The Echo Memo: Jan. 11, 2016

A weekly memo to the Smith staff from your leadership team.

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Bright Spots from the Week....

WEEK # 18

VIEW PHOTOS - of last year's Bright Spots! PLEASE add more from what you see! :)

  • Google Summit: We had a Winner!
  • Zoe and her brother, Khalil share what the are learning
  • Co-Teaching with Literacy Guided Reading
  • Self - Discipline launches
  • New Cafeteria Cards
  • A parent shares about her daughter learning to serve.
  • Learning on Monday, Jan.4th was really awesome. Thanks to all the leaders who made this happen!

ADD Your Photos and "Like" them or add comments if you wish! :)

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All Day Planning This Week - Be prepared.

During the All-Day Planning Day:

a) Take time to review data from the previous unit tests. Record - chart, and analyze student mastery levels on the data wall.

b) Analyze success rates teacher by teacher, so that you can learn from areas of strengths.

c) Bring a copy of the unit test questions - and have them in hand to review item analysis for spiral review lesson segments.

d) Lavina will be available to assist with instructional calendar, and resources on Wed-Friday. She will share a copy of the calendar digitally.

e) Student data sheets will be in your box on Monday, ready for you to update with info from the unit test, and report card grade information. These sheets will be filed in our data notebook and discussed in meetings with Ms. Echols in an Accountability Meeting.

Monday - 4th Grade

Tuesday - 3rd Grade

Wednesday - 2nd Grade

Thursday - 1st Grade

Friday - Kindergarten

Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements Schedule:

This week is Edna Dealejandro's class of Kindergarten students

  • Select students for the week by MONDAY and have ready to roll.

  • Post their names in your room as a reminder.

  • Students will need to be in the office at 8:00am, ready to lead.

Growing Great Readers - Let's Nurture the Leaves! Update those K-2 trees!

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Get Your Google On

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What is the Secret to How Students Learn? Metacognition!

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Lesson Planning and Growth from Data Digs: Get Your Gloves On

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Academic Vocabulary: Empowering Our Students

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District‐wide STAAR Benchmark Testing

This year Duncanville ISD will be participating in district‐wide STAAR Benchmark testing. Copies of these assessments will be provided to your campus by our district.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Writing

Wednesday Jan. 267- Math

Thursday Jan. 28 - Reading

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