The Hornets' Weekly Buzzzzz!

Important information for the week of January 11th

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Together EARHART Achieves More


· Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

· Effective Instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance.

· There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

· With our help, at risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students.

· Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

OUR BELIEFS...The Earhart Way

#1. Increase Student Achievement

#2. Increase the Quality of Instruction

#3. Increase the Culture and Climate

What's Buzzing this Week...

Monday :
  • Vertical PLC (4:15 - 5:45)


  • DOL (Reading, Math and Writing)- All in Learning

Wednesday :

  • DOL Data Dig (Gr. 3-5)
  • After-school tutoring begins (Gr. 3-5)
  • Failure rate intervention plan is due
  • Literacy Cadre Training (Benavidez, Bohannon, Washington): 2-5 p.m.

Thursday :

  • DOL (Reading, Math and Writing) - All in Learning
  • Parent Conference Night (5 - 8 p.m.)
  • CIC Math Training (Johnson)

Friday :

  • Coffee w/ the Principal (8:30 - 9:30)
  • DOL Data Dig (Gr. 3-5)
  • Amelia's Awesome Achievements Awards Rally


  • MLK Holiday- January 18, 2015 (No school)
  • Interim Assessments (Gr. 3-5) - January 21st
  • Saturday PD/Planning - January 23rd (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)


Using Data to Drive Instruction

Data is an important part of what we do. In a's who we are. Without it, we will not be able to impact instruction which has a direct effect on our student outcomes.

After analyzing and looking over our ACP data, we had honest conversations about how effective we were in our use of data. How did we group students? How did we use data in order to make decisions about small group instruction? How did we track low SEs? Did we use data to revise lesson plans?....I could go on and on, but you get the picture:)

Over the next couple of weeks, we will administer DOLs in order to track student progress before we take interim and six week assessments. Analyzing DOLs will give us real time data which will tell us how to improve our instructional core. Each student will have a plan that targets their specific needs, and classes will chart student progress on their classroom data walls. We will meet weekly to dig deeply into our DOL data and make decisions for RtI and instruction. Your instructional leadership team is here to support you and guide you every step of the way.

So...Let's get ready to DIG DEEP!

~Your princiPAL

Welcome to the Buzzzzz!

Let's give a warm, Hornet welcome to Mrs. Benavidez and Mrs. Robledo.

Ms. Benavidez is our new Demo Coach. She comes with a lot of experience in the area of Reading/Language Arts instruction. Ms. Robledo has experience in DISD as a middle school registrar, and will now serve as our new Teacher Assistant.

They have hit the ground running, and we are glad to have them join our staff!

Student Failure Rate

If your classes exceeded the district threshold (failure rate of 10% or more in a subject) for the 3rd six weeks, you must submit the Failure Rate Intervention Plan form by January 12th.

If any of your classes (subjects) exceed the threshold, please ensure that you develop a plan. The plans are to be individualized for each student, not a duplicated plan. Additionally, if your failure rate exceeds the threshold you will need to meet with your evaluator to review the plan for each student who failed a course.

You will need to calculate the failure percentage for each class in order to determine which class (subject) needs a plan (see the attached template to this email, if applicable)


TEA Performance Descriptors (Gr. 3-5)

TEA provides performance descriptors for each core content and grade level. The descriptors help teachers ensure their lessons and instructional delivery are at the rigor level of the TEK. All campuses should ensure teachers are using the performance descriptor documents to develop their lessons and create their DOL. The document is in the Amelia Earhart Google folder. (Click the link below)

Feeder Pattern "Look Fors" - 4th Grade Writing

4th grade should be able to articulate the campus/feeder writing plan and actively implementing the components. Each campus should evidence of:

  • Writing Rubrics - students can articulate the difference between progressing, proficient and advanced levels of writing based on the STAAR rubric
  • Scheduled time for teachers to calibrate student writing
  • Show students exemplar writing samples and discuss what elements make them exemplar (available on My Data Portal)
  • Exemplars are showcased in the classrooms and throughout the hallways
  • Teacher/Student feedback conferences based on their graded writing samples (noted in the schedule)
  • Large posted STAAR rubric in the classroom
  • Include Virtual Field Trips - students can write on those experiences (example of sea shore). Many times the elected prompts are based on experiences our student have not been exposed to, so the virtual fieldtrips offer the exposure.


Thanks to our Specials Team!

Our specials team has revised and organized your classroom rosters for PE and ART. Mr. Calderon and Coach Jordan have also put the rotation schedule in a format that is easy to read. Once you receive a copy, place a copy near your door. Also, be reminded that it is the homeroom teacher's responsibility to ensure students make it to and from specials. If your specials schedule is after or before lunch, you must still be sure students make it to their designated location in an orderly fashion.


What's Happening in the Hornet's Nest...

Have a great week of Teaching, Collaborating, and Learning!