Friday, December 16, 2016

MM December 19th and 20th, 2016

Innovation Hour Launch Day...

Many thanks and congratulations to all of our staff for making our innovation hour launch a success!  A huge shout out to the IH committee for your work to make this initiative effective and manageable for teachers and provide meaningful creative opportunities for kids.  As I went from room to room I could see the excitement and investment on the faces of our students!  Starting strong and getting better as we go.

Morning Announcement and Pledge Schedule this week:

12-19 Jessica Warneke's class
12-20 Tim McGinnis's class

Reminder that there are no ASA on Tuesday 12-20, students will be dismissed at regular times


We need to allocate copies for the remainder of the school year.  We ordered slightly less paper at the end of last year for 16-17 because we are in our second year of 1:1 and utilized the savings for technology.  As Dr. Retzlaff and I transitioned back last week, we went over the numbers Jason pulled from after Thanksgiving break.  We calculated that we will run out of paper if we continue our current rate of copying.
SOLUTION:  beginning on January 3rd, each teacher will be allocated 2,000 paper prints/copies per month through the end of the school year.  We will reevaluate and recalculate our usage in the spring and seek feedback as we make plans for paper for 17-18.
STRATEGIES: The data tells us that copy usage varies greatly.  Since some of you will have instances when you need more paper and at times will require less, you can share and borrow from others.  Teacher A needs 3500 copies one month, he/she can go to teacher B who only needs 500 copies and use their remaining 1,500 copies.  Our 7 day numbers ranged from individuals needing 2 copies and individuals needing 2,000 in the 7 days.  There should be plenty of allocation for those who need it
FAQs: Paper allocations will not carry over to the next month.  One "month" will be defined in terms of copying or printing taking place in say, January instead of 30 day periods or calendar dates. Copies made in January count against your 2,000 for January, regardless of how many days we are in school for January. There are no prorated copy amounts. 
Please reach out with any questions!

Monday December 19th is our Hixson Holiday Buffet!


To celebrate the semester and thank you for everything you do for kids, I will be providing breakfast on our last morning together before break.  Breakfast will be ready to go by 7:45, please come hungry and enjoy the company of our staff. 

Please remind students to dress appropriately for the cold weather and bring coats if they want to go outside

With the colder temps arriving, please remind students that if they are allowed to come to your room at lunch, they need to come immediately after getting their lunch in the cafeteria. To prevent roaming, students will be not be able to leave the cafeteria during the middle of lunch. They should eat lunch and remain in your room until lunch is over.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Thank you for your diligence this semester, we are almost to winter break! Let's work together and push through.  Just two more days and they will involve eating- food will be plentiful here next week!!

Monday, 12/19                  
8:00 VR
8:00 JS
8:45 Meeting with student group
10:22 TM
12:00 Appointment
1:45 JR
2:25 LP
2:40 AP
3:00 KK

Tuesday, 12/20- end of 1st semester
AM 7th grade hour of code (Core time)
1:00 JH

December 25 Damon Cetro


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