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“BEING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE”

photoHurricanes’ Exploring Learning from Reading Edge, Bobble Heads, Speech & Debate and our youngest Hurricane “Baby Casiano” is right in the middle of Home Economics’ cooking activities : ) Learning is taking place at SSMS!

We are often leery of changing routine or changing what we know works, whether it be in our professional or personal lives.  As we look at the new assessments and the expectations of our students, we realize that the rigor and student tasks are higher. We must find innovative ways to meet the needs of our students and take them to the next level.  I saw this on Ms. Firios’ board today during walk-throughs, “Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable”  this quote really hit me.  This sums up the learning process and the risks we and ask our students  take daily. It means that we must continue  to learn new things and push ourselves to think about doing things better and more efficiently than we currently are doing them.  Sometimes this means switching or experimenting with a new instructional tool; sometimes it means using your existing toolbox more effectively; sometimes it means listening to educators with less experience in order to learn new trends. And always it means we never stay the same and we are always challenging the status quo.  This is uncomfortable… but it is necessary.

In the words of Ashton Kutcher:
” I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. 
As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.”

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.

 Students will turn to pg 131 to answer Leadership Pre-Post Survey.  A rubric for discussion is attached below

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LEAD2FEED-Surveyrubric- 9/22/14

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
Department of T & L  updates will be emailed separately when received
 
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FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19th
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 09/19/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

“ALL MEANS ALL”

 photo“USES RESPONSE RATE TECHNIQUES TO MAINTAIN STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN QUESTIONS AND MONITORS FOR EVIDENCE OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE TECHNIQUES KEEP THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS ENGAGED”

 Hello Hurricanes!!!!!,

Indicators 24 and 26 are part of every element…because ALL means ALL. The Hawk, Indicator 24, states that the teacher scans the room making note of when students are not engaged and takes overt action. Indicator 26 states that the teacher uses response rate techniques to maintain student engagement in questions….Simply stated..Keep ALL kids engaged and participating in the lesson.  Ms. Odom utilizes white boards for students to display their answers in a “brief” review to access student knowledge on the upcoming Chapter 1  test.  If you need additional support with ideas and innovations to engage students in class, don’t hesitate to contact your Instructional Coach, Curriculum Administrator or Peer teachers.

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
                                                                                               ~Clay P. Bedford

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 

Leadership Lesson-September 9 – Be Proactive Prezi

Click Here for PowerPoint Version of Leadership Lesson- September 9 – Be Proactive

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 
The Growth Mindset Training for September 17th has been rescheduled to provide time for Grade Input
 

A Word from Ms. Trenholm…”Writing in Global Links”

Department of T & L  updates will be emailed separately when received

 
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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19th
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 09/12/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HURRICANES ARE “HAPPY” TO ACCEPT THE STEP CHALLENGE!

Click Below for "Happy Hurricanes"

CLICK BELOW TO SEE “HAPPY HURRICANES”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZlWUdyZlSs

“The art of happiness lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
                                                                                                                          ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 

Leadership Lesson: September 9- Know your Status

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
 

A Word from Ms. Trenholm…”Writing in Global Links”

 
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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
 
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Posted by on 09/05/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

Student Discovery & Exploration!

photo (5)Mr. Kuh and his Scientific Hurricanes Explore DQ4 with Air Balloon Rockets!

Hello Hurricanes!  The 8th Grade Science Teachers engaged students in complex task (such as decision making, problem solving, experimental inquiry, investigation) that required them to generate and test hypotheses (Indicator 22).  Science Rocks!!!!!  Generally, Labor Day passes all too quickly as the third day off in a three-day weekend. This year, however, I want to remind you that Labor Day is a time to recognize the laborer. That’s you. I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for doing what you do each day to impact student achievement. Indeed, each of you plays an important role and contributes to our collective success. Have a safe and fun three-day weekend!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”      

~Benjamin Franklin

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 
Leadership-semester-1-schedule
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 
Click Here for SSMS PD Calendar 2014-2015
Click Here for MSDTL Update 8.29.14


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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 

Submit your PLC “Teach Down the Gap” Plans to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19, 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 
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Posted by on 08/29/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

Habitizing the Hallway – Ron Clark Style!

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Hello Hurricanes! Phase One of the 7 Habits Hallway has begun.  The walls are ready to display the 7 Habits of Highly Effective TeensBe Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. The final coats of paint to the wall will be applied this week and the Lighthouse team is creating Murals to reflect each habit.  Keep your eyes on the Hallway!

Ron Clark states it best: ” What is important…is that teachers and school leaders find a way to be creative and put a spark in the school that joins everyone together and provides a sense of unity and teamwork.”

p.s. Interesting fact:  Ms.Converso is a professional painter : )  The first person to find her on Monday and gather more information about this fact will receive a Chick Fil A gift card.  She will let us know who approached her first… emails don’t count : )

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 
Leadership Lessons  – Semester 1 Schedule
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 

CLICK Here for the Department of Teaching & Learning Weekly Update.

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 

Submit your PLC “Teach Down the Gap” Plans to your Curriculum Administrator by September 19, 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Hurricane Weekly is under construction. See Important dates for the week below
  • August 27, 2014 is Picture Day- Schedule will be emailed on Monday
  • The SSMS Calendar has been shared by Ms. Converso. Professional Development and meeting dates have been added to assist you in planning. This document will be the primary source for PD, training, Media Center availability, etc. If you are not able to view the calendar, see Mary Chavers or Dina Converso.
  • CLICK Here for the UF Certified Instructional Coach Program Application. If you are interested, please complete the application and submit to Dr. Coleman-Baker by August 29, 2014. One candidate will be selected to represent SSMS.
  • Thanks again for your quick action and responsiveness to Thursday’s incident.  It indeed took the collaboratively efforts of all to maintain order and support for students, faculty and staff. Through your tips and feedback during the day, the case has now been closed.
  • We will back on track with uploading Lead21 on Fridays

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

IT’S HURRICANE SEASON….GET READY TO STORM!

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What a Great First Week!!!!! We certainly took a big step in setting the culture and expectations for our 2014-2015 Hurricanes. It was very refreshing to see the energy amongst the teachers and students.  The extra minute during transition has made a big difference in getting the halls clear (thanks for the recommendation). Contributions and ideas from new and veteran staff are examples of the power of TEAM WORK!  Looking forward to a great year….

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that despite our technologies,
most of nature remains unpredictable.
                                                                                                                      ~ Diane Ackerman

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP

 
Leadership Lessons  – Semester 1 Schedule
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
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 GUESS WHO?
 

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SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?

 
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INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches:  Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
 

CLICK Here for the Department of Teaching & Learning Weekly Update.

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 
Here is the Ascension & Regression Data we discussed during pre-plan.  We will look closer at this data in our upcoming meeting
 
2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation 
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Hurricane Weekly is under construction. See Important dates for the week below
  • August 20, 2014 Faculty Meeting in the Media Center at 3:05 – bring your leadership/data notebook and protocols
  • AUGUST 20TH FUNDRAISER KICK OFF in the Gym
1st Period  –  6th Grade
2nd Period – 7th Grade
3rd Period – 8th Grade
 
  • CLICK Here for the UF Certified Instructional Coach Program Application. If you are interested, please complete the application and submit to Dr. Coleman-Baker by August 29, 2014. One candidate will be selected to represent SSMS.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER…

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“The Art of Teaching is the Art of Teaching Discovery!”

                                                                               ~ Mark Van Dorn

Thank you for a great second year!  The collaboration and ongoing feedback assisted in our journey to setting the culture and vision for our school.  We are Looking forward to 2014-2015 and the curriculum planning that will be taken place this summer. Take a well deserved break Hurricanes!!!!!

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END OF CLOSE OUT INFORMATION

 

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 BITTERSWEET FAREWELLS

We have two Hurricanes that are relocating and will not be starting the 2014-2015 school year with us:

Danielle Hendry – relocating out-of-state to Michigan

Sarah Jordan – relocating to Collier County

Congratulations to both of your families as you embark upon these new journeys.  You will be missed!

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FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team

FCAT Writes scores were released on Friday, May 23, 2014.  We performed approximately the same as we did last year, at 47% of our 8th graders receiving a score of 3.5 or higher on their essay.  Last year our raw data reflected 49% proficiency.  Once  non-accountability students are eliminated from the data ( students not enrolled between October 2013 – February 2014) we will have our “true” performance.  I would like to applaud our Language Arts teachers and Dr. Fisher for implementing many strategies to support our students prepare for this exam.  With the many changes in 8th grade LA teachers this year, this group working collaboratively made the difference.  Below is the SCPS Writing performance.  With the exception of 3 Middle Schools, the proficiency rate decreased.

SCPS Writing Performance 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • May 29, 2014 we will have our end of the year Bar-B-Q in the MPR at 12:00 pm
  • Your Curriculum Area Summer Trainings will be posted in PDPlace by Wednesday, May 28, 2014 afternoon.  Be sure to sign up so that you can receive your Stipend and Points. PDPlace trainings sign up: ESE, MAGNET, SCIENCE, MATH, LA, SS

HAVE A GREAT LAST WEEK!

 
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Posted by on 05/26/2014 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
 
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