Riverside Review

January 11-15, 2016

In Celebration of Doris Andrews' Life, we will be wearing yellow on TUESDAY, January 12th.

What are the Campus Expectations!

Incorporate campus expectations into your weekly planning, instruction and activities:

  • Utilize resources
  • Actively engage students
  • Inform parents
  • Monitor student progress

At the beginning of the year, we reviewed our campus expectations. The first expectation was to monitor, prepare and record RTI student documentation and be well-prepared to discuss student progress. Please update goals and documentation in AIMSweb and AWARE.


  • Planning in PLC room this week.
  • Mrs. Rogish will be sending website instructions this week. Please upload your pictures to the new webpages.
  • If retention of a Tier 3 student is a consideration, please refer to AR EIE(R2). All information is due in by January 29th.
  • You have $2 per student to spend for parties (Holiday, Valentines or End of the Year)
  • Running Record information is due Jan. 29th.

Dates to Remember:

Jan. 13: Title 1 Math Night

Jan. 14: Mrs. Robertson's Baby Shower (Library)

Jan. 15: Early Release/Rocket Rally

Jan. 18: Dr. King Day (No School)

Jan. 21: Staff Meeting (Telpas Training)

Jan. 22: Kelly Leach on Campus!

Jan. 27: Bilingual Teachers Meeting

Jan. 28: PTA McDonald's Night

Jan. 29: Kindergarten Bilingual Writing Samples Due

Jan. 14-29: GT Window Open

Jan. 25-29: Great Kindness Challenge Week


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Faculty and Staff Shout-Outs!

COMMENT: From Mrs. Branch's Second Grade Class: After the Thanksgiving break our class shared what they had done over the break. We talked about how blessed we are that we have loving families, warm homes, good food, and good friends. One of the students wondered aloud if there were some people who did not have these things and I said that yes there are many, many people who are not as blessed and fortunate as we are. Someone asked if there were students in our school like that and, again, I said, "Yes." This led to a discussion of what we could do to help them. Many suggestions were made - bring money, food, clothes, toys... We decided that we should do something to help a family in our school. I talked to Mrs. Mugg and she suggested a family who has happened upon hard times. My sweet students have brought in two Butterball turkeys, a ham, and a variety of canned food, cake mixes, and other food items. This is an exceptional class filled with compassion and kindness. I am blessed to be part of their lives, for this short time.

COMMENT: Thank you Kristina for having our holiday countdown and planning the sock exchange. It will be so nice to get together with everyone before the holidays.

COMMENT: I would like to thank the librarian Mrs.Freeman. I always hear funny stories about her and how nice she is to all the students. Even when we went to enroll in Kindergarten she made my daughter feel so excited to start and get to reading. Thank you for being you! Alisha Weatherford

COMMENT: Thank you Mrs. Hernandez for being an awesome, patient, and loving teacher! Thank you for making adjustments so my son can enjoy his first full day school year! You are awesome!!

COMMENT: We LOVE Ms. Jackson!!! She has made our transition to Texas as a military family, a lot easier! Audrey loves her! We all think she is fantastic!

COMMENT: Thank you Janice for the hour of code. My class enjoyed it and were excited about exploring coding. I appreciate the time you took to organize a school-wide program that allowed each child to interact in someway at their level. Again thank you!

COMMENT: I want to do a shout out to the front office staff. They are awesome!

COMMENT: Thank you, Ms. Rodgers, for investing your time and professional expertise into our son. (Ms. Rodgers deserves Teacher of the Year for all she has done.) Please keep challenging students, because it's paying off.

COMMENT: A huge shout out to ANN BRYANT. she is wonderful with my son. She is a brilliant teacher. Thank you for all that you do!!!!!

Guidance Service

Guidance Services are available for any student throughout the year. Please use the link below to complete the form. Services may include:

  • General Social Skills
  • Learning Issues Impacted by Non-Related School Factors
  • Classroom Academic Concerns leading to Misbehavior
  • Emotional Issues
  • Behavior RTI Process
  • Students who have difficulty "fitting" in.
  • Homeless students



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Where is Everyone This Week?

Monday - Enrollment Committee Mtg (Jackie: PM)

Tuesday - Everyone on Campus!

Wednesday - Everyone on Campus!

Thursday - Everyone on Campus!

Friday - K-8 Counselors' Mtg (Kristina: AM)

Answer the Question, Please!

Question: I see so much food being thrown out daily and I know we cannot do anything about the children wasting food but I was wondering why as a teacher lunches for us are adult prices when we get the same amount of food. Why do we not get a discount/free? I know when I am in a bind and forget my lunch it seems crazy to pay almost 2 just for a side or some fruit.

Answer: Unfortunately, the prices of food are non - negotiable. However, you are able to set up an account for yourself so the days you forget your money. (We all do that from time to time. :) You can still have lunch. However, the portions are USDA regulated, believe it or not.

Question: What is the benefit of having all of the IST's in every SIT even if that IST does not work with our grade level's students? Wouldn't it be a better benefit to the students, teachers and school for those ISTs that do not work with that grade level's students to be pulling their students to give our lower students more opportunity for help on the things with which they are struggling?

And then for the ISTs to have time to leave campus as a group or order in and have long lunches every Friday while we are working to get our students where they need to be with minimal support from anyone? I don't understand how this is best. It just doesn't seem right to me that a Title 1 school with more ISTs than most, if any, other campus, has students being pulled so little due to these and other meetings, helping other grade levels with computers, curriculum writing (that they aren't even teaching), etc.

Answer: The ISTs combine their lunch and planning time on Fridays. They would love to see students each day of the week. This would mean each teacher adhere to our #1 campus expectation with fidelity and be prepared to discuss student progress with documentation (i.e. Tier 2 goals, grades, supporting teacher comments, istation reports, authentic work samples, AIMsweb PM data, fluency checks, etc.

Expectation#1: Students’ reading, math and behavior achievement will improve as a result of being properly assessed, monitored and tiered utilizing the interventions provided by the campus and district.

Action: Teachers will monitor, prepare and record RTI student documentation and be well-prepared to discuss student progress.

The ISTs are there to ask questions, prompt, provide suggestions, take notes and assist. Your grade-level IST could continue to serve students until grade level meeting time if every single teacher committed to expectation #1 with fidelity.

Staff Birthdays

Jan. 12: Rhonda Hardisty

Jan. 13: Krista Sleeper

Jan. 17: Kadee Albritton

Jan. 21: Maria Ortiz

Jan. 26: Bernadette Manchuca

Jan 26: Esperanza Roderiguez

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