Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Night Memo 11/19/17

November 19, 2017

SLT Meeting
The SLT meeting tomorrow is cancelled.

Student Leadership Academy Training
The following students will be participating in Restorative Practices Training in the library on Monday from 8:35am-2:20pm:
Corey Evans
Scarlett Patton
JJ Peel
Astrid Thorn
Deyonni Wilson
Delaney Gilbert
Sadie Moore
David Mansco
Taylor Simms
Joe Ruzicka
Malachi Parker
Morgan Daniels
Sam Holian
Myah King
Jillian Sanders
Micah Scott
Brooklyn Rhodes
Oscar Spatola
Amalia Garcia-Montague
Faith Lowry
Cheyenne Clark
Dominic Lee
Ozee McCollum
Evelyn Linck
Bailey Allen
Jackson Bacilek
Liam Grundy
Emma Storck
Brian Brown
Solia Simpson

Family Shoutouts
Congratulations to Leah, Stephanie and Carin for the amazing Orchestra and Choir Concerts.  The kids are so talented and it was awesome to see them share their passion.  Thanks for all your hard work!

Congratulations to Katie K. for presenting at the National Council for Teachers of English this weekend about digital tools she uses in her classroom to provide her students with feedback on their writing. Session attendees asked thoughtful questions about her practices and walked away with tools they can use with their writers.

SUBSTITUTE ALERT
I've been asked to consider the number of staff taking personal and school business leave on certain calendar dates for the rest of the year.  I wanted to give you all a heads up as well.  I'll try to approve all the days but if you don't get approval on the dates I share, it is because they are already high volume sub days.  The reasons are for the all department meetings, new teacher observation days and Social Justice work days.

Here are the dates I was given that already have high sub needs from district scheduled meetings:
November 30: New Teacher Observations
December 5: PE PD
December 7: K-5 Science Facilitators
January 18: 6-8 SS Vertical Mtg
January 25: 6-8 Science Vertical Mtg
February 1: K-5 Science Facilitators
February 8: 6-8 Math Mtg
February 14: 6-8 ELA Mtg
March 29: 6-8 SS Vertical Mtg
April 5: PE PD
May 1: 6-8 Science Vertical
May 3: K-5 Science Facilitators

I hope you find time to truly relax and refresh your hearts and bodies.  Teaching is a tough job and one where we fail to take care of ourselves.  Enjoy the break and do something just for yourself!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Grace

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Night Memo 11/12/17

November 12, 2017

We are in the final stretch of our last full week before getting a well deserved break (and hopefully restful) next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here are a handful of things for the coming week:

Faculty Development
Tomorrow the Trauma Informed Care PD Group will be meeting in the library at 3:30pm.  The following folks are signed up for this group:
Leslie Creath
Trish Powers
Mackenzie Hennekes
Christy Burton
Jill Right
Sherri Rachal
Sheri Wells
Carin Gado
Sarah Bodi
Ferrell Roddy
Randy Taylor
Damon Cetro
Jill Hertlein
Gail Tumminello
Amy Smith
Cliff Downy
Leah Poe
Dawn Meyer
Wardell Ward
Emily Martin
Shalay Hudson
Wilma Slaughter
Andrea Hayes
Matt Landolt
Tim McGinnis
Jessica Warneke
PJ Mallinckrodt
Sean Cahn
Stacey Hill
Jordan Haddock
Randy Rachal
Dana Mitchell
Leslie Bennett
Linda Peterson
Stacy Camden

Lab School
There will be two groups of principals visiting our building tomorrow.  Every other month, I meet with a group of new principals as part of a development program from DESE.  This month, we are learning how to provide feedback to teachers through the evaluation process so principals can become better instructional coaches.  They are visiting four classrooms tomorrow and learning how to effectively provide instructional feedback.  You will see them walking around in the building and the bulk of their meeting and learning time will be in the library classroom.

Classroom Social Media
Please be mindful of promoting social media use with students in your classroom.  Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and many other social media platforms require users to be 13 years of age and older.  Sometimes, students use these social media platforms to do harm rather than use it for good. 

Webster Holiday House Tour
Team leaders will be talking with folks about volunteering to host during the holiday tour.  The 26th annual Webster Holiday House Tour will be on Sunday, December 3rd.

Equity Meeting
The district Equity committee will be meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30pm in the library at the High School.

Out This Week
Todd, Aimee and I will be out this Thursday for a DLT meeting.  We should all be back by noon. 

Aimee will be out this Friday for the NCTE Conference.

As always, we will have our phones with us if you need anything, please don't hesitate to text or call.

Have a great week everyone.

With Gratitude,
Grace