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DOING PROJECTS VS. LEARNING THROUGH PROJECTS!

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Hello Hurricanes,

As we continue on our “Rigorous” Journey to  create an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, I ran across this short article that I wanted to share with you. 

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

by Terry Heick

We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.  Projects are generally teacher-directed, universal, and tangent to the learning, while project-based learning is student-centered, personal, and the learning pathway itself. Put simply, it is an approach to learning rather than something to complete. Paul Curtis recently shared this excellent visual on twitter that takes a different approach to clarifying the difference, looking at it from the perspective of curriculum planning and instructional design. A non-PBL unit will see a linear series of often tightly scripted activities (whether lecture or not) that will ultimately culminate in a project. In PBL, there is constant checking, revising, feedback, and reflection on quality, research, literacy efforts, and quick assessment results.  Note that this is only one approach. It also could be argued that PBL isn’t linear at all except that it starts at some point, and then at another point later the class moves on. In that way, you might imagine a circle made of twisting arrows that reflect the iterative and recursive nature of authentic–and messy–project-based learning.

Our Coaching team and Ms. Trenholm will be supporting you with this “MindShift” in instructional practices!  We’re going slow to go fast, and I know you are up for the challenge!

STORMING into DQ4 Hurricanes!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam

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 20%

    “BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND”

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

21 Day Challenge

Our first challenge surrounding Habit 1:L The Habit of Choice ended yesterday.

Did you find yourself being proactive over these last  21 days?  We would love to celebrate success, please share an example of how you made a choice to be proactive over the last 21 days at

https://todaysmeet.com/SSMS_21_Day_Challenge

Lighthouse Team Updates:

Our Lighthouse Team had our first meeting of the year.  This year we have several events and new leadership opportunities for our students.  Please see the notes below for more information.

Lighthouse Team Meeting Notes

Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS!
 
 Click Here to view the AIP Update for 8-28-15
 
Click here to view the PBS Discipline Competition Prizes
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
Mr. Siciliano and Ms. Szentmiklosi: Great job engaging students and thinking outside the box!
 
Ms. Mitchell: Recognizing students with Positive Behavioral Referrals!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
For the months of October, November and January, SSMS will be offering professional development à la carte. This PD Carousel will allow you to select when you would like to attend the requisite Growth Mindset meeting, as well as two PDs of your choice. Each PD, descriptions of which can be found below, will be limited to 25 attendees. Technology – This session will focus on how to embed items (videos, PowerPoint, NearPod, Prezi…) and create buttons. Growth Mindset – This session is mandatory to attend once during the PD cycle. You will learn more about the tools available!  Interactive Notebooks – Do you need support with interactive notebooks? This session will focus on logistics, tips, and offer collaborative suggestions for improvement and refinement.  Collect and Analyze Data (Common Assessments) – Data…now what? This session will offer practical tips for data collection and ways to use data to inform instruction. Rubrics for Feedback – This session will focus on how to use rubrics to provide students feedback to help them meet academic goals & last but not least, The Instructional Model Overview – Would you like to learn more about Domain One of the Learning Map? This session is designed for teachers new to the SCPS Instructional Model.

PD Carousel – 1st Cycle Flyer
 
CLICK HERE sign up for your PD Carousel…tailored to meet your needs 
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 

eCampus Leadership Lessons

SSMS Growth Mindset Messages

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Wednesday, September 2nd – Student/Teacher picture Day
    • 6th Grade – 2nd period
    • 7th grade – 4th period
    • 8th grade – 6th period

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARPEN THE SAW!!!

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STORMED THROUGH WEEK ONE!!!!!

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HELLO HURRICANES,

WE DID IT!  THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THIS THE SMOOTHEST FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL EVER!!!!!

  • Student greeters met us as we entered classrooms
  • Exploration of Science in full effect
  • Sounds of students’ cadence echoed down the walkway
  • Student learning stations incorporated global connections through language, by naming the stations “The Hurricanes” in different languages
  • Rules and procedures articulated and practiced with the students
  • Digital Learning kickoff in our blended classrooms
  • Teachers supported us in the hallways during class change
  • 7 grade math teachers stepped back and watched “Student leaders lead Leaders”
  • Students participated in choosing student leaders for their class;
  • Students practiced collaborative learning structures and
  • Student’s utilized “Kahoot!” to assess comprehension of rules and procedures.
  • Teachers are using Remind to share Nonfiction Reading with students
  • Our technology team worked feverishly to meet the digital needs in the classrooms

In our Superintendent’s Leadership Seminar on August 7th,  Dr. Griffin closed with the following quote that we embraced this week “Lead into the Future!’ That is exactly what we did  Hurricanes!!!

Hats off to you All!

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WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 15-16

Goal 1:  Each Quarter, 70% of SSMS students will pass the ELA exam

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 20%

    “BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND”

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

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We are in the midst of our 21 Day Challenge!  How have you been proactive this week?  we will celebrate our successes in early September!  Stay Tuned for Details!
 
 
 
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PBS STORMS!
 

AIP Update – Aug 21, 2015

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • CLICK HERE for the Happenings on the Hurricane Weekly
  • Tuesday, August 25th Fundraiser Assemblies:  8th Grade 1:00 pm; 7th Grade 1:55 pm; 6th grade 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2nd – Student/Teacher picture Day
    • 6th Grade – 2nd period
    • 7th grade – 4th period
    • 8th grade – 6th period

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARPEN THE SAW!!!

 
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Posted by on 08/21/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1