Weekly Announcements

February 1

Home Again!

Hello...it's me... I saw the video of the teacher dance! So fun! The kids looked like they had a great time.

I learned a bunch in Texas and was reminded of the important reasons why I do the work that I do. Our attitudes and the culture of learning that we create as educators makes all of the difference in the levels of achievement in our students. Every student should be held to high standards for learning. They will only succeed as far as you expect them to, so set the bar high!

Me and Levar Burton... Reading Rainbow!

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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Did You Know? Please Read.

Post a brief response to the article below on Padlet? What surprised you? What was confirmed? http://padlet.com/angela_freeman1/uemys8shgzd9

We will spend a bit of time at the staff meeting on February 9th discussing this.

Learning Teams Tuesday 3:15pm

Meet in the library for the first 10 minutes for a message from Toni! Please let me know where your team will be meeting afterward if you are not staying in the library. I would like to stop by to support your progress. Thank you.

Smarter Balanced Testing Grades 3-8

The time has come! How are you getting your students ready to take the test? Here are some resources to begin to familiarize them with the specifics of taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The more comfortable students are with the format and the language of the test, the less anxious they will be. Please take the time to look at the test prep resources and make sure to give your students the opportunity to practice. http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/

District Announcements

District Goal

At their December Business Meeting, the School Board approved the following updates to the Strategic Plan language:

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

WE Expect Excellence

  • WE Teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.

  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.

WE Innovate

  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.

  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.

WE Embrace Equity

  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.

  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.

WE Collaborate

  • WE work and learn in terms to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.

  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.

ELPA21 Kindergarten and Grade 1

Receipt of Paper Testing Materials

All Kindergarten and 1st Grade English Learners participating in ELPA21 are required to complete a paper writing section of the assessment. The ELPA21 paper-pencil writing forms will be delivered to STCs by the end of January.

Grade 2 and Grade 4

CogAT testing February 1, 2016. Test booklets and test information will be sent to school principals. For your school's 2015-2016 CogAT testing schedule click on this link.

The Testing material is in your boxes!

Synergy Training

Synergy Open Lab—Middle School

The purpose of these help sessions is to provide an open lab setting with several Synergy trainers from your building and

Teaching & Learning staff to answer questions and troubleshoot issues/concerns that have come up so far in use of the

Standards-based grade book. These are optional sessions, and will be paid at sub rate.

* January 19 from 4-5:30pm at Cedar Park Middle School

Room B7

* March 8 from 4-5:30pm at Mt. View Middle School Room


* April 21 from 4-5:30pm at Stoller Middle School Room TBD

* June 1 from 4-5:30pm at Highland Park Middle School

Room TBD

Angela OUT

February 5 ALL DAY

Good Reads