For most schools, summer is a time for conversations and interviews for vacancies. Every new day in summer brings about new opportunity for hiring more staff to bring into the school, an opportunity to bring new skills, backgrounds and perspectives to make for a more diverse learning environment. I look forward to these talks because… Read More Motivations for Joining a New Team
Our current schedule is a 7 period day. We have been working hard to transition to a modified block. Our leadership team has been involved in a great deal of planning and communication to make sure that this transition is seamless to our organization and that our teachers are supported and prepared for change. I’ve… Read More Why Does Algebra HAVE to be at 11:34?
I had one of those days this week that helped remind me why I became an educator and why I’ve always worked with kids. The Meeting Wednesday, at our principals meeting, three of our assistant superintendents met with me and four other middle school principals regarding a STEM program sponsored by Fayetteville State University. This… Read More One of My Defining Days
Our current schedule is a seven period day. It affords 50 minutes per class in all subjects. The way the seven period day has run here over the last couple of years is grade levels are given one common planning period in the morning by having the grade levels go to electives during either 1st,… Read More Middle School Schedule : Our Schedule
Friday, Feb 2nd our school took the opportunity to take a great practice and make it better. Every nine weeks, at the end of the reporting period, we have hosted a grade level awards assembly recognizing student achievements. We invite parents and community members to the ceremony. Its been a great connecting piece and has… Read More Awards Assembly/PBIS Kick Off
Several years ago, an assistant superintendent used this graphic in a talk with a room full of assistant principals to help explain some possible motivations and actions in stakeholder decision making: Her talk and this image made such an impression on me, I remember it vividly 10 years later. The focus here is the grey… Read More The Grey Area [Creating Options]