Ram Nation News

Week of February 12, 2018


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Last year, during this time of the year, I made the decision to say "yes" to ACE. As I shared with individuals this decision, some looked at me in disbelief, some thought I was crazy to leave Gonzalez ES, and some just smile and shared they were ready to join me in this journey. The quote above reminds me of the "why" behind this very important decision of moving to Rusk.

  • Something is important enough - This, for me, was the community and the students who have academic and social gaps.
  • The odds being against us - discipline offenses, gang involvement history, academic decline in the last few years, and an overall under-served community among others.

Our vision, as part of ACE, is to be a beacon of hope for our kids and community so that they can have a life of opportunity. In the last 5 months, we have done great things for our kids and our community; we have been able to restore trust, to provide a great learning environment for our kids, and change the odds for our students. Our kids are very important and deserve our best work!!!! As we provide a great testing environment for our kids, let's....

  • MOTIVATE our students to do their very best so that they would not miss the opportunity to be and feel successful.
  • ensure that we are following the procedures shared by Ms. Davis. We need to be constantly monitoring students so that our they are on task, actively working on their test; if they are not, please communicate with anyone from the leadership team in a timely manner.
  • be familiar with and implement the accommodations that our Special Education and English learners (ESL and sheltered students) have during testing; if you don't know, please ask!!!
  • As we review for the rest of the CAs, continue to make sure that you are addressing, What students are learning, Why it is important, What mastery looks like, and How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives
  • As we use TEKS specific questions, there should be evidence in the implementation of the Lesson Cycle and quality questions, check for understandings, engagement strategies, while providing a model of the expected outcomes.


  • Ms. Wells, Ms. Brown, Ms. Perez, Mr. Guillory, Ms. Miller, Ms. Molla, Mr. King, Mr. Patel, Ms. Vargas, Ms. Vasquez, Mr. Salcido (central staff), Ms. Hayes, Ms. Maloy, Mr. Ramirez, and Mr. Carballo, for their dedication as they participated and supported our students during Saturday School. I know that our students were excited and put in a lot of effort as they took advantage of these small group sessions.
  • Mr. Willis for his support during Friday Night Lights as our students stayed, reflected, and completed the work during this session. We know that we will have less kids next time.
  • Ms. Guerra, Ms. Calderon, and Ms. Shelby for the work done with choice sheets; this is very important as course selection determines programs offered and sets up the master schedule for next year. We appreciate the patience and flexibility as we had to go to plan D since there were issues with resetting passwords and connectivity.
  • Ms. Buchannon for her leadership and dedication to our cheerleaders. Our students competed at the Sweetheart Competition in UNT. They were very nervous, but did a great job in their routine. They represented our school very well!!!
  • Ms. Cooray for her leadership with student activities and always finding opportunities for our teachers and students. Shout out to Ms. Brown for taking the challenge of the Academic Pentathlon and wanting to make history as our Fast Track students are representing us


Students from Highland Park HS have joined our efforts as they are volunteering at our campus to tutor our students in reading and math. Thank you to all of the host teachers for the support and flexibility. Also, kudos to Ms. Calderon and Ms. Guerra for coordinating this partnership.

Debate Team

Under Ms. Iberosi and Mr. Johnson's leadership, our team continues to represent us very well. One team placed 13th and another team placed 1st in the beginner category. We are very proud of their work and progress!

UNT Visit

Our AVID students had an opportunity to visit UNT. They had a great time and learn so much about going to college and the options they have. Shout out to Ms. Baker for coordinating this opportunity for our kids and Mr. Willis for his flexibility in chaperoning during this field trip.


Have you completed your technology inventory? Anybody who received an e-mail from me last week needs to complete this inventory by Tuesday, February 13. We have made great progress and are at 65% as of Friday.

Monday, February 12-
  • Math CA - Follow protocol and schedule shared by Ms. Davis
  • 4:40 - 5:30 Staff Development - Library - Ms. Guerra will lead this training

Tuesday, February 13-
  • RLA CA - Follow protocol and schedule shared by Ms. Davis
  • 4:30-6:00 After School tutoring

Wednesday, February 14-

  • Science CA - Follow protocol and schedule shared by Ms. Davis
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School tutoring
  • 4:30 Baseball Tryouts - Ms. Michael

Thursday, February 15-

  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School
  • 4:30 Baseball Tryouts - Ms. Michael
  • 5:00 Lesson Plans Due

Friday, February 16-

  • Saturday, February 17-
    • 8:00 - 1:00 Saturday School. Anyone doing Saturday School must submit the extra duty pay request in Oracle before able to use the code.
    • Destination Imagination - Ms. Cooray

    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.