Great things I saw this week...
Students and staff showing school spirit at our assembly
Staff joining lunch and recess from time to time
Workshop and interventions and conferring happening in all sorts of places
Kids excited about learning
I got a hug from an 8th grade boy who needs more hugs than we can give him, especially on his bad days
Kids inviting our new students into groups
Clean hallways- the kids are really taking pride in the new look of our building
Words going up in the hallways
Staff stepping up to do what's best for kids, and each other
The 5th grade band's first note together
Monday, September 18th
5:30 5th grade FIN
6:30 7th/8th grade FIN
Tuesday, September 19th
4:15 Homework Club
5:30 6th grade FIN
Wednesday, September 20th
8:00 Boosterthon staff meeting
Thursday, September 21st
Grade level meetings
4:15 Homework Club
Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"One" is Not Enough (from George Couros)
You're More Than a Letter Grade: Letter to a Discouraged Student (from Danny Steele)
Every Day is Awareness for Survivors: It's How We Use It--Suicide Prevention Week 2017 (from Sarah Johnson)
(from Pinterest)#mertonint on Twitter
#MertonProud on Twitter
Merton Intermediate Facebook page
Merton Intermediate Instagram page
Student assembly 9.13.17
Family smore for 9.15.17
PBIS reward suggestions
Thanks to the 7/8 team for sharing their PBIS ideas with us on Wednesday morning. If you are looking for some ideas for rewards, this website is chock full of them. Please let me know how I might be able to support you with this.
Just so you know...
I have heard from families this week. They stopped me in the hallway to share with me how much their kids love this year at the Intermediate School. They weren't shocked that their kids were enjoying their experiences. I believe it was expected. They just wanted me to know that they appreciate all that you do for their children. Sometimes I don't tell you enough, because the little things sometimes go overlooked when they shouldn't. You spend time in class getting to know the kids. You spend time outside class getting to know the kids in a different way. They notice, I notice, and their families notice. Keep reaching out to families. They want to hear from us, the good stuff and the bad stuff, so that they can celebrate with us and support us. Try to make one good phone call or send one good email each week. It will make you feel good, I promise.
Be the one!
Take care of the kids. Take care of each other. Take care of yourself- John Gunnell