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LEADSeries- MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES

 

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Hello Hurricanes and Welcome to STORM TALK”.….. For the next few weeks we will be Spotlighting our New Hurricanes on Campus.

So without further ado, Everyone Meet, 7th Grade Civics Teacher, KENNETH HEISE!!!!

Where are you from? I was born and raised just a few hours north of here, in Jacksonville, Florida.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I am pretty much a jack of all nerdy trades. I enjoy Harry Potter, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings just to name a few. During my free time you can find me enjoying any activity involving those particular fandoms or exercising (walking around playing Pokémon Go).

What brought you to education?  The idea of becoming an educator first crossed my mind in high school during which time I had several positive role models and leaders that were my teachers, particularly in social studies. After high school I fell into the day to day routine of a retail store manager where I began my personal journey as a leader (in this instance leading my employees.) After a few years passed by I was given an opportunity by an absolutely amazing college professor to study abroad in Italy. It was during this time of observing and learning from my professor that my former thoughts of becoming an educator resurfaced. I wanted to inspire and lead others to reach out into the world and gain a better understanding of different cultures and be in a positive learning environment like my professor had for me. It was after this trip that I left my retail job to finish my Bachelor’s degree and start my career in education.

If you could have dinner with any one person, who would it be and why? It took no time at all to decide on this answer. I would have dinner with the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling. I would begin by thanking her for the incredible book series she created that taught me that reading was exciting, fun and so rewarding. Her series gave me a passion for reading which helped me through college and my journey to becoming a social studies teacher.

Is there anything else you want to share? Even though the school year has just begun I already feel welcomed and a part of the SSMS family and I want to thank each and every person I have met and will meet for that feeling.

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CLICK HERE FOR OUR WILDLY IMPORTANT GOAL

CLICK HERE for the PBS/AIP UPDATE

CLICK HERE for RISE INFORMATION

Coming Soon….FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

 CLICK HERE for the HAPPENINGS ON THE HURRICANE WEEKLY!

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS:

Shout out to Chief Jackson for speaking to our 7th and 8th graders at the assembly! Very motivating and inspiring!!

Shout out to Superman  & Captain America for two awesome assemblies today!!!! #bestdeansinscps

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on 08/19/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

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WELCOME BACK HURRICANES!!!! THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING START TO OUR YEAR.  We have had a productive and rewarding first week of school – OUR STUDENTS are fun, charming, cooperative AND INNOVATIVE (as you see below).  They have been on task and really attentive in class.  They are truly wonderful students!  Continue our quest of BRINGING IT TO LIFE!!!! JUST WANTED TO SHARE SOME HAPPENINGS AROUND CAMPUS…

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PBS STORMS!
 
  • If you are in need of STORM Bucks, please contact Mr. Bradley via email.
  • As a reminder, please reference your specific floor supervision plans. 
Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A RELAXING WEEKEND!!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

CELEBRATING 2015-2016!

keep-calm-schools-almost-out-for-summerIt’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to a close.  This was such a notable year for SSMS, check out the list below:

Magnet Recognitions

SSMS was recognized as the first 6th– 8th grade Franklin Covey Certified Lighthouse School in the world

SSMS was recognized as a Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America

The Arts

smART art competition on Lake Eola Saturday April 23rd: Samantha Mesa – 1st Place for Awesome Artison;  Ellie Williams – 2nd place for Best in Show; Hannah Hansen won 1st place for the Drop saver Poster contest for Seminole County; Zalynn Gardner won 1st Place 7th grade in the Drug Free Poster\Calendar Contest; Alexa Murphy won 2nd Place 7th Grade in the Drug Free Poster\Calendar Contest; District Chorus and Band MPA awards

Athletics

JV Boys Cross Country finished meets undefeated, resulting in Eastern Division Champs; Boys and Girls Basketball both made the Final Four; 6th Grade Girls County Runner Up :Naomi Flowers 800 Meter; 7th Grade Girls County Runner Up  :Odette Matsanga 100 Meter; 7th Grade Boys County Runner Up- 4 X 400 Meter Relay:  Pedro Agosto, Grayson Ilarraza, Colin O’Toole & John Michael Shircliff ; 8th Grade Girls County Runner Up:4 X 100 Meter Relay-Jemiah Alston, Ayanna Brown, Jasmine Molina & Nayade Ortiz  ;200 Meter County Runner Up:  Ayanna Brown; Long Jump County Runner Up:  Sierra Quast

Academics

3rd Place SCPS Middle School County Math Festival; 3rd Place SCPS Middle School Battle of the Books

Leadership

SCPS County JROTC Awards: Inspection: 2nd SSMS; Drill: 3rd SSMS; Arm Exhibition Drill: 2nd SSMS; Color Guard: 1st SSMS;Team push ups: 1st SSMS;10-100 Relay: 1st SSMS

We Truly STORMED Throughout the year!!!!!! We applaud ALL of You, for it Takes a Village!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS!

As we wind down the school year, please remember to supervise hallways during transitions via each floor supervision plan.

No PBS or AIP updates this week.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to all the teachers who made the 8th Grade Awards and Ceremony such an great event for our students and their families!
Shout Out to Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Strickland, and Ms. Stalker for their extra efforts in organizing the 8th Grade Awards and Ceremony!!
Shout Out to Mrs. Egerton and her Chrous Students for a fantastic performance at all three award ceremonies!!!
Shout Out to Chief Jackson and his JROTC Color Guard for their part in the Awards!
Shout Out to Ms. Hernandez and her Student Government for putting on a great dance for our 8th Graders!!!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Happy New Year Breakfast/Summer Launch- May 27, 2016 in the Media Center; 8am -12pm
  • Please remember to notify Ms. Leenen in advance when you have a training, personal day, or any event that can be anticipated and you are going to be out. These past few weeks have been challenging and we need to make sure all classes are covered.
  • CLICK HERE for UF/IFAS Free Teacher Workshop: PLANT CAMP 2016

 

 
 

SSMS Achieves National Recognition

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This past week, Dr. Coleman-Baker proudly accepted the Merit School of Distinction award on behalf of SSMS.  SSMS is one of 258 public magnet schools and programs located in 19 states are recognized for their commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships.  To receive a national merit award, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Thank you to every member of our Hurricane Team that helped us to achieve this Honor!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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 LEAD UPDATES!

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS!

As we wind down the school year, please remember to supervise hallways during transitions via each floor supervision plan.

Click here for the 5-16-16 AIP Update

Positive Referral Celebration for 4th Quarter: 5/20/16 during all lunches

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
Shout Out to Chief Jackson and his cadets for competing in the Annual JROTC Middle School Drill Competition!
 
Shout Out to the students and staff that participated in the Battle of the Books!!

Shout Out to all the teachers who took their planning period time to assist us when we have been short on subs. Without your help we would have not been able to accomplish it!!

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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Happy New Year Breakfast- May 27, 106 in the Media Center
  • Please remember to notify Ms. Leenen in advance when you have a training, personal day, or any event that can be anticipated and you are going to be out. These past few weeks have been challenging and we need to make sure all classes are covered.
  • CLICK HERE for UF/IFAS Free Teacher Workshop: PLANT CAMP 2016

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 05/13/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

Celebrating the Stars at SSMS!

Teacher Appreciation Week was a great opportunity to celebrate the dedication, passion, and expertise of our magnificent educators at SSMS! Our generous PTSA coordinated and sponsored daily activities for our staff members to enjoy!   We certainly appreciated all of the special treats throughout the week!

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” — John Wooden

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

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Our next  Lighthouse Team meeting is Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:15 am.

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

The last day to submit positive referrals for this quarter will be Friday, 5/13/16. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to the Boys and Girls Basketball team and coaches for both making to the Final Four!!!
Shout Out to all the students and Math Teachers who participated in the Math Festival – 3rd place finish in the County!!!
Shout Out to all the students and staff that participated in the Seminole County Earthfest Celebration!!!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
 

Celebrating our STARS!

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Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

Our support staff team strives to exemplify the 7 Habits each day with our students, staff, families, and the greater community.   We are so appreciative of the work they do each day at SSMS!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Hellen Keller

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEAD UPDATES!

Our next  Lighthouse Team meeting is Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:15 am.

As we are working on the marketing and branding of our school, we are looking for input from all stakeholders about the future for SSMS.  Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NRT928

Are you interested in being part of the Lighthouse Team for the 2016-2017? If so, please contact Julie Ciocca.

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

The last day to submit positive referrals for this quarter will be Friday, 5/13/16. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

Click here for the 5-2-16 PBS Updates

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to all staff and students for working together to make our testing sessions successful!
Shout Out to the boys and girls basketball coaches and players for a great season!
Shout Out to the math teachers and students who are competing at the Seminole County Math competition!
Shout Out to the teachers and students participating in the Earth Day community event!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 04/29/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HURRICANES ON PARADE!

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!! We have so many celebrations and congratulations this week!!! Congratulations to Mr. Perri for being recognized as Cigna’s Feature Teacher, Mr. Motley as Cigna’s Feature Support Staff, and Chloe Zijl as Cigna’s Feature Student representatives for SSMS! Thanks, Dr. Griffin, Ms. Almond, and Ms. Schaffner for recognizing these amazing Hurricanes. Additional  Hurricane Shout Outs: Ms. Maingot was named Rookie Teacher of the Year for SSMS, Ms. Trenholm, Mr. Cudney, Ms. Rydenbark (not pictured), Ms. Palermo (not pictured), and Ms. Ciocca (not pictured) were recognized by their peers for all that they do for SSMS and our students! 

These Hurricanes embrace The eighth habit which is “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Voice is Covey’s code for “unique personal significance.” Those who inspire others to find theirs are the leaders needed now and for the future, according to Covey. Thank you for Continuing to Inspire and Empower Leadership in our Students!!!!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam with a “C” or above

Goal 2:  SSMS will reduce the number of students who miss five or more days of school during the year by 50%

Goal 3:  SSMS will reduce the number of referrals which result in ISS and OSS by 10%

Check out this weeks WIG Data

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

click here to read the most recent The Leader In Me Newsletter!

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS update below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

No PBS Updates

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
Shout Out to Mrs. Egerton and all her students on a great performance!!!
Shout Out to Mr. Motley for being named the Cigna Non Instructional Award Winner!
Shout Out to Mr. Perri for being recognized as the Cigna Feature Teacher!
Shout Out to Ms. Maingot for being selected as the SSMS Rookie Teacher of the Year!  
Shout Out to Mrs. Trenholm, Ms. Rydenbark, Mrs. Ciocca, Mr. Cudney, and Ms. Palermo for being selected by their peers as Teachers of the Month!! 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
  
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • National Secretaries Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Take a moment to recognize them and the continuous support they provide!
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

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HAVE A GREAT WEEK HURRICANES!

 
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Posted by on 04/24/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
 
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