Cougars' Illustrated

"In it, to win it!"

Week of September 28th thru October 2nd, 2015

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.

2015 - 2016 Goals

Please keep our goals in mind:

1. 98% attendance rate for both teachers and students.

2. Earning 3 Distinctions in either math, reading, science, social studies, student progress or closing the achievement gap.

We are engaged in the exact professional activities geared towards our goals: Watch Teams, Cougar Huddles, 2 week lesson planning, creation of common rigorous assessments, RTI, structured PLCS, content support provided by instructional coaches and grade-level leads, and data driven conversations. We must be fully committed to these practices and see them as opportunities to increase our instructional practice and to bring the best to our students every day.

Classes with 98% attendance rate for the 5th week of school:

1. Mrs. Esparza's 3rd grade class (3A): 99%

2. Mr. Amaya's 5th grade class (5A): 98.89%

3. 1st grade class (1C): 98.89%

4. Mrs. Ensley's 2nd grade class (2C): 98.27

5. Mrs. Ritchwood's 3rd grade class (3B): 98.24


Ice Cream Social will be hosted Friday after lunch.

How will you recognize students in the 2nd six weeks meeting the 98% attendance rate?

"In it, to win it!"

Deepening Your Professional Knowledge and Practice Series

The goal of this series is to introduce short snippets from professional articles geared towards growing us as professional intellectual educators. (TEI Domain 1, 3 and 4)

The October issue of Educational Leadership published by ASCD is dedicated to developing "Emotionally Healthy Issues." You can Google and read several articles providing practical advice for educators in supporting emotionally healthy students. Research shows that emotionally healthy students are academically successful students.

Here is just a short list of some of the articles in the October issue:

1. The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers

2. How Self Control Drives Student Achievement

3. The Skill-Building Lens: Helping Students with Behavior Challenges

Upcoming and Reminders

SLO and PDP conferences will be held this week. Thank you to those who have already submitted SLOs and are awaiting their conference. Conferences will be held during planning.

Monday, Sept. 28th

  • Math Common Assessment (Kinder - 5th grade) 8:30 - 10 am (Specials will be rescheduled)
  • Mandatory Child Abuse Training (4:30 pm, Library)

Tuesday, Sept. 29th

  • Reading Common Assessment (Kinder - 5th grade) 8:30 -10 am (Specials will be rescheduled)
  • Arts Partner Meeting (Espinosa, Calloway and Woods) 9:30 am, Library
  • SAM Meeting (4:20 pm, Library)

Wednesday, Sept. 30th

  • Grade-Level PLCs (Data Analysis/Wall)
  • TBSI training (Chew, Puente and Woods) Nolan Estes

Thursday, Oct. 1st

  • Lesson Plans due
  • CIC PD @ Lanier
  • Watch Teams @ 4:20 pm (Library first)

Friday, Oct. 2nd

  • End of 1st Six Weeks (Board Policy states students must have at least 1 grade per subject per week. Students should have a minimum of 6 grades per subject in the gradebook. You must contact parents before students receive a failing grade.)
  • 1st Six Weeks Character Counts
  • Academic MVP (Teachers will choose an MVP student. Students will be recognized in a short energetic and interactive assembly in the auditorium. This event is hosted by the CICs.)

Saturday, Oct. 3rd

  • Prep U at Pinkston High School: This is time for the community to come together and learn more about the schools in the feeder. Thank you to Mr. Espinosa and 2nd graders for performing at this event. We still need 3 volunteers to help with Prep U. Please see Mr. Puente.

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