It is scary how fast this year is going. It is scary that it has snowed before Halloween. I am not sure which scares me more. Please everyone be safe out tonight and come back to school tomorrow ready to learn.
Hard to believe we are already a couple of weeks into the second quarter. Time just seems to be flying by. The Techsperts are busy working on the upcoming book fair which is about a month away. It will run from December 2 to December 13. We will have family night on December 10 from 4 to 6:30 PM. Hope to see the public come out and support our book fair. The theme of our fair is AND THE WINNER IS.... The Techsperts are getting ready to decorate for the event.
Our overall theme for this year is encouraging reading. We have book recommendations and displays in the LC that work towards this theme. I have a Google Classroom where I communicate with the students plus I put things out on Twitter, Instagram and on this website. The classes come in every couple weeks to check out books. Students also have access to eBooks that they can read on their iPads. I love it when a student comes in asks for a recommendation.
I will say Happy Halloween for today and before I know it I will be saying Happy Thanksgiving!
The first quarter has come to an end and we are starting the second quarter. We are starting Boost Tutoring for reading and math. Tuesdays is for math and Thursday is for reading. We have teachers ready to help our students. We will be offering this program until April 7th.
Techsperts have completed reading encouragement bulletin boards. Our big focus this year to encourage our patrons to read our books. The Techsperts are completing book recommendations. These are being posted on our Google Classroom and on our blog. esmstigersblog.blogspot.com is where you will find our blogs and book recommendations.
Next week is Parent Showxase. I am looking forward to seeing parents and being able to brag about our students and our space. Wednesday from 4-7 and Thursday from 1-7 you can come to the Middle School and visit me in the Learning Commons. See you there!
I am introducing new things for the Techsperts to try. This past week I introduced Powtoons. Some of them have used it in Computers class but others have not and it is taking them out of their comfort zone. I believe this is the way I am going to proceed from here on out. I want them to be willing to try new things which should then spread to others in the school. As other students see them presenting with different formats, they too will want to try out the new items. Teachers will sometimes ask me to have the Techsperts try something, but I think I need to also be asking on a regular basis. This will keep me on my toes as well because I will need to find new formats and ideas to have them try.
Here we are in October already. Parent Showcase is almost upon us which means the
first quarter is quickly coming to an end. The Techsperts have been extremely busy keeping
up with teacher demand for help plus their daily tasks.
In the Learning Commons, we are working to make the space user friendly and appealing to
our patrons. We have added tiger curtains and flashing lights so far. Our bulletin boards are
now decorated by the Techsperts to encourage reading.
The Techsperts are also doing book recommendations of which I am posting on the Learning
Commons Google Classroom and the ESMSTIGERSBLOGS.BLOGSPOT.COM so that students
can see them. I am also posting book recommendation from the Dragons Team. Mr. Terranova
has created a Twitter account for posting book recommendations.
The Learning Commons has hosted a visit for the 8th grade social studies class. They had guests
speak to them about the Indian Reservations. They talked about the history of the university and
the reservation. The students learned a lot from these gentlemen.
The Learning Commons has also been a busy place for classes to come discuss different topics.
One of the most memorable ones was the 7th grade social studies classes came to discuss
September 11 on that day. It was interesting to hear them discuss where they were when the
towers were hit. It made me go back to remember where I was and what was going on that day.
Other visits included 7th grade ELA and social studies classes coming in to hold competitions on
knowledge gained from their curriculum. Of course, the regular classes that send students to
check out books.
We are grateful to the high school for loaning us Chromebooks to let students who have devices
out for repair use. Every day we are kept busy checking them in and out to our students. There
is also the daily issues with the devices that the Techsperts and I troubleshoot. Issues that include
Apple Classroom, Google Classroom, wifi issues, and more.
Every Friday you should be here in the LC. The sounds coming out of the commons during lunch
represent the attendance rewards. Apparently they are spinning a wheel to award prizes. It is loud,
especially if my door is open. The shouts that are coming out of the students tell me it is a
worthwhile program that encourages good attendance. I believe they are awarding food and drink
prizes which really gets the students going. Happy Friday to all who got prizes!
Enjoy another week of progress!