Student Services

Weekly Newsletter - September 16, 2019

Working Through Conflict

Adapted from Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

"At the heart of daring is a deeply human truth that is rarely acknowledged: Courage and fear are not mutually exclusive. Most of us feel brave and afraid at the exact same time. We feel vulnerable. Sometimes all day long. During those moments, when we’re pulled between our fear and our call to courage, we need shared language, skills, tools, and daily practices that can support us through the rumble.

The word rumble has become more than just a weird West Side Story way to say, “Let’s have a real conversation, even if it’s tough.” It’s become a serious intention setter and a behavioral cue or reminder.

A rumble is a discussion, conversation, or meeting defined by a commitment to lean into vulnerability, to stay curious and generous, to stick with the messy middle of problem identification and solving, to take a break and circle back when necessary, to be fearless in owning our parts, and, as psychologist Harriet Lerner teaches, to listen with the same passion with which we want to be heard. More than anything else, when someone says, “Let’s rumble,” it cues me to show up with an open heart and mind so we can serve the work and each other, not our egos."

Our work is intense and can be full of crucial conversations. The positive result of those conversations is essential to making sure we are moving forward. In the upper right corner are some sentence stems from Brene Brown's work on Rumbling. Take a look and try a few out this next week.

Have a great week!

Your Student Services Team

Positive and Connected Cultures

If you are interested in learning more about SEL, this link is a great start!

The following link also provides information on defining the core competencies. It also provides ideas on strategies teachers can implement during instruction. It may be a good resource for your Student Culture team and/or ideas to share weekly with teachers.

PBIS Academy I Sign - Up Links for Campus Teams:

Updated DAEP Checklist

In the spirit of continuous improvement, Angel Lara and Tracey Cross have taken your feedback and refined the KISD Discipline Placement Referral Form even further. We hope you appreciate the changes. The information is updated on the Student Services Discipline Site and the specific form is linked above.

Updates and Information

  • Click on Discipline Resources developed by Deb Cartwright and Jamie Yates. This link will provide you with: training powerpoints, Discipline Procedures Manual, Discipline Flowchart, and a sample DR. Check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

  • Reminder: Please show your PSA's weekly and make sure all Crime Stopper posters are posted and visible.

  • On September 26th at 10:00 we will have our first Education Support Webinar. The agenda includes: Required At-Risk Training - Assessment Update - Student Culture Update. Click on the zoom meeting link to access the webinar. Please keep in mind it is the expectation you know the information presented in these webinars.

  • All the required ROCK Training PowerPoint have been posted to the Student Services Site under ROCK and training. All teacher, student, and staff training must be completed by Oct. 25, 2019. Click here to access all the pieces of training and the attestation form.

Upcoming Dates

  • September 19th - Threat Assessment Training for all new AP's, Counselors, and SRO's. Click here for link to sign up
  • September 25th - The Discipline-Attendance Cross Check should be completed for events that occurred during the first six weeks of school.
  • September 26th from 2:15 to 4:15: If you are a new AP and you missed the first day of AP Onboarding, please plan to attend this training. Workshop Link: #40862 - HR Conf. Room. Please use the link to sign up.
  • September 27 is the end of School-Start window for 7-12 grade campuses. Students who were coded as a dropout (98) for 2018-2019 must be enrolled in another educational setting by this date otherwise they will be counted as a dropout against your campus for accountability.

  • Oct. 7th 1:00- 4:00: Discipline Referral, DAEP Placement Do’s and Don’ts and Legal Department Orientation. (if you attending the Sept. 9th training then disregard this training) This is required training for all new AP’s and is an optional training for existing AP’s. Both topics will be covered on October 7th. Oct. 7 Link

More Professional Development for You!

You must put maximum effort into establishing a common schoolwide identity--otherwise known as your school’s "brand." Branding is not a topic that school leaders typically discuss with their staff, yet it is essential to every schools success. Mr. Kafele says you cannot overstate the importance of discussing and shaping your school brand with your staff. He says that as a school leader, you can't afford to have staff with differing ideas of who you are as a school. Question 4: Do you engage your staff in discussions about your school brand?

Click on the following link to give your input:

Contact Us

Dustin Blank - Assistant Superintendent of Student Services X1061

Joe Baker - Area Director of Student Services X1083

Stephanie Cantu - Student Services Assistant X 1115

Laura Lockhart - Area Director of Student Services X 1105