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Great Things all kids need

Relationships are the oxygen of human development. All young people need and deserve many adults who connect – and connect deeply- with them.
Peter Benson, Ph.D.

Great things all kids need:
Support – empowerment- boundaries & expectations – constructive use of time – commitment of learning – positive values – social competencies – positive identity


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Dear Walker-Grant Middle School Community, The first part of the 2016-2017 year has gone by quickly, and it has been exciting.  Parents have met with their children’s teachers during parent conferences and we have completed our first quarter and are well into our second.  As I take a moment to reflect on the many things for which I am thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share them with you:  I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn and be open to new opportunities. Our students remind us of what is important and why we are here.  I am thankful for the support of the parents and community in creating outstanding partnerships for our students.  I am thankful for the teachers, paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, nurses, lunchroom aides, support staff, therapists and administrators who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart.  I am also thankful for our volunteers who contribute so much to our school and community. Most importantly, we are thankful for the parents that believe in us.  I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Fall Break! Sincerely, Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt

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A few middle school reminders: *****Student let’s get organized 1. Use your school agenda to record homework and due dates 2. Use folder/notebooks for each class as assigned 3. Keep your locker and book bag/back pack cleaned out daily. *****Do your homework : Schedule your time wisely. Allot a set amount of time each day for homework and time to study. Please don’t wait until an assignment is due, start early and work in small chunks. *****Talk to your teachers and administrators: Ask questions. Our teachers are here to help you. If you do not understand something, ask them! We want you to succeed.

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Please be reminded that Tuesday, November 8, is a Teacher Workday. This is great day to do a family reading time.FCPS/WGMS

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It’s conference time at VASCD

2014 Annual Conference: School is for Innovators

December 3-5, 2014 , Doubletree by Hilton, Williamsburg

Join us and educators from around the state for a gereat conference.

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Univserity of Mary Washington Highlights

UMW magazine pic

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PD: Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work With Teachers

Great VASCD Professional Development Opportunity
Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work With Teachers

Participants in this session will learn three basic approaches to coaching that exist along a continuum of practice and will practice matching their coaching strategies to teachers’ professional learning needs. The basic skills of coaching– listening, questioning, and feedback – will be illustrated and practiced. Scenarios will be used to link these approaches and skills to the reality of coaches’ daily work.
February 5, 2014, The Place at Innsbrook, Richmond
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration fee $115. (A 10% discount is available for active VaASCD members. Use the promo code VASCDMEMBER at checkout.)


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