THE STALLION STAR
January 31, 2016
IN THE NEWS...
MID-YEAR PARENT LETTER - POLICIES AND CODE OF CONDUCT REVIEW
Upon our return to school this semester, a mid-year parent letter went home to all families reviewing some of the major policies and procedures that affect our families.
In that letter was a reference to the RISD 2015-2016 Student and Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct. Parents were asked to sign that they received the letter, which then acknowledges that they know that the RISD guidebook/code of conduct handbook is available to them online on the district website. It is extremely important that we have a signed document from each and every parent. Parents across the district are appealing several policies, such as attendance/truancy and discipline referrals, claiming they were unaware of district policy. District counsel states that if we don't have documentation that each and every family knows where to find the information, it is very difficult to hold them accountable to our policies.
Each teacher should file each signed form for their homeroom until the ENTIRE class is complete, which then the teacher may turn the class forms into Juanita in the front office. If you need more letters/forms, PLEASE EMAIL JESSICA LUCAS TO RUN YOU MORE COPIES. PLEASE HOLD STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR TURNING THIS FORM IN -- HAVE IT AS PART OF THEIR HOMEWORK ACCOUNTABILITY - Provide incentives for those who have brought theirs in -- perhaps a homework pass. For new enrollees, we will provide the letter in the enrollment packet and will ensure that the form is signed and turned in upon enrollment.
FIFTH GRADE SIM TESTING -- QUIET IN THE HALLWAYS!!
Fifth grade students will be taking their Reading & Math SIMs this Tuesday & Wednesday. We wish them well!! Several student groups will be located throughout the building testing. Please be very mindful of classroom and hallway behaviors -- you never know if there is a small group testing in a nearby room.
With almost 4 weeks back into the second semester, it’s time to spruce up our building and do our best to bring our bulletin boards, walls, and classrooms into 2016! Many of you do an excellent job at changing out your boards and student work, so thank you to many of you in advance!! However there are a few areas that are looking worn and tired. Please take a look at your designated areas and reflect on how fresh (or tired) your boards and classrooms look and feel. Is current or recent student work and/or district curriculum represented?
Not only does sprucing our building up bring some much needed life back to our campus, but with our upcoming Soul Food Cook-off, comes several district/central guests, or as many Stallion staff like to say, “district dignitaries”. We are expecting special guests such as Dr. Waggoner, new Asst. Superintentendent Dr. Stone, Dr. Chris Goodson, and our Elementary Curriculum Directors to name just a few, and they are known to tour buildings and classrooms regularly when they visit campuses.
Let’s work together to get our building up to par. If each staff members does their due diligence to clean up, liven up, or wake up their designated areas, the entire campus will be looking fresh and renewed by end of next week! Cute and presentable is great – tied to current curriculum,,, even better!!!
When you are having things printed or copied, please consider whether you need it on cardstock or not. We have severely exceeded our cardstock amount, not only the white but the colors as well. Keep in mind that whatever is printed will most likely be thrown away shortly after the lesson is taught, so regular paper will work just as well as card stock, and regular paper is much less expensive!
Please bring your laptops and IStation logins/passwords to GLIMs this week. Also, this week's staff meeting is for any teacher who administers or rates TELPAS (K-6th).
There are a handful of people who have not met the original deadline to turn in your ERO transcript. One last friendly reminder...
PARENT "REALITY CHECK"/SCC CONFERENCES
Several parent meetings are still being scheduled or re-scheduled. Just a reminder:
For these meetings, we need you to come prepared with the student's UPDATED tracking sheet and grades – most recent data of all assessments (MOY and Unit tests) and measures (IStation, SRI, etc.). Also, please come prepared with things students can work on from home – have IDs and passwords so students can access programs from home (iStation, Think Through Math, Edline, etc.). It is not surprising that most parents are not aware of these resources.
Please be prepared to be straightforward and to the point with the parent as we need the meeting to be effective yet efficient with time. We also advise that the student be present, especially if behavior is the culprit -- especially in grades 3-6. It truly is a TEAM meeting and the student is very much responsible and should be a part of the meeting.
SUBMISSIONS TO THE STALLION STAR
Anyone is welcome to submit entries to our weekly staff newsletter. Please email any submission requests to Carlene by the Thursday before publishing.
WHAT DOES DIFFERENTIATION MEAN TO YOU??
* Differentiation is the method in which you choose to teach a lesson or skill to a group of students. Within each group of students they will ALL learn in their own way. There is not an absolute correct way of teaching an objective or skill. Differentiation of instruction occurs when a teacher modifies, accommodates, or even utilizes other materials and resources to help all students master an objective regardless of their learning styles and /or cognitive abilities. -Holloway
SUPPORT THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE!!
1. The purpose and message to students is extremely important to make healthier decisions!
2. Healthier students in body = healthier students in mind!
3. Support our fellow colleagues - who support us in so many ways - in pursuing their professional goals.
4. Promote our campus to participate in district-wide initiatives! We would love to have strong participation rates - this is an area we can be successful in if we promote it!
THE CLASS AT EACH GRADE LEVEL WHO HAS THE HIGHEST PARTICIPATION RATE WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL "GET FIT PARTY" - complete with fun PE game stations and healthy snacks!! GET YOUR KIDS PSYCHED!
Indoor Recess Getting the best of your kids???
KUDOS GOES TO!
* To so many of our teachers and staff -- who keep the momentum going. It is SO hard to keep plugging away, but most of you continue to do so, through the good and the bad... and for one reason: To help our kids GROW and LEARN to be better citizens! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
* To Taressa and Sarah Howery -- for keeping the afterschool homework club running smoothly in the library!
* To Amy Sebastian -- for all your hard work to spearhead the Self-Manager program for our sixth grade students!
* To our Second Grade, Kurt Rowe, and Fifth Grade Teams -- for pulling together and supporting each other during unexpected events!
* To Vera Littleton and Jennifer Blanton -- for braving the wilds of the cafeteria trash bags to rescue “Tiger” for the little boy who accidentally dumped him with his lunch trash.Tiger is safe and sound, if stinky!
SOUL FOOD COOK-OFF!
Friday, Feb. 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm
12600 Audelia Road
Our annual, Mardi Gras, Soul Food Cook-off.
YOUR participation is CRUCIAL to the success of our event! If you are not cooking, your $ 5.00 is due to Carlene by end of day MONDAY.
Yes, the big wigs of R.I.S.D. will be here and often they choose to walk around the building!
1. Blue jeans, school shirts, are acceptable, but please choose those that are in good condition.
2. Mardi-Gras themed t-shirts that appropriate for school setting.
3. T-shirts with Mardi-Gras colors –(green/purple/yellow)
4. Super Bowl t-shirts are allowed also J
***Please select clothing and shoes in excellent condition. Favorite, well-worn choices, may surface another day.
Preparation time is upon us, to impress our distinguished visitors. One day each year, a spotlight is shone upon Audelia Creek Elementary School.
Only teamwork will allow us to GLISTEN!, while we hear, then graciously accept many compliments.
February 1 - 5
Evangelista - Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to breakfast at 7:50-Give stop sign to last student.)
Puckett - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Rowe - Gym - Reading Corral @ 7:20 - Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line
Paterostro- Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Holloway - Cafeteria @ 7:20 - monitoring students - release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Castillo - Expedite Food Line
Afternoon Duty: Clayton (cones- stand by front cones @ 2:45 to let daycare buses and vans through); E. Williams and Dye (daycare)
February 8 -12
Hames – Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to Breakfast at 7:50 – Give stop sign to last student
Gowdy – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Kamper – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50
Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line
Tanner – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time
Reynolds – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time
J Gonzalez – Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line
Afternoon Duty: Dye – Cones – stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. Newman & Coleman – Daycare inside foyer
- February 2 -- 5th grade SIM (Math)
- February 3 -- 5th grade SIM (Reading)
- February 4 - GLIMS/STAFF MEETING
- February 4 - GRADE POSTING WINDOW OPENS
- February 5 - SOUL FOOD COOK OFF
- February 9 - DRAFT REPORT CARDS DUE
- February 11 -- NO GLIMS/NO STAFF MEETING
- February 15 -- Staff Development Day - No Students
- February 15 -- TELPAS Writing Collection begins
- February 16 -- REPORT CARDS GO HOME!
HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY TO...!!
5 - Jameson Caten