September 24, 2013
We are reaching the end of September and the Trojans keep achieving. I count it a real delight and blessing to lead this amazing group. I want to extend a special invitation to you. Mrs. Stacy Benton, Mrs. Patsy Cathcart, and I will be hosting an Admin Coffee Chat on October 1st from 8:00-9:00 in the media center. We welcome you to drop in and ask questions and hear about the great happenings of North Hall Middle School. We are here to serve your children and the community and welcome your feedback.
Let us know what we are doing well as well as where we can improve. In a recent book I was reading, it highlighted three imperatives for teaching that I believe are also imperatives for leading as administrators: Be demanding (in other words, hold HIGH expectations); Be supportive (create a nurturing environment by supporting those around you), and Be intentional (have a plan and know why you’re doing what you’re doing).
A few highlights . . .
- Thanks to the SHAPE grant, Coach Debbie Wiley is implementing the use of Nike Fuel Bands to measure activity levels among our students. My secretary Penny LeCroy and I have even tried a band for a day. It provides cool information, i.e., calories expended, steps taken, information, fuel created, etc. Perhaps a great gift for your child or family. Set healthy goals and measure your progress. Last night, Coach Wiley was recognized as our wellness champion at the Board of Education meeting and accepted the Gold Honor awarded through the Governor’s Office.
- Media Specialist Ginny Sapp led a team of media specialists and shared technological integrations happening in Hall County with the Board of Education. Our students and teachers continue to engage technologically and learn through a variety of devices.
- There are BUGS everywhere. Directed Studies teachers Kathy Mellette and Amy Chosewood hosted the annual Entomology Extravaganza on Friday. Many parents and esteemed guests got BUGGY and learned a lot from our eighth graders.
- Our teachers engaged in collaborative content teams over the last several days and were afforded extended planning time for them to prepare the most responsive instruction ever for our students. The level of passionate engagement was impressive. Your kids are in good hands!
- Our cross country teams had their best show at yesterday’s meet at EHMS with the girls’ team placing fourth. Our team will compete at Chestatee Academy next Monday and will participate in the Unicoi Invitational on October 3. Go Trojan Runners.
- While our academic team did not defeat Chestatee Academy, they strutted their academic prowess quite remarkably.
- This Thursday, NHMS Football Team takes on EHMS at East Hall. Impressive group of boys that show great character.
- Pep Rally on October 3. Our band will be playing at the game that afternoon where we host SHMS.
- Remember to support the PTSO’s Tupperware Fundraiser. Orders are due tomorrow, September 25. Also, PTSO will be selling PINK spirit wear ($10/shirt) in morning car rider line on Thursday. The high school PINK OUT game is Friday.