The Raven Flyer

April 27, 2015

Be the One...Ambassador!

Spring Realtor Tour-April 30

It's finally our turn to show-off what the Sam Houston A-game looks like and the great things we have happening at Sam Houston! A group of realtors will tour the school the morning of April 30. Prepare your hallways and classrooms for this event, as well as for our May 7 Grand Transition night. Our hallways should reflect the rigor of the instruction and quality of the work in our classrooms.

This is our tentative plan for the 45-60 minutes our visitors will be in the building.

  • 8:15 Cafeteria set up and ready to go with breakfast-rectangle tables set up and decor
  • 8:30 Breakfast and gathering in the cafe, pictures scrolling (It's a Raven Thing!)
  • 8:40 KRVN- mock announcements later, meet the crew - 2nd graders will lead us in the pledge
  • 8:45 Kinder singing a Swamp song and then 4th/5th grade choir- We go together
  • Visit classrooms for TPSP projects
  • 9:15 Leaving out the door- Student Council at the door wishing them well and handing out a bookmark

Wear Red Ambassador shirt and park in back parking lot!

It's a Raven Thing!

Be the One ! The BISD Way!

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


Teach bell to bell.

Effectively question.

Ask students to justify answers.

Closely monitor.

Have a bell ringer.

Lesson Plans should be completed in Forethought by each deadline. After team lessons have been revised per coach feedback, it is expected and required that you move the plans into your personal planner prior to the week they are taught. Thanks for your help with this.

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?

In response to #3, I DO, WE DO, YOU Do is our focus.

I've included a link below to some excellent videos found at the Teach Like a Champion website. They're all really good, but watch the one titled, Checking for Understanding. It is spot on as an example of mastery check and correcting the error until you get it right.

Teacher Self Report II and III

Wow! Your swift attention is much appreciated!

GT Update

All teachers needing their GT update will be working as part of the planning team for showcasing our TPSP projects and campus planning for next year. We will meet in May.

Working on the Work-WOW

Hopefully, the lead teacher in each grade level has shared with you some new information about WOW! At the district level, we have been studying about Working on the Work in some capacity for about 2-3 years. Here is a link to the website for you to explore:

Each time I go to the website, I discover another tidbit of information that makes me even more excited about the opportunity.

Bryan ISD has committed to working with the Schlechty Center and our school has been selected to become a WOW school in 2015-2016. The first step in becoming a WOW school is to select at least 3-7 open-minded teachers to become members of a "design team" that will lay the groundwork and champion the initiative. The design team will be comprised of teachers, instructional coaches, campus/district administration and consultants from the Schlechty Center. First, you'll be asked to read the book, Engaging Students: The Next Level of Working on the Work, preferably before May 14. Then on May 14, we will join with Bonham teachers (the other participating school) to meet with a team from the Schlechty Center in a full day session for an overview/planning session. During the summer, there will be professional development that requires out of town travel over multiple days. During 2015-2016, our journey will be supported by the Schlechty Center. The center tailors the support for each district/campus.

If this sounds like the challenge you've been looking for, come see me and let's talk about it. At this time, it's exciting to know that we already have several interested teachers. The best problem we could have would be to have more than 7 folks ready and willing to take the plunge to transform how we do school and lead the way.

Planning for Personnel 15-16

When planning for next year, keep the students first. If you're planning to resign or retire, the sooner we know, the better we can plan and replace amazing talent and experience that might be leaving. There are no hard feelings associated with these decisions. We all make choices and it's understood. Nothing stays the same. Please keep me posted.

We have a second district career fair on May 2. If we have openings, we can hire for any open positions. We always want to hire the best of the best!

Plan to Increase Rigor and Alignment

Thank you for your hard work. One piece of the plan is immediate attention and feedback when lack of rigor or misalignment is present. A document has been shared with each grade level to make this communication and documentation transparent to the grade level. This document can be added to by the cabinet and grade level. Holding one another accountable will make the difference.

Goal Setting Conversations

The last six weeks gives us opportunities to set end of year goals. Students should be involved in setting goals for the end of the school year.

Every day, in every way, we are getting better and better!


Turn in your attendance notes to Ms. Godfrey by 8:05. Every parent of every student is called by Ms. Godfrey or Mrs. Sykes to try to boost our attendance.

CKH and Conscious Discipline

Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”

Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!”

Does your social contract need tweaking along the way? Do you need to add something that the students continue to struggle with? Tracking the speaker? No side conversations?

"Expose your students to extraordinary experiences and they will reward you with extraordinary results." Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate

Special Education/504

Please bring your binder to the ARD/504 meetings. Remember that the binder is the best place to file examples of modified work for documentation and helps us to make informed decisions about needed accommodations/modifications. Within a school day, new IEP’s, modifications/accommodations etc. will be provided to you and they should filed in your binder. If you do not receive them, contact the student’s case manager.

Dress Code-Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!

Are you setting a good example?

As a reminder, if you wear leggings or tights to work, your shirt or dress must be to your knee or longer.

Students should be sent to the office by 8:15 a.m.

I Can Statements

Don't forget to post I can statements on work posted in hallway. Remember that the work posted in the hallway should be each student's best work. Proud of you for making use of our wall real estate!

Food for thought...Are the I can statements and work posted in the hallways an illustration and reflection of the RIGOR in your classroom assignments? If not, make this a goal!

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. I will statements are beneficial, not only for ELL students, but for under-resourced learners, as well.


Being on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children!

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...

4/29-HB, Missy Martinez!

Thank you a million times over for all of your help this week!

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