The Bethune Bulletin

"To Engage, Inspire and Educate..."

Week of January 19-22, 2016

District 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.

Bethune Key Actions

We will use our District's core beliefs and philosophy to develop a culture of feedback and support to increase the quality of instruction.

We will improve the quality of Instruction across all content areas and for each sub-group by engaging students in rigorous work and higher order thinking skills.

We will use data-driven and differentiated instruction to progress monitor and increase student achievement.

We will engage and develop strong relationships with parents, community and volunteers to increase our college and career readiness levels.

Message from Ms. Hernandez

As we continue to strive to be the best school in town, we must closely monitor student progress through our small group interventions and DOLs. Use your daily DOL data to identify gaps and weaknesses that then need to be addressed in small group instruction. As we think about what is the appropriate level of rigor of instruction, you must first assess student's prior knowledge and use that as the starting point of your lesson. Rigor can be defined by the depth, complexity, questioning and students asking each other questions. Our next data checkpoint in the month of February is going to be pivotal. As we conduct spot observations, we will be looking for evidence of documented interventions and plans of action established by teachers evident in classrooms.

Keep up the hard work and setting high expectations for ALL students!

Week at a Glance

Fall Semester Awards

Monday, January 18

No School-Holiday

Tuesday, January 19

PK-2 Awards

  • PK @ 8:15-8:55
  • 2nd @ 9:00-10:00
  • 1st @ 10:00-11:00
  • Kinder @ 11:00-12:00

ARD @ 10:30 am (Zertuche/Saldivar)

ARD @ 2:00 pm (Arambula/Spells)

Wednesday, January 20

Coffee with the Principal @ 8:30 am
3rd-5th Awards
  • 4th @ 8:30-9:30
  • 3rd @ 9:30-10:30
  • 5th @ 10:30-11:30

Thursday, January 21

Professional Development for All Teachers @ 3:15 pm

5th grade SSI/Transition Meeting @ 5 pm

PTA @ 6 pm

Friday, January 22

Resources for You!


Attendance on Gradespeed before 9:00 a.m.

Lesson Plans due Friday by 8:00 a.m. to CICs

Grades updated on Gradespeed weekly

Please be prompt with picking up and dropping off students before and after lunches.

Upcoming Events

  • January 23- Saturday School Starts (9:00-11:30 for students) and (8:00-12:00 for teachers)
  • January 25- Team Leaders Meeting/ NTST @ 3:15 pm

A Very Happy Birthday!

January 11- Ms. Ragsadale
January 16- Ms. Johnson and Ms. Spells
January 21- Ms. M. Morales
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