Meadow Creek Monday Message
February 15, 2016
Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential
in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!
We will have TELPAS and Security Training at the faculty meeting on Thursday, February 18 for everyone. We will meet in the music room at 3:18!
The window to begin to collect writing samples for your students opens today.
We will have Calibration Training on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 25.
Grades for the 4th six weeks will be due by 8;00 on Friday, February 26. Thank you for working with your students to get late assignments in and to redo papers below a 70.
Please be helpful in regards to getting papers to the students that need to be redone or giving new copies of papers that have not been turned in. Communication with the parents is so important so they will be supportive and helpful.
Our goal is to have students be successful and gain the knowledge they need to be ready for next year's grade!
Our PDSAs should be current, active and important to the conversations that you have with your students! It makes a big difference when you get your students involved in their learning
Please be sure you are doing the following important steps!
P - This should be a spotlight TEKS that goes along with something you are teaching this week. If it is a review skill because you have a CBA/DBA coming up that week or next, be sure to note that it is a review. Otherwise the P should be aligned with the district curriculum. The best length is one week, at most 10 days before you have a new P. It must have the date listed.
D - By now your students should have a lot of engagement strategies they have experienced this year. It should be much easier for the students to give input for the Do. If they keep giving you the same ideas, it is time to share new strategies with them. Marcia Tate, Eric Jensen or HEB Toolbox has tons to use! It must have the date!
S - You have to have data here! It should be cumulative data and not just for that week. The students need to see that they are making progress! They need to be able to compare the different Do strategies and see which ones they used on weeks that they all did really well. Be sure your data is labeled on what was tested and it must have the date!
A- Your students give you feedback on the Dos here, not the Data or the Plan! They need to see the data to be able to see if the Dos helped or not. You should be able to look back to previous weeks on the Act so when the students want to use a strategy that they have used in a previous week, you can look back to see if the Data showed it worked. It must have a date!
I love to talk about CI and love to answer questions. If I can help in any way, please let me know. We need to be sure that everyone has their PDSA up and current every week.
Chapter 5: Engage for Motivation and Effort
Action #2 Manage Risk
Students will put in more effort into learning when they know the risk level is low. Before students raise their hands, they must trust that you will never use sarcasm, humiliate them in front of their classmates or criticize them in a group setting. At any grade level, when students trust you, they will take bigger risks.
Safety First: For students, the rule is simple: respect your classmates. Make it clear to students that putdowns and jokes about their classmates' answers or contributions are unacceptable. Remind students with affirmations, a poster, and most importantly, your own actions, that their class room is a safe place to contribute, share and ask question.
From: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
Thank you Chapter 5 Champions for a great presentation last week!!
Education Foundation Grants
The deadline for the 2016-2017 Education Foundation Grant application is 4:00 PM on Monday, April 4. Start thinking now about ideas that you can use in your classroom an apply for a grant! Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to individuals and $5,000 for a campus initiated grant.
What ideas do you have??
Upcoming Faculty Meetings
Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!
February 18 - Testing Security Training
February 17 - TELPAS Calibration
February 25 - TELPAS Calibration
March 3 - Chapter 6 Champions
March 10 - STAAR Training for those giving small group administration
March 31 - Chapter 7 Champions
The transfer window is now open for students wishing to attend a different HEB than their home school. The window is also now open to apply for our Spanish Immersion program that begins in first grade.
HEB employees who live outside the district and have their children attending an HEB school, must make contact with Liz Richard at 2032 during the transfer window to keep their children in HEB. Out of district employees must do this annually. The window for transfers is Janauray 4 through February 29.
If you would like to transfer to another campus as a teacher or assistant, you should have received an email from HR with the process, the form and the important dates this week.
Communication with parents is important. Communication that shows you are being proactive, concerned or helpful goes a long way in the customer experience.
Be mindful of when and where you have conversations with students. Confidentiality is important no matter what the issue is. Be sure that conversations with students are kept private and that they are not held in front of peers and classmates.
Be sure to call or text me at 817-454-6554 if you are going to be out for any reason.
Please be at your door at 7:45 to greet your students. It is important that you are in your classroom at the start of each day.
3rd grade Math
5th grade ELA
5th grade Social Studies
4th grade Math
6th grade Science
Grade 4 ELA
Grade 6 Social Studies
5th grade Math
6th grade Math Pre AP and Regular
Grade 2 Math
Grade 5 Science
Grade 1 Math
Grade 2-5 Effective Math Warm Ups and Review
Grade 6 Math
Grade K Math
Grade 1 ELA
Grade 2 ELA
Grade 3 Science
Be sure to complete the two state required training that are on HEB Learning on Date Rape and Suicide. These two hour long training need to be completed by April 1.
February 16 - Fire Drill
February 18 - Mad Science resumes
February 18 - Faculty Meeting - STAAR Security Training and TELPAS
February 19 - Positive Proof
February 19 - Staff perfect Attendance Luncheon
February 22 - Musical Awakenings for grades 2, 3 and 4 1:30 to 2:00
February 24 - TELPAS Calibration
February 25 - Pay Day Lunch
February 25 - TELPAS Calibration
February 26 - Severe Weather Drill , Grades due by 8:00 AM
February 26 - Noon Dismissal MCE Work Day
March 3 - Report Cards, College Shirts and Popcorn!
March 4 - CK PK Field Trip, Fire Drill
March 5 - HEB Book Swap
March 8 - Reading DBA Grades 3, 4 and 6
March 9 - Kindergarten program dress rehearsal 1:30
March 10 - Kindergarten Dress rehearsal at 8:45 AM and performance at 6:30 PM
March 11 - Lock Down Drill, 5th grade Movie
March 14 - Spring Break