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December 8, 2014
Be the One...Ambassador!
It's a Raven Thing!
Be the One ! The BISD Way!
The Standards Based Teacher...
Follows BISD Curriculum
Monitors Student Mastery
Provides SE-Based Environment
Uses Aligned Assessments
Delivers Aligned Instruction
- Plans Aligned Units
Teach bell to bell.
Ask students to justify answers.
Closely monitor.Have a bell ringer.
Lesson Plans should be completed in Forethought by each deadline. After team lessons have been revised per coach feedback, it is expected and required that you move the plans into your personal planner prior to the week they are taught. Thanks for your help with this.
As you plan, use these additional questions to guide your planning:
What do we want students to learn?
How will we know that they have learned it?
How will we plan and deliver quality instruction so that students are likely to learn it the first time?
How will we respond when students have already learned it?
- How will we respond when some students have not learned it?
In response to #3, I DO, WE DO, YOU Do is our focus.
Turn in your attendance notes to Ms. Godfrey by 8:05. Every parent of every student is called by Ms. Godfrey or Mrs. Sykes to try to boost our attendance.
Class Leaders (on stage)- Jenn
Spotlight Focus-Rise and Shine Gr. 2-3
Team Impact- 7:45-8:30 am (Gr. 4-5 Academy Day schedule will be modified.)
CPIC-Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (New Date)
During this meeting, each grade level will be asked to share what they've been doing to focus on Reading-Fig. 19, Expository Text, Math-K-5.1. A-B (process standards), Writing-expository writing and Capturing Kids Hearts.
Please discuss as a grade level and come as the voice for your team.
No staff meeting this week. Teachers will work on lesson plans and we need to get ready for Reading Night at the Castle. We will gather in the library on Dec. 17 at 3:15 for some holiday cheer and treats provided by third grade and others that might want to contribute.
Extended School Day (Tutoring) for students in need of more time will officially begin on January 20. Tutoring will be offered at a minimum of 2 days a week (Tuesday/Thursday). We will discuss this during our January 7 leadership team meeting. We will publish grade level calendars in an attempt to reduce miscommunication between home and school about transportation, etc.
Many of you have already been tutoring which is commendable. Thank you for all that you do to help our kids learn all they can learn.
PDAS Appraisal Window-Action Required
If you would like to schedule a pre-conference, please schedule through Karen Morgan.
If there is any time during the 2 week window that your schedule would not be conducive to a 45 minute appraisal, please make your appraiser aware.
- During your 2 week window, leave a folder on your desk with a seating chart, lesson plans, handouts, and any other pertinent information you’d like for us to have or know.
Goal-Planning for Instruction on Academy Day
We will be learning about TPSP (Texas Performance Student Project).
Planning for instruction on Wednesdays should always begin with your S.E.’s. and then be framed with the 4 C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) in mind. More info- 4C's Poster, 21st Century Skills,Exemplar Program
Very proud of several grade levels for mixing up the students and exploring more project based learning.
CKH and Conscious Discipline
Teacher-“My job is to keep you safe!”
Student- “My job is to help keep it that way!”
Creating a Holiday Experience
For clarification, showing full length movies is an unacceptable use of classroom time, and we no longer have a movie license to show them. You are encouraged to utilize Safari Montage to access videos for classroom use.
In addition, questions have been asked about Polar Express. For kindergarten, I can support reading the book and showing the last few minutes of the movie to create an experience for the students complete with cold jingle bells from the North Pole.
Past kindergarten, using the book as a resource to support a comprehension skill is fine, but I'm going to challenge you to find a different piece of holiday literature to use as a teaching tool in your classroom, as Polar Express is overdone and many students become bored. How can you create an experience in your classroom while staying aligned to the curriculum?
"Expose your students to extraordinary experiences and they will reward you with extraordinary results." Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate
Special Education/504Please bring your binder to the ARD/504 meetings. Remember that the binder is the best place to file examples of modified work for documentation and helps us to make informed decisions about needed accommodations/modifications. Within a school day, new IEP’s, modifications/accommodations etc. will be provided to you and they should filed in your binder. If you do not receive them, contact the student’s case manager.
Dress Code-Classroom teachers are the first line of defense!
Are you setting a good example?
I Can Statements
Don't forget to post I can statements on work posted in hallway. Remember that the work posted in the hallway should be each student's best work. Proud of you for making use of our wall real estate!
Content objectives should be displayed in student friendly language (I can) on board, chart or wall and be visible to the student. The content being taught should match a posted I can statement. Language objectives should begin with I will and be aligned to the instruction. I will statements are beneficial, not only for ELL students, but for under-resourced learners, as well.
DutyBeing on time for duty is critical to the safety of our children!
See Houston Faculty Calendar for DATES TO REMEMBER and UPCOMING MEETINGS… See personal calendars for ARD’s and 504’s.Please refer to the Houston Faculty calendar and your personal calendar daily/weekly as a reference!
Affirmations and Birthdays!
No birthdays this week.
Our third, fourth and fifth graders represented Houston in a grand way on their field trips this week. I appreciate all of your hard work in prep for their outings.
Shout out to Karen Morgan for organizing and collecting our United Way contributions.
I know many of us will enjoy the perk of wearing jeans and/or tennis shoes.
Thanks to Dana Kay for organizing our Joy of Giving this year.
Thanks to Amanda Godfrey and Olivia Robinson for their student council sponsorship. Student Council will have a busy week ringing the bell, delivering food and singing at the food drive!
Sylvia Luera does an amazing job of leading our morning show!
A special thanks to Mel Kapchinski for taking on the social studies adoption project.
Our students are awesome artists. We appreciate Mrs. Glass' talent in bringing out their best work and her efforts to showcase it for all to enjoy!
I want to thank you in advance for getting ready for Reading Night at the Castle. We should have many proud kings and queens and parents, too.
We made it 3 straight days of perfect staff attendance! We can do this! Our goal is 5!
It sure would be nice to wear our jeans the first week back to school in January!
You can look forward to a special lunch treat on Dec. 15 and hot drinks and sweets on Dec. 18.
Always want to know if someone deserves an affirmation...Send them my way and I'll include them in the weekly message.