Monday, May 14, 2012

PBJHS - Tuesday 5/15/12

Check out this awesomeness!

Turtle races in Mrs. Russell's, Mrs. White's, and Mr. McClure's classes were pretty intense this past week. If you see Kaleb Stacy in the hall be sure to congratulate him since his turtle had a near breaking the sound barrier speed of 7.1 inches per second!

Talk to Coach Clark, Mrs. Nicolini, or Mrs. Yarbro about the "egg drop competition" currently going on in all 8th grade science classes. The kids are taking their creativity and innovation to the next level!

Calling all "Character Educators..."
Our most recent professional development survey provided us some great guidance as we look at the needs of PBJHS for the upcoming school year. Here are the results of the survey:

The lower the "rating average," the more important our staff felt that particular need was. So, Character Education and intervention strategies were the top two needs our staff has established for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. In terms of intervention strategies, our leadership team will be reading an "intervention" book this summer and we plan to share our findings with the staff in August. For Character Education, we need YOU!

Our leadership team has made a commitment to using time during academic lab next year to help integrate Character Education into the unofficial curricula at PBJHS. We talked about having a theme for every month, and discussed a once a week lesson tied to Character Education during academic lab time. If you are interested in helping to plan this and are passionate about getting more Character Education into the lives of our students, please send Dr. Tarte an email expressing your interest.  

5 blog posts of the week:

1) - I failed

2) - 10 things I wish I had never learned about teaching

3) - Afraid of change?

4) - Points don't work. Respecting students does...

5) - A new take on kids behaving badly

Spring Fling this Friday at Bluff Falls starting at 6 p.m.

PBJHS staff, come join us for a fun night of FREE entertainment at Bluff Falls this Friday, May 18, to celebrate the 8th grade students moving on to high school.

Image of the week: Are you using self-reflection as your most powerful tool...?

Video of the week: Be great, powerful beyond measure...

Tweet of the week by Todd Whitaker (@toddwhitaker)

"The best way to make sure students do not act like the year is over is for the educators to not act like the year is over."

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