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LEADSeries MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ WEEK 6

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week  STORM TALK”  spotlights  Ms. Greta Powell, Choral Director.

Where are you from?  I am from Minot, North Dakota where it has snowed every month of the year! My parents, my son, and I all graduated from the same High School!

Tell us about your family.  I have 3 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 grandson, 1 granddaughter and 3 dogs! Our youngest is starting at Full Sail University this fall for Music Production and Guitar.

What’s the scariest thing you ever did?  My husband and I packed up everything we own and moved to Florida this summer without securing jobs, and without selling our home in North Dakota! We just jumped in and had faith that things would work themselves out. We also concentrate on the positive things like we get to live in Florida! No more snow!!

What hobbies do you enjoy? I do lots of creative things such as crafting, scrapbooking, photography, cross-stitching, crochet, art, and re-finishing furniture.

 What are some of your favorites?  I am a Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Twilight, Dexter fan! I love crazy and dark TV, pretty much anything scary. I also love to read dark literature and dark young adult literature, too! I lighten things up by watching “FRIENDS” and “Who’s the Boss?” I’ve traveled to New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. New York was the best!!

CONTINUE TO STORM, MS. POWELL!

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Meeting Notes from 9/23 

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

Student’s Explore World Languages and Culture  via learning centers in Ms. Puentes’ room: History, Maps and Languages..Oh My : )

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More Baby News on 3rd Floor… Stay away from the water up there : ) 

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Congratulations Mr. Miro!!!!

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE and STAY SAFE!!!!!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/23/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

LEADSeries MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ Week 5

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When you were little, did you have any crazy ideas about what you wanted to become when you ‘grew up’?  When I was young I always wanted to be a clown, it seemed like such a fun and amazing thing to be. I never thought of it as work, just something that made me happy.

What brought you to education? After 24 years in the restaurant business I decided to change careers. I originally wanted to go into psychology because I have always been intrigued as to why people do, say, and behave in different ways, I eventually chose education because I also wanted to do something that was more rewarding, had purpose, a profession were sharing my life experiences may help others.

Describe what makes you happy? Spending time with my parents and children is the best thing in the world. I enjoy social events that involve dancing, live music, and up beat atmosphere.

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy anything that has to do with the arts. All music, theater, drawing, art galleries, etc.

Share with us about your travels.  I have been to 29 states in the U.S. I hope to visit them all one day.

Tell us about a couple of your favorite movies. There are way too many favorite movies to pick just one but I do have favorite actors that I follow. They include Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx.

KEEP STORMING MR. MOTLEY!!!!

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CLICK HERE FOR OUR WILDLY IMPORTANT GOAL

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Coming Soon….FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

Shout to Everyone on an Amazing Open House!!!! Many compliments from parents!

Melissa and Kim are rocking integrating literacy in science content! Look at this example. In their first of three LDC modules, students completed multiple Claims-Evidence-Reasoning graphic organizers with an ultimate goal of writing a quality evidence-based lab report. The second part of the LDC module will result in their Science Fair Project.  Their class WIG establishes a content goal in support of our school wide WIG. Many of these students are already progressing towards meeting this goal!!!  Check out the Student’s Conclusion…. Rock on Science!!!!!

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Awesome Hall Display Ms. Rydenbark!!!

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Mr. Culberson’s hall display highlights a way  he is building relationships by getting to know his students!

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Overheard Student Shout Outs at the Hurricane Shake:

  • Mr. Miro makes History so interesting.  I am so lucky to have him as a teacher for two years.
  • Ms. Stalker makes learning Science so fun!
  • Mr. A and Baseball are the best.
  • The best think about SSMS: my teachers!  (This was overheard SEVERAL TIMES!!)
  • Because SSMS is a Leadership Magnet, my teachers empower me to be a part of the school!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE and STAY SAFE!!!!!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/16/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

LEADSeries MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ WEEK 4

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week  STORM TALK”  spotlights  Ms. Minell Ellerbe, Academic Intervention Teacher.

Tell us about your family and where you are from.  I am a part of a military family. My son is 24 and is a Licensed Social Worker for Kansas City Public Schools. My two daughters, ages 17 and 7, attend Orange County Public Schools. I also have two Poodles, Diego and Pebbles. My children and I moved here by way of Kentucky but we originated from Virginia. Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Derby and Fort Knox where they keep all of the United States Government Gold. 

What are some of your favorites and how do spend your free time?  My favorite football team is the Pittsburgh Steelers (Mean Joe Greene era). I love anything Tyler Perry. My favorite movie is The diary of a Mad Black Woman. My favorite type of food is Italian and my favorite color is purple. I enjoy eating at non chain restaurants, and attending free outside social activities like jazz shows, concerts, fairs. I volunteer with Homeless Shelter, Senior Adult Living Home, and the Information Desk & Special Events Department at church.

Describe what makes you happy.  Things which make me happy are accomplishing my goals, seeing my children attain their goals, and trying new things.

 What brought you to education?  I began working with children in the Mental Health field and found that most of the child clients I interacted with was having some difficulties with behavior in the educational system. I began substitute teaching to see if my mental health and teaching experience could positively impact those students who were having behavior issues. I found that I enjoyed the area in which I was placed in the role of substitute and transitioned to become a permanent part of the educational system.

 Share about a teacher who made an impact on your life.  The two teachers that most impacted me in my life were Mr. Walter Bronner and Mr. Royce Hart. Mr. Bronner was my basketball coach and I see him almost every time I visit home. He was like a father figure. Mr. Royce Hart was my track and field coach. He helped me develop competitively to compete on a state and national level in track and field.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?  I have hunted deer, squirrels, rabbits, and turtle for food.

What do you like most about SSMS?  The things that I like the most at SSMS are the teachers and their love for their students. They really go the extra mile to ensure the students are getting what they need in order to be the best person they can possibly be. Also, the administration is very open to trying new tools to engage the population of students attending SSMS.

STORM ON Ms. Ellerbe!!

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

A Special Shout-out to our Curriculum Areas with 100%  of  teachers displaying the expected Trending Norms:  Reading – Ms. Kiefer, Ms. Rydenbark, Ms. Luis, Ms. Mitchell and Ms. Fitts; Social Studies – Ms. Pearson, Mr. Carioto, Ms. Pettry, Mr. Heise,  Ms. Palermo, Mr. A, Mr. Miro, Mr. Culberson and Ms. Casiano; and  ESE Self-Contained – Ms. Gahan, Mr. Perri and Mr. Surdovel

Another Round of Shout-outs to Teachers that were displaying the expected Trending Norms at 100%:  Mr. Ault, Ms. Stalker, Ms. Szentmiklosi, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Odom, Mr. Kornya; Ms. Williams, Ms. Utchel, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Tandlich, Mr. Bradley, Ms. Lynette Gonzalez; Ms. Orozco, Mr. DeJesus, Ms. Noll, Ms. Trenholm,  Ms. Ramos and Mr. Kiefer

Below is an Exemplar of a Multi-Prep Common Board- Way to go Ms. Gonzalez!!!!!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • OPEN HOUSE September 13,2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm;  Required Night Event;
  • FDLRS Teaching Students with Disabilities Online Module is available in this short video from DTL at http://www.fl-pda.org. The video link is http://vimeo.com/113935831.

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE and STAY SAFE!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 09/09/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

LEADSeries MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ WEEK 3

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week  STORM TALK”  spotlights  Ms. Autumn Sirmeyer, Band Director.

Tell us about your family.  I just had my first child in December. His name is Benedict and he is the center of my world! He looks so much like my dad and that makes me super happy because my dad raised me by himself my entire life and worked really hard to make sure I had what was best in life the best he could. In addition to my son I live with my adoring husband, Ryan, our furry babies. We have an older cat named Cecilia and a 6 year old Maltese named Lily.

What volunteer activities are you involved with? I am so excited to share the organization that I volunteer for! I am actually a puppy raiser and trainer for Canine Companions for Independence. Basically, CCI is an organization that provides service dogs to those with certain disabilities or also to facilities such as court houses. I receive a puppy when they are 8 weeks old and then raise them for well over a year teaching basic commands, socialization and proper manners. Then, the sad day comes to turn that puppy back in so that they can do to “puppy college” and learn more advanced commands that will better make them of service to others. Then, they go through a placement to see who will be their “forever person” and then the life changing begins. It’s quite an emotional event. My first puppy was named Callejo. He’s the beautiful black dog you can see in the photo. He was just turned in back in May and I only get monthly “report cards” telling me how his progress is. So far, so good! Yes, this is a bit bittersweet. If he were to “flunk” out I would have the option to adopt him but him passing is the ideal goal. I will find out in November if he will be placed with someone. Then, I will get to reunite with him before passing on his leash. I know there will be many, many tears but most of them happy for being able to truly make a dramatic difference in someone’s life.

 What are some of your favorites?  I am a huge Harry Potter and Sherlock fan! Yes, I even named my son Benedict after my favorite actor in Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch🙂 I am a Slytherin with a hint of Ravenclaw. I truly feel the books ARE better than the movies but if ever I am having a bad day, the movies immediately make me feel better. In addition to watching movies and reading books I enjoy board gaming. I am super competitive and love winning. No one likes to play me in Scattergories because I literally win every time. I am a diehard FSU Seminole and bleed garnet and gold. I love Saturday football games but could care less about pro football— even though I somehow won my fantasy football league last year. Go figure.

If you could have dinner with any one person, who would it be and why?   Kate Middleton!!! I have a sort of obsession with the royal family and pretty much all things British. My son’s nursery is UK themed🙂

Share with us about your travels.  You would never guess a traveling girl like me has a fear of flying…. I have been almost every state (except a few Western states. I REALLY want to travel to California quite badly). Outside of the states I have been to Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium… just to name a few. I really have a passion for travel and hope that I can start back up at it again once my son is a little older.

 What was your first job? My first job out of college was actually at Universal studios. I worked at Dueling Dragons (now called Dragon challenge) and I was a ride operator. I used to test ride the coaster every morning by myself with no one else on it and it was always so relaxing. Fast forward to now and I barely ever ride roller coasters anymore because … I am getting older. ha

STORM ON Ms. Sirmeyer!!

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

High 5 to the 6th Grade math PLC displaying student work along with the Standard identified!!!!!

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Way to Go Mr. Cudney for organizing a Library Day with Seminole County Public Library. Thinking out the Box…. Stop by 3-333 and ask Mr. Cudney about his plan

Shout out to Mr. Kuh from Ms. Williams… Thanks for the cell phone charger design!!!!!! Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • OPEN HOUSE September 13,2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm;  Required Night Event;
  • FDLRS Teaching Students with Disabilities Online Module is available in this short video from DTL at http://www.fl-pda.org. The video link is http://vimeo.com/113935831.

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE and STAY SAFE!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 09/02/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

LEADSeries: MEET OUR NEW HURRICANES ~ WEEK 2

 

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Hello Hurricanes!!!! This Week  STORM TALK”  spotlights  Ms. Leyla Puentes-Wolfgang, World Languages Teacher.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I completed both my elementary and secondary education there. Bogotá is a very dynamic capital city with different cultural activities happening every day! There is always something to do!

 Tell us about your some of your favorites. I love to read Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish Literature. One my favorite writers is Julio Cortazar. His short stories are fantastic! I am a big fan of both classic, foreign, and independent films of all genres. I also enjoy listening to Jazz, especially to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker… among MANY others!  I love cycling! My husband and I put our two little Chihuahuas in a bike trailer and cruise around Orlando. I also love going to the theater. I frequent our local playhouse, “Mad Cow Theater”. They always have wonderful productions. Recently, I have taken up meditation, and I love it!🙂 Its benefits are being documented all over. Last but not least, I love eating different types of cheese!🙂

Where have you traveled? My favorite traveling experience has been a road trip my husband and I did through Ireland. What a remarkable country! The people are super friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and the scenery is simply awesome! We are planning on going back to camp at the Lakes of Killarney in the future.

 Who has been an influential leader in your life? My Mom has definitely been a hugely influential leader in my life. As an immigrant and non-native English language speaker she worked hard and put herself through nursing school during her mid-40’s. She now works as an ER nurse at a hospital in Miami. She continues to mentor me every day, and is my biggest role model. Her passion and dedication have paid off, and now she literally works to save human lives every day.

Tell us about your previous work. Before working for SSMS, I was working for UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) a Charter School for students with and without disabilities. It was an amazing experience that forever changed me. I worked in both self-contained and inclusion classrooms with different types of disabilities. I witnessed huge improvements in many students, some that could be considered miracles! The spark of pride and accomplishment in their eyes is priceless. I firmly believe that as educators we make a daily difference in our students’ lives.

 Share about a teacher who made an impact on your life. My 5th grade teacher Soraya Ávila was caring, patient, understanding, and knowledgeable. I still have a letter she wrote to every single student in the class. I framed mine! In the letter she drew pictures of us and complimented us on our individual abilities. She was not afraid to be firm and disciplinary, but she was always fair, and we all appreciated that.

What do you like most about SSMS? First, the students! I love the diversity of our students’ demographics. I love interacting with them and appreciating their different personalities and backgrounds. I also love how funny they can be since I love to laugh! Last but not least, I love the amazing and warm welcome I have received from all the administration and fellow teachers, they have truly made a huge difference to me as a first year teacher.

WELCOME ABOARD LEYLA and CONTINUE to STORM!!!

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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS: #BringittoLIFE

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Every week students, in Ms. Downey & Ms. Ellerbe’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, participate in a team building exercise. The last couple weeks they learned communication, teamwork and how to handle frustrating situations. 

The pictures reflect our students using synergy to complete their task. (Week 1: The string challenge, Week 2: The Human Knot Challenge)

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WIN-WIN at it’s best:  Ms. Williams created a charging station for her students’ electronic devices in class.  Ms. Williams also knows where their phones are : )
 
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 ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A STORMING WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/27/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

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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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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HAVE A RELAXING WEEKEND!!!!

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