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The week ahead... October 13 - October 17 - Wear PINK every Tuesday in October (with jeans) in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Science PLC this week

Fire Prevention week

Tuesday, October 13

F.A.M.E. meeting - 3:40 in library

Wednesday, October 14 -

Above and Beyond meeting

Thursday, October 8 -

Ms. Cabanas' Bridal Shower

Friday, October 9 -

Elite medical imaging -by appointment

Report cards due to coach

Saturday, October 17 (10 - 1) - Horn Staff Picnic Day - please let team leader know if you will be able to attend, or RSVP to Ms. Leyva's email. Hamburgers and fixin's provided, pot luck sides and desserts, BYOB (water provided)

Coming up Saturday,November 7 9am - 12pm- Alief Proud Day - at least 1 representative from each team needs to attend


This is not just for 3rd and 4th grade teachers

Horn 2015 Fall Afterschool Tutorials-- Not your normal afterschool tutorials!!

Mrs. Kennedy and I are looking for 11-12 teachers and 2 paraprofessionals who are interested in having fun with word study and building vocabulary with our struggling readers in 3rd and 4th grade! The concept for these afterschool tutorials is to bridge a major gap in our students knowledge of letters, letter sounds, decoding, instant word recognition, as well as vocabulary. We are excited about implementing this new focus and we hope you are interested in helping!!

Here are a few details about the tutorials below.

· Groups will be no larger than 5 students a group J

· Kids would be grouped by performance levels in their word study/vocabulary performance J

· Instructional materials will be provided for you J

· All lessons will center around word study/vocabulary (No STAAR test prep) J

· Tutorial Time Frame: Every Tuesday and Thursday 6 weeks before Christmas Break J

· Projected starting date will be Tuesday November 3rd and the last day would be Thursday December 17th. J

· Time would be from 3:45-4:45

If you are interested in teaching and being a part of our new afterschool tutorials please let me know by Wednesday October 14th. J

Mission Monday

For Students:

Tell an adult at school what you want to be when you grow up

For staff:

Instead of responding to what they want to be with something like - "that's great" tell them what they can do to make that dream happen

Celebrations and Shout outs

Mrs. Lawson - Thank you for hosting and SHARING all of this USEFUL information during planning, that you learned at your Istation Training! This was EXTREMLY helpful!

All teachers in Hallway H at were at their doors at 7:45!!!

Thank you McNeese, Cruz, Bailey for helping out 2nd grade with some difficult students!!


Making Solid Personal Connections

(this was written by the same speaker who advises all teachers to have the SECOND to the last word)

As a new school year gets under way, it is important to recognize the importance of making solid personal connections, particularly with students who are lacking a strong support system elsewhere. Needless to say, not all students make themselves easy to be around, much less like. In fact, some go our of their way to test our limits and patience, actively trying to get us to reject them because they believe it is just a matter of time before we will no matter what. To have success with such students, the teacher must have an emotional toughness that expresses a determination to not give up on them despite their best efforts in making us want to do that very thing. When faced with the challenge of these students, a favorable response to the following questions can help develop a positive personal connection.

1. Do I believe that the student I currently see is all he or she will ever become?

Unfortunately, a fixed view can lock you into snap judgments about which students are worth your time and which ones are not. I have been around schools long enough to see plenty of cases in which students deemed to be life's winners don't make out well while some identified as 'losers' do quite well in life.

2. Do I believe that people can change?

Unless you do, you are not going to be able to influence challenging students. The best way to invite change is to encourage new, more appropriate behaviors to grow alongside the less desirable. Paradoxically, change is most likely to occur when people do not feel forced to let go of the familiar. For example, for students who have had prior failure experiences and have learned to protect themselves by not trying, invite rather than require more effort ("When you don't try, it makes me think that you are giving up on yourself and I won't accept that. I expect to be a good teacher for you and I can't know if I am unless I see more from you. I'd like to see a one-page paper, but I can live with at least a few lines. Which would work better for you?

3. Do I realize that reaching my challenging students is what being a professional educator is all about?

If not you, then who? While all students deserve caring teachers who carry high, achievable expectations, I believe that achievement-motivated students with strong outside support can learn from virtually any teacher who knows content. Highly motivated students are not that difficult to teach. I have seen some learn in spite of their teacher. By contrast, considerable skill guided by a non-stop attitude of optimism is often required to make a difference with challenging kids.

4. Do I truly believe that the students I teach are more important than the content that I am teaching?

Success with tougher kids often requires a willingness from the teacher to adapt or even suspend the prescribed curriculum when it is clear that students are not learning.

What do you think? As always we welcome your thoughts and invite you to share your experiences.

For more practical ways to personally and academically connect with your students, check out Dr. Mendler's ASCD bestseller, Connecting with Students.

Staff Birthdays

12 - Litsea Guzma

14 - Andre Bailey

Updates and Reminders

Do not turn off computers daily, log off only so they can be updated.

Do turn off monitors daily to save energy.

Check out hospitality board regularly for upcoming events.

Tell Lily or Gloria when you are expecting a call from a parent if you want them to call you during instruction (only parent calls that need immediate attention due to behavior or something like that)

Withdrawals – are not being returned in a timely manner – teachers need to withdraw student by attaching current grades to w/d form and forward to front office within the same day so that form can be forwarded to the next person. Parents are told it takes 24 hrs to be completed and may pick up the same time next day.

Fall Family Fun Night

We will be having our Fall Family Fun Night on Thursday, October 22nd.

We are in need of pumpkin donations for our Great Pumpkin Math Activities.

If you could please donate a pumpkin that we could measure and enjoy, please let Ms. Cruz know. You will need to bring it the by Monday, October 19th.

Also, we are in need of a “photographer” for our Photo Booth that evening. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please let Ms. Cruz know as soon as possible.

If you have any other decorations you would like to share on that evening, please let me know.

Thanks for all of your help.

Let me know anything that needs to be added to the calendar, shout outs, reminders, etc