Thursday, June 4, 2015

Proud moments

Last week, I asked the staff for a one sentence response to the question, "What are you most proud of this year?"  Here are the responses thus far.


  • I try my best to reach each and every student, but I am most proud of one particular student. Both the student and I have worked each and every day the entire school year during RTI time (as she is my only RTI student).  I am so proud of her and the work that she has done.  She started the year out very low in math and according to AIMS Web she is well above where it was expected that she would be at by the end of the year.
  • With all of the pressures of the standardized testing era we are currently structured under, one thing I am most proud of this year is that 25 out of my 26 acc. math students showed growth in their MAPs scores from the Fall to Spring without any changing in instruction or  "teaching to the test."
  • I'm proud of the writers that my students have become!  So fantastic!  I'm proud to be a part of the Merton Staff.  #mustangpride!
  • I am most proud of how the 8th graders have increased their discussion skills to the point that they can conduct a high level discussion without the aid of a teacher/facilitator.
  • I am proud of the connections I have made with my homeroom students.  It has been a great way to start each day.
  • I am proud of the growth that the eight grade students have made in their ability to learn through problem solving in science.  They are much more skilled at trying to "figure things out by thinking science" than at the start of the year.  The seventh grade students in science have also grown as a group to expect more from each other and themselves.  It is my belief they will extrapolate that into their eight grade year.
  • I am most proud of the students who take the initiative to include all students, in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. I am proud of the students who have been a positive role model to other students and who reach out to involve all.
  • I am very proud of the  Human Growth and Development  committee which updated the curriculum. The collaboration of staff and community members was outstanding.
  • I am most proud of my sixth grade students, every one of them, as I observe their student-led portfolio conferences this week.  Students poured their heart and soul and Google Drive contents into their Merton Middle School Portfolios to show their academic progress and personal growth with their parents.  I am most proud when I see my students in charge, explaining their F & P Level and how they managed to increase their levels this year. I am most proud of my students who explain to their parents how they earned their PLTW Badges in our Design and Modeling Course. Last night I listened to one of our sixth graders explain MAPs scores to his parents and the difficulty of increasing a high RIT score on the grades 6+ MAP test as opposed to the test he took last year for grades 2-5.  I am most proud of our families who have all shown up for their conference times, eager to listen and learn to their child share their sixth grade year.
  • I am proud of the work that the 6th graders have done this year to tackle the challenging Project lead the Way curriculum. They worked hard to earn their badges, and earn the right to 3-D print.
  • I love my job and enjoy coming into work everyday.  What I am most proud of is that I leave at the end of the day knowing that I have made a difference in at least one child's life.  If I can help to shape these children into successful, energetic, driven, focused, enthusiastic, problem solvers I have done my job and am very proud of it.
  • I am most proud of the positive attitudes of the students in my class this year.  The classroom environment has been very collaborative, cooperative, and accepting of each other.  I am proud how the kids in my class seem overall happy each day and have taken on whatever new concept I need to teach them with energy and ambition.  Everyone has gotten along and included all.  I am most proud of their enthusiasm each day.
  • I am most proud of the community and relationships that were built in each of my classes this year.
  • I am proud that we took our 5th graders to camp and provided learning opportunities that can't be discovered within classroom walls.
  • I am so proud of my 7th grade LA students, as 96% of them moved up at least one F & P level this year.  This is noteworthy because my class was packed with the lowest readers from this grade level.
Thanks to all staff who shared their thoughts.  I am most proud of our energetic students, dedicated staff, and caring families.
What are you proud of in your school?