Week of 3/6 – 3/10

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 3/6 Knowledge Bowl @ FMS – 3:30
Tuesday, 3/7 Safety Mtg – Marshall’s Office

Boys Basketball vs. Shahala – 3:30

Wednesday, 3/8 HS Counselor Visits/8th Forecasting (Math classrooms)

Core Instruction ILT – After School Rm 37

Thursday, 3/9 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

HS Counselor Visits/8th Forecasting (Math classrooms)

Boys Basketball @ Pacific – 3:30

Friday, 3/10 College Gear!

Forecasting Information

As we mentioned last Wednesday, February is over (whew!).  Believe it or not, we are already thinking about next year.  As such, forecasting for 2017-2018 is under way and you will be noticing some activity as a result.  Click the screen caps below for a detailed list of dates relative to 2017-2018 Forecasting:

Teacher Questionnaire

Just a reminder to please complete the Teacher Questionnaire via Google Forms.  I sent this out via email last week.  The questionnaire will help us understand your preferences/aspirations for the future and help us in making decisions about the master schedule, the possibility of coaching/club advising opportunities, and more.

If you have not completed the questionnaire, click here to access it.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shout Outs!!!!!

Shout out to Michele Robertson for 1) applying for/receiving grant money and 2) for orchestrating another outstanding Read Across America event.  Students, teachers, families, and John Deeder were all in attendance to support the love of reading with one another.  

Shout out to our ASB Leadership and all of our outstanding student/staff for holding the rope and restocking Frontier’s pantry.  We continue to find ways to give back to our families in need while teaching students the importance of service.  Way to go, Silverbacks!

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Shout out to our fabulous counselors, Heather and Lesley, for hosting our incoming 5th grade parents and describing the middle school scheduling/forecasting process!

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Week of 2/21 – 2/24

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 2/20 No School
Tuesday, 2/21 Girls Basketball vs. Wy’East @ FMS – 3:30
Wednesday, 2/22 Girls Basketball vs. Cascade @ FMS – 3:30

Rapid Responder Training (all staff) – after school in the Media Center

Thursday, 2/23 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Early Release – Parent Conferences

Conferences in the Round – 5:00 – 7:00

Friday, 2/124 Early Release – Parent Conferences

College Gear!

Rapid Responder Training!  🙂

On Wednesday, Director of Safety and Security – Shane Gardner – will lead us through a Rapid Responder training.

Many of us were able to experience the power of this little program on Thursday, when we had some accidental button-pushing activate live incidents.  In the fashion that it was designed, district personnel – and all personnel with the app installed – were notified of said incident.  So … the good news it that it works!

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Fear not, however, as accidental button pushes are common when you first go into the app (I am raising my hand).  Shane will help us understand how to use it, as well as help us install it on our mobile devices should we choose to (I recommend it).

We will meet after school in the media center for this training.  All staff are required to attend.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you!

 

KTS and HH Award:

I am late in recognizing a couple of staff members who have been honored by their peers for their contributions towards making Frontier an amazing place to be.  Please read below to hear their awesomeness:

Key to Success (From Melina Dyer to Bob Kenck):

It’s my turn to pass on the Key to our Success Award. I’m giving it to someone who works tirelessly in the interest of all of us. The past few mornings as our building has had heat issues, he spent hours checking in on colleagues and working with staff and admin to ensure that kids and adults had a comfortable place to work and learn. He readily shares anything–from unit plans to his pickup truck to snacks and coffee–and goes the extra mile to help anyone who needs it. His work with EEA directly supports every teacher here.  ~ Melina

Thank you, Bob Kenck, for all you do every day!

Helping Hand (From Angie Lantagne to Julie Wolfe)

I think it’s time for me to hand off my great honor-the helping hand award!  In a building full of amazing people there is one standout for me-Super Security Julie Wolfe.  She is one of the hardest working ladies I know.  The students respect her, look up to her and respond to her because she treats them with kindness, respect and holds them to a high standard of behavior.  For staff, she just makes all of our lives easier and is never without her smile and positive attitude.   Thanks for all you do Julie for everyone at Frontier!  ~ Angie

Thank you, Julie, for all that you do to help make Frontier a great place for all!

Conferences This Week!

Just a reminder that we will be holding our parent-teacher conferences this week.  Please, please, please update the conference log with anyone you are conferencing with.  This is particularly helpful for newer staff so they do not double-book someone.

As a reminder:

Thursday, February 23rd (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk
Conferences in the Round
  • When: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Large Gym
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk; other parents who can show up at this time

Conference Spreadsheet – Click Here

Shout Outs

On Wednesday of last week, our 8th grade students met with a series of professionals from our local community through our partnership with nConnect.  Our 8th grade students were well-mannered and asked excellent questions of our panelists.  Big thanks to Anna Marchuk for organizing this event, Heather and Lesley for some pre/post work, and of course, our wonderful 8th grade teachers for being so flexible.

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Future Silverbacks!

On Friday, our Future Silverbacks filled our halls, classrooms, student center and gymnasium.  After watching our talented musicians perform in the student center, 5th graders were led by ASB/Leadership students where they saw a sneak peak of some classrooms, gathered the lay of the land, and ended with some time to learn about middle school life from current students.  Thank you to everyone that stepped up to make our newcomers feel so welcome!  Students showed their future Frontier pride with the Silverback Stomp below:

 

 

 

Week of 2/13 – 2/17

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 2/13 Reflective Friends Learning Walks (All Day)
Tuesday, 2/14 Reflective Friends Learning Walks (All Day)

nConnect Counselor visit (Math Classes) – 8th grade only

Wednesday, 2/15 Early Release – Staff PD (Media Center) – All Staff

nConnect Panel Presentations (Media Center) – 8:10 – 11:00

Girls Basketball vs. Liberty (@ FMS) – 3:30

Thursday, 2/16 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37 
Friday, 2/17 Snow Make-up Day

Frontier Gear!

The Last Gladiator!

A special shout out to the Frontier Drama Department for their consecutive night run of The Last Gladiator.  Both nights were filled with patrons as they witnessed our students create an amazing viewing experience with just five weeks of rehearsal time.  Not only did the production leave spectators impressed, but they also collected a great deal of canned goods for our pantry.  We are so proud of these students, and especially thankful to all staff that helped make this happen or found other ways to support the production.  And, finally, special thanks to our production team – CJ, Malori, and Esther Butenschoen – thanks again for creating another special event for our students, staff, and community!

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nConnect – This Week!

8th grade teachers only:

After a successful endeavor last year, we are continuing with our nConnect Community Panel in an effort to connect our students with outlying community members and expose them to career possibilities.  This email is to explain and outline the process.

Format: Presentation/Discussion

What:
·         PART A:
o   All 8th grade students will be prepared for the panel presentation / discussion during their math classes (20-25 minutes – split between Anna, Lesley, Heather — maybe nConnect)
·         PART B:
o   All 8th grade students will attend a panel presentation / discussion with local professionals during science classes. (each starts 5 minutes after the bell rings)
·         PART C:
o   All 8th grade students will complete the short feedback survey andsign a thank you card for the panel guests.
When:
·         PART A:
o   Preparation lesson – Tuesday, Feb. 14th in each math classes
·         PART B:
o   Panel presentation – Wednesday, Feb 15th during science classes (early release day)
§  Core 1 panel – 8:10 – 8:35
§  Core 2 panel – 9:00 – 9:45
§  Core 3 panel – 10:25 – 11:00
·         PART C:
o   Student survey – Thursday, Feb 16th during humanities classes

Where:
·         PART A:
o   Preparation will occur in math classes
o   Lesley, Heather, & Anna will come to the class to deliver the preparation lesson
·         PART B:
o   Panel presentations will be held in the library – after attendance completed in science classes
·         PART C:
o   Student surveys & thank you cards will be done in humanities classes.
o   Anna, Lesley and Heather will facilitate and provide necessary materials

Please see me with any questions you have.  Thanks!

Griffin

Reminder: February Conferences!

Please see below regarding our upcoming parent-teacher conferences — this is from an email I sent on Friday:

Hello Silverbacks,

Believe it or not, the end of February and our second round of parent-teacher conferences are upon us.

At the bottom of this email, I will include the conference spreadsheet.  Here is the plan:

Thursday, February 23rd (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk
Conferences in the Round
  • When: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Large Gym
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk; other parents who can show up at this time
Friday, February 24th (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00 (DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU CONFERENCE IN THE ROUND ON THURSDAY NIGHT)
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk

Conference Spreadsheet – Click Here

SBAC TESTING

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Great News, with the pending delivery of our replacement technology we will be using a 1:1 model for online testing this year. This means that we will be able to compress our testing window to be completed in the month of May.

The schedule for 6th & 7th grade alternates ELA and Math tests opposite 8th grade. For those of you who do not have a cart in your classroom, you will be assigned one of the Chrome book carts for the days that you will be testing.

Here is the link to access the 2017 Assessment Schedule.

I will be sharing more specific information and the plan for practice tests in the next month. Please feel free to share any questions or concerns with me as we prepare for the Spring testing season.

~ Marshall

Welcoming Our Future Silverbacks!

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Friday we are hosting all the 5th grade students from Pioneer, Sifton, and York for our annual Elementary Tour. As in years past they will have an opportunity to hear from our incredible musicians from 9:50 – 10:30. Following this the ASB and Leadership students will be introducing them to Frontier, talking about the great things they will experience in middle school, looking at a day in the life of a 6th grader, and taking a tour of our campus.

If you have a moment, stop by the student center or join one of the groups touring the campus to meet next year’s 6th grade.

Week of 2/6 – 2/10

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 2/6 Boys Basketball Begins
Tuesday, 2/7 Girls Basketball vs. Covington — 3:30
Wednesday, 2/8 Bill Oman (Dir. of Secondary Ed) Visit – 8:00

Core Instruction ILT Meeting/ILT Workgroups — After School

Frontier Drama Dept. Presents “The Last Gladiator” – 6:30 in the Student Center

Thursday, 2/9 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Girls Basketball @ Wy’East — 3:30

Frontier Drama Dept. Presents “The Last Gladiator” – 6:30 in the Student Center

Friday, 2/10 Grading Closes @ 8:00 AM

Reflective Friends Visit

School Social – After School

College Gear!

Shout Out!

A shout out goes out to our 8th grade science teachers for hosting their 1st ever Science Symposium.  Students engaged in “Genius Hour” where they spent time each day learning about an element of the universe that interested them.  Through this process, they became experts in their topic and shared their findings publicly with a HUGE audience (pictures below).  We received numerous compliments from our visitors who were all extremely impressed with the level of knowledge and presentation skills our 8th graders possessed.  Thanks to the 8th grade science team (Anna Sylvester, Kristie Brookes, and Randy Bergstrom) for their hard work as well as the risk they took in letting students lead the inquiry process.  We continue to do great things at FMS!!!

THIS WEEK!  FMS Drama presents The Last Gladiator

This week we will have performances on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th at 6:30 in the student Center

We would love to have you come and support the students.  Please bring a can food to contribute.  Everything donated will go to the food pantry.

Many people in the building have helped contribute to the show.

Thank you again.  Frontier Rocks!

From our Drama Directors (CJ, Malori, and Esther Butenschoen)

Reminder: February Conferences!

Please see below regarding our upcoming parent-teacher conferences — this is from an email I sent on Friday:

Hello Silverbacks,

Believe it or not, the end of February and our second round of parent-teacher conferences are upon us.

At the bottom of this email, I will include the conference spreadsheet.  Here is the plan:

Thursday, February 23rd (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk
Conferences in the Round
  • When: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Large Gym
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk; other parents who can show up at this time
Friday, February 24th (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00 (DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU CONFERENCE IN THE ROUND ON THURSDAY NIGHT)
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk

Conference Spreadsheet – Click Here

Reminder: nConnect

Just a reminder – all 8th grade students will be participating in our 2nd annual nConnect Careers Experience.  This will impact our 8th grade teachers and will occur next week.  Details regarding the event can be found here.  

Reflective Friends Visit – 2/10, 2/13, 2/14

Beginning Friday, 2/10, Frontier will embark on its second round of Reflective Friends Learning Walks.  The purpose of these walks is to further develop our understanding of the EPS Essentials, what to look for, and how to think about supporting both teachers and students as we embed this work into our practice.

During this time, visitors from other sites within the district will be traveling Frontier, in and out of classrooms, and meeting with representatives from Advanced Learning Partnerships.

I would like to thank those who are opening their classrooms up for this experience.

Week of 1/30- 2/3

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/30 8th Grade Science Symposium – 6:00 – 7:00 — Student Center
Tuesday, 1/31 Girls Basketball vs. Shahala — Both Gyms @ 3:30
Wednesday, 2/1 Core Instruction ILT Meeting — Room 37 @ 2:45
Thursday, 2/2 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Girls Basketball @ Pacific — 3:30

Friday, 2/3 Grading Opens @ 8:00 AM

Frontier Gear!

Reminder: Grading Period

Just a reminder from Suzanne – the grading period for Tri 2 opens on Friday, 2/3 @ 8:00 AM and closes @ 8:00 AM on Friday, 2/10.   Thank you!

Revised Bell Schedule!

As mentioned on Friday, 12 minutes is being added to each school day beginning on February 6th.  This addition of time will allow us to reclaim several days that were lost due to snow without extending too far into June.

The challenge of distributing 12 minutes as evenly as possible without impacting passing period/lunch was quite the challenge, particularly when working with three mini schedules within the MS schedule.  Thanks to Marshall for navigating this task!

A copy of the schedule can be found here.

If you have any questions about the schedule, I will be in the media center after school for a brief meeting to share these questions.  Thank you!

February Conferences!

Please see below regarding our upcoming parent-teacher conferences — this is from an email I sent on Friday:

Hello Silverbacks,

Believe it or not, the end of February and our second round of parent-teacher conferences are upon us.

At the bottom of this email, I will include the conference spreadsheet.  Here is the plan:

Thursday, February 23rd (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk
Conferences in the Round
  • When: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Large Gym
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk; other parents who can show up at this time
Friday, February 24th (Early Release)

  • When: 12:30 – 3:00
  • Where: Room Locations (by Grade level) TBA
  • Who: All D/F students; students struggling for academic/behavioral purposes; any student at risk

Conference Spreadsheet – Click Here

If you have any questions, please come and see me.

Have a wonderful week!  Thanks for all that you do!

Week of 1/23 – 1/27

Get Inspired!

In the wake of media frenzy that is nearly inescapable, I want to take a moment to remind everyone of the honor that we have in serving students as they embark on the journey of developing into the citizens that will one day shape our world.  Below is a video that really inspires me to keep digging in, despite how challenging things can be.  I hope you can find some inspiration in it, as well.  Here’s to not judging fish by their ability to climb trees!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/23 Nothing at this time
Tuesday, 1/24 Girls Basketball vs. Cascade — Both Gyms @ 3:30
Wednesday, 1/25 ILT Workgroups – After School (Make-up from 1/11 canceled date) 
Thursday, 1/26 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

Girls Basketball vs. Skyridge — Both Gyms @ 3:30

Friday, 1/27 Snow Day Make-up

College Gear!

Wednesday Recap!

Thank you for your hard work during Wednesday’s early release, particularly after a wacky start to the week.  To recap:

Thank you all for your effort as we continue our efforts as an innovative organization committed to providing authentic, purposeful learning for our students!

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If you would like to read a great article that is describing what we are hoping to do with Personalized Learning, check out this article.

 

Core Instruction Learning Walks

This week, Core Instruction ILT members will engage in learning walks in one another’s classrooms (Core Instruction member/ILT member classrooms only).  There are several goals of this process:

  • Increase access to classrooms in an effort to learn from peers/colleagues
  • Share instructional strategies connection to the EPS essentials of personalized learning; how teachers are utilizing workshop strategies and/or technology in the classroom
  • Create a culture in which feedback loops are more readily available
  • Help bring the work of personalized learning to scale – helping our teaching and learning go viral

It is important to remember that the process of making changes to our practice is slow and often messy — however, it only takes a first follower to make a movement (as demonstrated by “Shirtless Dancing Guy”)

Key Takeaways:

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.

 

Week of 1/17 – 1/20

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/16 No School – MLK Day
Tuesday, 1/17 No School – Inclement Weather
Wednesday, 1/18  

Early Release – PD — Media Center

Thursday, 1/19 BAT Meeting @ 7:25 — Room 37

6th/7th Academic/Pride Awards – 8:30 – 9:30 –> Student Center

8th Grade Academic/Pride Awards – 1:30 – 2:30 –> Student Center

Girls Basketball vs. Wy’East — 3:30

Friday, 1/20 Frontier Gear!

Important Calendar Change!

Due to our excessive, unexpected missed days, January 27th — originally scheduled to be a non-student day — will now by a regular student day to make up one of the (7) days that we have missed due to weather.  The other six days will be added to the end of the school year, and school will now conclude on Friday, June 23, unless we have any more inclement weather that cancels school. (Update TBD in light of Tuesday cancellation)

Make-Up Dates

In light of our snow days, the following events are rescheduled:

Pride Awards are rescheduled from Thursday, 1/12 to Thursday 1/19 :

  • 6th/7th Academic/Pride Awards – 8:30 – 9:30 –> Student Center
  • 8th Grade Academic/Pride Awards – 1:30 – 2:30 –> Student Center

ILT groups that were supposed to meet Wednesday, 1/11 will meet instead on Wednesday 1/25 after school. 

Girls basketball, originally slated to begin Tuesday, will now begin on Thursday, 1/19.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday Early Release

This Wednesday, we will resume our abbreviated ER work from December by drilling down into the EPS Essentials.  Be prepared to collaborate with your PLC peers as you take a closer look at the Essentials for Personalized Learning and where your focus will lie within your next unit.

If you are not part of a PLC, you will still have the opportunity to think about where the Essentials surface within your practice.

 

 

Week of 1/9 – 1/13

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Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/9 N/A
Tuesday, 1/10  

Admin out @ P12 Meeting – AM

Wednesday, 1/11 Bill Oman (Director of Sec. Ed) Visit – 8:00 

ILT Workgroups (non-Core Instruction) – After School

8th Grade Science Symposium – 6:00 -7:00 — Student Center

Thursday, 1/12 6th/7th Academic/Pride Awards – 8:30 – 9:30 –> Student Center

8th Grade Academic/Pride Awards – 1:30 – 2:30 –> Student Center

Sam Bennett/District Coaches Visit — All Day –> Media Center

Friday, 1/13 College Gear! 

Sam Bennett/District Coaches Visit — All Day –> Media Center

Shout Out!

Shout out to the 7th grade Humanities team for hosting the “Coffee House” reading on Wednesday.  Parents attended the “coffee house” as students read their narrative writing pieces.  Participants partook in warm beverages and light snacks as they listened to students share their narrative voice.  This is another example of how authentic, purposeful unit design can result in something powerful and public.

Testing Update

Due to the shifts in our technology, we may have the rethink our testing schedule.  What this likely means is that we would mimic last year’s schedule.  We were hoping to be more tech abundant for this year’s testing window — perhaps even 1:1 — but we cannot say for certain what our tech will look like.  We would like to err on the side of caution in this case to ensure that our testing is properly administered.

Trimester Date Change

Last week, an email was sent to all users describing changes to end of trimester dates due to our snow days.  Please read below:

So far in the 2016-17 school year, Evergreen Public Schools have had four inclement weather days which canceled school (December 8 & 9, and December 15 & 16). All school districts in the state of Washington are required to have 180 days of school, so any cancelled school day must be made up within the school year. Evergreen Public Schools adds missed days to the end of the school year, so these will be added in June. If there are no other inclement weather/cancelled school days the remainder of this year, the last day of class will move from June 15 to June 21 (high school graduation days will not change).

However, under the current semester calendar at the high school level, first semester classes will have four less days of class, while second semester classes will have four additional days of class. At the middle school level, this means each trimester will have a different number of class days as well. For each class subject, this means a significant change in the amount content that can be covered within the semester or trimester.

To compensate for this, the following changes in the beginning/end of middle and high school trimester and semester dates will be adjusted:

MIDDLE SCHOOLS (Cascade, Covington, Frontier, Pacific, Shahala and Wy’east): The end of the second trimester will move to March 24 (and be an early release day). March 17 will now be a full day of school; and

ALL SCHOOLS: January 27 will remain a non-school day.

THANK YOU!

Old Man Winter was destined to get the best of us this week – when he couldn’t best us with a power outage, next up was the absence of morning heat in sub-20 degree temperatures.  I want to thank you all of your flexibility in both situations.  Staff were willing to drop everything and help us out amidst some crazy moments.  We have since debriefed the power outage situation and have a plan for maintaining communication in situations like that when the power is down.  It is amazing how much we rely on our ability to use the PA.

Despite these curveballs, however, bellies were filled and minds were enriched.  A huge thank you to you all for stepping up.  Only one music video can truly capture the essence of this staff’s ability to “dance in the dark”!  🙂

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Plan for Wednesday 1 /11

This Wednesday, 1/11, all ILT groups (minus Core Instruction) are scheduled to meet.  This would be a good opportunity to review the feedback that you received at our December ILT share-out.  This information can be found in ItsLearning under the ILT folder.

Last Wednesday, Core Instruction ILT met and used this feedback to plan our next steps – creating a structure for Learning Walks at Frontier.  The group hopes that this will create a foundation in which teachers can go into one another’s classrooms to see how they are implementing a variety of structures such as a) using the Workshop model to plan daily instruction, b) use specific components of Workshop to enhance learning (e.g. how to utilize teacher time during student work time to gather information about learners), c) how to use technology to enhance learning and create a more blended learning environment … lots of possibilities.  Stay tuned for our experience with this structure.

Sam Bennett Visit – 1/12 & 1/13

On Thursday and Friday of this week, Sam Bennett will be returning to Frontier to work with instructional coaches and district personnel around Workshop Implementation to support personalized learning.

We will have quite a few people in the building on these days (30+ on the guest guestlist), however, they will be sequestered to the media center.

 

Week of 1/3 – 1/6

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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As we make our way into 2017, I want to thank each and every one of you for all that you do to make Frontier an amazing place for our students and staffulty.  I look forward to a great 2017 as we continue to blaze a trail in the name of innovation.  Cheers!

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 1/2 No School
Tuesday, 1/3 Basketball Begins (Girls)

Safety Meeting (Marshall’s Office)

Wednesday, 1/4 7th Grade Humanities Coffee House Read – Student Center

ILT Core Instruction @ 2:45 — Room 37

Thursday, 1/5 BAT Team Meeting – 7:25
Friday, 1/6 Frontier Gear! (Make-up from Snow Day)

Key to Success/Helping Hand Awards

If you missed our last blog due to Snowpocalypse, you can read about our latest Key to Success/Helping Hand award winners here.

Reading Roundup

How To Be a Global Thinker via Ed Leasdership – Routines to teach key kinds of thinking—like communicating thoughtfully and understanding others’ perspectives.

Carol Dweck explains the “False” Growth Mindset that worries her…

Developing Self-Directed Learners:  Teaching students to set their own course

 

Week of 12/12 – 12/16

New Blog

So our Blogger vanished into the Blogosphere…neither myself, Maria, or the Blogger tech support can determine what happened to it.  The conspirator in me points to our friends at Skynet.

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Thanks to those of you who got the Skynet reference, you passed the nerd test!  🙂

Key Dates

Date Event
Monday, 12/12 ….
Tuesday, 12/13 ….
Wednesday, 12/14 ….
Thursday, 12/15 Snowpocalypse!
Friday, 12/16 Final day before break!


Frontier Gear!

Getting Smarter

On Wednesday, we braved the initial waves of Snowpocalypse and dug into the EPS Essentials for Personalized Learning to identify ways in which our past and future unit plans can incorporate one of these essentials.

7th grade science, for example, is exploring how Critical Thinking and Creativity can be a focus within their upcoming unit.  In particular, they discussed exploring how an upcoming problem-based learning task can generate student choice and boost engagement as students gather appropriate information to either generate a new solution or improve upon one that already exists.  This aligns with the growing language within CT&T Choose from a range of authentic tasks addressing real-world problems applying new or prior knowledge to develop new solutions or refine those of others.”  The group also discussed how they can frame the research element of the project in a way that balances their need to keep information-gathering process relevant and manageable while still allowing for the freedom to explore content that is interesting to students.

We are getting smarter every day!  Thanks for sharing your thinking, team!

KTS & HH Award Winners!

The Key to Success award goes to…

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Melina Dyer

From Dustin Allen:

The other day I was struggling to use the new copy machine for the first time (yes, I had missed all of the training sessions).  I was scrambling to get some copies ready for use in class that morning.  Melina, happened to chance by, and I am sure had plenty to do to get ready for her own day, but was kind enough to stop and help me out with my initial login.  This speaks to what kind of person Melina is.  Though I don’t often get a chance to work with Melina, when I do she is a fantastic person to have on your team.  Kind, hardworking, helpful, and very personable.  I am sure her math colleagues would agree that Frontier Middle School is lucky to have her on staff.  Though you may not have considered your helping out the other day to be a very big deal Melina, it was greatly appreciated.  Thank you, and enjoy the key to success.

The Helping Hand award goes to…

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Angie Lantagne

From Griffin and several others

With the onset of devices arriving, Angie has been able to step up in a number of ways.  As we all know, this technology did not come with a roller coaster of ups/downs/twists/turns. Along each step of the way, Angie has been there to troubleshoot, communicate, put out fires, deliver items, field requests, answer questions, and more.  She has been critical in her role this year.  The thought of how things may have felt in her absence is a bit scary.  In addition to her continued support with technology, you are bound to find Angie helping in just about every other capacity that her schedule allows (and sometimes more than that).  Angie – thank you for your continued help this year and for doing so with a smile!  We are very grateful!

PAL’ing around!

Something you may not know…  Each month (starting last month), PAL of Vancouver (Police Activities League) hosts a lunch for around 12 7th graders.  PAL is a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities.  Volunteers from PAL are both law enforcement officers and community members.  This month, the group revisited their Community Agreement Contract and did some team-building with puzzles.  Success: the group managed to keep the students engaged on A) an early release day B) an early release day with the promise of looming snow and C) an early release day with the promise of looming snow in a room filled with Burgerville cheeseburgers and french fries!  If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is!  FYI – The group is hosted by a former Frontier student, Alyssa Ferguson!

ENJOY YOUR BREAK – IT IS WELL DESERVED!

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