monday, November 12, 2018

  • Veteran’s Day: No School

tuesday, november 13, 2018

  • Staff Outs: Jill Alexandre, Katie Matrisciano (PD)

  • Early Leave: Adrienne Quick-Wright (4pm)

  • Late Arrival: Jessica Sutton (10am); Anders Campbell (1pm)

  • Mid-Day Leave: Miranda Arias & Emily Michelman (10am - 12:30pm) PD

  • Athletics: Basketball Game @ Pre-Eminent (Raleigh, NC)

Wednesday, november 14, 2018

  • Late Arrivals: Anders Campbell (1pm)

  • Early Departures: Katelan Frye (2pm)

  • Lockdown Drill: 9:00 am

thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Staff Outs: Megan Beasley (PD); Abby Hernandez (PD); Sarah Humphrey (PD); Cynthia Mosley (PD); Janice Thomas (PD)

  • Late Arrivals: Anders Campbell (1pm)

  • Early Departures: Katrhyn Cooper (2pm)

  • High School Night: 4pm - 8pm

friday, november 16, 2018

  • Staff Outs: Myra Villegas

  • Early Departures: Anders Campbell (12pm); Ana Karen Molina (4pm)

  • Middle School Skate Party

  • Elementary Swag Party

  • Athletics: Basketball Game @ Kestrell Heights (Durham, NC)

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Maggie McCoy

2nd Grade Teacher / 2nd Grade Team Lead

Sometimes I think about teaching as a dichotomy: the science of teaching and the art of teaching. The science includes all of the work we know goes into effective instruction: measureable objectives, standard analysis, targeted re-teach, high-quality independent practice, etc. We lean into the science of teaching because it’s transferable. These are skills all teachers can master.
The art of teaching is harder to quantify. It’s those moments that bring classrooms alive. It’s the animated reaction, the cheesy chant, and the real-life connection we never anticipated. The art of teaching feels unique to the individual. Easy to admire, but difficult to imitate.
It’s rare to find somebody who effortlessly balances the science and art of teaching. Maggie McCoy is a rare find.
Jacob Newbauer, her teammate from last year, shares: “What I appreciate about Maggie is her commitment to excellence and her commitment to warmth and kindness. Sometime we view warm and fuzzy teachers as less rigorous and vice versa, but Maggie combines the two in a way that not only benefits her students but also benefits the staff. Maggie is a real person and brings her full self to the job each and every day.”
Maggie’s colleagues recognize her excellence in moments big and small. Katie Matrisciano add, “Maggie is a teacher that I look up to and strive to emulate every day. If "always getting better" was in the dictionary, Maggie's picture would be there. She models this commitment on a daily basis, whether it's brainstorming new accommodations for a specific student or looking for ways better own teaching practice (if that's possible!). I've been so blessed to get to work with Maggie not only during the year but for the past two summers with students at reading camp. Her nurturing personality, unconditional love for our kids and unwavering work ethic combine to create a one-of-a-kind teacher and role model for our students and her colleagues. I'm honored to call Maggie a coworker and one of my best friends. She pushes me to challenge my own thinking and teaching each and every day.”
You might think such commitment to her practice and her classroom leaves little room for assistance outside of her classroom. But Heather Lakemacher, her current 2nd grade teammate, shares, “One of the things I love about Maggie is how she views her role as team lead as an opportunity to help.  No matter how tired she is (and she hides it well!) her questions are always "What do you need?" and "How can I help?"
Laura Holloway, Maggie’s certified bestie, takes it a step further. “When you walk into Maggie’s classroom, you can feel it. There is a sense of enthusiastic, yet calm, joy all around. I think that’s kind of how everyone feels around Maggie. She is always taking care of someone – creating a slightly different version of an assignment to help a particular student be successful, or leaving a sticky note of encouragement on a colleague’s coffee mug, or joining a rescue party for a kitten stuck in the wheel well of a school bus. Maggie thinks of others before herself, and does so out of absolute genuine love. I admire her greatly, appreciate her every day, and feel incredibly lucky to call her my best friend.” 
Each and every day, I’m proud to work in the same school as Maggie McMcoy. She’s a master in the science of teaching. She’s exquisite in the art of teaching. But, spending some time in her room reveals a third category. Maggie brings all that together to create absolute magic for her kids every day.

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Monday, November 12, 2018
Obed Gonzalez (3)    

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Sha’Myah Council (4); Jahkeem Edwards (7); Jonathan Martinez (8); Ana Karen Molina (staff); Myra Villegas (staff)     

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Andre Lunsford (K); Elliot Bocanegra (7); D’Antee Harris (8); Elder Figueroa (8); Chrissie Cavaliere (staff)

Thursday, November 15, 2018            
Hpraw N-Mawn (2)

Friday November 16, 2018               
Byson Parker (3); Sebasitan Lopez (3); Bryan Ramirez-Antonio (5); Marcellas Terry (8)

Saturday, November 17, 2018 
Mia Ramirez (1); Benjamin Hammons (2); Beckam Reynoso (7)          
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Kimberly Rueda Ayala (5)


Week of November 19, 2018
Thanksgiving Break (No School for Students) (11/19 - 11/23)

Week of November 26, 2018
K, 1st, 2nd Grade Q1 Award Ceremonies (11/28)
3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Q1 Award Ceremonies (11/29)
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Q1 Award Ceremonies (11/30)

Week of December 3, 2018
Book Fair (12/3 - 12/7)
3rd/4th Grade Community Assembly (12/7)
K-2 Community Assembly (12/7)

Week of December 10, 2018
K-4 Winter Concert (12/13)
5-8 Community Assembly (12/14)
Staff Holiday Party (12/14)

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We saw some amazing practices on display during Parent Teacher Conferences on Friday. Check out some highlights from the ILT below:

I want to shout out Maggie McCoy and Will Vaughan for both creating and sharing outstanding resources to our beginning teachers to set them up for excellent conferences! (AB)

I want to shout out Tanisha for engaging in multiple rounds of parent conference practice with real-time feedback. You did an excellent job using balancing the positive and digging into the big rock with thoughtful language and a partnership mentality! (AB)

I want to shout out Jessica Conn for the quick turnaround on RTI processes and conference forms so that our RTI communication with parents is at 100%! (AB)

I want to shout out the Office Staff and Bela for all the obvious reasons, but especially for preparing/organizing/responding to the most minute detail with grace to ensure accommodation for all of our families. (AB)

I want to shout out our beginning teachers for powering through their first ever Parent Conference Day! (AB)

James for opening a conference that he knew could be tricky by addressing the issue first and asking the parent for ideas about what he could do to build the relationship with the student.  (JC)

Miya for providing multiple resources for how parents could engage with their student during reading at home and for providing multiple websites for parents to have their students use at home for more practice. (JC)

8th grade team for consistently using the Wellism, "What does your child say at home about school?" and always grounding their feedback in the student's potential. (AP)

7th grade team for having markers, colored pencil, and coloring sheets for younger siblings. (AP)

6th grade team for using a shared spreadsheet where teachers leave comments to ensure that each teacher is prepared to give substantive feedback to parents for each subject area AND providing meaningful quantitative feedback around merits/demerits (i.e. "2nd most enthusiasm merits in the entire grade."). (AP)

5th grade team for providing at home strategies and resources (iReady/Newsela logins, book choosing strategy, and vocabulary practice) to empower families. (AP)