Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 22 - 26, 2017




Bears,

Last week, we celebrated Bacon's Staff Appreciation Week.  With the PARCC test behind us, it was a good opportunity to do a few nice things for all the great people who work hard each and every day.  Throughout the week, we gave away gift cards (done through live drawings on the intercom).  The students loved hearing their teacher's name called out, and each class hoped their teacher would be the lucky one picked.  Also entered into the drawings were our aides, cafeteria workers, security guard, nurse, guidance counselor, and custodial staff.  A fortunate teacher even won the prize of being able to leave school an hour early.  To wrap up the week, our awesome cafeteria staff set up an Italian soda bar and strawberry shortcake station for all to enjoy.  

Each day, I'm thankful to you all for the hard work and the student-centered focus with which you approach your job - from cleaning the halls to preparing meals to delivering top-notch instruction.  As I often say, keep being great.       

Monday night (weather permitting) is our second Community Night of the year.  We hope you all can join us for a great evening of fun.  The event will run from 6-8.  If you have any questions, please call the school.  We will be monitoring the weather throughout the day.  As of right now, it looks like a wet morning with the rain moving out by event time.  As long as the blacktop areas and fields aren't a complete disaster, we'll keep it as planned.  If things look too messy, we'll make a call by early afternoon to postpone the event until Tuesday.  

See below for a list of upcoming important dates and events:

5/22 -- CFC visit to Bacon
5/22 -- Bacon Community Night (rain date 5/23)
5/26 -- Olympic Day (4th and 5th grades) and Fun Day (K-3)
5/31 -- Multicultural Week - Bacon's day (5th grade) 
5/31 -- Lego Land trip (3rd grade)
6/1 - 6/2 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/1 -- Atlantic City Aquarium (1st grade)
6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Cape May (4th grade)
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade) 
6/12 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school)


Pictures from around the School

Final practice before the concert at the Levoy


Doing what they do, and doing it well
Art!




The Guided Reading library is shaping up nicely

Italian soda bar for Staff Appreciation Week

Strawberry shortcake station -- thanks, cafeteria staff!

Birthday Selfies!





Weekly overview
Monday (5/22): B day - Lesson plans due, CFC visit kindergarten, Spring Community Night (6 - 8 at Bacon)

Tuesday (5/23): C day - PBIS assembly and final Bear Bucks store of the year (2 pm in the gym)

Wednesday (5/24): D day - K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs, Workout Wednesday

Thursday (5/25): E day - 4th grade PLC

Friday (5/26):  A day - 1st and 3rd grade PLC, wear Bacon gear, Olypmic Day, Fun Day



Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 15 - 19, 2017




Bears,

Happy Mother's day!  We hope all you moms did something nice - or more specifically, we hope something nice was done for you.  Moms - you rock!  Thank you for simply being who you are, and there's nothing simple about what you do.  We appreciate you!

Congrats to Nancy Gandy and Amanda DeVita on receiving their MAIT (Masters of Instructional Technology) from Stockton University.  See below for a few graduation pics.  Well done!  You've both worked hard and earned it.

Members from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Deparment, Millville Rescue Squad,  Millville Police Department, and Millville Fire Deparment were at Bacon on Friday for our annual First Responder's lunch.  The students loved hanging out with them, and it was a great way for us to say thank you to the hard-working men and women who keep us safe. Thanks to all the responders who came out.  We appreciate your time and service, and the students had a blast.    

Something very cool and unexpected happened at Bacon last week.  Mrs. Fryling's husband, who had been deployed for several months, was due to come home awhile ago, but he was delayed. No return date had been given.  Much to our surprise and delight, he called the school Friday morning and told us he was about 45 minutes away, and he wanted to know if he could simply pop into her classroom to surprise her.  We said no, that would not be okay, because we wanted the whole school to be able to witness this special moment.  So staff members acted and quickly whipped up a plan in the time we had.  We called an evacuation drill (monthly emergency drills are required by the state anyway, so we thought we'd make the most out of it).   With all the students watching, Mr. Fryling, being escorted by Mr. Paul Lokey and some awesome members of the Millville Fire Deparment (who readily agreed to help out), marched across the field to his unsuspecting wife.  When Mrs. Fryling realized what was happening - well, priceless.  The video is posted on Bacon's Facebook page (click here to check it out).  What a great moment!  Mr. Fryling, thank you for your service, and welcome home.

Monday, 5/15, is the Art Show and Spring Concert at Millville's Levoy theater.  The art show begins at 6:30, and the concert is at 7.  If you have any questions about this event (or any event, for that matter), please call the school.

Here are some important dates:

5/15 - 5/19 -- Bacon's Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
5/15 -- Spring Concert and Art Showcase at the Levoy Theater (3rd - 5th grades, concert begins at 7, the art showcase is at 6:30 - both at the Levoy)
5/22 -- Bacon Community Night (rain date 5/23)
5/26 -- Olympic Day (4th and 5th grades) and Fun Day (K-3)
5/31 -- Multicultural Week - Bacon's day (5th grade) 
5/31 -- Lego Land trip (3rd grade)
6/1 - 6/2 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/1 -- Atlantic City Aquarium (1st grade)
6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Cape May (4th grade)
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade) 
6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school)


We'll end with this -- With PARCC testing officially behind us, Bacon will be celebrating teachers and all staff members this week.  We'll do a little something special each day.  To all members of our Bacon staff - you have my heartfelt and sincerest thanks and gratitude for what you do each day.  We don't have easy jobs, and we don't do it for the recognition.  We do it because we know we have to - not out of obligation, but out of a moral responsibility rooted in love and care for the young people we influence each day.  And that's what we really do - influence.  All the talk about making a difference and making an impact...that's all very true.  But I believe it ultimately boils down to influence.  How will you influence those in your care?  How will you influence - today, tomorrow, next week - those who look up to you, who need you, who depend on you to do what only you can?

So keep on influencing, and keep on being great.        


Pictures from around the School

Isabel Martinez representing Bacon at Millville's Youth Commission Night.  She was awesome!

All elementary schools being represented

Isabel in action
Receiving her plaque for a job well done


The Bacon school store is open for business
Mrs. Klaudi and Mrs. Cheeseman twinning


Mrs. DeVita and Mrs. Fryling at Millville's Tech Showcase

Congrats, grads

When realization hit Mrs. Fryling

Reunion

Welcome home, sir 

Mission accomplished


Birthday Selfies




Weekly overview
Monday (5/15): B day - Lesson plans due, Art Show (6:30 at the Levoy), Spring Concert (7:00 at the Levoy)

Tuesday (5/16): C day - a great day a Bacon

Wednesday (5/17): D day - K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs

Thursday (5/18): E day - Staff meeting (8 am in the library), 4th grade PLC, 6th grade administrative visit to Bacon (10:30)

Friday (5/19):  A day - 1st and 3rd grade PLC, wear Bacon gear

**Looking ahead
5/22 - Community Night (rain day 5/23)


Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 8 - 12, 2017



Bears,

Another week is in the books.  May is a busy time of year, and I'd like to thank the entire Bacon staff for keeping the pace, staying focused, and always remembering that everything we do is 100% entirely about the students.  

First, I'd like to thank the entire Bacon staff for a smooth week of PARCC testing.  Thanks to the teachers directly involved in the test for all your hard work, and thanks to the teachers not directly involved for your flexibility and patience.  We made it through the week!  We aren't quite done just yet, but the bulk of the testing is now behind us.  I'd like to extend an extra thanks to Amy Spanbauer, our testing coordinator, and Amanda DeVita, our back-up coordinator, for planning and administering the test and for getting done the million details nobody ever sees when it comes to pulling off a test such as the PARCC.

Our attendance initiative, headed by Kim Berry (PBIS aide), saw many students recognized during the 3rd marking period (see pic above).  Students who qualified (by being in school and on-time during the 3rd marking period) were entered into a drawing for a VR goggle headset.  We will have another drawing for the 4th marking period, so students, keep coming to school and keep being on time!

Bacon's Spring Community Night is fast approaching.  The event will be on 5/22 from 6-8 pm.  The fall event was such a success that we couldn't let the fun end there.  There will be businesses and representatives from the community, fun and games, members of the police and fire departments will be on hand, and more.  Come out for a great evening with the extended Bacon family.  We hope to see you.  The rain date will be 5/23.

Kudos to all the staff members this week, in particular the 3rd - 5th grades, that kept our Bears engaged and learning after testing was over each day.  Who says learning can't be fun?  It was a great way for the students to unwind and decompress after the test while still giving them something useful and productive to do.  During the week, science projects were taking place outside, STEM style lessons were being done, the band and choir continued preparing for the concert, and other fun things were happening in the classrooms.  Great job to the staff for striking the right balance of engagement and fun while not sacrificing learning during this time.

Once again, here are some upcoming important dates:

5/15 -- Spring Concert and Art Showcase at the Levoy Theater (3rd - 5th grades, concert begins at 7, the art showcase is TBD - both at the Levoy)
5/22 -- Bacon Community Night (rain date 5/23)
5/26 -- Olympic Day (4th and 5th grades) and Fun Day (K-3)
5/31 -- Multicultural Week - Bacon's day (5th grade) 
5/31 -- Lego Land trip (3rd grade)
6/1 - 6/2 -- Safety Patrol trip
6/1 -- Atlantic City Aquarium (1st grade)
6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Cape May (4th grade)
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade) 
6/16 - Last day of school (and graduation at the senior high school)

Teacher appreciation day is 5/9.  We have a few fun things and surprises in store throughout the week.  And so, in honor of teachers (and all who work with our Bears in any capacity), I leave you with this:

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist...Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."  -- John Steinbeck

Everyone have a great week.
Mike




Pictures from around the School

Congrats to our April students of the month!

Amanda DeVita and Nancy Gandy presenting their capstone project at Stockton.  Congrats on (almost) receiving your Masters in Instruction Technology!

Stopping by Mr. Lokey's desk for a quick visit and smile


All South Jersey Elementary Band
Congrats to Aryanna Bunton, Charlene Walker, and Isabel Martinez for performing in the All South Jersey Elementary Band Festival.  Great job!









Thank you, Mrs. Rohaly, for your hard work with these fine musicians. 

Team Bacon at the MS walk in OC
Thanks to all who came out, and thanks to Nancy Gandy for organizing our Bears


Birthday Selfies












Weekly overview
Monday (5/8): B day - Lesson plans due

Tuesday (5/9): C day - I&RS, PBIS Tier Two meeting (10:44-11:24 in the conference room), Leadership team meeting (1:00 at Culver), Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday (5/10): D day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs

Thursday (5/11): E day -PBIS events planning committee,  4th grade PLC

Friday (5/12):  A day - 1st and 3rd grade PLC, wear Bacon gear

**Looking ahead
5/15 - Art Show and Spring Concert at the Levoy (concert begins at 7, art show is TBD)
5/22 - Community Night (rain day 5/23)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May 1 - 5, 2017
















Bears,

It's great to be back.  I hope all our students and staff members had a restful, recharging, fun, adventurous, relaxing, etc., spring break.  It's also great to be back for me personally.  I was out for five days to be with my growing family, and it was wonderful to spend some time with my wife, three-year old, and newborn.  The newest Coyle arrived in the wee hours of 4/11.  Mom and baby are both happy and healthy.

We've got a lot on the horizon, and the academic pace isn't slowing down one bit.  Several classes are in the middle of projects (all kinds of projects - science, history, research, writing, genius hour-- yes!).   The growth mindset mentality is still spreading and catching on.  People are positive.  Staff members are doing great work, and it keeps getting better!

'Tis the season for events.  Here are some important dates coming up for our Bacon Bears:

5/15 -- Spring Concert and Art Showcase at the LeVoy Theater (3rd - 5th grades)
5/26 -- Olympic Day (4th and 5th grades) and Fun Day (K-3)
5/31 -- Multicultural Week - Bacon's Day (5th grade) 
5/31 -- Lego Land trip (3rd grade)
6/1 - 6/2 -- Safety Patrol Trip
6/1 -- Atlantic City Aquarium (1st grade)
6/6 -- Lakeside Orientation (5th grade)
6/7 -- Ocean City (K)
6/8 -- Band trip to Lakeside
6/9 -- Phenom Factory (5th grade)  

You'll see a few more added next week. Stay tuned. 

Some good news - as of now, we've just about cut the number of our discipline referrals in half compared to this time last year.  We'll share the hard data after the year is over, but as it stands right now, we've had a significant reduction in behavioral incidents here at Bacon.  There are a number of reasons this happened, but one thing we've been sure to focus on this year is the persuasive power of relationships.  We know that when a teacher has a good rapport with a student, the connection can go a long way to overcoming student apathy, a poor attitude, and other things that get in the way of behavioral and academic success.  The old saying is true - people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Learning begins with caring.  Of course, caring alone doesn't actually get the work done, but if a teacher isn't caring and invested in what they do, they can only do so much for a student - and the student will only do so much for the teacher.  Teachers are limited in their ability to provide maximum impact if they don't value and foster a connection with their learners.  So much of what we can do in the classrooms relies on our ability to influence our students, and that influence is only possible when an environment of caring and trust has been established.  Great job to our entire Bear staff - from the classrooms to the cafeteria and everything in between - for creating a whole-school atmosphere of caring, trust, and success.  Keep it up!

In other news, PARCC testing begins this week.  Students are reminded to get a good night of sleep, eat breakfast, and come to school ready to focus and do their best!  We are sure they'll do great.

On a personal note, I'd like to thank Karen Harris and Scott Sheppard for filling in while I was out.  Whenever I'm out, it's reassuring to know that Bacon is in capable, friendly hands.  Also, a huge thank you to Scott for the pictures he took of the Spring Fling and Egg Drop.  You'll see many of those pics below.

And speaking of pictures, we've got a lot this week, and I hope you enjoy them.  They are from activities from before and after spring break.

Keep doing great things, and keep being great.
Mike


Spring Fling


































5th Grade Egg Drop Science Experiment Pictures













Earth Day celebration and other pictures from around the school






























































Birthday Selfies











Weekly overview
Monday (5/1): B day - Lesson plans due, PARCC testing

Tuesday (5/2): C day - A terrific Tuesday, PARCC testing

Wednesday (5/3): D day - Dare to be Fit (8 am in the gym), Workout Wednesday, K, 2nd, and 5th grade PLCs, PARCC testing

Thursday (5/4): E day -Staff meeting (8 am in the library),  4th grade PLC, PARCC testing

Friday (5/5):  A day - 1st and 3rd grade PLC, PARCC testing

**Looking ahead
5/22 - Community Night (rain day 5/23)