Sunday, December 8, 2013

"It's Beginning To Sound A lot like Music!" - December 13-17th

Holiday Musical -Thursday at 7:00

Our holiday musical will take place this Thursday at 7:00.  All certified staff expected to attend. There will be a dress rehearsal for the school at 1:00. We will call for classes. Please talk to your students ahead of time about audience etiquette. Please seat near you, any students with challenges. 
Reminder:  due to the extreme generosity of  Home Moravian, we will be giving away 150 bags of food to the first 150 families who arrive and get a ticket. They can redeem their tickets at the end of the program. Remember that we need as much help as we can get Monday after school to pack up the bags. We will meet in Room 200. Thank you in advance to everyone who volunteers. We were done pretty quickly last year due to the help we received from you all.  Thank you.

Mid-Year PDPs- Due Friday, December 13th.

Your Mid-Year PDP is due to your administrator by Friday for review.  Sign in to evaluation system, go to My Observations and find mid-year PDP.  Type in the evidence that you are working on your goal. Please be specific with evidences.  Your PDP is a very important document that should be completed meticulously. Don't cut corners as this evidence is very important in your overall evaluation. When you have put in your evidence, save it and send it to me or Dr. Frazier, whoever your evaluation administrator is.  If you do not use our electronic evaluation system because you are a Guidance counselor, CC, Media coord., etc.. turn in a paper copy.  If you need help, Dr. Frazier and I are here for you!

Instructional Coordination (IC) Meeting Teamwork

I would like to personally thank and congratulate all faculty and staff that either presented or were videotaped for last Thursday's meeting.  Unfortunately, I got hit unexpectedly with the stomach virus in the middle of my leadership training and was unable to attend.  Fortunately, I have an incredible staff who stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.  Mr. Oates emailed me after the meeting to say how impressed he was with you all.  He thought you were awesome!  I am so proud of you and the work you do. You make me look good:) You are true leaders. Great Teamwork, I just wish I would have been there to see it.  A Very BIG Thank You to:
Dr. Cheryl Frazier
Amanda Gordon
Alisha Taylor
Kate McGregor
Gloria Pubantz
Sidonna Brown
Debora Snider
Beth Sapp
Kim Bersch
Allison Sechrist
Jennifer Hart
Andrea Slusher
Diana Adkins
Melissa Baccari (in spirit as the flu bug got her too!)
Lisa O'Brien
Abadesa Ochoa
UNCG Interns: Zane Doty and Harry Caines
Thank you Mr. Powelson for helping me to transition my Ipad videos into my powerpoint:)

Attention All Faculty and Staff: We will be Recognized for the John F. Kennedy Award at Tuesday's Board of Education Meeting at 6:30. Come on out, this is your Award:) You deserve it for all you do to support our school.

Peer Evaluations-

Do not forget that those assigned to have or conduct a peer evaluation, they are due January 31st. The sooner you plan and conduct them, the easier it will be for you as January is a busy month. January events include report cards, MLK holiday, teacher work day, EOQs and we don't return to school until the 6th.  So it really behooves you to get it done as early as you can. I know some of you are already done:)

Thank-You Hospitality Committee

An Ugly Holiday holiday shirt, sweatshirt or sweater?!  Sounds like a fun idea!  Thank you ladies for planning this.  Can't wait to see who wins!

ITBS/Cogat Testing this week for select 2nd and 5th Graders and there will be a SIT Mtg. on Tuesday

Don't forget to sign up in the lounge to bring a refreshment to Tuesday December 17th's Faculty Meeting Celebration.  Also, bring a wrapped white elephant gift to participate in the game.  It will be fun!

Kindness Goes A Very Long Way......

Reminder....Responding to students and each other with kindness can go a very long way.  As the holidays approach, children may be a bit distracted.  Please be a great role model and demonstrate kindness.  Don't react but be proactive and respond with love and kindness when faced with a difficult situation.  Keep your voice steady and always remember that children are learning from you.  Stay calm and just breathe.  Being well planned out and keeping the students actively engaged in the curriculum for the next two weeks will be crucial to classroom management. Routine is important.  Thank you for being great role models.

Have A Great Week!


  1. I am so very proud of Zane Doty, who is my UNC-G intern this year. This is going to be a phenomenal teacher! The IC meeting last week is the second time she has presented to a panel here at Diggs-Latham. She is off to an amazing start as a teacher leader!

  2. I greatly appreciate everyone's flexibility towards schedule changes and helping out as our students approach the huge Winter Musical on Thursday. They have worked incredibly hard since October to show their talents!

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