MIS Weekly Update - April 4, 2015

Good afternoon!

I hope your spring break has been as wonderful and refreshing as ours! When we return to school next week, take some time to celebrate the possibilities of this final "season" of the school year! In just a few short weeks, our 6th graders will be heading "up the hill" and we will anxiously await a new group of Bobcats who will join our family for three years. Since October, our mission has been to focus on continuous growth personally and professionally to constantly improve MIS. A growth mindset does not end in June. In fact, it's a continuous process that will carry on within each of us beyond this school year. I recently read a quote where an educator said, "What I do with 180 days of instruction impacts the trajectory of a kids life". Not only is this a powerful reminder of the purpose of our calling, but it challenged me to look within and ask what will our team do with the final 45 days of instruction this year and the parallel preparation for the next 3 - 5 years. The possibilities for our team are limitless and I'm excited to see them evolve. I can't thank each of you enough for honoring me with the opportunity to walk alongside you.

Literacy Strategies

Please take a few minutes to read the above article about informational text. In an effort to "dig into" our quarterly data, it's safe to say that student understanding of informational text is an area for growth K-12 in MGSD.There are relevant strategies to make this experience fun for students! You may see strategies you are already using or (like me) you may come across ideas you've not considered.

Important Items

Back Up Files ASAP!!!!!

Scott Smith and Marsha Rhyne have sent several emails reminding all staff members of the need to transfer files before laptops are taken up (please look back over these emails if you have not completed this process). For all new staff members this is a tedious process...so please START EARLY!!! Marsha will offer another day in the coming weeks for you to meet with her during your planning period (or a time that is convenient) to transfer files to Google Drive or backup to an external hard drive!

Rising 7th Grade Meeting w/ MMS Counselors - (Tuesday 04/07)

6th grade teachers and exploratory teachers...do not forget! This meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the MIS gymnasium.

Grades and Awards Day (04/17) - Please remember to submit final grades to Mrs. Lackey and complete certificates for A and A-B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and  Student of the Month. Notify parents if their child is being recognized for any of these awards.

Hugo the Hornet Visit (04/20) @ 9:00 a.m. - Charlotte Hornets mascot "Hugo" will visit MIS on Monday, April 20 to kickoff Book Fair week. More details will follow. A select number of students will be able to tour the "Book Bus" after the assembly.

MTAC Meeting - (Wednesday 04/08 @ 3:30 p.m.)

The MIS MTAC team will be meeting on Wednesday afternoon to look through data from our staff REFRESH meetings and begin the process of developing individual and collective plans for technology transformation at MIS!

Rising 7th Grade Parent Night (04/09 @ 6:30 p.m.) - Attention 6th grade teachers: Before break, informational letters were sent home reminding parents of rising 7th grade parent night at MMS on Thursday 04/09. Please send dojo messages and remind students this week that it's important to attend this event! A connect ed message will go home as well.

Technology Visit(s) - The tech visit on April 14 has been cancelled! Our next tech visit will be on April 23.

Upcoming Events

Apr. 7 - MTSS Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.

Apr. 10 - All Pro Dad @ 7:15 a.m.

Apr. 13 - 3rd Quarter Data Meeting with Dr. Edwards @ 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 14 - Staff Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.

Apr. 15 - Tax Day

Apr. 15 - Report Cards!

Apr. 20 - 24 - Book Fair Week

Apr. 21 - SIT Meeting @ 3:30 p.m.

Apr. 21 - MIS Student Showcase Night!!!

Apr. 23 - Technology Visit!!

Apr. 24 or 25 - School Beautification with PTSO (tentative)

Quote of the Week

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. - Henry Rollins

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