Archive for November, 2012

Game On: Teachers!

To encourage the students at Walker-Grant Middle School our instructional staff continues to support students to become self-motivated independent learners by incorporating the following in our classrooms:

  • Ensure opportunities for students’ success
  • Provide frequent, early, positive feedback that supports students’ beliefs that they can do well.
  • Help students find personal meaning and value in the material
  • Create an atmosphere that is open and positive.
  • Help students feel that they are valued members of OUR  learning community.

By Barbara Gross Davis, University of California, Berkeley. From Tools for Teaching, copyright by Jossey-Bass.  September 1, 1999.

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Single-gender Instruction

Studies show single-gender instruction can improve student performance — particularly in math and science. Write your opinion and let’s get a great discussion started.

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Game on!

Unfortunately, there is no single magical formula for motivating students.

Our theme for the year is GAME ON, to get students motivated and excited about taking on academic, social and emotional challenges they face in middle school.

So when a challenge arises…its GAME ON!!!!!!! Give it your best effort.

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Message of Gratitude

It is that time of year when we pause to give thanks for all that we have, and I have so much to be thankful for here at Walker-Grant Middle School! Each day I am amazed at the sense of community and family, the giving spirit, the emphasis on learning, and the caring heart that is evident throughout our school each day. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you. First, let me express my sincere appreciation to the staff. We are fortunate to have a group of staff members who share a commitment to provide the best education for our students. I would also like to thank the students for their daily effort and commitment to academics and school pride. Parents and community members, I am also very grateful for all you do to support the mission of Walker-Grant Middle School. A very special thank you to my daughters and parents who support my dreams each day.

Please enjoy your Fall Break.

Melanie Kay-Wyatt

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Reflection

This has been an amazing part of my life. I experienced a huge shift in my sense of identity and in my professional view; as I took on a new position while pursuing this program. At first, I found it difficult to adjust to the fast pace (I didn’t breathe the first few months) and the fact that I am a single mother just compounded the stress. However, I really enjoyed sharing my story recently with a younger single mother that “anything is possible”.

My personal views also changed drastically. As I came to understand the need for balance, I had to learn to let go of my perfect success-oriented approach to life – Type A personality. Some days I am so exhausted that a solid “B” approach seems like a success. As a result of this journey, I have a renewed interest and appreciation for the small moments in life. I am slowing letting go of my old expectations and embracing the new. It was and continues to be a perplexing process for me, to balance career, home and school- I won’t give up.

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Giving Thanks: A message from Principal Wyatt

Thanksgiving in America has a very fascinating history. Its foundation can be traced back to 1621 with many historical references. We all can agree, it was a time of giving thanks to those who helped along the way.

I would like you to join me in giv­ing thanks to Walker-Grant Middle School staff members who help students along the way to becoming educated. All of the teachers at Walker-Grant Middle School put students first. Students learn easily through the proficiency in in­struction and are supported and encouraged by the teachers. This helps our students along the way to becoming knowledgeable and confident learners. Thank you to volunteers and community members who also share in our mission of educating children.

I am forever grateful.

Please enjoy your holiday break.

Melanie Kay-Wyatt

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Veterans Day

Walker-Grant Middle School wants to say ‘“thank you” to all veterans and their family members for their commitment and sacrifice.

Thank you to all students and parents for helping us honor veterans by sending in pictures for our Video Tribute[A1] .

 


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