Ram Nation News

Week of February 19, 2018

Vision

A middle school that cultivates scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society
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#AlltheWayUp

We continue to make great strides toward our vision of creating catalyst of change, life-long learners, and competitors in a global society as we are racing AlltheWayUp.

Let's make sure that we

  • collaborate with our teams; we know that success in education is powered by effective teams and effective practices.
  • prepare and plan our lessons so that teaching is purposeful and we are able to maximize instructional time.
  • challenge students through academic rigor.

  • send homework that students really need instead of sending tons of homework. Look at students’ deficiencies and target those skills; use Eduphoria to help you create TEKS specific homework.

  • use the TEI rubric to know exactly what is expected of you and how you may move from one level to the next. Also, you may ask anyone from the leadership team if you need specific ideas or examples in teaching practices to support your performance.

THANK YOU

  • Ms. Davis and Ms. Maloy for their leadership and organization of our testing plan. We had a very productive time during our common assessment testing window. We were able swap teachers so that students were familiarized with teachers and proctors could provide expectations for students whom they will be testing in April and May. Also, we were able to see how the students are transferring their knowledge to their assessment and the strategies being used. Please, continue to talk to your peers so that you can generate other opportunities to interact with students and reinforce testing expectations.
  • Ms. Woods, Mr. Carballo, and Ms. Zuniga for their leadership and support as they continue to make a huge impact as they are supporting students needing plans to make up the time missed and are tracking all of these AFC plans/contracts. As a reminder, our students' attendance is one of the determining factors whether or not our school receives distinctions at the end of the year.
  • Ms. Guerra for her leadership with TELPAS as she led meetings last week to ensure everyone knows the logistics and requirements for this very important component of our accountability.
  • Ms. Michael, Ms. Buitron, Coach Ford, Ms. Rendon, and Coach DeLeon for their leadership and commitment to our kids. Our students started track, baseball, and softball seasons and we have had great turnout. Look forward to a spring full of wins!!!
  • Ms. Baker for her dedication to our kids as she has been able to secure several field trips to colleges and universities. Our kids have been very excited about the college visits and look forward to making the decision of what college they will be attending.
  • Ms. Brown for coordinating our Tuesday celebration. I know everyone appreciated the food, sweats, snacks, and drinks. Thank you so much for everyone who brought in the various items.
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Ms. Bickford

uses Chromebooks to engage students in practicing math skills using IXL. Students were very excited to use this tool, they were engaged in the learning, and they look very professional.

DAILY EVENTS

7th Grade students TELPAS Writing Collection - Narrative Writing Present Tense; Teacher responsible: RLA


Monday, February 19-

  • President's Day. No School for students
  • Staff will report to school by 8:00 a.m. We will engage in 1/2 day PD and 1/2 day workday. We will meet in the library. Jeans and college shirt is appropriate!!!
  • We will work until 4:25 p.m. Our PD time will be moved to Thursday for those who do not lead a club.


Tuesday, February 20-
  • TELPAS Writing Collection - Science: Students will write topic agreed and listed on paper given by Ms. Guerra. Teacher responsible: Science
  • 8th Grade Science, Social Studies, RLA, and Math Data Meeting
  • 6th and 7th grade will plan with team.
  • 4:30-6:00 After School tutoring


Wednesday, February 21-

  • TELPAS Writing Collection - Science: Students will write topic agreed and listed on paper given by Ms. Guerra. Teacher responsible: Science
  • 7th Grade Science, RLA, and Math Data Meeting
  • 6th and 8th grade will plan with team.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School tutoring


Thursday, February 22-

  • TELPAS Writing Collection - Social Studies: Students will write topic agreed and listed on paper given by Ms. Guerra. Teacher responsible: Social Studies
  • 6th Grade Science, Social Studies, RLA, and Math Data Meeting
  • 7th and 8th grade will plan with team.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School
  • 4:45 - 5:30 - Faculty Meeting in Library - Ms. Healey will share updates
  • 5:00 Lesson Plans Due


Friday, February 23-

  • TELPAS Writing Collection - Social Studies: Students will write topic agreed and listed on paper given by Ms. Guerra. Teacher responsible: Social Studie
  • 7th grade Social Studies Data Meeting
  • Update gradebooks by Monday, February 26 at 11:59 p.m. We will export gradebooks on Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00 a.m.


  • Saturday, February 24-
    • 8:00 - 1:00 Saturday School. Anyone doing Saturday School must submit the extra duty pay request in Oracle before able to use the code.

    Open Transfer

    The Open Transfer application will be available starting March 5, 2018. Eligible employees must apply via the open transfer application online no later than March 30, 2018. Transfers are not final until an approval email notification has been sent from Human Capital Management. All notification will be completed by April 13, 2018. I will be sending a form where you will have an opportunity to let me know of your plans for next year; however, if you know that you are planning to transfer, please let me know as soon as possible.

    Summer School Teacher Application

    Intrinsic Motivation Vs. Standardized Tests

    Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable. Teach your students how to care, lose their fears, and identify and overcome their obstacles. Click in the link below to access the rest of this article that is very relevant to how our students are normally reacting to testing....