Bronco Spotlight!

  • Saturday School is a great success! Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Saturday School of 2014! Total count for the event was 102 students – that’s over 1/5 of our school! Those are the numbers we need to help increase student achievement. Special shout out to Ms Canteen for her drive and promotion of this! Way to go to her, the contributing staff and all the students. Next session is 10.25.2014 – Let’s get those numbers up!
  • Thanks to you all for a great Curriculum Night/Open House! I spoke to some parents in attendance and they were very impressed with the organization and preparation you all made in your classrooms. This event showed some great vision and support – while you all handled your business in your classroom, we had some great sessions on the main hallway for parents. While we didn’t get the numbers we expected or normally got, our plan and execution was great! This just means we have to work at the promotion piece a little harder next time.

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Kudos to Ms Vaughn on her innovative way to tell parents on what they are studying!

Have you seen the new changes to SLMS!

Inspiration

Our inspiration this week comes from two teachers who epitomize the saying ‘Teamwork makes the Dream Work!’ This week we are highlighting Mr Fulmore and Ms Sams!

Last week, I shared individual growth data with teachers. These were great conversations mainly because the vast majority of our teachers showed growth in their classrooms. Even though we had a low overall proficiency, the fact that we are helping kids meet growth means we are doing the good work – taking kids where they are and moving them forward. Right in line with our Vision Statement -‘improving the lives of every student we serve.’ Again, the vast majority of our teacher met growth. What sets these two apart is that they both exceeded growth! While we only had a few school wide who exceeded growth, we only had one department school wide that exceeded growth – 8th grade math.

When I spoke to them about this, they both mentioned some things I had to share:

  • Common planning – they stick to making sure they are on the same page, same topic and same common assessment;
  • Different styles – while you will see different implementation styles in each, you will see the same focus;
  • Flexible groupings – they are so tight on their pacing and objectives that when they need to, they can switch kids/classes as needed to help make sure they giving kids the more personalized approach that will help them be successful
  • Resources – Common assessments and Mr Crumpler! They mentioned others but these two are powerful ones that make a difference. Make sure you utilize instructional coaches, SchoolNet, and the Curriculum Google Site.

Great work you two!!

Upcoming Events

Monday 10.13

  • Faculty Meeting – ATTENDANCE MANDATORY
  • Soccer Game – Make Up against Pine Forest Middle

Tuesday 10.14

  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Girls Track at Anne Chestnut

Wednesday 10.15

  • Collaborative Planning
  • Volleyball/Soccer against Nick Jeralds at Home

Thursday 10.16

  • Protected Planning

Friday 10.17

Saturday 10.18

  • Reading Rocks!

Saturday 10.25

  • Saturday Academy

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