monday, march 18, 2019

  • Staff Outs: Kathryn Berlin, Katelan Frye, Lindsey Harrison, Caitlin Kearney, Muriel Smith, Julia Sweeney

  • Early Leave: Adrienne Quick-Wright (3:00 pm)

  • C2C Health Class: 4th Grade (2:10 pm - 2:45 pm); 8th Grade (2:35 pm - 3:15 pm)

  • Box Tops: Last Day to Turn In Box Tops (Please give to Ms. Bikowski)

  • Visitor on Campus: LaToya Burns (2019-2020 Elementary Teaching Candidate)

tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Staff Outs: Kathryn Berlin (PD), Chrissie Cavaliere (PD), Kathryn Cooper, Lori Fisher (PD), Caitlin Kearney (PD), Adam Patrick (PD)

  • Early Leave: Abby Chandor (3:25 pm); Tim Rhue (3:00 pm)

  • Athletics: Girl’s Soccer Game vs. Healthy Start Academy

  • Healthy Relationships: Parent Seminar (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

  • K-4 GLL Meeting (7:00 am - 7:25 am)

Wednesday, march 20, 2019

  • Staff Outs: Kathryn Berlin (PD), Chrissie Cavaliere (PD), Lori Fisher (PD), Caitlin Kearney (PD), Raymond Melvin, Adam Patrick (PD), Katie Stockton (PD), Jeremy Wall (PD)

  • Late Arrival: Lakisha Poole (12:30 pm) (PD)

  • Early Leave: Darius Long (1:45 pm); Elizabeth Young (1:45 pm)

  • Athletics: Track Meet @ Buffalo Trace Complex (Raleigh, NC)

  • C2C Health Class: 5th Grade (9:05 am - 9:45 am); 6th Grade (11:55 am - 12:35 pm)

thursday, march 21, 2019

  • Staff Outs: Chrissie Cavaliere, Abby Chandor, Christine Hall, Lori Fisher (PD), Caitlin Kearney (PD), Adam Patrick (PD), Katie Stockton (PD)

  • Early Leave: Darius Long (2:30 pm)

  • Athletics: Girl’s Soccer Game vs. Healthy Start Academy

  • Visitors on Campus: Emily Nicholson (2019-2020 Middle School Teaching Candidate); Emily Siquina (2019-2020 Middle School Teaching Candidate)

  • C2C Health Class: 7th Grade (10:30 am - 11:10 am)

friday, March 22, 2019

  • Staff Outs: Megan Beasley, Chrissie Cavaliere, Abby Chandor, Christine Hall, Emily Michelman (PD), Katie Stockton, Chanel VanDyke

  • Late Arrival: Darius Long (8:30 am); Heather Kasdan (10:00 am)

  • Early Leave: Darius Long (2:30 pm)

  • RTI - Behavior: Last Day to Write New Behavior Plans for 2018-19 <Deadline>

  • Report Card Comments for Translation: Can be submitted (Please send to Ms. Bela; Deadline is 4/3)

  • Last Day of 3rd Quarter

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Cynthia Mosley

EC Teacher / “Their Person”

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Early into my tenure at Joy, a scholar was struggling and it was suggested that he report to Ms. Mosley. I was still catching on to the schedule and asked if that was his assigned class. “Well, no. But she’s kind of . . . his person.” I had a sense of what that meant, but what I could never have guessed was just how many kids that somewhat ambiguous phrase would apply to. I’ve worked in schools for nearly 20 years. I’ve come across a fair number of '“their persons.” Typically, they do one thing particularly well - celebrate notable accomplishments, administer tough love, find calm in chaos. etc. Cynthia is unique. She does any and all of these for more kids that you could count.

Cynthia has so many partners in her work. We’re fortunate to hear from three of them as they articulate what makes that partnership so valuable. Janice Thomas shares: Like an artist that paints on a blank canvas, turning it into a masterpiece, Mrs. Cynthia Mosley  does it so effortlessly. The impression we look for in creating and turning our scholars young minds into a masterpiece is what I get to see every day through her at Maureen Joy. She’s the artist that helps to shape her students mind and personalities pressing upon them that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Mrs. Cynthia’s love for the scholars is evident as she fights everyday to see them excel beyond their wildest dreams. The communication between her and the scholars is somewhat magical, she has a way of making them feel like giants and that nothing is impossible for them…just believe. She is the Mother of all Mothers as she instills in her scholars discipline, high self esteem, responsibility, and pride in what they do. Thanks Cynthia ,we appreciate all you do for our scholars, teachers and staff at Maureen Joy. Its indeed a pleasure working with you, and watching you work pre algebra equations, angles, exponents and integers. You Rock!!!

When she arrive last year, Kathyn Berlin became the ELA counterpart to Ms. Mosley’s mathematics expertise. They were roommates, partners, and - as you can see - evolved into something even more . . . familial. My relationship with Cynthia started as colleagues and evolved into something like coparenting. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge and I've learned so much from her example when it comes to supporting the wide range of academic and social-emotional needs of our shared group of 8th graders. Cynthia has a gift for making our kids, their parents, and her teammates feel joyful, safe, secure, and at ease. She radiates warmth with her loving words, hugs, teasing, and jokes. At the same time, she doesn't waver when it comes to her expectations. She sets a high bar and doesn't make exceptions to values and rules she believes in. This makes her a fierce advocate for our students, families, and teachers. Above all, Cynthia's most important and constant message to her students is that she loves them unconditionally and wants what is best for them. Cynthia, thanks for helping make the past two years so fulfilling and fun for me and our kids. 

Clearly Cynthia and Chanel are part of a mutial admiration society. Just as Chanel reached out to experess her appreciation for Cynthia, Cynthia reached out to let me know she would be passing along the parking spot to Chanel. While their partnership has unquestionably benefitted both of them, our kids have been the biggest winners. Honestly, when I first began teaching the thought of having someone push into my class everyday terrified me because 1. Teaching was brand new so I was still catching on and 2. I felt so bad that someone else to have to watch me catch on everyday lol.  BUT now a year later, I can say that having Cynthia push into my room has been a highlight of my day every single day.  Her desire to collaborate for our children shows how much she truly loves each and every one of our kids.  There is not a day that goes by where she is not thinking about what we can do to make sure our students have access to everything they deserve.  She is someone I can depend on to always be there to answer any question I may have or just send me a funny gif randomly throughout the day.  I am so blessed that I have been able to work so closely with Cynthia and Joy is truly blessed to have her.

Ms. Mosley is a thougtful planner, a joyful instructor, and a fierce advocate. She fights for what our kids deserve both within and outside of her classroom walls. I’m so incredibly thankful for our kids that she is their person. And I am beyond appreciative and blessed that she is our person.

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Joqsan De La Rosa (1)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Mauricio Puente (2); Sakia Medina-Rojo (3); Taliah Moses (3); Sheyla Claros (4)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Dylan Sandoval (K); Zaniya Lunsford (2); Eduardo Lazo Morales (4); Oni Gaines (staff)

Thursday, March 21, 2019          
Brycen Bryant (2)

Friday, March 22, 2019             
Xzavier Horne (K); Esmerelda Vasquez Pena (1)

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Ever Alexander Diaz Velasquez (3); Tisha Sandoval Garcia (3)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Bryan Moore (K); Aiyanna Spearman (5)

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Week of March 25
Spring Break (3/25 - 3/29)

Week of April 1
Last Day to begin NEW RTI-B Plans for 2018-19 School Year Deadline
Q3 Report Card Comments for Translation Submitted (4/3) Deadline
Q3 Grades Due (4/3) Deadline
Elementary Swag Party (4/5)

Week of April 8
Q3 Translated Comments Available (4/10)
- Health Fair (4/10)
- MJCS Leadership Retreat (4/11)
- Q3 Report Cards Rebuilt (4/11)
- Q3 Report Cards Go Home (4/12)

Week of April 15
Professional Development: No School for Students (4/18)
- Good Friday / Passover: No School for Students or Staff (4/19)

Week of April 22
Q3 Awards Assemblies: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade (4/23)
- Q3 Awards Assemblies: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade (4/24)
- Q3 Awards Assemblies: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade (4/25)
- Field Day (4/26)

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  • Shoutout to Heather, Maggie and Katie M. for being willing to help out when I needed extra GR books! (WV)

  • Shoutout to Ms. Quick-Wright for her organization skills - organizing an awesome surprise for Mr. Bailey. (WV)

  • Shoutout to Myra for her thoughtfulness. (WV)

  • Shoutout to Ms. Kasdan for her leadership of the Art Club and their thoughtful response to the vandalism. (WV)

  • Squad 7 for grace and flexibility yesterday!! Love my team!! (KF)

  • Jalisa for keeping me stocked in coffee and for keeping my room organized when I'm not there. What a gem! (KF)

  • Operations for patience and magic when the copiers are down! (KF)

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Our Instructional Excellence Rubric speaks to the important of the Classroom Enviornment. One indicator references the presence of regularly updated scholar work. Christine highlighted Natalie’s student work on Friday. We’ve included some pictures below for your review:

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Geek Week 201

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