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HOW IS LEADERSHIP LIKE A LIGHTHOUSE?

South Seminole MS Logo FINAL

Hello Hurricanes this is our new official logo for SSMS.  The logo encompasses the two core components of our magnet:  Leadership and Global Connections.  Ashley Marrotte, SCPS Graphic Designer, has been collaborating with all schools to help Brand and Re-emphasize the Vision of each school.  How is leadership like a lighthouse? “The lighthouse symbolizes permanence and constancy, with its steady light that never ceases. The light produced by the lighthouse is a derivative symbol, representing the ability to emit energy and influence those around you.”  These are leadership qualities that we empower our students to develop at South Seminole. The lighthouse also symbolizes what we see in your classrooms everyday, teachers guiding our students’ way, making sure they all stay clear of obstacles up ahead.  This symbol represents our school as a whole and our commitment to student achievement. Student Government students will be participating in an activity entitled, “Build a model that shows how a leader is like a lighthouse.”  Students will be making these models out of legos and providing their vision of leadership.  We will share the models once they are completed.

Below is our Official SSMS Athletic Logo

South Seminole MS Athletics Logo FINAL

 

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 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.

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FSA WEEK 1

CLICK HERE for Leadership Rock the FSA Lesson Schedule- March 2, 2015

CLICK HERE for Leadership Rock the FSA Lessons-FINAL

CLICK HERE for FSA Daily BELL Schedule

 NOTES:

Students will need markers or color pencils, glue sticks. Also,  poster paper will be placed in each of the mail rooms. Teachers should pick up 10 sheets each. 

Please find the rocks for the 2nd part of Monday’s rock lesson in your mailboxes. If you have need more for your class please check with your floor mates or in Synergy. When rocks are completed, send to Dr. Fisher in Synergy.

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

HELLO HURRICANES!

Please watch the link below …..

And Guess What???? The 2016 Leader in Me Symposium is going to be held in Orlando, Florida featuring SCPS! South Seminole Middle will be one of the designated tour stops!!! This means we will have the opportunity for our student leaders to shine!

We are so proud of the progress we have made in improving our leadership model! This year we will hold our Leadership Day on March 31, 2015 from 9:00-1:00. Our lighthouse team started initial planning on Thursday…more information will be coming soon. We meet every Thursday at 8:00. All our welcome to join..or if you have any questions/ideas you can talk to any of our team members:   Bobby Adamowicz, Lexa Hernandez, Crystal McEvoy, Ricardo Miro, Michelle Orozco, Cicely Fisher, Dawn Trenholm, Debbie Shaleaw or any members of our Leadership Team!

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

UPDATED- ssms-pd-calendar-2014-2015

CLICK HERE for Reading Endorsement flyer spring15_final

CLICK HERE for CAR-PD Spring 15 (3)

CLICK HERE for SCPS CMAP Training
 
District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School 
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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
 

CLICK HERE for FSA Writing Update from FLDOE*********IMPORTANT!

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

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 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap #2 PLC Powerpoint Guide

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap Worksheet

PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans were due to your Curriculum Administrator  on December 19th .  
If you’re having trouble…samples will be forwarded via email
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • 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!!!!

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Posted by on 02/27/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HURRICANE PROGRESS TRACKING!

 IMG_6140After tracking weekly academic and behavioral progress on the board and in individual leadership notebooks, students engaged in an open forum to share success stories and strategies for improved self-assessments with regard to behavioral and academic progress.  Continue to STORM, Hurricanes and Mr. Ault. 

I’d like to share a few words of encouragement from Dr. Griffin who visited our campus last week, with Dr. Dehlinger and SCPS School Board members, Dr. Calderone (Chairperson) and Mrs. Almond.

” Thank you for a great visit to South Seminole yesterday. I saw many engaged students engaged in authentic problem solving. Keep up the good work! Kudos to your entire team.”

WAY TO GO HURRICANES!!!!!

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 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.

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

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.

CLICK HERE for Lesson-4 Activity 2 Powerpoint 2-24-15

CLICK HERE for Lesson 4 Activity 2

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1-1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
Ms. Madrid has your additional copy in her office, if you have not already picked it up.

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

HELLO HURRICANES!

Please watch the link below …..

And Guess What???? The 2016 Leader in Me Symposium is going to be held in Orlando, Florida featuring SCPS! South Seminole Middle will be one of the designated tour stops!!! This means we will have the opportunity for our student leaders to shine!

We are so proud of the progress we have made in improving our leadership model! This year we will hold our Leadership Day on March 31, 2015 from 9:00-1:00. Our lighthouse team started initial planning on Thursday…more information will be coming soon. We meet every Thursday at 8:00. All our welcome to join..or if you have any questions/ideas you can talk to any of our team members:   Bobby Adamowicz, Lexa Hernandez, Crystal McEvoy, Ricardo Miro, Michelle Orozco, Cicely Fisher, Dawn Trenholm, Debbie Shaleaw or any members of our Leadership Team!

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

UPDATED- ssms-pd-calendar-2014-2015

CLICK HERE for Reading Endorsement flyer spring15_final

CLICK HERE for CAR-PD Spring 15 (3)

CLICK HERE for SCPS CMAP Training
 
District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School 
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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
 

CLICK HERE for FSA Writing Update from FLDOE*********IMPORTANT!

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

Picture1333
 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap #2 PLC Powerpoint Guide

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap Worksheet

PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans were due to your Curriculum Administrator  on December 19th .  
If you’re having trouble…samples will be forwarded via email
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • UPDATE…TEENS FOR JEANS!!  107 TOTAL JEANS WERE COLLECTED TO SUPPORT THIS OUTREACH!  THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
  • 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!!!!

 
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Posted by on 02/20/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

GOT MATH? THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES!

 

1907944_941948332490978_6461312462316736552_nI dare you to Break that Defensive Line…The Great Wall of SSMS Mathematical Hurricanes

The Math team facilitated parent/student FSA problem solving via the Parent Portal at our Curriculum Night.  The Math FSA is only 45 school days away and the district has provided a new tool to help us prepare. The FSA Countdown is posted on Blackboard and includes problem solving for each standard. These problems may be used formatively to plan differentiated learning zones in the final weeks before FSA. In addition, The FSA Portal has recently added an Equation Editor Tutorial. This tutorial explains how to use the Equation Response Editor tool and lets students practice using the tool to enter answers that are numbers, expressions, or equations. Students can use the keyboard, the on-screen keypad, or a combination of both to enter responses. Be sure to share this tutorial with your students. http://demo.tds.airast.org/eqtutorial/?c=florida_pt&language=true

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 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.

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

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.

CLICK HERE for Lesson-4 Activity 2 Powerpoint 2-17-15

CLICK HERE for Lesson 4 Activity 2

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1-1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
Ms. Madrid has your additional copy in her office, if you have not already picked it up.

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

HELLO HURRICANES!

Please watch the link below …..

And Guess What???? The 2016 Leader in Me Symposium is going to be held in Orlando, Florida featuring SCPS! South Seminole Middle will be one of the designated tour stops!!! This means we will have the opportunity for our student leaders to shine!

We are so proud of the progress we have made in improving our leadership model! This year we will hold our Leadership Day on March 31, 2015 from 9:00-1:00. Our lighthouse team started initial planning on Thursday…more information will be coming soon. We meet every Thursday at 8:00. All our welcome to join..or if you have any questions/ideas you can talk to any of our team members:   Bobby Adamowicz, Lexa Hernandez, Crystal McEvoy, Ricardo Miro, Michelle Orozco, Cicely Fisher, Dawn Trenholm, Debbie Shaleaw or any members of our Leadership Team!

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

UPDATED- ssms-pd-calendar-2014-2015

CLICK HERE for Reading Endorsement flyer spring15_final

CLICK HERE for CAR-PD Spring 15 (3)

CLICK HERE for SCPS CMAP Training
 
District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School 
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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
 

CLICK HERE for FSA Writing Update from FLDOE*********IMPORTANT!

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

Picture1333
 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap #2 PLC Powerpoint Guide

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap Worksheet

PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans were due to your Curriculum Administrator  on December 19th .  
If you’re having trouble…samples will be forwarded via email
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • CLICK HERE for  eCampus (Canvas) “Getting Started” info.
  • UPDATE…TEENS FOR JEANS!!  So far we have 78 pairs of jeans donated, 76 by kids 2 by staff. The students have issued a Challenge to the Staff … Can we match their donation? Jean donations can be dropped off to Ms. Hernandez or Ms. Orozco. Ms. Orozco has 20% off and $5 off jean coupons. Staff will receive both coupons if they donate and enter their name for a gift basket raffle. It can be any jeans, capris and colored jeans, just not shorts, shirts or skirts..Thank you so much. Enjoy your day 🙂  CLICK HERE for More Information on Teens for Jeans
  • “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!!!!

 
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Posted by on 02/13/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HELPING STUDENTS GENERATE & TEST HYPOTHESES

PicCollage6th grade Hurricanes were exploring content using strategies in Design Question 4 during science lab with Ms. Ramos and Mr. Anderson. Our beginner ESOL students are included in the class and through collaborative planning all students were organized in groups to test and generate hypotheses.

FSA ELA Writing Assessment is in 15 days. As you know, ALL students will be taking the writing component, in lieu of just our 8th graders.  Below you will find a quick reference tool (GAME PLAN) to support students in your content areas. A team approach to tackling FSA Writing is a WIN-WIN !!!

CLICK HERE for the Game day_study sheet_updated_January30 2015

Ms. Orozco has shared the following information to further support your efforts. This site below may be good to utilize during IMPACT or small group discussion. She is using the Digital Stories to strengthen students’ “citing evidence for claims” skills.

CLICK HERE for More Information

CLICK HERE for the Original Digital Storytelling article

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 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.

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BUILDING LEADERSHIP:  ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!

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.

CLICK HERE for Lesson-4 Activity 1 PowerPoint 2-10-15

CLICK HERE for Lessons 4-Activity 1student-editions

CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1-1
 
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
 
LEAD2FEED registration link
 
Don’t forget to register!
 
Ms. Madrid has your additional copy in her office, if you have not already picked it up.

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

After great visits with our Franklin Covey consultants, our team visited The Leader in Me Symposium. Our Lighthouse team will be meeting to discuss and plan for our Leadership Day on March 31, 2015. Get ready for our leaders to shine!

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

UPDATED- ssms-pd-calendar-2014-2015

CLICK HERE for Reading Endorsement flyer spring15_final

CLICK HERE for CAR-PD Spring 15 (3)

CLICK HERE for SCPS CMAP Training
 
District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School 
Picture1333
FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
 

CLICK HERE for FSA Writing Update from FLDOE*********IMPORTANT!

Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests

FSA User Trainer Modules

Scoring FSA

Picture1333
 FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
The A-Team
 

TEACH DOWN THE GAP

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap #2 PLC Powerpoint Guide

CLICK HERE for Teach Down the Gap Worksheet

PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans were due to your Curriculum Administrator  on December 19th .  
If you’re having trouble…samples will be forwarded via email
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • CLICK HERE for  eCampus (Canvas) “Getting Started” info.
  • SSMS is participating in Teens for Jeans on behalf of Elizabeth Chambers a former student. If staff/students bring in gently used jeans they receive a 20% discount coupon for Aeropostale and SSMS will be entered into a $5,000.00 technology drawing. Students get $5.00 off coupons and are entered into a $10,000.00 scholarship drawing and an opportunity to win The Vamps concert tickets, along with a sweet treat (candy) from Ms. Orozco.  Collections will continue through Valentines Day.  Jean donations can be dropped off to Ms. Hernandez or Ms. Orozco. Thank you so much. Enjoy your day 🙂  CLICK HERE for More Information on Teens for Jeans
  • “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!!!!

 
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Posted by on 02/06/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1