Ram Nation News

Week of October 15, 2018

Vision

A middle school that cultivates scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society

Mission

At Thomas J. Rusk Middle School, our mission is to empower our students to become

college and career ready by providing them a culture of excellence through challenging

opportunities, powerful relationships, and strong community partnerships.

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#OnANewLevel

Time is going by very fast and our students need the best of us. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with our parents for parent conferences to discuss our students' academic progress and discuss next steps. Also, we were able to spend time on Friday discussing and practicing aggressively monitoring, engagement, AVID practices, and planning so that students can get the best instruction on the first delivery. We will continue to focus on

  • Creating and using exemplars to support us in knowing what it is we expect students to do as they master objectives/TEKS.
  • Using Modeling or Guided Discourse as ways to present and engage students in the learning process.
  • Making sure that we have 100% participation from students in our lessons.
  • Engaging in our professional learning communities (PLC) focusing in lesson planning of our lessons with the end in mind.


Let's strengthen our implementation of all of the above best practices to ensure great impact in the educational path of our kids.

Attendance

Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn. It is awesome to see all of our students being on time to school. Let's continue to support our students in transitioning in an expedited manner from class to class. The following is the percent for attendance for the week of 10/6 - 10/11: 6th Grade - 96.4%; 7th Grade - 95.97%; and 8th Grade 95.48%.

Way to go 6th grade!!! 7th grade improved by 0.61 and 8th by 0.10 from our previous week and want to take the lead. Great improvement for our 7th grade team!!!

Let's continue to encourage our students to be present and on time on a daily basis. It really makes a huge difference when our students are present learning

Volunteers

Ms. Saucedo continues to support our teachers' efforts and support our campus by recruiting and coordinating volunteers. Last week, our school logged 15 hours. Let her know how much you appreciate this support and if you have a special project or need help so that she can send our wonderful volunteers to your classroom.

Instructional Practices

Climate and Culture

Leadership

As we continue in our journey #OnANewLevel, we want to continue to provide opportunities to distribute leadership among our team.

REMINDERS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK OF SCHOOL

  • During transitions, let's make sure to have 100% participation and hold each other accountable to be present in the hallway supporting students. Our goal is to narrate the positive and have at least 10 positive interactions each transition. APs, CICs, and counselors will be working with each one of you to provide individual support. (TEI 3.3 and 3R Positive Attitude/Enthusiasm).
  • Engage learners throughout your lessons and ensure we incorporate bell-to-bell instruction (see below for more details). It will support the increase in student achievement and reduce disruptions. While students are more familiar with engagement strategies such as Think Pair Share, we need to ensure that we have taught, modeled, and practiced these skills in order for effective implementation (TEI 2.4, 3.1, and 3.3).
  • Be very consistent in the effective implementation of various practices discussed during our TEI orientation and lesson alignment conversations. With regards to Alignment (learning objective), the proficient rating states: Focuses students at the beginning and throughout the lesson, by clearly stating (TEI 2.1)
    • What they are learning
    • Why it is important
    • What mastery looks like
    • How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives and explaining to students
  • Submit lesson plans by Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (TEI 4.2)

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, October 15-
  • A Day - “Spirit Day/Green & Gold Day” (Attire includes: spirit t-shirt with uniform bottom, or any green & gold top & bottom).
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, continue the analysis of the common assessment, and analyze data profiles for your students.
  • Homecoming dance ticket sale begins for $5, students will see Coach Addison during breakfast and after school.

  • 4:45 Team building activity - Tail gate activity at Franklin field supporting our football teams

  • 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Football game at Franklig Field against Cary MS.


Tuesday
, October 16-
  • B-Day. “Glow Day” (Attire includes: bright, neon, or sparkly tops with uniform bottoms.)
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, continue the analysis of the common assessment, and analyze data profiles for your students.
  • 4:30 p.m. After School Program Continues. Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m. during the 2 days that you will stay after school.


Wednesday, October 17-
  • A-Day. “Pink Out Day” (Attire includes: all pink, or pink top with uniform bottom as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness)
  • 8th Grade PSAT
  • Calibration Walks - We will be walking classrooms checking for alignment, exemplars, and aggressively monitoring.
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, continue the analysis of the common assessment, and analyze data profiles for your students.
  • 4:30 p.m. After School Program Continues. Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m. during the 2 days that you will stay after school.
  • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. - CILT sessions - Edison MS.
  • 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Volleyball game at Tasby MS against Tasby. This is the last game of the season.


Thursday, October 18-

  • B-Day. “Country & Western Day” (Attire includes: plaid/western tops with jeans or skirts, cowboy hats & boots).
  • Department Collaboration PLC - Department Chair and AP/CIC - Designated Supports
  • 4:30 p.m. After School Program Continues. Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m. during the 2 days that you will stay after school.
  • 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. ACE Team Thursdays 3-8 MATH/SCI - Ms. Guerra/Ms. Tucker
  • 6:00 - Lesson Plans Due
  • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance


Friday, October 19 -

  • No School - Fair Day


Saturday, October 20 -

  • 9:00 a.m. District cross country meet make up at Norbuck Park - We need someone to cover Ms. Rendon and Ms. Addison since this meet was not in the schedule. Please, see Coach Addison if you are available and would like to help (extra duty pay is available).

Upcoming Events

Red Ribbon Week -Week of October 22, 2018 - email and flyer from our counselors is forthcoming for details about activities.


October 30 -

  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Sign up Dallas ISD Flu Clinic available.


October 31 -

  • Compliance videos due -hard deadline.


November 9-

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Election Laws Related to Political Electioneering and Advertisement

As the upcoming November election nears, District employees needs to be aware of election laws related to political electioneering and advertisement.

Congratulations!!!

Ms. Davis for being selected Assistant Principal of the Year for our ACE feeder pattern. This is a great honor and we are very proud of her for this accomplishment.

Happy Birthday -

We want to wish you the best and many blessings for the years to come.


1 – Ms. Herrera

8 – Ms. Vasquez

16 – Ms. Buitron-Irani