Alice High School

September 22, 2014

Attendance

Our attendance has been much better this year. The average attendance for the time period spanning August 25 - September 11 was 93% for freshmen, 96% for sophomores, 95% for juniors, and 96% for seniors. On September 18, attendance for freshmen was 90%, attendance for sophomores was 95%, attendance for juniors was 93% and attendance for seniors was 84%. You can see that it does fluctuate. While these numbers look really good, we need to push for 95% or better in each grade level every day.

Please make phone calls to parents of students who are absent. I think if we stay on top of this now, we can prevent the numbers from climbing.

Employee Dress Code

The Alice ISD Employee Handbook states the following with regard to teacher attire:
"Teachers, volunteers and teacher support personnel are expected to project a well-groomed professional image that sets positive dress and grooming examples for students and shall adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment."

Our superintendent has explained that Wednesdays and Fridays are NOT "jean days." The purpose of the jeans is to reward personnel for promoting school spirit and positivity. Personnel who do not abide by the guidelines below are not subject to wearing jeans on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Wednesdays: Only persons who promote positivity are allowed to wear jeans with an appropriate T-shirt (i.e. college shirt, campus logo shirt, positive Wednesday shirt, specialty shirts promoting special events such as blood donation, cancer awareness, etc.). NO ATHLETIC SHOES ARE AUTHORIZED unless you have a physician's excuse. The attire should still convey an appearance of professionalism.

Fridays: Only persons who promote spirit (via Coyote shirts, orange shirts, shirts with the Alice Coyote Logo, spirit shirts, etc.) are allowed to wear jeans on Fridays. Athletic shoes to compliment Coyote attire are allowed. This attire should still convey an appearance of professionalism.

"Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites"

The workshop presented on Friday by Dr. Marcia Tate was one of the best we've been privileged to attend. Please consider the information she presented and how you can implement the 20 strategies in your classroom:
1. Writing
2. Storytelling
3. Mnemonic devices
4. Visuals
5. Movement
6. Role playing
7. Visualization
8. Metaphor, analogy, simile
9. Reciprocal Teaching
10. Music
11. Graphic organizers
12. Drawing
13. Humor
14. Discussion
15. Games
16. Projects
17. Field Trips
18. Manipulatives
19. Technology
20. Work Study

Remember, there are 10 characteristics of a brain compatible classroom:

1. Positive environment
2. Visuals
3. Music
4. Relevant lessons
5. Rituals taught
6. Students talking about content
7. Students moving to learn about content
8. High Expectations
9. High Challenge/Low Stress
10. Chunk the content with activities
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Please note that sophomores will attend a GearUp assembly on Tuesday from 1:20-2:30.

Birthdays This Week

Nadia Ramirez - September 24
Debbie Garcia - September 25
Sara Storck - September 25
Emilia Sosa - September 26

A Thought for the Week

"Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. "--Unknown

Thank you for continuing to dig and plant and cultivate our garden. In time, your hard work will blossom.