I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a letter to the Math department, from one of our Leaders! The letter encompasses the Celebration of Success, the Facts, the Analysis, the Action Plan to improve and the Goal for 2015-2016. Our favorite line of this message is highlighted in red below:
” I’ve attached the final results for the Seminole County Math Festival for you all to look at. We did some wonderful things this year that I want to highlight below:
• We had an increase of student participation this year, fielding 6 full teams and two partial teams.
• Travis Xiang placed 6th out of the whole county in the individual round for Geometry Honors.
• Annabell Olay placed 6th out of the whole county in the individual round for 6th Grade Standard.
• Alex Snyder placed 1st out of the whole county in the individual round for 6th Grade Advanced.
• Kudos to Mr. Bradley who worked with Annabell and Alex to coach them up for the Math Competition!
• The 7th Grade Advanced team was only 3 points from placing in the overall team competition.
• The 7th Grade Advanced Gifted team placed 1st in the Engineering Round.
• At least one student from 50% of our teams received some form of recognition.
• SSMS placed 2nd overall in the poster competition and received our school’s first math festival trophy the since the 1990s.
• And last, but not least, thanks to to Ms. Firios for working as our school’s Math Festival liaison!
Bottom line, our kids can compete with the kids from other schools!
So where do we go from here? If you look at the scoring sheet for school trophies, you see that our school ranked in last place out of all schools with 36 points. Indian Trails, which finished in 11th place, finished with 64 points. The huge discrepancy is because we lacked representation from five teams whereas other schools did not. As a school, we need to score up with the other schools and we can do that with participation. Our kids started out the awards ceremony excited as their peers from SSMS were being called to collect an award. As time went on, and the Festival started calling out winners from teams that we lacked full or partial representation for, their demeanor started to change and they started to lose interest. We talked about having pride in our school at our last department meeting and our students at the competition definitely had that but I don’t want them to get down on themselves simply because we don’t have a team. I’m letting you know now. Next year, we are going to field full teams in every single category. We can and will do this!!!” ~Adam Kiefer
“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them” ~ Og Mandino
SSMS WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS 2014-2015
#1 : Create a culture that empowers student leadership by infusing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Leadership opportunities in all classes.
#2: Students will become Leaders of their Learning by setting goals, tracking progress and celebrating leadership roles.
#3: Through implementing high yield instructional strategies that promote academic Rigor, students will make learning gains in all academic areas.
TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!
CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. SCHEINER! CICELY HAS ACCEPTED A PROFESSORSHIP AT A NORTH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, CICELY!!!! OUR LOSS IS DEFINITELY THEIR GAIN.
- HAPPY NEW YEAR MEETING ON MAY 19, 2015, at 8:30 am in the Media Center
- Mark your Calendars for May 28th Instructional PD Day
- Civics, 7th Grade Math, 6th Grade ELA, Hernandez, Cudney, Trenholm, Orozco, Hadley, Ford, Shafie – Blended Learning Workshop w/ Beth Pocius, SCPS Coordinator of Digital Learning
- 6th/8th SS; 6th/8th Math; 7th/8th ELA; Remaining Electives – Interactive Student Notebook Workshop w/ Ilene Haney, SCPS Curriculum Support & Amy Bingham
FSA- EOC -FCAT INFORMATION CENTER
CLICK HERE for Student Friendly FSA Bell Schedule to post in classes
CLICK HERE for NEW FSA Testing Schedule
CLICK HERE for FSA FAQ-REMINDERS
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Melissa Szentmiklosi!
How can the Leader in Me online be helpful to you? The links contain resources on how other middle school teachers have infused leadership principles into their content areas.
Please follow the directions below to register for a leader in me account below, and we will have another prize next Friday!!!!
Go to www.theleaderinmeonline.org
Returning Users: Enter your existing information and click on Login •
New Users click on: Register • Click on: Use my Registration Code now! • Fill out the form & enter in the registration code, which is: 633FD0D
- CLICK HERE for eCampus (Canvas) “Getting Started” info.
- “The Hurricane Watch”. There are so many good things going on in classrooms at SSMS and we want to give teachers the opportunity to see their peers in action (and earn pd points). Teachers will have the opportunity to open their classrooms and share their successes and instructional strategies with other teachers.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND CELEBRATE YOUR GREATNESS!!!