Rocket Weekly News

Week of 4/4 to 4/9

Each Day, Each Child, SUCCESS!

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.
  • 3/31 PLC engagement strategies

    Thank you for your participation in our PLC last Thursday. It was fun working with you guys.

    Some of the strategies we discussed.

    Socratic Wingman/Fishbowl.-this was the activity where we partnered up and the speaker sat in the circle and the writer stood behind his partner.

    Vocabulary Round/campfire- this was when we walked around and wrote on the vocabulary sheets while the music played. Students are able to write a word it reminds them of, write a definition, a picture or add on to what someone else wrote. After we sat together and shared one of the vocabulary words.

    4 Corners- this was when I asked a question and you guys stood by one of the charts and were able to discuss with their team why they chose that chart. Then teacher has one person contribute.

    Categories- this was one for the lower levels, students are given word cards/picture cards and they had to categorize their cards by moving to the category title and discuss how or why they all belong to that category. (animal habitats, different animals, animal adaptations.

    "I have who has?" cards-these are domino like cards with one image, word, or letter on one side and different one on the other side. One student has the card and they say " I have a yellow oval, who has a red star?" then the student with the red star says "I have a red star, who has a blue square?"

    Matching Pairs- this strategy is good to use with vocabulary, Have the definition or picture on one card and the word on another card. Students have to match up with their partner and discuss how the pieces go together. Great as a start to a science or math lesson.

    Maple Lawn STAFF/ STUDENT soccer game

    Don't forget if you are playing, be sure to bring comfy clothes and shoes. Our Monday meeting will leave plenty of time to be ready for the game.

    I will probably start the game out by welcoming everyone and thanking the donors. If you are coming to cheer us on you may wear your Maple Lawn spirit shirt, but lets refrain from jeans. We will have Trustee Solis, Councilman Medrano, the CEO and DIrector of Smart City (donors) in addition to Dallas ISD communications dept and Dr. Valadez.

    Our Maple Lawn Cheerleaders will also be present. This should be lots of fun!

    Week at a Glance 4/4 through 4/9


    Monday 4/4

    3rd grade field trip - dallas theater

    3:15 Monday Meeting

    4:00 Soccer Game Maple Lawn Staff vs. Maple Lawn Soccer Team

    Tuesday 4/5

    12:30-1:30 SBDM meeting Rm 104

    Wednesday 4/6

    8:00-12:00 CIC training Mth- Birdsong out

    8:00-12:00 Test Coordinator Meeting- Allen out

    10:30-11:30 Attendance for Credit Audit- Derrick

    4:00-6:00 Principal Focus Group

    Thursday 4/7

    1:00-4:00 Just in Time training- Gutierrez out

    3:15 -3:45 Terranova & Supera training ( K-2 teachers)

    Friday 4/8

    1:00-4:00 CIC training Science- Birdsong out

    Saturday 4/9

    Saturday School