NRES STAFF NEWSLETTER
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.
READING PRACTICE: Feb 12 - CO-CURR WILL CHANGE THIS DAY!!!!!!CLICK HERE TO SEE CHANGES
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.
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
Our parents had a blast on Math Night! They learned how to play games they can use at home to increase math fluency with their children.
More than 100 people came to this wonderful opportunity! It was a huge success!
Thank you Ruby for creating this wonderful visual about the cafeteria expectations! Please review the expectations with your students!