Plato's Diary - April 17, 2015

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April 17, 2015

Dear Diary,

I am so glad to be back to work after a wonderful Spring Break! The students look well-rested and ready to tackle the remainder of the school year. Can you believe we have less than 40 days until the year is over? It was another busy week and I learned a lot!

On Monday, Miss P and I went to a Principal’s Meeting and learned about using growth data to support teachers and help them reach all of our students. There is so much information to look over and the Leadership Team is finding areas where teachers may need more materials or access to improved strategies. I enjoyed learning about the data from Socrates and how to use it to increase student achievement.

On Tuesday, we had two exciting events. First, we recognized one of the 8th grade students, Chelsea Starr, who was awarded the Honors Scholarship from The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. She will go to this private boarding school for her high school years and the Scholarship will cover all of her learning and living expenses. I got to meet with Teal Lynch, one of the Admissions Office representatives, and she taught me so much about private school options for our students. I could see that Miss Priganc had some ideas forming about how to continue growing our parent education offerings so parents know what their options are when it comes to high school. When Chelsea Starr’s award was announced at lunch, the whole cafeteria cheered. Everyone was very proud of her!

After lunch on Tuesday, Mr. Bill Crump, a veteran of WWII, came to visit our school with two veterans from the VFW in Indian Trail. Mr. Crump is 90 years old and lives right in our community. He is a piece of living history! He shared stories about the war with our Middle School students, and answered questions about his experience. It was so interesting to hear about what his life was like in the 1940s and I know our students learned a lot. It is nice to see the Veterans in our community coming back to talk to our students about history from a first-person perspective. All of the students made a Thank You banner for Mr. Crump and signed messages for him. I think he really liked it!

On Wednesday and Thursday, I flew around to a few classrooms to check in on the learning. I really enjoyed seeing students engaged in great activities. Thursday morning was student-led conference time and there were a lot of parents on campus celebrating the work of their children. I also attended the 4th grade recorder concert. Many of the students were able to earn different colored belts for having mastered levels of the recorder. I was very proud of them!

Friday was parent-teacher conference day, so it was pretty quiet around here. I used the time to listen to the Leadership Team as they met to go through planning items for the upcoming weeks and months. There is always so much to do at Socrates!

--Plato Koukouvaiya

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