This Week At HDSMS: 09-07

HDSMS MainSo excited to have another school year upon us. Hopefully everyone enjoyed a fun and restful summer. For those new to the school, each week we share out our This Week @ HDSMS to help keep parents up-to-date on what is happening at our amazing school. We are very excited about the upcoming year and look forward to seeing the students soon.

Information To Share

Welcome Back Information: A few days ago, a welcome back letter was shared out with lots of important information regarding school start up. If you missed it, you can find it by clicking here. Grade 6s come on Tuesday September 8th from 8:30 – 10:00 (they do not need any school supplies) with the entire schooling coming Wednesday September 9th all day.

Open Door: As an administrative team, we are strong believers in an “open door” policy when it comes to parents and the community. We would encourage you to contact us by phone, email or in person a with any questions, concerns or accolades you want to share. Our contact information is available on the staff directory.

Upcoming Closure of Grade Crescent: The City of Langley will be doing construction on Grade Crescent just west of HD Stafford Middle school starting mid September. Please click here for a letter from the City of Langley with information on the upcoming Open House on September 10th as well as detour routes.

Professional Learning: 

Each week, I will post links to articles/videos I have come across in my own professional development. I like to share these with staff and the community for a variety of reasons (spark conversation, general interest, personal passion). Also, often they are directly related to learning conversations we are having at HD Stafford Middle. The list won’t be as long as the one this week as it represents some of my summer professional reading. Anyway, I have “scooped” a few professional learning articles, websites and videos to  Leadership With Purpose: Random Curation of a Passionate Educator Be sure to check out the following:

  • Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started
  • Ask Questions And Listen
  • An Italian Teacher’s Homework List Will Make Your Summer Bellissimo
  • Everything You Think You Know About Disciplining Kids Is Wrong
  • What Are You Doing To Encourage Curiosity In Your TEACHERS
  • 6 Ways To Teach Growth Mindset From Day One Of School
  • Why Looping Is A Way Underappreciated School Improvement Initiative
  • 10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know
  • 15 Ways To Help Your Child Deal With Back To School Anxiety
  • Winning Isn’t That Great And Losing Isn’t That Bad

Upcoming Dates

Monday

Labour Day

Tuesday

Grade 6s only – 8:30 – 10:00

Wednesday

Grade 6 – 8 – all day

Thursday

First day of Explorations

Friday

Skyhawk Spirit Day – Wear your HD Stafford gear and colours