Meat & Potatoes

December 14th - December 18th

Up & Coming Events

SPED Progress Reports Due - Monday

AVID Site Team Meeting - Monday

eSchool Training - Tuesday

Art Club - Wednesday

Early Release - Friday

Christmas Party

We invite you and your family to join us this Holiday Season to eat, drink and be merry!

Appetizer bar, good friends and good cheer to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Bring a gift to participate in our white elephant gift exchange. Re-gifting is strongly encouraged. The more outrageous the better!

*Food and drink will be available for purchase.

*Gift should not exceed $15

Please RSVP to evite so that we know how many to expect. I hope everyone can join us on the 16th.

Attendance Issues

I ran a report and noticed that across the campus our accuracy in recording attendance is pretty inconsistent. I recognize that in your daily routine some mistakes in attendance may not seem like something all that significant, but it is for multiple reasons. It has an affect on the amount of money we receive as a district, it causes unjust concern for parents and it creates a large amount of work for Mary Davis. Furthermore, should records ever be subject to subpoena, any mistakes that you have made would have to be explained in court.

Normally, I would come straight to the "few" that are having an issues, but unfortunately, this is happening across the board. I will be running an attendance report periodically throughout the week, and I expect to see an improvement. Be the Best!

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

If you're not familiar with ESSA, this will have a great impact on CSISD. I have compiled information from different sources and included them below. If you're not all that interested, at least take the time to read the link regarding teacher evaluations.

What will change for Texas and CSISD? First, AYP and the waiver that the state has with the US Department of Education will go away. Texas must still annually assess students in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school, and the state must assess students annually in science at least once the the following grade spans: 3-5, 6-9, 10-12. Districts and schools found to be unsatisfactory in student performance and/or graduation rates must still be identified and will fall into intervention. However, the state (not the federal government) will decide what that intervention looks like under ESSA.

This is great news for students here, in Texas and across the nation. The bill is more than 1,000 pages in length, so we will find out things in the legislation that are not so good. On balance, however, this is a real turning point for returning the power of educating students to the states while still providing meaningful and more appropriate accountability for schools.

Proposed Rules for Teacher Evaluation

December 18th - Electives

On Friday, students will not attend electives. If you need for your team to attend their elective block, please communicate that with me directly.

Rocco's Corner

eSchool Professional Development

Register now by clicking here and click here to familiarize yourself with TAC Discipline Referrals.

Counselor's Corner

Thank you for bringing the toiletry items. I know that everyone will appreciate all that they receive from us this year.

Coaches for Cancer

CSHS & AMCHS Girls’ Basketball teams have teamed up for the 2nd year in a row to join the fight against breast cancer. Wilton’s OfficeWorks has donated shirts for us to sale to raise funds to donate to a local organization, Pink Alliance, that assists women during their breast cancer fight.

Join the fight with us by buying a shirt and attending our game on January 8th at CSHS. Shirts will be sold first come, first serve. Click here for the website and here for the order form.


Mary, the Site Team and myself are busy putting together our Validation Notebook and I would like your input. What do you think is noteworthy about Oakwood that we should include in our notebook? What should we brag about or highlight? In your words, what makes OW special? If you feel like sharing, please send me your answer directly.

Check out this great video on Philosophical Chairs.

Demonstration Dates:

Jan 13 Prep visit with Pamela

Feb 16 Mock Validation visit (dress rehearsal)

Mar 10 Validation Day (Not confirmed yet by Validation team. Mar 8 is our backup date)

**There is a folder in the Teacher Scratch Drive named AVID Success Class. It is full of AVID resources for teachers.


December 17th - Shawna McDermott

December 21st - Janell Crum

December 23rd - Stephanie Johnson

December 27th - Travis Urban

December 28th - Vince Hughes

December 29th - Jennifer Morehead

December 30th - Jennifer Rhea

December 31st - Kelly Mayoh

January 2nd - Chris Gill

January 3rd - Cathy Novosad

Duty Assignments

All duty assignments have been updated and posted in the Admin Folder within the OWTIF. Be sure to know your duty station and to be on time at 7:45! Click here for the AM/PM Duty Roster and here for the Lunch Duty Roster.