Tiger Tracks

By Julie Shore, Principal

Staff Edition March 25th, 2016

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Wellness Expo

Teachers and Staff: We would like to personally invite each of you to please come out and support this wonderful Tex Hill event. We would like to meet your families and see your smiling faces in support of our event and our students on Friday, April 1st for our 2nd Annual Wellness Expo.
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Upcoming Events

I wanted to remind everyone about Good Friday, we will not have school tomorrow. I hope you enjoy your long 3 day weekend.

Next week during our STAAR testing days on Tuesday and Wednesday everyone is welcome to wear jeans with a Tex Hill shirt and tennis shoes, if you like. I know how hard you have worked to get our students ready for these 2 very important days and we will truly need all hands on deck to ensure their success.

Also, to give you a space to regroup and relax, we will be providing snacks and drinks in the main teachers’ lounge, courtesy of our amazing PTSA. Please come in, take a deep breath and take a minute or so for yourself. I would like to personally thank you for all of your dedication to our school and our students.

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Tuesday, March 29th

STAAR testing 8th grade Math and 7th grade Writing


Wednesday, March 30th

STAAR testing 8th grade Reading


Thursday, March 31st

Girls/Boys Track Meet


Friday, April 1st

Special Olympics Track and Field

Wellness Expo 5:00pm-7:30pm


Saturday, April 2nd

Band Pre-UIL concert at Johnson starting at 8am

Repeat Announcement: NEISD USED BOOK SALE: We need your help

HELP OUT TEX HILL:

Dear Tex Hill Teachers,

It is that time of the year for Used Book Sale book collection. We are focusing on the reading teachers to collect books in their classrooms but the PTA would like to open it up to all teachers.

We will start collection from February 22-March 11 then again March 28-April 1.

The incentives we are offer this year are:


Teachers- $25 gift card for class that collects the most books.


Students- 1 lollipop for every 2 books brought in and 1 service hour for every 10 books brought in. (We would need the teachers to keep track of books brought in per student)


Class- ice cream party for the class that collects the most books.


We will be delivering boxes to remain in classrooms for collection on Feb. 19th.


If you have any questions please contact me at 940-794-3147 (text is best) or djrkctidwell@gmail.com

Thank you

Johvon Tidwell

REPEAT ANNOUNCEMENT: STAAR Questions

Questions about STAAR training (morning and afternoon session)

NEISD SEATING CHART EXPLANATION

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement. There is a brief explanation on page 12 of the manual. Also, there is a chart and additional information on pages 74-76 in the manual.


1. Please provide more information on listing breaks. (total minutes, not time for bathroom?) Total testing time- the amount of time a student spent from the actual start of testing until completion of testing, inclusive of break time that does not stop the time clock. If a student completes the assessment in less than an hour, you will record the time-to-test as “60 minutes or less.” If a student takes more than 60 minutes to complete the test, you will record the time-to- test in 15-minute increments. Total break time- the total amount of time a student spent on break (s) that did not stop the clock. Total break time should be recorded in five-minute increments. Page 74 of your STAAR 6-8 manual has a great visual of how to record testing time and breaks. If you have additional questions please drop by the Counseling office and speak with the CTC.


2. Are the column letter headings listed on the scantrons for B/D + A/C totals? Yes the total break time (Columb B/D under Agency use on student answer document) and total test time (Column A/C under Agency use on the student answer document).


3. How will we know if our calculator is “approved”? As long as you are using a standard calculator to calculate total break or testing times for the seating chart it is approved. If there are any doubts please drop by the Counseling office for the CTC to view.


4. Would it be possible to have a chart/table provided instead? If this question is referring to the seating chart the seating chart is a district required seating chart. This is a part of the Additional Student Data Collection . There is additional helpful information on page 12 and 74-76 in your STAAR 6-8 manual.


5. In case of an emergency, do we, are we allowed, to take the seating chart or roster with us? In the event of an emergency, you are allowed to take your Test Administrator folder with you. The students leaves the testing materials in the testing room.


6. What is the purpose of keeping track of bathroom time?

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement. There is a brief explanation on page 12 of the manual. Also, there is a chart and additional information on pages 74-76 in the manual.


7. To what end is this “data” we have to fill out being used?

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement.


8. Who created this document? If you are referring to the NEISD seating chart. It is created by NEISD Testing Services due to the TEA required Additional Student Data collection. Please see page 12 and 74-76


9. If a student completes the test in 4 hours, why does it matter how long it took them?

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement.


10. How will this info benefit children or adults?

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement.


11. How can we monitor if we are occupied with all this minutes? The district has approved for you to calculate times where you actively monitoring students.


12. Is this supposed to protect from liability?

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement.


13. This seems like info that is only useful for an admin presentation to other admin people. Its lots of data that tells nothing of use for instruction.

The 2016 NEISD seating chart came about due to TEA’s need for additional data from STAAR 3-8 test takers. This is House Bill 743. Many state legislatures wanted the STAAR 3-8 exam to be 2 to 3 hours. They felt 4 hours was too long. In order for TEA to meet the spirit of the test this school year they took out the field test items. The test will be a little shorter. Also, to meet legislature requirements TEA is asking for an additional data collection from each Texas school district on how long it takes students 3-8 to test. Our district is collecting this information through the student’s seating chart. This is a statewide requirement.


14. If a student needs to go to the nurse, do we just send them with a pass or must they be walked by an adult?

Yes, Test Administrators would ask Hall monitors for assistance.


15. Can we write in times in the back of our manual, pg. 74, to make it easier to calculate time/what to bubble or mark on answer doc? Or can a table be provided?

NEISD Testing Services doesn’t want writing in the manual during STAAR testing or any additional charts. It could become an FERPA issue. NEISD Testing Services recommended to write the students time they leave for breaks and the time they return on their student test booklet. This should help keep track of documenting each student’s total break time minutes you will record on the seating chart. That is allowed because the test booklets are secured after testing.


16. If student goes to nurse because not feeling well is that classified as a medical break or a regular break? (Not to take meds, etc.)

That is considered a regular break. If you have a student in your testing room that qualifies for a medical break it will be indicated in your test bucket and/or testing accommodation sheet.


17. Do we document start/end time of breaks or just number of minutes?

Test Administrators will document minutes for student breaks during testing.

REPEAT ANNOUNCEMENT: Let's get involved for a great cause

Our National Junior Honor Society is asking for your help. The students are organizing a donation drive for the March of Dimes.


Few life events are more joyful than the birth of a child. Yet, no one anticipates a baby born prematurely or very sick and needing to spend time in a newborn intensive care unit. Sadly, for hundreds of thousands of parents in our country, that is the frightening reality.

That’s why we are raising money for March for Babies® to help the March of Dimes fund lifesaving research and programs that help more moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Please help us reach our goal of $2,000.

Getting started is easy. Just go to https://www.marchforbabies.org/team/texhilltigers and click “join this team” and check out our fundraising.

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Repeat Announcement: Need Teacher Choice Hours?

Super Saturday Techapalooza


April 30th - Save the Date!

The last Super Saturday of the school year will be held from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Churchill High School. This event will focus on technology integration applications and ideas.

Take a look in Eduphoria under the Super Saturday category to see what is being offered. More courses are being added weekly.

Counselor Corner

Please click on this link for great news from counseling.


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