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February 1-5, 2016 4th Six Weeks, Week 5


Principal Message

Greetings Rangers!

Who was the person in your life that cultivated the idea in you: "the power of believing that you could improve." We, the adults at ARMS, speak and act with a growth mindset: as we work with our colleagues, partner with parents to support a struggling student, look at our data or our teams data, or simply work towards improving our own practices. We are growing and have the tools to take a challenge and see it as an opportunity to come out on the other side an even stronger spirited and minded individual.

Carol Dweck has become a major voice in the area of being growth minded and what it means for kids to be growth minded. I am approaching this conversation from the perspective of being growth minded around academic / learning achievements. Many of our students have the desire to improve when face with challenges but at times lack the tools to know how to get there or have inconsistent behaviors.

We all know how incredible it feels to achieve something that we did not think we could at first, looking back at the determination we had to reach our goal. Cultivating this mindset on campus with our students enables them to add more empowering memories that help share their lives.

Take a moment and watch this 10 minute video clip in which Dweck talks about the power of "Yet" and highlights some key areas that support our work as we strive to cultivate Rangers who can persevere through the learning challenge to experience their reward on the other side.

Have an INSPIRED Week!

Ranger Pride,
F. Taylor

In Honor of African American History Month

ARMS Dream Wall
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February: African American History Month

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story.

Source: Excerpt
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TG2 Spotlight

TG2 Spotlight is an opportunity for staff members to highlight another staff member who has demonstrated Team, Grit, or Growth. Please provide the characteristic you are spotlighting them for (Team, Grit, or Growth), a brief explanation, and a picture (if you can). In your email to me, Subject line should read: RED: SPOTLIGHT: (Teacher Name).

Growth Spotlight on Mr. Babeau

Mrs. Davis Writes:

Implementing an effective classroom management plan in your first year of teaching can be quite challenging. Mr. Babeu has been consistent and willing to try new strategies for consequences. One of those strategies includes holding students accountable for the behavior of their peers during group work. If one student is not meeting the behavioral expectations, then the group receives a group consequence. For the past two weeks, Mr. Babeu has held lunch detention for students as his consequence. I am so proud to say that Mr. Babeu shared today that he has "0" students who received lunch detention. That simply means that all students have met the very high behavioral expectations that Mr. Babeu has set for his students.

I will like to congratulate and shout out Mr. Babeu for having a commitment to the pursuit of excellence and showing tremendous growth in the area of classroom management.

Team Spotlight on Ms. Chapa

Ms. Taylor writes:
Ms. Chapa has extended her time and commitment to ARMS by starting an adult English class at ARMS once a week. This past week parents were practicing introducing themselves and getting to know one another. Ms. Chapa continues to bring value regardless of the team that she is on (Social Studies team, Instructional Leadership Team, 7th grade hall team, Lunch Duty team, Empowerment Team). Her spirit is always wanting to contribute and provide the best support possible.
Thank you Ms. Chapa for providing this learning opportunity to our parents!

Growth Spotlight on Ms. Lawson

Ms. Taylor writes:
Ms. Lawson has worked diligently at implementing routines and clear expectations, especially with her 2nd period class. Her work is paying off as the students are demonstrating the routines with respect and rising to Ms. Lawson's expectation of how to effectively participate in Choir.

I would like to spotlight Ms. Lawson for her diligence and commitment to her own growth as an educator.

Team Spotlight on Ms. Pounders, Ms. Ballard, and Ms. Reimekie

Coach Garcia writes:

Watching the 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Teams get 2 wins at Balch Springs!

ARMS Leadership Team: Observation & Feedback

ARMS Instructional Team members spent Saturday at ARMS strengthening our Observation & Feedback practices & processes. Thank you for your time and dedication to supporting growth and excellence at ARMS.

"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." ~
James Cash Penney (JC Penney founder)

Ranger News


2016-2017 Master Schedule Survey

It’s time to begin planning for the 2016-2017 academic school year! In an effort to assess your intentions, interests, and desires, please complete the survey below. In order to ensure our campus is staffed early by the highest quality teachers, it is important to have an accurate account of what our upcoming vacancies will be. Please return the survey to the Main Office by Friday, February 5, 2016. SURVEY ARE IN STAFF BOXES IN THE OFFICE.

Thank you,
Ms. Taylor

Game Day treats

Whether you are a Denver Bronco Fan or Carolina Panther Fan or don't care one way or the other... come enjoy some Game Day treats in the Staff Lounge on Friday during all three lunches.


Student Class Release

Students must be released by the bell. Students are not to be held as a consequence after the bell rings. If there is a need for a student or a few students to be addressed them address the student(s) quickly and have them be on their way to their next class. If there will be a need for a longer time a possibility may be to speak to student during lunch.

Be mindful of time and thank you in advance for supporting our campus wide effort to ensuring our students arrive on time every day (see tardy data below- we are moving in the right direction).

TELPAS Part 1 ELAR Teacher Training

All ELAR teachers in the Conference Room (127) on Feb. 1st, Monday.
During ELAR PLC (6th Period)

MOCK STAAR (23rd & 24th)

8th - Reading & Math
7th - Pre AP Math & Writing


ARMS Counselors to be Honored @ CREST Luncheon 2/1

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  • 6th 10 or lower
  • 7th 50 or lower
  • 8th 35 or lower

ARMS has made major improvements with our tardies. Thank you TO EVERYONE for your diligence and active monitoring as students move through the halls.

As a reminder ALL 7th & 8th Grade Rangers go to the auditorium 1st (we release to breakfast and 1st period) Students are directed to auditorium until 8:30am.

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Photo compliments of Mr. Folkenroth :-).
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Pertinent campus wide WAIP information will be posted in the weekly ARMS Legend. Please ensure that you stay informed of district updates and general information. WAIP information that is specific to a team, grade, content, will be emailed directly.

Social Studies Team - Dallas Bar Assoc.

Click here to learn more about how our ARMS Rangers can become involved in contests associated with the Dallas Bar Association. One of the contest: Law Day Essay Contest.

No One Eats Alone Initiative

Click here for more information about this very important initiative ARMS will be participating in during February.

DISD United Negro College Fund Campaign

Click here for more information.

DISD STEM Day @ Skyline HS 2/6 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

DISD STEM Day is quickly approaching. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain exposure via the information that is shared and the hands on experiences available throughout the day!
Click here for more information.
We will be promoting the event on campus and with parents. A treat will be provided to the POD that has the most students attend. More information to come!

DISD Professional Development - Spring 2016

Click here for more information about the upcoming PD sessions provided/coordinated through Teaching and Learning Department.
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Marshall Memo

What is the Marshall Memo?

Kim Marshall was a teacher, principal, and central office administrator in Boston for 32 years. He currently advises and coaches new principals through the New Leaders for New Schools program. He is also the author of the Marshall Memo. He subscribes to 64 top-quality publications, and every week he sifts through them to select the most significant articles with the most potential to improve teaching and learning.

In the spirit of our second "G" GROWTH, every week I will share 1 or 2 of the article summaries with ARMS staff. In hopes of sparking interest, sharing another perspective, or strategies as we all collectively work to improve teaching and learning @ ARMS. Take what works for you, leave what doesn't.

The Curse of Knowledge – A Failure of Empathy in the Classroom

In this Edutopia article, Christopher Reddy explores the “curse” of a teacher knowing content really well and forgetting how difficult it was to learn it in the first place. This creates an empathy gap with students who are having difficulty learning – the teacher can’t get into students’ state of mind, making it much more difficult to teach effectively. A teacher suffering from the curse of knowledge may assume that the lesson’s content is “easy, clear, and straightforward,” says Reddy. “We assume that connections are apparent and will be made effortlessly. Assumptions are the root cause of poor instruction. And acknowledgement is the first step to recovery.” Reddy suggests these steps to counteract the curse of knowledge:

Fill in background knowledge. It’s very difficult for students to understand new content without a foundation of facts and concepts, says Reddy: “Conceptual knowledge in the form of facts is the scaffolding for the synthesis of new ideas.” Teachers should not assume that students have all the prerequisite puzzle pieces to understand what’s being taught.

Tell stories. Vivid narratives are one of the most powerful ways for students to make a personal connection to curriculum content, says Reddy: “Everyone loves a great story because our ancestral past was full of them. Stories were the dominant medium to transmit information. They rely on our innate narcissistic self to be effective learning tools – we enjoy stories because we immediately inject ourselves into the story, considering our own actions and behavior when placed in the situation being described.”

Inject emotion. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson has found that playing a short, humorous film clip or making a quick joke can change the emotional valence of a classroom, creating emotional links between teacher and students.

Use more than one learning modality. Students are attuned by a variety of learning styles and intelligences, and presenting visually, kinesthetically, orally, musically, etc. connects with more students.

Use analogies and examples. An effective analogy highlights a connection, and getting students to form connections is at the core of learning. Similarly, giving lots of examples helps students scan their knowledge inventory for possible connections.

Use novelty. “New challenges ignite the risk-reward dopamine system in our brains,” says Reddy. “Something that is novel is interesting, and something interesting is learned more easily because it is attended to.” Teachers should look for ways of presenting content with a different spin.

Have students retrieve what’s been learned. Effective teachers check for understanding at regular intervals, strategically spacing the mini-tests to maximize long-term retention and provide feedback to teacher and students on what’s being learned and what continues to be a struggle.

“The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About” by Christopher Reddy in Edutopia, December 18, 2015,

ARMS Athletic Events - Week of 1/25

Girls Basketball ARMS vs Lang @ Skyline HS - Monday (7th grade) 6pm & (8th grade) 7pm

Boys Basketball ARMS vs Lang @ ARMS - Thursday (7th grade) 6pm & (8th grade) 7pm

Weekly Events 2/1-5

Monday, February 1
Math, Science, ELAR - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Training
MM Meeting- 4:30 PM in the Library
Tuesday, February 2
POD Action (AP)
Friday, February
Core Meeting 9:30-10:00 a.m. Room 127
8th Grade Reset Parent & Student Conferences, 9am
Saturday, February 6
ESL Certification Training 8:30-4:30 - Library
8th Grade Reset Parent & Student Conferences (Make Up @ 9am)

On The Horizon....

Monday, February 8
Trailblazer Meeting - 4:30-5:45 - Conference room 127
Wednesday, February 10
Executive Ed. Team Training
Thursday, February 11
Empower Team meeting - 7:30 parent conference room
Friday, February 12
$1 Jean Day
Valentine Dance
Monday, February 15
Presidents' Day Holiday
Wednesday, February 17
7th Grade Free Dress Day
Coffee with the principal - 8:45-9:20 - Library
Parent Workshop 9:30-10:30 - Library
Thursday, February 18
POD Action (AP)
Ignite Academy 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Library
Friday, February 19
End of the 4th Six Weeks
Saturday, February 20
Reading & Math Saturday School
Monday, February 22
Trailblazer Meeting 4:30-5:30
Tuesday, February 23
Staff Meeting/TELPAS 4:30 - Library
Thursday, February 25
Free Dress - Highest CA Average
Empower Team Meeting - 7:30 - Parent Conference Center
Friday, February 26
Cookie Bake Off
Core Meeting 9;30-10:00 - Conference room 127
Saturday, February 27
Science Saturday School
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ARMS Teacher Led PD: Maximizing the Reteach

KUDOS to our Teacher Leaders!!

Teacher Presenters:
Ms. Burns, Ms. Husband, Ms. Conley, Ms. Pounders, Ms. White, and Ms.Brown!!!

TLPD Teacher Comments

When asked to comment on something participants learned about reteaching or to share a general comment....
"You have to keep vertical alignment in mind."
"I learn to view data in a different perspective."
"Ms. Pounders and Ms. Conley did an awesome job!"

When participants were asked if the session provided opportunities to learn about effectively reteaching, presenters knowledge, or the format in which it was presented.
95% of survey participants said Strongly Agree or Agree. (mostly strongly agree :-)

ARMS @ Dallas ISD All City Band Performance

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The Most Important Work of our Time! Always remember YOUR IMPACT!

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