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The Buzz: October 6, 2017

The Buzz: October 6, 2017

It’s hard to believe we are almost a quarter of the way through the school year here at Mariemont City Schools. Already, I am so impressed with your dedication to our students and your willingness to go the extra mile to better their educational experiences.

Below are our three Buzzworthy Shout Outs as well as some important information for you. Have a great weekend!

 

Buzzworthy Shout Outs

In each edition, staff who exemplify the district values of tradition, community and innovation are featured and recognized. What they’re doing is inspiring and hopefully everyone feels the same way! If any of these staff members inspire you, reach out to them, congratulate them and reflect on what you can do to stand out from the crowd.

Tradition

If there is one tradition that runs deep this time of year it is Mariemont Athletics and the high school Spirit Week. Mariemont Athletics Director Tom Nerl is the brains behind the traditions of the Mariemont Spirit Club and its annual spirit week, overseeing the students and the self-described “chaos” of the group. He meets with the spirit club to decide each day’s theme (this year: Pajama Monday, Team Tuesday, Hippie Hump Day, Class Shirt Thursday and Blue and Gold Friday) as well as themes for the Friday night football games (USA night is an annual favorite). In addition to the Spirit Club, Tom is also responsible for the graphics around the stadium and gymnasium, the Meet the Team Nights and Cookouts and the tradition of ringing the Victory Bell after each win. Thank you, Tom, for your hard work during Spirit Week and throughout the rest of the school year. We have enjoyed watching our students support their school and are ready to #BeatReading on Friday night!

 

Community

Terrace Park Elementary psychologist Cathy Riley created the idea for the school Kindness project and presented it to the school’s Kindness Committee. After getting the approval from the committee she almost single-handedly developed and executed the entire project for the school. The Kindness project was a fun and visual way for the elementary students to focus on kindness and served as a great way to build community amongst the staff and students. The project consisted of a tie-dying day where each student tie-dyed special ‘Be Kind’ t-shirts in different colors according to their grade level. It ended with a Kindness Rainbow where the entire Terrace Park population gathered for a picture in their shirts to remind everyone to practice kindness. This was a huge undertaking and was very well received by all involved. Thanks, Cathy, for orchestrating a great event that instilled such an important lesson in our students.

 

Innovation

The Language Arts department at Mariemont Junior High School is earning the innovation shout out today for continuing to blaze a trail with their diverse reading selections for the students. Erica Eppert, Leslie Jordan, Jill Strall and Mindy Brown have all changed how students look at reading by creating book lists with diverse options and allowing student choice. Their selections force students to think from other racial, religious, ethnical and historical perspectives while still teaching the traditional literary themes. As a department, they tackle difficult class readings and discussions such as “Where are all the people of color in children’s books?” (New York Times Article) and a seventh grade class-wide novel I Will Always Write Back culminating with a year-long pen pal activity with same-aged students in Africa. Additionally, these four have revamped the junior high summer reading program by embracing fiction and non-fiction pieces to offer a more diverse reading experience and swapped summer reading tests for collaborative projects and discussions. Erica, Leslie, Jill and Mindy have worked tirelessly to provide new and thoughtful learning experiences and deserve our appreciation.

Congratulations to these staff members for being excellent role models for our students, our community and each other!

 

Action Plan Update

  • Thank you to everyone who has proposed an innovation project for this school year.  The 19 proposals will go to the Board of Education for final approval on Monday evening.  We have outstanding proposals for work that will benefit our students and school district.  A reminder that the next deadline to propose an innovation project is December 1. 
    (Obj. 2, Action Step 1)
  • Our Global & Cultural Perspectives committee will continue its work this year.  Our first meeting will be on October 26th.  The committee will be working to expand its presence in the district and create additional professional learning opportunities for staff. 
    (Obj. 1, Action Step 1, 2)
  • Work continues to develop the master facility plan for the high school.  A big thank you to all the staff members who are participating on the many committees we currently have in place.  We are still on track for the steering committee to make its final presentation to the Board of Education in December.  The Board will make a decision on the plan by early spring.  (Obj. 2, Action Step 3)
  • Mariemont Elementary just added several new flexible, collaborative learning spaces thanks to its PTO.  The spaces look great and are already being put to great use! (Obj. 2, Action Step 2)

Click here to view the complete District Action Plan.

 

News and Notes

  • Hopefully you all saw the hype video for our upcoming TechAdemy on October 16 and 17. . .if you haven’t, access it here.  We are very excited to spend two full days focused on technology and how to use it to work smart, embrace growth and create experience.  Both days, we have keynote speakers to start off our learning.  The speaker for October 16 is Will Richardson and the speaker for October 17 is Eric Sheninger.  Check them out!!  Any questions, contact Shannon Kromer, Brent Wise or a member of the PD team. Here are the schedules for Day 1 and Day 2.  #Techademy17
  • The student survey committee has created surveys to use with students in every grade band. Using student surveys is not only a good way to grow as a teacher, but also a way to earn points for strategic compensation.  “Tuesday’s Tech Tool” (from your digital coaches) will be full of additional information in order for you to incorporate the use of that tool in your classroom.  Any questions about the use of student surveys, please contact Ericka Simmons, Patti Saxton or Emily Colpi.
  • Gene is finished creating the Strategic Comp Point Tracking System. The system will be accessible through the MAcademy portal under strategic comp. The system automatically pulls CEUs, evaluations, AIR/AP assessments and is very user friendly. We will be sending out a tutorial video next week.
  • Steve will be stopping by with updates and to answer questions next week:
    • MJHS – Monday, Oct. 9 | 11:15 a.m.
    • ME – Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 7:45 a.m.
    • MHS – Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 11:30 a.m.
    • TPE – Thursday, Oct. 12 | 7:45 a.m.