Ram Nation News

Week of January 15, 2018

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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#AlltheWayUp

As we prepared our students during the first semester, we had talked about MOTIVATION of our students so that they may do their very best to be and feel successful. We discussed the importance of following the testing procedures shared by Ms. Woods. We were very purposeful in our active monitoring of students in order to be on task actively working on their test. Also, we implemented the accommodations that our Special Education, 504, and ESL students have during testing. All of these considerations and recommendations allowed our students to represent our school very well during ACP testing.


  • As we looked at the ACP data, we know that we are heading in the right direction continuing to make a difference in the lives of our children and community
  • We outscored the District in 16 out of 33 tests (See some highlights below).
  • Our academic achievement compared to the District improved in 27 tests (our own growth).
  • We had double digit growth in 16 out of 24 tests in our core content classes.
  • Let's continue to stay focused and make sure our students understand in which areas they need to improve to ensure there are no gaps in their learning.


As we continue to prepare our students for the next grade level at the appropriate level of rigor,

    • Model expectations.
    • Provide scaffolding to support students’ thinking and reasoning while building on their prior knowledge.
    • Ensure there is a tight alignment between the TEKS, LO, DOL and instruction. Refer to the STAAR release questions to see how that particular TEKS you want to teach has been tested in the past; by doing so, you will ensure that the appropriate level of difficulty is being reached.
    • Incorporate the lesson cycle to ensure students have opportunities to be involved in the presentation and learning of meaningful content.
    • Engage students throughout the lesson (at the beginning, middle, and end) using MRSs or other strategies that solicit responses from all students. By doing so, students will have a better chance to internalize concepts and, in turn, your TEI scores in 2.4 will go up.
    • Continue to work on generating “rich classroom discussion” in the classroom. We know that good discussions produce higher-quality student thinking, expression, and achievement. Reformers’ aim is to replace traditional teacher-dominated discussions with “students talking in class about their ideas, asking questions of peers, engaging in debates with peers, explaining their reasoning, and sharing some roles traditionally assumed by teachers.


We know that every new year, it is a new beginning; it is like a blank book where we get to write our story. As we continue racing #AlltheWayUp, we have already written 15 pages. I trust that, with every line you write, you continue to shape dramatically the lives of our children by providing awesome and meaningful learning experiences to each one of our Rams.

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Discipline Comparison - 4 Years First Semester

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Attendance Review

December

We know that every school day counts in a student's life. While research substantiates the importance of teacher effectiveness on student academic success, even the best teacher cannot be effective unless students are present in class. Regular attendance is essential to providing students with opportunities to learn, and these opportunities are limited when students do not attend school.
We have continuously monitor student attendance; we have among the highest monthly attendance in the feeder pattern and above the district. We placed 2nd in the feeder with 96.1% during the month of December. Congratulations!!! Let's continue to encourage our students to be present!!!

THANK YOU

  • Ms. Buitron, Ms. Adisson, and Mr. Thornton for their leadership with our basketball teams. Our students continue to improve their skills and have done a terrific job this season.
  • Ms. Blanks, Ms. Michael, and Ms. Molla for their leadership and feedback as they attended a feeder pattern collaboration to discuss curriculum planning with Ms. Healey and other assistant superintendents.
  • Mr. King, Ms. Perez, Ms. Blanks, Ms. Rocha, and Ms. Trent for their leadership as they led their grade level meetings last week. We know that this is a very important time to come together as a team and discuss attendance, awards, celebrations, and other pertinent information.
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Soccer Playoffs - Finals

We are very proud of our girls soccer team for advancing to the finals. Under the leadership of Coach Crawford and the support of Coach DeLeon, our team has done a terrific job this season and their efforts have paid off. We look forward to this very important game.


  • Thank you so much to Mr. McCann and Ms. Buchannon for their support and flexibility with the pep rally as our students recognized and cheered for our team.
  • Shout out to the following staff members who spent part or some of their Saturaday afternoon joining the team at Forrester during the quarter/semifinals: Ms. Gogia, Ms. Turnbull, Ms. Araujo, Ms. Guerra, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Blanks, Mr. Harris, Ms. Iberosi, Coach Crawford, and Coach DeLeon.
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Core 4 of Customer Service

At the heart of great customer service for each district employee are the four tenets of customer service--the Core 4: focused, fast, flexible, and friendly. These principles, also, are key to forging a positive culture within the organization as they are applied, internally, colleague to colleague, as well as to students, families, taxpayers, and the entire community.

At the end of the semester, our school was recognized as one of 5 middle schools for having a strong commitment that goes beyond the conversation about what exemplary customer service looks like to becoming the norm for the way we operate in the district every day. Thank you to Ms. Miranda, Ms. Saucedo, and Ms. Galvan for their dedication and support.

DAILY EVENTS

Monday, January 15-
  • No School - MLK Day


Dallas ISD will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night to determine whether to open or close schools tomorrow. We will announce the final decision by 6 a.m. Please continue to check the district website at www.dallasisd.org, the district’s FaceBook page, or your local news for the official word on school openings or closings.


Tuesday, January 16-

  • Have you completed your technology inventory? Anybody with technology assigned in office, classroom, laptop, or any other device must complete. We are at 20% completion. I will work with grade level chair to support completion of this item.
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 6th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 7th / 8th Grade RLA. Refer to the Planning Expectations to ensure your IPC and LP have the components to reach proficiency.
  • All outdoor soccer practices and games are cancelled Jan. 16
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School Resumes
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. TEI Expert Meeting - King, Michael, and Geiger

Wednesday, January 17-

  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 7th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 6th Grade RLA
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CAB meeting
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School


Thursday, January 18-

  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. ACP Rountable Presentation - Leadership team with Ms. Healey.
  • Planning Meeting with CIC/AP - 8th Grade (Math, SS, Science), and 7th / 8th Grade RLA
  • 4:30 - 6:00 After School


Friday, January 19 -


Saturday, January 20-

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Writing Academy III at Hernandez - Ms. Wells, Ms. Davis, and selected teachers. Check e-mail previously sent.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dallas ISD STEM Expo. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 23rd
  • Parent Conference Night 5:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m

Cold Weather Guidelines

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

January 21 - Mr. Willis