Sadler Means YWLA

Week of 1/18-1/22/15

Attendance Law Changes- Effective Immediately

As many students and staff members have heard, AISD has recently come into compliance with the Texas Education Code which takes a given student's attendance rate into consideration when awarding course credit. The law states "...any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered."

What does this mean? If a student has missed a class for more than 10 percent of the allotted days, for a reason that is not school related, they will not receive credit for the course and will be responsible for taking steps to regain the credit they are being denied. Absences that count against their attendance percentage include illness (with or without a note), home suspensions, doctor/dentist/etc appointment, or virtually any other absence that was not for a school related event.

Students that have fallen under the 90 percent threshold for any class will be meeting with Ms. Clark and Ms. Capps in the next few weeks to design a plan to recover their credits. These plans will consist of attending Saturday School sessions and/or attending Early Summer Ignite, depending upon the credit needed.

Students can look at their daily attendance in the student cloud. Their attendance percentages are not listed, but they can be easily calculated. There were 79 school days in the first semester, if a student has 8 or more absences in any given class they will not be receiving credit in that class.

If students or parents have any questions or concerns, please direct them to speak with me, I would be happy to address them

Brittany Capps

Dropout Prevention Specialist

Bertha Sadler Means YWLA


Ignite Attendance and Grade Recovery Program

Please be looking for more information in your inbox from Ms. Clark.

Purple Stars-Upcoming Student Recognition Program

We would like to implement a “Caught Being Good” or “Purple Star” initiative to recognize those students who work hard and go above and beyond! Teachers, Administrators and other school staff will submit their student nominations via email to CIS Caseworker Keshayka “Kiki” Lewis: or paper form in CIS mailbox, anytime they find a student displaying a character or citizenship quality (examples below):

o Trustworthiness: Being honest, reliable, doing the right thing, being loyal, building a good reputation

o Respect: Treating others with respect, being tolerant and accepting of differences, using good manners, being considerate of other’s feelings, deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

o Responsibility: Doing what they are supposed to be doing, persevering, always doing their best, using self-control, being self-disciplined, being accountable for their words, actions and attitudes, setting a good example for others

o Fairness: Playing by the rules, being open-minded, treating all people fairly

o Caring: Being kind, being compassionate, helping others in need

o Citizenship: Doing their share to make their school better, cooperative, respecting authority, following all rules


Each student nomination will include the following information: the student’s name, grade, a brief description about why the student is being nominated and the nominator’s name and date. At the end of the month, during an assembly: students who were nominated will receive recognition, a certificate and will be entered into a drawing for a prize (gift cards, electronic, game, etc.) at the end of the given semester. Every student will receive their nominations on paper. During 6th, 7th and 8th grade team meetings, teachers will draw a name for the prize given at the end of the semester. Alternatives to a prize may include a social/party during lunch at the end of each month or a special event (movie night, etc.).

More information to follow.

Teacher of the Year- Review Finalists and Vote

Please check out the lounge to read about our three finalists: Kathleen Martinez, Stephanie Matula, and Karen Terry!

We will have our final vote Thursday, January 21st!

1st Annual YWLA Girls' Conference- January 30th (8:45AM-1PM)

Let's get the word out about our first annual girls conference! This event will be open to students, parents, and staff. The more staff the merrier! We will be doing yoga and/or zumba! We will also have sessions covering the following topics:

  • Dealing with Authority Figures
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • How to Talk to Your Child About Sex
  • Dealing with Incarcerated Family Members

Our campus counseling team and CIS are partnering with GenAustin, Christi Center, Seedling Foundation, and Planned Parenthood to deliver high quality sessions for students and adults!

Please see/email Ms. Mary Wynn or Ms. Allison Quiones if you are interested in helping or attending the event!

STEM Summer Camp-June 6-9, 2016

We are looking for teachers to welcome our incoming students during summer camp! Please email Ms. Benson if you are interested in working June 6-9, 2016 from 8AM-4PM (Kids 8:30AM-3:30PM).

Thank you!

Upcoming Student Incentives

  • Growing Outdoor Leader Program (January-May 2016)
  • Pajama and Movie Party (January 29, 2016)
  • Galentine's Day Celebration-Jeans Day (February 12, 2016)
  • Attendance Incentive: Grade Level Jeans Day (February 19, 2016)
  • Sports Extravaganza (February 27, 2016)

Weekly Reminders

Monday 1/18/16

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
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Tuesday 1/19

  • 7th Grade MOY II Writing

Wednesday 1/20

  • PTSA Afterschool Concessions
  • NJHS Selection Committee Meeting (Library 4-5PM)

Thursday 1/21

  • CATCH Night (5-7PM)-Student Wellness Champions wear jeans, sneakers, and Wellness Shirt (only those who are in Coach Harris' group)
  • LBJ Showcase (6:30PM-8PM)
  • Vision and Hearing Tests (7th Grade-Balderrama)
  • Final Teacher of the Year Vote!!

Friday 1/22

  • Teacher House Leader Meeting: Conference Room (8-8:40AM)
  • Sadler Means Showcase for Incoming Students 9:30AM and 12:45PM (1hour each session)
  • Student list to follow
  • FIELDTRIP: Hot Science Cool Talks-Science Team (5-9PM PAC)

Saturday 1/23

  • Growing Outdoor Leaders- Camacho Rock Climbing (9AM-12PM/Greenbelt)
  • SOCCER: Sadler Means vs Dobie (Dobie-9AM)
  • CHOIR: All Region