MST Weekly White Tiger

Week of September 25, 2017

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I know if I can't wait to see your smiles, then your students REALLY can't wait to see your smiles on Monday morning! Every student has a story, and we just never know how the pages and chapters were written over their weekend, so let's commit to meeting them all the the door Monday morning with big smiles!

Who's on Duty This Week?

Library - Kinder

Gym - 6th grade

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Important Reminders for This Week

September 25-29

Unit Assessments this week: 3rd grade Writing #1 Revise & Edit; 4th grade Math Mid: Whole #s; 4th grade Writing Portfolio 1; 6th grade Math #1 Integers, 6th grade Reading #1 Fiction

Monday, 9/25 - Helena at Lead4Ward training all day; Tutoring

Tuesday, 9/26 Grade level meetings in ARD room; ISIP/Istation - K-6 during planning (Bring your laptops!); ITeam meeting with 5th and 6th grade teachers 3:20-3:50; Helena & Emily at LPAC training from 3:30-5:30

Wednesday, 9/27 - Crazy for Fall Crazy Hair 4th grade Austin Fundraiser - Students and staff may have wear their hair crazy if they bring $1! (This does not include hair color, which will be included in information sent home. Donations will be collected at front and back entry as students arrive.) Local School Council in library at 3:30; Emily at Lead4Ward training from 1:00-4:00; Lesson plans due in Drive by 5:00

Thursday, 9/28 - 3:20 Staff Meeting in Library - Our new LSSP will be sharing very valuable information with us about cognitive assessments and the evaluation qualifications and components

Friday, 9/29 - Fall individual picture day; Tammy at CMS meeting

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MST RtI Professional Development

The MST RtI Core Team (Lopez, Gruninger, Abdo, Stevens, Yeager, and Romes) has been to several district trainings where we are learning all about what RtI really is, how it supports our students, and new expectations that we must follow according to Senate Bill 1153. This amazing leadership team is going to lead you in an engaging and reflective training on October 5th from 3:20-4:30!

This is a required training, so please mark your calendars. Do not make appointment on this day. (Paraprofessionals do not need to be in attendance.)

Grades in FOCUS

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Remember that you must enter grades each week in FOCUS so that parents have an accurate reflection of where their student is performing. Please do not wait until right before progress reports or report cards are due to enter grades. This is part of maintaining effective parent communication! :)

*Progress notices go home to all students on October 3rd.*

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Remember to get the signed acknowledgment receipt back from all students. This is a very important documentation tool should future behavior misconduct arise. Thank you! #allthethings

Grade Level Meeting Focus

ISIP/I Station with Mrs. Skinner

We will be having grade level meetings in the conference room to discuss ISIP, student reports, intervention lessons, usage, and much more. Please bring your laptops!

TTESS Tidbit

For a quick reference that is all in once place, please use the link below to fill out a quick Google form about your student and professional growth goal. All you need to do is complete a brief description of what you are working on. You don't need to include actions, resources, and all the other components that TNL requires. Thank you to these staff members who completed this on time! If you have not done this, please complete by Monday to avoid getting an individual email reminder. Thank you!

Ali Purnell

Katie Abrams

Linley McClendon

Amanda Hassfurther

Sloan Thompson

Cynthia Abdo

Cicily Newhouse

Lydia Stevens

Shelly Burrow

Olivia Latz

Tammy Pease

Emily Marsh

Amanda McLeroy

Stacy Menifee

Kim Terry

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RISD Dyslexia Program Curriculum Night

Please see the attached flyers for information about this night on October 3rd from 6:30-8:30 at the RISD Professional Development Center. Flyers will also be going home with all students. All RISD families and staff are welcome to attend!

Staff Shout Outs!

Mrs. Wilson, Ms. Blackledge, Ms. Dean, Ms. Williams, Ms. Smith and Mrs. Sandoval for being the DREAM TEAM for our kiddos! They had THREE unannounced visits from central special education staff all in one day and totally ROCKED it!

RtI Core Team for working so hard planning for a meaningful PD that will support staff and students!

Mrs. Mills for working so hard getting everything to our staff so efficiently! We appreciate you!

If you have a shout out that you would like included in next week's newsletter, email it to me! :)

Tweets of the Week!

If you don't have a Twitter account, you are missing out! Open an account and follow our school at @MSTMAGNET and me at @Hlopez1022!

Check out these awesome staff members getting our story out there and sharing what incredible things are happening in classrooms each day! And these are just the ones I caught this week!

Grade Level Meetings (Istation and ISIP Information)

Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 6am

450 Abrams Road

Richardson, TX

During planning in ARD room

Local School Council

Wednesday, Sep. 27th, 3:30pm

450 Abrams Road

Richardson, TX

3:30-4:30 in Library

Staff Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 3:15pm

450 Abrams Road

Richardson, TX

3:20 in library

Fall Individual Picture Day

Friday, Sep. 29th, 12am

450 Abrams Road

Richardson, TX