What's Hoppenin'?!?

December 17, 2014


It's hard to believe that the 2014 part of the 2014-2015 school year is over! You guys have worked so hard to get your students where they are today. Be sure to celebrate all of your hard work and student growth over the break!!

If you have not had a chance to complete the classroom library survey, please click on the link below!

Updates from the Curriculum Department

FISD Sumdog Contest

Sumdog's first Frisco math contest of 2015 starts Friday January 23 and will run until the following Thursday!

It's free to take part and there are prizes to be won!

It will only take an hour so to get a decent score, and as students play online, they can compete in school or at home.

In order to join in the fun, teachers can enter their class here: http://www.sumdog.com/enter_contest

For questions, contact info@sumdog.com

How to Use CBA Questions

At Tadlock, we have done a fabulous job using CBAs to guide instruction while keeping data valid. With the recent changes in grading CBAs, there has been some confusion across the district about how we should be using CBAs to guide instruction.

Here are a few examples of how the CBA is being used in grade levels across Tadlock and how the CBA should be used by everyone:

1. Take the CBA prior to the cluster beginning. Discuss vocabulary that you notice that students will need to know in order to be successful.

2. Make notes of student behaviors necessary for success, and discuss teacher behaviors that will support the desired student behaviors.

3. CBA questions should be used to gather data after the assessment is administered. Think about what you did as the teacher to help students achieve the desired outcome, or consider what behaviors you need to adjust in order to support student achievement.

Here are a few examples of "what not to do" with CBA questions:

1. CBA questions should not be used in work stations, at teacher table, for problem solving, or for any other form of instruction during the math block.

2. CBA questions should not be sent home for homework before the CBA is administered.

3. CBA questions should not be altered (only change the numbers) and used in class or sent home to act as a "review" for the CBA.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask! I am happy to come and problem solve with you and your team anytime.

Social Studies Textbook Adoption

This year is a social studies textbook adoption year for FISD. The curriculum department wants your opinion about which resource we will purchase for the district. I delivered some social studies resources to your grade level social studies lead this week. Please take some time as a team (anyone who teaches social studies) to look through the resources and provide some feedback. Meredith Manis (formerly Meredith Brown), the social studies coordinator has created a rubric that each team will need to submit by January 28th. Please invite me to join your team when looking through the resources! I would love to get to know the possible textbooks with each of you!

Each campus has been assigned a certain "lens" to use when looking at the social studies resources. Our lens is science, technology, and society. Again, I would love to join you guys when you look through the resources. If I am unable to join you when your team meets to discuss these resources, please let me know that the rubric was completed and submitted for your team. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide very valuable feedback!! This is an important decision that will impact both you and your students in the future!!


Middle of the Year Assessment Information

Reading Assessments

When we come back in January, the MOY assessment window will open. All literacy assessments must be completed and entered into Aware by January 31st. Please see your grade level assessment schedule to find out exactly which assessments need to be completed on your students.

Math Assessments

Kindergarten TEMI Window: 1/5-1/30

1st Grade TEMI Window: 1/5-1/30

5th Grade MSTAR Window: 1/7-2/10 (Please reserve the pod 2 computer lab to complete this assessment)

*At the beginning of the year we were told that 2nd-4th graders would be taking an assessment called ESTAR. However, we have not received any additional information about this. Do not worry about this assessment unless you hear differently! Thanks for being so flexible!!

STAAR Simulation Dates

*Due to the new TEKS, there will be no math STAAR simulation this year!! I will be ordering the appropriate STAAR simulation tests for your grade level from the Print Shop. You can go ahead and cross that off your to-do list!!

3rd Grade Reading: February 18, 2015

4th Grade Reading: February 18, 2015

4th Grade Writing: February 5, 2015

5th Grade Reading: February 5, 2014

*K-2nd grade and Specials teachers: Please be aware that students will be taking their STAAR simulation tests on these days.

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!