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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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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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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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Be a Presenter at VASCD’s Annual Conference

Be a Presenter at VASCD’s Annual Conference:
Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Virginia ASCD seeks presenters to share programs, practices, research, and innovative thinking with Virginia’s teachers and leaders. The 2013 Conference Theme, @modernlearners, provides guidance in planning both the content and format of concurrent sessions. Sessions are 1 hour 15 minutes in length. DEADLINE is June 3, 2013

Please visit the link below if you are interested.

Please join us at the 2013 Annual Conference:@modernlearners
December 4-6, 2013 , Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg

I hope to see you there.

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VASCD Professional Development


Virginia Professional Development Institute 2013
February 22, 2013 in Chester, Virginia
“Strategies and Methods for Teaching and Learning
in the Modern Era”

The age of information surplus is upon us. Continuing with classrooms and schools that do not shift to this reality invites irrelevance into the schooling equation. Join me for a day of exploration into the strategies, tools and resources that yield teaching and learning agile enough to evolve with the shifting information and standards landscape we all navigate in the profession. It is time to move beyond asking what our students know and asking what they can create, innovate and imagine from that knowledge. The resources are widely available to modernize our classrooms and schools. It’s time for our classrooms to meet the exciting realities of a modern educational approach. Specific teaching units, resources and strategies will be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring units, lessons or objectives that they are currently using in the classrooms and/or schools.

Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies over the past 15 years. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and regular contributions to
You can fax your registration form, and/or purchase order to (540) 832-7666. You can include your credit card information on the registration form or call us at (434) 466-7466.

Virginia ASCD
(434) 466-7466
(540) 832-7666 (fax)

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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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