Principal’s Blog Week 39

As we round the corner toward the end of our 2016-17 School year, I want to say thank you to the countless number of Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students, and Supporters connected to Milwood Magnet who help us do what we do each day.  Our 8th Graders will cross the stage at Chenery Auditorium in a few short days on Monday June 12th.  Next year another class will fill in their place, and life will go on…It has been a privilege and pleasure to work will you all.  Thank you!

Monday, June 12th “Boys Week”

AM/PM Locker Cleanout/No Bags, Backpacks, Purses to school

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

9:45-12:00 8th Graders @ Chenery Auditorium for Recognition Ceremony rehersal

12:30 Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Meeting

5:15-7:15 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony @ Chenery Auditorium

 

Tuesday, June 13th

AM/PM No Bags, Backpacks, Purses to School

10:45 8th Graders in Gym with Mr. LeSuer

11:44-12:49 8th Grade Activity Day, Part 1

12:49-1:17 8th Grade Lunch/ Courtyards Available

1:21-2:20 8th Grade Activity Day, Part 2

 

Wednesday, June 14th

Half Day/ AM Schedule

AM- No Bags, Backpacks, Purses to School

10:35 Student Dismissal

11:30 Mr. LeSuer- Meeting with Mr. Edwards

 

Thursday, June 15th

Final Day for Students

Half Day / AM Schedule

AM- No Bags, Backpacks, Purses to School

10:35 Student Dismissal

 

Friday, June 16th

8:00 Staff Breakfast

10:00-2:00 Staff Checkouts with Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 35 and 36

“It takes a village to raise a child.”  That is the African proverb most used when offering an example of the team effort necessary to help young people to navigate the potential obstacles ages 0 to 18.  I have found that most parents are truly appreciative when a caring adult takes a positive and genuine interest in their child(ren).  It could be a Coach, Mentor, Custodian, Teacher or Para Educator.  It could be a Food Service person, or part of the After School program staff.  Kids connect with those they feel who “get” them, and they make the ultimate choice on whether to connect with adults.  We recently celebrated our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (5/1-5/5) with treats, donuts and a lunch for our staff.  Truth be told there aren’t enough donuts in any bakery to thank our people enough for what they do for our students.  Here is what’s interesting: We all have had someone who said or did just the right thing which made the difference in our lives.  For me it was my 7th Grade Science Teacher Mr. Douglas who had consistently high expectations.  It was my high school basketball coach John Jamison who taught me how to prepare my mind and body to be successful.  It was Joe Walley who worked at my church in the after school program, who infused me with a sense of confidence and possibilities beyond my 14 year old vision.  All of these people along with the strong women who raised me  were part of my “village” from 0-18.  Without them, I don’t know where I would be.  Certainly not the principal of a school, in charge of setting the right, positive examples for a new generation of young people.  So, this is a “Thank You” to all those who bring it strong everyday.  Just remember, you are part of someone’s “village”.  If you’re not, you should be!

Monday, May 22nd “Girls Week”

NJHS Penny Wars Begin

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Mr. Krzan/Mr. Venner/ Ms. Rogers

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

 

Tuesday, May 23rd

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Mr. Krzan/ Mr. Venner/ Ms. Rogers

8:45 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

9:45 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

 

Wednesday, May 24th

NJHS Penny Wars

WEB Leader Wednesday

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Mr. Venner/ Mrs. Matteoni/ Mrs. McAfee

10:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Meeting (out of building)

6:00 Middle School Spoken Word Event @ Linden Grove

 

Thursday, May 25th

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Mrs. Matteoni/ Mrs. McAfee

9:45 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

2:30 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

 

Friday, May 26th

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Ms. Rogers

8:45 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

1:30 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

 

Monday, May 29th

Memorial Day- No School

 

Tuesday, May 30th “Boys Week”

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Ms. McDermott

10:00 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

12:30 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

 

Wednesday, May 31st

WEB Leader Wednesday

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Ms. McDermott

11:35-2:00 Rising Stars to Wolf Lake for Salmon Release (Mr. Knack)

12:30 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

1:30 Mr. LeSuer: Meeting with CIS

2:30 Mr. LeSuer- Summative Meeting

 

Thursday, June 1st

NJHS Penny Wars

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Mr. Roth/ Mr. Witt/ Mrs. Barclay

11:35-2:00 Rising Stars to Wolf Lake for Salmon Release (Mr. Knack)

 

Friday, June 2nd

NJHS Penny Wars

 

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 31 and 32

Though we may not realize it at the time, most of what we do will serve as some form of preparation for the things we do next.  In our business, elementary school is preparation for middle school, middle school gets students ready for high school, and high school is that final required step before moving into the world of more adult like responsibilities.  One could argue that habits developed in middle school are an indicator for level of success down the line.  Not to say that a person will look the same as a 25 year old that they did as a 13 year old, but the preparation will form habits and patterns.  Our goal is to infuse as many positive, effective, and successful habits and patterns into our students as possible before sending them off to the next level.  This is our season of final preparation.  We will begin Class Meetings with 6th, 7th and 8th Grades which include information about 7th, 8th and 9th Grades, presented by select students who are living there.  I have spent time this year with Students, Staff and Parents from our primary feeder schools: Washington Writers’ Academy, Edison Elementary, Milwood Elementary, and I am scheduled to visit Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary in May.  My focus and purpose in visiting these schools is to help prepare our 5th Grade Students, Staff and Parents for their upcoming middle school experience.  I have to say that I have been impressed with the level of preparation poured into these students over the years, and I am grateful for our continued partnerships.  Closer to home, we have our 5th Marking Period “Lancer Week” this week, which is the final week of each marking period.  We promote and encourage students to check in with their Teachers, be sure all warm-ups, classwork, homework, assignments, projects and extra-credit work are handed in so that full credit will be given when Teachers post their grades on Friday 4/28.  This helps students with their successful preparation to “Finish Strong!”  Most use this time wisely.  We ask for and appreciate the help and support of our parents in this preparation effort.  As we come down the stretch toward our final (6th) marking period we will continue to push, challenge, and expect students’ best efforts.  Because none of us knows what will come next, being prepared becomes most important.  To all involved with our students: Thank you for your help!

 

Monday, April 24th “Girls Week”

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

8:00 Parent Tour (7th)

2:30 Staff Meeting

 

Tuesday, April 25th (Assembly Schedule/ SLC Prep)

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Secondary Principals Meeting (ALP)

12:30 Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Meeting

1:30 Mr. LeSuer- Parent Meeting

4:00 Track vs Mattawan/ Linden Grove @ KCHS

 

Wednesday, April 26th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

8:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principals Meeting (ALP)

4:00 Track vs Linden Grove/ Maple Street/ Hillside @ LNHS

4:00 CIS Recognition ( Mr. Mike, Mr. Ike, Ms. Chalene)

 

Thursday, April 27th “Take Our Daughter/Sons to Work Day”

 

Friday, April 28th

Half Day/ AM Schedule/ End of 5th Marking Period

8:00 Mr. LeSuer- Meeting (in building)

10:35 Student Dismissal

 

Monday, May 1st “Boys Week”/ “Teacher Appreciation Week”

Assembly Schedule/ SLC Prep

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

4:00 Track vs Portage Central/ Mattawan @ LNHS

 

Tuesday, May 2nd

AM- 7th Grade M-Step Testing (ELA)

AM/PM Teacher/ Staff Appreciation Day- Lunch in Staff Lounge

4:00 6th Grade Track Meet

 

Wednesday, May 3rd “WEB Leader Wednesday”/ Half Day- AM Schedule

AM- 7th grade M-Step Testing (Math)

9:30 Mr. LeSuer, Mrs. Foster-Wimbley, Ms. Jackson @ ALP Meeting

10:35 Student Dismissal

1:00-7:00 Spring Conferences

6:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Parkwood-Upjohn PTSO Meeting

 

Thursday, May 4th

AM- 7th Grade M-Step Testing (Science)

3:15 Mr. LeSuer @ Meeting (out of building)

 

Friday, May 5th

7:30 Mr. LeSuer @ Instructional Leadership Meeting

1:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principals Meeting

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 29 and 30

This is a cool, busy, active time of year.  The timing of Spring Break is always good, because it allows everyone to catch their breath before the final push toward a successful ending to our school year.  Aside from the fun events: Milwood Magnet Film Festival (Thursday 4/20), Talent Show (Thursday 5/18), and 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony (Monday 6/12), we will also complete our annual M-Step Testing during April and May.  Our focus, hard work, and attention to “Raising Our Level” instructionally has helped us move out of Priority School Status.  That great news was delivered to us on Friday January 20th.  Because we have no intentions of ever going back there, we want to make sure our M-Step Cycle goes well.  With any type of testing, (let alone the state standardized kind) our goal is to help students feel as comfortable, settled, and prepared as possible.  We ask that you help us by doing the following:

*Get them into bed!  Students need plenty of rest to be fresh and ready.

*Get them breakfast.  We also provide Breakfast each morning.  Please encourage them to eat.

*Remind them to Take Their Time and Do Their Best.  The M-Step requires thought and attention.  Remind them to slow down and take their time.

We will also be working with testing groups and testing environments to ensure the best surroundings.  Working together we will help ALL of our students to do well.  We appreciate your efforts and thank you for all you do.  Lets do our best to “Finish Strong!”

 

Monday, April 10th

AM/PM Dental Van @ MMS

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

 

Tuesday, April 11th

AM  M-Step Begins

7:30-10:45 8th Grade M-Step

 

Wednesday, April 12th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM  M-Step Continues

AM/PM WEB Applications Due

7:30-10:45 8th Grade M-Step

8:00 Parent Tour

 

Thursday, April 13th

AM/PM Mrs. Foster-Wimbley- Teacher Observations

8:40 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Wiggins Meet with Summer School Students

 

Friday, April 14th

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Instructional Leadership Meeting

PM- Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principals Meeting

 

Monday, April 17th

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley: Teacher Observations

 

Tuesday, April 18th

7:30-10:45 8th Grade M-Step

 

Wednesday, April 19th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

7:30-10:45 8th Grade M-Step

 

Thursday, April 20th

8:00 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley: Meeting (in building)

4:00 Track Meet vs Hillside / Portage Central @ Kalamazoo Central

6:00 MMS Film Festival

 

Friday, April 21st

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley: Teacher Observations

 

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 27 and 28

During our 3rd Trimester, things can get hectic.  It is that crossroads time of year where we are pushing Student Growth and Student Achievement, wrapping up current important business like Teacher Observations and our 2017-2018 School Improvement Plans, while looking forward to Summer School, Summer PD, and Summer Plans.  Our theme for 3rd Trimester is “Finish Strong!” which we define as “Giving your best effort all the way through to the end of what you are doing.”  We apply that by pushing and challenging our students and ourselves to give that consistent “best effort” every hour of every day.  It looks like having their “Success Kit” (Books, Planner and Materials) for each class.  It looks like being on time to each class.  It looks like responsibly completing ALL Homework, Classwork, Projects and Assignments.  And it looks like observing our Lancer Core Values at all times:  Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.  Truly, it looks different on different days at different times.  It looks different before lunch and after lunch.  It looks different on Mondays than it does on Thursdays.  It looks different when there is a Guest Teacher rather then our regular Classroom Teachers.  While all of those factors are real, we will remain steadfast in our encouragement and expectation that we all rise to a consistent high level.  Our belief is that success will follow.  We also have lots going on 3rd Trimester.  These next two weeks will see our “Promise Week” and “Tier One Week”.  During Promise Week our 6th Graders will take their Bronco Buds visits to Western Michigan University, highlighting the opportunities which await them through the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship.  Our 8th Graders will visit Loy Norrix High School for their Transition Day (3/21) as they prepare for their final days of middle school.  Our 7th Graders will also begin the application process to become WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Leaders, who will serve as specifically trained student mentors for our incoming 6th Graders.  The following week we will hold our annual Student-Staff Basketball event and look toward a restful Spring Break.  We will continue our focus, continue to strive, and continue to position ourselves to expect success.  We will “Finish Strong!” Look for my next Principal’s Blog on Sunday 4/9.  Enjoy your Spring Break!

 

Monday, March 20th “Promise Week” / “Girls Week”

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer: Teacher Observations

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

10:00 Mr. LeSuer and Mr. Woodley- Parent Meeting

2:30 Track Practice Begins

5:30 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley- Administrators Meeting

 

Tuesday, March 21st

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Observations

10:45-12:45 8th Grade @ Loy Norrix High School

 

Wednesday, March 22nd “WEB Leader Wednesday”

8:45-1:00 Rising Stars @ WMU Bronco Buds with Mr. LeSuer

1:30 Loy Norrix Football Coach Visit with Student Athletes

2:30-4:30 M-Step PD in Library

 

Thursday, March 23rd

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer: Teacher Observations

8:45-1:00 Young Lancers @ WMU Bronco Buds with Mrs. Foster-Wimbley

10:00 Mr. LeSuer: Teacher Interview

2:30-3:30 SIT / Leadership Team Meeting

 

Friday, March 24th

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Observations

 

Monday, March 27th “Tier One Week”/ “Boys Week”

AM/PM  Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Observations

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

 

Tuesday, March 28th

AM/PM Math Department @ MSP/PD

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Observations

6:00 National Junior Honor Society Induction

 

Wednesday, March 29th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer- Teacher Observations

3:45 Mr. LeSuer: Meeting @ Ad Bldg

6:00 Athletic Awards Program

 

Thursday, March 30th

AM/PM Assembly Schedule

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing (Double Prize Blowout)

1:21 Student-Staff Basketball Activity (Tier 1)

 

Friday, March 31st – Friday, April 7th

No School -Spring Break

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 25 and 26

One thing we can count on in this life is “Challenge”.  Whether we are moving fast or standing still, there will be new challenges to deal with almost daily.  Through my varied roles as an athlete, Teacher, administrator, husband, father, son, grandson, coach, uncle, son in law, and big brother, I have learned that challenge come with the territory.  There will be opponents, obstacles and situations which are staring you in the face which must be addressed, directly, now or what is small and manageable may turn big and unruly.  It helps when we can see them coming, yet more often than not they pop up like that nuisance fly we can’t seem to get rid of at the barbecue.  In his song “Sunscreen” Baz Luhrman talks about the biggest challenges being not the ones we see coming, but the ones that “…blind side you at 4:00 on some idle Tuesday.”  Having said and understood all that, one of the biggest sources of inspiration is seeing challenges overcome.  Each day we manage to figure out dilemmas like how to squeeze a little more out of our budgets, how to find the time to exercise, and how to have that conversation that’s been hanging, waiting and needing to be had.  We work through fatigue, though sickness, through home stuff, family stuff, and personal stuff.  This past February has been one of those stretches which presented us with challenge.  People have needed to be away from work for a variety of reasons and challenges.  People have gamely covered for each other in a variety of ways both seen and unseen.  I have been fortunate to play on some very good teams.  The best ones always included teammates who could play multiple positions when necessary, and who willingly allowed themselves to be put in roles outside of their abilities.  I’ve guarded a couple of centers in my time.  No fun, but necessary to the needs of the team and the challenge we were facing.  During this time of challenge our teammates have risen to the challenge.  Trustfully, March will signal the end of the rampant sickness which has touched everyone and forced a school closure on February 24th.  But even with the coming of Spring, there will be a challenge or two.  Having lived through what we have in February, we will be ready to rise, to meet, and accept them head on.  Our challenges don’t stand a chance!  Lets have a great Lancer Week (final week of 4th Marking Period) and “Finish Strong!” 3rd Trimester.

 

Monday, March 6th “Lancer Week”, “Girls Week”

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

6/7/8 Lunches- Kalamazoo Jr. Girls

4th/5th Hours- Science Visitors with Mrs. Kahler in Lab

 

Tuesday, March 7th

8:45 Winter Student Athlete Recognition Day

12:20 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Jackson @ Dream Team Meeting

2:30 Mr. LeSuer and Mr. Lynch- Parent Meeting

2:30 Climate Task Force (6th Grade Conference Room)

3:30-4:30 Mr. Tillman/ Mr. Cunningham/ Mrs. Rocco @ WEB Meeting

 

Wednesday, March 8th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

9:00 Mr. LeSuer- Meeting (in building)

1:30 Phoenix High School visit (select 7/8 Graders)

 

Thursday, March 9th

3:30 MMS Ski Club

6:00-7:00 Parent Advisory Council Meeting

 

Friday, March 10th

No School for Students / End of 2nd Trimester

 

Monday March 13th Beginning of 3rd Trimester: Finish Strong!

(Students receive schedules and new planners!)

“Boys Week”

AM/PM Classroom Observations

3:00 Mr. LeSuer Meeting (0ut of building)

 

Tuesday, March 14th

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Instructional Leadership

AM/PM Classroom Observations

 

Wednesday, March 15th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM Guest Administrator Mr. Rick Beauregard in building

7:30 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principal’s Meeting

9:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Meeting (Administration Building)

 

Thursday, March 16th

8:00-11:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Secondary Principals Meeting (KC)

12:00-3:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principals Meeting (KC)

6:00 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbely @ Milwood Elementary PTSO

 

Friday, March 17th

AM/PM Classroom Observations

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 23 and 24

One of the aspects of leadership we are focused on within our School Improvement/ Leadership Team this year is “Balance”.  The importance of maintaining a healthy mix of physical, mental, social, and emotional priorities as we walk though this journey called life.  The role of leadership, which we all fill at one time or another, means that there will be people: staff, colleagues, teammates, parents and students who will count on leaders to guide them across a problem or situation to a solution.  This requires the ability to think clearly, consider benefits, challenges, possibilities, and move forward in a way which trustfully makes things better.  In order to do this, leaders must be able to carve out the mental and emotional space necessary to fit in “one more thing”.  Trust me, as a leader you deal with plenty of “one more things”.  That is the challenge, the satisfaction and the beauty of leadership.  Our point in emphasizing “Balance” is that if a leader is centered and balanced their leadership reflects that.  This is often easier said than done.  Leaders have classes to teach.  Leaders have lessons to plan.  Leaders have Student Growth Conversations to have and data to analyze.  Leaders have kids to pick up.  Leaders have dinners to make.  Leaders have sick children, parents and families to care for.  Leadership is tough.  I encourage ALL of you Parents, Teachers, Staff, if you are an adult you are a leader.  Watch your balance.  Work your rest, diet, and something fun, for you, into your plan.  I have said that any given school year is like a mini lifetime in the sense that everything that touches people (birth, death, success…) will touch a staff.  I am always touched by the way our Milwood Magnet Staff checks on each other.  Quietly, it helps people get from one thing to the next, when you know someone is paying attention.  We have needed that during this stretch since Winter Break.  Quietly, we have folks going through some things, even our leaders.  I urge you to make time, find time, to find your “Balance”.  It is one of the greatest gifts you will give yourself and others.

 

Monday, February 20th

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

3:45 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 8A vs Maple Street @ Maple Street

4:45 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 7A vs Hillside @ Linden Grove

 

Tuesday, February 21st

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Secondary Principals Meeting (PHS)

2:30 Mr. LeSuer Meeting with KEA

3:45 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 7A vs Hillside @ Hillside

Girls Basketball Playoffs: 8A vs Linden Grove @ Milwood

 

Wednesday, February 22nd “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM Math Department @ MSP/PD

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

8:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley  @ Assistant Principals Meeting

12:00-3:00 Mrs.Schewe and Mrs. Wiggins @ M-Step PD

2:30 Climate Task Force (6th Grade Conference Room)

4:00 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 7B Final @ Kalamazoo Central

5:00 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 7A Final @ Kalamazoo Central

6:00 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 8B Final @ Kalamazoo Central

7:00 Girls Basketball Playoffs: 8A Final @ Kalamazoo Central

 

Thursday, February 23rd

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

2:30-3:30 Leadership / SIT Meeting (Literacy Night)

3:30 Ski Club

6:00-7:00 Parent Advisory Council Meeting

 

Friday, February 24th

AM/PM Math/ ELA Checks for Understanding Due

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

1:21 Kalamazoo Central Counselor Visit

 

Monday, February 27th

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

AM/PM Tillman, Cunningham, Rocco @ WEB Training through 3/1

2:30 Staff Meeting

 

Tuesday, February 28th

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

 

Wednesday, March 1st

AM/PM Select Leaders @ SIP Session (W. Main)

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

 

Thursday, March 2nd

AM/PM Brownie Sales @ Lunches

5:30-7:00 Literacy Night

 

Friday, March 3rd

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbely: Classroom Walk Throughs

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

 

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 21 and 22

Our goal for our students, your children, is the same one we have for our own children.  We want them to learn, to grow, and to develop into the type of people who will make a positive, productive, and valuable contribution wherever they land.  To do that successfully they must complete the 6th, 7th and 8th Grades, which is where we come in.  Effective educators are always looking and pointing forward, preparing students both directly and indirectly for what is coming.  Small group work in 6th Grade will allow 7th and 8th Grade Teachers to push their lessons and activities because 6th Grade Teachers were looking ahead.  Nightly Math homework helps prepare students for the rigors of high school.  Journaling in their Interactive Science Journals (ISJs) helps them reflect on their own data and progress, which will help in high school and beyond.  Make no mistake, some of our students do push against being challenged.  That is part of where they are developmentally in the sense that they cannot see the benefit of our pushing, or their potential successes and abilities.  That is what makes this career most fun:  watching young people who did not know what they were/are capable of come into their own.  Knowing that, at this point in the year we begin to do several things, among them speaking to and treating our 6th Graders as 7th Graders, our 7th Graders as 8th Graders and our 8th Graders as high school freshmen.  This week our 8th Graders completed class meetings and high school course selections with the counselors from Loy Norrix.  The Kalamazoo Central counselors will visit later this month.  Our 6th and 7th Grade Class Meetings are coming up.  All that to say we are working hard, preparing students and looking forward.  Working together, we will help them all continue to learn, grow, and develop.

 

Monday, February 6th

AM/PM WIDA Testing begins

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

6/7/8 Lunches- Student Signing Priority School Posters

2:30-4:30 Staff PD

4:30 Wresting vs Portage Central/ Portage North/Linden Grove @ LG

 

Tuesday, February 7th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Instructional Leadership Meeting

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Vicksburg: 8th @ MMS, 7th @ VB

 

Wednesday, February 8th “Count Day”, “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM WIDA Testing

2:30 Talent Show Tryouts

2:30 Climate Task Force

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Portage Central: 8th @ PC, 7th @ MMS

 

Thursday, February 9th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

3:30 Ski Club

 

Friday, February 10th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

AM- 7th Grade Peer Tutoring @ Greenwood (1 hour)

 

Monday, February 13th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

2:30 Staff Meeting

4:30 Wrestling vs Portage West/Portage North/Mattawan @ PN

 

Tuesday, February 14th “Valentine’s Day”

AM/PM WIDA Testing

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer Out @ Meeting

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Portage North: 8th @ MMS, 7th @ PN

 

Wednesday, February 15th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM WIDA Testing

 

Thursday, February 16th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

3:30 Ski Club

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Maple Street

 

Friday, February 17th

AM/PM WIDA Testing

AM/PM Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley: Class Walk Throughs

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 19 and 20

There is a line in a song that I like that says “…I walk to the horizon, and there I find another”.  As we have come to the halfway point in our school year, that line is fitting.  We have worked (walked to the horizon) and have much yet to be done (“…and there I find another”).  We received some validation for the work we have done thus far on Friday with the news that Milwood Magnet has been released from the State’s Priority School status we have been under for the past 5+ years.  While this is an accomplishment we are proud of, we will continue to focus on teaching, reinforcing, and raising our levels.  This second half of our school year will be full.  We have 8th Graders to prepare to schedule and make high school visits.  We have 7th Graders to prepare to be WEB Leaders.  We have 6th Graders to prepare for 7th Grade.   We have 6th through 8th Graders to NWEA and M-Step test.  We have 5th Graders to prepare to enter middle school.  And so on, and so on.  Just know that as we are working with students we are keeping the same beat:  Bring ALL necessary materials to classes, Be ON TIME to ALL 6 CLASSES, and Use Positive Language at ALL times (there is no place for profanity in our learning environment).  All of these individual efforts keep us grounded and pointed in the right direction.  Working together, with our parents and families we will help ensure all our students get the best shot at success.  It’s great to be off the list, but we still have plenty to do, and another “horizon” to walk to.  Great job Milwood!

 

Monday, January 23rd (Start of 4th Marking Period)

“Recognition Week”

AM/PM Assembly Schedule / SLC Prep

AM/PM “Go For The Gold” Begins

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Ms. Chappell)

 

Tuesday, January 24th

AM/PM Math Team @ MSP Training

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Dream Team Make Ups

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Secondary Principals Meeting (Hillside)

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Linden Grove: 8th Grade @ Linden Grove/ 7th Grade @ MMS

 

Wednesday, January 25th

Half Day: Parent Conference / AM Schedule

Am NWEA Testing: Ms. Rogers, Mrs. McAfee, Young Lancers Make Ups

8:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principal Meeting (Hillside)

1:00-7:00 Winter Student Led Conferences

 

Thursday, January 26th

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Ms. Rogers, Mrs. McAfee

6-7-8 Grade Lunches- Perfect Attendance Awards

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Gull Lake: 8th Grade @ MMS/ 7th Grade @ Gull Lake

3:45 Ski Club

6:00 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting in Library

PM Mrs. Kahler receives Catalyst Educator Award

 

Friday, January 27th

6-7-8 Lunches- “Zero Tardy” Awards

 

Monday, January 30th

Go For The Gold Continues

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

 

Tuesday, January 31st

AM/PM NWEA Testing: Rising Stars Make Ups, VanGuard Make Ups

3:45 Girls Basketball vs Portage West: 8th Grade @ MMS/ 7th Grade @ PW

 

Wednesday, February 1st

1:30 Mr. LeSuer and Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Student 504 Meeting

 

Thursday, February 2nd

2:30-4:00 School Improvement/ Leadership Team Meeting

3:34 Girls Basketball vs Mattawan: 8th Grade @ Mattawan / 7th Grade @ MMS

3:45 Ski Club

 

Friday, February 3rd

AM/PM Math Counts! Team @ WMU

 

Monday, February 6th

2:30-4:30 Building Professional Development (2 Hours)

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Principal’s Blog Weeks 17 and 18

I learned as a young Student Athlete, playing basketball in middle school, high school and in college, that one of the qualities teammates and coaches value most is “Consistency”.  People like to know (and need to know) in a team setting, what they can count on everyday.  As a player, you look to develop your skills to the highest level possible, doing hours of conditioning, shooting, ball-handling, and footwork drills in order to be ready to produce when called on.  I have found that same approach to be valuable as an Educator.  Being present, having materials ready, projecting the confidence which comes with having prepared and knowing where you want t take and guide students is a recipe for consistency and success.  We will continue to push our students and ourselves to high accountability.  We will be prepared and expect them to be as well (“Success Kits”).  We will be present (Attendance Goals) and on time (Zero Tardy Goals) each hour and each day.  And, we will work to remember that we were 11, 12, 13 and 14 once.  We will remember that we are working with “work in progress”.  We will remember that some fortunate high school teachers will reap the benefit of our hard work.  Keeping that balance of accountability and understanding, of pushing and consoling, of Justice vs Mercy is what makes this the most challenging and rewarding of professions.  We have 9 1/2 days left in this 3rd Marking Period…We will be here, working toward our ultimate goal: Academic Success, consistently.

 

Monday, January 9th

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

2:30 Girls Basketball Practice in Gym

2:30 Wrestling Practice in Back Lobby

 

Tuesday, January 10th

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Krzan)

8:00 Mr. LeSuer @ Instructional Leadership Meeting

1:00 Mr. LeSuer  Meeting (in building)

 

Wednesday, January 11th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Krzan, Mrs. Rayman, Ms. Matteoni)

8:00 Mrs. Foster-Wimbley @ Assistant Principal’s Meeting

7:50 Rising Stars Team Meeting with Mr. LeSuer (Band Room)

8:10 Young Lancers Team Meeting with Mr. LeSuer (Band Room)

8:45 Dream Team Meeting with Mr. LeSuer (Band Room)

9:05 VanGuard Team Meeting with Mr. LeSuer (Band Room)

9:20 TrailBlazers Team Meeting with Mr. LeSuer (Band Room)

6th Grade Lunch- Spirit Week Voting

7th Grade Lunch- Spirit Week Voting

8th Grade Lunch- Spirit Week Voting

6:00 Social Justice Book Bowl @ Linden Grove

 

Thursday, January 12th

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Young Lancers Math, Mrs. Rayman, Ms. Matteoni)

10:30 Mr. LeSuer Meeting @ Student Services

3:30-7:30 Ski Club

4:15-5:15 Mr. LeSuer Priority Schools Meeting @ West Main

 

Friday, January 13th

AM/PM MWEA Testing (Young Lancers Math, Mrs. Zang)

1:30 Mr. LeSuer Meeting @ Student Services

 

Saturday, January 14th

9:00-3:00 MLK Celebration @ WMU

 

Monday, January 16th “Lancer Week”

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Roth, Mr. Knack)

7:35 Lancer Ticket Drawing

2:30 Staff Meeting

 

Tuesday, January 17th

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Roth, Ms. McDermott)

 

Wednesday, January 18th “WEB Leader Wednesday”

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Witt, Mr. Venner, TrailBlazer Make Ups)

 

Thursday, January 19th

AM/PM NWEA Testing (Mr. Witt, Mr. Venner, TrailBlazer Make Ups)

3:30-7:30 Ski Club

 

Friday, January 20th “Final Day of 3rd Marking Period”

PM Schedule

10:35 Student Dismissal

6:00-8:00 Tier 1 Winter Dance

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