Week of May 9, 2016

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Vision

Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa, M.D. Elementary will be a highly respected school in the city of Dallas where its students, staff, and community feel safe, demonstrate pride, share a love for learning, and where all students leave above grade level in proficiency and prepared to make their way to and through college.

Our Values

Growth-mindset. Belief and desire to continuously improve.

Sense of urgency. Acting with the realization that efficiency is vital to success.

Belonging. We are committed to actions that support a sense of family and community.

Commitment. Doing whatever it takes to reach our vision of academic success and a love for learning.

Respect. Holding ourselves, our school, our family, and our community in high regard.

Our Values in Action

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!

2016 Staff Appreciation Week!


I hope everyone had a great staff appreciation week! It was our honor to honor everyone for their commitment to our kids and our school! The time has arrived -- this is the week of the STAAR in the 'Year of the STAAR!' Our 3rd-5th graders will each demonstrate the growth we've made as a school as they do their best on their tests. I've said it time and again, but their results represent our collective accountability as a campus. Thank you for giving words of encouragement to our students as you see them this week. Wish them the best as we eagerly anticipate their results!

Here is important information for this coming week:

This week is of the highest importance and so I am stressing the need for us to be cognizant of our attendance this week. Thank you for being on-time -- if possible, leave early to avoid any last minute snags in traffic. In addition, you are welcome to dress comfortably this week. :)

Any staff member who is directly involved in STAAR testing should click on the button below which contains important logistical information about the test administration this week.

3rd-5th grade test administrators: 3rd-5th grade students will begin their mornings in the gym (not the cafeteria) on their STAAR testing days for Morning Roundup. Coach and Brenda Dowdy will lead them through a super brief STAAR wake-up workout to get their blood flowing and their brains ready!

This past Thursday, I sent an important email regarding this summer's Personalized Professional Learning & Development (or P2LD). The official catalog went live today and you are able to begin registering for courses per the directions I provided you with in my email. If you have any questions as to what to do before your summative evaluation conversations, please ask!

It’s that time of year again – time to see whether or not your students have accomplished your Student Learning Objective (SLO)! Many of you have already given your students their post-test or have collected the appropriate data to see whether or not your students have achieved your SLO. If not, you a few more weeks to do so. Your SLO student score sheet (only) is to be submitted to your official evaluator (either Mrs. Johnson or myself) in Schoolnet no later than Wednesday, May 18th. Late submissions may not be scored in time for our administrative deadline, so it’s important to meet this deadline. Should you have any questions on completing your SLO score sheet, I’ve cc’ed your coaches and you are always welcome to consult us as well! Please click on the button below to access your SLO score sheet template and find other helpful resources!

Let's make this a supportive, strong, and awesome week for our students!

May 9-11 STAAR Logistical Information

If you're involved in STAAR testing, please click this button!

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Resources

In this link, you'll find information about the SLO accomplishment, access a blank SLO student score sheet, the SLO rubric, and additional directions on how to complete the SLO student score sheet.

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Rice (5B)

Morning Roundup Guests

TWU (2A)

Week at a Glance

Monday, May 9

STAAR Math for 3rd-5th grades

Tuesday, May 10

STAAR Reading for 3rd-5th grades

TEI roster verification window opens (closes May 25)

Teachers meet at 3:30 in the library for a brief check-in

Wednesday, May 11

Maggie Sanchez's birthday!

STAAR Science for 5th grade

PLCs during planning periods

  • Side-by-side planning session for week of May 23.
  • Please have your ACP blueprints and additional planning materials

Thursday, May 12

No events scheduled

Friday, May 13


On the Horizon

Content ACPs are May 18-26

Field Day is Friday, May 27

Awards Assemblies are May 31-June 2

Last day for students is Thursday, June 2

Cigarroa Libary Sign-Up Link

Sign up for your class's library time using this link!