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Transit Tech Daily Memo - Monday, September 25, 2017

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Staff Announcements

  1. Staff out : Mr. Hyacinthe, Ms. McDonald (Late), Ms. Levine (Meeting), S. Alton (Meeting).
  2. Honoring Student Mohammed Ahmed: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Student Mohammed Ahmed on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Our prayers are with him and his family.
  3. Moving Cards: Everyone is responsible to move their own cards. Moving someone else's card is a violation of Department of Education's rules and regulations.
  4. School Leadership Team Meeting: Our SLT meeting will take place tomorrow at 4:00 PM in room 230.
  5. Paraprofessionals: Please report to Mr. Alton immediately if your child is absent for the day.
  6. Professional Working Hours: We are operating at Transit on a 8:10 AM -- 3:00 PM for teachers and paraprofessionals, etc. Please let us be punctual.
  7. Passes: If you did not receive a bathroom pass or an emergency pass please let Mr. Alton now as soon as possible.
  8. Celebrating Student Achievement: Let us start recognizing and celebrating our student achievements by displaying their exceptional work upon the bulletin boards inside and outside of the classrooms.

Student Announcements

  1. Cell Phones: All Cell phones should be put away throughout the course of the day. They should not be seen in the classroom, hallway, or anywhere in the building except in the cafeteria. If students fail to follow this protocol, all cell phones will be collected at scanning every morning, and will be returned at the end of the school day. Students, if you want to enjoy the privilege to bring your cell phone to school without it being collected at scanning we ask that you abide by the cell phone policy. Students are responsible to secure their cell phones and other belongings. It is mandatory that they purchase a lock to secure their properties in the locker room during their physical education classes.
  2. Dress Code: Ladies and gentlemen. Check your attire please. Du-rags, hats and hoodies, flags etc. are not a part of our dress code and you will be reminded to remove them if you wear them in the building.
  3. ID Cards: In order for students to obtain a new ID card, they must see one of the deans and pay $2.00. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Alton will make the ID card for the student.
  4. Metro-cards: Please remind all students not to lose their metro-cards. If a student needs a metro-card he/she must report to Ms. Rodriguez-Cola in room 230 during his/her lunch period in order to obtain it.
  5. Locker Rooms: All students MUST buy and use a lock in order to secure their belongings in the boys and girls locker rooms. This is mandatory.

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College and Career Readiness Speaking & Listening Standards


Prepare for an participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Transit Tech Instructional Focus 2017-2018

To facilitate the process of students developing the skill of using evidence to support arguments in discussion, which will then transfer to stronger writing in literacy and math, and develop the communication and collaboration skills that support college and career readiness.

Today in History

1789 Congress proposes 12 new amendments to the Constitution.

1804 The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president.

1846 American General Zachary Taylor's forces capture Monterey, Mexico.

1937 German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.

1938 President Franklin Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Edvard Benes over the Sudetenland.

1942 The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States.

1943 The Red Army retakes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.

1959 President Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev begin Camp David talks.

2008 China launches Shenzhou 7 spacecraft; crew performs China's first extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

Idiomatic Expression

wag one's chin

to talk.

Stop wagging your chin and do something.

wait and see

to wait to see what will occur after.

The new manager hasn't announced his new plan yet. We'll have to wait and see.

wait for the ball to drop

To wait in expectation of an occurrence.

When the scandal was publicly revealed, he waited for the ball to drop as he was involved.