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Let me take a moment to explain how my website works. This is my homepage. You will be directed here from the SPS school website. From this page you can use the left task bar to navigate to other pages I have. I hope you find it helpful and efficient. I would appreciate any feedback about it’s use. I’d like to work on improving it for ease of use for parents and students. 

Thank you!

Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Good morning,

Our last presentation date has been set. Students were polled and selected the date of Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This presentation will be in the gym and more of a science fair type of set up. 

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I have updated my page. I am still trying to figure out and manage multiple groups going in multiple directions! It’s been hectic, stressful, and challenging to say the least! :-) I still haven’t figured out how to present lesson plans. 

In case your student has shared with your our latest project, I’d like to bring you up to date. Our Driving Question for this project is, “How can we, as community members, make Sikeston a better place?” After brainstorming and finding others who had the same general idea, students began planning their projects. After a few late changes (Students realized their initial project wasn’t do-able in the time span allotted) these are the groups we have now: 

Retro Gaming: trying to get an “old school” game room at the SJH for students to play. All proceeds (if there are any) will go to a charity/organiziation within our community. 

Donations: students want to have donation boxes around town to collect items to be gifted to an organization that helps the homeless. 

Teaching Kids: students want to tutor elementary students after school. 

Builders: students want to build agility items for the dog park and donate them to the city. 

Animal to Animal: these students want to walk and wash dogs for the elderly and/or disabled. 

Operation Clean Up: students recognize Sikeston’s littering problem and want to help clean up the Complex. 

Retro Derby: students want to see a skating path be built at the SJH around our existing playground

Shovel Boyz: students want to rake leaves/shovel snow for neighbors/needy

Community Fridge: these students want to set up a community fridge and place it in Sikeston for those in need

Animal Shelter: students want to volunteer at the Humane Society shelter. 

Groomer’s Help: students want to help out groomers. 

Book Drive: students want to hold a book drive to get books to donate to the new Wing Elementary. 

Stuffed Animals to Children in Hospitals: these students want donors to “sponsor” a bear for $6 and donate the bear to a child at MO DELTA. 

The students have had great ideas in response to our Driving Question. I look forward to seeing how this plays out and what great things they accomplish. 

Thank you all for your support with our students and this class! You rock!

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Ware

Updated Sunday, October 14, 2018

Good evening,

Grades have been updated and entered. Several students didn’t check their Google Classroom and have missing assignments. These can be submitted as soon as they get them to me.

This week we will begin our second project. I’m not sure how quickly/slowly we will move but the process will be the same, nevermind the time. The lesson plans are up if you are interested in seeing the process of our set up. If you want the specific details, check your student’s Google Classroom to see the forms that will be sent out. 

Parent/teacher conferences are this Thursday, October 18th, from 1-8 p.m. If you have not heard from your student’s 4th hour teacher, you will need to contact them! They should have made contact with you already so there might be a problem. 

As a reminder, there will be no school on Friday, October 19th

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

 Updated Monday, October 8, 2018

Good afternoon, 

The lesson plans are posted for this week. The scoring guide used to grade this week’s assignment has been attached for your perusal. 

I would like to thank you all for attending and participating in our first Innovator’s Learning Lab presentation night! I know how difficult it is to make it to these functions with all the family activities. Please know I really do understand and appreciate you all for supporting your student and this class! 

I also would like to let you know the student’s read through the feedback forms and got some great feedback! For the three groups that placed, they will use that feedback to make improvements to their presentations for the next round of presentations before the faculty at SJH. The others will be using the feedback to make plans on how to improve their next project. I will be sure to let you all know the outcome of the three groups and issue an invitation to partipate, if you would like to help with implementing the winning plan. 

We do have the “Best in Show” tallied and I will announce them tomorrow in Google Classroom. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag until I can let the students know. If you visit this page, you will see my Twitter feed in the upper right corner. I have posted some pictures from presentation night and your students do have the video of their group’s performance if you would like to view it again. I will be posting the pictures of the three winning groups and the “Best in Show” pictures when I take them tomorrow. (or shortly thereafter!) 

Here is the current newsletter for the week. Click the link below. 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1032/innovators_learning_lab_newsletter_10-8_to_10-12.docx

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1032/innovators_learning_lab_newsletter_10-8_to_10-12.pdf

Apparently, I don’t know how to correctly add a link in the newsletter so here’s the link to the CNN article for our Community Partner, Mrs. Lyndsi Lee.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/05/tech/havenly/index.html

Grades are due next week. (By midnight Sunday) This will be MY focus for this week. Wrapping up any loose ends and finalizing grades. There will be several grades added this week, such as: 

-Master list and trends identified

-Comparing/contrasting 2 presentation videos

-Peer Evaluations on group work 

-Presentation grades from me (They were supplied with these rubrics in Google Classroom) 

The reflection essays won’t be graded for a while. It takes a good bit of time to read through and assess them. Please be patient with me while I work on these AND prepare the next project. 

Speaking of the next project, I will be on the lookout for more Community Partners. I cannot be specific as of right now, but as soon as I see the specific needs of the students I will be posting and looking for members of the community who can share their expertise with the students. This includes Moms, Dads, Step Moms, Step Dads, uncles, aunts, cousins, family friends, church organizations, charitable organizations, work friends, etc. It is so important to our students that we collaborate with real professionals outside of the classroom for authentic learning and authentic audiences. I think that is all for this week.

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated Monday, October 1, 2018

Good afternoon,

Lesson plans for the week were posted on Friday for this week. We will be working on improving our presentations and performances for Wednesday’s presentation night.  I think we are all a little nervous and excited for the event. 

This Friday, students will be allowed to bring snacks and drinks to my class as a sort of celebration that we all survived our first PBL project and presentation! Hooray!

We will begin our next PBL project next week. I proposed our first project but this next one will be of each student’s choosing. I cannot wait to see what they come up with! 

I have had some parents contact me about the dress requirements for the evening (see prior post) and if you need any assistance at all with this requirement please don’t hesitate to let me know! 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated Monday, September 24, 2018

Good afternoon,

It has definitely  been a Monday. I apologize for the update being late. I thought I could quickly pop in this morning and get it done quickly and that is not at all how it turned out!

Lesson plans have been updated for the week. There are several attachments along with it. All of the rubrics (scoring guides), the Multimedia Presentation Requirements, and the Newsletter for the week are attached to the lesson plans. 

The rubrics given for this project will be the same rubrics used for all of the projects. It would be wise to have students get familiar with them. 

Students do have dress requirements for presentations. They are listed in both the newsletter and the Requirements handout. If you need assistance with the dress requirements, please contact me A.S.A.P. 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated...again, September 16, 2018

I made a newsletter. Please check it out. I would love some feedback. Was it informative? What kind of information would you like to see in future editions?

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1032/innovators_learning_lab_newsletter_9-17_to_9-21.docx

Updated September 16, 2018

Good afternoon Parents/guardians,

Lesson plans are posted for the week. We will have a community parter come visit on Monday and share with us her fundraising experience. Students will then begin to work on their fundraising ideas for the week. Plans will be due on Friday. 

In addition to our weekly focus, some students will also be working on additional drafts of the previous work. We are working towards perfection for presentation night. The budget will not be complete until right before presentation night as well. This is a multifaceted machine with many gears shifting at one time. It is a little overwhelming but the students are doing remarkably well for not having any experience with this type of a project. It will get easier as we go along and they get comfortable with the process. 

We do have a presentation date set. All presentations will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in our Junior High cafeteria. Students will have dress requirements that I will announce at a later date and their attendance is mandatory. We are hoping all parents and friends/family can come watch and participate in our event. I will continue to update you with more information as time goes on. 

I hope you enjoy your Sunday.  

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated Friday, September 14, 2018

Good morning Parents/guardians, 

I am participating in the Scholastic Book Club again this year because I believe reading is vital to a child’s development and success in life. Below is the link to our Scholastic Classroom website where you can peruse and order books.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1032/scholastic_book_club_parent_info_sheet.pdf

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement for reading!

Mrs. Ware

Updated September 10, 2018

Good morning Parents/guardians, 

I wasn’t feeling great this weekend so I didn’t get to update my website on Sunday, my apologies. 

This week our focus is on the budget. Students were introduced to the budget last week. By the end of the week I think they had a better idea of what a budget is and it’s purpose. They will continue to work on the budget this week with two component of the budget being due on Friday. Those two sections are the Advertising and B.A.R.K. Store Inventory categories which are on the Budget Proposal sheet. Any/all Purchase Requisitions for those respective categories are due on Friday as well. 

In addition to the two parts of the budget being due, the group Project Team Work Plan (planning sheet) is due and an individual assignment for those who went on the field trip visit. (Thank you letter/note for Mr. John Seiler) 

I am working on getting an experienced fund raising expert in our classroom next week. Cross your fingers the scheduling works out! If it does, that will be our focus for next week and we will also be working on the budgeting portion of the Budget Propsal sheet for that category. 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated September 3, 2018

Good afternoon parents/guardians, 

Remember how I mentioned last week (see below for the prior post) how our plans change based on our Need to Knows? After our Community Partner, Mrs. Lyndsi Lee, (Interior designer) presented, I realized I needed to reschedule the final presentation.  I do not have a date as of yet. I need to see how the students do this week working on their budgets. 

Lesson plans have been posted for this week. I will be introducing the students to budgeting. They have two components to the budget they will be required to complete and add to their final presentation. I will push these out in Google Classroom some time this evening. 

Speaking of budgets, there are three videos Ms. Walker, our 8th grade math teacher, was gracious enough to make for me. The topics are: how to compute square footage (one with feet only and one with feet and inches) and how to compute unit price. These will be very beneficial for the students while they work on their budgets. They were sent out on Friday through Google Classroom. 

I am looking for Community Partners who have experience with fundraising and someone with advertising experience. Many of the groups have mentioned raising money to help fund their B.A.R.K. Store Challenge Plan and also advertising for the B.A.R. K. store. I would love to have professionals come and speak to the students about successful ways to fundraise or advertise, or allow me to video tape them so I can present the information to the students. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to assist our students in their authentic learning, we would love to have you!

I do have some grades to put into the gradebook for last week. I don’t anticipate I will be able to get them in tonight, nor tomorrow, but they should be in by the end of the day on Tuesday. 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Please enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

Updated: August 26, 2018

Good afternoon! This week is a busy and critical week for our students. I am anticipating many “OMG” moments this week. As we go on, the students are coming to realize how much work and planning these projects take but I expect it will fully hit them this week. Please reassure your student it is ok and to take it one step at a time. 

Lesson plans have been posted with our flexible plans outlined. These WILL change! This class is all about finding out what we need and then filling that need. Need to Knows happen daily and things change often based on those needs. I will always update them in Google Classroom. I am going to attempt to invite parents this afternoon. If I have troubles I will speak with our tech person and work on successfully completing that early this week so you can stay involved and up to date as well. 

Our presentations will take place on Wednesday, September 5th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in our Junior High cafeteria. All parents/guardians, friends, and family are encouraged to attend. We would like to show support for our students and also get them accustomed to presenting their projects to an authentic audience. They will need this experience for the next project that we do. (Whatever it is they decide to do for their next project!) 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. Here is my contact information:

  • e-mail: cware@spsr6.org
  • work phone (573)471-1720
  • planning period: 4th hour (11:07-12:49)

Please enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ware

 

 

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