What a week! We sprung a few leaks here and there due to the frigid temperatures, but I'm happy to report that all students are back in their regular classrooms. Thanks to the displaced teachers and students for their flexibility and patience, as well as our B&G team and custodial crew for putting in extra hours to get the classrooms up and running. The week ended on a high note with a visit from Hip Hop Fundamentals, a talented group of dancers who delivered an educational show to enhance students' understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and celebrate peace, love, and unity.TJS's annual "Souper Bowl" is underway! Thank you for your generosity in support of this effort. It's not too late to donate! Please review the attachment for more information.Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away and always a special day for our students. Teachers will be in touch with class representatives regarding classroom parties and activities.Instructional Update:I'm always looking for inspiration and never have to look much further than the halls of Torey J. Our teachers do amazing things each day and are continual innovators. This article caught my eye yesterday, and I thought I'd share it, as it reminded me of educational initiatives here. Learning by teaching isn't really a new phenomenon, but certainly one that is gaining more attention, as of late. When a student learns and masters material to teach someone else, it makes sense there will be a deeper understanding of concepts and skills. It's certainly true for me. If I deliver a presentation, I make sure I know that information inside and out, anticipate misconceptions of material, generate a list of probing questions I could ask or could be asked of me, develop responses, conclusions/findings, and next steps. Studying for a test is much more passive. It's largely independent and doesn't necessarily require deep understanding or analysis, depending on the type of assessment. Chances are, once that test has been taken, recall will be much more difficult at a later date. I've observed teachers at TJS utilize this instructional strategy in a variety of formats, both formal and informal. One of the more elaborate ways in which we empower the students to be lead learners and facilitators is the fifth grade capstone project, More than Madison. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the article, as it discusses how having your child teach you something at home can boost their academics and self-esteem.Calendar Reminders:Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday, January 29th, 7:30 P.M., MHS Media CenterPTO General Meeting: Wednesday, January 30th, 7:30 P.M., Short StoriesSchools Closed: Monday, 2/18 and Tuesday, 2/19TJS PTO Update:
We wanted to give a special shout-out to all of the teachers and students who were affected by the burst pipe this past week. Several classrooms have lost materials due to water damage, and we want you to know that all of the BoxTop money we earn will go towards helping the classrooms replace books and rebuild the classroom libraries. So PLEASE, keep sending in those BoxTops - our school needs them now more than ever!
- Wednesday, January 30th at 7:30 pm - Please join us at Short Stories for our next General PTO meeting. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. We will be discussing upcoming events and activities including the spring Adult Social.
- Saturday, March 9th at 7:30pm - Mark your calendars and and book your sitters. The TJS PTO Adult Social will be held at Mead Hall on Drew Campus. More details to follow!
- Monday evening, March 11th- The TJS PTO will be hosting “A Night Under the Stars”! The Pearl Observatory is coming to TJS to teach us about space. We will have several telescopes set up outside on the TJS field, and a pop-up planetarium in our Jaguar Jungle. Stay tuned for more details...it will be out of this world!