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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Celebrate and Sharpen the Saw!

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This week several of our students were recognized by at a ceremony organized by the South Seminole DeMolay Chapter.  These students from both JROTC and US History composed essays on the topic “Patriotism: What it means to me.”  The essays included information about how their paradigms regarding Patriotism have been inspired by their family members, teachers and experiences here at SSMS!  Kudos to our students, Chief Jackson, Ms. Bingham, and Ms. Reid in supporting these students!  Also, a special thanks to our new community partner, the South Seminole DeMolay Chapter!  Not only did students receive certificates and monetary rewards, they also celebrated with a cake for all of families to enjoy!  Their generosity and hospitality is appreciated!  

As we enter Spring break, this is a great time think about Habit 7: Sharpening the Saw.

“Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have- you”

Stephen R. Covey

When you return from Spring Break, stop by the teacher’s lounge to pick up breakfast sponsored by Einstein Brothers Bagels to energize your day.  This casual breakfast will take place of our Monday Morning Leadership Meeting!

Sharpen the Saw and SURF into Spring Break-  Mr. Grace style!

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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%

Click here for WIG data tracking! 

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

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The Leader in Me is sponsoring a Speech Contest open to students or groups of students.  

For more information please visit http://edu.franklincovey.com/contest

 Our next Lighthouse Team meeting will be held on April 1, 2016 at 8:30 am.

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly updates below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

No PBS update this week.

No AIP Update this week.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A Shout Out to PTSA for sponsoring Skate Night for the SSMS students!  A great way to kick off Spring Break!!
 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
  • Click the link below for anyone who would like to join the SSMS Relay for Life Team or make a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Orozco!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

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Posted by on 03/17/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

High Impact on Student Performance!

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On behalf of the state of Florida, Pam Stewart congratulated and recognized five of our teachers as High Impact teachers in the state teaching at South Seminole Middle School.  Commissioner Pam Stewart sent the recipients a congratulatory letter this week that stated, “Whether in a classroom where students arrived already high achieving, or a classroom in which students were underperforming, your efforts provide inspiration and opportunities to young people that may have been otherwise inaccessible.”

The state determined the high-impact teachers are based on how their students performed on statewide exams over a 3-year period and the growth of the students from one year to the next. The state limited high-impact distinction to those who taught courses measured with the Value Added Model — reading (grades four through 10), mathematics (grades four through eight) and Algebra 1 (grades eight through nine).

In a recent analysis of student performance on standardized statewide assessments, the Florida Department of Education found that these teachers had an impact on student learning that is among the most statistically-significantly positive in the entire state.  We are so Proud of our SSMS Hurricanes:  Andrea Geer, Marcy Colter, Lexa Hernandez-Santiago, Clifphene Reid, and Adam Kiefer.  Way to go Hurricanes… Continue to STORM!!!!!!

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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%

CLICK HERE to see WIG data tracking!

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

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The Leader in Me is sponsoring a Speech Contest open to students or groups of students.  

For more information please visit http://edu.franklincovey.com/contest

 Click here to view minutes from this week’s Lighthouse Team Meeting

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly updates below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week. Don’t forget to write positive referrals for students who go above and beyond consistently and/or demonstrate behaviors worthy of a positive referral. Submit all positive referrals to Ms. Leenen in the discipline office.

Click here for the 3-14-16 PBS updates

No AIP Update this week.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A Shout Out to all the teachers who made the Pep Rally and PBS celebration such a big success!  
 
A Special Shout Out to all the teachers that participated in the basketball game vs. the students!!
 
Congratulations to Ms. Colter, Ms. Geer, Ms. Hernandez, Mr. Kiefer, and Ms. Reid for being recognized as one of the highest impact teachers in the state.  This was based on standardized statewide assessments, and these teachers had an impact on student learning that was among the most statically-significant positive in the entire state!  Continue to STORM!!! 
 
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
   

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

 
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Posted by on 03/13/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1

 

EMPOWERING TEACHERS TO LEAD!

 

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Pam Ferrante, one of 5 Central Florida fellows selected for a new statewide teacher-leader program, trains fellow Seminole County teachers at the district office last week. Pictured from left to right are teachers Nancy West (red sweater), Karen Shearer, Sara Duran, Melissa Szentmiklosi and Kimberly Stalker. (Susan Jacobson / Orlando Sentinel staff).  The Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship, funded by a $764,553 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, starts Tuesday in Tallahassee with the first of four teacher “leadership institutes.” It also will include an international leadership conference in March 2017 in Miami.  The tentative plan is for the program to continue and for districts eventually to develop their own teacher-leadership academies, said Philip Poekert, assistant director of the University of Florida‘s Lastinger Center for Learning, which co-developed the fellowship.  Forty fellows from 22 counties were selected from 217 applicants. Five are from Central Florida.  Ky Vu, senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said one of the fellowship’s goals is to form a network of teachers that will take what they learn back to their schools and districts.

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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%

CLICK HERE to see WIG data tracking!

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND!

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LEADER IN ME UPDATE!

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The Leader in Me is sponsoring a Speech Contest open to students or groups of students.  

For more information please visit http://edu.franklincovey.com/contest

 Click here to view minutes from this week’s Lighthouse Team Meeting

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PBS STORMS! Please view the PBS and AIP weekly update links below.

Please remember to recognize students with a STORM Buck for displaying STORM behaviors or the Action of the Week.

No PBS Update this week.

No AIP Update this week.

If you need more STORM Bucks, please email Mr. Motley.

 Continue to STORM, Hurricanes!
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TEACHER SHOUT OUTS!!!
 
A Shout Out to all the teachers that made FSA Writes a Success!!!
 
Shout to Mr. Rincon for organizing and preparing his first Computer-Based Testing Session! I think we saw a few white hairs : )
 
A Big Shout Out to Mr. Grace and Ms. Pearson for organizing a phenomenal Black History Month Assembly!!!
 
MUCH PROPS  to our FACULTY STORM BAND!!!!!!
 
Shout out to Ms. Odom from Ms. McEvoy  “I wanted to share that Ms. Odom is going to cover my sixth period class tomorrow in order for me to observe Chris Siciliano for his third (mentor) observation. Kristie has been so helpful this year with my new role as Curriculum Leader and now with coverage so I can adequately mentor Chris. I simply wanted to let you know how awesome that she is! I feel blessed to have her as my former teacher and colleague. She is such a BIG help to me!”
 
Shout Out to Mrs. Reid from Ms. Brooks ” Thanks for coming to the classroom on Monday to discuss pointers for FSA writing to the class as well as consult with individual students. Several students told me after the exam that they felt confident that they improved their writing score by using the tips that you shared with them. For instance, several students  in one class said that they elaborated more in their essays because you suggested they do so. Other students said they  used P.E.E.L because you discussed it with them.  These are just a few examples and I wanted to share their comments with you.”
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 2015 – 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER
 
CLICK HERE for Culturally Relevant Teaching Newsletter
 
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GROWTH MINDSET!
 
eCampus Leadership Lessons
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

 

 
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Posted by on 03/04/2016 in LEAD21- SERIES1