The Dream Team

12/14/15 Weekly Memo 20

Our HERO Focus is....

Big image

Table of Contents

  1. Week at a glance
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Duty Schedule
  4. Cultural & Instructional Focus Areas
  5. Good Things
  6. Message from the Coach

Friday December 11, 2015

  • 8am- 10am- College March
  • 10am-12pm- Skating Trip
  • Those who are staying behind will have the same group all day. You will take scholars to lunch at the regular times and your schedules will be provided to you in the morning. You may choose to allow them to read, work on the spelling list Mrs. Brown sent, or have scholars work on their passion projects.
  • 12:32-2:02- Skaters return to 4th period.
  • 2:06- 3:36- 5th Period
  • 3:39-4:00- Pride TIme

Week at a Glance

Monday, December 14th: A Day

Jeans and HP/College T-shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

12:45PM Release

Teachers you are expected to work to score your CA tests and update your gradebooks for progress reports.

Departure time: 2:30pm

Parks Out

Tuesday, December 15th: A Day

Jeans and HP/College T-shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25am

12:45PM Release

Teachers you are expected to work to score your CA tests and update your gradebooks.

Departure time: 2:30pm

Parks Out

Wednesday, December 16th: B Day

Jeans and Ugly Sweaters :)

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

12:45PM Release

During Phoenix Time: Scholars will take a social and emotional learning survey

White Elephant Gift Exchange ($20 Minimum) in the library at 1:15pm

Holiday Celebration at El Corazon de Tejas at 2:30pm

Thursday, December 17th: B Day

Jeans and HP/College T-shirt

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

12:45PM Release

Begin CA Action Planning

Friday, December 18th:

Jeans and HP/College T-shirt

Collaboration Day

Arrive by 7:20 am

Morning Meeting 7:25 am

Coming Soon...

December 14th-15th- Parks Out

December 14th- Grades for Progress Reports Stored

December 14th-17th- 12:45pm Release & Blackout dates for Staff

December 15th- Progress Reports Go Home

December 17th-

Q2 Ends

Enrichment Showcase

December 18th- Collaboration Day for ALL staff/Scholar Holiday

December 21st-January 4th- Winter Break

Duty Schedule

Morning Duty- See the body of the email.

Lunch Duty- Teachers must arrive to pick up your class from the cafeteria at 11:39am (10:39am on Wed) for 6th grade and 12:23am (11:22am on Wed) for 7th & 8th grade teachers.

  • 6th Grade Lunch- Science Team Lead & Specials Team Lead and Administration

    7th & 8th Grade Lunch- Spanish and Humanities Team Leads and Administration

After School Duty- See the body of the email.

Instructional & Cultural Focus Areas


1. Start with an exemplar response.

2. What are the basic pieces of information scholars need to give you an exemplar answer?

3. What questions can you ask for scholars to discover or tell you the basic pieces of information?

4. Restate the original question and have scholar re-piece all the basics to give you the exemplar response.

STAR Behavior:





Good Things!

Mrs. Lamb-Peters says…

Super Shout out to Mr. Luna for always thinking of ways to uplift our scholars! Mr. Luna is a great team member and a mentor. I am thankful to have as a fellow teaching mate.

Huge Shout out to Mr. Houston! Thanks for being an innovator! Even when you think that perhaps your idea is crazy or you think we are not going to follow your lead, keep ‘em coming! I am listening!

Ms. Golledge says…

Shout out to Ms. Brown for being my ELA right hand man at all times.

Shout out to the Sunshine Committee for the Sunshine Walks and moving the needle with Ten with a Pen

Shout out to Mrs. Parks for being my cheerleader

Shout out to Mr. Gardner for being an amazing thought partner for all things student culture and lunch duty

Shout out to Ms. Iwule for being a constant at lunch duty everyday!

Mr. Houston says…

Shout out to Ms. Smart and Ms. Pietroboni for leading awesome PDs about 10 with a Pen.

Shout out to Mr. Shepherd, Ms. Gracia and Ms. Smart for joining in on the Sunshine Walks.

Mr. Gardner says…

Shout out to Ms. Thomas for holding scholars accountable and administering score time detention to scholars that were not meeting our expectations.

Shout out to Ms. Pietroboni for modeling high expectations in every class, with 100% of scholars tracking and answering in complete sentences.

Shout out to Ms. Landis for impeccable think-alouds that break down complex concepts for scholars.

Shout out to Mr. Wright for demonstrating explicit expectations for scholar work. 100% of scholars write exactly what he writes.

Shout out to Mrs. Parks for always pushing me to try new things and find ways to grow.

Shout out to Ms. Golledge for always being high-energy and ready to work, and for getting my back when I need your help.

Shout out to Ms. Smart for leading us to become better teachers in morning meeting this week and for not telling too many people about my Spiderman moment.

Shout out to Mr. Luna and Mr. Houston for exercising leadership and taking initiative to improve what we do for scholars.

A Message from the Coach

Dearest Dream Team-


What makes a fire burn

is space between the logs,

a breathing space.

Too much of a good thing,

too many logs

packed in too tight

can douse the flames

almost as surely

as a pail of water could.

So building fires

requires attention

to the spaces in between,

as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build

open spaces

in the same way

we have learned

to pile on the logs,

then we can come to see how

it is fuel, and absence of the fuel

together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log

lightly from time to time.

A fire


simply because the space is there,

with openings

in which the flame

that knows just how it wants to burn

can find its way.

— Judy Brown

Maggie Anderson has a superb relfection to this poem. She says, "I thrived on the energy that ignites in a classroom. But I was exhausted at the end of the day and overwhelmed by the never-ending list of things to do for my work, my home, my family. After much soul-searching, I realized I was piling on too many logs too tightly and the flame inside me was beginning to wane–even smolder at times. I was desperate for some “space.” Children need space as well. The constant piling on of facts and figures, the demands of time and energy can quickly douse the flame–the energy that children bring to the classroom. I am learning for myself and for my students, to choose consciously the logs I place on my own fire, and to pay special attention to the spaces that invite reflection and warmth. Given this space between the logs, my students and I often witness the special beauty that ignites and takes on a life of its own."

I challenge each of you to think about the logs that you are piling on. Are you allowing there to be space in between the logs for scholars or even for you?

The Dream Team Will Fight,


Strategic Priorities

Professional Capacity

Goal: We will build upon the knowledge & skills of all staff members

Parent, School, & Community Ties

Goal: We will engage ALL stakeholders in the school’s culture.

School Learning Climate

Goal: We will create a safe and orderly environment that promotes the sense of urgency required to climb the ladder of academic and behavioral excellence.