THE STALLION STAR

March 20, 2016

IN THE NEWS...

STAFF MEETING RE-SCHEDULED

To give each of you a head start on the long holiday weekend, we have rescheduled this week's staff meeting until next week, March 31st. This accommodation involved rescheduling our district representative's presentation so PLEASE ensure to attend the March 31st staff meeting. ALL teachers are expected to attend.


DATA/RE-TEACH PLANNING

Thank you in advance to all 3rd-6th grade teachers who will be digging deep into their DAR tools this week for student/item/TEKS analysis. A reminder that there will be no GLIMs for 3rd thru 6th grade teachers next week. Grades K-2 will meet. Special Ed (including speech) and ESL/BiL teachers, we would like to arrange a time to meet on Thursday, March 24th, to review the information shared at last week's GLIM.


A reminder to 3rd-6th grade teachers that your data homework is due at the end of your GLIM time on Thursday, March 24th. Your detailed re-teach plans ad calendars will be due March 31st.


To provide you with some extra time to analyze the data and plan re-teach, we are giving release time to Third-Sixth grade teachers who have STAAR in May. Each grade level will receive a half day of planning. The schedule will be:


March 24th -- 8:00-11:15 AM -- Third Grade Teachers Release

11:45 -3:00 PM -- Steinberger and Wontor Release


March 31st -- 8:00-11:15 AM -- Caten and Ward Release

11:45-3:00 PM -- Hanson and Jacob Release


TBD -- Melcher (will work with ILT to schedule)


STAFF INTENTIONS SURVEY FOR 2016-2017

A survey regarding your professional intentions for next year should be emailed out to you today. Please check your RISD email as well as your Google email. The ILT team will be starting some initial searches in the next couple weeks, starting with the district job fair in April. We would appreciate an idea of what our staffing needs will be prior to our search, so please fill out the survey by Friday, March 25th. It should only take a few minutes and only Mike and Rachel will see the results. Please see us if you would like to speak to us in person, and/or check the box on the survey saying you would like to set up a time to meet. This survey is for BOTH professionals AND paraprofessionals.


TUTORING

Tutoring will occur this week as planned. A friendly reminder that there is no tutoring next week due to STAAR testing. Please remind your students.


TUTORING SNACKS

PLEASE READ -- We had several teachers not follow the rules with tutoring snacks the last week of tutoring so it's apparent that several are not reading your weekly Stallion Star update!!!!! As reported,, our cafeteria was audited and we are not in compliance regarding tutoring snack counts. Therefore, it is an expectation that ALL teacher utilize the same procedure for requesting snacks. Following procedures is the key to making sure we do not lose our TITLE I funding for snacks.


Copies of the new Tutoring/Snack sheets were given to you (1 for Monday and 1 for Tuesday). You need to fill one out for each day and turn it in to Carlene when your students come to pick up the snacks.


ENROLLMENT

Please be very purposeful at asking the entire class if they have any packets to turn in -- as each packet will be day/time-stamped. A student's spot that is saved can be the difference between whether the packet was collected first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.


GROUP PICTURES

Group picture day and spring individual pictures has been cancelled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016. We will let you know the new date as soon as we have it set.


FIELD TRIPS

Field trip season is dawning. Please refer to the field trip procedures in the staff handbook or see Carlene to ensure you are following protocol. Our calendar is filling up for the end of the year and many special events occur for the end of the year, so please plan ahead to avoid conflicts. The last day for field trip requests is April 8th. They will not be approved after.


Also, please note that it is best practice to not hold any field trips on STAAR days, and this is the first year we have STAAR testing in May. This applies to even NON-STAAR grades. It is best practice because administrators (whether it be campus on district) should be available to handle any emergencies that occur off-site on field trips. On STAAR days, district and campus administrators are in high demand to address STAAR issues. For this reason, field trips will not be approved for our STAAR days in May -- May 9th, 10th and 11th. Please plan accordingly.


SUBMISSIONS TO THE STALLION STAR

Anyone is welcome to submit entries to our weekly staff newsletter. Please email any submission requests to Carlene by the Thursday before publishing.

STAAR HELPFUL HINTS

* We unfortunately had students on SIM who accommodations were missed. If this were STAAR, this would be considered a SERIOUS IRREGULARITY, as it invalidates the test results for the student. ALL responsible stakeholders can potentially be held to the irregularity if a child is not given his/her proper accommodations. For this reason, it is the responsibility of ALL STAKEHOLDERS of the student (Special Ed/504 case manager (including speech), Special Ed teacher, ESL teacher/case manager, and classroom teachers, etc.) to ensure that the proper accommodations are being provided to each student. IT IS VERY COSTLY IF YOU DON'T!


It is IMPERATIVE that EVERY team member cross-checks IEPs, 504s, and ESL resources to check each child is receiving the appropriate accommodations. Do NOT assume that if a student does not leave the classroom to take the test in small group, that the child does not receive any accommodations. Some accommodations are provided in small group, while some accommodations are to be provided with the whole group testing as well --- it is SO important to check the plans!

TELPAS READING IS STILL GOING!

TELPAS Reading Test in the computer lab for all ELL students, March 14-22, the week after spring break.

See attached schedule for specifics. Numbers will be finalized as the dates get closer


Mon., Mar. 21 (3-4 hours) Total 14

8:10 4th

Caten (3)

Jacob (4)

Hanson (4)

Ward (3)


Tues., Mar.22 (3-4 hours) Total 9

8:10 6th

Wontor (5)

Steinberger (3)

Kamper (1)

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KUDOS GOES TO!

* Our entire staff!!! -- for a successful SIM week! It was great to see the initial STAAR procedures in action and knowing what testing behaviors we need to work on going forward. As tough as it was for both STAAR and non-STAAR grades, we hope you all benefited from practicing the basic procedures. Please read the section STAAR Helpful Hints to see where there were lapses in procedures and grab ideas to help run the process even better.

DUTY TIME

March 21-25

E. Williams – Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to Breakfast at 7:50 – Give stop sign to last student

A. Williams – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Wimberly – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Holloway – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Tribble – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Jacob – Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line


Afternoon Duty: Anderson - stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. E. Williams and Reed– Daycare inside foyer


March 28-April 1

Reed – Student Entrance @ 7:20 (Stop students to Breakfast at 7:50 – Give stop sign to last student

Holt – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50

Gandy – Gym – Reading Corral @ 7:20 – Release students one grade level at a time at 7:50


Cafe -- 2 teachers monitoring cafeteria, 1 teacher in food line

Anderson– Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Blanton – Cafeteria @ 7:20 – monitoring students – release tables at 7:50 one at a time

Tanner – Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line


Afternoon Duty: Reed - stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. Newman and Tribble– Daycare inside foyer

ENRICHMENT CLUSTER DATES

Spring Enrichment Clusters

Will be upon us before we know it!

These are dates that have been placed on the calendar.

There will be weekly updates and information about planning.

Dates:

Cluster Drill-Friday, May 6th

Session 1-Friday, May 13th

Session 2-Friday, May 20th

Session 3-Monday, May 23rd

Session 4-Tuesday, May 24th

Session 5-Wednesday May 25th

EXPO- Thursday, May 26th


Please mark your calendars!!

UPCOMING DATES:

  • March 24 -- GLIMs (Grades K-2; SpEd; ESL/BIL); No Staff meeting
  • March 23-24 -- Wholistic TELPAS Rating meetings - more info to come from ESL
  • March 25 -- NO SCHOOL (SNOW DAY)
  • March 29 -- STAAR DAY!! 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math
  • March 30 -- STAAR DAY!! 5th Grade Reading
  • March 31 -- Grade Posting Window Opens
  • March 31 -- GLIMs/Staff meeting (District representative will be presenting -- ALL professional staff is expected to attend)
  • April 5 -- Draft Report Cards DUE
  • April 7 -- GLIMs/Staff meeting
  • April 12 -- REPORT CARDS GO HOME
  • April 14 -- Staff Meeting -- STAAR TRAINING
  • April 29 -- NO SCHOOL (SNOW DAY)
  • May 9 -- STAAR MATH (Grades 3-6)
  • May 10 -- STAAR READING (Grades 3-6)
  • May 11 -- STAAR SCIENCE (Grade 5)