THE STALLION STAR

March 27, 2016

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GOOD LUCK TO OUR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE TEACHERS, STAFF, and STUDENTS!

We are behind you 100% of the way! You've given it your all, and we wish you the best!!

WE ARE AUDELIA CREEK AND WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!!

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IN THE NEWS...

STAAR TESTING THIS WEEK

ALL STAFF are required to read over the campus procedures for STAAR TESTING that were sent out on Thursday!!!!!! Please, please, please understand that COMPLIANCE is such a stressful thing for many of the teachers and staff directly involved. Whether you are a testing grade or a non-testing grade, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!!! One of the BEST SUPPORTS you can do is making sure you are AWARE OF EXPECTATIONS, KNOW THE SCHEDULES, and RESPECT OUR PROCEDURES PLEASE!! Your support is so appreciated!!


Just a couple helpful hints for staff who are testing that may or may not have been covered:

1. Start of testing begins when you are done with test directions. This time should be documented as the testing START TIME. You must also document the time each student finishes the test as their END TIME. Breaks to the bathroom must also be documented in time for each student.

2. When a student determines he/she is finished testing, you may SCAN the answer document to ensure that the student filled in the answer document. READ page 34 in your STAAR manual - if a student has not filled in all their answers, you may say, "You have not recorded your responses on the answer document. Please go back and mark your answers on it now."

3. When you collect any testing materials, keep the answer document and the testing booklet together. Do not separate them.

4. Any scratch paper that has been written on must also be turned in so that we may destroy those documents.

5. Peppermints (i.e. Lifesavers) are good to have on hand for your class during testing... they can provide that little "wake up" when kids start to tire out.


NO TUTORING THIS WEEK

There will be NO TUTORING this week. A Connect Ed message will go out regarding this and prepping for STAAR this week. Please make sure you ask your students first thing in the morning so you can make quick phone calls and avoid late pickups.


STAFF MEETING RE-SCHEDULED

To give each of you a head start on this past long holiday weekend, we 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. Please plan to stay until 4:15. ALL K-6 teachers are expected to attend.


LIBRARY SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

No library next week, except for PK, 6th Grade, and 5th grade which are scheduled for usual library times. All other grade levels received check outs this week. These grade levels have not had a chance to check out. Please let Taressa know if you need something specifically for curriculum or students that need to check out due to absences.


DATA/RE-TEACH PLANNING & CONFERENCES

Thank you in advance to all 3rd-6th grade teachers who dug deep into their DAR tools for student/item/TEKS analysis. We hope it was enlightening and brought some a-ha's to the surface. We are excited to see how your data aligns with your instructional plans.


A reminder to 3rd-6th grade teachers that your data homework was due at the end of your GLIM time this past Thursday. There is one folder shared with you in Google Drive for you to upload your data analysis information, as well as your reteach plans. Please also turn in a hard copy to both Mike and me.Your detailed re-teach plans and 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


April 6th -- 8:00 - 11:15 Melcher (ILT will release)


Below is the tentative schedule for our data/reteach conferences. Implementation of instructional plans should begin at the latest on April 4th, however, several of you are well on your way and may be prepared to start earlier. Please ensure you are in consistent communication with your ILT regarding your planning progress, and you may begin implementation prior to your data conference. Also, it looks like there are scheduled PD for STAAR Review. I included those dates below; you should look the dates up on ERO and sign up for your date.

It is also beneficial that SpEd and ESL teachers are communicated with regarding your reteach plans, and it is recommended that these departments also attend some of the PDs. SpEd and ESL teachers, we will want to follow up with how you are aligning your pullout plans with the data and with the teachers, as well as how you are supporting students in ICTS with this new data. Collaboration with teachers on a weekly basis will be essential for effective intervention.

DATA ANALYSIS/RETEACH CONFERENCES:

FYI -- third grade, we are looking at scheduling separate data meetings for Reading and Math. If so, the date below will be to focus on Math.


3/31 8:30AM 5th Grade Science (Melcher)

9:15 6th Grade ELAR (Steinberger)

10:50 3rd Grade (Puckett & Gowdy)

4/1 9:15 6th Grade Math (Wontor)

10:50 3rd Grade (Baker & Gonzales)

2:00 4th Grade ELAR (Jacob & Hanson)

4/4 2:00 4th Grade Math (Ward & Caten)

Professional Development:

March 28 & 31 – 3rd grade Reading

April 4th & 6th – 4th grade Reading & 6th grade Reading

April 5th – 5th grade Science

April 12 – 3rd grade Math & 4th grade Math

April 13 – 6th grade Math


FUTURE PLANNING - START DATE FOR RISD STAFF FOR 2016-2017

The district released dates for next year for returning staff. Back to School professional development will begin on Thursday, August 11th and will occur through Thursday, August 18th. Teacher prep day will be on Friday, August 19th, and students will return to school on Monday, August 22nd.


STAFF INTENTIONS SURVEY FOR 2016-2017

A survey regarding your professional intentions for next year was emailed out to you last week. If you have not filled it out yet, it was due last Friday, so please get it completed ASAP. 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.


For those of you who requested to speak to us, we hope to follow up the week or two after STAAR. Thank you!


PAPER NEEDS

In an attempt to replenish inventory it’s come to our attention that our budget for construction paper is gone, and for the color copy paper is extremely low. Basically what we have in construction paper is for the rest of the year. (FYI in 12x18 colors red and black are out) Please be mindful in your upcoming projects or redoing bulletin boards. As for the color copy paper many colors are low or gone, we are only ordering colors that are needed and it will be minimal. It has been decided that due to the usage, in order to maintain inventory for the rest of the year all paper (with exception of white copy paper) will be stored in the cabinets under lock and key. You will put in your requests as you normally would and it will be dispersed accordingly or copies made upon approval. This isn’t ideal, but the school really can’t afford to put any more orders for paper in. We are doing the best we can to stretch it for the remainder of the year.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


TUTORING SNACKS

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE PROPER FORM FOR REQUESTING TUTORING SNACKS. Tutoring snacks are for ONLY students who are tutoring. They should not be given away nor shared with other students!


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!

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TELPAS READING...

TELPAS Reading Test is COMPLETE!! HIP HIP HOORAY! Thank you very much to our ESL/BiLingual team as they ensured students tested in a positive work environment and ensured compliance regulations were met! Lots of details go into this, so thank you for handling them with grace and excellence!

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KUDOS GOES TO!

* Our entire 3-6 staff!!! -- We hear the undercurrents going on regarding our recent SIM scores, and we hear you responding in SO many positive ways! Thank you so much for taking things in stride, understanding our sense of urgency to GROW our kids, and doing what you can to MOVE our kids! You all are amazing in not WHAT you do but HOW YOU RESPOND!

* Thank you in advance to all our teachers and staff who will be involved with STAAR testing this week. It's stressful and consuming, and we know you're doing everything you can to ensure best testing practices, so thank YOU!!!

* Thank you in advance to all the teachers and staff NOT directly involved with STAAR testing but responding and supporting in the various ways that you can!! We appreciate you and the ways you also handle the adjustments in schedules and supervision! Your understanding shows that WE ARE ALL IN THIS!!

DUTY TIME

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


April 4-8

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

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

Hill – 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

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

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

Clayton – Cafeteria @7:20 – expedite food line


Afternoon Duty: Tribble - stand by front cones at 2:45 to let daycare vans/buses through. Hill and Holt– 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 28 & 29 -- NO TUTORING
  • 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 K-6 teachers and staff are 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)
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HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY TO...

April 2 – Luisa Benavides

April 5 – Lisa Hames

April 6 – Jennifer Blanton
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CONGRATULATIONS LYNN BROWN!!

Baby Abigail - Born March 16th -- 7.5lbs and 20 inches long
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WE ARE THINKING OF YOU, NORMA!!