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May 16, 2016

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Children First, Always...The Bryan Way!

It's a Raven Thing!

Be the One ! Committed to Excellence!


Bryan ISD will provide positive educational experiences that ensure high school graduation and post-secondary success.

The Standards Based Teacher...

  • Follows BISD Curriculum

  • Monitors Student Mastery

  • Engages Learners

  • Provides SE-Based Environment

  • Uses Aligned Assessments

  • Delivers Aligned Instruction

  • Plans Aligned Units

As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:

  1. What do we want students to learn?

  2. How will we know that they have learned it?

  3. How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?

  4. How will we respond when students have already learned it?

  5. How will we respond when some students have not learned it?

Note------ Grading Guidelines.

CSEC and Placement Cards

Thank you for your help with gathering this documentation. All complete!

Staffing Update

Each new year brings new opportunities, one of those being an opportunity to bring on some new folks to enhance the dynamic Raven team.

Many of you would probably like to know recent progress in terms of staffing, so this should help.

With Kim Kubesch’s retirement, Chelsi Young will be assuming the Gr. 5 Science/Social Studies assignment.

Kathryn Cabrera will be our new Gr. 5 R/ELA teacher. She has been at TAMU working on her Master’s and has most recently taught in California.

Charlsie McDaniel has resigned to stay at home with her family. We have appreciated her help this semester in fifth grade math. Welcome back, Rachel Whitely! She will be our new Gr. 5 Math teacher. She is returning to Houston after being in Katy ISD for 2 years.

Amy Marshall will be moving North. Amy’s energy will be hard to replace. Robin Strong, most recently teaching in Cy-Fair and Sara Bechtle, new TAMU graduate will step up to take the 2 Gr. 4. R/ELA classrooms.

We bid farewell to Nicole Engstrom who has accepted a job at Allen Academy. Julie Bockelmann will be joining our first grade team.

In the Works

Meredith Sellers is seeking a band position and will not be back next year. We recommended a teacher for the music position this Saturday during the career fair, so I will let you know when it is signed, sealed and delivered.

A teacher has been recommended for the second grade classroom, and is pending as well. Keep your fingers crossed!

As a reminder, we are projected to have the following sections for next year:

Kinder 4 sections

Grade 1- 4 sections

Grade 2- 4 sections

Grade 3- 3 sections

Grade 4- 4 sections

Grade 5-3 sections

​We currently have this position posted: Life Skills IA (Shasha retiring…three cheers for her!)

Once all has been discussed with Susan Finch and cleared through Human Resources, we will have the following position posted:

PE IA (James Ray has accepted a coaching position at St. Joseph’s.)

Registrar/Attendance Clerk (Teresa is retiring!!! She's so happy!)

Playground Supervision

When monitoring the playground, supervision is of the utmost importance. You're in charge!

When staff stands side by side, the focus could easily shift to the conversation at hand, instead of the supervision of the students, so separating and circulating is ideal. Make certain you can see all of the students, and that the students can see you at all times. If play is too rough, address it right away, i.e.,highly competitive football games without official referees, and give students a time out if necessary.

A few housekeeping items...

Please send a list of the absent students in your class to Teresa Sykes by 8:15 am each day.

Be in the cafe by 7:25 for Friday Morning Meeting to greet and manage students. Shake their hands, smile at them.
Move all lesson plans into your personal planner. This is a requirement.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the collaborative planning sessions with the IC's.

Student Management

CKH and Conscious Discipline
Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”
Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!

Evidence of Capturing Kids Hearts
N/A (This teacher has not yet been to CKH training.)
Social Contract is posted, visible, and written in the correct format. (implemented 100% at Houston)
Non-verbal signals are used by the teacher when appropriate.
Students are responding to non-verbal signs by the teacher.
Teacher refers to the social contract (when processing conflict & violations).
Teacher is meeting/greeting students with a handshake as they arrive.
Good things and/or launches are being used.
Affirmations are a part of the classroom environment.
The 4 questions are being used appropriately. (What are you doing? Supposed to be doing? Are you doing it? What are you going to do about it?)
Students are self-managing with non-verbal signs.

Dress Code
Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!
Are you setting a good example?
If out of dress code and repeat offender-Please send students to the office by 8:15 am.

Note-If this is the first time they are out of dress code and it is not extremely inappropriate, let them know to not wear the clothing again and contact the parent.

I Can Statements
Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction.

Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children! Grades 1 & 3 have front drive duty this week. When on duty in the front, please supervise the safety patrol and fill in where necessary.

See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.
Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!

Affirmations and Birthdays!

Happy Birthday...

5/22-HB, Chelsi Young!

5/24-HB, Carrie Thigpin and Charlsie McDaniel!

Care and Concern:

Teresa came by school on Friday afternoon. Doing great and determined to make her retirement party.

Keep Melody Kapchinski in your prayers.

Shout Outs:

Many thanks to James Ray, Olivia Robinson, and all of the parents who helped to make Field Day a blast!

Karen Morgan is the energizer bunny. She is wearing so many hats! Please be nice!

We appreciate Pat Mata's volunteering in the front office.

Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.