Wm. Adams Middle School

Faculty and Staff Newsletter • January 11, 2016

Morning Duty January 11 - 15, 7:30 to 7:42

Karen Vickers - Station 1: Outside main entrance

Rebecca Wymore - Station 2: Corridor to the gym

Margaret Ysassi - Station 3: West entrance

Michelle Ballard - Station 4: 100 wing between 112 and 114 (monitor from 112 to 116)

Annabel Barrera - Station 5: 200 wing between 207 and 209 (monitor from 207 to 216)

Linda Bernal - Station 6: Outside Library by tables

Carmela Martinez - Station 7: 300 wing between 303 and 306 (monitor from 303 to 301)

Melinda Mejia - Station 8: 300 wing between 312 and 314 (monitor from 312 to 316)

Luis Mireles - Station 9: 400 wing between 404 and 406 (monitor from 406 to 401)

Patricia Mejia - Station 10: 400 wing between 409 and 414 (monitor from 407 to 416)

Aurelia O'Neil- Station 11: Outside 400 wing by east entry

Ludy Resendez- Station 12: Bus Stop

If you know in advance that you will be absent, please alert administration so that someone can be secured to monitor your station in your absence.

Shout Outs

A huge Shout Out to our social studies department and their work with students on the National History Day project. As you are aware, our students had some really nice boards, papers and projects. Thanks for your hard work, Becky Lutzke, Jessica Chavarria, Kristen Hall, Michelle Ballard, and Roberto Martinez.

Attendance for January 4-January 8, 2016:

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Attendance Update

Please notice last week's attendance. While our overall average for the week improved one percentage point from the previous week, we are still below our goal of 95%.

I am asking every teacher to contact parents of students who are absent in their 2nd period class. That may be only a couple of calls. I will provide you with a call log that you will turn in at the end of the week. Parents and students need to know that the absences have been noticed by more people than just our Ms. Brewer and Ms. Cruz. Administrators will also be making calls and will counsel with students on their attendance and grades when they are working the discipline referrals.

It is going to take all of us working together, but we can reach our goal and keep it there!

Thank you,

Dr. H

Check Your Mailbox

Check your mailbox for information on how to access various videos. These are very good videos from John Samara and Lead4ward.

Your log in is your email address. You should have received a password at the beginning of the year via email. If you forgot your password, just click on the "forgot password" link. If you were hired after the beginning of the year, or get a message that you do not have a user name, contact Anna Holmgreen (anna.holmgreen@aliceisd.net) and she will see that you get set up.

Do not lose the handout as we will be asking you to view specific videos soon.

Thank you!

Progress Monitoring Forms

Please be sure to keep up with updating your progress monitoring forms in Eduphoria and with collecting the required writing samples from our ELS/ELL students.

January 8- You should have collected the following:
Expository or Procedural academic sample from SOCIAL STUDIES AND
Narrative about a past event from ELAR

February 19:
Write about a familiar process (how to) from ELAR

Please remember that these should be at least a half page in length, but longer is preferred. It is very important that we collect these and that students write in all courses. This is very important in the process to exit students from our bilingual program, which is our ultimate goal.

Remember to Refuel

As we end the first semester and move into the second semester, we can find ourselves feeling bogged down and overwhelmed. Remember to seek out your marigolds, and know that you are appreciated.


Charting Student Progress

In the Newsletter dated Sept. 14, 2015, you were asked to have students chart their progress. It was suggested that some competition between classes be developed. No one has approached administrators about this. We want to help you and we want students to get excited about their progress. If you have not done this, please start. We may be asking to see some of the students' progress when we visit your classrooms. For those of you that have already started this and have posted it, we thank you. Below is a link to the article that was provided to you in that September newsletter so you can review it.