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Labor Omnia Vincit

Week #6 of the 4th 6 weeks: (7 week period) February 11-15, 2016

Principal's Corner


I can't say it enough, "THANK YOU for everything that you do each and every day!" I know that you put a lot of effort into planning, looking at data and determining a plan for each of your students. It is through your hard work and dedication that our students are showing much growth.

As we continue the work, I want you to think about how we can continue to motivate our students so that they continue to gain an understanding of their role as learners. I do believe that our students are making gains in the way they think about themselves as scholars. I have students stop me in the halls and tell me about their grades and what they are working on. It is so exciting to hear students talk about their own growth! What an impact you are making on their educational futures.


Habit #6: Synergize

Stephen Covey says:

To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three, or six, or sixty–you name it.

When people begin to interact together genuinely, and they’re open to each other’s influence, they begin to gain new insight. The capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially because of differences.



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As of Friday 1/29:

5th Grade

Math: 31 instructional days

Reading: 32 instructional days

Science: 61 instructional days

4th Grade

Writing: 31 instructional days

Math: 59 instructional days

Reading: 60 instructional days

3rd Grade

Math: 59 instructional days

Reading: 60 instructional days


Coming up this week:


ESTAR/MSTAR Winter Screener

Dearest 2-5 Math teachers,

During our collaborative planning sessions we will look at students samples from the 4th 6 weeks interim assessment that our scholars will be taking on Monday. Please have your data ready, as we will plan what to do the following week.

Have a great weekend!



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Blanton Bruins are 100 Days Smarter!

Utilizing Text Sets Effectively

3-5 Teachers,

The text sets you receive each 6 weeks are created and printed for you by the Reading/Language Arts Department. Each text set features 10-12 articles revolving around a central theme or focus. The articles come from a variety of sources including newspapers, websites, magazines, and the like. A close-read article with text-dependent questions is also included.

Here are some guidelines for using text sets in your classrooms:
  • Model the reading process with students in whole group (the text sets are not designed for students to use independently).
  • Since the articles are grade-level specific, this is a great way to expose struggling students with rigorous vocabulary and concepts through small-group instruction.
  • Teach students to annotate using Thinking Tracks that will allow them to dig deeper into the text. Simply highlighting is not enough. Students need to understand why they are annotating specific parts of text (ie-I made a connection to this part of the article because it reminds me of time I spent with my grandparents).
  • Use the articles over several weeks and integrate them into what you are already teaching.

Happy Reading,
Dr. Garcia


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