Ram Nation News

Week of October 9, 2017

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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 have continue to engage in professional development implementing lesson planning of our lessons with the end in mind. Last week, we reviewed the importance of creating an exemplar;

  • Supports us in knowing what we are expecting from our kids as they work toward mastery of a particular TEKS.
  • Provides clear expectations for our kids
  • Helps in anticipating misconceptions from our kids
  • Allows us to think of the level of rigor for a particular question/task


Let's continue to incorporate this best practice to ensure great impact in the educational path of our kids.


This week's planning review by the leadership team will continue to focus on the alignment of the objective throughout the lesson cycle. In classroom visits, we will be looking for teachers monitoring independent practice and using exemplars for DOLs.

ATTENDANCE

We know that every school day counts in a student's life. While research substantiates the importance of teacher effectiveness on student academic success, even the best teacher cannot be effective unless students are present in class. Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn, and these opportunities are limited when students do not attend school.
We will continue to monitor student attendance and recognize those grade levels that have the highest monthly attendance. Our bulletin board will be updated this week. 7th grade was the grade levels with the highest attendance during last month, 97.1%; congratulations to our 7th graders. Let's continue to encourage our students to be present!!!

THANK YOU

  • ILT, administrative team, and community members for the collaboration and feedback during our Turnaround meeting.
  • Mr. King, Ms. Perez, Ms. Blanks, Ms. Trent, and Ms. Rocha for the feedback and support during grade level meetings. The feedback and collaboration only makes us better. Your leadership is appreciated!!!
  • One of our school goals is to broaden constructive relationships with the members of school community. Ms. Michael conducted a parent meeting discussing homework, tutoring, and classwork expectations. She modeled a lesson for parents. Ms. Galvan supported as a translator to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Coach DeLeon, Coach Crawford, Mr. Willis and Mr. Harris for supporting our students as they attended the North Dallas homecoming. This is a great way to continue to build relationships with students and work on vertical collaboration with the ND feeder pattern.

REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK

  • Let’s keep including more Student to Student Engagement, tied to the LO. Based on my observations, we need to ensure that we have taught, modeled, and practiced MRSs in order for effective implementation.
  • During morning arrival, if you have a class, it is very important to stay in the threshold of your classroom as you greet students; by doing so, you can supervise your students inside of the classroom as well as keep an eye on the students who are transitioning to classrooms. If you do not have a class, make sure to greet students as well as question them regarding the class they have; by doing so, we ensure positive contacts with students as well as keeping them accountable to going to the correct area of the building.
  • During transitions, let's make sure to have 100% participation and hold each other accountable to be present in the hallway supporting students. Our goal is to have at least 10 positive interactions while negative behaviors. Examples of positive interactions are, "Elsa, have a great class next period." "Love how you are supporting each other in getting to class on time." " You really made my day; it is good to see you." APs and CICs will be working with each one of you to provide individual support.
  • If you have not done so already, remember to update your student work posted outside of your room and inside of your classroom. Student work posted is a reflection of the instructional program taking place in your classroom. Look forward to seeing the great thing taking place in your class.

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, October 9-
  • Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15
  • Weekly PLCs - Room 103 - Vocabulary Support for ELs in the Content Areas.
  • Istation ISIP Beginning of the Month Assessment. As we continue in our journey, we will begin looking at the data as we analyze the Tier movement report. Ms. Woods and Ms. Davis will be working with the RLA team teachers to secure a time with the COWLs. It is crucial that you are present and actively monitoring during this session. You may preview the assessment format of the program so that students know what is expected of them. We want to make sure that our students to take this assessment more serious.
  • 2:00 - 4:30 - Ms. Stokes visiting the building.
  • Fire Drill - Make sure to have a list of the students with their contact information.
  • 4:40 All staff meeting - Library.
  • 6:00 Volleyball at WT White HS


Tuesday, October 10 -

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 6th Grade and 7th Grade RLA
  • After school cancelled
  • 5:00 - 8:00 Parent Conference - We will distribute report cards on this day.


Wednesday, October 11 -

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 7th Grade and 6th Grade RLA
  • AVID Central Division Regional Training @ Rusk MS.
  • 4:25 p.m. After school
  • 6:00 Football at Franklin Stadium.


Thursday, October 12-

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 8th Grade
  • 4:25 p.m. After school

  • 5:00 Lesson Plans Due


Friday, October 13 -

  • Professional Development - NO Classes for students.
  • Attendance for Credit will meet instead of Thursday due to scheduling conflicts.

Upcoming Events

Week of October 16

  • 3 week retest - Low SEs from 1st CA.


Wednesday, October 18

  • Fast Track ACP


Thursday, October 19

  • Fast Track ACP


Friday, October 20

  • Fair Day - NO SCHOOL


Thursday, October 26

  • PSAT Testing - 8th grade

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This year, we are focusing on adult acquisition and practice of SEL. Mr. King is our SEL Champion. Ms. Perez and Ms. Blanks support with this initiative.

Check out the article shared to learn more about how social emotional competencies are concrete factors in the success of teachers, students, and the school.