Monthly Archives: April 2013

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness


The 8th Habit is not about adding one more habit to the 7 — one that somehow got forgotten. It’s about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the 7 Habits that meets the central challenge of the new knowledge worker age.  This 8th Habit is to Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs. When you engage in work that taps your talent AND fuels your passion; that rises out of a great need in the world , that you feel drawn by conscience to meet – therein lies your voice, your calling!  What joy, what power there must be to Be able to follow your passion this way. Not just doing something that completely fulfills and absorbs you, but that addresses the needs and pain of those around you. How precious!




  • There will be a Faculty Meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in the MPR at 8:30am.
  • Don’t forget to complete you Child Abuse Training Course by May 1, 2013.  Turn your certificate into Laura Richards.  If you miss the deadline, Ms. Taylor will contact you for the makeup session on May 2, 2013, at 8:30am.
  • Professional Development for May 1st from 3:00 – 4:00 pm is attached below. Be sure to register on EIS. PD May
  •  Mark these important schedule dates on your calendar for the End of the Year…..all assignments that will be used to calculate the 4th  quarter grade have a due date of no later than Wednesday, 05/29/13……the students’ last day. Assignment grades MUST be entered by MIDNIGHT on 05/29/13 !!  This is an extremely tight turn-around time for information  and is due to the fact that the administration needs to review and prepare for summer school and analyze the data and disseminate information on grades and retention. This information will be utilized on Thursday (05/30/13) when the parents of students eligible to attend High School Summer School are contacted.High School Summer School begins on Monday, 06/03/13. Remember, you may enter grades into your gradebook at  anytime. Please do not wait until the last-minute.
  • Teachers are invited to attend the following professional development sessions. Each session is limited to the number of participants indicated. Participants will earn 3 PD points and a $25 stipend. Please register on the Employee Information System (EIS). The sessions listed below are being held at Tuskawilla Middle School.         

  1.  Marzano DQ 2: Helping Students Interact with New Knowledge (Limit 60 seats per      session) – In this activity, teachers will learn about the high-effect Marzano instructional strategies in Design Question 2, Helping Students Interact with New Knowledge. In addition, strategies  within the Enacted on the Spot Lesson Segment will be incorporated. Teachers will review examples of teacher and student evidences that administrators will look for during classroom observations. June 6, 2013 8:00 to 11:00 AM Activity # 5722 at Tuskawilla Middle School
  2. Marzano DQ 3: Helping Students Practice and Deepen New Knowledge (Limit 60 seats per session) – In this activity, teachers will learn about the high-effect Marzano instructiona strategies in Design Question 3, Helping Students Practice and Deepen New Knowledge. In addition, strategies within the Enacted on the Spot Lesson Segment will be incorporated. Teachers will review examples of teacher and student evidences that administrators will look for during classroom observations. June 6, 2013 12:30 to 3:30 PM Activity # 5724 Tuskawilla Middle School
  3. Marzano DQ 4: Helping Students Generate and Test Hypotheses (Inquisitions for Authentic Learning) (Limit of 36 seats per session) In this activity, teachers will learn about guiding students to generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge. Strategies will be explored       to facilitate students examining their thinking regarding the knowledge being learned, stimulating   major advancements in their understanding. Teachers will review examples of teacher and student evidences that administrators will look for during classroom observations June 4, 2013 8:00 to 11:00 AM Activity # 5729 Tuskawilla Middle School
  4. Marzano DQ 5: Engaging Students (Creating and Maintaining Engagement for 21st Century Learners)  (Limit of 44 seats per session) In this activity, teachers will learn about research-based strategies to engage all students and assess student learning through monitoring.  Teachers will review examples of teacher and student evidences that administrators will look for    during classroom observations.June 4, 2013 12:30 to 3:30 PM Activity # 5733 Tuskawilla Middle School
  • The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) seeks your assistance in helping to promote its 2013 Teacher Instructional Materials Survey (TIMS) to teachers in your district. The TIMS is a web-based survey requesting teachers to report on the types of instructional materials they are using in their classroom. The survey will provide valuable information to FDOE that will assist in identifying the instructional materials that are used in the classrooms of highly effective teachers and evaluating the educational impact of instructional materials. This brief survey will also provide information to FDOE that can be used to identify gaps in student texts that may affect student success in subsequent coursework including entry-level college courses, provide information to districts regarding the instructional materials being used in classrooms where instruction results in high student learning gains and define requirements for instructional materials specifications. We ask that you encourage the teachers in your district to complete the survey which is available online at The survey is confidential; therefore, results will not be reported by school or teacher name and will not be used for any type of evaluation or compliance review.


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The overall philosophy of “The 7 Habits” is based on a maturity continuum which travels from Dependence (you) to independence (I) to interdependence (we). Habits 1, 2, and 3 deal with self mastery and private victories and assist in the transformation from dependent to independent. Habits 4, 5, and 6 build teamwork, cooperation and communication. These include Public Victories and transfer from the independent to the interdependent. Achieving the “private victory” with Habits 1 – 3, you will have the foundation necessary to move on to the more difficult “public victory”. The public victory happens when you learn to integrate Habits 4 – 6 into your life.

“The Principle of Sowing & Reaping
   Sow a thought , and you reap an act ;
Sow an act,  and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
           Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
                                                              ~Samuel Smiles

  • Hello Hurricanes I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating weekend! I have a new 7-week-old Jack Russell puppy to keep my 3-year-old Jack Russell company…This is a recipe for NO SLEEP! (of course this was my husband’s idea): )
  •  FCAT  Updates…The bell schedules, lunch schedules and your testing rosters are in your mailboxes. Rosters are exactly the same as last week.  We will make an announcement at 9:15 for students to go to first period for attendance and then at 9:25 for all students to report to their testing center.  All of the students on your testing center roster should be with you in your testing location.  There will not be bells until after all 6th grade, including ESE is completed to maintain the testing atmosphere of the school. If you have ANY questions at all about the bell schedule or lunch schedule, please email or call  Diane Taylor and she will be happy to help you. Thanks for your flexibility last week!

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  • Professional Development for May 1st from 3:00 – 4:00 pm is attached below. Be sure to register on EIS.

 PD May

  • All employees including teachers, administrators, and non-instructional support staff are required to complete the Child Abuse Reporting Course . Food Service employees will have their documentation provided through Food Service .    The course will need to be completed by April 30, 2013 at noon Verification certificates of completion will be accessible at the end of the course to print out. If you do not complete course prior to May 1, there will be a staff development  on May 2 at 8:30 am (this is a change due to May 1 PD)   Diane Taylor will coordinate non-instructional compliance as well.The online course takes approximately 40 minutes and is comprised of the following components, login information was emailed on April 17, 2013:
    * PowerPoint of instructions on the computer (10 min)
    * Module 1 (16 min)
    * Module 2 (18 min)
    * At the end is a certificate for one person–who logged into the system (name is pre-printed).
  • On Tuesday, April 23rd there will be a television special entitled Real Change – Artists for Education –exclusively dedicated to raising money for teachers registered on  Office Depot is the title sponsor.  Click here to see the preview; it’s pretty incredible. The special includes Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Miley Cyrus and more addressing education, and specifically how teachers change lives, including their own.***Teachers should go to to register and be eligible to receive funds that will be raised from the television special.***Airtime – Tuesday April 23rd 7:00 P.M. on CBS. Premiering live online streaming – 7pm EST on
  • The Instructional Technology Summer Courses are now available for registration in EIS. There are some new courses this year, so be sure to look through the course description document. The document also contains the dates each course will be running and the activity numbers. Log into EIS and register early to ensure your seat in one or more of the courses. The standard SCPS point and stipend amounts apply (1 point per face-to-face hour of training, $25 per 3-hour of face-to-face training). If you register for a course and find that you are not able to attend, please remember to cancel your registration so that someone else can take your seat. The standard SCPS attendance and no-show reporting applies to all courses.
  • Administrators, Teachers, PTA/PTSA Presidents, Fundraising Chairs, Program Chairs, PTA Board Members, Booster Clubs, Sports Groups are encouraged to hear & view fundraiser vendors and program vendors at the SCCPTA’s Annual Vendor Event  on Saturday, May 18th  at Lyman High School Cafeteria  from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Let them help plan your school’s next fundraiser program



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HABIT 7: Sharpen The Saw

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  • Habit #7 in Steve Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is called “Sharpen the Saw.” Covey uses the common analogy of a woodcutter who is sawing for several days straight and is becoming less and less productive. The process of cutting dulls the blade. So the solution is to periodically sharpen the saw. In practice, however, most people fail to understand what sharpening the saw really means. If you’re overworking yourself and your productivity begins to fall off, common wisdom says to take a break, maybe even go on vacation. However, that isn’t sharpening the saw — that’s putting the saw down. When you put down a dull blade for a while, the blade will still be dull when you pick it up again.  Sharpening the saw is actually an activity, just as the analogy suggests. Think about what it would mean to sharpen the saw of your life. Here are some saw-sharpening ideas:

Improve your diet
Educate yourself (read, listen to audio programs, attend a seminar)
Learn a new skill
Join a club
Write in your journal

             How are your various blades doing? Your skills, your knowledge, your mind, your physical body,  your relationships, your motivation, your commitment, your capacity for enjoyment, your emotions        — are all of them still sharp? If not, which ones are dull, and what can you do to sharpen them?

  • FCAT Day 1 is upon us!  We’re ready for the FCAT! Thank you for your hard work, effort, and tenacity in making sure that the children were well-prepared for this annual activity. Make sure that you adhere to the script and seek assistance if you have questions. We are ready to rock!  Happy Testing everyone…. Refer to the email from Ms. Taylor for last minute details.
  • Click on the link below to gain a better understanding of the Marzano Indicators


  • Food   Service is offering breakfast at no charge for ALL STUDENTS on the first three days of FCAT Testing on Monday – April 15th , Tuesday – April 16th , and Wednesday – April 17th  
  • The  Administrative Team is compiling a listing of equipment needs that are apparent and in need of replacement or upgrading for all curriculum areas. Please submit the listing of your recommended  items….be specific….. that are necessary are required to your Curriculum Leader this week. Improvements might include: band instruments, equipment, microscopes, probes,  art tables, etc.

  • The School Board of Seminole County invites you to the 2012 – 2013 Retirement Celebration to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. A “Dessert Reception” will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Recognition Program at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Support Center Board Room, 400 East Lake Mary Blvd.  Sanford.Family members are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required ~ check in when you arrive. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m.

Have a Great Week Hurricanes!!!!

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HABIT 6: Synergize!!!!



  • The exercise of all the other habits prepares us for the habit of synergy. Synergy is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Few people experience synergy in their lives because most people have been scripted into defensive or protective communications. Synergy can be unnerving unless one has a high tolerance for ambiguity and gets security from integrity to principles and inner values. Valuing the differences is the essence of synergy. The mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people.The truly effective person has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to realize the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other people. If two people have the same opinion, one person is unnecessary.  You don’t have to take insults personally.  You can sidestep negative energy.  You can look for the good in othersYou can express ideas, feelings, and experiences in a way that will encourage others to be open also.
  • Faculty Meeting in the Media Center April 10, 2013 from 3:00 – 3:15. Breakout Professional Development meetings from 3:15 – 4:00pm
  • FCAT Training Sessions April 8  -10.  If you have questions contact Diane Taylor
  • FCAT Bell Schedule Plan 3 has been Approved. The charted results reflect the staff voting on the preferred FCAT Schedule plan.  The Bell and Lunch Schedules has been posted  for your convenience below and under the assessment tab of LEAD21.

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  • The Department of Teaching and Learning is holding a “Common Core Educator Conference” this summer on June 12 AND June 13 from 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. at Hagerty High School. The sessions will include information to guide the successful implementation and transition from NGSS to CCSS.

  • Visit the Test Development Opportunities section of the department’s Florida Teacher Certification Examination website to provide the department with feedback on the computer science K–12, English 6-12, middle grades English 5-9, elementary education K-6, general knowledge, and technology education 6–12 competencies and skills. These competencies and skills will be presented to the State Board of Education for review in summer 2013.

  • The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced the release of an updated edition of its Common Core Implementation Tools and Resources Guide. CCSSO developed this list of free tools and resources to point states, districts, and educators to promising ideas and tools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

  • Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give. Enjoy…..

Have a Great Week Hurricanes!!!!!

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