Week at a Glance

Week of May 2 to 6, 2016

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Week at a Glance

May is:

  • Asian-American Heritage Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Spots Month


Monday, May 2:
  • Teacher appreciation week: students give high-fives to teachers to show how much they appreciate them
  • I-Station testing
  • After school tutoring
  • Robotics Team meeting, 4-5pm


Tuesday, May 3:

  • Teacher appreciation week: students give teachers a drawing of or an actual flower
  • National Teacher Day
  • I-Station testing
  • Robotics Team meeting, 4-5pm


Wednesday, May 4:

  • Teacher appreciation week: students give teachers a draw of or a bag of chips
  • I-Station testing
  • After school tutoring
  • Robotics Team meeting, 4-5pm
  • Wear school spirit or college shirt with khakis


Thursday, May 5:

  • Teacher appreciation week: students give teachers a drawing of or an actual piece of candy/chocolate
  • I-Station testing
  • After school tutoring
  • Robotics Team meeting, 4-5pm
  • PLC meeting in Data Room - Please bring:
  1. hard copy of lesson plans for next week,
  2. hard copy of DOL assessment,
  3. stem questions (Kilgo or Region 10)


Friday, May 6:

  • Teacher appreciation week: students give teachers a card they made themselves
  • National School Nurse Day
  • Dress up with your favorite Cinco de Mayo outfit
  • Cinco de Mayo Program, 5-6pm
  • STAAR Pep Rally, 3:30-4:00pm
  • I-Station testing
  • After school tutoring
  • Robotics Team meeting, 4-5pm
  • Operations meeting, 1:00-1:45pm - Please bring:
  1. Your important dates/events
  2. Tasks for next week
  3. Support needed for tasks
  4. Kudos/Concerns
  • Superhero shirt with jeans


Saturday, May 7:

  • Saturday school - last day
  • Saturday school perfect attendance celebration, 11:30am-12:00pm


Upcoming events/important dates:
April 2-May 7 - Saturday school for 3rd Reading and Math, 4th Reading and Math, and 5th Reading, Math and Science
May 1-8 - National Music Week
May 2-6 - Physical Education and Sports Week
May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 - National Teacher Day
May 4 - Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May 6 - National School Nurse Day
May 8 - Mother's day!
May 9 - I-Station reports due from teachers
May 9 - 3rd-5th Math STAAR test
May 9-15 - National Children's Book Week
May 10 - Happy birthday, Ms. Matthews!
May 10 - 3rd-5th Reading STAAR test
May 11 - National Public School Paraprofessional Day
May 11 - 5th Science STAAR test
May 11 - Girls Scout meeting, 4-5pm
May 13 - I-Station Tier I and Tier Movement Celebration
May 14 - Robotics Competition
May 14 - PREP U at SOC HS - Disney performance
May 16 - Field Day Punch Cards go on sale
May 16-20 - National Police Week
May 16-20 - National Educational Bosses' Week
May 18 - Happy birthday, Ms. Simpson!
May 18-26 - K-5th ACP testing window
May 19 - Happy birthday, Mr. Abrego!
May 20 - Happy birthday, Ms. Aguilar!
May 20 - Happy birthday, Ms. Cardenas!
May 21 - Happy birthday, Ms. Preston!
May 21 - National Armed Forces Day
May 25 - Last day to buy Field Day Punch Cards
May 25 - Girls Scout meeting, 4-5pm
May 27 - Field Day
May 30 - Memorial Day - No school
May 31 - Happy birthday, Ms. A. Martinez!
May 31 - Awards Ceremonies: K-8:30am, 3rd-10:30am, 1st-2:00pm, 5th-5:00pm
June 1 - Awards Ceremonies: PK-8:30am, 2nd-10:45am, 4th-1:30pm
June 2 - Last day of school
June 2 - End of year parties, 3:30-4:00pm
June 3 - Happy birthday, Ms. Whitfield!
June 6-10 - STEM Inventors Camp, 9am-3:30pm
June 7 - Happy birthday, Ms. Cantwell!
June 19 - Happy birthday, Mr. Valdes!
June 22 - Happy birthday, Ms. Amezcua!

Extendeds and Summatives

It is that time of the year in which administrators are conducting Extendeds and Summative Conferences.

Please be sure to start collecting artifacts for your summative conference, if you haven't done so already.

This year, the Personalized Professional Learning and Development (P2LD) requirements for your summer learning will be based on your summative evaluation score. Starting on May 7, you will be meeting with your evaluator to begin signing up for your P2LD. For more information see below.

Morning Announcements - KC is Next

Please send students to the office for morning announcements no later than 7:50am. If you missed the 7:50am time, please send students at 9am to the office for announcements.

Six-Week Interim and STAAR Released Assessments

3rd-5th STAAR Released:
  • 05/05 and 05/06 - No test - Review test-taking strategies with students one last time before STAAR

Personalize Professional Learning and Development (P2LD)

This year, you will be required to attend professional development during the summer. In the case that you don't complete your P2LD for any reason, you will need to report to work two days earlier (August 10 and 11) in order for you to attend the missed training. These two days of training will not be at our campus. It will be conducted by central staff. Please note that in the case that you do not attend the summer trainings, AND you do not attend August 10 and 11, your first paycheck for the school year will be deducted two work days. In previous years, you would have worked the first two days during Thanksgiving week to make up the trainings, but this option is not available at this time.

Here is the breakdown of hours according to your Summative scores
0-54 Summative score - New, Unsat, Progressing I
  • 10.5 hours of required training (3.5 in Domain 1, 3.5 in Domain 2, and 3.5 in Domain 3)
  • PLUS
  • 3.5 hours of personal choice
55-74 Summative score - Progressing II, Proficient I
  • 7 hours of required training (3.5 in Domain 1, and 3.5 in Domain 2)
  • PLUS
  • 7 hours of personal choice
75-100 Summative score - Proficient II, III, Exemplary, Master -
  • 3.5 hours of required training (3.5 Content training required in Academic Rigor Through the Lens of the TEKS),
  • PLUS
  • 10.5 hours of personal choice

Please note that if your Summative score for Proficient II, III, Exemplary, and/or Master, you have the opportunity to present with district staff or at summer conferences. These presenting opportunities will count towards your required PD.

More information to come regarding your P2LD requirements.

Summer Programs at Russell

We will be having three summer programs at Russell. We are actively looking for teachers.

1 - SSI - for 5th grade students who did not pass Reading and/or Math STAAR
2 - Summer Readiness - for 2nd-5th grade students who did not meet grade requirements to be promoted to the next grade level
3 - STEM Camp - for all students who want to be part of the camp

Climate survey committees

As you know, we have climate survey committees who are overseeing the next steps to improve the climate survey results. This week, they will be sharing with you the results of our in-house climate survey and their next steps.

Field Day - May 27

Finally, we have a date for our Field Day! It will take place on May 27.

The times remain the same:
PK, K and 1st grade will have their Field Day 3:00 to 4:00pm.
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will have their Field Day 4:00-5:00pm.

Due to policy restrictions when food is sold, we will begin food sales set up at 3pm, but sales will not start until 4pm.

Field Day t-shirts will be sold, this year, for $7.

United Negro College Fund

The fundraising period for the United Negro College Fund is February 8 to May 31. You are welcomed to give a one-time donation or choose a monthly payroll deduction on Oracle, under Employee Self Service.

STAAR Pep Rally - May 6

We will have our next Pep Rally for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students on May 6, 3:30pm.

PK-2nd grade teachers, please be sure to create posters, banners, songs, videos, etc., to encourage our 3rd-5th graders to do their best on the STAAR test.

STEM Inventors Camp

June 6 to 10, 9am to 3:30pm, we will have our STEM Inventors Camp. Last year, we had Camp Invention. I was informed, this year, Camp will be a little bit different.

The coordinator is Ms. Landaverde. Please refer any questions to her. She will also be the person who will be hiring teachers for these positions. If you are interested, please let her know.