Leaders Leading Learners

Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!


It was the Night Before Lessons Plans were due…

Nearly all classes were highly engaged, and every teacher knew…

Lessons were designed

with the learner in mind,

reviewed, aligned

and were authentically engaging and uploaded in forethought with care….

In hopes that deep understanding and learning would be present in every classroom.

Knowing that assessment is important but learning is critical….

The children were eager to learn,

As beliefs shape visions, and visions drive missions….

As disciplined conversations helped to move a school from words to action…

Instructional Coaches ensured that school work was tailored made and designed to ensure that work provided was engaging…and that each child would learn that it takes grit to succeed…

Teacher were inventors, leaders and designers..

When out on in the conference room there arose much clatter,

As teachers ask, tell me more about this matter,

When, teachers ask parents what does your children do well,

They were sure to tell,

What was their interest that helped to gain insight?

When we awoke in the middle of the night,

All educators knew that they had done well,

Since all of our children could tell,

Their teacher what way they learn best,

And with meaningful affirmations they could pass life's test,

They had fun, developed a passion for learning and a heart of giving…

As all the teachers called: Now, Pattern of Engagement, Now! Student Achievement, Now! Content & Substance, Now! Organization of Knowledge, On! Product Focus, Clear & Compelling Product, On! Safe Environment, Affirmation of Performances, Affiliation, Novelty & Variety, Choice and Authenticity!

They shouted to the top everyone to the top!

In high performing schools everyone is clear that engagement precedes learning!

Now Go and make your way, Go and make your way! You my child, know how to learn…because We have given You the tools that You need to be successful in Life!……MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Core Content Area News


STAAR Math Dates: Please click here to read important information about Math Universal Screener dates, benchmark dates, and STAAR testing dates. The math ICs worked this week to narrow the window for administering the TEMI (K-2) and ESTAR (3-4) and MSTAR (5) universal screeners to students, so there is minimal overlap of grade levels testing at the same time. Please note that 1st grade will take the TEMI the week of January 5.

Early Childhood Winter Conference: HCDE (Harris County Department of Education) is sponsoring the 29th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Kindom Builders' Center in Houston, TX Keynote speaker: Eric Litwin "Mr. Eric"; New York Times Best selling Author and award winning muscian.

Bilingual keynote speaker: Dr. Mike Longoria

Cost: $100.00 (inludes lunch)Fall in love with singing dancing, literacy, music, math and science at the early childhood conference.Get in sync with behavior management, bilingual/ESL and more...
Please contact Schronda McKnight, Pre-K Coordinator by Jan. 9 if you plan to attend.

ELA MOY Testing: The MOY testing begins when we return in January.

  • cPalls MOY testing window for PK: January 12 - 30
  • DRA/EDL grades K - 5: January 8 - 23
  • TPRI/Tejas LEE grades K - 2: January 20 - 30


MOY Testing: The MOY testing begins when we return in January

  • ISIP for grades 6-8: January 12 - 23
  • MSTAR grades 6-8: January 12 - 30

Professional Development

January 5 - Intruder/Evacuation training for Assistance Principals from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at SFA, Mustang Gym

  • The Intruder/Evacuation training on January 5, 2014 is recommended but not required for Principals. However, the training is required for Assistant Principals. Since Grady Slaydon will be scheduling additional trainings this summer principals will have the opportunity to participate at that time.

January 5 - Workday for Instructional Staff which means no staff development should be scheduled.

Principal PLC: January 13 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am, TESC Boardroom

New Teacher Induction Meeting: January 13 at Bryan High School, Silver, Room 1200

Assistant Principal PLC: January 22 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, TESC Boardroom

Administrator's Meeting: January 29 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Bryan High School Blue

Curriculum & Instruction Department

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