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Principal El-Rafih’s Blog

Dear parents, In my message for March 2017, I would like to send a note of appreciation to our Superintendent Ms. Depeel I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. DePeel for her leadership during the last five years. This has been a major time of transition and Ms. DePeel has led us

Friday Focus – January 29, 2016

Friday Focus! January 29, 2016 “Each of us is called to make the world a better place. To do so, our lives must be creative.” Father Edward J. Lavin, Jesuit priest How do we manage our students’ learning and behavior on a continu­ous basis? Each day, I find myself questioning how I am relating to

Friday Focus – January 22, 2016

Friday Focus! January 22 “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Stephen Covey Some students need constant motivation in order to learn. For the teacher, this task can seem nearly impossible and ex­hausting, especially when students enter your classroom with no ma­terials but lots of baggage—past failures, academic frustrations, and less-than-ideal attitudes. Robert Harris

Friday Focus – January 15, 2016

Friday Focus! Teaching : Art or Science January 15, 2016 When you look at the truly effective teachers, you will also find caring, warm, lovable people. Years later, when the students remember their most significant teachers, the ones that they remember the most are the ones who really cared about them. Effective teachers know that

Friday Focus – January 8, 2016

Friday Focus! January 8, 2016 “To provide a safe and secure school environment conducive to learning with the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community.” Georgia Department of Education School Safety Mission Statement One of the many roles I have at Almadina Ogden campus is School Safety Coordinator. It is by far

Friday Focus – December 4, 2015

Friday Focus! December 4, 2015 “Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” Goethe In 2009 a teacher named Amanda gave me a book called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff—And It’s All Small Stuff. By Richard Carlson. If you have not read the book yet please read it.

Friday Focus – November 27, 2015

Friday Focus! The 14th Friday, November 27, 2015 “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.” Ancient Chinese proverb “Teach child content and he will pass a test. Teach a child HOW to learn all content

Friday Focus – November 20, 2015

Friday Focus! November 20 Parent-Teacher Interviews Be positive with people and you’ll get positive results (Blanchard, Lacinak, Tompkins, Ballard, & Blanchard, 2002). Todd Whitaker (2004) is known for stating, “Raise the praise and minimize the criticize.” A interview is not the time to vividly describe and elaborate on every single minor classroom disruption. Great teachers

Friday Focus – November 13, 2015

Friday Focus! Friday the `13th, November 13, 2015 Delusion, Distraction, Waste The preface of a mathematics resource book informs the reader of the following: In accordance with our principle of relative inclusiveness, we have at-tempted to define every term used in our definitions. However, just as we have tried to set the level of each

Friday Focus – November 6, 2015

Friday Focus! November 6, 2015 “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a