The Weekly Comet

Volume 1 Issue 9 2-01-2016

Message from the Principal

As usual, as the year progresses, each week seems to move by at an increasingly faster pace. Thank you to all staff members who gave us input on the PD problem solving survey and the administrative surveys. We got some great, consistent feedback on a few key issues.

First, communication needs to be better. To that end, we will ensure that the Weekly Comet goes out each Monday. In addition, we will be sending out a monthly calendar each month and a weekly calendar each Monday. This should help improve communication with the staff.

We also got some concrete suggestions for improving PD at SIlberstein. When we reviewed the responses, we saw several themes emerge. First, teachers would like to see PD that directly impacts their teaching (make-and-takes and book studies were a couple of suggestions). Second, teachers asked for more opportunities to collaborate both vertically and horizontally. Third, teachers asked that PD be differentiated (grade level, experience, content and specific area of need were mentioned as ways to differentiate). Fourth, teachers asked that PD sessions be more interactive and less "sit and git". Finally, teachers asked for more support from the coaches.


We will be sending out a couple of follow up surveys today (3-5 questions each) to get further insight regarding potential PD topics and support needed from the coaches.


We appreciate your feedback tremendously and will continue to work to improve our performance.


Keep up the good work!



Richie

Shooting Stars

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We want to give a special shout out to some of our stars who have really shone extra bright!


Ms. Vargas, Ms. Nunez, and Ms. Jaramillo- This team of teachers really stepped up to the plate. While Ms. Benson was out, these teachers divided her class and each took on an extra 6 students for almost 9 weeks. Because of their commitment to children and the pursuit of excellence, these students continued to grow and lost no instructional time. Outstanding!!!

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Our 3 key priorities for this year:

Reduce the achievement gap between Gen Ed students and Dual language students-

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at additional systems we can put in place to make sure that Gen Ed students are not falling behind their Dual Language peers.

Improve Purposeful Aligned Instruction - Instruction continues to improve. We see teachers working together to plan the best lessons for specific TEKS. We see students working to improve their skills and move closer to mastery.

Improve the efficacy of professional development - Based on your feedback from last Monday, we will making improvements in how we provide PD to teachers. Look for a very brief follow up survey today.

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TEI Updates

Spot Observations

Henry and I will continue to do regular spot observations. Our goal is to see most teachers every two weeks. We will also begin extended observations and summatives soon. All teachers will receive written notice of the 10 day window for their extended observations.

Data Driven Instruction

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4th six weeks Interim Assessments

Our 4th six weeks interim assessments will be coming up the week of 2/16. Kinder-2nd grade students will take teacher made assessments. 3rd-5th grade students will be engaging in a full Mock STAAR protocol. This will entail providing all the accommodations students will receive on the regular STAAR (e.g. small group, oral administration, extra time, etc...) Mr. Medaris will be sending out the plan soon. It will closely resemble the ACP plan.

DDI Gap Analysis and Vertical Team Feedback

We will again bring in subs so teachers can have a full day to analyze the data from their 4th six weeks IA.

RLA teachers will meet on Monday, 2/22.

Math/ Science teachers will meet on Tuesday, 2/23

Kinder-2nd will meet in Portable 13

3rd-5th will meet in the auditorium.

As usual, please bring your laptop. We will provide reports and protocols.

Saturday School

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We will have Saturday School on the following dates:

2/06; 2/20; 2/27; 3/05; 4/02; 4/16; 4/23; 4/30; 5/07


We will not have Saturday school on holiday weekends (e.g. President's day, Easter, Spring Break)

Important Upcoming Events

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Below you will see some important events for the next few weeks.

You can also check out our electronic Silberstein Calendar anytime. Go to http://tiny.cc/Silberstein_Calendar to see all our upcoming events.

Hundredth Day of School

Friday, Feb. 5th, 7:45am-3pm

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Grades Pre-K, Kinder and 1st will be celebrating the Hundredth day of school.

Presidents Day-Staff and Student Holiday

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am-3pm

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No school today!

Science Mock STAAR (5th Grade)

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 9am-1pm

Silberstein

Math Mock STAAR (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 9am-1pm

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Reading Mock STAAR (Grades 3-5)

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9am-1pm

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Star Power

Friday, Feb. 26th, 8am-3pm

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Our Star Power celebration this six weeks will be a sock hop. Please look for more info from Nurse Michael.