Final Post June 16, 2017

It has been great documenting for Education in this blog for many years. Showcasing what great teachers and students are doing each day in the trenches. Via the MAISD I have been told by our technology director that this blog service will be shutting down.

So….goodbye for now and I will put my creative energy into a new space.

March 6-17, 2017: RMS Full of Teamwork

Volleyball team working on teamwork outside of the classroom.

Parachute grocery bag launch from the top of the stadium.

Cup stack activity using a rubber band and four strings to make a pyramid.

Mrs. Lemkie, Tech Coach with students who made their own 3D glasses in class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RMS is full of examples of teamwork. Just take a walk around the halls of RMS and watch the students using teamwork with each other and their teaching staff. The teaching staff is busy working behind the scenes of the daily work on survey results from the student body making positive changes for all. Parents will be offered the opportunity to take a similar survey during Conferences on March 28, 5-8 pm, and March 29, 3:30-6:30 pm. Our volleyball teams compete in the WMC tournament this week and they have been building teamwork skills outside of the classroom for weeks together! We wish them the best of luck this week.
Go Dogs!

Energy Thought of the Week from 14 Thoughts About Building a Great Culture:
“Culture is the reason why great organizations have sustained success. Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behavior. Behavior drives habits. Habits create the future.”

Monday 13:
7:00 pm School Board Meeting

Tuesday 14:
6:45 am Staff/PLC Meeting at RMS
Student assembly with survey updates

Wednesday 15:
MACUL Conference Detroit

Thursday 16:
MACUL Conference Detroit
7:00 am IEP

Friday 17:
MACUL Conference Detroit

Technology and Good Reads:
MACUL Conference 2017 The official site of all things MACUL 2017!
MAISD Newsflash #25
Attendance Letters to Parents: Is your kid absent more than classmates? School ‘nudge’ letters tell parents just how much school they are missing compared to their peers.
Culture, Curriculum, Change! Promoting educational change through cultural an curriculum studies. I used this site to reference for promoting change in our building.

February 27-March 3, 2017:

 

Monday 27:
8:00 am Sly/Lynch IEP
6:00pm School Board Workshop

Tuesday 28:
4:00 pm Volleyball vs. Hart

Wednesday 1:
9:00 am Lynch @ Admin Meeting

Thursday 2:
7:00 am Sly/Lynch IEP

Friday 3:

Technology and Good Reads:
Principal of Change:George Curous, 3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School.

4 Questions to Lay the Foundation for a “Culture of Innovation”.

MAISD Weekly News Flash #23

 

February 13-17, 2017: How will you make RPS better?

RMS Pride Students

PRIDE Winners

Points of Pride

Points of PRIDE for 5 Star Students

How will you make RPS better this school year? This was a question that was asked by our district Superintendent, John VanLoon at the opening breakfast. Sometimes during these days in a long stretch of a school year we need to be reminded that we set out to do great things this year for RPS. Here are some of the comments from all RPS staff members. WE do great things each day and week we are here, keep up the mission that you started the school year with and be great for staff, students and community.
“I will bring ‘mindfulness’ to the district. Be kind to everyone I meet.”
“I will come to school with a good attitude and ready for each day!”
“Smile more.”
“I will work to strengthen staff relationships in order to benefit students and Ravenna Schools as a whole.”
“I will invite all of our staff to get on the Energy Bus.”
“I will love hurting kids this year so that they know they are appreciated and valued.”
“Giving back to community.”
“Collaborate with other teachers.”
“Be a team player.”
Culture Quote of the Week from RMS:
“Schools with a strong positive culture…are ones in which success, joy and humor abound.”

Monday 13:
7:00 pm School Board Meeting

Tuesday 14:
6:45 am RMS Staff/PC Meeting
7:30 am PRIDE Assembly Adam Montgomery Speaker
10:30 am Student Tour from NEEC

Wednesday 15:
9:00 am Lynch at Admin Meeting

Thursday 16:
7:50 am Lynch Careers Speaker
8:25 AM 5th Grade Symphony Trip
4:00 pm Volleyball Home vs. MCC

Friday 17:
1/2 Day for Students: Dismissal at 10:51 am

Technology and Good Reads:
Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks
Energizing Brain Breaks
Brain Breaks, Instant Recess and Energizers-Action for Healthy Kids
The Happy Teacher
Marygrove College: 15 Favorite Brain Breaks

February 6-10, 2017: Don’t be Afraid to Fail

Culture and Climate thought of the week from John Gordon…..”Creating a culture where people are afraid to fail leads to failure. Allowing people to fail and learn from failure ultimately leads to success.”
This week take a risk and support those who try and fail. Read on…..

Why Failure is Crucial for a Student’s Success
Failure is Essential to Learning
Lessons on Success: 3 Reasons Why Failing is Good

Monday 6:

Tuesday 7:
7:00 am Parent Meeting
3:00 pm IEP Lynch
3:30 pm IEP Lynch
4:00 pm Volleyball Home vs. North Muskegon

Wednesday 8:
7:00 am Lynch Parent Meeting
11:15 am Lynch at MAISD Principal Meeting

Thursday 9:
2:30 pm Lynch Parent Meeting

Friday 10:

Technology and Good Reads:
MAISD Weekly Newsflash #20

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students In this article it lists positive relationships, choice, extrinsic rewards and consequences actually hamper motivation, students must believe they can improve in that task, and things that have relevance to their lives.

 

January 30-February 3, 2017: It’s Hard Being a Target.

Principal Lynch takes a direct hit with the 8th grade Rocket Launch! I had the opportunity to watch the 8th graders in Dan E’s class launch their rockets. Wow, did we all have a great laugh! It was a direct hit that took less than 6 seconds to hit my shoulder!
In Education it is hard to have such a target on your shoulder or back. Educators are often seen for how easy their job is, their Summer’s off, and the benefits that educators have for their health care. There is a long laundry list of tasks and jobs that educators do on a daily basis and yearly to maintain being on the cutting edge of their profession. Currently, I am taking two college classes; Essential Classroom Technology for Teachers and Building Meaningful Partnerships: Connecting Schools, Families and Communities. This investment is done outside of the hours of the school day and is required to maintain a certification. The Principal is doing her homework. I look forward to learning about making RMS a better place by connecting it to our families and community members.
I like to say, “It’s the little things that matter.” Just this week our office received a food gift from the kitchen staff for, “being awesome and thanks for all you do.” A handwritten note by a community member thanking us for “our dedication to our school and the community is truly appreciated.” These gestures are the most wonderful feeling, and WE, educators thank you.
Culture and Climate are a focus at RMS and here is the message this week:
Change is a part of every culture and organization.
Embracing change and innovating will ensure that your organization thrives.

RMS Data Fact
In June of 2016 RMS had 15 students who did not receive credit in one or more classes.
In Winter of 2017 RMS had 4 students who did not receive credit in one or more classes.

Monday 30:

Tuesday 31:
3:45 pm 504 Meeting
Wednesday 1:
9:00 am Lynch Admin Meeting

Thursday 2:
7:45 am Lynch Parent Meeting
3:15 Lynch @Attendance Meeting @ Admin

Friday 3:

Technology and Good Reads:
Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note
MAISD #18 Weekly Flash
MAISD #19 Weekly Flash

January 9-13, 2017: Next steps to the Finishline

Steps to the next finish line…..We have a big week at RMS with a Pride Assembly on Tuesday, a Student Survey, teaching staff working together with School Improvement, PLC Leadership team meetings and more. All of these meetings and decisions will lead us to the next finishing of the end of Semester One on Friday January 20. Reminder we have exams on Wednesday January 18, and half days on Thursday January 19, and Friday January 20. Half Day dismissal is at 10:51 am for students. 

Monday 9:
8:30am  504 Meeting/Lynch
4:00pm  Boys Basketball Home
7:00 pm School Board Meeting

Tuesday 10:
6:45 am Staff/PLC Meeting
7:30 am PRIDE Assembly PBIS Roll Out
10:45 am Lynch Meeting at Admin
2:00 pm Lynch School Improvement Meeting Lynn ISD

Wednesday 11:
8:00 am- 3:00 pm PLC Leadership Team Meeting
9:00 am Lynch Admin Meeting

Thursday 12:
6:45 am School Improvement Meeting
9:00 am S. Patton MDE Meeting at Admin

Friday 13:

Technology and Good Reads:
Education Week includes current topics in Education and more.

Here are the 7 most popular Education Week stories and opinions you and your colleagues have been reading this week. Take a look!
1. Donald Trump and K-12 Education: Five Things to Watch in 2017
2. 3 ‘Simple’ Ideas Every Educator Should Work on in 2017
3. Nation’s Schools Get Middling Grade on Quality Counts Report Card
4. New Guidance Outlines Civil Rights Protections for Students With Disabilities
5. What? Principals Are in It for the Money?
6. When Real Reading Isn’t Happening…Four Ways to Respond
7. The Power of Visual Notetaking

Weekly Notes January 3-6, 2016: Welcome Back to 2017!

RMS staff for the 2016-2017 school year.

RMS staff for the 2016-2017 school year.

Welcome back and welcome 2017. I always feel like as an educator that our new year’s resolutions begin in August/September with a new school year unlike the rest of the world. However it is a time of reflection, growth, goal setting and more. Upon coming back I like to think of it with mini finish lines. Semester Two. Mid-Winter Break, Spring Break and the roller coaster ride to June. We do amazing things each day as Educators. One of the first students that I talked to said to me this morning summed up why we are all in Education. The conversation was the following:

Me: “Hello, (student) welcome back!”
Student: “I’m happy to be back”
Me: “Why are you happy to be back?”
Student: “I like it here.”
My take away that I learned were a few things. One was take the time to ask why and then listen to what that person has to say. Second, what we do matters everyday to all students. Third, RMS is a great place to be if our students feel happy and like it here.

Thinking of our kick off to the year.. “What is your Why?”

Energy Bus thought…..p. 132
“Everyone’s out there trying to find their purpose when all you have to do is find the bigger purpose in the here and now and your purpose will find you.”
This week we are reviewing the updated Pride matrix with our staff and students. We will be having a kick off assembly next Tuesday. A student survey will be given on Monday January 9. We will  use this information gathered from students to plan, change, and evaluate what programs we have in place to be the best we can.
Tuesday 3:
1:00 pm Fitness Trail Planning for RMS (M. Boersma)
Wednesday 4:
Boys BB @ Oakridge
Thursday 5:
7:45-9:30 am Lynch at MAISD for 504 Training
Boys BB Home vs. Whitehall
Friday 6:

November 21-23, 2016: Thanksgiving Break

Student Teamwork

Brayden and Madalyn working on a Science Project together. Such great teamwork!

Water Predictions

Eighth Grade water predictions in Science Class. Pretty amazing drawings of where students think all of the water on Earth is held.

Student Predictions

Students use sticky notes to vote on their water predictions of percentages of water distribution on Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Notes: RMS
A shortened week ahead will bring rest and relaxation with family and friends. Many times this is a stressful time for students instead of a break and joy from time away from academics. You are a great influence in each child’s life everyday and you make a difference. Never under estimate the power you have in being an Educator.

Energy Bus Thoughts…..p. 144
“You’ll never get it all done so you might as well relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride.” They did a study of 95 year old people and they asked them if they could do it all over again and live their life again what would they do differently. The three things that almost all of them said were:
1) They would reflect more. Enjoy more moments. More sunrises and sunsets. More moments of joy. 2) They would take more risks and chances. Life is too short not to go for it. 3) They would have left a legacy. Something that would live on after they die.

“Don’t go through life with regrets. Don’t be someone who looks back and says I should have done this or that. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

You make a difference everyday. Thank you for all you do.

Monday 21:
4:00 pm RMS Boys BBall @ Whitehall
7:00 pm School Board Meeting

Tuesday 22:
7:00 am IEP

Wednesday 23:
Trimester One Ends
Half Day Dismissal at 10:51 am

Technology and Good Reads:

Top Ten Gratitude Quotes from Tony Rubleski and Mind Capture News Tony is a published author and nationally known speaker on leadership and teamwork.  He grew up in Grand Haven , Michigan.

November 14-18, 2016: RMS Hands On Education

3D Printing 2

RMS students working with 3D pens in Science Exploratory Class.

3D Printing

3D Doodling

Heart 1

Chad looking at the inside of a heart.

Heart 2

Heart dissection.

Sandy B with students

Sandy B with her RMS students.

Sandy B

Sandy B: Our do Everything for RPS Staff Member!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy week at RMS with a lot of hands on learning. Technology Coach Tracy Lemkie is partnering with Mr. Ike with hands on 3D printing and creating opportunities for our students. RMS staff and students had the opportunity to listen to Sandy B speak to our students on Ravenna Pride. Sandy has worked in many capacities at RPS for many years. Her message was to listen and respect your teachers. Take advantage of the opportunities that teachers give you. She stated about RMS, “This is your house…..keep it clean.” Sandy is an amazing person and we are so lucky to have her work with the children in Ravenna. Thank you for speaking Sandy!

 

This Week at RMS:
Monday 14:
11:24-12:15 Debbie  Anderson Presentation 7th grade
1:46-2:37    Debbie Anderson Presentation 5th grade

Tuesday 15:
1:45 EIP Sly

Wednesday 16:

Thursday 17:

Friday 18:
8:00 am-2:45 pm PBIS Team Meeting
8:30 IEP

Technology and Good Reading:
MAISD Weekly News Flash #10 All things ISD in Muskegon Country.
How a Happy School Can Help Students Succeed: NPR ED Interesting read on how one school has changed their culture and climate to have students want to be at school and be happy.
The Importance of 3D Printing in Education
5 Things You Need to Know About 3D Printing
3D Printing Resources
Create 3D Models from Photos Easily with 123D Catch
Annenberg Media: Geometry 3D Shapes Interactives
30 Ways to Create the Conditions to Inspire in a Makerspace

Sandy Public Speaker

Sandy B November Pride speaker.

 

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