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Week of Jan. 11, 2016- Jan. 15, 2016

Laser Focus

“The New Year: A time to bring from the past all that is right and good, to give to the future the best we have to offer.”

The new year provides an opportune time to begin thinking about a blueprint for charting the path ahead. In order to ensure ongoing progress toward improving the quality of instruction and realizing significant gains in student academic achievement, we must fine-tune the environment and maintain a laser like focus on student achievement goals and the path toward success.

Successful teams often adopt the Kaizen methodology in order to promote continuous improvement towards their goals. Kaizen is based on the philosophical belief that everything can be improved: Some organizations look at a process and see that it's running fine; Organizations that follow the principle of Kaizen see a process that can be improved. This means that nothing is ever seen as a status quo – there are continuous efforts to improve which result in small, often imperceptible, changes over time. As a result, all of these incremental changes add up, and make a significant positive impact on the team.

As we prepare for the second semester, let’s establish a sense of urgency as it relates to student learning and achievement. Time is ticking! How much growth will we make this school year? What will you do to improve the learning process in your environment? How will you use specific student data to provide targeted instruction? Start thinking about your plan of action and execution!

Article: “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail “ by John P. Kotter

Semester Assessment Snapshot

CIP Goal 6 Performance Objective 1 states:

Increase the Phase in 2 Level II rate to 80% or above in Reading and Math STAAR and increase our Level III by 20% in Reading and Math STAAR for the 2015-2016 school year. Increase Phase in 2 Level II rate to 75% in Writing and Science STAAR.

How are we doing after MOY Semester Assessments?

Reading Semester Assessment:

  • 3rd- 27%, 4th- 49%, 5th -26%

Math Semester Assessment:

  • 3rd- 38%, 4th- 45%, 5th- 43%

Writing Semester Assessment:

  • 4th- 53%

Science Semester Assessment:

  • 5th- 43%

We will continue to monitor our student's progress closely and ensure that our daily instruction, small group instruction and intervention is laser focused on closing any gaps our students may have and training them for academic success. Our 3rd-5th teachers have already started tutoring and would greatly appreciate any tutoring assistance K-2nd grade teachers can provide. Please let me know if you would be willing to assist with after school tutoring for 3rd-5th.

Weekly Calendar

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  • Please begin analyzing your semester assessment data during PLC and complete analysis protocol and action plan by Jan. 21st.
  • DRA/EDL MOY screener must be completed by Jan. 29th.
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