Week at a Glance

Week of February 15 to 19, 2016

Week at a Glance

February is Black History Month. The theme for the district is hallowed grounds, sites of African American memories.

Sunday, February 14:

  • Happy birthday, Mr. Falcon!

Monday, February 15:

  • President's Day - No school
  • Teachers' deadline to validate years of teaching experience in Oracle

Tuesday, February 16:

  • Validations lists are due from teachers to Ms. Gallo no later than noon
  • 4th Writing Released STAAR
  • 5th Science interim
  • Campus PD, 4:15-6:15pm (TELPAS Calibration could take up to two hours, please make arrangements. The average time for calibration is 60-90 minutes.)
  • No group data meeting this week. Teachers will receive an invitation via email of your specific data meeting time. K-5th teachers will discuss interim/STAAR Released results and action plan. Specials teachers will discuss their DOL tracker and action plan.

Wednesday, February 17:

  • Happy birthday, Ms. Scott!
  • K-4th Reading interim
  • 5th Reading Released STAAR
  • Team meetings
  • College shirt or school spirit shirt, and khakis or slacks

Thursday, February 18:

  • K-4th Math interim
  • 5th Math Released STAAR
  • PLCs moved to Friday
  • Administrator Meeting, 4:15-5:45pm - Please bring your data:
  1. spot observation for teachers you evaluate
  2. discipline
  3. I-Station
  4. Achieve 3000
  5. Reasoning Mind
  6. FastForward
  7. Attendance

Friday, February 19:

  • Happy birthday, Mr. Proctor!
  • 2nd-5th teachers - scan answer documents in All in Learning by 5pm
  • PLC meeting in Data Room - Please bring:
  1. hard copy of lesson plans for next week,
  2. hard copy of DOL assessment,
  3. stem questions (Kilgo or Region 10)
  • ILT meeting, 4:15pm-5:45pm
  • Operations meeting, 3:00-4:00pm - Please bring:
  1. Your important dates/events
  2. Tasks for next week
  3. Support needed for tasks
  4. Kudos/Concerns
  • Superhero shirt with jeans

Saturday, February 20:

  • Destination Imagination Competition

Upcoming events/important dates:
February 8-March 31- UNCF fundraising period
February 21 - Happy birthday, Ms. Sanders!
February 22-26 - Book Fair
February 22-26 - Extended planning for teachers
February 22 - Teachers verify grades by 3pm
February 23 - Job-alike, 4:30-6:00pm
February 23 - Kindergarten and 1st field trip: Le Theatre de Marionette
February 24 - Girl Scouts meeting
February 25 - African American Heritage Month Program
February 29-March 4 - Read Across Russell week (Dr. Seuss theme)
February 29 - Happy birthday, Ms. Delgado!
February 29 - 5th grade field trip: Symphony
February 29 - Report cards go home
February 29 - "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" - Wear red and blue
March 1 - "Fox in socks" - Wear crazy socks
March 2 - "Green eggs and ham" - Wear green
March 3 - "Cat in the hat" - Wear your favorite hat
March 4 - "And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street" - Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss book character -- Parade at 3pm (staff and students dressed in Dr. Seuss book characters only)
March 6 - Happy birthday, Mr. Quevedo!
March 18 - Happy birthday, Ms. Harris!

Released STAAR and interim exams

This week, we will be testing our students in K-5th grade. Fourth grade Writing, 5th grade Reading and Math students will take a released STAAR. All other grades will take a district- or feeder-created interim exam. The same desegregation documents are due (they will be emailed to you this week).

Please complete your scan to All in Learning no later than February 19 at 4:59pm. Remember to title your scan lastname_sections_content_what it is. In this particular case, here is an example of Ms. Simpson's test: Simpson_5A5B_Math_STAAR Released

Since you will be active monitoring during testing, you may wear jeans and comfortable shoes (tennis shoes are ok) the days you are involved in testing.

Lunch will be provided for those involved with testing.

Morning Announcements - 2E is next

Please send students to the office for morning announcements no later than 7:50am. If you missed the time, please send students at 9am to the office for announcements. Also, please select a song for African American Heritage Month.

Kudos to Mr. Jourdan

I want to give kudos to Mr. Jourdan for finding donations for the lunch provided for staff members involved with testing. Thank you, Mr. Jourdan!

African American Heritage Month Program

This year's African American Heritage Month Program will take place February 25, 5-7pm. Please decide who from your teams will attend.

Kudos for 80% of students in Tier 1 on I-Station

Last week, Ms. Rodriguez added her name to the list of teachers who have reached 80% of Tier 1 students on I-Station!

Congratulations to all! Thank you for making early reading skills a priority in your classrooms!

  • Mr. Portales - 83%
  • Ms. Soler - 84%


  • Mr. Abrego - 82%
  • Ms. Valentin - 89%
  • Ms. Soler - 89%
  • Ms. Rodriguez - 80%

Power Hour - Kudos and Focus for this week

You are doing a fantastic job with your centers targeting reporting categories, and you pulling a small group. Keep up the awesome work!

Last week and this, we are working on making sure that the intervention lesson that you are teaching during your small groups is targeting a low-scoring SE. For STAAR grade levels, please look at your data and determine which low-scoring SE will have the most impact and focus on those during small group. If you need to make adjustments to your intervention calendar, this is a good time to do so.

"On point" instruction

As a token of appreciation for having "on point" instruction during Power Hour, you received a pencil sharpener. Thank you for the targeted instruction during small groups! Our data shows that our students continue to improve. The reason is your hard, focused work! If you did not receive yours, you can get it at our next meeting in the Data Room.

Read Across Russell Week

February 29 to March 4, we will have our Read Across Russell Week. On Friday, March 4, all classes will be read a Dr. Seuss book. The book will be read either by a volunteer, administration, or you. Please start thinking about your favorite Dr. Seuss book and securing it to be read to your class!

"One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish"
Wear red and blue with jeans

"Fox in socks"
Wear crazy socks

"Green eggs and ham"
Wear green

"Cat in the hat"
Wear your favorite hat

"And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street"
Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss book character and be part of the parade at 3pm

United Negro College Fund

The fundraising period for the United Negro College Fund is February 8 to May 31. You are welcomed to give a one-time donation or choose a monthly payroll deduction on Oracle, under Employee Self Service.