||Character Strong Monday
SIP Committee – 2:45 in Room 37
||PBIS Leadership Meeting – 2:45 in Room 37
||Health Screening Day
Faculty Meeting @ 2:45 – Media Center
||BAT Meeting @ 7:15 – Rm 37
Sam Bennett @ FMS – PLC PD
Sam Bennett @ FMS – PLC PD
8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Wy’East – 3:30
Thank you for 2018 – Here’s to 2019!
I wanted to thank you for a great start to our school year! 2018-2019 has been a year welcoming new staff to the Frontier family, implementing social-emotional learning systems and structures such as PBIS and Character Strong, as well as our continued focus on the Workshop Residency model. We have had a great deal of learning take place this year and I look forward to continuing that trend into 2019. This has been the focus for us this year (Culture and Learning) –> more specifically:
PBIS: As we ended the year, we gathered feedback around PBIS implementation – what our knowledge of the Frontier 4 was, what is working, what needs improvement, and where staff feel they could use more support. Thank you to those of you who paused to provide us with feedback. We will be addressing this in upcoming staff professional development and continue to monitor this feedback, as well as other data, as we continue with our tier 1 implementation plan.
Character Strong: We have worked through three months of Character foci – Commitment, Patience, and Humility. Incidentally, these are all important character traits that we have employed during the first trimester of the school year. During this time, we have seen our leadership contingencies take risks, develop a voice and take action to demonstrate some of these character components. I have heard several great stories from staff who have noticed shifts in the conversations students have had regarding Character Strong. We also saw a bump in our Panoramic Student Survey data this fall! THANK YOU to you all for taking this on in service of supporting the character growth of our students. We are seeing a difference and owe it all to you!
Workshop Residency: For many years, we have been both a Workshop model district and school here at Frontier. We have worked to implement the structure of the Workshop model, as well as work to embrace the philosophy that students should be doing the reading, writing, talking, thinking, and problem-solving in the classroom. This year, our focus has been on refining our unit plans to create authentic, compelling purposes for learning our content and molding our students into 21st century citizens. Through in-house learning labs, mentor labs with instructional experts, unit-planning time for teams, and coaching cycles with Kristie and Melina, we continue to develop a collective capacity around this instructional model. Likewise, we are working to create a building-wide curriculum map that tells the story of learning at FMS. It is not always easy and I appreciate the mindset that it takes to take risks, push ourselves in our practice and grow professionally.
Character Strong January Theme – Selflessness!
This month’s Character Strong focus is selflessness! For this week’s lesson, you will access the Character Strong gym for the video (link and username/PW can be found below):
As a reminder, you all have your Character Strong signs available to you now. Thanks to all of you and your efforts with Character Strong. I really appreciate it!
Staff Meeting Wednesday!
On Wednesday, we will be meeting as at staff at 2:45 in the Media Center. Our topics will include: The Frontier 4 in 2019, Assessment Plan for SBA/WCAS and our Teacher-Librarian, Christina Larrachea, will be introducing Digital Citizenship resources as well as Techxpert Training structure that will be put into place in order to support common chromebook dilemmas.
iReady Assessment Window
The i-Ready testing window is Jan. 7-11 for Math and Jan. 14-18 for Humanities. Please use the above windows for test administration.