Ridgeview Review

Week 27 ~ March 23, 2015

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Transformational Teaching and Learning

I just pulled the above image from Edutopia. Transformation of education is becoming more and more prevalent in current research and education circles. There is a renewed commitment and desire to make learning more engaging and relevant to students while preparing them for a future that is very different then what we know now.

There are many things at Ridgeview that we are doing to address this need and transform learning. For example, implementation of Common Formative Assessments, the VESTED instructional delivery, Professional Learning Communities to work together to help students progress, increased literacy work with students, and investigative learning opportunities.

KISD is supporting the Engaged Learning Model as an additional instructional model to transform education for ALL students. In addition to really transforming the delivery of the curriculum and the learning experiences for students in the ELM/PBL unit, we have found that components of the model enhance all content areas and have really helped students own their learning. It supports our growing effort to differentiate learning and create experiences that are authentic and truly meaningful for students.

Many schools in KISD have begun implementation of this model of instruction. To learn more about it and "be ahead of the game", use the links below.

KISD School Walk to Stop Diabetes

Saturday, March 28th, 8am

Keller ISD Athletic Complex

Have you joined your campus team? Go to www.diabetes.org/kisd2015

1. Go to Webpage www.diabetes.org/kisd2015 and register
2. Donate online ($10) to campus team.
3. Raise $100 and get 4 Free tickets to Texas Rangers
4. Invite someone to the WALK
5. Attend the event.
6. Contact Debbie Gregor Deborah.gregor@kellerisd.net if you have diabetes. She will give you a Free RED STRIDER CAP if you register for the walk! (First 100 to contact her)
STOP DIABETES! It takes us ALL working together!

· Over 100 KISD students have type 1 diabetes! Over 256 have been identified as at risk for type 2. One out of three students will have diabetes if the current trend continues. Don’t let that happen! Get involved!

· Lots of incentives available! $50,000 worth of give-a-ways at the March 28th event.

· Punt, Pass, and Kick event will take place on the field during the walk.

· NASCAR driver Ryan Reed (Daytona Winner last week) will be meeting the top fundraisers on April 10th at the KISD Administration Building! Ryan as type 1 diabetes and is passionate about helping STOP DIABETES!

Every participant from Ridgeview Elementary will be allowed to wear jeans March 25 - 27.


We want to extend a warm welcome to our new staff members!

Carol Fullerton is filling in for Amanda Self during her maternity leave.


Mechell Belt is our new Special Education Aide. She will be splitting her time between Resource and STACC.


Jonathan Baldillez is our new PE Aide.


Helping Hands - Mark Your Calendar!

Our upcoming community service events are:

March 28 - KISD School Walk to Stop Diabetes

April 11 - Christ Haven's Spring Clean-Up Day

May 4 - Carter Bloodcare Drive at RES

Learning Opportunities

Several learning opportunities have recently crossed my inbox. Because of their relevance to the work we are doing, I wanted to make sure you were aware of them.

All workshops are being offered by The Literacy Partners. Click the link below to see the available options. If you are interested in attending one, please let me know.


March 28 - Helping Struggling Readers (Kinder-3rd)

April 11 - Small Group Guided Reading (Kinder-2nd)

May 16 - Reading Workshop (2nd-6th)

Next week at RES....


3rd/4th grade data talks - small conference room

2nd grade music performance - 2:00, cafeteria (Also at 6:00 PM)

COSF training for Kinder and SPED - 3:15, large conference room

KISD Strings Program - 6:30, KHS


Spring Pictures

PTA Executive Board Meeting - 9:00, teacher's lounge

Mandatory STAAR training for office/paras - 3:15, conference room

KISD Transfer Fair - 4:00 - 6:00, Admin Bldg.


Becky off campus - Instructional Rounds Training

Fire Drill - 1:40


Becky off campus - Instructional Rounds Training

TELPAS Testing on campus

Running Club - 3:00

Grade Level Chair meeting - 3:30, large conference room


Deb out

Becky off campus - Instructional Rounds Training