TMS October Online Faculty Meeting

Here’s a quick intro to the online faculty meeting (purpose, rationale, and even a cameo appearance from a Jackson pet…):

Now let’s hear from Scott Timms as he shares some reminders about how we use Minor Infractions:

Next our awesome counselors have provided some required and very important training regarding Child Protective Services:

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Have you seen the revised KISD Employee Handbook yet? You need to check it out! Employee Handbook 17-18  Here is a message from Human Resources regarding the handbook:

The new 2017-2018 Employee Handbook is here! The purpose of the handbook is to provide you with information that will pave the way for a successful year. The handbook is a guide to and a brief explanation of district policies and procedures related to employment.

Employees have the option of receiving the handbook in electronic format or hard copy, therefore it is provided in electronic format unless otherwise requested. The handbook may be accessed on K-Connect under the Workforce-Human Resources Department tab. A hard copy of the handbook may be obtained through your campus or department.

Each employee has acknowledged receipt of the handbook upon hire. Employees will be notified of future significant changes in policies and procedures through normal communication channels, such as campus/department staff meetings and District Wide Wednesday.

For more information, employees may refer to the policy codes that are associated with handbook topics, confer with their supervisor, or call the appropriate district office. A policy manual is located in the Superintendent’s office and is available for employee review during normal working hours, or on the District’s website, http://www.kellerisd.net under Board of Trustees and on K-Connect.

Please remember that policies and procedures can change at any time. It is your responsibility to read and comply with revisions made to the handbook throughout your employment.
It is the expectation and the responsibility of each employee to read the Employee Handbook in its entirety. Some updated topics that are of special interest to employees in this year’s handbook are:
• Updates to Probationary Contracts and Work Schedules to reflect District of Innovation exemptions
• Revisions to Electronic Communications between Employees and Students to include provisions of SB 7 that prohibits improper relationships between educators and students
• Revisions to Possession of Firearms and Weapons to include updates from SB 1566
Please contact your supervisor or the Human Resources office if you have questions, concerns or need further explanation.

 

Finally, let’s wrap it up with the Encouragement segment. Today’s topic: Anti-Bullying Month and our school/community-wide efforts to increase kindness and empathy! Notice how much our students have done to lead this effort! Love seeing students lead!

Thank you for participating! TMS staff, remember that the way you mark your attendance is to provide your “Exit Ticket” by commenting below with any takeaways you  would like to share from this month’s faculty meeting. What did you hear that was valuable to you? What questions do you have?

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98 thoughts on “TMS October Online Faculty Meeting

  1. I love, love, love the idea of a “chill out” area in the counseling office. Lots of kids need a place to go for a quick break and just to gather themselves for a few minutes. And adding the timers … BRILLIANT! This is a great way to take care of those needs in a timely, yet student visible/friendly manner! Nicely done! Beautiful idea! (And I have seen many students putting it to use!)

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  2. I really like the idea of the student “reflection” on the minor infractions. However, I do have a suggestion; would we be able to submit these electronically like we did last year? It was very easy to send this home via e-mail once submitted. This would be a way to ensure the students spoke with their parents about it and filled out the reflection at home and brought them back to school. Just a thought

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    1. Ashley,
      For 5th graders we really liked that they had to be responsible for the form and take it home to have their parents sign it. This way the parents too can have a conversation with them and leave notes on the form for us if needed. Some of the teachers are having the kids fill it out and then scanning it to send to the parents.

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  3. Love this new format! Thank you for your innovative leadership!
    Takeaway…Be kind and encouraging to one another. Kids need encouragement and so do teachers!
    P.S. I noticed the cat first thing:)

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  4. I appreciated Scott’s tip regarding minor infractions. Waiting to assign the consequence until after students have completed the reflective questions can be a good incentive for students to take the reflective process more seriously. Thanks, Scott!

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  5. Love your cat! 😉 Is the chill out area for all students or just the ones that are allowed cool down periods? Love the idea about reflection before consequences as well on the refractions forms…

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  6. I like this faculty “meeting” format. It’s nice to be able to go back and find information, and everyone can access it. Thank you counselors for the “chill out” area. It’s already helping a lot of kids!

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  7. I was fortunate to go to the Restorative Practices and we came back with tons of ideas on how to build community and empathy. The Chill Out area sounds great but who will watch my class for the 10 minutes that I’m there?;)

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  8. Wow! This is quite a paradigm shift from “old school.” I am getting used to seeing some new things popping up. Keeps an old guy on his toes. The “cooling off” space may provide the reflective break for our students that may negate the need for a minor infraction form or two (or more!) I see so many students reading “Wonder” and I am encouraged that a movement seems afoot. I have asked a few of our 6th graders why they decided to read it and found that many seem to feel like Auggie in our school even though they appear to me to be “normal.” A great book of hope and encouragement for those that feel a bit inferior. Finally, I want to go on the record as one who despises the minor infraction form. I see the need for it, but I want to share how I am using it. I now have the student be with me as I write out the form and interview them as I fill in the blanks. I will commentate my actions and ask them for their input. I will talk out loud as to why I am doing what I am doing, but ask them to help me to know what they were thinking when they “infracted.” (not sure this is real word, but it will be after now) I have been able to get to know some of my students better and they have a better understanding of what goes through my mind in determining what is and isn’t an infraction. I usually get the understanding I am looking for and a commitment to do better. It salvages my relationship with the student and I find value in these teachable moments. I end up tearing up the form in view of the student…..(don’t panic, I will always use the photocopy form rather than the triplicate one!)

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      1. YES! Could not agree more with this comment. Teaching behaviors (and modeling them) is what makes teaching your content easier! Behavioral expectations and high expectations for your discipline go hand in hand.

        LOVE the flexibility and format of this faculty meeting! 🙂

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  9. The “chill out” area for our students is an incredible idea….I’ve had several students take the opportunity go there….it gives them such a great opportunity to think through their own issue and consider what they should do next, as well has be in the vicinity of the counselors should they need some type of intervention. My advisory students took the door decorating contest to heart and thoroughly enjoyed taking it on as a special project. I also enjoyed this online meeting most especially because it allows us to get to it on our own time when we aren’t thinking about the other things we should be doing or cancelling other commitments.

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  10. I think minor infraction forms are a good tool to use with students. I think it is a good idea to have the student sit with you while you fill out the form. This gives you the opportunity to discuss with them what they can do to correct their behavior in the future.

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  11. I have already used the chill out area in guidance with one of my students. It was very beneficial to be able to sit someplace and be able to gather thoughts, speak freely and relax.

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  12. Love the online faculty meeting, being part time this makes it super convenient. I’m not always here when there is a meeting. 🙂 The reminders are great for reporting possible abuse, you never know when you might be in a situation where you need to report. Thank you to our wonderful counselors for always being willing to help us through those tricky situations with students – even when it is not abuse. Kennedy does exist?!?!?!

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  13. I do think the new format has a lot of potential. I think it could be very inclusive and maybe have more time and space for input, than “normal” meetings. I am interested in learning more about the restorative justice piece. I have come across it in research and would like to see more on its implementation.

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    1. Randy,
      I agree about the time and space for input. I love reading everyone’s comments. I like hearing from people that might not usually say much in our face to face meetings. This is giving us a new way to connect and hear what other have to say. Lots of potential! 🙂

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  14. As a newbie here at Timberview, I’m looking forward to learning more about the Restorative Justice; I think this will be a powerful tool for our students. Knowing there is a cool down area is a huge help for me. I like having lots of tools at my disposal for helping kids manage their emotions. I’m going to include Gary’s comment about filling out the minor infraction forms with students in my toolbox as well.

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  15. I love that we have a staff that is working hard to help our students grow into well-rounded individuals. We have book studies, Rachel’s Challenge, Chill Out spot, minor infraction forms, and restorative justice. TMS is doing a lot of things to better our students.

    Thank you TImms for reviewing the minor infraction form. I personally love the questions on the form. When students come to my office with an office referral, I tend to use those questions to help them reflect on their actions even for a DR.

    I love the new format of the faculty meeting!

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  16. Love the format (and love the cat!!)…so nice to go back and reference things this way if needed.
    As far as the chill out area goes, it’s getting used a lot! Nice to have a spot that’s not surrounded by windows where kids can gather their thoughts/ work to self-regulate a bit. Don’t hesitate to send your kids that way, or check it out yourselves! 🙂

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  17. Excited to hear about the new chill out area in the counseling office. Think it will be great for some of our kiddos. It is heartwarming to hear students are giving out notes to staff and faulty. Sure does life the spirits. Looking forward to learning more about restorative justice.

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  18. Timms did a great job explaining minor infractions. He really stressed the importance of talking with students about their behavior so that it is more than a punishment but a learning piece. Looking forward to hearing more about restorative justice.

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  19. I really like having the faculty meetings online now. I love that I can go back to what was being communicated and read or listen to the information again.
    Additionally, I love the timed chill out area in the counseling office, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the restorative justice practices that can/will be implemented here.

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  20. I love the new format! Super convenient and easy! The minor infraction form information was incredibly helpful, especially when new teachers have questions about it. Also, great reminders and information from the counselors about when to report abuse and neglect. Thanks for everyone for your hard work!

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  21. I love the idea of the chill-out area. Can’t wait to try it out. (Might let the students try it out, too.) I also really like the online faculty meeting format. My ADD self liked being able to watch part of it, wander off, and come back later to finish it – or to watch parts of it a second time.

    The cat should be a regularly scheduled guest.

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  22. I always get a feeling in the pit of my stomach when we update our CPS training. Thank you, Counselors, for always being so supportive when we have a concern about a student, and for helping us each step of the way. I truly appreciate your support!

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  23. Our counselors aew AWESOME for creating the “chill out” area with a timer. This will benefit a ton of students. I think that the most important part of the Minor Infraction Form is discussing the reflection piece with the student. That is the only way that they will learn from their behavior.

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  24. I really like this new format. Someone else mentioned it, but I’m glad I can go back and refer to the training later. Thanks for always trying the next best thing!

    I can’t wait for the Wonder movie to come out. The book was so good.

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  25. I love this online format for faculty “meetings”! Brilliant! It not only fits our schedules better, but allows us to come back and refer to things, when needed.
    Thank you for all of the great information. Where do I find the Minor Infraction Forms? Thanks!

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  26. I enjoy this meeting format, so I can go back and look at the information again if I need to. Great power point by counseling with the suicide awareness and abuse. I am glad that we are moving towards reflection of actions with the restorative justice. I wasn’t really sure what it was until now but it is great and it really goes together with the anti bullying. I love that the kids are really involved and I wondered who left the note on my car… I needed it that day for sure!

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  27. Great way to communicate items that need to be addressed in a convenient and easy fashion. Everyone did a great job implementing their part. Great information on infraction forms, suicide awareness, and restorative justice.

    I am really looking forward to hearing more about restorative justice.

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  28. I’m excited about Rachael’s Challenge coming to TMS! Love that the Minor Infraction Forms have the student reflection section. It helps the student process what they have done to receive the Minor Infraction Form, and how to prevent the problem from happening again.

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  29. I like how we continue to build a positive framework for our community at school. I love the pay forward idea. As a first year teacher some days are harder than others. Each time I am feeling a little down, I get an awesome note from one of my students telling how much they enjoy my class and my dedication to helping them to grow as students. Please everyone pay it forward— it works!!!!

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  30. First off, I am LOVING the new faculty meeting style. The ability to have information at our fingertips and go over it at our own pace is very comforting. Also, I have been needing that piece on the minor infraction forms; Mr. Timms – thank you so much for that! I now feel more comfortable with how to utilize these forms within my classroom to help push my kids that need a little extra support with their behavioral decisions.

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  31. Love the Chill Out area. This is so much better than them sitting in the front office where other parents and students are sitting.
    Shout out to Mr. Timms! Call the front desk if you need extra forms.
    Ms Jackson…..your cat needs to be a regular.

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  32. Its great news hearing about the “Chill Out” area. Often times when we have students sent to the office who display a disruptive attitude in front of the parents we have in here. This area will be a tremendous help! 🙂

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  33. The new chill-out area seems like a great place for our kids to unwind when having a rough day, I can’t wait to use it myself.
    So glad to have the triplicate, reflective minor infraction forms. The kids seem to be responding well to them and I enjoy reading their perspective on the situation 🙂

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  34. I love the pay-it-forward process! Any note, no matter how small, never ceases to brighten my day. I remember staying late after work a few weeks ago and being absolutely drained, but someone left a kind note on my car windshield. It really made an impact on how my day ended. What we’re working toward building is a network of students, teachers, and staff that continuously support each other and provide a basis for positive morale throughout the semester. This is especially important to me and my team as 8th grade teachers, as we will only see these students for a little while longer before they move onto high school and beyond. It is my ultimate goal that once they have left my classroom, they carry on these same principles and virtues we instill in them every Monday through Friday and teach it to others wherever they may be!

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  35. Thank you Timms for you help in explaining all that goes along with our minor infractions. I appreciate the work that everyone is doing helping to take the time to reteach expectations for our students and have the quality conversations that build important relationships. At our most recent AP meeting we were asked to list the things that our school does to support social emotional learning and the list just went on and on regarding all the things Timberview does. The list included Postive behavior intervetnion, six week recognition, the beginnings of restoritove practices, AVID, mentors, PALS, the cool down spot, our special programs, kindness advisory lessons and awards, character lessons, our amazing announcements, and so much more!!! I am so thankful to see all the efforts that everyone puts into taking care of our students.

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