Ram Nation News

Week of March 5, 2018

Vision

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

We continue to make great strides toward our vision of creating catalyst of change, life-long learners, and competitors in a global society as we are racing AlltheWayUp.


As we all know, the challenging environments where our students came from or the scarce resources they have may not be the best predictors of academic success which widens the gap of inequity in our educational system. Until someone plants that "seed" of change, there will be a difference. Each one of us, as educators, are the agents of change, and we have the power to plant those "seeds" around students to build life long learners who are competitors in a global society.

  • Let's commit to not let excuses cloud our goals and daily work.
  • As a team, we have what it takes to solve any complex problem and dig deeper to find the root of our issues and struggles.
  • We are a few weeks away from our first round of STAAR exams and while we know that these are not the only things that define us, they are a significant component of our accountability system.

Therefore, it is essential that we continue to work together efficiently as teams and put in the targeted work required to be successful.

Remember,

  • stay focus on the high leverage TEKS, implement action plans, and use data to drive our instruction.
  • actively participate in our PLC sessions. Collaborate with our teams; we know that success in education is powered by effective teams and effective practices.
  • prepare and plan our lessons so that teaching is purposeful and we are able to maximize instructional time.
  • challenge students through academic rigor. Let’s make students use reasoning beyond initial thinking. Let’s ignite in them the desire to know more and apply new

  • leverage the positive relationships we have built so that students trust teachers and teachers trust administrators

THANK YOU

  • Ms. Stripling, Mr. King, Ms. Molla, Mr. Guillory, Ms. Perez, Ms. Brown, Ms. Rocha, Ms. Miller, Mr. Patel, Ms. Chapman (visiting teacher), Mr. Salcido (visiting teacher), Ms. Carroll, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Wells, Mr. Santiago, Ms. Villalobos, and Mr. Carballo for their dedication and support as they attended Saturday School providing small group support as they addressed low TEKS and areas of improvement.
  • Ms. Miranda for securing breakfast from Taco Cabana and Starbucks and lunch from Mesero for our meeting on Monday. It is nice to have some good food when we have long meetings; also, several people were able to enjoy this food as we had our various meetings after school.
  • Our department and grade level chairs for the feedback and collaboration on Monday. We appreciate the leadership, support, and impact that you have in your respective teams.
  • Mr. Harris and Ms. Rendon for the dedication and support during the track meet. Our students represented very well with many students placing top 3. We will get the final rankings on Monday.
  • Ms. Miller, Ms. Wilson, Ms. McGee, Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Michael, Ms. Bickford, Mr. Alarcon, Ms. Davis, Ms. Woods, Mr. Carballo, Ms. Addison, Mr. Willis, Ms. Iberosi, Ms. Villalobos, Ms. Baker, Ms. Galvan, and Ms. Saucedo for being a part of the Noche Latina. I know that our kids enjoy their presence as they were able to continue to build relationships with our teachers/staff. Shout out to Mr. Patel for organizing and coordinating this event.

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, March 5-

  • Open Transfer application is available- please, fill out the survey sent regarding yoru plans for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • TELPAS Reading Online - 8th grade

  • During Planning sessions for Reading and Math, we will meet individually with teachers based on the Outlook calendar invite. Please, note the time and location of each invite since it varies by administrator.

  • As you collaborate with your team, refer to the Planning Expectations to ensure your IPC and LP have the components to reach proficiency
  • 4:40 - 5:30 TELPAS verifiers begin to verify writing samples. Additional raters will participate of TELPAS calibration to support teachers with the rating process.
  • 4:40 - 5:30 Campus Needs Assessment (CNA) - everyone else who is not verifying. We will meet in the library to continue with the CNA.
  • 3:00 - 6:00 Teaching Trust Teams 2 session - Ms. Michael and Ms. Lewis


Tuesday, March 6-
  • TELPAS Reading Online - 8th grade
  • During Planning sessions for Social Studies, Reading and Math, we will meet individually with teachers based on the Outlook calendar invite. Please, note the time and location of each invite since it varies by administrator.
  • During planning, teams will continue preparing lessons for the upcoming weeks ensuring alignment and appropriate pacing.
  • 9:30 - 1:00 Field trip to North Dallas HS - 8th grade students.
  • 4:30-6:00 TELPAS Rating and Planning sessions.
  • 4:30-6:00 Tutoring sessions are cancelled; however, Attendance for Credit Continues.
  • 4:30 - 6:30 TEI Expert Meeting


Wednesday, March 7-

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 6th grade
  • During Planning sessions for Reading and Math, we will meet individually with teachers based on the Outlook calendar invite. Please, note the time and location of each invite since it varies by administrator.
  • During planning, teams will continue preparing lessons for the upcoming weeks ensuring alignment and appropriate pacing.
  • 4:30-6:00 TELPAS Rating and Planning sessions.
  • 4:30-6:00 Tutoring sessions are cancelled; however, Attendance for Credit (AFC) Continues. This is the last day to make up the time for AFC with time owed from the fall.
  • 5:30 - 8:30 Planning session Math/Reading Leadership Team with Ms. Stokes and ACE Core Team at Ray ES.


Thursday, March 8-

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 6th grade
  • Weekly PLC - Math
  • 4:30-6:00 TELPAS Rating and Planning sessions
  • 6:00 Lesson Plans Due


Friday, March 9-

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 7th grade
  • All TELPAS writing samples complete and rated - turn in to Ms. Guerra
  • Weekly PLC
  • 4:30 P.M- Happy Spring Break!!!

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 19

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 7th grade
  • Deadline to input the language and supports request for general education students in MyDataPortal. See memo for more details.


Tuesday, March 20

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 8th grade


Wednesday, March 21

  • TELPAS Listening and Speaking Online - 8th grade


March 22 - 26

  • TELPAS reading make-ups in the morning
  • TELPAS listening and speaking make-ups in the afternoon


Friday, March 30

  • Inclement Weather Day - No School (as of March 4)


April 4 -

  • DISD MS Band Pre-UIL Concert at Ann Richards MS


April 13

  • Positive Coaching Alliance in collaboration with NDHS - Athletic workshop. Auditorium 2:30-4:25.


April 19

  • MS Non-Varsity UIL Concert at Cedar Hill HS

Open Transfer

The Open Transfer application will be available starting March 5, 2018. Eligible employees must apply via the open transfer application online no later than March 30, 2018. Transfers are not final until an approval email notification has been sent from Human Capital Management. All notification will be completed by April 13, 2018. I will be sending a form where you will have an opportunity to let me know of your plans for next year; however, if you know that you are planning to transfer, please let me know as soon as possible.

Summer School Teacher Application

Welcome

Ms. Carolyn Galvan joins our team as a part time tutor to support our RLA department. Please, take some time to greet her and make her feel welcome. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and we are lucky to have her.