Week of May 9, 2016
This week is the last week of STAAR testing for our students. Take time to encourage and motivate your students to do their very best. A short note or words of encouragement go a long way. As you know, most of our students are very capable of passing a test. By now, we have all taken notice that many of the passing rates on STAAR vary from the 40% to the 60%. The advanced rate however, is almost always in the 80% or higher. Let's remind students this week, that their goal is not to just pass the test but to demonstrate that they have truly mastered their grade level curriculum. Let them know you believe they can do it.
For those not testing, although you may be relocated to another room this week, it is important to continue with quality instruction and alignment no matter where you are located. ACPs are around the corner, students deserve and require the very best you have to offer no matter what may be going on. Thanks for staying committed to excellence and staying strong through the last lap of this race. Make it a great week of teaching and learning.
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
We Rolled Out the Red Carpet for our Superstar Teachers!
Great Presentation by our Longhorn Battalion
Important Dates to Remember
Math 6&7 STAAR
Field Day Meeting
Department Chair Meeting
Reading 6&7 STAAR
Reading 8 Retest
Science 8 STAAR
Social Studies 8 STAAR
SLOs entered into Schoolnet
TEI Roster Verification Window
8th Grade Week
8th Grade Ball
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
6th,7th grade Awards
8th Grade Awards
Last Day for Students
End of Year Luncheon