January 28, 2005
Mabry’s third International Night was held on Thursday, January 27, 2005. The Lassiter Dance Team, Otto of the Tahino Trio, and Mabry students provided entertainment. Students, parents and staff members sampled food from different countries and viewed exhibits of items from around the world. A number of participants wore native costumes and attire.
At Mabry we do not just value the cultural diversity represented by our community, we celebrate it! Special thanks go to one of our Spanish teachers, Mrs. Ruthie Rivera, who planned this celebration, as well as all of the teachers, students, and parents who supported her efforts.
Posted by Tim Tyson at 6:16 AM
January 27, 2005
I'm sure everyone is aware that middle school curriculum in the state of Georgia is changing. State-wide implementation of standards-based curriculum begins next year. Your teachers at Mabry have been busily training on standards-based curriculum design and the new curriculum in Language Arts and Reading Across the Curriculum in all grade levels, 6th and 7th grade Science, and 6th grade Math.
Our goal at Mabry is to continue our rich tradition of academic excellence by continuing to provide our students with educational experiences that go beyond the standards. Our goal continues to be maximized academic achievement for every child. I encourage you to visit the Department of Education's website's link to Performance Standards to learn more about standards-based education and the changes in curriculum.
Posted by Tim Tyson at 3:49 PM
January 10, 2005
This morning I met with the PTSA and shared several items. Below is a very brief summary of each of the items.
- The SPLOST construction will add 50,000 square feet to our school. We will now have 150,000 square feet at Mabry!
- I have a meeting this week to explore the purchase of furniture and equipment for the new classrooms.
- Students are now taking the Performance Series, a nationally normed computer adaptive test that is correlated with the CRCT and should allow us to predict success on that state test.
- The 8th Grade Writing Assessment is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19th.
- Early Release Day is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th.
- Buddy Pictures are scheduled for Friday, January 28th.
- The 7th Grade Science students will take a fieldtrip to Jekyll Island the week of January 27th.
- The changes in the federal overtime regulations are impacting schools. (See my post on January 6th.)
- The Power to Learn (1 on 1 laptop initiative) appears to be scheduled to go before the board during the first part of February.
- I have joined with those teachers who are now blogging as a communication tool for parents by starting this blog.
- All who are interested can take a tour of the construction immediately after your meeting today.
Posted by Tim Tyson at 10:18 AM
January 6, 2005
We have such wonderful staff at Mabry. They are always very quick to go above and beyond to help children. We have several paraprofessionals who have come in early or stayed late to help children prepare for up-coming tests or projects. Recent changes in federal law will prevent them from doing this. No hourly employees may work beyond their 8 hour work day. No hourly employees may volunteer at their place of employment beyond their regular work day.
It was very difficult for me to tell these wonderful ladies this news. They were all very heartsick. If you have strong feelings one way or the other about this new federal law, I would encourage you to let you Congressmen and Senators know. I do not think anyone saw the adverse impact this law would have on children at school.
Posted by Tim Tyson at 3:51 PM