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Travis High School Faculty Newsletter - January 28, 2019


Monday, January 28

End of PR 5

Tuesday, January 29

TIGER TUESDAY:Black Out the Bulldogs and the Vikings! Support Basketball, Soccer, and Softball!!

Boys Basketball: v Austin @THS 4, 5:30, 7

Girls Basketball: @ Austin 4, 5:30, 7

Girls Soccer: @ Dulles 5:00, 7:00

Boys Soccer: vs. Dulles @ THS 4:30, 6:30

Softball: @ Tompkins 4:30, 6:00

DEADLINE: All grades must be submitted by 11:59 PM

Wednesday, January 30

College Wear Wednesday

Faculty Meetings - during Conference Period in Library

CBLT Meeting - 2:55 - Library

Thursday, January 31

Course Selection Night - 6:00 PM

DEADLINE: Complete form to recognize January ROAR Award Winners! See Button Below!

Friday, February 1

Fridays We Wear RED! - Don't forget to give points in Advisory!

Boys Basketball: v RPHS @THS 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Girls Basketball: @RPHS 4:00, 5:30, 7:00

Girls Soccer: v Austin @THS 5:30, 7:30

Boys Soccer: @Austin HS 4:30, 6:30

Softball: v Pasadena @THS 5:00, 6:30

An Awesome TIGER SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Hodge for taking extra steps to create a course selection collage bulletin board to help students access information for planning their futures! Thank you, Noelle!

It's Time to Nominate January ROAR Award Recipients!

Remember, ROAR stands for Recognizing Outstanding Academic Results! Look for those hard working students that may not always be recognized for their improvement or dedication!

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Don't forget to recognize your students with a POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRAL!!

The Positive Office Referral should be used when a teacher wishes to reward a student for something academic or behavioral. This differs from the ROAR award in that Positive Office referrals can be issued at any time and for any positive behavior worthy of reward. The ROAR award is for students working hard over a period of time and producing academic results. To submit a Positive Office Referral, CLICK HERE. Students that receive a POR will be called in by an administrator and will also be awarded 25 Tiger Pride points!

Change in Grading Guidelines for THIS Semester

NEW SECONDARY Grading Guidelines for each nine week period

12 total

  • 9 daily
  • 3 major

Reminders for Students

We will be making some announcements to assist with this but please help us be reminding students and enforcing that they do not wear hoodies, beanies, hats, do-rags, or other non-religious head coverings. Also, students are not allowed to have blankets with them. We have sent this out in the parent newsletter as well. With the cold weather, we have definitely seen an increase in all of these things. We appreciate your help with this!

Junior Teachers! Remind Students the Deadline is Approaching to Take Advantage of SAT School Day!

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Faculty Graduation Gown Form - Due February 15th

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Teacher Toolkit

As we wrapped up the first semester, many of us spent time diving into the numbers of students failing courses. And, while we found numerous reasons that students weren't successful, one that continued to pop up was grade books that were filled with zeroes. This led me back to something I read this summer in a book by teacher, Myron Dueck titled Grading Smarter Not Harder. In Dueck's discussion of zeroes, he challenges readers to consider that zeroes are the number one factor compromising grading data. He refers to them as the "ultimate numerical weapon" for a teacher, yet argues that for many students the zero is simply not a punishment, but more of an "easy way out" of doing the work. In considering options for his classroom, he created a form that students were required to complete when not submitting an assignment at the deadline. He used this form to gain information on why the student did not turn the work in and from that create a plan to ensure the learning and the work were completed. A sample of this form is pictured below. How has your PLC addressed students not turning in work? Would a form such as this be a viable option? What routine/procedural changes would be needed in your classroom to implement something like this? If you would like to read more, I (Lizzie:)) have the book and I am happy to loan it to you!
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Student Teacher Conference Form - Must be completed and submitted for all S1 Failures

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Professional Growth Opportunity through Peer Observation!

As discussed at the faculty meeting, we are rolling out opportunities to observe other teachers to see the many amazing things we have going on at Travis High School!! Use the links below to request to observe another teacher and/or let us know you are willing and able to be observed!

To have your name added to the Tiger Board (volunteering to allow others into your classroom), please use this link or add your name to the Tiger Board in the front office behind the mailboxes: https://goo.gl/forms/7jK0Im7OS0bvqDSD2

If you or your PLC would like to observe classrooms, please use this request link: https://goo.gl/forms/qLZNDRfCTr4w4vOq2

Exemption Information


- If a student is doubled up in Science, can they exempt both? Yes, they can as long as they don't exceed the total number of exemptions.. For example, a junior may choose to exempt two science courses, 1 social studies, 1 math, and choose to take their English final.

- What absences count towards exemptions? All absences coded E and U will be counted towards exemption totals. T and L will also count - 3 tardies/lates equals 1 absence for exemption purposes.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for your Biometric Screening!

Important Dates for Seniors - Spring 2019

Senior Teachers - Please POST!

Staffulty Tiger Pride Points!

Points will be rewarded for school events, participation, attendance, and academics! Each “event” is worth 25 points!

· Any Travis Tiger Football Game

· Any HOME game for all sporting events

· Any Fine Arts Concert or Performance

· Homecoming Pep Rally—Monday, October 1st

· Participation in any theme or spirit day!

· College Wear Wednesday!

· Fridays We Wear RED!

· Perfect Attendance (monthly)

· Perfect Attendance to Duty (9 weeks)

· Attending additional duties for school events

· Other events to be added—stay tuned for more information!


Staffulty will be awarded their points by an administrator via your staff ID number. Mrs. Martinez can also award points for College Wear Wednesday—she will be in all lunches those days for kids! Remember—

whoever is awarding the points will have to see you!! Points for covering classes, perfect attendance and duty attendance will be uploaded automatically.

Staffulty may check their point total online using their ID via the portal on our website and linked in the


TIGER PRIDE points– Staffulty Edition—will offer an array of prizes and privileges to our staffulty members! It is a FUN way to get involved and enjoy the year!

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Student Teacher Conference Form

Updated form for 2nd semester

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February 6

Department Leader Meeting

Letter Jacket Fitting - all lunches

National Signing Day - Signings in gym at 2:00 PM

February 7

Letter Jacket Fitting - all lunches

February 8

Pep Rally - Activity Schedule

February 13

Department Meetings

February 15

Professional Development Day - Student Holiday

February 20

Department Leader Meeting

February 27

Faculty Meetings



Check out Advisory Courses in Schoology!

9th grade Access Code: 9RPJK-MPNR7

10th grade Access Code: MTPC8-VJHXW

11th grade Access Code: 6P8DB-Q3QXP

12th grade Access Code: VWF3J-W62C3

Weekly Advisory Lesson Plans are located in the 3rd 9 weeks folder of your appropriate Schoology Course under the appropriate dated week. You MUST log in and JOIN the correct Schoology course to access the videos and materials for this week's lessons.

REMINDER! Power Points should be downloaded to computer from Schoology to view embedded videos and hear the voice overs!

Fridays We Wear RED - Tiger Pride Points Link


Our campus IT is Joshua Martin and his office is in the library! Please remember to put in a CRM ticket instead of emailing him when you have a request. If he spends his time putting in your tickets, he loses time to work on the tickets! Click Here for instructions. THANK YOU!

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