The STEAM Update

Week of September 28, 2015

What's happening around STEAM

***Teacher walkthroughs begin this week***

Monday 9/28

Math Video Presentations in Thrasher's class

Grading Window Closes

Admin Meeting (8:40am-9:40am)

Instructional Coaches Meeting (1:00pm-3:00pm)


Tuesday 9/29

***Modified Schedule for PLC--Electives***

ASCD STEM Institute-Mr. Johnson off campus All Day

PTO Board Meeting (8:30am-9:30am)

PBIS Luncheon (11:30am-1:30pm)-Mr. Chappotin off campus

Hughes Football 7th vs Weatherford Tison (5:00pm-8:00pm), 8th @ Weatherford Tison (5:00pm-8:00pm)

Kerr Football 7th vs Stephenville Henderson (5:00pm-8:00pm), 8th @ Stephenville Henderson (5:00pm-8:00pm)


Wednesday 9/30

Young Executives Campus Visit (12:30pm-1:15pm)

Faculty Meeting (4:15pm-5:00pm)

Happy hump day!


Thursday 10/1

***Modified Schedule for PLC--Math/Science***

Hughes Volleyball 7th & 8th @ Everman (5:00pm-8:00pm)

Kerr Volleyball 7th & 8th @ Joshua (5:00pm-8:00pm)


Friday 10/2

Kerr Fall Choir Concert


Saturday 10/3

Kerr A Team Volleyball Tournament @ Kennedale

Kerr XC Meet @ Decatur (8:30am-9:30am)

The Counseling Corner

Upcoming Information


September 29th- World Heart Day


October 2nd- National Smile Day


October 14th- PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade students

  • 8th graders who shuttle to/from KMS or HMS will be suspended until 6th period travel. 6-7th graders who shuttle will continue as normal
  • We will be on a modified schedule this day
  • Please review the following presentation regarding PSAT 8/9, more information will be sent prior to the administration. ** this is included on the bottom of this email**

Instructional Tips

The focus for this week is both an Assessing for Learning (AFL) and Kagan Structure.


Quiz-Quiz-Trade is a seven-step process. You must first have note cards that have questions on one side and answers on the other side. Give each student one of these cards.


Step 1. Have students stand-up, put their hands-up and then pair-up with someone else who has their hand up.

Step 2. Partner A quizzes.

Step 3. Partner B answers.

Step 4. Partner A coaches or praises.

Step 5. Switch roles.

Steps 6. Partners trades cards and raise their hands to find new partners.

Step 7. Repeat steps 1-6 a number of times.

Teacher Walkthroughs

In order to keep a growth mindset, teachers will observe other teachers during their conference periods once a week. During these observations, teachers will document what they see in the classroom and provide purposeful feedback through the walkthrough form. The purposeful feedback from these walkthrough forms will immediately be shared with the teacher being observed. Walkthroughs will be performed as a group with Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Lyday, Mr. Chappotin or Mr. Johnson. A maximum of two walkthroughs will be performed during a conference period, each of which lasting approximately 5-10 minutes.


These walkthroughs will begin next week.


Walktrough Feedback Form

Walkthrough Teacher Schedule

Weekly Parent Contacts

Reminder to send your grade level newsletter to parents either on Monday of the current week or Friday for the following week.