Archive | October, 2011

AGENDA October 20, 2011

20 Oct

1. Mr. Silva

2. Science Preps – Old Reading Essentials books – lesson ideas

3. Interims – & resource tests will be run Winter & Spring


Per Mr. Silva this morning-

1. Very soon all Science teachers will have 4 student computer stations in their classrooms! (Counting the current desktop as a student station)

E-mail Dr. Canales how many desktop computers you have in your classroom – This is step 1 to get the new computers!

2. The Mac Labs & Carts will be available very soon therefore:

Research ipad apps that will be useful and bring that info to the department meeting next week so we can compile a list of apps we would like rated by priority – Try to scout out good free apps as well!

If you are interested in probeware — research what is available that is compatible with the ipad & bring the info to our meeting next week.

3. Mr. Silva emphasized that good care of the equipment will be essential. A training session will be held on a Saturday for teachers that want to use the Mac Lab resources.

4. To ensure that students (and their families) are aware of the requirements of responsible use of the school’s materials & equipment     a combination Lab Safety Contract – Technology/Equipment Use Contract & Internet Use Contract will be developed.  The draft version will be shared at the next meeting for review.  By November 7th we should have a final version ready to go out for student & parent signature.

5. Upcoming meeting Topics:

October 27th Meeting – Technology

November 3rd   Science Fair – How Are We Going to Make this Work

6.  Edusoft scanner on the 2nd floor is not working correctly.  Possibly a cable issue. 
7. Lab rooms red button needs to be turned off before leaving- Carlos will instruct us how to check that it is properly off.- Homerooms in labs may be responsible for having it left on in the past.


Meeting Agenda October 13, 2011

12 Oct

1. Answer sheets  for Interims – 8th grade – Please double check you have all you need.



6 Oct

MEETING AGENDA  October 6, 2011


  1. 1.          HOMEROOM PREPS – Feedback Please


  1. 2.          INTERIMS – October 17 & 18


(Feed the Baby! Don’t just weigh the baby!)




6th & 7th Grade Teachers may (PLEASE) scan their Edusoft sheets.


8th grade  Please send sheets to me daily.



  1. 3.          SCIENCE FAIR – Any issues or problems?


  1. 4.          TEXTBOOKS – The balance of books should be here this week.


Any other issues & problems?

Please go back & retry the online options- Both PEARSON & IT are trying to sort out the problems.


If you find “bad” pages in your books please let me know. Thanks Janet!


  1. 5.          SUNSHINE DUES – PLEASE SEE Mr. Teas to pay!




  1. 7.          AFTER THE HONEYMOON…         

          (From EDWEEK)



• Exalt the positive. Find the good in every student who walks in your door—and share your observations with the student, his peers, and parents. Often students have a preconceived notion of who they are. Seeking out the positives will help that child reinforce his worth. Sharing such observations with parents will set the stage should you need help or support later in the year. When parents feel you value their child and her uniqueness, they are more likely to understand when you ask for their help in solving a problem. Appreciating your students as individuals will help you deal with discipline issues and motivate students academically.

• Build a support network for yourself. Find like-minded colleagues in your building or online, with whom you can share your successes, bounce around ideas, and vent on the tough days. Build your network with a variety of others—newbies, veterans, those with similar teaching assignments, as well as those teaching in completely different subjects and grades. These diverse viewpoints (and shoulders to lean on) will make a significant difference in dealing with the rough patches of teaching.

• Take time to laugh. Every day, find a way to laugh with your students. Maybe you share a laugh about a mistake you made, a joke or cartoon you’ve shared, or even something a student has shared. Whatever it is, enjoy it together. When you’re feeling low on appropriate “material,” look for it: email forwards (don’t we all have that person who fills our inboxes?), the Sunday comics, the Daily Funny. Your students will appreciate the laugh—and may even give you more attention than they ordinarily would.

• Choose happiness. We all have good days. We all have bad days. In the end, it is our personal reaction to what is thrown at us that sets a happy teacher apart from a grumpy one. Choose to be a happy teacher in your students’ days. The benefits will accrue not just to them but also to you.

As the school-year honeymoon fades into routine, remember to make time for these small things that make a big difference. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll also teach better. Your students will appreciate your positive attitude—and, hopefully, will share it!