Principal's Weekly ...

posted Oct 16, 2016, 6:28 PM by jsmith@pausd.org
For October 16, 2016, from Principal Katie Kinnaman
Why Teaming Matters - 
One of the hallmarks of our middle school program is the team structure.  In 6th grade, core team teachers share approximately 50 students.  In 7th and 8th grade there are three teams each that share anywhere from 120-150 students.  Each of these team structures creates a small community within a community at Jordan.  Teacher teams meet weekly or bi-weekly to discuss upcoming projects, tests, and quizzes so that homework loads can be moderated and spaced out.  They may also collaborate on projects and talk about skills that cut across multiple academic disciplines.  The teams also discuss students in detail - sharing what works, who might be struggling, and how the whole team can help any students needing extra support academically, socially and/or emotionally.  Each of these team meetings also typically has a grade-level administrator and/or counselor who participates, as well.  These additional team members provide input about supporting students and can help rally school or community resources, when needed.
Teaming at Jordan matters!  It is one of the very best ways to make sure each student has multiple trusted adults to support them.  Know that when you reach out to one of your child’s teachers, you are likely reaching out to the whole team.  Each team also has a designated team leader that meets monthly with all the other team leaders at Jordan to share what types of concerns and issues might be impacting one team and/or how the teams can work together.  Teaming truly brings out the best in teachers and students!
Announcements:  
UNITY WEEK is Oct 17-21 - Celebrate Peace, Unity, and Diversity
Lunch Activities at HCC
 - Tues, Oct 18 - Numbers Unite
 - Wed, Oct 19 - Hands (Poster Pledge) and Mural Signing - Wear Orange!!
 - Thur, Oct 20 - 3 Legged Race and Pumpkin Decoration w/ Music provided by Leadership!
Inspiration:
"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie Stepanek
                   --  Katie Kinnaman
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