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STUDENTS REFLECTING ON LEARNING AND SETTING GOALS!

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Hello Hurricanes,

Below is an excerpt from Dr. Griffin in reference to our Nine weeks exams:

1.  The 9 week exams may be seen by parents and students.  2. Teachers should review the 9-week exams with their students, item by item. They are designed to inform instruction. 3.  After reviewing the exams, the teachers are to collect them, they should not leave the building. 4). EdInsight will have useful analytics to inform instruction for every student. 5) Teachers should hold students harmless for items on the exams that they did not get to on their instructional plan.  

The above graphic illustrates how the 8th grade US History PLC, not only mirrored the desired outcome of question 2, but incorporated an opportunity for students to reflect, analyze tests and set goals for QTR 2.  The PLC met to review the nine week exams and identified the top three missed questions by class, along with items that were not covered to ensure consistent grading practices across the PLC.  They additionally identified topics that would need to be revisited.  Students were asked to review their assessment.  Students were provided a sticky note to record their score on the QTR 1 nine week exams as well as identify their goal for QTR 2 nine weeks test performance.  The class data displays the target to be proficient as  70% (1.5), or above, on the test, which is synonymous to our Wildly Important Goal #1 and our Social Studies School Improvement Plan Goal.

Way to go US History PLC!!!!!

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”  ~ Anthony Robbins

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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%

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

CLICK HERE for Leader in Me Updates

Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly update links below:
 
 No Update this week
 
Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
 A BIG Shout Out to the Lighthouse team for achieving a 100% on the Lighthouse Binder!! Great job Team!!!
 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
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CLICK HERE sign up for your PD Carousel…tailored to meet your needs 
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 

 

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Posted by on 10/31/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

HURRICANE PINK OUT – BEYOND THE RIBBONS!

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Beyond the pink ribbons, special product fundraisers, and the pastel sea of color that marks October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers a reason to celebrate and to reflect.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebrates the 2.8 million survivors of breast cancer, and emphasizes the need to continue research to cure the disease. They are survivors of the second most-common cancer in women and survival rates continue to climb due to better treatments and increased screening that finds cancers when they are most treatable. Another reason credited for the increased survival rates: Awareness. With women more knowledgeable about warning signs, the importance of self-exams, treatment options and second opinions, they are better prepared than ever before to confront a breast cancer diagnosis – something an estimated one in eight women will do in her lifetime.  But breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer.  So, in the spirit of heightening awareness – and screening:  Pro football players wear pink on the field, companies donate money for the cure when consumers buy special pink products, and fundraisers pop up in communities across America. The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages women of all ages to take the opportunity in October to not only be aware of breast cancer, but to do something about it, by creating an early detection plan, spreading the word to other people about breast cancer detection and treatment, and either donating to breast cancer research or holding a fundraiser to encourage other people to donate.

THINK PINK SSMS!

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”  ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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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 10%

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

Leadership is everywhere at SSMS!  As we continue to work on our evidence binder, we are proud of the progress we have made at SSMS to create a ubiquitous approach to leadership!  

You can view our evidence binder on theleaderinmeonline.com.  If you have any pictures, videos, or evidence you would like to add, please send it to Julie Ciocca or Dawn Trenholm.

Our Informal Review will take place on November 2 and our Formal Review in December.

LEADERSHIP NOTEBOOKS-  Quarter 1 Celebration

Now that Quarter 1 has ended, we need to celebrate the students who have earned 10 or more stamps on the passport in their Leadership Notebooks.  

On Monday morning during Leadership Time, please have students open their Leadership Notebooks to page 140.  

Please submit the student names that have earned at least 10 stamps during quarter one using the link below.  

Please enter these names by 3 PM on Monday so we can purchase enough ice cream.

On Thursday, October 29, students will receive a ticket to redeem for ice cream during lunch.   Our PTSA volunteers will be assisting with the Celebration!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/109hd8XZAeihP13iKFpwsEOs5PbN4UPbVMZqeNcDGyX0/viewform?usp=send_form

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Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly update links below:
 
Click here for the PBS 2nd NINE WEEKS CALENDAR 
There is no AIP update this week.
 
Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A shout out to the volleyball coaches for a great season, they made a positive impact on our student athlete.
Mr. Little, for going above and beyond, to create a behavioral and academic reward system for the students that he works with.
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
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
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
  • Monday Morning Leadership will be held in Leadership Hall on Monday, October 26 at 8:30 am sharp.  Breakfast will be served : )
 
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Posted by on 10/23/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

DEFINING RIGOR!

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As we continue on our Road to Rigor, we will dive deeper into the power of Standards and Cognitive Complexity Depth of Knowledge (DOK).  Remember, DOK is about the intended outcome (standards expectations) not difficulty!  Here are a few Bullets to clarify misconceptions.  We will have DOK training to our PD Carousel Offerings, facilitated by our Instructional Coaches, and we will be providing mini training sessions with your curriculum leaders, who will be an additional level of support.

  • DOK is a reference to the complexity of mental processing that must occur to answer a question, perform a task, or generate a product:
    • Adding is a mental process.
    • Knowing the rule for adding is the intended outcome that influences the DOK.
    • Once someone learns the “rule” of how to add, 4 + 4 + DOK 1 and is also easy.
    • Adding 4,678,895 + 9,578,885 Is still a DOK 1 but may be more “difficult.”
  • The Critical Difference Between Complexity and Difficulty
    • Complexity: describes the thought process that the brain uses to deal with information
    • Difficulty: refers to the amount of effort that the learner must expend within a level of complexity to accomplish a learning objective.
  • DOK is about complexity – NOT Difficulty!
    • The intended student learning outcome determines the DOK level.  What mental processing must occur?
    • While verbs may appear to point to a DOK level, it is what comes AFTER the verb that is the BEST indicator of the rigor/DOK level
      • Describe the physical features of a plant.
      • Describe how the two political parties are alike and different.
      • Describe the most significant effect of WWII on the nations of Europe.
  • How does DOK levels Tie into FSA Expectations?
    • Level 1: Recall} Low: Relies heavily on recall; 10%-20% of DOK Level 1 questions on FSA
    • Level 2: Skill/Concept} Moderate: Requires more flexible thinking and may require informal reasoning/problem solving; 60% – 80% of DOK Level 2 questions on FSA
    • Level 3: Strategic Thinking} High: Elicits analysis and abstract reasoning; 10% – 20% of DOK Level 3 questions on FSA; 
    • Level 4: Extended Thinking} High Elicits analysis and abstract reasoning; Text-based writing component 

Our journey continues.  Have a Great Weekend Hurricanes!

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”  ~ Bill Gates

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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 10%

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

Leadership is everywhere at SSMS!  As we continue to work on our evidence binder, we are proud of the progress we have made at SSMS to create a ubiquitous approach to leadership!  

You can view our evidence binder on theleaderinmeonline.com.  If you have any pictures, videos, or evidence you would like to add, please send it to Julie Ciocca or Dawn Trenholm.

Our Informal Review will take place on November 2 and our Formal Review in December.

LEADERSHIP NOTEBOOKS-  Quarter 1 Celebration

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On September 26, Leadership Teachers will be checking passports on Page 140 of the Leadership Notebooks.

 A link will be provided for teachers to enter the names of students that will receive this award.  More information will be provided next week!

Students with completed passports will be receive an Ice Cream Treat on October 29 during Lunch!  Our PTSA volunteers will be assisting with the Celebration!

Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly update links below:
 
 Click here for the 10-16-15 PBS Update.

Click here for the October 16, 2015 AIP Update

Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A shout out to the volleyball coaches for a great season, they made a positive impact on our student athlete.
Mr. Little, for going above and beyond, to create a behavioral and academic reward system for the students that he works with.
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
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
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
  •  Just a  Reminder:  Brainology – Growth Mindset Training, October 19, 2015 from 8:00 – 4:00 pm; This is a required teacher attendance day.
  • SSMS PINK-OUT, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be October 23, 2015!  Get your Pink ready!!!

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

 
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Posted by on 10/16/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

SSMS LEADERS WOWED LEADERSHIP SEMINOLE GUESTS!

 

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Hello Hurricanes,  

I wanted to share with you the  Leadership Seminole visit feedback  we received from Dr. Sharpe, Director of Leadership Development of SCPS:

“I truly enjoyed Leadership Seminole Education Day and the visits to your schools.   As part of the planning committee, I received the feedback information and wanted you to know that the participants loved the school visits.   In fact, the school visits were the highest rated events of the day!  Below are comments from the group relevant to the school visits.  Please let your staff and students know how much everyone enjoyed the day. Thank you for your hard work and preparation that made the day such a success!

What were the most beneficial aspects of this session? Exposure to the kids at the schools. ~ Seeing and interaction with the students was great.  Having the tours and performances led by students was awesome. Seeing the “special” programs and classrooms was very interesting. Lunch.~ Spending time with the kids. ~ School visit. ~ Hands-on demo of classroom tech. ~ What a great day! We obviously saw the “cream of the crop”~ Realizing what is being taught in elementary/middle. Great academics and preparation. ~ Love the hands on interaction approach of going to elementary, middle and high school to learn about what they can do. ~ Touring the different school level. ~ Visit to schools was awesome. ~ Seeing the students in the actual programs. ~ I have participated in numerous leadership programs with education topic days, this was by far the most rewarding and special because of the student participation! ~ School visits and technology in schools. ~ Great day, great info, great insight. ~Understanding new technology use in schools. ~ I loved the visit to Casselberry Elementary and SSMS. ~ Visiting the schools and seeing how and what one’s kids learn today. Seminole County schools seems to be on target with today’s issues facing out students today. ~ Knowledge of all the Seminole County is doing make us an educational leader in the nation. ~ Learning what kids learn in school today and the technology that is being used. ~ Tours of the schools – awesome! ~ I loved how interactive this session was. I certainly learned a lot. The kids at SSMS just blew me away! ~Having a kindergartner, I am not just impressed, I am fascinated and excited about what Seminole County schools are offering. I loved this session. ~ School tours were awesome! ~ Engaging with the students was the most rewarding part of the day. ~ Really enjoyed the program, especially the elementary and middle school – well done and it was great insight into our k-12. ~ The tour of Casselberry and SSMS were incredible! It was amazing to see and learn about the great leaders SCPS is developing. Great Job! ~ BEST DAY EVER! ~ Seeing how the schools operate. ~ Getting to see all of the interaction with activities in each level of schools. ~ The early learning and what is going on in schools today and what they are doing to help all kids. ~ Seeing culture in schools – great stuff. ~ The middle and elementary school programs were awesome! ~ I don’t really know how you could top this day. Never in my life have I been so inspired or so blown away like I was when I saw what the middle school and elementary schools are doing to build leaders in children.   The level of detail that went into planning this day was evident. The activities by the children were phenomenal. Being at the middle and   elementary schools this morning was one for the best experiences of my life. Today solidified my faith in our education system in Seminole County. It was very emotional. Thank you so very much!

Hats off to everyone again!  We are solidifying our CULTURE of LEADERSHIP – TOGETHER !

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”  ~ Bill Gates

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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 10%

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

Leadership is everywhere at SSMS!  As we continue to work on our evidence binder, we are proud of the progress we have made at SSMS to create a ubiquitous approach to leadership!  

You can view our evidence binder on theleaderinmeonline.com.  If you have any pictures, videos, or evidence you would like to add, please send it to Julie Ciocca or Dawn Trenholm.

Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly update links below:
 
Click here for the 10-9-15 PBS Updates

Click here for the 10-9-15 AIP Update

Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
 Congratulations to Ms. Reiss:  2 of our 7th graders placed 1st and 2nd place in the Drug Free Poster/Calendar contest!
Ms. Egerton – Thank you for the organizing the Drum Permanence for our students!
Shout out to Mr. Kornya and Mr. Kiefer for all the work they put in with their students in tutoring before and after school!  Great parent feedback!!
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
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
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

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

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2015 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 
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EMPOWERING THE LEADER IN ALL OF US!

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SSMS teachers, Ms. Odom, Mr. Kuh, Ms. Seshadri, & Ms. Orozco, participated in the STEM Community Family Fun Day at Casselberry Elementary. What a great way to foster community and family outreach!

 

 

 

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Podcasts & Socratic Seminars:  Mr. Cudney’s students used text to provide evidence to support their individual claims on whether age limits should be changed. Students recorded their evidence into eCampus and/or Today’s Meet and participated in Socratic Seminars for peer discussion. 

 

 


We all have the capacity to inspire and empower others. But we must first be willing to devote ourselves to our personal growth and development as leaders. Tony Robbins believes “that the ultimate definition of a true leader is simple: someone who inspires others to become more of who they truly are. A true leader brings out the greatness that lies within each human being, and enables individuals to put that greatness into practice consistently. Leaders influence themselves and others to do, be, give and become more than they ever thought possible.  And leadership can be taught, learned and mastered.”  Thank you all for inspiring and empowering our students to be Leaders, not just as we prepare for certain events, but everyday.  

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”  ~ Bill Gates

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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 10%

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

 

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LEADER IN ME UPDATES

21 Day Challenge

Lighthouse Team Updates

Next meeting: 10/9/2015

Important Dates:

November 5 Magnet Night

October 1, 2015 Magnet Tours Begin

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PBS STORMS!

Click here for the 10-2-15 PBS Updates

Click Here for the 10-2-15 AIP Update

Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
 
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
A shout out to the following teachers:
A shout out to Chief Jackson and the JROTC! Great things are happening! 
During classroom visits this week, 90% of the classrooms had greeters! A special shout out goes to Ms. Pearson and Ms. Williams who had substitutes.  Their greeters stepped up and displayed STORM behaviors.  They took on the leadership role without the classroom teacher present. WAY TO GO!
Thanks to Mrs. Seshardi, Mrs. Odom, Ms. Orozco, and Mr. Kuh for representing SSMS at the Casselberry Elementary STEM Community Family Fun Day event on Saturday, September 26th.  They presented STEM projects and shared Leadership lessons with the students and community.
 
 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
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
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

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

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