Principal's Corner


September 22, 2020

Subject: Principal’s Report


Updates:

 

DLT/BLT Goals: Currently, WMS has two building focuses:

  • Promote high expectations for students with extra help and time; provide interventions for at-risk students.

  • Engage in data-driven, continuous improvement through strong leadership and quality professional development.  

Progress: The Building Leadership Team has identified two new strategies with action steps to achieve these goals. In addition to previous implemented strategies (MAP, Power of ICU, interventions and co-teaching), we will use our teacher based team (TBT) time to implement Teacher Clarity and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). 

  • PBIS is up and running at WMS. We have outlined our behavioral expectations for students in all areas throughout the building with posters. Teachers have also been giving PBIS Pow Wow lessons during Redskin Resource to review these #bebetter expectations and discuss how we can be better. We have created a PBIS School Store in our library where students can purchase items using points earned by demonstrating outstanding behavior. Staff members can scan a QR code that students have on their assignment notebooks when they see students going above and beyond to demonstrate being respectful, responsible, and safe. 

  • In October, we will begin a building wide book study over The Teacher Clarity Playbook. This book is a hands-on guide to creating learning intentions and success criteria for organized, effective instruction.  


Power of ICU UpdateLast year WMS finished our second book study on The Power of ICU program.  The program’s primary focus was how the zero-based grade system is not effective in motivating our apathetic students.  Apathetic students would rather take a zero than be held accountable for completing the work at a high standard. Now in year three we combat apathetic students through a list. Students are added to this list if they either do not complete the work or if they turn in below proficient work. As a building we provide support through homeroom, intervention time and Redskin Resource. After midterms, we will also provide Student Assist Time (SAT) after school on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. This is an opportunity for students to receive free tutoring and homework help.   


Upcoming Events:

September 28, 2020 - Full Day PD, No School for Students

September 29, 2020 - WMS Fundraiser Ends

October 5, 2020 - PBIS Meeting 

October 5, 2020 - PTO Meeting, 5:00 PM, Zoom

October 7, 2020 - Picture Retakes

October 14, 2020 - BLT 3:20 - 4:40 PM

October 16, 2020 - End of 1st specials rotation

October 21, 2020 - Afterschool PD (Work to 4PM)

October 30, 2020 - End of 1st Quarter

The Year In Review

Will Snyder
William Snyder, Principal
@WMSRedskins 
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