Wilson Ranger Post
April 11, 2016
Here's where we are at in the process of getting our makerspace and robotics team up and going...
1. Materials Pilot: Carol, Jennifer and Debra are piloting some of the different materials with a small group of learners from each grade level on Friday afternoons. This pilot group was selected based on possible lack of exposure to STEM experiences outside of school. Grade level teams have been contacted.
2. Wednesday After-School Exploratory Club: In the hopes of developing a robotics team (to eventually participate in a league), Carol and Debra are soliciting input from 3rd and 4th grade teachers regarding learners with interest/aptitude for robotics and coding. They are in the process of developing the team and communicating with learners and families. This club will be held after school on Wednesdays.
3. Makerspace: Materials have been purchased and we are in the process of setting up the room. In the future, we would like educators and learners to use the room in a partially flexible way (sign-ups, clubs, etc.). The details of this are still unclear, but we are hoping to spend some time this spring and summer learning. If you are interested in piloting makerspace use with your classroom learners, please let Chris, Carol, or Debra know.
EOY IPT for ELLs and SLLs from Jennifer Hubble
Over the next several weeks, each English Language Learner will need to meet individually with Jennifer for 10-20 minutes for the End of the Year oral language proficiency test (IPT) in English. In addition, Christina will meet individually with each ELL and each Spanish Language Learner in the DLI program for the EOY IPT in Spanish. These tests are to assess the learners' progress in English and/or Spanish speaking proficiency. For the most part, we will begin with Kindergarten and work our way up to 5th Grade, pulling out individual learners for the test and completing as many as possible each day. We will communicate with teams via email when we are ready to begin each grade level.
Ranger Fact Fluency
- 2.4A recall basic facts to add and subtract within 20 with automaticity
- 3.4F recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts
Check out the graphs below to see the great progress our learners have made!
Clarity Spring Window from Yolanda
Our Spring Clarity window is scheduled to open next week! Staff, learners in grades 3-5 and parents are asked to submit responses regarding technology on our campus. CISD utilizes the data to help in an ongoing effort to improve instructional technology within our district, and your input is greatly valued! Links are not currently live, they will be accessible on Monday morning. If for some reason the links do not work on Monday, please let me know and I will send out new ones .
Teacher/Administrator Survey Link: http://www.BByt.es/VX3GT
Learner Survey Link: http://www.BByt.es/VX3GL
- Parent Survey Link: http://www.BByt.es/VX3GP
Note: The surveys will open on Monday, April 11th. We have a 2-week completion window; therefore all learner and educator should be submitted by April 22nd.
Professional Development Updates from Laurie O'Neil
Reminder regarding FLEX HOURS for Campus Exempt employees:
Campus exempt employees on a 187-day and 197-day work schedule include, but are not limited to, classroom educators, instructional coaches, counselors, nurses, librarians, specialists/therapists, special education staff, and any other position deemed by the district to have direct responsibilities with learners.
For professional learning, a minimum of 18 hours of learning/training recorded inEduphoria! Workshopmust be completed during non-contract hours during the professional learning calendar year. These hours are to be accrued starting the first non-instructional day at the end of the school year through April 30, 2016.
Please reference the PD Guidelines 2015 for further information.
CISD Day at the Ballpark from Coppell Informed
CISD Day at the Ballpark is on the books just in time for the start of the Rangers’ season! A couple of changes are instore for this year...the Rangers will host Coppell ISD a little later than usual- in between the graduation dates of our two high schools (NTH@C and CHS) on Monday, June 6, in a lineup against the Houston Astros. Also new for this season, the organization has designed a custom Rangers baseball cap, complete w/the Coppell Cowboys’ logo on the side for $10. (click to view cap) It’s always an exciting night of student and staff recognitions and tons of fun for the whole family! Save the date and watch for more information in future issues of informed.