Staff Bulletin - Sept. 14, 2012

posted Sep 21, 2012, 8:56 AM by Matt Horne

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SUBSTITUTES & STIPENDS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK

To validate the importance and the volume of the planning work being done for accreditation, there are funds set-aside for substitute pay and/or additional salary in order to complete this work.  If your accreditation focus group decides there is a need for additional planning time, please send me an e-mail request in advance including 1) who will be participating, 2) what you’ll be working on, 3) the date and approximate times for the work, 4) substitutes or approximate hours needed.  I’ll give you the green light and we’ll either set up substitutes or you will complete the attached stipend sheet (also on the S-Drive under “forms”) when the work is completed.  Your rate for additional salary, in this case, will be your average hourly rate calculated based on your annual salary; Tanya or I have a chart and can show you your hourly rate if you’d like to know.

 

JUPITER GRADES

FAMILY USAGE UPDATE: We’re up to 25% of parents who have logged in (75 total).  Additionally, teachers have been working with students and 50% of students have now logged in (149 total).

Subtotals

Enrolled

Parents

Students

Combined

6th grade

93

21

23%

3

3%

23

25%

7th grade

90

27

30%

73

81%

74

82%

8th grade

104

27

26%

73

70%

77

74%

Other

13

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Total

300

75

25%

149

50%

174

58%

 

UPDATE SCHEDULE: Your grades may be offline during this week (as of the 12th) in preparation for having them updated again on September 20.  If you have students who are at risk of failure and you haven’t been able to make contact with parents, please reach out in addition to Jupiter Grades.  Let the office know if you need help.

 

LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM

Thank you everyone for your patience and willingness to learn about this new system.  If you haven’t been able to get access yet, please do try calling the Centralized Service Desk at 8-1-808-377-8320.

·         New site: https://staff.hawaiidoe.net/lds  (preferred interface)

·         Legacy site: http://employees.hidoe.k12.hi.us  (necessary for certain features still not working on the new site)

I’ll be excited to hear and share stories of what you find (or what issues you run into) with this new system.

 

SEPTEMBER LUNCH COUNT

Please help direct students the cafeteria to eat lunch; our numbers are not as high as we would like them.  The September counts affect funding for a number of different programs we offer for our kids.

·         Mon, 9/10 – 149

·         Tues, 9/11 – 152

·         Wed, 9/12 – 143

·         Thurs, 9/13 – 158

 

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 


 

STAR ASSESSMENTS

The Social Studies department has already met with Helene to plan for the administration of the reading STAR and the Extended Core department, along with Mary are meeting with Helene on Monday to plan for the administration of the math STAR.  Helene or I will also be around the Language Arts and Math departments once there is data in the system to go through how we access and analyze the data.  This promises to be a powerful progress monitoring and universal screening tool to drive our instruction and interventions.  Thank you to everyone who is helping make it possible.

 

SENIORITY LIST

As is done every year, we’ve finished updating the seniority list.  If needed, a copy can be obtained by contacting Michelle or Matt.

 

BELL SCHEDULE DISCUSSION

There is much discussion surrounding the current bell schedule.  At the last leadership meeting and again in many individual conversations, I am encouraging everyone to study the data and study the research around what is best for middle school students and more specifically our students.  The discussion is worth continuing as we move from conversations focused on “I think,” “I feel,” and “That’s what we agreed on,” to data and research driven conversations about what has the highest positive impact on student achievement.

 

 

KUDOS  (This section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative.)

 

·         Pristeen Perreira has been working extremely hard the last month leading up to the recent audit site-visit and the transition to the new Charter School Management Corporation budgeting system.  The new system will provide a great deal of transparency and rapid communication about budget and actual expenditures.

·         Shelby Loo has been doing an outstanding job as Grade Level Chair.  She consistently releases agendas ahead of meetings and posts minutes the same day meetings are completed.  The discussions being had in the 6th grade level under her leadership are rich and student centered.

·         Kathy Foster, Tisha Gusman, Makana Liwai, and Cathy Shafer came in over the weekend to finish up the vision and the belief statements in order to be ready to share them out at the recent faculty meeting.  This is the extra work that will make long-term impacts on the success of Waimea Middle School.  Thank you.

·         Jennifer Fisher has adopted a new, intensive, direct-instruction language development program for the students in her classes.  Typically, the training for implementing the program is 6 full-days with follow-up mentoring – Ms. Fisher implemented the program after one day of training and is in continual communication with the Big Island’s DOE Curriculum Director in charge of the roll-out to find ways to make it work for her kids.  Way to dive in and tackle this big project.

 

 


 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 

BUS STOP SAFETY

The Waimea police are concerned that students have been seen pushing, shoving, and playing too close to traffic at bus stops on the main highways.  Please remind students to stand at least 8’ away from the white line and to be careful of their own safety and the safety of those younger students waiting with them.

 

STUDENT SAVINGS PROGRAM - $20 REWARD

Mrs. Onaka is helping to coordinate the Hawai’i First FCU program in which students make 6 deposits during the year of at least $30 total and if they do, the bank will give them a $20 reward at the end of the year.  See Mrs. Onaka for details.

 

 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC

Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  

·         1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook

·         2nd Wednesdays - Robotics

·         3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities

·         1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate

·         4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers 

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