Open your planners to this week. Are you writing down your reading minutes and your objectives?
What other shapes and patterns can you identify in the world around you?
Brain Teaser Tuesday!
Binder Check Wednesday!
Pull out your BSBS English Tracker and show your teacher. Is it up to date? When you’ve been passed off, then Go to Overdrive and READ
What is one of your passions—one thing that would make you train (like Rocky) and work extremely hard towards that goal?
What gets you out of bed in the morning? What is one passion—a sport, drawing, running, writing in a journal, dog-walking—that you always seem to return to, especially in hard times?
If you had to choose your TOP THREE passions in life—the three things you can do that always make you feel happy, and “right” with the world—what would they be?
1. Watch Mustang Media
2. Hand out new schedules
3. Re-label binder tabs to match current scheduled classes. Clear out old work!
1. Select STEM Rising activities
2. Watch and discuss the youtube videos below. Character is important!
Character – Pass it on!
How did Travis feel in the beginning?
What would you do if you saw a situation like that happening?
What can you do to show an act of kindness to someone this week?
Organization AND Video!
While the video is playing, it’s time for a Tab Check! Are your tabs current? Are you using them correctly?
Why is it important not to judge someone based on first impressions?
How can you remain positive when others around you are negative?
No Mustang Room – Friday Schedule
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 50 including Spirit Week, Boys and Girls Soccer, lunch time procedure reminder, and more!
1. COUNT THE FILLED OUT BOXES OF STUDENT PLANNERS. Students, click here and fill out the form. This is on the honor system. Teachers, please spot check a few students.
2. Discuss: Why is it important to know the school song?
Some notable school songs:
Great schools have a history that they are proud of. West Lake STEM is no different, as we are making history every day. Nearly all schools and universities have their own school song. These songs are often sung in celebration at sporting events after their team scores.
The school song instills a sense of unity, as a whole group comes together to express themselves through song. They are exciting and upbeat!
3. What other school songs have you heard when watching sports on TV?
Learn the School Song!
1.Call and repeat lyrics. Teachers will say a line of the song and the class will repeat it back as a choral response. Continue this until every single person has repeated the lyrics so many times they can do it without looking at the lyrics.
2. Listen to the School Song with words.
3. Students, try to sing along with the recording.
4. Then, try to sing the song with ONLY the accompaniment.
Bonus: Record an audio or video of the entire class singing the school song. Teachers, upload it to google drive and then share the file with Ms. Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org
The winning recording will be picked by the fine art department, and winners will receive a prize!! Winners will also be featured on Mustang Media on Monday.
Pep Rally! PM Assembly Schedule
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 49 including Spirit Week, PTSA Pizza Party, the Weekly Whip Around, Teacher of the Week, and more!
Discuss: How can developing a Zero-Quit attitude now help you later in life?
Y? Because you matter!
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 48 including the Weekly Whip Around, Teacher of the Week, STEM CRAZY reminders and more!
C is for….other things than Cookie
R.E.S.P.E.C.T Find out what it means to me!
Why was it respectful for Patch Adams to act silly with these sick children?
In what case would it not be respectful to act like that?
Most Important – Do a T chart on the board and discuss next question
How is being respectful in the classroom different/and the same as being in the hallway, on the soccer field, in the cafeteria, or at home?
Remember the Titans
2. Discussion – Can do think/write/pair/share or any type of discussion you think best.
What is respect?
How specifically can we show respect to teachers?
How do we show respect to other students?
How do we show respect for our school and the resources we use?
Why is it true that we can not like someone but still show respect for them?
If we all choose to be respectful to one another, how will each of us feel about being at school?
If we all choose to be respectful, what kind of a feeling would the school have?
Sesame Street- Respect
A – STEMCRAZY
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 47 including highlights from last week’s Mustang Roundup, the Weekly Whip Around, some reminders about the after-school program, and a public service announcement.
Think about it Tuesday
Can you solve the Bridge Riddle? Pause the video at 2:00 minutes and work at your tables to figure out the answer. Your teacher will re-start the video once the class has agreed an on answer.
Binder Check Wednesday!
Today’s Binder Check is a shake test. Before you go shaking any binders, let’s spend a few minutes getting organized.
1. Throw away papers you don’t need anymore. This IS NOT pages of notes or reference sheets. This IS old assignments that correspond to tests you have passed.
2. Make sure that all your papers are under the correct tab. All of your English papers are in the English tab, etc.
3. Hole-punch any papers that need hole-punched.
Now, when your teacher asks you, you will turn your binder upside down and give it a good shake. If no papers fall out, you pass! If papers do fall out, go find the nearest hole-punch and repeat steps 1-3.
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 46 with a teaser for this week’s Mustang Roundup, the Weekly Whip Around, and a preview of Kindness Week and ways to help a middle school in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Mustang Roundup Reminder!
Ready Mustangs! Pull out your cell phone and call or text Mom/Dad/Grandma/Grandpa/Aunt/Uncle to invite them to the Mustang Roundup tonight. No cell phone? No worries! Borrow a friend’s phone, or ask to use the teacher’s desk phone. Here are some things to remember:
1. It’s tonight! There are two time slots, 4:30 and 5:30, ask your teacher which one your parents should come to.
2. It will be an hour and a half.
3. Your parents can sign up on the school’s website to talk with specific teachers if they want.
4. Remember, you get 200 CRAZY points if you and a parent or guardian show up tonight!
-See you there!
Example text: Hey Dad. Mustang Roundup tonight at 4:30 at the school. We should go!
Example phone call: Hey Grandma, I’m not in trouble. I’m just calling to remind you about Mustang Roundup tonight at school at 5:30. It would be awesome if we could go!
Binder Check Wednesday
Today’s Binder Check is a planner check! Show your Mustang Room teacher your filled out planner pages for the week (Wednesday to Wednesday). If there are gaps, find a friend from that class to copy the information or try to fill them out from memory. Remember to write down the objective and homework in each class, every day!
At home each day:
Show your Planner to your parents and talk about what you learned that day.
READ at least 20 minutes a day.
Place the SAGE Personal Best Goal Sheet somewhere it can be seen and talk about it regularly.
Celebrate your success often!
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 45 with highlights of the fourth Mustang Musings assembly, the introduction of the new Student Body Officers, the Weekly Whip Around, a preview of the first-ever Mustang Roundup, and highlights of the first Mustang Market of the year.
Write a letter to your parents inviting them to next week’s Mustang Roundup using the Google Form below. Include as many details as you can, including the following:
- Mustang Roundup is on Tuesday, September 26
- Appointment times will be at either 4:30 or 5:30 PM (Check the chart to know which is your appointment time)
- The whole evening will take about 90 minutes, but you’ll be doing something the whole time (instead of waiting in lines)
- For 45 minutes, you’ll be in a classroom with your Mustang Room teacher reviewing your SAGE proficiency, your reading fluency, and your organization systems (i.e. planners and binders).
- For 25 minutes, you’ll be in the auditorium with the whole school reviewing the Mustang Roundup schedule for the year, the mission/vision/collective commitments of being at a STEM school, and your personal-best goals.
- For those who would like to, you can also sign up for a one-on-one appointment with any of your teachers and meet with them during the Mustang Roundup. This portion of the Mustang Roundup is optional. Sign ups begin on Wednesday of this week.
- Refreshments will be served at the Mustang Roundup
- We would love to have both students and parents attend the Mustang Roundup
- Students will receive 200 bonus CRAZY points if their parents attend the Mustang Roundup.
Organize and check off school binders.
Binder Checks! We will regularly check different aspects of your binder throughout the year. These include:
1. A binder “Shake test” where you will turn your binder upside down and shake it! You pass if no papers fall out.
2. A Tab Check- where you make sure you have all of your tabs correctly labeled.
3. A Planner Check – where you have to show your Mustang Room teacher your filled out planner pages for the week. If there are gaps, you’ll have to fill them in from memory.
4. An I-Can Check – where we tell you which subject, and you have to show your teacher an up-to-date I-Can paper for that subject.
5. Notes Check – Like an I-Can check, we’ll tell you which subject, and you will need to show your teacher a page of notes (paper or electronic) from that class.
These checks will go into the Gradebook for your Mustang Room class.
For today, you are going to do a Tab Check. All of the Tabs in your binder should be labeled in this order:
(AVID – if you’re taking AVID. If not, skip this)
Elective – write the name of your elective, like Band.
Elective – write the name of your elective, like Art.
Elective- write the name of your elective, like Underwater Basket Weaving.
When your tabs are in order, show your teacher to pass off your binder check today.
- Pass out Mustang Roundup Flyers to be taken home tonight
- Pass out SAGE goal sheets
- Graph progress on English, Math, and science over the last three years.
- Sign the goal sheet
- Return them to your Mustang Room Teacher
Enjoy Mustang Media: Episode 44 with highlights of the third Mustang Musings assembly, a preview of school picture day, a summary of the Safe UT app, and the classic Weekly Whip Around.
Watch the tutorial video about the Safe UT app. As it plays, set up the app on your own mobile device.
Watch the anti-bullying video. As it plays, think about how you can be an ally or a friend to others.
Pass out the new ID cards
Mustang Musings Assembly #4 featuring the first Mustangs of the Month for the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, we’ll get to know the SBO candidates a little better.