Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mario Go Kart: First Week!

This week I feel like I have been Mario in the fast-paced world of education!
Get Course Requirement Form written, approved, signed, and printed; BETA Club announcements for news show and school blog; Seating Charts; New Students--Write more cards; Click, Click, Click--take first day pictures; Bright eyes and sighs from upperclassmen saying hello--my heart is melting! I miss those kids!!!; More Desks Needed; Magic Marker dead? Throw it away and grab another; BOLT/Community Time planned; Faculty Meeting in the cafeteria? Right now?; Hole-punch those worksheets; Locker stuck? Here, let me help!; Update Google calendar; Hey, I taught your sister! And YOUR brother!; Check on first-year teacher--you OK?; Stapler broken again??; Receipt BETA Club payments; No phone number on check?? Track down a dozen upperclassmen to get those phone numbers; Bulletin Board make-over; Special meeting for student at 10:30 a.m.--I'm There; Walk on the Right!; I'm missing a student. Yes, he was with the others last period. No, we can't find him. Think he went to the band room with 8th graders?; Take this to the Bookkeeper; Nutritional and affordable snacks to give kids at birthday celebration next Friday??? Let me think! How in the world are we gonna do this???; Missed your bus?; Take this to Guidance; Tell the team we're on Friday schedule; Nurse just called--go take your meds!; You lost your lunchbox?; More Bulletin Boards to do--How many are there?; Homeroom Transportation: Car or Bus? AM, PM or Both? Which Bus?; Lost your pencil pouch? Schedule Change again??; Here's a Sharpie--Put your name on EVERYTHING; What is Coach A's new phone number?; You want ME to do the Ice Bucket Challenge?; Hospitality Money? Just put in in this basket, I'll get to it later; Feet hurt--Think anyone will notice that I'm wearing Croc's with my dress?; Novella-email from concerned parent ALREADY?; Yes Ma'am, we'll take care of your baby! You can pick her up at 2:25 pm in the front carpool line. Really. Bye-Bye Now!; Welcome to the MixsonZone!
DING DING DING DING DING!!!!!! You're the WINNER!!!!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOLT--Our First Community Meeting

This morning we held our first BOLT meeting (Blythewood's Own Lifeskills Training) and met as a Lightning Team all together!  We have a GREAT looking bunch! We introduced some important adults on our team including: Mr. Smith, Mrs. Cribb, Ms. Myllykangas, Mrs. Mixson, Ms. Valafar, and Mrs. Richburg.
Deputy Mark Weinshreider spoke to the students about safety and bullying. Our principal Mrs. Karis Mazyck spoke about the importance of communicating with teachers and adults in the building when they need help.
But what the students enjoyed the most was learning that they would be having RECESS today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting to Know You

Today we did a Get-to-Know-You activity wherein everyone circles up and gets a turn being the star for a few seconds. The person who is "it" says his name and performs an action to go along with it. The person next in the circle performs the same action and says the person's name. And so it goes all around the circle with everyone repeating the name and action of one student before the next gets a turn. I paddled my kayak and said, "Mixson!"
It can be quite empowering for an 11-year-old to make all of his peers says his name and do any action he wishes. So, imagine my surprise when Jordan did a front handspring and said, "JORDAN!"

Um, ok. I asked for it. No. Just No.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Plankton for Breakfast

As I called the roster today, I asked the students to tell me what they had for breakfast.
  • Me: "Elijah." 
  • E: "Plankton."
  • Me: "I beg your pardon!!??"
  • E: "Plankton"
  • Me: "What is the that?? Some new Sponge Bob cereal??"
  • E: "No, it's like a banana."
  • Me: "OHHHH!!! Plantain!! Are you from Jamaica?"
  • E: "Yes, Ma'am."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

BMS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Mrs. Mazyck, Mrs. Eastwood, Mrs. Carter, Mr. Johnson, and Deputy Weinshreider took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Click on the link to view!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

From Your Family to Ours!

The Lightning Team is made up many members, and we come from a diverse group of families. Here are a few I met today!





Monday, August 4, 2014

Calendar Ooooo! Lookie Lookie!

Well, I've done it! I've added my classroom calendar to my MixsonZone blog! Now students & parents can click on the right side of my blog for easy access to the assignments we are currently working on! I'm getting my technology on!!