Ram Nation News

Week of February 25, 2019

Vision

A middle school that cultivates scholars to be catalysts of change, life-long learners, innovators, and competitors in a global society
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#OnANewLevel

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and praise your commitment to our school's mission and vision. Your actions during the past six weeks targeted student success and bridged their educational gaps. Last week, it was great to see how everyone came together to provide the best testing environment for our kids. Students seemed focused and worked hard. I am very proud of your work and the response we are seeing from our kids! Remember, each one of us, as educators, are the agents of change, and we have the power to plant "seeds" around students to build life long learners who are competitors in a global society.

Tomorrow, all of us will open our school's doors and welcome the 5th six-week marking period. Time flies when you are doing something you love! There is never a dull moment in education.

  • Let's commit to not let excuses cloud our goals and daily work.
  • As a team, we have what it takes to solve any complex problem and dig deeper to find the root of our issues and struggles.
  • We are a few weeks away from our first round of STAAR exams and while we know that these are not the only things that define us, they are a significant component of our accountability system.


Therefore, it is essential that we continue to work together efficiently as teams and put in the targeted work required to be successful.

Attendance Review

Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn.


The following is the percent for attendance for the week of 2/19 - 2/22:

  • 6th Grade - 99.23% an improvement of 5.76% and takes the lead!
  • 7th Grade - 96.49% an improvement of 1.77%
  • 8th Grade - 97.53% an improvement of 2.46%


Let's continue to encourage our students to be present and on time on a daily basis. It really makes a huge difference when our students are present learning.

THANK YOU

  • Coach Addison displays great leadership in the organization of the Post Valentine's dance. Our students had a lot of fun as they danced, laughed, and shared with friends. We had a great response from students and staff members. Thank you to Mr. Clark, Ms. Michael, Mr. Salazar, Ms. Winton, Ms. Guerra, Ms. Woods, Mr. Thornton, Mr. Willis, Mr. Geiger, and Parents - Ms. Rico and Ms. Tran for coming out and spend time with our students.
  • Ms. Vargas, Mr. Brown, Ms. Rocha, Mr. Martin, and Ms. Iberosi for their dedication and support as they attended Saturday School. They provided small group support as they addressed low TEKS and areas of improvement. Also, kudos to Sandra and Ms. Wells for opening the building and making sure the building was ready for our teachers and students.

High Expectations

Part of ensuring our students' and school 's success is to provide a great testing environment for our students. We hold high expectations for adults and kids! It was great to hear the testing messages left by teachers. Also, we were very intentional as we actively monitored our students and collected anecdotal notes to share with fellow content teachers. Below, Ms. Iberosi's and Ms. Eddy's sheets were selected during that particular day to be highlighted for the level of detail to be shared with teachers.
Our students will rise to the level of expectation that we have for them! During one of our social studies testing walks, almost every student in the 8th grade classrooms had annotations on their booklets showing their learning and justifying answers. We know that annotating the text, questions, and pictures supports our students to intentionally interact with what is in front of them enhancing our students' understanding of, recall of, and reaction to the content. Our 8th grade Social Studies scores were 91% approaches, 70% meets, and 40% master. Let's keep our expectations high!

Inspiring Relationships

Everyone had a great time last Thursday and Friday (leftover day) as we culminated the celebration of African American History Month. Kudos to Ms. Brown, Ms. Maloy, Ms. Woods, Ms. Tucker, and Mr. Salazar for their cooking abilities and for the setup. We had plenty and it was delicious!!! Thank you so much for everyone who participated and contributed to buy the food.

REMINDERS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK OF SCHOOL


  • As common assessment scores are available, have students profile (use link to access two samples of profile sheets to use) their assessment and conduct conferences with students so that they know what mistakes they made as they took the common assessment. Also, set goals so they know what they need to do to achieve and make significant progress. (TEI 1.2 and 1.5)
  • Teachers have to acknowledge in Cornerstone for a submitted spot to be marked complete and show up as complete on our tracker; if you have not acknowledged previous SPOTs, please do so to ensure accuracy and plan accordingly. (TEI 4.2)
  • As we work on documenting the progress our students are making, remember our policy regarding failure rates and the various opportunities needed to ensure our students are successful. EIA (Regulation) (TEI 2.2, 4.2, 4.5)
  • It is critical to be prepared with lessons and materials to avoid having issues with students. When we are not prepared, our students can tell and will find their own way of entertainment. (TEI 3.1)
  • We must have 100% presence in the hallway during transition times. Our students notice when there is a lack of adult presence in the hallways and will take advantage of it.
  • Be very consistent in the effective implementation of various practices discussed during our TEI orientation and lesson alignment conversations. With regards to Alignment (learning objective), the proficient rating states: Focuses students at the beginning and throughout the lesson, by clearly stating (TEI 2.1)
    • What they are learning
    • Why it is important
    • What mastery looks like
    • How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives and explaining to students
  • Submit lesson plans by Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (TEI 4.2)

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, February 25

  • B - Day
  • TELPAS Online Reading - 8th Grade
  • TELPAS Writing - 6th and 7th Grade - Past Tense RLA teacher responsible for administering and collecting the writing samples. Please, refer to e-mail sent by Mrs. Mooty for more details.
  • We will be checking for exemplars and aggressively monitoring in action! Ensure trackers have students listed, color-coded by band, and noting whether they are in bucket or out of bucket.
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, determine misconceptions, create exemplars, and analyze data for your students.
  • 4:45 - 5:45 p.m - Staff PD/work Session


Tuesday, February 26-

  • A-Day.
  • FLS Special Olympics at Loos Fieldhouse - Ms. Martin
  • TELPAS Online Reading - 8th Grade
  • TELPAS Writing - 6th and 7th Grade - Past Tense RLA teacher responsible for administering and collecting the writing samples. Please, refer to e-mail sent by Mrs. Mooty for more details.
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, determine misconceptions, create exemplars, and analyze data for your students.
  • 4:30 p.m. After School Program Continues. Let's make the best out of this time being very purposeful in the material covered with students and the students who must attend your sessions. We need to work on the recruitment of students for our after school program since it impacts student growth, our school performance, progress, and, ultimately, part of our stipends are tied to the attendance of our students to our tutoring/enrichment sessions. As a reminder, students do not have the option to opt out; if you need assistance with parents, please let anyone from the leadership team know.

  • Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m. during the 2 days that you will stay after school


Wednesday, February 27-
  • B-Day.
  • TELPAS Online Reading - 7th Grade
  • TELPAS Writing - 8th Grade - Past Tense RLA teacher responsible for administering and collecting the writing samples. Please, refer to e-mail sent by Mrs. Mooty for more details.
  • Calibration Walks - We will be walking classrooms checking for alignment, exemplars, and aggressively monitoring. Ensure trackers have students listed, color-coded by band, and noting whether they are in bucket or out of bucket.
  • Meet with your grade level teams to align your Lesson Plans, determine misconceptions, create exemplars, and analyze data for your students.
  • 4:30 After school program continues - Let's be very purposeful in our lessons and our recruitment of students.
  • Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 28-
  • A-Day.
  • TELPAS Online Reading - 7th Grade
  • TELPAS Writing - 8th Grade - Past Tense RLA teacher responsible for administering and collecting the writing samples. Please, refer to e-mail sent by Mrs. Mooty for more details.
  • Weekly PLC
  • 1:40 p.m. Social Studies PLC - Achieve 3000.
  • 2:00 - 4:00 - No Bully coaching session - Selected staff members will participate
  • 4:30 After school program continues.
  • 4:30 - 6:00 - No Bully Parent Workshop - Ms. Shelby
  • 6:00 - Lesson plans due.
  • Remember to clock out at or after 6:00 p.m.


Friday, March 1-

  • B-Day.
  • TELPAS Verifier Training Due - Mrs. Mooty has e-mailed the staff members selected to be verifiers.

Saturday, March 2 -

  • Saturday School Continues - Adults 8:30 - 1:00; Students 8:45 light breakfast 9:00 - 12:30

Upcoming Events

March 4

  • Visit from the Cahn Fellow Program - will spend time visiting with students, parents, and a group of teachers.


March 5

  • Band PreUIL Concert at Ann Richards Middle School - Mr. Alarcon and Ms. Halowec


March 7

  • Career Day


March 19

  • Deadline to input designated supports
Online Documentation of Designated Supports- GenEd St.

Information about documentation of the designated supports for general education students. It addresses all core and elective content areas.

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Technology Resources - STAFF Section of Website

Technology creates opportunities for student-centered learning. Access the link to be routed to access Technology resources in the STAFF section of our website, you will find information about Apps, TruTouch, and Chromebooks.

Elrod's Field Trip fund Application

Please, refer to the flyer and e-mail sent by Mr. Cordoba on February 24, 2019 for more details.
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Communication with Parents!

Great tip, from Mr. Proctor, to communicate with parents who have limited English....

I wanted to share something that has helped make parent contacts with parents who speak mostly Spanish.
Although there is a district translation hotline to call, there is often a long wait, and you may not at all be connected with a translator after about 4:45 pm. So I have been using Google Translate instead.https://translate.google.com/ You can type introductory messages in English, and it will translate them into Spanish, and you can play it over the speakers into the phone. Also, is the phone quality is good, your laptop microphone can pick up and translate the parents’ words, and translate them back to English.

Open Transfer

The Open Transfer application will be available starting March 4, 2019. Eligible employees must apply via the open transfer application online at https://www.dallasisd.org/careers within the time frame established. Principals will have an opportunity to submit open transfer recommendations no later than March 29, 2019. Transfers are not final until an approval email notification has been sent from Human Capital Management. All notification will be completed by April 12, 2019. I will be sending a form where you will have an opportunity to let me know of your plans for next year; however, if you know that you are planning to transfer or leaving the district, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.

Let's Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers

  • Ms. Rendon and her family for strength and comfort as her grandmother's health has declined.

Welcome Back!!!

We are excited to have Mr. King back with us. We hope you had a great time sharing with family the first few weeks of your child's life.

Happy Birthday

We wish you a happy birthday!


Mrs. Mooty - Feb. 2