Friday, September 18 7/8 dance 7:00-9:00
Saturday, September 19 Golf outing (2:30) and Barn Bash (6:00) at Ironwood GC
Monday, September 21 BLT meeting 4:15-5:15 (STEM lab)
Tuesday, September 22 CPI training 7:30-8:30 (IS library)
Practice 4:15-5:15 (IS library)
Wednesday, September 23 A-team meeting 1:30-3:30 (Primary School)
CPI training 4:15-5:15 (IS library)
Thursday, September 24 School Board member Phil Spindler is joining us for lunch
Practice 4:15-5:15 (IS library)
***At team meetings next week, please bring examples of student work that you are proud of in order to share with the teams. We also need to share #OneNewThing with our teams. Let's make our meetings "extra" collaborative and fun this week.
A note from Phil Spindler
We are a few weeks into the school year now and have hopefully started to settle in (at least that's what I hear from Mr Heinze). I want to come in during your lunch break to make myself available for conversation (sorry about commandeering the brief respite you have during the day). There are a few new faces that I have yet to meet and would love the opportunity to introduce myself and get caught up with any new concerns or ideas that are floating around. I will be at the Intermediate school Thursday, September 24th so please come by to chat or just say hi.
School Board Member
Practice starts next week
We will be starting Practice after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 22nd. Practice runs from 4:15-5:15 in the Library. If you are able to help out, you will be compensated $20 per session. Just let me know if you are available. Thanks!
Beyond the Bake Sale book discussion
Starting in October, I'm going to be hosting a book discussion about Beyond the Bake Sale. You can find a review here. But don't buy the book! I'll be buying one for you. The entire idea behind the book is to develop partnerships with our families and community to make Merton an even better school. We'll have face to face discussions and we're even going to be having a discussion with schools from Connecticut and Missouri thanks to my PLN. Even if you don't read the book, you can join us for the discussion with the two schools.
Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped."- Melinda Gates, philanthropist
Strategies for Reaching Apathetic Students (from edutopia)
"Fortune sides with him who dares."- Virgil, poet
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."- Will Durant, historian and philosopher
"Listening is being able to be changed by the other person."- Alan Alda, actor and director
"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one."- John Maxwell, author and speaker
"If you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."- Conan O'Brien, entertainer
#mertonint on Twitter
@mertonint on Twitter
I don't normally point out specific staff, but I felt inclined to this week. On Wednesday morning, Jolie stopped by my office looking for me before school. I was meeting with a family and once I was done, I went to Jolie's room to see what she needed. What happened next is the interesting part. It wasn't what Jolie needed, it was what I needed. She and I had a great conversation about the start of the school year and with it came the "change" that she says some of you have noticed in me. Let's just say, if Jolie hadn't mentioned anything I wouldn't have had the chance to reflect on my behavior and attitude, and I would have never known how I appeared to some of you. I have a number of things on my mind, not unlike each of you, and sometimes it's the timing of a discussion or a meeting that have an impact on my behavior and attitude. I want only what is best for all of you and for our students. That is a fact. In the coming days and weeks, I hope to show all of you that I am dedicated to you as a staff and that I have your best interest in mind. Above all of that, I have the best interest of our students in mind. I am so glad to be a part of this Merton family. And thanks again, Jolie.
Have a terrific weekend. Let's renew and refresh for next week!