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News - You - Can - Use September 24, 2012

Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet

Volume 1, Issue 7

Nixon’s Nook Highlights:  PLC—Tuesday in Triage  Everyone should be on hallway supervision.  Now is the time to make phone calls home to parents for behavioral issues in the classroom.  Do not forget to turn in your phone logs every Friday.  IPS Online should be updated monthly if not weekly.

Sept. B-Days Ryan Beavers

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Pamela Blackburn

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Judith Heise

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Greg Orr

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As a life-long learner, I am always reading about the newest trends in education. I came across this article from ASCD about AVID in a middle school located in Gendale, California —

lege, Zamanis said. ―The class is extremely important in that it does teach critical thinking skills,‖ she said. ―These kids will learn life skills that will help them forever.‖

Pam Zamanis’ students divided themselves into three groups — the pros, cons and undecideds. A few minutes later, two students argued the benefits of euthanasia against more than a dozen of their classmates who politely and articulately disagreed. It was controversial and revealing as students made their case. ―It’s really selfish,‖ eighth-grader Cynthia Ramirez said. ―You’ll affect everyone if you take your life away.‖ If the debate seemed high-brow, that’s by design, Zamanis said. She has two classes of Advancement via Individual Determination, or AVID, a instructional program designed to help students prepare for college. Students in the class would be the first in their families to attend a four-year university. More than 75% of students who continue the program through high school graduate from a four-year col-

And the group of mostly 13-yearolds said they agree. The class has a variety of unique perks, like field trips, and also differs from other classes because of its workload. Leading up to their first debate Monday, students spent the weekend learning about Oregon’s ―Death with Dignity‖ law. It’s reading they likely won’t be assigned in another class, students said. The program is selective. Students must have higher than a 2.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a willingness to participate and learn, officials said. Encouraging to Know we are ―And they have to have desire,‖ Zamanis said. ―They are motivated. They know college is important.‖ After touring college campuses and setting goals to last through high school, students said they

Reminders: Thank you to everyone who participated in PIT Day. It was a wonderful experience for both parents and staff. You should be working on the final drafts of your SLO’s. Your evaluator will be getting with you to set up your SLO conference next week. Please be timely and prepared so that the meeting is governed smoothly and expeditiously.

Please add your evaluator to your IPS Online classes. Always update your wordwall and student work in your classrooms. When posting your student work be sure to include the standard practiced in the work.

were hungry for more. ―We saw what it was like living in college,‖ eighth-grader Mathias Puchulutegui said of a recent tour to UC Irvine. ―We went around and explored; it was basically a huge lunchtime [and recess].‖ As they’re being treated like adults, students said they feel an obligation to rise to the occasion. ―We’re learning valuable skills,‖ Cynthia said. Joshua Valerio, 13, has pegged Caltech and MIT as potential destinations five years from now. He wants to be an engineer. ―I get to make things and help people and mess around with all the technology,‖ he said. ―I wanted to choose my elective and learned AVID helps you … prepare for college.‖ Mathias said there’s no secret behind the program’s achievements. ―You study hard and stay focused,‖ he said.


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White’s Musings

"You teach best what you most need to learn." -- Richard David Bach

Parent-in-Touch day was a good day for our school. Many parents had the opportunity to visit with teachers and see the building. All of my interactions with parents were positive, which is always a good thing. Still, there was one thing that concerned me. Too many report cards had academic probation letters attached to them. It was a staggering amount, especially later in the evening. It seemed like entire grade levels were on probation.

The obvious question is, ―What can we do about it?‖

tor student progress. We must also be mindful that the nine weeks is almost over. We do not have much Student failure is our time. But what we failure, but it only remust not do is idly sit mains a failure if we by and allow students fail to act. What can to fail. We must never we do in these next two weeks to help stu- do that. We will never do that. dents rectify their situations? We must make ourselves available and clearly communicate our availability. We must remain in constant contact with parents to moni-

Kopke’s Korner Kopke’s Take Good Care of You… Mindfulness is the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling right now, your ―moment-to-moment‖ experience—both internal and external. Thinking about the past—blaming and judging yourself—or worrying about the future can often lead to a degree of stress that is overwhelming. But by staying calm and focused in the present moment, you can bring your nervous system back into balance. Mindfulness can be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, eating, or meditation. Meditations that cultivate mindfulness have long been used to reduce overwhelming stress. Some of these meditations bring you into the present by focusing your atten-

tion on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, a few repeated words, or flickering light from a candle. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Technique #5 Practicing mindful meditation Key points in mindfulness mediation are: A quiet environment. Choose a secluded place in your home, office, garden, place of worship, or in the great outdoors where you can relax without distractions or interruptions. A comfortable position. Get comfortable, but avoid lying down as this may lead to you falling asleep. Sit up with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You can

also try a cross-legged or lotus position. A point of focus. This point can be internal – a feeling or imaginary scene – or something external - a flame or meaningful word or phrase that you repeat it throughout your session. You may meditate with eyes open or closed. Also choose to focus on an object in your surroundings to enhance your concentration, or alternately, you can close your eyes. An observant, noncritical attitude. Don’t worry about distracting thoughts that go through your mind or about how well you’re doing. If thoughts intrude during your relaxation session, don’t fight them. Instead, gently turn your attention back to your point of focus. Let me know your thoughts. Have a peaceful week!


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Weyand’s “World” Did you know that Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School has the largest Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) middle school elective class in IPS? Recently, students were recruited for the elective on a strictly voluntary basis, and successfully interviewed with both building and district staff prior to selection. Mr. Travis teaches the AVID middle school elective, joining Mrs. Miles, Mrs. Oliver, Miss Pittenger, and Miss Wade – our AVID high school AVID elective teachers. The AVID program was started in 1980 and is a college preparatory program teaching academic behaviors that will ensure student success to, through, and beyond secondary and post secondary education. AVID elective teachers serve as advocates and mentors for the students they serve, and you can expect them to check on student progress in your classes regularly. You can easily identify an AVID

elective student by the three inch binder they are required to carry and from taking of Cornell Notes in every class. Additionally, do not be alarmed when AVID elective students ask to sit on the front row of every class – another AVID elective requirement. The AVID elective students are taught a curriculum built on a foundation of: based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reflection. The AVID elective also includes highly structured tutorial sessions. However, AVID is more than an elective, the AVID program is a building-wide initiative and AVID Committee members provide training during PLCs all year. Examples of building -wide AVID training from last year include Cornell Note taking and instructional strategies such as Philosophical Chairs and Socratic Seminars. At Crispus Attucks we are fortunate that many of our staff members have received extensive training in AVID

and understand how the program benefits all students. As we enter the first full week of Autumn or last week of September, we have a special event planned Friday during SRT for grades nine and ten. The HistoryMakers will hold a presentation in the auditorium – so Friday will be very busy for our high school students; internships for grades eleven and twelve plus the SRT program for grades nine and ten. No non – SRT instructional time will be lost due to the SRT program. Kudos go to Mr. Burdine for completing mini-bus training. Have a great week. ~ MW ~

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

-- Henry Brooks Adams


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VISION All Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet students will achieve personal and professional success in their learning and become responsible, successful, and productive citizens. MISSION Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School embraces our rich history, introduces students to healthcare professions, and provides a rigorous college preparatory education. 

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GOALS Academic success requires both rigorous instruction and a willingness to learn. All staff will demonstrate and encourage the values of excellence, scholarship, courage, and respect. All students deserve a safe, caring, and encouraging learning environment. High expectations prepare student for excellence. All students can learn and everyone is accountable for their success. Parents, students, and teachers are ultimately responsible or student achievement both academically and socially.


Borton’s Blog Managing Your Study Time There are only so many hours in a day, a week, and a term. You cannot change the number of hours, but you can decide how to best use them. To be successful in school, you must carefully manage your study time. Here is a strategy for doing this. Prepare a Term Calendar At the beginning of a term, prepare a Term Calendar. Update it as the term goes on. Here is what to do to prepare a Term Calendar.

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Record your school assignments with their due dates and your scheduled tests.

Record your planned school activities. Record your known out-of-school activities. Prepare a Weekly Schedule Each Sunday before a school week, prepare a Weekly Schedule. Update it as the week goes on. Here is what to do to prepare a Weekly Schedule.

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Record your daily classes. Enter things to be done for the coming week from your Term Calendar. Review your class notes from the previous week to see if you need to add any school activities.

Add any out-of-school activities in which you will be involved during the week. Be sure to include times for completing assignments, working on projects, and studying for tests. These times may be during the school day, right after school, evenings, and weekends. Prepare a Daily Organizer Each evening before a school day, prepare a Daily Organizer for the next day. Place a √ next to each thing to do as you accomplish it. Here is what to do to prepare a Daily Organizer.

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Enter the things to do for the coming day from your Weekly Schedule. Enter the things that still need to be accomplished from your Daily Organizer from the previous day.

Review your class notes for the day just completed to see if you need to add any school activities. Add any out-of-school activities in which you will be involved the next day. Your Weekly Schedule should have more detail than your Term Calendar. Your Daily Organizer should have more detail than your Weekly Schedule. Using a Term Calendar, a Weekly Schedule, and a Daily Organizer will help you make the best use of your time.

News from the Tiger Den Our Cross Country program had a strong showing in the PAAC meet on Thursday. The girls finished 2 nd and the boys 3rd. The middle school boys’ were incomplete but the middle school girls finished 2 nd. Isamar Mojica, Julian Green, and Courtney Stewart were All-Conference. They will run in the IPSAC meet on Monday Sept. 24 and in the City meet on Thursday Sept. 27. Both of those meets will be held at Graham Martin Park. The varsity girls’ volleyball team went 2-1 this week, defeating Northwest and Broad Ripple but losing to International. They finished 6-0 in the IPSAC this year and have an overall record of 9-6. They will play in the Heritage Christian tournament this weekend. The middle school volleyball teams defeated Oaks Academy and had two close defeats to International and Westlane. They will host Greenwood Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The varsity tennis team lost to Cardinal Ritter before they participated in the IPSAC tournament. Javon Walker finished 2 nd in the conference at #3 singles. They are playing in the City tournament this weekend and will be in the Ben Davis Sectional next week. The varsity soccer team defeated Anderson Prep Academy 4-1, lost a close, well-played game against Chatard 2-1, and then dropped a game to Tech 2-0. Their record stands at 5-7 heading into the city tournament Saturday at Heritage Christian where they face Northwest. The middle school soccer team also defeated Anderson Prep Academy 4-0 before losing to Heritage Christian 4-3. They will host Creston on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Senior Night for the Fall athletes will be Sept. 28, starting at 4:30 PM at the soccer field. The soccer team will host Indy Met starting at 5 PM. Please plan to come out and recognize the Seniors from the soccer, tennis, golf, and cross country teams. On Monday, Sept. 24 Crispus Attucks will be hosting the Fall principals’ meeting for the IHSAA, starting at 9:30 AM in the auditorium. There will also be a student-athlete roundtable discussion in the mini-auditorium with representatives from schools around the area. Isamar Mojica, Charlie Baker, Ashely Garner, Makayla Pope, Jordan Atkinson, and Rolando Mendoza will be participating.

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