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!

Thank you!

Thank you for helping to make Valentine's Day a special day for your students! I appreciate the time and effort you go through! I also appreciate you working with the parents!

#DayswithRinnamearejeansday

Any day of the week that has an "r" in its name will be a jeans day this week!

TELPAS

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!

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!

3rd Six Week Perfect Attendance Lunch

We will have our Perfect Attendance Luncheon for those faculty members who had Perfect Attendance for the third Six Weeks this Friday!


Thank you to all of you!

Recycle Markers!

Don't forget to collect any type of markers that no longer works! We have individual classroom bins and a big blue bin for you to collect markers to be recycled. Be sure to bring your markers to the office when you bin gets full so we can send them off to be recycled!

PDSA

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!!

Mad Science Returns

Mad Science resumes this week. Rosters will be sent out once we get them so you can help get the right students to the right spots. Mrs. Zendejas and Mrs. Ortiz-Alers are allowing us to use their rooms this semester.

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

Transfer Window

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.

Reminders...

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.

February

February 1 - Ron Cooper

February 9 - Corina Resio

February 12 - Don Maurer

February 15 - Cathy Rodgers

Professional Development

February 15

3rd grade Math

5th grade ELA

K-2 Science


February 16

5th grade Social Studies

4th grade Math

6th grade Science


February 17

Grade 4 ELA

Grade 6 Social Studies

5th grade Math

6th grade Math Pre AP and Regular


February 22

Grade 2 Math

K ELA

Grade 5 Science


February 23

Grade 1 Math

Grade 2-5 Effective Math Warm Ups and Review

Grade 6 Math


February 24

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.

Important Dates

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