February 10-14, 2014

Principally Speaking: Lesson #2: Geese Behavior

When a goose drops out of the v-formation it quickly discovers that it requires a great deal more effort and energy to fly. Consequently, that goose will quickly return to the formation to take advantage of the lifting power that comes from flying together. Sometimes people playing on teams will drop out of the group and try to accomplish goals on their own. However, like the geese, they usually discover that they miss the synergy and energy that comes when they are an active part of a cohesive team moving toward their destination, and want to return to the group. This week, think to yourself: Is my team flying in V- formation? Have we gotten out of sync? How can we restrategize to take advantage of the lifting power, energy and synergy? We are not meant to work in silos. We work in an environment where our success depends on the success of others. Helen Keller said it best, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Professional Development: Guided Reading... What is it?

Guided Reading is a teaching approach designed to help individual readers build an effective system for processing a variety of increasingly challenging texts over time. But what is happening during the lesson? The steps for a guided reading lesson are:

Before reading: Set the purpose for reading, introduce vocabulary, make predictions, talk about the strategies good readers use.

During reading: Guide students as they read, provide wait time, give prompts or clues as needed by individual students, such as "Try that again. Does that make sense? Look at how the word begins."

After reading: Strengthen comprehension skills and provide praise for strategies used by students during the reading.

Are you wondering what items you may need at your small group table. See the video "How to Organize a Guided Reading Lesson" below.


Progress report due: February 14

CPAA Assessment Results: We will be sending home the parent reports this week. This will inform parents of their student's progress, areas of strength and concern. Please be prepared to discuss these results if parents have questions.

DCAs and Practice Assessments: Mark your calendars. ISTs and specialists, please be available these days to provide necessary accommodations.



Math: Feb. 20th

Reading: Feb. 26th

Science: March 4th

Writing STAAR Field Test(only bilingual 4th grade students): March 4

Soc.St: March 21st


AIMSWeb Benchmark for all – week of 2/10-2/14

Math DCA – Feb. 26 @ 10:30

Reading DCA – Feb. 27 @ 10:30

SECOND GRADE: Please send Oliver the dates


Math DCA - February 19

EMERGENCY TEXT: Teachers and Staff, please send a text to (817) 993 6537 and in the body of the message type @mrmuji - We will send you a text message in case of an emergency, weather closings, etc. Please keep in mind that fees may apply from your cell provider.

Weekly Happenings

Monday - Debbie Diller Training

Tuesday - Big Kahuna Fundraiser Kickoff 8-830am and Debbie Diller Training

Wednesday: Feeder Pattern Meeting at NRES @ 12 p.m.

Thursday: Leadership and Committee Meetings

Friday: Top Rocket Lunch and FMNV Day!

Where is Everyone this Week?

Monday 10: Jackie & Oliver Debbie Diller / Oliver 504 Coordinator Meeting @ 3 p.m.

Tuesday 11: Jackie & Oliver Debbie Diller

Wednesday 12: Oliver 504 Esped Review at 9 a.m./ Jackie at Title Meeting at 12 noon

Thursday 13: Jackie & Kristina @ Kids' Hope at 8 a.m. / Kristina @ Counselors' Meeting at 8 a.m. /Jackie Curriculum Meeting at 1 p.m.

Friday 14: All here


Gonzalez, Sergio 12-Feb

Namchick, Renee 20-Feb

Rogish, Gloria 28-Feb

Guided Reading: How to Organize a Guided Reading Classroom