The Hornets' Weekly Buzzzzz!

Important information for the week of January 4th

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Together EARHART Achieves More

CORE BELIEFS

· Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

· Effective Instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

· There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

· With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.

· Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

OUR BELIEFS...The Earhart Way

#1. Increase Student Achievement

#2. Increase the Quality of Instruction

#3. Increase the Culture and Climate

What's Buzzing this Week...

Monday : (Jean day)
  • Teacher Prep/PD day

Tuesday: (Jean day)

  • Teacher Prep/PD day
  • Verify Grades


Wednesday : (Students return to school)

  • Send turing form home for identified students


Thursday :

  • PLC - ACP Data Review


Friday :

  • ACP Data Analysis is due
  • Spirit Day - Earhart shirt w/ jeans


UPcoming:


  • Tutoring (Gr. 3-5) begins Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30-5:30
  • Parent Conference Night - January 14th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


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Dear Earhart Family:

Welcome back to school after what we hope was a wonderful and exciting winter break spent with family and friends. The second half of the school year will soon begin with staff and students once again actively engaged in teaching and learning. I am excited about the educational challenges that lay ahead of us and know you will continue to assist our students toward being successful.

Before the year gets underway, we will prepare to say goodbye to a member of our work family, Ms. Phyllis Dunn. Ms. Dunn was our guest teacher, and she was dedicated to the staff and students of Amelia Earhart. Ms. Dunn not only tutored students and taught in many of your classrooms, but she believed our students could achieve and realize their full potential. She created a reward system during lunchtime in order to motivate students to be better, and she coached our students during the annual Gardere MLK Oratory competition. Ms. Dunn was always coming up with ideas to motivate the students and support the staff. She had a beautiful smile and a good heart. She will be missed.


I will reach out to counseling services to ensure there is someone at school to help support our students and staff when everyone returns. This news will affect many of our students because Ms. Dunn worked closely with not only the students, but parents as well. Parents and students may have questions, but be mindful that we want to be respectful of her family and not disclose any personal or confidential information.


We will pull together as a T.E.A.M. as we get through this difficult time. I'm always here if you need me. I can be reached by cell or email if you need me before Monday.


Your princiPAL,

Nikki


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Student Failure Rate

If your classes exceeded the district threshold (failure rate of 10% or more in a subject) for the 3rd six weeks, you must submit the Failure Rate Intervention Plan form by January 12th.


If any of your classes (subjects) exceed the threshold, please ensure that you develop a plan. The plans are to be individualized for each student, not a duplicated plan. Additionally, if your failure rate exceeds the threshold you will need to meet with your evaluator to review the plan for each student who failed a course.


You will need to calculate the failure percentage for each class in order to determine which class (subject) needs a plan (see the attached template to this email, if applicable)

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Project: Start on Time

As we turn the page on 2015, it's important that we start the new year with high expectations for our students and for ourselves. If we want our students to be on time and at school everyday, we must be the example. In order to ensure we model good attendance behaviors so we are able to Start on Time, I am reminding you of the following:


  • Official sign in time for teachers, counselor, community liaison is 7:40 a.m.
  • Official sign in time for Teacher Assistants is 7:30 a.m.
  • (All custodial and cafeteria staff will follow schedules provided by managers of their department)

The school day begins at 7:55 a.m., therefore students must be picked up no later than 7:50 a.m. Breakfast in the classroom begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 8:15 a.m.

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Creating a Culture of College & Career Readiness

When you walk down Earhart's hallways and common areas (cafeteria, etc.) and you look at our walls...What do you see?


For many of our students, our school is the first place where they learn about college and different careers. Our hallways, walls, and bulletin boards should be advertisements for where we want our students to go after high school...College. When visitors walk into our building, what do our walls and bulletin boards say about us? What are WE advertising? (Take a moment to reflect before reading on).


According to Willona M. Sloan, college may not be the end goal for every student, Kindergarten –12th schools can create environments that foster interest in college matriculation and offer students the appropriate information to assist them in planning their academic schedules and extracurricular activities so they will have necessary course credits and qualifications to be competitive college applicants. Creating a college-going culture means explaining the benefits of higher education to students and instilling in them the skills they will need to overcome challenges.


In order to inspire, inform, and motivate students and put them on the path to college completion, we will create a culture that advertises our student's future. To begin each grade-level team will adopt a university (i.e. 2nd grade - University of Texas). In the upcoming week, we will come up with a plan for creating a college going culture at Earhart.


Are you ready? Get set.........Let's inspire!!!!

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Kids in Action - AELC's After-school programs

Kids in Action is the name of AELC's after-school programs. Our after-school programs include:


Tutoring


  • Reading
  • Math


Enrichment


  • Folklorico Dance Troupe
  • Robotics club



We're looking to extend our after-school enrichment by adding the following programs:



  • Cheerleading
  • Student council
  • Newspaper
  • Soccer or Basketball



If you are interested in sponsoring any one of the programs listed, or if you have an idea for another program please let me know. Our after-school programs are Tuesday thru Friday of each week. You determine the day(s) your group meets.


AELC's tutoring (Gr. 3-5) will begin Tuesday, January 12, 2016. You will receive forms that parents must sign and return. We will go over these documents this week.

What's Happening in the Hornet's Nest...

Have a great start to the new year as you Teach, Collaborate, and Learn!