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WAY TO GO!!!!! DM

We often think positive recognition comes only from supervisors or managers, but Gallup has found that people cherish praise and recognition from their peers. Peers know intimately the particulars of a job and when they notice excellence, it is a special event. So, the best praise and recognition may not come from the top down -- it may come from a peers noticing others.

Please forward any descriptions of positive recognition or praise to Ms. Frazier or Mr. Wilcox. Each week we will be sharing the great deeds and wonderful work of our school in this section of the DM POW.

Way to Go! We have so many wonderful people to recognize this week---*A HUGE thank you to Mr. Schenfisch who always stops into the choir room to sing when he has an extra few minutes! Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us! We appreciate all of the help and support! *On Saturday, March 29th, Dean Morgan Junior High students Michael Stanley, Kiara Sims, Ellie Holloway, Briahnna Manning and Taylin White competed in the 2014 Wyoming State Science Olympiad at Casper College. The students entered 11 of 20 possible events and performed quite well. Notable finishes include: Taylin White, 3rd place in Rotor Egg Drop; Ellie Holloway and Briahnna Manning, 4th place in Can't Judge a Powder; Kiara Sims, 5th place in Heredity; and Kiara Sims and Briahnna Manning, 6th place in Simple Machines. Please congratulate these students not only for their participation and performance, but for the excellent manner in which they represented our school. Thanks, Bill Ochs

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6th Grade ---- Cowboy Values ! ! by James Owen. After talking with real cowboys and researching the cowboy way, Owen came up with his Code of the West which states some simple values that all of us should try to live by. These values are a set of standards that serve as guides or standards by which we live and make decisions. As a symbol to help us right our paths. He identies seven core values we will work on with our students this year.

*Courage *Authenticity

*Self-Reliance *Duty

*Heart

The values themselves are difcult to argue with; they're the kinds of values we will be teaching our young people. 7th Grade ---- Cowboy Ethics *Live each day with courage! ! *Always nish what you start ! ! *When you make a promise, keep it! *Ride for the brand! ! ! *Remember that some things aren't for

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*Take pride in your work *Do what has to be done *Be tough, but fair *Talk less and say more *Know where to draw the line

8th Grade ---- The TRY 'TRY' is a verb that means 'to make an attempt.' But in cowboy culture, the word is a noun invested with profound meaning. When Cowboys say, 'That cow hand, he's got try,' they're talking about the quality of giving something every ounce of effort you can muster. The TRY is that burning desire to accomplish something, coupled with the belief that you can do it, and the determination to give it 110% effort every day. In short, The TRY is attitude plus effort and when you think about it, those are the only two things in life that we can control. It doesnt depend on IQ, talent or connections. Its all about The Try and if youve got it, anything is possible.

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COOPERATIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES

ROUND TABLE 1. Teacher asks one student from each team to take out pencil and paper. 2. Teacher poses a project, question with multiple answers, a topic to write about, or a task that has many possible solutions, steps, or procedures. 3. In teams, students take turns passing the paper and pencil or team project, each writing one answer or making one contribution.

VARIATIONS: ROUND TABLE CONCENSUS: Student with the piece of paper and pencil verbally gives an answer. Teammates must show agreement or disagreement (thumb up or thumb down). If there is disagreement, team discusses the answer until there is consensus. All teammates must agree before student records answer. SIMULTANEOUS ROUND TABLE: Teacher asks a question or poses a problem which has multiple answers. In teams, students each write a response on their own piece of paper. Students then pass their papers clockwise so each teammate can add to the prior response.

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COMET BLOCK TASKS


Comet Block Advisor: **Everyone is reading during Comet Block ***Ethics-Values-Try lessons are on Tuesdays **** Relationship building is the 3rd Tuesday of each month w/a 15 minute locker clean out starting @ 1:05pm: 4/15, 5/13 & 5/21 *****Checking grades with students on Wednesday
Children can succeed in school by helping them follow these 10 tips. Tip #6: Learn Always Your child may be past the preschool years, but home education is still a critical part of his overall learning experience. Some of the attitude recently is that its up to the schools and teachers to gure it all out, to make sure children are learning and healthy and safe, says Barbara Frankowski, M.D., MPH, FAAP, and member of the AAP Council on School Health. Theres only so much teachers can do. Parents have to ll in with good support at home.

Quick Reminders:

*All certified staff: please note that work must be sent to the in-school suspension room when requested. It is not an option to not send work. *I would like to send out a reminder concerning the importance of you opening all emails from the Special Education staff. Many of these emails and the history of the emails are used to serve as documentation that you have received a copy of the new accommodations. Legally, the Special Education staff is responsible for showing proof that they passed out accommodations on all IEP students. This is done at the beginning of the year and when a new IEP is completed. Some are also passed out at the semester to new classes a student has. It is vital for you to open these emails ASAP so that the Special Education Staff can do their job to close out an IEP and get all legal documentation to Joyce Alm. So, open ALL emails ASAP and never delete an email before it is opened. Thank you for all you do to help the Special Education Department do its job. You are appreciated and your dedication to all students here at Dean Morgan. from J Frazier *Club and Activity Sponsors should prepare a Comet Block announcement form in the office due to an unexpected club or activity cancellation. If the cancellation is known a week in advance, please notify Paula in order for the update/correction to be made in the POW. *Just an FYI... you may receive a work request with SSSL titled on top (on gold paper) at some point during the school year (either in your mailbox at the end of the day or delivered to your room). The request will have the number of days that the student will be there. If you decide to email the work, please include me in the email so I can get you marked off, as I have to track these. When you receive this, it is very important that the work gets turned into the office by 9 a.m the very next day at the very latest! The kids will be at SSSL waiting for work to be brought to them. Call me if you have any questions (2401). Thank you so much! Stephanie Mestas *This is just a reminder of the importance of taking daily attendance in a timely fashion. Our PE department are the only staff members with permission to be entering attendance at the end of each block. All other staff must enter attendance in Infinite Campus during the first 20 minutes of each block.

Study Support Quick Reminders:


TEACHER HELP BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ! Our DM certied staff work day is 7:30am to 3pm daily. This is when our DM certied staff members are guaranteed to be available to work with parents, students or other staff on our campus. ! Students can get additional help from all DM certied staff members starting at 7:30am without a pass from the identied teacher. If a staff member has made arrangements to meet a student before 7:30am, a pass will be needed from the staff member or front ofce. ! After school, certied staff members will be available to work with students until 3pm and then additional arrangements will need to be made in advance if necessary. Give procrastinators specic instructions ! Does your child drag her feet when you ask her to do the simplest task? Dont get angryget specic! Research shows that people often procrastinate when facing a vague job. But when theyre given something concrete to complete, they get right to it. The next time you want your child to do something promptly, dont say, Clean your room. Instead, be specic: Put your clothes in the hamper and make your bed.
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DMs Calendar of Events


4/14-4/20 National Library Week, Literacy Week Scholastic Book Fair by Lang Arts Dept Library 4/14-5/2: SAWS/SAWS ALT Testing 4/14-5/2: Internal Interview Period
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Black - Mon - 4/7 Comet Block -- Reading A team D block each Monday (all administrators) DM ELC Meeting 3-4:15pm Red - Tues - 4/8 7:15am BEST staffing meeting (Wilcox & team) Comet Block -- Cowboy Ethic/values/try 3:15-4:15 in room 322 new Union Building UWC campus, to match mentors w/student teachers for spring of 2015 (T Ernst) Black- Wed - 4/9 8:30-11:15am Boys & Girls Support Grp Conf Rm New (NCSD) NCASE Meeting from 7:30-8:30am & Leadership Workshop all admin reps from 8:30-11:30am @ CSF (New) 8:30am Staffing allocations provided to principals Comet Block - Reading & Grade checks Red - Thu - 4/10 J Frazier gone leadership training 8:30-4pm today Freeze On Leave (New) 7:30am Staffing letter read to DM certified staff (Wilcox) (New) In building transfers 4/10-4/15 (60 minutes) DM PLC Professional Learning Community Block meetings in Library @ 8:05am, 9:30am, 10:55am, & 1:30pm. Topics: TBD management Comet Block -- Reading OAC meeting 3:30-5:30pm (Wilcox & Brunner) Black - Fri - 4/11 (New) In building transfers 4/10-4/15 10am-3pm State Board meeting (Wilcox attends) Comet Block -- Reading 1-3pm NCSD Workload group meeting (Wilcox) DM Budget Cutoff @ 4pm and lock in dept funds for Awards Night Sat - 4/12 Elementary School Science Olympiad (Ochs)

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Red - Mon - 4/14 (New) In building transfers 4/10-4/15 7th grade start SAWS 4/14 and NWEA on 4/21 A team D block each Monday (all administrators) DM Goal Teams 3-4:15pm NCSD School Board Meeting 7:30am Black - Tue - 4/15 (New) In building transfers 4/10-4/15 DM CMT Meeting Conference Room 7:15am (New) 4/15 @ 4pm Job postings due to HR Updated 8/14/13- (Wilcox, Anderson, Bertelson & LaPlante) C&I Advisory meeting, the 3rd Tuesday (not Thursday) of the month from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Westwood Room Red - Wed - 4/16 4 1/2 Week Progress Reports with Eligibility check - in effect on Monday, April 21. CTE Dept Meeting Room 104 7:15l-7:55am Math Dept Meeting Room 171 7:15-7:50am PE Dept Meeting PECL 7-7:45am 8:30-11:15am Boys & Girls Support Grp Conf Rm (New) 4/16 @ 12pm NCSD Job postings out (New) 4/16- @ Volunteers may notify principal or a principal decision on reassignments Lang Arts/Read Dept Meets Rm 108 3-4:15pm Science Dept Meeting from 3 3-4:15pm Secondary Posting Meeting 2-4pm (Wilcox) Black - Thu - 4/17 DM 8-9 grade NCHS transition day Goal Teams 3-4:15pm Red - Fri - 4/18 Counseling Dept Meeting 10am

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DMs Future Calendar of Events


April 17-May 2 NCSD Internal Interview Period if reg On-Line Fri -April 18 Good Friday No School Office Closed April 21- May 9 NWEA Spring Testing Red - Mon -4/21 ELC Meeting 3-4:15pm SESC FLS Meeting 4-5pm Black - Tue - 4/22 SESC Advisory Team Meeting 4-5pm Talent Show Cafeteria 6:30pm Red - Wed - 4/23 Administrative Professionals Day Pay Day (pay checks in mailboxes by 7:30 a.m.) 8:30-11:15am Boys & Girls Support Grp Conf Rm Black - Thu - 4/24 Parent Topic Class: Strategies For Meeting The Needs Of Gifted Students @ SESC Rm 108 6-8pm Red - Fri - 4/25 Counseling Dept Meeting 10am DM Mentor Dance from 4-6pm (theme TBD) 4/28 - 5/9 SASW Testing Black - Mon - 4/28 Goal Teams 3-4:15pm School Board Meeting 7:30pm Red - Tue - 4/29 DM FLS Meeting Room 10 7:15-8:00am Black - Wed - 4/30 Freeze On Leave PLCs Library 8:30-11:15am Boys & Girls Support Grp Conf Rm Red - Thu - 5/1 PTA Luncheon Mtg 11:30-12:45pm Library (sponsored by Counseling & Admin) DM 6-8 Bands Concert Main Gym 7pm Black - Fri - 5/2 Counseling Dept Meeting 10am Red - Mon - 5/5 ELC Meeting 3-4:15pm Spring Vocal Concert Cafeteria 7pm Red - Wed - 5/7 School Nurse Day DM CMT Mtg Conf Rm 7:15am Math Dept Mtg Rm 171 7;15-7:50am Social Studies Dept Mtg Rm 328 7:15am Boys and Girls Support Group Conf Rm 8:30-11:15am SPED Dept Mtg Rm 103 3-4pm Black - Thu - 5/8 Staff Appreciation Luncheon Sponsored by PTA Family Literacy Night Public Library 5:30-7pm Red - Fri - 5/9 Counseling Dept Meeting 10am Black - Mon - 5/12 Goal Teams 3-4:15pm Academic/Sports Awards Night 6:30-8pm Cafe Boys and Girls Support Group Conf Rm 8:30-11:15am School Board Meeting 7:30pm

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*Staff please notify Paula Strong w/your birthdays Veronica Mason Mike Weiss Rose Hill Jennifer Alvar Walt Wragge Paula Strong Bud Sorensen Aaron Temple Mauro Diaz Joel Schenfisch 2 6 9 10 12 13 19 20 21 21

Remember, people need laughter sometimes more than food.! ~Anna Fellows Johnston
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Black -Mon 4/7 Geography Bee Club Room 162 7:30am Challenge Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Morgan Jazz Combo Band Room 3-3:45pm Talent Show Auditions Room 11 3-4pm Red Tue 4/8 Mathletes Room 316 7:30-8:00am Annual /Publications Staff Room 331 3-4pm History Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Knowledge Bowl Team Room 314 3:00-4:00pm Percussion Club Band Room 3-3:45pm Robotics Club Room 327 2:45-4:00pm Black - Wed - 4/9 Honor Society Meeting Room 252 7:30am Morgan Singers Rm 11 7:10am Book Club Room 105 3:00-4:00pm Drama Club Room 333 3:00-4:00pm Morgan Jazz Combo Band Room 3-3:45pm Robotics Club Room 327 2:45-4:00pm Talent Show Auditions Room 11 3-4pm Video Production Club Room 307 3-4pm Red - Thu - 4/10 FACS Club Room 104 7:15am Math Club Room 330 7:15-7:50am Mathletes Room 316 7:30-8:00am Art Club Room 326 2:50-4:00pm French Club Room 312 2:55-3:30pm History Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Outdoor Adventure Club Fly Fishing 3-5pm Percussion Club Band Room 3-3:45pm Talent Show Auditions Rm 11 3-4pm Black - Fri - 4/11

Red - Mon - 4/14 Geography Bee Club Room 162 7:30am Challenge Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Morgan Jazz Combo Band Room 3-3:45pm Black - Tue - 4/15 Mathletes Room 316 7:30-8:00am Mentors Mtg 7:30am Room 310 Annual/Publications Staff Room 331 3-4pm History Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Knowledge Bowl Team Room 314 3:00-4:00pm Percussion Club Band Room 3-3:45pm Robotics Club Room 327 2:45-4:00pm Red - Wed - 4/16 Morgan Singers Rm 11 7:10am Drama Auditions after school Room 306 Morgan Jazz Combo Band Room 3-3:45pm Robotics Club Room 327 2:45-4:00pm Video Production Club Room 307 3-4pm Black- Thu - 4/17 FACS Club Room 104 7:15am Math Club Room 330 7:15-7:50am Mathletes Room 316 7:30-8:00am Art Club Room 326 2:50-4:00pm French Club Room 312 2:55-3:30pm History Day Club Room 307 3-4pm Percussion Club Band Room 3-3:45pm Spanish Club Room 309 2:55-4:00pm Red - Fri - 4/18

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DMs Sports & Clubs

For the most current practice schedules, please see: http://www.natronacountydistrict.org/g5bin/client.cgi

MARCH 17 - APRIL 17 6-8 Swimming @ KW

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DMs Sports & Clubs

For the most current practice schedules, please see: http://www.natronacountydistrict.org/g5bin/client.cgi

KWL: K-what do the students already know? W-what do the students need and want to know? L-what did
the students learn? An effective pre-assessment tool but also an effective tool to evaluate the level of understanding. Many teachers use the L part as an open-ended question on an exam allowing the students to share the depth of knowledge that was gained in the unit of study.

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Staff Relationships
Theres no doubt about the fact that enthusiasm is a powerful motivator. Just know that when conviction is combined with enthusiasm, it can really cause colleagues to get behind a project quicker than many other approaches. However, there is another action that can increase the positive influence of conviction and enthusiasm. This action is affirming the beliefs and actions of others. When conviction and enthusiasm are tied to affirming the contributions of others, smooth sailing can lie ahead.

Tips for Teaching Vocabulary


Allow students to define vocabulary in their own words. Send a note to parents with key concepts and vocabulary. This way, parents can support their children by practicing the vocabulary at home. This strategy is even more beneficial when the vocabulary is sent home in both the native language and in English. Have students predict what a word means and write this prediction down or draw a picture of it. Repeat and review key vocabulary throughout the lesson. It is not enough to introduce new words at the beginning of the reading. For students to internalize vocabulary, they must see it posted, hear it used, and discuss it throughout the entire lesson.

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DMs PLC Leadership Teams


DM Expanded Leadership Council Usually 1st & 3rd Monday each month 5/19 (Meets 1-2 times monthly) 9/16, 10/7, 10/21, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/6, 2/3, 2/10, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5,

Goal #1 (Excelling Our School in Literacy) 100% of the Dean Morgan students will score proficient or advanced on the state assessment in Literacy (reading, language usage, writing) by May of 2015. Rm TBD Time: 3-4:15pm Usually 2nd & 4th Monday each month 9/23, 10/14, 10/21, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12 Goal #2 (Excelling Our School in Math) 100% of the Dean Morgan students will score proficient or advanced on the state assessment in Math by May of 2015. Rm TBD Time: 3-4:15pm Usually 2nd & 4th Monday each month 9/30 exception, 10/14, 10/21, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12 Goal #3 (Preparing our students for their next level) Rm TBD Time: 3-4:15pm Usually 2nd & 4th Monday each month 9/23, 10/14, 10/21, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12 School Departments/Teams Locations: TBD Times: Either slot, before school or after school Day: each month 9/4 9/18 10/2 10/16 11/6 11/20 12/4 12/18 1/15 2/5 2/19 3/5 3/19 4/2 4/16 5/7 5/21 DM Crisis & Safety Team Rm Conference Room 7:15-7:55am 9/17 10/15 11/19 12/17 1/21 2/18 The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of

Usually meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month 3/18 4/15 5/20

Friday is DM Spirit Day. Please feel free to wear any DM attire or red or black.

Visibility: Please be visible in the hall/doorway to assist students. Your help is appreciated.

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K2TV and Reliant Federal Credit Union are teaming up to bring Natrona County the K2TV Teacher of the Month Award. To nominate a teacher, e-mail their name, the school they teach at and why they should win the award to teacher@k2tv.com then, on the last Monday of the month, watch the K2 News at 5 and 10 to see who has won.

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4/6/14 The Dean Morgan players are Emilie Fittje, Hadley Lloyd, Kylie Watson, Bailey Till, Sidney Wilson, and Danilynn Schell. The "other" players are Maddie Hoopman (Douglas), Haedyn Rhoades (Douglas), Grace DuBay (CY), Isabella Schultz (CY).

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