Week of April 4, 2016
Data driven instruction is one of our campus priorities. Other than the intervention plans that you create based on the data each six weeks, how else are you keeping track of individual student or class data to ensure they are mastering the TEKS? The picture below is just one example of how Ms. Garza is keeping track of her student data. She has created a great way for her classes to be involved in a healthy competition. Not only does each student track their own data, she also has this bulletin board outside of her classroom that shows students which TEKS each class is doing well on or which is in need of intervention. She calls it the battle of the classes. I encourage you to stop by Ms. Garza's class this week to see how she does it. Way to go Ms. Garza, you have been identified as our Teacher of the Week for allowing data to drive your instruction!
Make it a great week of teaching and learning!
Our eight grade students are raising money for their eight grade activities. Donations in the form of candy, chips, drinks, or pickles are needed to sell afterschool. Please bring all donations to the main office.
Department Chair Meeting
We will meet in the library immediately following our staff meeting. Please bring examples of how you or your team members are profiling your student data.
FSAC representatives don't forget that we do have a meeting at 7:30 Monday morning. We will be discussing our campus planners for next year as well as school supplies for next year.
Department Chair Meeting
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.
MissionOur mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.
Commitment Statements by Department
As ELAR educators we commit to:
Reading complex text;
Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;
Student generated questioning;
Having students reference quotes in writing;
Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and
Effective annotation strategies according to genres.
As MATH educators, we commit to:
effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;
more student-led discussions;
Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;
students creating math problems;
the discussion of essential questions;
multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and
connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).
As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:
providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and
giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.
As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:
an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;
fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.
Important Dates to Remember
FSAC @ 7:30
Staff Meeting @ 3:45
Department Chair Meeting@ 4:00
Band UIL competition
Inclement Weather Day No School
Student Surveys Administered
Open Transfer Period Ends
STAAR pep rally