Monday Morning Message (11/30/2015)

Every Child - Everyday!

General Information

Good Morning Everyone! I don't know about you, but I feel extremely refreshed this morning! My family and I traveled to Florida this past week and we had a blast! I was able to enjoy fresh "country air" and everything slowed down for a bit. I hope you had a similar experience. We have another 3 weeks of hard work and preparation and then we will have another break. We finished the week before Thanksgiving on a positive note. We were visible in the hallways more and the administrators saw some awesome activities in the classroom. Let's keep the momentum going! Remember that we have a faculty meeting tomorrow morning and we have Instructional Rounds here on Wednesday December 2nd. Here are some shout-outs from our last week together:


  • Team Leaders / Teams - They conducted Learning Walks last week.
  • Tillery & Rodriquez - They used stations with digital components and reading activities to teach History (Juneteenth, Black Codes, and Reconstruction).
  • Lowe & Wortham - They used Let's Make a Deal to teach Probability.
  • Broussard - Thanks for organizing the Faculty vs. Student Volleyball game.
  • Miramontes - Thanks for kicking off and getting the grant for the One School One Book program!
  • Staff & Students - Thanks for reading and encouraging reading through the One School One Book program!

Reminders & Information

  • Time Clock - Remember to clock in and out each day. Missing a clock in or out once or twice is okay, but if it is a persistent problem it may affect your PDAS appraisal.
  • Please be at your door during transitions. If you are on your conference period please come out and help to monitor the hallways.
  • Remind your students to walk on the right side of the hallway during the passing periods.
  • Do not let students out of class without a pass that includes their name, destination, time, date. We are trying to reduce the amount of time that students are out of the classroom and we would like to be able to quickly determine where they should be.
  • Remind students of the "lending grant" chromebooks that we have that are available to check out and go home with them.
  • Remember to follow the discipline ladder with students in your classroom. Try different interventions and parent contact before sending a student to the office. If it is a level 3 offense, send them to the office immediately. If you have any questions, please ask Ms. Smith or Mr. Swacker.
  • There will be a faculty meeting tomorrow December 1st starting at 7:15 AM in the Round Room.

Deadlines

  • Grades - Make sure that you are inputting 2 daily grades per week. The administrators will check on Tuesdays to verify grades have entered.

Instructional Rounds

We will have Instructional Rounds at N.M.S. on December 2, 2015. We will meet tomorrow morning to go over this information in more detail. Here is our Problem of Practice (P.O.P.).



Problem of Practice:


Students are struggling with higher level thinking. They have difficulty completing higher level tasks, demonstrating understanding when reading expository texts, and answering questions that require thinking at the higher level of Bloom’s II (analyze, evaluate, and create). How can we as a staff support their learning in a way that ensures student success, and push their thinking to the analyze, evaluate and create levels of Bloom’s II?


Theory of Action:


If students improve their higher level thinking skills, then long term learning will increase.


Essential Questions:

  1. What are the questions asked by the teacher?

  2. What are the questions asked by the students?

  3. What are the cognitive levels of the assigned tasks?


Analysis of Descriptive Evidence:


  1. What are the questions asked by the teachers?

    1. total number of questions asked

    2. cognitive level of questions

    3. number/% of different students responding

    4. short response or extended student response


  1. What are the questions asked by the students?

    1. total number of questions asked

    2. category of questions: content or procedural

    3. cognitive level of questions


  1. What are the cognitive levels of the assigned tasks?

    1. cognitive level of the assigned task

    2. cognitive level of learning target

N.M.S. Stallions

Remember, we are the Best school with the Best students and the Best faculty and staff. Good, Better, Best!!! Never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better gets best!

NMS Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 7:15am

Round Room

7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Woodland Acres

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 5pm

12947 Myrtle Lane

Houston, TX

8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Woodland Acres

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 5pm

12117 Garrett Road

Houston, TX

7th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Woodland Acres

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 5pm

12947 Myrtle Lane

Houston, TX

8th Grade Boys Basketball vs. Woodland Acres

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 5pm

12117 Garrett Road

Houston, TX