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DeGolyer's Weekly Newsletter: February 16-19, 2016


DeGolyer's Mission

E.L. DeGolyer Elementary educates and empowers all students for success by ensuring they are college and career ready citizens.

Upcoming Events and Due Dates

02/15 - 3-5 Mock STAAR Data Documents Due

02/17 - Lockdown Drill

02/18 - TELPAS Calibration Training in Library after school

02/18 - Colon's Birthday

02/19 - 4th Six Weeks Ends

02/22 - 5th Six Weeks Begins

02/22 - ILT

02/23 - Rangel's Birthday

02/25 - Feasel's Birthday

02/25 - Patch Day

02/25 - PD

02/26 - 4th Grade Fun Friday

02/27 - Hunter and Mays' Birthday

02/29 - Report Cards Issued

03/07 - WTWFP Job-Alike Sessions, 4:00-5:30


  • Use your REAL School Garden QR code to log your time and use of our garden, outdoor spaces, and great lessons to win a chef to come cook for your class! Competition extended to the 19th. See Ortega for questions or assistance.
  • Don't forget to do your TELPAS online basic training. Go to the library to sign verification upon completion.

Shout Outs!

  • Our new team members did a great job representing us at the talent show! The dance was a real "Treasure."
  • Shout out to Mrs. Ryder for a FANTASTIC and SUPER ALIGNED math lesson on Friday! Our 3rd grade mathematicians were really working their brains.
  • Shout out to Mr. Hernandez for his constant smile and positive attitude as he works hard to keep our building clean.

Thought for the Week


Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Does a Growth Mindset Make Students Better Math Problem Solvers?

In a recent article in Education Week, Sarah Sparks reports, "Having a positive mindset in math may do more than just help students feel more confident about their skills and more willing to keep trying with they fail." The article tells about brain research performed on elementary students.

Which mindset do you promote and model for your students?

For the full article, see the December 9, 2015 issue of Education Week (Vol. 35, #14, p.6),

Action Plan Connection/Update

Progress to Goal for Key Action 2 in Reading:

Improve student academic achievement through DDI.


3rd grade students will achieve at least a 10 point gain on the 2016 reading STAAR, moving from 77% to 87% proficient.

  • ACP Fall: 65.8% (English), 78.3% (Spanish)
  • We only need 21.2% more (English) and 8.7% more (Spanish). That means moving 7 students in English and 2 more students in Spanish. You can do it Third Grade!!!

4th grade students will achieve at least a 10 point gain on the 2016 reading STAAR, moving from 77% to 87% proficient.

  • ACP Fall: 89.7% (English), 37.5% (Spanish)
  • We are on track (English) and need 49.5% more (Spanish). That means moving 8 students in Spanish and maintaining in English. You can do it Fourth Grade!!!

5th grade students will achieve at least a 10 point gain on the 2016 reading STAAR, moving from 72% to 82% proficient.

  • ACP Fall: 80.5% (English), 66.7% (Spanish)
  • We only need 1.5% more (English) and 15.3% more (Spanish). That means moving 1 more student in English and 1 more student in Spanish. You can do it Fifth Grade!!!

TEI Updates

Where are you with your SLO and PDP?

Take a look at your SLO and PDP and do a self assessment. You will soon meet with your sidekick to see how you are coming along in your goal completion.