August 24, 2005
Mabry School Council
The 2005-2006 school year marks the fourth year of Mabry's School Council, designed by HB 1187 to bring communities and schools closer together for school improvement. Our council meets four times a year (see attached yearly calendar) with Dr. Tyson, Mabry's principal; two elected parent representatives--Ms. Beth Morgan and Ms. Elysse Morrison; two elected teachers--Ms. Romaine Collins and Ms. Carmen Hartnett; and at least two members of the community--Dr. Michael Murphy of Southern Polytechnic University and Dr. Traci Redish of Kennesaw State University. Our thanks go to our members for their commitment to excellence at Mabry Middle School.
Posted by DeBardeleben at 10:26 AM
August 19, 2005
Parents of 6th graders who are interested in having their child participate in Band or Orchestra need to attend an important informational meeting on Monday, August 22nd, 2005, at 6:30PM in the Mabry Theater. This meeting will be about band and orchestra instrument rentals and/or purchase. This will be your best opportunity to have all of your questions about the Band and Orchestra programs at Mabry Middle School answered. The directors look forward to seeing your Monday!
Posted by Tim Tyson at 08:20 AM
August 10, 2005
No Work Left Behind!
Everyone is at least somewhat familiar with the new federal education law commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind. Well, Mabry Middle School is introducing a new "law" of our own, No Work Left Behind!
Based in the deeply-held belief in our school community that homework completion is essential to our school goal, maximized student academic achievement, we are instituting a new homework policy at Mabry. And I must take a minute to brag on the extreme level of professionalism this represents in our certified staff! I have never heard of a group of teachers who were willing to give so much to their students as this policy represents! Your teachers at Mabry are unparalleled in their professional commitment to maximizing student academic achievement!
Having said that, let me take you through this new policy. All homework at Mabry must be completed on time as assigned by teachers. Period. We believe this is critical to our school goal. In most schools around the nation, when a child does not do their homework on time, they simply get a zero, or perhaps a greatly reduced grade when the assigned work is turned in late, irrespective of what they learn or do not learn.
When a child does not do his/her homework, that child fails to practice and master the educational objectives the teacher is expecting of all students. Our teachers are no longer willing to accept this lack of learning and initiative by dismissing this lack of commitment from students as a zero, which has been our standard practice. Teachers will require every child to complete all homework assignments. On the day a students fails to satisfactorily complete homework, s/he will stay with the teacher during PE and Connections time until the work is done satisfactorily. And while the student may not receive complete credit for the work, they will get partial credit as well as the practice the learning objective requires.
If a student fails to complete 3 homework assignments in a given 9 weeks for a teacher, the student will spend a day with the ISS teacher catching up on work and receiving an intensive help session with organizational skills and time management strategies. In fact, many of you are familiar with Stephen Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The help session these students will experience is based in that same work which he re-wrote for kids! Our goal is to facilitate work ethic, self-direction, and academic success. This will not be entered as an ISS assignment in your student's record.
At Mabry, we have excellent students who do what is expected of them. Becoming self-directed problem solvers is critical to their future success. We anticipate that once students understand that an integral part of Mabry's school culture is adequate and timely work completion, they will rise to this challenge and meet this expectation.
Since this is a new local school policy that initially requires more of the teachers' planning time, we will monitor it closely. Parents should never allow their child to fail to complete homework at home anticipating that they will be required to do it at school the next day. If we believe that the program is being abused or does not prove to be as successful as we anticipate, we may modify it or discontinue it altogether. And, this is a two-way street. If you feel you would prefer to not have your child participate, you may send in a note to that effect to the front office, and your child will receive zeros for homework not done. More detailed operational components of the plan are included in the student folder.
We appreciate your support in making certain that your child achieves to the best of his/her ability. And in that regard, we appreciate your support in making certain that your child does his/her homework. And I appreciate our teacher's professionalism in providing this opportunity to increase student success through accountability for timely and adequate homework completion. Managed appropriately, the No Work Left Behind policy at Mabry will greatly benefit your child!
Posted by Tim Tyson at 03:21 PM
August 07, 2005
Send Us Your Money! :o)
As you do your back to school shopping, keep in mind that your purchases at Office Depot can send Mabry Middle School a percentage of your purchase total! It's easy, just tell the cashier when you are checking out that you want a percentage of the sales price to go to Mabry Middle School. The cashier then scans in our number, and Office Depot sends us a check!
Trust me, our students will benefit from your money!
Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:58 AM
August 01, 2005
Parents received a letter from Dr. Tyson which included access information to the secured site. Regrettably, in about half of the letters, the printer dropped an underline between the two words that make up the User Name. There should be no space between the two words, just an underline between the two words. The access is denied if you do not use the underline between the two words with no spaces.
We apologize for not noticing this printing error.
Posted by Tim Tyson at 11:49 AM