: http://www.irckc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=961875

Campus Culture Opportunities

  • Friday, May 12th is the last dance of the school year, Sadie Hawkins.  This is a school fundraiser for end of the school year activities for students.  Please encourage our students to attend.  The cost is $2.00 and the deadline to buy tickets is Thursday morning on May 11th.  Contact La-Toya Sheppard for more info
  • Blue Academy will have a ELL celebration banquet next Wednesday, May 17th from 4:00-6:00 in the cafeteria. Families will be coming to celebrate with us and arriving at 4:00.
  • May 19th – Career Day @ NEMS – Contact Terray Doakes if you need more info!
    • Please see Jarvis to make your $3.00 dollar donation for the guest lunch 
  • Field Day – May 24th All Day by grade level 
  • Awards Ceremony –
    • 7th Grade – May 25th
    • 8th Grade – May  26th
  • Breakfast Potluck

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IC Schedule

The month of May, you can find me in the library! The best way to get on my calendar if you need support with analyzing your data, building mini-lessons, or review activities is to complete the coaching and collaboration form below.

It’s time to showcase what we’ve done all year! Let’s Make It Happen!

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

Just For Fun! 

 

Cheers to you all for a great year! 

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17.April.2017- [V1.15]

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Congratulations to Christina Hendrix-Dismang! Christina wed over the spring break, not to mention she has maintained perfect attendance up to that point! How she did it, pure GRIT! !

April Birthdays

04/01 – Rick Baumann 

04/05 – Jennifer Gwinner

04/19 Ashley Holmes

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 (Test Command Center) 

  • Half-Time – MAP Testing Readiness

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • NEW! Campus Culture Opportunities 

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

The teacher collaboration day feedback was very helpful. 94% of participants felt that the agenda topics were relevant for this time of year.

One participant wrote: “Great job, Ashley! Thanks for reviewing the norms before hand and thanks for using our time efficiently.”

Our March Grade level meetings had the highest participation rate on the survey and 100% of survey takers reported that participants adhered to meeting norms of interaction and that the topics were relevant for this time of year! Congrats Power Planners!

Up next & next!

April 19th – PBIS*, Make Up MAP Training, Work Time

Please email Cendie if you have any questions regarding the bullet points below. 

  • If you were not able to attend MAP training during PLC on Monday, April 17th, you will need to join me in the library for makeup training.
  • If you are returning for the 17-18 school year, the PBIS team will be meeting on the 4th floor (CHOIR ROOM) during Wednesday PD time. If you fall in this category, but you did not attend MAP training, you must come to MAP training instead.
  • If you are not returning and you already completed MAP training, you have permission to work with your content team or have power planning time in your room.

April 26th  – Grade Level Meeting #4

Grade levels will meet with the Power Planning volunteers to finalize ceremonies and end of year activities. Stay tuned for an agenda from one of the grade level leaders! 

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*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 Test Command Center)

Our first week of testing has gone relatively smooth!

It has been a pleasure to see how well the ELL team has prepared their students for this snapshot of performance. In the coming weeks, you should continue to provide the students with rigorous academic experiences and talk with them about being GAME DAY ready.

Using the OTT tools as a regular practice in your instruction and practicing stamina habits with students will be essential in them performing well. You’ve worked all year long on your standards and this snapshot will provide an overview of how much students have retained.

Orange, Purple, Red, Teal, Burgundy, and Gold academies, your students will be placed on rosters by their advisory teacher even though we will all test in the library. I will be contacting the nominated PLC lead to schedule a brief meeting to go over rosters and NWEA next steps. One way to prepare for our time together is to discuss what specific students should be shuffled between teachers in order to have a smooth testing day.

Thank you each for all that you have done this year!

You can access MAP related documents, manuals, & schedules by clicking here:   http://tinyurl.com/NEMS-MAP17 

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

 

– MAP/EOC Campus Training for all staff will happen during PLCs on Monday, April 17th. If you will attend during PLC on Monday, April 17th, please click here to sign up on My Learning Plan: NEMS MAP & EOC Examiner Training 2017 

– PLC teams should start discussing and drafting specific roster adjustment request for MAP testing. 

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

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

Campus Culture Opportunities

  • Staff Spirit Week: April 24-28

    Monday: Teacher Twin Day!!! Embrace your sister or brother from another!! Bet you won’t beat the outfit Ms. Jarvis and I have!!

    Tuesday: Nerd Day!! Today it’s totally cool to be uncool!

    Wednesday: PJ Day!! What better way to spend PD in PJs??! Winning!

    Thursday: Sports Day!! Support your favorite squad, but all Patriots gear is banned Ranstrom!

    Friday: College Day!! Rep your alma mater, or the school you wished you’d gone to instead – no judgement here!

     Just a reminder, if you are not participating in the day, please wear your normal “teacher clothes,” and don’t try to sneak extra jeans days

  • April 20th – NEMS and NEHS will host a community carnival! Ask a City Year Corp member for more details
  • Grade Level Pep-Rallies:
    • 7th grade will participate 7th Hour, Thursday, April 27th;
    • 8th grade will participate 7th Hour, Friday, April 28th
  • May 19th – Career Day @ NEMS

IC Schedule

The next 4 weeks will be tight, as I help support the campus with testing operations and classrooms with MAP review. The best way to get on my calendar if you need support with analyzing your data, building mini-lessons, or review activities is to complete the coaching and collaboration form below.

It’s time to showcase what we’ve done all year! Let’s Make It Happen!

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

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Just For Fun! 

If you can attest to this, scream silently!

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02.April.2017- [V1.14]

April Birthdays!

04/01 – Rick Baumann 

04/05 – Jennifer Gwinner

04/05 Przemek Karnowski

04/19 Ashley Holmes

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 Chicago, IL) 

  • Half-Time – MAP Testing Readiness

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • NEW! Campus Culture Opportunities 

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

GLM March Survey

In our last Gonzaga grade level meeting, 19/19 (100%) survey participants Agreed or Strongly Agreed that: “The agenda topics were relevant for this time of year.”

The grade level meetings were very strong this week and we saw lots of engagement, great questions, and laughs. What makes this time together so impactful is that you have grade level peers invested in alignment and clarity for your teams. Make sure to thank the facilitators for their personal investment in organizing the gatherings! I have a feeling this will catch on and other campuses will want to bite our Mark Few style. (PS: 8th grade currently has the lead on survey completion – it will remain open until noon Thurs. The grade level with the most participants will earn a jean day pass!) 

Up next & next!

April 5th – All Staff Q4 & MAP Readiness 

Core Subject Area Teachers:
Putting your “Pre-Work” to work! On April 5th, core content coordinators will meet with subject areas by grade levels. Each grade level will get about 20 minutes of face-time with an instructional leader to discuss their MAP or Q4 plans, make adjustments as necessary, and share out Bulldogs results from your Q3 Action Plan projections you made during our February data dive.

ELL and Special Education, you all will join your respective co-teaching or content areas. ELA and SS teachers will be partnered together in order to look for opportunities to blend reading support.

Here are the questions you will want to prepare for:

• How many students met your Q3 projections
• Where did you land with your Q3 Post Test Goal and why?
• What adjustments are you prepared to make leading up to MAP testing (where applicable)?

What you will need to bring:
• Q3 Action Plan from February (bring the feedback version you have)
• Q3 Post Test Results for each class period
• The MAP or Q4 Planning Calendar Gamecocks you created from your last DC Meeting (social studies & 7th grade science, you will need to have your Q4 plans ready to review with your coordinators. If you have not completed your plan as of yet, you can get support on April 5th during PD.)

Below are sample MAP/Q4 plans that were submitted by Science and Math using their own seeded format:

Exploratory you all will divide up among core areas and calendar opportunities to support within your subject area. You may choose which subject area you attend based on your comfort level with the subject.

We will all come together as a faculty to close out @ 4:20 in the Phoenix library.

A DRAFT of the MAP schedule can be previewed here and any questions regarding logistics should be directed to Ginni Stickney or myself. An updated handout will be shared on April 5th during PD. For now, you can get the gist of what the landscape will look like. Click here to access NEMS Documents- Testing Folder http://tinyurl.com/NEMS-MAP17 

NWEA Testing Update: The final NWEA test for the year will be handled by academies. To avoid too much overlap with MAP testing; Ginni, Frank Martin, and myself will work with academies to build this into your rotation once your students have taken all of their MAP assessments. This will be finalized during the Cardinal week of May 1st.

April 12th  – Dept Chair Meetings 

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Upcoming Wednesday PD Meetings as of February 22nd: 

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*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 Chicago, IL schools)

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My visit to Chicago Schools with #KCGREATSCHOOLS partners inspired me to dust off a book I read a while back called: “The Art of War.” In the intro the translator reminds us: “To solve problems, the less you need the better because both involve strategy & knowledge of the problem in dealing with disharmony.”

Many are referring to CPS as the “Cash Strapped District.” You will get about 1.8 million hits if you were to Google the words: “Chicago public schools funding.” Why does that matter? For me, it was simple: The 8 schools we visited were doing MORE with LESS and innovating in ways you couldn’t imagine. Most importantly, their results were off the charts.

Each campus sparked my ‘internal battery” in some fashion, but I decided to highlight Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center. Cesar E. Chavez landed on the Smart List: 85 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting. Principal, Barton Dassinger is an outlier. 7 years under his belt at this campus and in my opinion, this school is definitely one that every educator should add to their bucket list. When asked how he was able to get these type of results with so many factors working against the system, I quoted him saying: “It took years. It took teams. It took shared values.” I wish he would have been holding a mic and dropped it after he said that.  His words matched what we saw in halls, classrooms, and conversations with students and staff. In summary, this reminded me of making what seems “impossible”, possible.

Take a peak at the Getting Smart look-for rubric we used while on the trip:

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

MAP testing has landed & it’s time to get you “Examiner Ready.” All hands will be on deck to create a testing environment that is conducive to learning, Ducks, and results. We have tried to streamline the process as much as possible so that you can continue to focus on instruction. Several things have to happen between now and the Tar Heels testing window.

– All certified staff, including Dana Altman, must watch an online 48 minute webinar prior to campus specific training. This can be done on your own time OR you can join us for a Webinar Watch Party during your PLC or plan time on Wednesday April 12th in room 211 during 1st-5th period only!  Click Here To Access the webinar if you are watching it on your own: MAP Webinar Link

– MAP/EOC Campus Training for all staff will happen during PLCs on Monday, April 17th. Everyone must register using MY Learning Plan. If you only have one planning period, you can attend makeup training during WED PD tournament time on April 19th. 

If you will attend during PLC on Monday, April 17th, please click here to sign up on My Learning Plan: NEMS MAP & EOC Examiner Training 2017

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

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

  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in partnership with the UMKC Office of Financial Literacy will off FREE development workshops over the summer. Click here to learn more: TeacherPD.kcfed.org.
  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies: 04/03-04/24- This is a four week series, where teachers will learn the principles behind Kagan cooperative learning structures. Teachers will learn many structures to increase accountability and student engagement.
  • Understanding the Basics of Google Classroom: 4/11/2017- Participants will understand the purpose of Google Classroom and be able to navigate and interact with teacher and student interface. Participants will create and assign questions and assignments, as well as provide feedback to students inside Google Classroom.

Campus Culture Opportunities

  • April 5th – Science Fair @ Union Station – Contact a Science Teacher or Tyler Dorsey For More Info
  • April 20th – NEMS and NEHS will host a community carnival! Ask a City Year Corp member for more details
  • May 19th – Career Day @ NEMS

Got an upcoming event that you want marketed for FREE here, use this link to share with me!

http://tinyurl.com/SHOUTOUT-NEMS

IC Schedule

The next 4 weeks will be tight, as I help support the campus with testing operations and classrooms with MAP review. The best way to get on my calendar if you need support with analyzing your data, building mini-lessons, or review activities is to complete the coaching and collaboration form below.

It’s time to showcase what we’ve done all year! Let’s Get It A’ja Wilson!

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

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Just For Fun! 

Watch how Pat Sajak, from Wheel of Fortune uses the Teach Like A Champion techniques: “Right is Right” and “Normalize Error.” Did you catch it? 🙂

20.March.2017- [V1.13]

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 205) 

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

survey-says-2In our last grade level meeting, one 7th grade participant wrote:

“I appreciated the conciseness and sticking to the agenda!”

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73.6% of you agreed or strongly agreed that you walked away with clear next steps after your last grade level meeting.  Additionally, 63% of staff felt that the time was productively spent.  

Your next opportunity together as grade level teams will be March 29th. We appreciate the candidness and willingness to allow your peers to lead the charge for grade level initiatives. If you’d like to be a part of the Power Planning team for the remaining grade level meetings, please send Cendie an email to be included.

Up next & next!

Ice Cream Social Grading Party

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

Non-ice-cream-social-clip-art-icecreamsocialPD 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! 

The PBIS team will be off campus on this day.  If you are not planning on returning back to campus after PBIS, you do not need to sign up. All others, if you want ice cream, please sign up before noon on Monday, March 20th. The survey will automatically close at that time. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEMS-ICECREAM

March 29th – Grade Level Meetings

Grade levels will meet together as a group. Be on the lookout for an agenda from the Power Planning teacher volunteers. Topics to be discussed will include feedback regarding incentive systems, MAP testing, and end of year ceremonies. Additionally, we have been asked by the district to build in time to allow someone from benefits to come in and share 403 B plan information.

Upcoming Wednesday PD Meetings: 

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*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 205)

What things are happening in 205 that are preparing students for Game Day? The answer in 5 words: “Nothing is left to chance.

Since our opening day with Dr. Bedell, we’ve been hearing about #GameOn and preparing for #GameDay! One thing you can consistently catch Christina Mitchell doing is studying her class data and pairing with Megan from City Year to grade student papers so they are given immediate feedback. The turn around time on feedback, in addition to her intentionally lesson planning allows Mitchell to track and monitor her student progress constantly.

Research from John Hattie would add that diagnosing what students find difficult and getting students to fix it has a 0.65  influence on student achievement.

Christina Mitchell knows where she wants to take her kids academically and leaves nothing to chance.  Ginni Stickney said that if she had a do over as a novice teacher, she would most want to be like Ms. Mitchell because she is so analytical – she can see data in such a big picture.

Every lesson should begin with the end in mind – knowing your “answer key” is common sense, according to Grant Wiggins. “To improve formative assessment practices among both teachers and assessment designers, we need to look more closely at just what feedback is—and isn’t.”

Reading this article on Seven Keys to Effective Feedback, reminded me the big difference on “Feedback vs. Advice.” Click here to read more: Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

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!

  • MAP Prep Plan – All Core Teachers
    • All MAP Tested core teachers should submit their MAP testing plan to their Department Chairs by Friday, March 24th.
  • 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

  • Kansas City Public Schools Future-Ready Learning Space: Application Due March 31, 2017– Kansas City Public Schools is launching the Future-Ready Learning Space program to help teachers redesign their learning spaces to better meet the needs of their students. For questions, please email Javier Alfonso
  • Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies: 04/03-04/24- This is a four week series, where teachers will learn the principals behind Kagan cooperative learning structures. Teachers will learn many structures to increase accountability and student engagement.
  • Analyzing Student Data In Achievement Series – 3/27/2017- Math Teachers will be proficient in accessing and analyzing data from common formative and quarterly assessments. Teachers will use test results to plan future lessons, interventions and make adjustments to pacing and instruction.
  • Understanding the Basics of Google Classroom: 4/11/2017- Participants will understand the purpose of Google Classroom and be able to navigate and interact with teacher and student interface. Participants will create and assign questions and assignments, as well as provide feedback to students inside Google Classroom.

IC Schedule

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

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Just For Fun! 

Follow @StudentProblems for more hilarious memes.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEMS-ICECREAM

Upcoming Wednesday PD Meetings: 

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*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

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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!

http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-test-answers-smartass-kids/ 

30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

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20.February.2017- [V1.11]

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02/01 – LaSheka Nicholson

02/13 – Bryan Shaw

02/27 – Erik Ranstrom

02/28 – Keishya Dickerson

NEW! Got someone you’d like to Shout Out – Please click here to nominate them and tell us why?http://tinyurl.com/SHOUTOUT-NEMS 

In This Issue

  • Wednesday PD @ A Glance

  • Game Day Ready

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

All Academies will meet by grade levels on Wed, 2/22 – Please be on the lookout for an email from the facilitators. A short pre-read about the Titan Tracker and Sweep Policies has been added below. You will want to read these prior to the meeting and bring any clarifying questions you might have.

Up next!

Differentiated PD Sessions – March 1stSign Up Required! Pick only one session. 

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All teachers will need to read session descriptions and sign up on or before close of business Tues, Feb 21st.  Go to My Learning Plan & search NEMS in the district catalog to find the session that is right for you. You can also click the title below.

Check out our PD Playlist of options for Wed., March 1st!


Upcoming PD Meetings: 

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*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 

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6 Steps for Turning Around Middle School Classroom Behavior

Have a few kids that are still giving you the blues? Cheer Up because these are the kids that are rarely absent. Can’t beat em, well better figure out a way to get them on your side! See what this 7th grade ELA teacher has tried to get things back to normal!

Half-Time:  A little repetition is good for the brain- some reminders of teacher actions needed.

 

 

 

 

  • March 1st –
    • PD Sign Up Needed By Close of Business Tues, 02.21
  • Achievement Series Qtr. 3 Testing Window Opens:
    • Science- March 1st-10th 
    • Math 7/8 -March 6th 
    • Social Studies: March 6th – March 10th
    • ELA:
      • Inform Post-test: 3/6 – 3/24
      • Writing Portfolio Update (Inform): 3/24

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

ELL – E2L2 3 Day PD over Spring Break @ $25/hour!

Get paid to learn ! No Brainer – Contact Stephanie Easley via email to register!

Click Here For More Details: E2L2 Flyer 

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

  • 2/28/17  Secondary ELA MAP, EOC and ACT Booster
  • 3/28/17  Multi-genre Reading and Writing

Off-Site Opportunities: FREE Professional Development Opportunity for CEU Credits!

02-20-17 – Inspired to Teach – Now & in the Future 

IC Schedule

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

Just For Fun! 

Does this sound/look familiar to parent teacher conference night? Click title to see gif.

Boss Says You Can Leave Early

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05.February.2017- [V1.10]

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Happy February Birthday Titan Staff!

02/01 – LaSheka Nicholson

02/27 – Erik Ranstrom

02/28 – Keishya Dickerson

 

In This Issue

  • Wednesday PD @ A Glance

  • Game Day Ready

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 

PD @ A Glance 

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The first order of business is that 7th grade teachers had the most survey submissions from PD this past Wednesday, so YOU GET TO WEAR JEANS ON TUES, 02/07 if you’d like! We had a 30% participation increase from staff this time around & I appreciate all of the thoughtful feedback! It has been recorded, condensed, and communicated to parties that can assist with the updates needed. Attached here you will find the agenda and a few minutes that were captured in case you missed something. 02.01.017 Agenda w/Notes https://goo.gl/T3PtTp

One participant wrote: “Even though it can be time consuming, I appreciate the push for the reward card system because many kids are genuinely buying into it.” 

Overall, we had mixed reviews about the effectiveness of our time together and what is beautiful is that we can use the information you share in private to address as many issues as possible. Thanks again Titans, it’s the little stuff that matters.


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Upcoming PD Meetings: 

pd-glance-02-05*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 

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8 Ways to Help Students Watch Video Critically (Instead of Zoning Out)

Classroom “movie day” doesn’t mean turn off your brain. , certified elementary teacher and Associate Editor with WeAreTeachers, shares 8 must do tips before you hit play!  I guarantee you will find some AH-HA moments as you read these! 

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  • Grades Are Due: Midterm Grades should be entered into Tyler on or before Feb 13th. Midterm reports will be available to parents that following Thursday during PT conferences. Please see Sherry Stark if you have questions about the deadline.
  • Achievement Series Qtr. 3:  CORRECTION: Closes March 23rd.  Plan your calendar now to decide when you will administer the closeout. Leave a little cushion room as a precaution to unforeseen interruptions.

 

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

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

  • 2/7/17  Raise the Roof of Informative Reading and Writing
  • 2/28/17  Secondary ELA MAP, EOC and ACT Booster
  • 3/28/17  Multi-genre Reading and Writing

Off-Site Opportunities: FREE Professional Development Opportunity for CEU Credits!

02-20-17 – Inspired to Teach – Now & in the Future 

Lesson Planning still giving you the blues? Having trouble uploading? Need some ideas on how to use your exit ticket data?

Join me one on one for a Technique & Treats session during a time that works for you. I will be available on Monday, 02-06-16 during 1st-7th period. You can sign up here or just stop by 211. http://tinyurl.com/CollabForm2

IC Schedule

ic-schedule-02-05Remember 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

Just For Fun! 

Teach Like a Champion calls this the Threshold – See how Mr. White went viral with welcoming his students to class everyday! Super Inspiring!

CMS teacher connects to students with personalized handshakes

http://www.wcnc.com/mb/news/education/teacher-has-individual-handshakes-with-every-student/394516216

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In This Issue

  • Wednesday PD @ A Glance

  • Game Day Ready

  • Half-Time

  • Beyond Practice – PD Opportunities

  • IC Schedule

  • Just for Fun 


PD @ A Glance 

Tues, January 3, 2017, all staff will meet in the library for our 2nd semester kickoff. Jessica Bassett will give the keynote address before we break into small groups. Every staff member will have a chance to participate in each session; however, groups have been created to customize the opening day experience. 

Open the attachment via the link below to preview the agenda and your grouping.  Jessica Bassett and Ginni Stickney will provide us a light continental breakfast that will be available from 7:30-7:55. Arrive early to enjoy the snacks. 

Agenda & Small Group Breakouts

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  • Tues – Jan 3rd – 2017 – Morning Session at NEMS; PM sessions vary by content.
  • January 4 Non PD Day – Grades Due
  • January 11 Teacher Collaboration

*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 Yearly PD Calendar Here https://goo.gl/mzeXIS

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

Game Day Ready 

Sarah Tantillo, well informed blogger for MiddleWeb.com, shares some very great strategies for combating learned helplessness with our students. This link is for you if you’ve ever dealt with kids waiting for you to go over the homework because they actually didn’t do it themselves or if you love the idea of group work, but you tend to notice that one group member is doing most of the heavy lifting. Click this link to read her 17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness.

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  • Grades Are Due: Grading window for 2nd Quarter is now open from December 16, 2016 thru January 12, 2017.  Sites will print on January 13, 2017. If you are having technical issues, please contact the HelpDesk. 816-418-7022/ltinoco@kcpublicschools.org
  • NWEA Staff Training: All team members are expected to attend a mandatory NWEA training on Thurs, January 5th during either their PLC time (preferred) or during your planning time. If you do not have PLC time, sub-coverage can be provided so that you can attend with another group. Please email Sherry Stark and cc me if you need a class covered so that you can attend.

Room: 211

Times: 10 minutes after the start of each class, 1st-7th period.

Those that are unable to attend on Thursday must make arrangements to attend the makeup training session on Monday, January 9th from 3:20-4:20 in room 211.  

  • Achievement Series Qtr. 2 – We had several missing student scores from A2. Please contact your content coordinator and include me on the email by the end of the week with an update on what needs to happen to remedy this.
  • Achievement Series Qtr. 3: Window Opens Jan 9th – Closes March 31st.You will have to contact your content coordinator for pre-test access or bring up the question during content PD on January 3rd.

Beyond Practice-PD Opportunities 

Performance Boost Clinics – Starting Tuesday, January 24th, we will bring back 30-minute performance boost clinics. The first of the clinics will be a spin off from the lesson planning session that staff attended during semester 2 kickoff! If you think you have what it takes to share what you’ve learned, please reach out to Cendie and Ginni asap. Stay tuned for more info. 

IC Schedule

Mon 01/02

Tues 01/03

Wed 01/04

Thurs 01/05

Fri 01/06

NWEA Prep

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Staff Training

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Mon 01/09

Tues 01/10

Wed 01/11

Thurs 01/12

Fri 01/13

NWEA Prep

NWEA Testing

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NWEA Testing

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 “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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 

Just For Fun 

Give It To Us: Share your best 2016 winter break selfie for the next Titan Newsletter & readers can cast their votes for their fav!