BCMS Staff and Faculty News

Week of March 6


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”

Are you the Lion or Gazelle?

Failure is always temporary unless you quit and make it an option.

Dr. Kimberly McCloud

Educators who do not build relationships with students experience low productivity, disconnect, discipline and void

I am not here to be average, I am here to be AWESOME !

If you are not learning, you are not growing, which means you are in danger of becoming irrelevant!

TGIM EPISODE 2: Speak It Into Existence!

Evaluation, email, lesson plans etc...

  • When an evaluation is marked for you to view, you have 48 hours to sign it electronically.
  • All staff should check email a minimum of 3 times per day: Before School, After School, during your conferences.
  • Lesson plans must be in the system. Teach the plan...Know the Verbs...Know how the question will be asked on a test.
  • Anytime you leave campus during the school day you MUST sign out in the main office. Failure to sign out will result in a written reprimand.

Important Dates

Faculty Meeting- 3/7/17

Site Based Meeting- 3/9/17

Spring Break - 3/13- 3/17

Employee Absences

Nondiscretionary: Leave taken for personal or family illness, family emergency, a death in the family, or active military service is considered nondiscretionary leave. Reasons for this type of leave allows very little, if any advanced planning. Nondiscretionary leave may be used in the same manner as state sick leave

Discretionary: Leave taken at an employee’s discretion that can be scheduled in advance is considered discretionary leave. An employee wishing to take discretionary personal leave must submit a request to his or her principal or supervisor at least five days in advance of the anticipated absence. The effect of the employee’s absence on the educational program or department operations, as well as the availability of substitutes, will be considered by the principal or supervisor. Discretionary personal leave will be granted on a first come, first-served basis and will be subject to the following limitations: ---A maximum of 10% of campus employees in each job category will be permitted to take discretionary personal leave at the same time.

---Discretionary leave may not last more than three consecutive workdays

---Discretionary leave may not be taken on the following key days: two days before or after a school or student holiday, days scheduled for end of semester or end of year exams, days scheduled for state testing, professional or staff development days or during the first or last 15 instructional days of the school year.

Employee of the Month- January and February.

Congrats to Mary Robinson for being named the BCMS employee of the month. Your dedication, planning, and sacrifice does not go unnoticed

Progress Report/Report Card

It is good practice to avoid giving 69, 79, 89, etc....

SPED Students- Have you followed the current IEP? If not, you need to review, research, ask questions.

Assessments/ grading practices should accurately reflect and effectively support learning . O's or failing grades are an easy way out!!!

Remember that with the new 9 week grading periods there will be TWO Progress Reports before the Marking Period Report Cards.

Tutoring ( November through May), intervention, etc....

We are paying teachers $25 per hour to tutor testing grades ( 6-8 ELA, 6-8 Math, English I, Algebra I, 8th Grade Science and 8th Grade SS). It is the expectation of the campus administrator that you communicate with the students and parents about tutoring and bus transportation. Non tested grade levels need to determine how they will be offering assistance to your students before, during, or after the instructional day.

Walkthrough Observations

When a walkthrough is made visible by an administrator, you have 48 hours to view the document and electronically sign it. Don't let observations sit idle. It is providing you a quick glimpse of good instruction and any opportunities for growth. We will not schedule follow-up meetings for every walkthrough, but will for many.

Break Through Coach

Faculty and Staff:

The Administrative Staff at BCMS is committed to educating and empowering every student to excel academically and socially. In order for this to come to fruition, we are committed to having district administrators in classroom. I am committing 2-3 FULL days per week to be in classrooms to improve teaching and learning. In particular, my office days for meetings, paperwork, etc., will be Monday and Friday of each week ( Some weeks will change)

As a result of being in class so often, we may not always be immediately available to you; however your communication important to us. If you need to discuss to matters with me, please contact the , Secretary- norma.espinoza@chisd.net . She will find the appropriate time for us to talk or will direct you to the correct department/administrator.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Bessie Coleman Middle School. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. The implementation of these practices will enhance our ability to strengthen student learning and support the teacher directly in the classroom.

Walk Through Focus of the Week of 2/27/17 and Week of 3/6/17

Administrators Choice!

TBA.....Collaborative Team Walk -Through

Learning walks with the administrative staff during your conference time.

Staff Shout -Outs

  • Thanks to all teachers who have communicated with your student and parents about tutoring.
  • Great Job with the living museum SS Department!
  • Thanks for covering classes when needed!

Attendance Incentive

MP 3 will be announced soon!!


Please do not park in the visitor park spaces, cafeteria area, or the employee of the month space (Unless you are the employee of the month). We have plenty of parking available for staff around the building.


  • Please adjust your time device to mirror the bells in the building ( The accurate time is in the main office on the intercom phone).
  • Lesson Plans are due Every Monday for the Following week. Every teacher should have 2 weeks worth of plans in the system ( No Exception)
  • Morning Duty- Please sign in and be at your duty station by 7:00 AM. You are to actively monitor and be checking for compliance issues ( ID's/Dress code/etc)
  • Afternoon Duty-Be vigilant and active with students.....Get them out of the building as quick as possible
  • When you are going to be out please make sure that your responsibilities are covered: ARD, Duty, Tutorials, ETC....
  • In the event that you are out for sickness, etc...Make sure to communicate that to me via text and to Mrs. Nealy. You are responsible for submitting your absence in AESOP in a timely manner.
  • Grades should be updated Weekly....Do not get behind...

Employees Dress Code

If a staff member fails to adhere to the standard of dress, they may be sent home and charged with a personal leave.

Unacceptable attire for females
  • Articles of clothing that are ripped, torn or transparent, or that contain holes that expose undergarments and/or skin.
  • Low-cut blouses, tops or sweaters with plunging neck-lines. The display of cleavage is unacceptable.
  • Shirts, blouses or dresses that do not cover the back, waist or midriff. This includes, but is not limited to, crop tops, tube tops, halters and spaghetti straps less than two inches in width.
  • Strapless dresses and tops without jackets.
  • Shirts, blouses and dresses that have excessive cut outs revealing undergarments.
  • Pant type clothing that do not reach below the knee such as skorts and capris. Capris must be midcalf or below.
  • Shorts, cut-offs, blue jeans, sweat pants or wind pants.*
  • Sleeveless T-shirts and /or T-shirts that display vulgarities, obscenities, offensive or suggestive prints regarding drugs, alcohol or sex.
  • Clothing that is excessively tight fitting.
  • Beach shoes, flip-flops, Crocs or slippers (typically flip-flops is footwear in which there is a band between the big toe and the other toes).
  • Head coverings worn indoors except for religious reasons.
  • Denim wear

Unacceptable attire for males
  • Articles of clothing that are ripped, torn, transparent or that contain holes to expose undergarments and/or skin.
  • Shorts, cut-offs, blue jeans, sweat pants or wind pants.*
  • Sagging pants.
  • Collar shirts
  • Sleeveless T-shirts and /or T-shirts that display vulgarities, obscenities, offensive or suggestive prints regarding drugs, alcohol or sex.
  • Beach shoes, flip-flops, Crocs or slippers.
  • Head coverings worn indoor except for religious reasons.
  • Denim wear.

Parent Contact, Week at a Glance, Submitting PD

Please return all calls and emails to parents within 24 hours. If a parents CC's an administrator on the email, please reply to all.

Week at a Glance/Calendar needs to be updated weekly, preferably at the same time you complete lesson plans.

When you submit a request for PD, you will have 48 hours to attach the appropriate documentation ( Certificate, etc.) before it will be deleted....