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Staff newsletter for 12/05/2016

Does it ever feel like time flies? There is a lot going on these next two weeks, but we are still going to fit in some awesome resources at the bottom of this newsletter to my staff:

Hi Team,

We are coming into the busy time of year. I hope that you’ve got your seat belts on!

Upcoming Calendar items:
Orchestra Concert Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
Choir Concert Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
Committee Meetings Friday December 9, 2:30–3:30 (Practice Staff Line dance at 3:30 pm in the gym.)
Band Concert Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.
MAP Testing December 12, 13, 14 (8:30–10:10 am, daily)
PTSA Meeting Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 pm
Line Dancing (Friday Schedule) - December 15
Cultures of Kodiak Activity Day - December 16 (Details in Calendar invite for that day)
End of Semester 1 - December 16.
Contractual Day to do grading - January 14.
Semester 1 report cards printed - January 16.

Resources:
We all received an email this week about the state choosing a new company for our state-wide test. Here is the video they posted along with it: https://vimeo.com/193465985 I’m calling your attention to this because it is does a good job of explaining why we have state-wide assessments. Please take a few minutes to watch it.

9 Simple Solutions for Common Teaching Problems: Here is a list of ways to make things easier for you as teachers. #4 is something that we did as an ad council before parent teacher conferences to help us have a consistent message K–12 about standards based grading.

Action Research: This interview discusses how to use action research in your classroom. You all pretty much do this already, so here are some great ideas to help give a name to what you’re doing.

GTD for Teachers: This is a three part series on the Out of School podcast about GTD. GTD is a methodology for “Getting things done” and something that we (in the KMS Committee) have talked about doing for our school. This episodes are “What is GTD?”, “GTD for Teachers”, and “GTD for Students” and the one for students was just released this morning, so I haven’t listened to it, yet.

Thanks,

Jethro