The Bethune Bulletin

September 19-23, 2016

District Core Beliefs

· Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

· Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

· There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

· With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.

· Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Bethune Key Actions

  • We will use our District's and School’s core beliefs and philosophy to develop a culture of feedback and support to improve the quality of instruction.

  • We will improve the quality of instruction across all content areas and for each sub-group by engaging students in rigorous/relevant activities that involve higher order thinking skills

  • We will use data-driven and differentiated instruction to progress monitor and increase student achievement.

  • We will engage and develop strong relationships with parents, community and volunteers to increase our family and community engagement.

Schools Goals for 2016-2017

  • 75% or higher Passing
  • 20% or higher Advanced Performance

Message from Ms. Hernandez

This past week, TEA released state accountability scorecards for 2015-2016. While there were many celebrations such as double digit numbers over the state's target score and meeting standards in all four indices, our work now shifts to adding distinctions to our scorecard. We work very hard with our students to ensure they are ALL successful. We must continue to challenge ourselves and our students to do more. We must work towards moving from good to great. Our challenge this year will be to continue to increase the level of rigor as we strive to meet our school goal of 20% or higher at the Level III Advanced performance. We must be intentional and specific with the work that we do. How are we targeting the needs of ALL students? How do we continue to engage our students in appropriately challenging content? What extended learning opportunities are we engaging our students in? How are we scaffolding to increase cognitive demand? We have achieved our goal now. It's time to set and accomplish a new goal, increase advanced level by 20% or higher in every content.

Together we can make it happen!

Week at a Glance

Six Weeks Test for 3rd-5th grade

Monday, September 19

  • Committees after-school Discipline

Tuesday, September 20

  • ARD @ 8:40 am (5th Gen. ED)
  • ARD @ 9:40 am (4th Gen. ED)

Wednesday, September 21

  • SBDM @ 8:30 am

Thursday, September 22

  • Staff Meeting

Friday, September 23

  • Clubs

Saturday, September 24

  • Prep-U Event @ Stockard MS (9-12 pm)

Resources for You!

Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools

Instructional Coaches Corner

Mrs. Lopez and I have observed evidence of number talks, manipulatives, writing, anchor charts and reading centers being implemented in the classroom. Kudos for all the authentic student work that has been posted on your bulletin boards!

Did you know?

Bethune has 9 Distinguished Teachers this year based on TEI scorecards. Four additional teachers were nominated this year for DTR. Congratulations to those teachers!


Attendance on Gradespeed before 9:00 a.m.

Lesson Plans due Friday by 8:00 a.m. to CICs

Grades updated on Gradespeed weekly (Progress Reports go home 09/14/16)

Please be prompt with picking up and dropping off students.

Upcoming Events

Compliance Videos due Sept. 28

A Very Happy Birthday!

September Birthdays

02- Donna Garza
13- Martha Castillo
23- Amanda Gibbs
27- Jamie Contreras
28- Imelda Morales